The Practical Pet Protocol: Group Dog Training Classes and Puppy Socialization Classes Pittsburgh

Register for ADULT Group Classes:

Pet Valu

4960 William Flinn Highway, Allison Park, PA 15101

“Drop in” classes-Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-7pm (see below for class schedule)

Cost is $135 for 6 classes of your choice, or $25 per class

This class has been cancelled until further notice due to COVID-19.

Additional Information:

10% off renewal (for 6 class package only)

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

Register for PUPPY SOCIAL Classes:

Pet Valu

4960 William Flinn Highway, Allison Park, PA 15101

Saturdays from 10:30am to 11:30am –Start Date TBA

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

Additional Information:

Puppies must be 8-16 weeks old- no exceptions

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!

More Information About ADULT Group Class:

When it comes to group obedience classes, Pivotal Dog Training is pushing the envelope and bringing a comprehensive and practical course for our beloved dogs! The Practical Pet Protocol is designed to not only cover the basics in canine obedience, but to also make it a rewarding experience that can be utilized both in and outside the classroom environment!

An introductory-level course, the Practical Pet Protocol will teach and provide the following:

  • How to train your dog with basic commands, such as Sit, Stay, Heel, Down, Come, and Place.
  • How to use these commands outside the class, and in environments that are controlled or chaotic. The Practical Pet Protocol understands that often times, we require our dog’s attention and follow-through when they are in distracting environments, hence why we show you and your dog how to succeed with these commands in any situation!
  • Distraction training with real-life scenarios and distractions, such as a dinner table simulation and working on exercises among other dogs and people.
  • A 40 page manual will be included with the curriculum, along with committed help from the trainer, and a mobile app that helps owners to practice their class exercises.

Our trainers have dealt with and helped many dogs overcome all types of behavioral issues. They understand that for some dogs, a group setting might not be good place for them to behaviorally flourish. If this is the case, our trainers are happy to set you and your dog up in one of their in-home training programs, so that your dog receives the specialized, one-on-one attention they need.

Please note that some dogs cannot be accepted in the Practical Pet Protocol classes. This includes:

  • Dogs that are younger than six months old.
  • Dogs that have existing behavior problems, such as anxiety, fear, or aggressive issues, etc.
  • Dogs with leash reactive problems.

To help promote and ensure the health and safety of our clients and their dogs, we also expect all admitted dogs to be up-to-date on their vaccinations.

More Information About PUPPY SOCIAL Class:

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.

If your dog is not the right fit for the Practical Pet Protocol, have no fear! We can enlist them in a private training program of ours. For in-home training, or to find a Practical Pet Protocol class near you, call 412.533.3947 or email us through our contact form!