Essential Puppy Training

Day Training Programs

Age: 4 to 8 months
Basic Obedience

The ultimate goal of dog training is to have a well-adjusted, confident, and happy dog. Dogs are social by nature, and their physiological health plays an important role in shaping their behavior.  Fitdog’s day training programs are developmentally-based and set appropriate goals and support dogs through their natural development.


Building a Foundation

In Puppy Essentials, the focus is building confidence by mastering core skills at a lower difficulty.  When they transition to the Foundational Obedience program, the dog trainer will increase difficulty by adding distractions and changing environments.

Core Skills include sit, down, focus, touch, wait, place, drop it, leave it plus leash walking, manners and recall.


Day Training Programs

Day training programs are Play & Train where dogs rotate between training and play or rest. Dogs have short attention spans. By rotating between training and play or rest, we increase focus and reduce frustration and fatigue.


  • $1,450 for 10 Sessions
  • 3-Hour Play & Train Sessions 
  • Sessions are dog only
  • Wrap up 1:1 Meeting with Trainer


Meet with a dog trainer to see if it’s the right program for you and your dog.

Why Choose Day Training?

There are many ways to approach dog training such as online webinars, workshops, in-person group classes, dog-only enrichment classes, day training programs and private sessions. Each offers a different set of benefits. Here is why day training may be right for you.

Consistent Training

Consistency is key in dog training. In day training, your dog works with an experienced and professional dog trainer one-on-one. This ensures your dog receives consistent training throughout the program. Consistency helps your dog learn and retain new behaviors more quickly and effectively. It also minimizes confusion and mixed messages that can occur with inconsistent training at home.



You don’t have to worry about finding time in your busy schedule to train your dog. The dog trainer can train your dog  during the day, allowing you to focus on other responsibilities or activities. This can be especially beneficial for busy families, working professionals, or anyone with limited time for training.


Customized Training Plans

Day training programs can be tailored to meet the specific needs and goals of your dog . The trainer will assess your dog’s behavior and temperament against your training objectives to create a customized training plan. This personalized approach ensures that your dog receives training that is appropriate and effective for them, maximizing their progress and success.


Socialization Opportunities

There are many opportunities for socialization with other dogs and people over the 3-hour session. This helps your dog develop appropriate social skills, become more confident, and learn how to interact with different types of dogs and people in a controlled and supervised environment.


Transferable Skills

The dog trainer focuses on teaching your dog foundation skills that are transferable to real-life situations. This includes behaviors such as loose leash walking as well as the core commands listed above.  These skills can be utilized in various settings, making your dog a well-behaved companion in different situations, including at home, in public, and during outings.


Pet Parent Education

All of our day training programs include educational components such as homework and a wrap up session so you can reinforce training at home.  This ensures that you are equipped with the knowledge and skills to continue the training and maintain the desired behaviors once your dog returns home.


Meet with a dog trainer to see if Day Training is right for you.


Benefits of Positive Reinforcement

At Fitdog, we are committed to using positive reinforcement dog training methods (R+) to improve confidence, offers longer term results over aversive methods, and builds a loving relationship with you and the dog trainer.


Ethical and Humane

Positive reinforcement dog training is based on rewarding and reinforcing desired behaviors rather than punishing unwanted behaviors. It focuses on building a trusting and respectful relationship between you and your dog, without resorting to fear, pain, or intimidation. Aversive training methods, on the other hand, may rely on punishment, dominance, or correction-based techniques that can cause fear, anxiety, and stress in your dog. This has been proven to lead to potential long-term harm to their mental and emotional well-being.


Effective and Lasting Results

R+ has been scientifically proven to be highly effective in modifying behavior and achieving long-lasting results. By rewarding and reinforcing desired behaviors, your dog is motivated to repeat those behaviors, leading to consistent and reliable responses. Aversive methods, on the other hand, may suppress behaviors temporarily but can result in fear, aggression, and other negative outcomes in the long run, as your dog may become anxious, defensive, or shut down.


Builds Trust and Bond

Positive reinforcement training strengthens the bond between you and your dog. It fosters a relationship based on trust, communication, and cooperation. Your dog learns to associate training with positive experiences. This enhances their willingness to learn, engage, and collaborate. In contrast, aversive methods can damage the trust and bond between you and your dog, eroding their confidence in you as a source of safety and security.


Promotes Cognitive and Emotional Development

Positive reinforcement training encourages your dog to think, problem-solve, and use their cognitive abilities. It stimulates their brain and promotes mental enrichment. This leads to increased confidence, resilience, and emotional well-being. Aversive methods, on the other hand, can create fear, stress, and anxiety, inhibiting your dog’s ability to learn, think, and emotionally regulate.


Versatile and Flexible

R+ can be applied to a wide range of behaviors and training goals, from basic obedience commands to advanced tricks, behavioral modification, and more. It is also well suited for different breeds, ages, and temperaments of dogs. Aversive methods, on the other hand, may be limited in their application and may not be suitable for all types of dogs or training objectives.


Meet with a trainer to discuss your training goals and see how they can help.