Dog Training at Wagsworth Manor

Award-Winning Dog Training in Malvern PA and the Philadelphia Main Line

Wagsworth Manor is pleased to offer affordable, effective Dog Training Programs in Malvern PA and throughout the Philadelphia Main Line. Our dog training programs are dedicated to enhancing the relationship between you and your pet. Whether you are looking to improve your furry family member’s manners, strengthen your bond, or provide a healthy outlet both mentally and physically, we can help you achieve your training goals. In a fun and positive environment, our training program will help you and your dog better understand and communicate with each other, ultimately leading to a harmonious lifelong relationship.

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Our Training Programs

Want to teach your pup the basics? Want to work directly with a trainer, but with one-on-one attention? Prefer to drop your dog off and pick them up with better behavior? Have a smarty pup who can’t wait to learn the next new thing? Wagsworth Manor’s Training Program has something for you and can design customized plans for you and your dog’s needs!

Board-n-Trains and Camp-n-Trains

Sessions are offered in daily half or full sessions with customized training plans. Whether your canine companion is spending the night with us while you are away or is here for the day, our trainers work one-on-one with your dog to lay the foundation, help achieve more consistent results, and then transfer the skills needed so you can continue to reinforce the positive behaviors at home. All training sessions are completely tailored and customized to you and your dog in order to help you reach your training goals.

Skills Taught include (and are not limited to):

  • Obedience such as sit, down, recall, stay, loose leash walking and leave it
  • Behavioral Solutions such as jumping, inappropriate chewing, leash reactivity, nipping and mouthing

Sessions are Offered in daily Half or Full Sessions with customized Training Plans

Enrichment Sessions

Have a high-energy dog who likes puzzles, enjoys learning new tasks, or benefits from extra mental stimulation? Our Enrichment Sessions are a great add-on service for our Daycamp Program. Not only will your dog expend physical energy, but he’ll also receive extra mental stimulation to help tucker him out, allowing you to relax together at the end of a long day. Your dog will receive gentle one-on-one guidance in our daily enrichment activity that will appeal to dogs of any age, breed or skill level. An excellent way to entertain dogs with limited physical abilities as well as brainiac dogs.

Activities include:

  • Training Walks
  • Doggie Flirt Pole
  • Treat Puzzles
  • Agility
  • Nose Work

Puppy Preschool

Start your puppy on the right track to becoming a well-behaved family member with our Puppy Pre-School Program, an all-inclusive basic training and socialization program tailored to each puppy's unique personality and learning style. By entrusting our highly experienced trainers to safely and properly introduce your puppy to things they’ll encounter throughout their daily life, you can be assured you are setting your puppy up for success! Puppies enrolled in this program come in for a day of learning, exercise and fun and go home with positive, lifelong skills - and friends!

Skills Taught include:

Potty Training, Crate Training, Basic Obedience, Proper Socialization, and address common puppy behaviors such as nipping and mouthing, jumping, and chewing.

Private & In-Home Lessons

Either at Wagsworth Manor Pet Resort or in the comfort of your own home, work with a trainer on a specialized behavior without your dog getting distracted by the rest of the class. Schedule a private coaching session focusing on obedience, problem solving, or behavior modification and learn how to get your dog on the road to success.

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Group Classes

Wagsworth Manor is thrilled to be offering group training classes taught by our very talented and experienced training staff. The classes are designed for FUN first and foremost. Whether you are looking to start your puppy off right or teach your old dog new tricks, our weekday, evening, and weekend classes will help you learn the basics or fine tune more advanced skills. With the help of our trainers, you too can have that well-behaved pooch you have always dreamed of and in the process, strengthen the bond you have with your favorite canine companion!

Ages: 10 weeks to 7 months old

Prerequisites: None

Early training and socialization of puppies & their parents helps establish good habits and healthy relationships right from the start! In this 6 week class, we’ll help cultivate basic manners and help your puppy achieve an AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy certification and ribbon upon graduation, as well as address how to handle common puppy behaviors such as crate training, proper greetings, and mouthing.

This series includes:

  • Social Skills - Teach your pup to enjoy being touched for easy nail clippings, vet exams, grooming, etc.
  • Crate & House Training- Get the A to Z on potty training with helpful tips.
  • Basic Manners- Teach your pup to sit rather than jump, pay attention, leave it,  and walk nicely on leash.
  • Basic Cues - Learn important communication skills that will set your puppy up for being a well-mannered furkid.
  • Fun, and more Fun!

Prerequisites: Puppy Preschool or equivalent course or over 6 months old

Lay the foundation for a well-mannered dog.  Includes all the basic cues needed to make your dog the talk of the town (in a good way).

This series includes:

  • Basic cues – Sit, down, stay. Duration, distraction, and distance. Refining behaviors and both verbal and hand cues – gestures only, verbal only.
  • Recall – coming when called
  • Walking on a leash without pulling – Stop people from asking who’s walking whom.
  • No jumping on people – or to jump on cue for those who enjoy it.
  • Leave it – teach your dog to resist temptation.
  • Drop it – To release toys or not toys.
  • Introduction to “settle”
  • Fun - Always!

Ages: Over 6 months old

Prerequisite:  Good Manners I or equivalent

A great continuation of training for a more reliable and focused pooch. Course is based on the AKC Canine Good Citizen criteria with the option to take the evaluation on the last day of class.

This series includes:

  • Basic cues – Sit, down, stay
  • Recall – coming when called
  • Walking nicely on Leash
  • Walking through a crowd
  • Passing other dogs
  • Handling
  • No Jumping on People
  • Calm with distraction
  • 3 minute separation with supervision

Ages: Over 1 year old

Prerequisites: Good Manners I or equivalent

Agility isn’t just about your dog learning to go on, over, under and through obstacles. It’s also about refining communication and teaching your dog that paying attention to you is a gateway to fun.

This series includes:

  • Training skills – hand and object targeting, shaping, back chaining and body cues
  • Refining basic behaviors – sit, stay, down
  • Body Awareness – balancing, backing up, stability
  • Obstacle skills – hurdles, pause table, tunnel, dog walk, intro to teeter
  • Fun – Always!

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Meet Dog Trainer: Chris Pizzi

Chris has always had a love for animals since a very early age. Growing up, he would sneak off into his Uncle’s kennel to cuddle up with his hunting dogs. When Chris was only 8, he even trained his family’s dog, Max, advanced tricks like shutting off the lights. After high school, Chris attended Kutztown University and DuCret School of Art. He then adopted his own dog, Johnny Cash, who proved to be quite the handful, which made him realize his passion for training.

He worked with pets of family and friends before going on to graduate Animal Behavior College as a certified dog trainer. There, he maintained near perfect scores and learned a variety of different skills and methods of training with help from his Mentor. He went on to study Rehabilitation of Shelter Dogs, Pet Massage, Canine Diet and Nutrition and Managing Dog-Dog Play.

Chris is always continuing his education and looking to advance his expertise by studying many world-renowned animal trainers and their new styles and training methods as well as obtaining more certifications in the field of animal training. He continues to work with his dog, Cash, every day in advanced obedience, trick training and off leash training. Chris also mentor’s future dog obedience trainers through the same program he completed. He is very excited to continue to adopt, rehabilitate and train many more pets of his own in the future. Chris is extremely excited to help our clients and companions achieve a happy, successful and balanced lifelong bond.


I can’t say enough great things about Wagsworth Manor. We have been taking our treasured furry family members there for 6 years. Luckie and Yogi are happy going in, and more importantly, happy when they are leaving. They are very well cared for and the staff treats them like they are their own. We can’t recommend Wagsworth Manor enough!

Lisa S.

Wagsworth have always provided excellent care for our pets and we fully trust them. In fact, we’ve gone out of our way to continue to use them.

Brad Homa

Our pup always arrives happy so i know she’s comfortable to be there and leaves happy and clean! The staff is very friendly and cares for your fur baby as you would expect. Highly recommend.

Michael Casselli

We love Wagsworth Manor and let’s be honest, our dog Carmen loves it even more! The staff is amazing, friendly and kind. They know animals so well and have a passion for what they do. We know our dog is in good hands when she is there. Great place to bring your animals, highly recommend this luxury hotel for the furry elite!

Lauren T.