Leader of the Pack Canine Institute’s

Training Program 

Voted #1 in the Lehigh Valley 5 Years in a Row!

readers choice and best of the valley 2011-2015 better

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Our Trainers:

Lisa McDonald


Owner/Master Trainer/Behavior Specialist

Lead Trainers:

John McDonald, AKC CGC Evaluator

Thomas McDonald

Ian Shulman,  AKC CGC Evaluator

Jason McDonald

Assistant Trainers:

Judy McDonald

Gabby Reinhart

Caitlyn Sczankonyi

We offer all levels of dog training to the Lehigh Valley, including obedience training, AKC Canine Good Citizen Training and Certification and Private In Home Training or In Center Training for behavior modification including dog aggression. View the curriculum for each below.

Dog Aggression
LOPCI specializes in all levels of dog aggression. Our award winning behavior modification program rehabilitates the dog using desensitization and counter conditioning methods. Private dog aggression sessions can be held in your home or at our training center.

Puppy Training and Socialization (6 weeks course/$179)
This group class is a 6 week course that is for puppies that are ages 8 weeks thru 6 months. The trainers will focus on enhancing the puppy’s socialization skills with other puppies as well as with humans.This time period is the most critical period in a dog’s life for developing self confidence, socialization skills, bite inhibition,as well as learning manners. A 6 ft. training leash is required for class – no retractable leashes, chain link leashes or loop leads. Second sets of Distemper puppy shots are required to attend Puppy Training and Socialization class. Bringing treats that your pet will want to work for is suggested for food based rewarding. Visit our shop page to purchase training treats. Our trainers use the Pro-Treats freeze dried liver.

Topics covered in class will include but are not limited to loose leash walk, sit/stay, down/stay, and a reliable “come” recall. Household manners will also be part of the curriculum including puppy mouthing and nipping, crate training and housebreaking, the “off” command for unwanted jumping, “quiet” for excessive barking or whining, “leave it/take it” commands and much more. And of course, there will be plenty of off leash play time for the puppies to interact and build their socialization skills.

Adult I Obedience (6 weeks course/$179)
This 6 week course is for dogs ages 6 months and older. These training classes are designed to help socialize and train older puppies and adult dogs, and include problem-solving ideas for basic behavior problems. Through various group lessons and discussions, the trainers will show you how to successfully communicate with your pet. Learn the secret to successful dog training – “conditioned responses”. Class curriculum includes, but is not limited to, the loose leash walk, “sit/stay, and down/stay”, “stand”, the come recall, “off” for unwanted jumping, “quiet” for excessive barking or whining, “leave it/take it”, drop it, and much more. Learn how to communicate with your dog as you learn “canine communication”. This portion of the class will strengthen the bond between you and your pet. You will learn to understand distance increasing, distance decreasing and calming signals presented by your pet. A 6 ft. leash, rabies vaccine are required for class. Bringing treats that your pet will want to work for is suggested for food based rewarding. Visit our shop page to purchase training treats. Our trainers use the Pro-Treats freeze dried liver.

Adult II Obedience (6 weeks course/$195)
Is your dog ready for the ultimate in challenges? This 6 week course will definitely give your dog the opportunity to use his canine senses and expand his thinking capacity. Exercises will include down stays at a distance, next to other dogs, out of site recalls, long distance commands. Motivation is the key in developing a reliable dog. Our trainers will continue to increase distractions to an outdoor level, as well as expand and increase your pet’s self-control, socialization skills and manners.

Agility I (6 weeks course/$179)
Agility is the most fun you can have with your dog! It’s a winning combination of accuracy and speed, but most of all, TEAMWORK! If you have a special bond with your dog, then you have everything you need to have fun in agility! It’s a great way to build confidence in dogs, can transform an idle dog into an active one and allows for mental stimulation with its quick thinking movements.

LOPCI offers a 6 week beginner course in which you and your pet will be introduced to the agility equipment, learn each piece of equipment and have fun running the course. Cost of this 6 week course is $179. A $49 deposit is required to reserve your spot in one of our classes.

Agility II (6 weeks course/$179)
Agility I is a prerequisite for this course. Dogs and handlers must have an understanding of the agility equipment. Agility II will focus on increasing speed and accuracy through the agility course. The cost for Agility II is $179, A $49 deposit is required to reserve your spot in one of our classes.

Day Care “Training Packages”
These packages are for the pet parent that wants to give their pet a day of fun and play as well as fun and learning. Our Day Care Training Package prepares your dog for more advanced levels of training. This package includes six one hour sessions with our trainer on the most basic aspects of training. This could be used as a prerequisite for entering our intermediate and advanced training classes.

AKC Canine Good Citizen
The American Kennel Club’s CGC Class is designed to prepare you to take the Canine Good Citizen test as well as improve on commands you’ve already learned. Lessons include the importance of greeting a friendly stranger, walking through a crowd, ignoring distractions and more. Our AKC certified evaluator will administer the AKC CGC test and certify your dog at the end of the course.

Conformation Handling
Our trainers will condition your dog for the show ring. Learn proper Ring etiquette and protocols, understand what a judge is looking for, basic canine anatomy, and how to best represent your dog. Call for availability and pricing: 610-366-8282.

In-Home Training
We can train your dog in your own home. Some behavioral issues are best addressed in the pet’s home environment. Many of these poor behaviors are territorial where triggers and stimuli are only found in the home. Our trainers are experienced in working with canine behavior problems including dog aggression. During these training sessions, we work with the pet family to improve handling and communication skills with their pet. We understand that most behavioral problems are not fixed in 2 hours. Free follow up sessions are included. Each of our In-home sessions also come with a FREE 4 hour temperament evaluation for our Doggie Day Care as well as a spot in one of our Canine Communication Seminars at our facility. Call for pricing. 610-366-8282

* Updated vaccinations are required to attend classes.

Proudly serving the Allentown, Bethlehem, Macungie, Orefield, Saucon Valley, Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas.

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