Pivotal Dog Training now offers group dog training classes:

Register for our current group dog training classes:

Pet Valu– 4960 William Flinn Highway, Allison Park, PA 15101

  • “Drop in” classes-Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7pm (see below for class schedule) starting July 31st 2018– click here to register
  • Cost is $135 for 6 classes of your choice (10% off renewal) OR $25 per class
  • Payment by cash, credit card, or check accepted at beginning of each class
  • Each attendant receives a “Class Punch Card” with their purchase of 6 classes and MUST present card to the trainer at the beginning of each class

Click Here for the Drop In Group Class Schedule

Does your dog ignore commands and leash signals? Are you often left feeling like you’re on the wrong end of the leash? Is your relationship with your pet full of stress and frustration? If so, Practical Pet Protocol is the program for you.

Practical Pet Protocol is a new opportunity offered by Pivotal Dog Training to owners in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. Practical Pet Protocol is a group dog training opportunity, developed by experienced in-home trainers looking to reach out and help dog owners with pets in need of basic obedience and light behavioral training.

When you graduate from Practical Pet Protocol, you’ll feel confident, empowered, and pleased with your newly-trained pooch.

What sets Practical Pet Protocol apart from other group training programs?

  • We don’t just teach basic obedience commands to your dog, we teach you everything we know about proper delivery and canine communication so you feel comfortable commanding your dog to sit, stay, lie down, heel, and come.
  • We teach you how to use the knowledge of basic obedience to curb other light behavior problems your dog may acquire in the future.
  • We simulate real-world situations such as crowded rooms, dinner tables, interactions with other animals, etc. to test the training in an environment filled with distractions, ensuring the training is solid.
  • We teach you how to bond properly with your dog and ensure your relationship is built on a foundation of mutual trust and respect.
  • We give you a 40+ page manual and access to our mobile app, making it easy for you to practice the new training skills at home.

Practical Pet Protocol is taught by Greg Stewart, a graduate of the Canine Trade Group school, the head trainer/owner of Pivotal Dog Training, and a lifelong dog lover.

We do not recommend this group training course for dogs with severe behavior problems, such as anxiety, aggression, and leash reactivity. However, we can address these particular issues one-on-one through a variety of customizable in-home training programs. Dogs younger than six months of age would also not benefit from Practical Pet Protocol. If you would like more information on our other training options please contact us directly. 

Puppy Social Classes

Pet Valu– 4960 William Flinn Highway, Allison Park, PA 15101

Every other Saturday from 11am-12pm from August 4th to September 15th

$20 per class- paid online or before admission (cash or card)

Puppies must be 8-16 weeks old- no exceptions

Class Schedule

August 4th- Intro to Class

September 15th – Final Class/Graduation!

Our Puppy Social Class is designed to provide a fun, safe and clean environment for your puppy to interact with new objects, textures, toys and obstacles.  All of course while being in the presence of other attending puppy playmates!

What is Socialization?


  1. – the activity of mixing socially with others.

“socialization with students has helped her communication skills”

  1. – the process of learning to behave in a way that is acceptable to society.

“preschool starts the process of socialization”

In relation to puppies, socialization is a fundamental part of setting the puppy up for success for the rest of their life as they mature into adulthood. It is essential that they learn how to properly interact with people and dogs of all ages and size, as well that they are exposed to a variety of objects and environments. All of which should be carefully controlled to ensure the pup makes a positive association to all things they will encounter throughout his or her lifetime.

Why Should I Socialize My Puppy?

Puppies ages 8 to 16 weeks should be carefully exposed to different objects, people, dogs and environments in a controlled and positive manner – this age period is often referred to as the “Critical Socialization Period.” After this stage, if a puppy has not been exposed to enough nuances within the variety of examples above, it could become fearful of them as they mature; which could cause behavioral issues down the road.