Group Dog Training Classes for Sarasota and Bradenton

Dog Training Classes Sarasota, Bradenton, and Surrounding Areas

Our Group Dog Training Classes are different than those you’ll find anywhere else in the Bradenton or Sarasota areas. We believe it’s important to help educate you but we also want to entertain you at the same time. If you enjoy the learning process you will be more inclined to follow-through with the training outside of class.

Good CitiZEN Dog's philosophy is simple. We use fun, positive, scientific, reward-based methods and techniques to help train you and your dog. Unlike many trainers, we enjoy working with both people and their dogs. We use gentle encouragement and confidence building techniques to help you create the most positive relationship with your pet. We teach you the science that drives canine behavior and you learn the important facts about your dog so you are able to resolve problems even when we’re not around. With great patience, we take the time to help you understand why dogs behave the way they do and demonstrate how to get them to behave in ways that you prefer. Using exercises that are fun for both you and your favorite canine companion, you will see changes in your pet’s behavior from one week to the next. You and your pet will look forward to your daily training routine. Training does not need to be an unpleasant experience or a chore! Through group classes you will come to understand how your dog thinks, what motivates him or her, and learn to communicate effectively with each other. Using these training methods will help you to appreciate your pet’s potential and enable you to have a pet that is a pleasant and well-behaved companion.

Puppy Kindergarten 

This is a 6-week class designed to cover the basics of puppy training and care. In addition, this class is also a good starting point for dogs of any age that have not built a foundation of basic obedience. The initial focus of these classes is to provide intensive socializing opportunities and exercises for the puppies to encourage a sense of confidence, and to reduce fear. In addition, during this class we begin basic obedience training, place a special emphasis on attention & focus, and work heavily on impulse control. Our Bradenton and Sarasota Puppy Training Classes are serious fun!

Puppy II

This class is designed for older puppies and dogs who have a foundation of basic obedience. This is a 6-week class with a greater focus on generalizing basic obedience skills, attention & focus, and impulse control. This class also has plenty of on and off-leash play and interaction with other dogs and people. This is the time to manage behavior and instill solid skills. After this class you can feel confident that you dog is a well rounded Good Citizen of the Suncoast.


Advanced Obedience 

This class is designed for older puppies and adult dogs with good prior training experience and skill level. This challenging 6-week class focuses on advanced obedience skills for our furry companions in the Bradenton and Sarasota areas. The Advanced Obedience class is a preparation class for the AKC Canine Good Citizen Certification. We will work on building and generalizing extremely solid skills, performed with all levels of distractions. The conclusion of the class is the evaluation for the Canine Good Citizen. This is the epitome of ZEN!

Advanced Meet & Greet 

Advanced Meet & Greet Class is specifically designed for dogs that have difficulty interacting with others and/or elicit inappropriate behavior toward other dogs. Whether they come on with too much enthusiasm or are exhibiting unseemly behaviors, such as, lunging, snapping, barking, growling, or lunging this is a great class for any dog owner. It is also our most popular class. You are not alone; there are a great many dog owners who have this sort of difficulty. Currently offered at our partner facility Ace Pet Resort, this class is easily adaptable to any location. Click here to read on.

Slick Tricks

Every dog should have a few tricks up his or her sleeve! Have a great time with your dog while teaching a variety of tricks chosen with your dog’s particular personality and physique in mind. We cover a wide variety of fun tricks including (but, not limited to): spin, paw, take a bow, sit pretty, wave, hi five, rollover, jumps, weaving between your legs, and we take requests for additional tricks best suited to your dog! We use positive reinforcement, utilizing luring and free shaping techniques. This course is a great precursor to agility, therapy dog certification and a potential career as a dog star! Teaching tricks is a great way to enhance your relationship with your dog, to improve overall canine manners, and improve your skills as a trainer while having a blast! Will your dog be the next Bradenton Brainiac, or Sarasota Superstar?