Dog Training at Wagsworth Manor

Professional Dog Training in Malvern PA
and the Philadelphia Main Line

Wagsworth Manor is pleased to offer professional, comprehensive Dog Training Programs including Group Classes, Puppy Socialization, and Private Lessons in Malvern PA and throughout the Philadelphia Main Line. Our Dog Training Programs are dedicated to enhancing the relationship and communication between parent and 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.

Group Training Classes

Wagsworth Manor is thrilled to be offering group training classes taught by our talented, professional dog trainers. The classes are designed around fun and learning. 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!

S.T.A.R. Puppy Class

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!

Good Manners Class

Prerequisites: Puppy Preschool or equivalent course or over 7 months old

Looking to take your skills to the next level? Join our Good Manners Class! Whether you’re looking to teach your dog new behaviors or make already known cues more reliable, this intermediate class will help you get there while having fun throughout the process!

This series refines:

  • 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.
  • Fun - Always!

Trick Training Class

Ages: Over 7 months old

Prerequisite:  STAR Puppy Class, Good Manners or equivalent

Build and strengthen your relationship with your dog by developing fun, new skills and turning basic obedience cues into advanced behaviors! Our Trick Training class is designed for you and your pup to have a blast together, work as a team, and enjoy some fun mental stimulation. All teams work at their own pace and can be repeated as many times as you’d like since there is always more tricks to learn!

This series includes:

  • Shake & Wave
  • Play Dead
  • Weave between your legs
  • Spin/Twirl
  • And more!

Intro to Agility

Ages: Over 1 year old

Prerequisites: Good Manners 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!

Our Training Programs

Have a puppy you want to socialize and teach the basics to? Want to work directly with a trainer? 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 our professional trainers are happy to 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 to you 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, daycamp, 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 that you are setting your puppy up for a lifetime of success! Puppies enrolled in this program come in for a minimum of 2 days per week 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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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.

Testimonials

Sarah Badman
Sarah Badman
January 19, 2022.
I love wagsworth so much my dog loves it and I love how tired he is when he gets home.
Lizzie Cordone
Lizzie Cordone
January 18, 2022.
My dog Miles absolutely LOVES wagsworth! He attends day camp 4 days a week and comes home ready for a good nights sleep. We have seen so many improvements in his behavior since he started at wagsworth as a young puppy. The staff takes such amazing care of miles and makes sure he and all the other dogs are safe! Cannot recommend wagsworth enough.
Nancy McKernan
Nancy McKernan
January 13, 2022.
Wagsworth has cared for my dog for a year in dog day camp. The staff I have interacted with are all professional and have a strong connection with the care pets receive. Most importantly my dog runs down the hall at drop off never looking back! He absolutely LOVES going to Wagsworth!
Jenny Maylott
Jenny Maylott
January 13, 2022.
My dog absolutely loves going to Wagsworth ! He knows when we are close and gets so excited. It truly is a dog heaven from the day camp fun to the staff who are the most friendly, caring and dedicated team. You can tell they all love the dogs so much and enjoy what they do. We have also boarded our dog here and he always comes home happy and tired from so much play time. Thank you for all you do it is greatly appreciated! I would highly recommend to anyone with dogs that need some extra play time and attention during the day.
Alex Finfer
Alex Finfer
December 29, 2021.
Like most dog owners, I am obsessed with my dog. I am very critical of boarding/Daycare and have always been anxious about leaving him places. Wagsworth is the only place I am comfortable bringing him too. The obvious things: 1. safe, well kept facility 2. very nice, accommodating staff Though the reason I only trust this place: 1. The first time I brought my dog there, my dog had a skin tag/some small bump that was a little cut (my dog was chewing it and it was having issues healing). During his visit he chewed at it and cut it open. The staff cleaned it and made sure it healed ok. When I picked up my dog it looked better than when I dropped him off. 2. My dog stayed over a week period where the weather fluctuated a lot. The staff provided my dog with a sweater on days it was chilly (no cost) Needless to stay, this place can be pretty pricey, but I’ve had issues with other facilities (my dog getting attacked, cleaving with infections, etc). This place takes great care of my dog and it is worth every penny. They also have a lot of a la cart services to make sure your animal has a great time.
Mary Anne Victa
Mary Anne Victa
December 28, 2021.
Our cat, Sketchy, has been here several times and when we pick him up, we can tell he was well cared for.

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