Omaha’s Best Puppy Training Classes

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Want to make sure your puppy grows up into a calm and well behaved adult? We have developed the best puppy socialization classes in Omaha, featuring 100% Force Free, Positive Reinforcement based training featuring over 40 command cues, plus tons of tips to make having a puppy much, MUCH easier (Note: red text on this page are links) like the importance of the Critical Socialization Period or how benefical setting up a Long Term Confinement Area is. Its mind blowing to us that no other local puppy classes alert puppy parents to those tips!

Our one-hour, weekly puppy training classes are great for pups of every size and breed. We have a large and small breed version of each puppy training class to make sure its a fun and positive experience.  Our small classes ensure you get plenty of one on one help from the instructor and the Dog Psychology and positive dog training methods we will show you will motivate your puppy to WANT TO behave and WANT TO listen to you.

Puppy Class Testimonial From One of Our 5 Star Reviews on Google

“My puppy Oreo recently graduated from the puppy high school class. We took all three levels of classes offered and would recommend to any person who needs puppy training. I love the fact that they use positive reinforcement. My pup went from being wild and jumping at everybody to a nice well behaved puppy.”

– Brad Maxwell

Our goal is to help socialize your new puppy, add in some basic obedience training and help you avoid most common puppy problems before they start. Don’t worry, our classes will still help if your puppy has already started doing things you don’t like.

For people who want to really get a jump start on puppy raising, we offer a Puppy Head Start program. Our Head Start program sends a puppy class instructor to your home before, or just as classes start. This allows us to give you a fully customized plan for success; sharing tips and secrets that make raising a puppy MUCH easier by starting off right from the jump.

Puppy parents are invited to our exclusive, private facebook group of over 2,000 puppy parents so you can set up play dates outside of class with safe puppies to build on their social skills and confidence. We are the ONLY puppy class with access to a local puppy parents play group.

We support our puppy parents by emaiing you tips to help stop common puppy problems, tips to make having a puppy easier and links to training videos of the lessons we cover in class. This is another feature exclusive to Dog Gone Problems Puppy Classes.

Each one of our standard puppy classes incudes multiple lessons along with tips to stop common puppy behavior problems like potty training, chewing, nipping, mouthing, jumping up, barking, stealing, not listening, refusing to come when called, basic obedience, etc. After the lessons and tips, we let the puppies play and socialize with one another to develop social skills, develop bite inhibition and burn off some of that puppy energy!

Early socialization is crucial in puppy development as a puppy learns more in an hour of play time than a week of formal training with humans. This socialization helps your puppy develop healthy (non aggressive) social skills, boosts their confidence and wears them out. We promise your puppy will be good and tired after each class.

Our three separate puppy classes are designed to be taken one after the other. All classes run four weeks and each class meets for one hour each week:


Puppy Kindergarden (Puppy 101 is 4 weeks) – Class size is limited to 6-7 puppies – $130

This class is for puppies 4 months of age or younger. This early developmental class is designed to help the puppies develop initial social skills, begin basic obedience training and start problem solving development.

Training lessons for this class include: Sit, Down, Sit up, Stand, Come (Recall), Take, Give, Drop, The name game, Force free kennel training, Lets go cue, Hand targeting, Go to dog bed on cue, Handling, Training a soft mouth, Leave it, Collar grab game and many more.

Behavior tips for this class include: Potty training, Teaching a pup to sit to ask for attention, Settle exercise, Manners, Marker words, How to use the Critical Socialization Period to build confidence, Positive interrupter, Capturing, Enrichment, Feeding, Exercise, Mental Stimulation, Tips to reduce nipping, biting and chewing and many more


Puppy Elementary (Puppy 201 is 4 weeks) – Class size is limited to 6-7 puppies – $140

This class is for puppies who have completed our Kindergarten class and / or are under 12 months. We start introducing more advanced lessons and also share tips to stop many common puppy behavior problems along with a large dose of socialization / play time.

Training lessons for this class include: Walk with me (Loose leash training), Leave the room on cue, The bucket game, Hurricaine trick, Its Yer Choice, Take a Bow, Clicker training, Paw touch conditioning, Sneaky move, Catch, Positive Interrupter, Touch stick targeting, Go to dog bed on cue, Cookie in the corner and several more.

Behavior tips for this class include: Reducing excitement, Shaping, Stop chewing, Developing self control, Motivation to listen to you, How to prevent separation anxiety, Calm dog play, Nail trimming prep, Caputuring, Stopping unwanted behaviors, Desensitization, Scent work, Mental stimulation, Capturing and several more.


Puppy High (Puppy 301 is 4 weeks) – Class size is limited to 6-7 puppies – $150

This advanced puppy class is designed for puppies around 5 months or older or who have already taken our Kindergarten and Elementary classes This class will help your puppy develop self control and respect for you as its leader.

Note: If your puppy has any of the problems detailed in the 201 class above, you may want to take that class before Puppy High. 

Training lessons for this class include: Focus, Back up, Movement cue, Touch stick targeting, Lets go cue, body handling, Pose for photos, Take a lap, Leash pressure kiss game, Middle cue, Sit pretty, The Stay cue, Engage disengage, Shaping, Train pup to walk at your side and several more.

Behavior tips for this class include: Developing impulse control, Building motivation, Increase listening skills, fading lures, How to calm down, Stop unwanted behavior tips, Stimulus desensitization, How to use shaping, Capturing, Creative exercise tips, Reinforcing a healthy leader follower dynamic and several more.


These three classes were designed as a full curriculum and are most effective when taken together but you can enroll in a single class too.

Some people repeat classes when their puppy shows it could use some additional socialization practice. This is a very wise move as building up a solid foundation of confidence sets your puppy up for success for the rest of its life.

Puppies enrolled in all three classes receive a $60 discount. 

Any special rates or promotional discounts apply to new sign ups only.

Cancelation policy: Since we turn puppy parents away to maintain small classes, all rescheduling or cancelation requests must be made a minimum of 7 days before your class is scheduled to start to receive a refund. 

Classes are kept small and sign ups for new puppies are scheduled on a first come basis. Our classes usually sell out so don’t delay if you want to enroll your pup.

COVID19 Policy (Revised April 29th, 2022)

Puppy parents can bring one guest to each class (2 people max per puppy).
If your guest is not vaccinated, they will need to wear a mask.
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Anyone who is not fully vaccinated for CoronaVirus needs to wear a mask to class.
If you do not have a mask, please ask your instructor and they can provide you with one.
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We are planning to drop our mask policy for all puppy parents effective June 1st, 2022. If local Covid case numbers change, we may revise this polciy at a later time (We sure hope that we don’t have to).

 

Mid April 2022

Dogtopia – Northwest
15504 West Spaulding Plaza Road in Omaha – Just north of 156th and Maple

  • 301 – Puppy High School Small breed pups (under 20lbs) – Mon, April 11th at 6:30 PM
  • 301 – Puppy High SchoolLarge breed pups (over 20lbs) – Mon, April 11th at 7:45 PM SOLD OUT
  • 201 – Puppy Elementary Small breed pups (under 20lbs) – Tues, April 12th at 6:30 PM 1 Spot Left
  • 201 – Puppy Elementary Large breed pups (over 20lbs) – Tues, April 12th at 7:45 PM SOLD OUT
  • 101 -Puppy Kindergarten – Small breed pups (under 15lbs) – Weds, April 13th at 6:30 PM 
  • 101 -Puppy Kindergarten – Large breed pups (over 15lbs) –  Weds, April 13th at 7:45 PMSOLD OUT
  • 301 – Puppy High School Small breed pups (under 20lbs) – Thurs, April 14th at 6:30 PM
  • 301 – Puppy High School – Large breed pups (over 20lbs) Thurs, April 14th at 7:45 PM SOLD OUT
  • 201 – Puppy Elementary Large breed pups (over 20lbs) – Fri, April 15th at 6:30 PM
  • 201 – Puppy Elementary– Large breed pups (over 20lbs) Fri, April 15th at 7:45 PM SOLD OUT

Dogtopia – Gretna
18920 Edna St – One block East of 192nd and Harrison

  • 201 – Puppy Elementary Small breed pups (under 20lbs) – Mon, April 11th at 6:30 PM 3 Spots Left
  • 201 – Puppy ElementaryLarge breed pups (over 20lbs) – Mon, April 11th at 7:45 PM SOLD OUT
  • 301 – Puppy High School Small breed pups (under 20lbs) – Tues, April 12th at 6:30 PM 3 Spots Left
  • 301 – Puppy High School Large breed pups (over 20lbs) – Tues, April 12th at 7:45 PM 1 Spot Left
  • 201 – Puppy Elementary– Small breed pups (under 20lbs) – Weds, April 13th at 6:30 PM  
  • 201 – Puppy Elementary– Large breed pups (over 20lbs) –  Weds, April 13th  at 7:45 PM SOLD OUT
  • 101 -Puppy Kindergarten Small breed pups (under 15lbs)Thurs, April 14th at 6:30 PM
  • 101 -Puppy Kindergarten – Large breed pups (over 15lbs) Thurs, April 14th at 7:45 PM

May 2022

Dogtopia – West Omaha
14485 West Center Road in Omaha – West of Oakview Mall, next to Shopko

  • 201 – Puppy Elementary Small breed pups (under 20lbs) – Mon, May 2nd at 6:30 PM SOLD OUT
  • 201 – Puppy Elementary – Large breed pups (over 20lbs) – Mon, May 2nd at 7:45 PM SOLD OUT
  • 301 – Puppy High School -Small breed pups (under 20lbs) Tues, May 3rd at 6:30 PM 1 Spot Left
  • 301 – Puppy High School Large breed pups (over 20lbs) – Tues, May 3rd at 7:45 PM SOLD OUT
  • 101 – Puppy Kindergarten Small breed pups (under 15lbs) Weds, May 4th at 6:30 PM SOLD OUT
  • 101 – Puppy Kindergarten Large breed pups (over 15lbs) –  Weds, May 4th at 7:45 PM SOLD OUT
  • 201 – Puppy ElementaryLarge breed pups (over 20lbs) Thurs, May 5th at 6:30 PM SOLD OUT
  • 201 – Puppy Elementary Large breed pups (over 20lbs) Thurs, May 5th at 7:45 PM SOLD OUT
  • 301 – Puppy High School Large breed pups (over 20lbs) Fri, May 6th at 6:30 PM
  • 301 – Puppy High School Large breed pups (over 20lbs) Fri, May 6th at 7:45 PM SOLD OUT

Dogtopia – La Vista 
10411 Portal Rd #111, La Vista, NE 68128  – South of 114th and Giles

  • 101 – Puppy Kindergarten Small breed pups (under 15lbs) – Mon, May 2nd at 6:30 PM 1 Spot Left
  • 101 – Puppy Kindergarten – Large breed pups (over 15lbs)  Mon, May 2nd at 7:45 PM SOLD OUT
  • 201 – Puppy Elementary Small breed pups (under 20lbs) – Tues, May 3rd at 6:30 PM
  • 201 – Puppy Elementary Large breed pups (over 20lbs) – Tues, May 3rd at 7:45 PM SOLD OUT
  • 301 – Puppy High School – Small breed pups (under 20lbs) – Weds, May 4th at 6:30 PM SOLD OUT
  • 301 – Puppy High School – Large breed pups (over 20lbs) –  Weds, May 4th at 7:45 PM SOLD OUT
  • 101 – Puppy Kindergarten Small breed pups (under 15lbs)Thurs, May 5th at 6:30 PM
  • 101 – Puppy Kindergarten – Large breed pups (over 15lbs) Thurs, May 5th at 7:45 PM SOLD OUT
  • 201 – Puppy Elementary Large breed pups (over 20lbs) – Fri, May 6th at 6:30 PM SOLD OUT
  • 201 – Puppy Elementary Large breed pups (over 20lbs) – Fri, May 6th at 7:45 PM SOLD OUT

Mid May 2022

Dogtopia – Northwest
15504 West Spaulding Plaza Road in Omaha – Just north of 156th and Maple

  • 301 – Puppy High School Small breed pups (under 20lbs) – Tues, May 17th at 6:30 PM SOLD OUT
  • 301 – Puppy High School Large breed pups (over 20lbs) – Tues, May 17th at 7:45 PM SOLD OUT
  • 201 – Puppy Elementary– Small breed pups (under 20lbs) – Weds, May 18th at 6:30 PM  SOLD OUT
  • 201 – Puppy Elementary – Large breed pups (over 20lbs) –  Weds, May 18th at 7:45 PM SOLD OUT
  • 101 – Puppy Kindergarten – Small breed pups (under 15lbs) – Thurs, May 19th at 6:30 PM 2 Spots Left
  • 101 – Puppy Kindergarten – Large breed pups (over 15lbs) Thurs, May 19th at 7:45 PM SOLD OUT
  • 301 – Puppy High School Large breed pups (over 20lbs) – Fri, May 20th at 6:30 PM SOLD OUT
  • 301 – Puppy High School– Large breed pups (over 20lbs) Fri, May 20th at 7:45 PM 1 Spot Left

Dogtopia – Gretna
18920 Edna St – One block East of 192nd and Harrison

  • 101 -Puppy Kindergarten Small breed pups (under 15lbs) – Tues, May 17th at 6:30 PM SOLD OUT
  • 101 -Puppy Kindergarten Large breed pups (over 15lbs) – Tues, May 17th at 7:45 PM SOLD OUT
  • 301 – Puppy High School– Small breed pups (under 20lbs) – Weds, May 18th at 6:30 PM 2 Spots Left
  • 301 – Puppy High School – Large breed pups (over 20lbs) –  Weds, May 18th at 7:45 PM SOLD OUT
  • 201 – Puppy Elementary Small breed pups (under 20lbs)Thurs, May 19th at 6:30 PM 3 Spots Left
  • 201 – Puppy Elementary – Large breed pups (over 20lbs) Thurs, May 19th at 7:45 PM SOLD OUT

June 2022

Dogtopia – West Omaha
14485 West Center Road in Omaha – West of Oakview Mall, next to Shopko

  • 301 – Puppy High School  Small breed pups (under 20lbs)  Mon, June 6th at 6:30 PM 3 Spots Left
  • 301 – Puppy High School – Large breed pups (over 20lbs)  Mon, June 6th at 7:45 PM 2 Spots Left
  • 101 – Puppy Kindergarten Small breed pups (under 15lbs) Tues, June 7th at 6:30 PM
  • 101 – Puppy Kindergarten Large breed pups (over 15lbs) – Tues, June 7th at 7:45 PM SOLD OUT
  • 201 – Puppy Elementary – Small breed pups (under 20lbs) – Weds, June 8th at 6:30 PM 1 Spot Left
  • 201 – Puppy Elementary – Large breed pups (over 20lbs) –  Weds, June 8th at 7:45 PM SOLD OUT
  • 301 – Puppy High School – Small breed pups (under 20lbsThurs, June 9th at 6:30 PM 3 Spots Left
  • 301 – Puppy High School Large breed pups (over 20lbs) – Thurs, June 9th at 7:45 PM 1 Spot Left
  • 101 – Puppy Kindergarten Small breed pups (under 15lbs) – Fri, June 10th at 6:30 PM
  • 101 – Puppy Kindergarten Large breed pups (over 15lbs Fri, June 10th at 7:45 PM 1 Spot Left

Dogtopia – La Vista 
10411 Portal Rd #111, La Vista, NE 68128  – South of 114th and Giles

  • 201 – Puppy Elementary Small breed pups (under 20lbs) Mon, June 6th at 6:30 PM 3 Spots Left
  • 201 – Puppy Elementary Large breed pups (over 20lbs) Mon, June 6th at 7:45 PM SOLD OUT
  • 301 -Puppy High School Small breed pups (under 20lbs) – Tues, June 7th at 6:30 PM
  • 301 -Puppy High School Large breed pups (over 20lbs) Tues, June 7th at 7:45 PM SOLD OUT
  • 101 – Puppy Kindergarten – Small breed pups (under 15lbs) – Weds, June 8th at 6:30 PM 1 Spot Left
  • 101 – Puppy Kindergarten – Large breed pups (over 15lbs) –  Weds, June 8th at 7:45 PM SOLD OUT
  • 201 – Puppy Elementary Small breed pups (over 20lbs) – Thurs, June 9th at 6:30 PM 2 Spots Left
  • 201 – Puppy Elementary – Large breed pups (over 20lbs) Thurs, June 9th at 7:45 PM SOLD OUT
  • 301 -Puppy High School Large breed pups (under 20lbs)Fri, June 10th at 6:30 PM1 Spot Left
  • 301 -Puppy High School Large breed pups (over 20lbs) Fri, June 10th at 7:45 PM

 


 

Due to our small class sizes and amazing curriculum our classes almost always sell out in advance, so don’t delay in signing up.

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