How Much Does Dog Training Cost at Petco?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 10, 2018

Petco, one of the United States largest pet retailer, offers a variety of dog training classes, ranging from a beginner’s class for a puppy to a preparation class which prepares your dog for the AKC CGC certification.

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How much do Petco dog training classes cost?

The costs of a Petco dog training class will depend on the type of class you plan on taking as the company, as seen here, offers a variety of classes.  To get more information in regards to pricing, we called a local Petco to see what each level would cost and included our findings below inside the table:

Type of ClassPrice Quoted
Puppy Level 1$110
Puppy Level 2$110
Puppy Essentials Package$200
Puppy Complete Package$300
AKC S.T.A.R Puppy Test$10
Adult Level 1$110
Adult Level 2$110
AKC Canine Good Citizen$110
AKC Canine Good Citizen Test$10
Dog Essentials Package$200
Dog Complete Package$300
Leash Manners workshop$110
Sit and Down workshop$110
Stay workshop$110
Greeting People Politely workshop$110
Potty Training workshop$110
Behavioral Substitution workshop$110
Crate Training workshop$110
Wait and Leave It workshop$110
Private Lessons$70/hr or $200 for a 4-hour package

NOTE:  Granted, these are just estimates received from our local location for group classes only and are subject to change.  Use these as an estimate only as private lessons and prices can change over time.  Refer to the class descriptions below for more information.

A member on this Reddit.com thread said he was quoted $109 for a six-week program and was wondering if it was worth the money.  The top responses noted the classes can be worth it, but it is best to talk to the trainer ahead of time to know how they train the classes as some will follow the Petco training book while others may branch off with their own techniques.

Petco obedience class options

Puppy Level 1 – A six-week class designed for puppies two to four months old.  This introductory group will focus on introduction, socialization and will help teach your puppies the basics such as sit, come and walking loosely while on a leash.  This class will also cover ways to solve popular problems such as chewing, digging, teething and potty training.

Puppy Level 2 – Expanding upon the level 1 class, this six-week session, designed for puppies four to six months old, will phase out into other phases such as using treats to reward your puppy and introducing activities to keep your puppy active.

Puppy Essentials Package – This two-class package combines both level 1 and level 2 class plus the AKC S.T.A.R. puppy test.

Puppy Complete Package – This premium package includes everything in the Essentials package plus an additional adult dog class.

Adult Dog Level 1 – A six-week introductory class designed for any dog older than six months.  This class is designed to help communicate and train an older dog with basic commands such as sit, wait and stay.  Like the puppy package, it will also address challenges such as barking and digging.

Adult Dog Level 2 – A class for dogs that graduated from the level 1 class.  This class touches upon the lessons learned in level 1 and also teaches your dog games it can play to keep its mind active.

Canine Good Citizen Class – The top-tier class designed for all dogs that graduated the level 2 class and will prepare your dog for the AKC CGC test.  The American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen (AKC CGC) certification is known as a very high standard of a dog’s behavior and can be a starting point for therapy dog training.

Adult Dog Essentials Package – A starter package which will combine the level 1 and 2 or good citizen class.  It will also include the AKC Canine Good Citizen test.

Adult Dog Complete Package – A premium package which combines all three classes mentioned prior plus a private lesson and the AKC Canine Good Citizen test.

Leash Manners Workshop – A one-hour workshop which helps your dog learn how to walk on a loose leash and behavior properly when being walked.

Sit and Down Workshop – A one-hour workshop which helps your dog learn two popular commands via positive reinforcement — sit and lay down.

Stay Workshop – This workshop focuses solely on the “stay” command, allow your dog to stay safe in non-leash situations.

Greeting People Politely Workshop – As the name claims, this workshop places an emphasis on greeting strange people with a positive first-time impression.

Potty Training Workshop – This workshop offers all of the tools necessary to help your dog plan, learn and establish a potty training route.

Behavioral Substitution Workshop – A workshop designed for dogs that have an issue chewing, barking and/or digging, which may cause a lot of stress at home.  This class offers owners the tools necessary to work with and correct the situation.

Crate Training Workshop – Designed to help your dog cope with the crate while inside, allowing the dog to react positively when you’re away.

Wait and Leave It Workshop – Yet another workshop which helps your dog understand two basic commands — wait and leave.  Don’t confuse the two with “no” or “stay.”

Tips to know

In order to take any of the classes mentioned above, your dog will need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.  Check with your local state and city to see which vaccinations your dog needs as all areas will vary.

Always check out the official website before signing up for classes as the company seems to offer promotions frequently.  For example, at the time of this publishing, they were offering $50 reward dollars if you purchased any level 1, 2 or package.


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