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Technique. Follow Through. Growth.

Technique- Young’s Dog Training uses a non-aversive approach that mixes nonverbal communication with motivation to tap into your pet’s potential for success.

Follow Through- We are committed to educating you and demonstrating your pet’s cues to continue your dog’s journey every step of the way. Success and happiness are our main goals.

Growth- We want to help you and your dog grow to be the best companions you can be by offering continued training plans as your dog tackles through the various hurdles in life.

Trainer

Jonathan

About Jonathan

I’ve been Dog Training since September of 2010.

I completed a 2-year hands-on training course between 2010 and 2012. It was a comprehensive and practical study in the fields of dog behavior, handling, and training. During that period, I completed 300 practical teaching hours of group class instruction and behavioral handling.

I completed 40 plus hours of Mentor Instructor /Dog Trainer certification through Petco in 2014.

Since 2017, I am an approved American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Class Testing Evaluator. In 2018, I was also approved as an American Temperament Test Evaluator.

I completed a 40 hour dog training course through Petco in 2013 called “Positive dog training”.

I was a Group Obedience Dog Trainer at Petco from 2013 through 2016.

I have been a Mentor Instructor for Animal Behavior College since 2014.

In 2017, I became a professional member with the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP).

I was a Service Dog class Instructor for MOPP from 2016 to 2018.

Since 2016, I have been running my own Dog Training Company. I offer group obedience classes, owner-focused individual sessions, and a boot camp board and train option. The style of training ranges from basic obedience to service level work.

In April of 2022, I completed a Pet CPR/First Aid Certification through the Front Line Coalition.

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Testimonials

Jane Baumgartner
Jane Baumgartner
June 10, 2022.
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Jonathan’s puppy training class was so helpful! He came prepared every class with points of focus and my pup Frankie responded very positively! I dropped the ball with doing my homework during the week because I know that would’ve made all the difference! Overall, I was very happy and satisfied with the skills and training from this class and I would highly recommend him for any type of dog obedience class! Times/location were quite convenient as well!
Heather Guilkey Williams
Heather Guilkey Williams
May 2, 2022.
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Jonathan did a great job helping us train our Australian Shepherd puppy. He was consistent, had great communication, helped us to understand our puppy, & gave us practical ways to train our dog effectively while having fun! We are looking forward to the next set of training!
Dena Cranney
Dena Cranney
April 26, 2022.
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Jonathan in an amazing! In the little time we spent with him. He’s done wonders for my hyper uncontrollable puppy. Jonathan gave all the information to take home and taught us techniques to work on at home. Highly recommend!!!
JoAnn Spann
JoAnn Spann
April 10, 2022.
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Johnathan has helped tremendously with my Dozer. We have worked on fear, manners and socializing with other dogs. I highly recommend.
Ryan Troll
Ryan Troll
February 9, 2022.
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Our puppy Lola, a black lab, went to Young’s for some basic puppy training, at the age of 12 weeks. She was doing puppy things: potty in the house, chew on anything accessible, etc. Well after spending 30 days with Jonathan, Lola came home and has blown our minds with how well she behaves!!She rings the bell on the door when she needs to go potty, she can differentiate between her toys and untouchable items very well, learned to walk on a leash without choking herself, sitting, staying, and “leave it”. I would 100 out of 100 times recommend Young’s to anyone seeking well behaved dogs. Thanks so much Jonathan and Young’s!!
Amanda Matlock
Amanda Matlock
January 16, 2022.
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I have nothing but good things to say about Young’s dog training! Jonathan does a great job of teaching the owners how to effectively communicate with their pet in order to gain positive results. He provides great handouts that review the weekly lessons and checks in to make sure everyone is experiencing success. Jonathan is very a very knowledgeable and talented instructor and I would highly recommend attending his classes.
Linda Vlasich
Linda Vlasich
August 23, 2019.
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If you want to work with a caring & knowledgeable dog trainer, Young’s is the best. I give 5 stars!
Trish Alexandre
Trish Alexandre
June 13, 2019.
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Joe and I are so happy with the way Jonathan helped us make our rescue dog Jasper a part of our family. Jasper came to us with an assortment of issues and now he has much more confidence and much less anxiety. Jonathan taught us how to read the signs and how to guide his behavior. He was patient with us and with Jasper
Kim Russell
Kim Russell
May 29, 2019.
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Nancy was only with you a short time but she is a much calmer puppy. thank you!!
Kathy Fossick
Kathy Fossick
December 16, 2018.
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Jonathan is one of the most dedicated trainers I have met. He has the unique ability to focus on your pet. He is insightful, in "reading" dogs, and gears the training to your dogs personality. He worked with our pup and taught me how to communicate commands with ease. I would highly recommend Jonathan to anyone interested in training a dog the correct way.

FAQs

Do you offer Group Obedience classes?

Yes we offer a variation of starter classes based on the life stage your dog is at. Each of these classes have advanced courses that helps you grow and expand your pups potential.

Does Day Camp Training have a set curriculum?

Each 2 week session covers a set lesson plan based on your dogs age. These lesson plans can be modified based on where your dog is at or if you are focusing specifically on a certain direction with your dogs training.

How does DayCamp training work?

Day Camp captures the essence of bootcamp training giving your dog focused 1 on 1 attention with an experienced trainer to work through the desired cues you are wanting taught or set within the curriculum paired with owner focused sessions teaching you how to follow through with the training at home so you can reinforce what was taught each day during the night and weekends. The individual lessons are vital to the success of this course due to the major element of training is environmental management.

Which is better Bootcamp, Daycamp, Owner focused sessions, or Group Classes?

Part of this depends on how involved you want to be. If you time on your hands, like to learn, and want to be the one training your dog then the owner focused or group classes would be ideal for you as they are focused on teaching you how to communicate and get the desired responses you want within your home and social life. Day camp training can be an option here if your days seem crazy and prefer a trainer to help your puppy figure out the concepts but you split the heavy lifting by working through the cues at home as well then utilizing the professional trainers expertise in the development of the concepts during the day might be a great option as you dont have to worry about missing a behavior offered. This gives you daily feedback and focus from the trainer as your puppy learns and grows with the training while helping critique and amp up your training skills. For those who live a busy life and time is scarce a boot camp board and train or day camp would be the better option to fit your lifestyle. With bootcamp board and train the trainer does the heavy lifting and helps your puppy figure out how to live within the human world. Since smells and textures are a big thing to puppies and dogs. The trainer can easily break reinforced learned behaviors or help a naive puppy make the right decision by chewing on a toy instead of the socks. You end up with one simple role at the end. the trainer sits with you to go over all the dog learned, discuss adjusting some of the routines within your household for a temporary period and gives you the guidelines on how to reinforce what your puppy learned so that the puppy/dog doesn’t try to train you and understands the lay of the land within your home.

Pickup and delivery times

We want this to be easy for you – we will set up a time that best works with your schedule for picking up and dropping off your pet.

Extra fees?

Dog food is provided by you during training, with all excess returned back with dog upon completion. Any extra food required will be added to invoice upon returning your pup. Brand/type can be selected by pet parent or chosen by us!

Veterinarian visits: We will take your pet to all scheduled vaccines appts and regular wellness checks while in our care. The client can set up appointments at their preferred office or we can take your pet to our vet (Animal Talk, Wentzville MO). We will discuss with you any required vet fees, share all vet recommendations in the situation for you to make the best decision on what you want to spend during those visits. We will cover the cost during the training and add it to the end bill or you can prepay. Whichever is more convenient for you.

Do I need to make an appointment?

We welcome you to call or email and ask any questions. If you decide to set up a training session/package, we will schedule a consultation with your pet that works best with your schedule to establish training end result expectations.

Can I bring my own food?

Absolutely – in fact, we encourage it. If however, you would like us to take care of your dog’s food needs, we can gladly do that as well. Any money spent will get added to the end bill.

Can my dog be taken to my preferred grooming salon?

Yes, we are more than happy to travel to your stylist to ensure your puppy gets the best care during his/her bath and cut.

Is puppy bootcamp worth the investment?

Yes and no, If you are the hands on type that enjoys being apart of every moment and doing the teaching yourself then group or owner focused might be the best route for you. For those who have a busy chaotic life yes the trainer does all the hard work teaching the concepts and you just reinforce when they come home. Enrolling your puppy at 8 weeks sets them up for continued success with constant dog-to-dog socialization. Home and work life can be chaotic and limits the invested time needed to guide an attention craved puppy as they explore and discover all the scents and textures our home and outside world have to offer. Having a professional trainer guiding your pup in a structured environment increases their response to making non destructive decisions, establishing coping mechanisms such as teaching a leave it (lose interest in the cable cord, pizza/burger on the table, shoes in the closet.) sit for attention instead of jumping and clawing. Polite leash mannerisms compared to excessive arm pulling during walks. Trainers can recognize initial fear responses that sometimes get coddled by owners to avoid reinforcing and developing an avoidance or fear to seeing or hearing the trash can, vacuum, or person riding the bicycle down the sidewalk among other things.

Is there any training for me and will it matter if I’m not involved in the actual training?

Yes, on the day of drop-off, we will spend between 1 to 3 hours going over everything the puppy/dog has learned, offering demonstrations and answering any and all additional questions you may have. You have a busy life and we know how excited you both will be to be back together so to help prep you we’ll send out a packet a week prior to coming home that details all the cues learned; how they were taught, and the temporary adjustments needed in your home environment to ensure success. The puppy/ dog will still need follow-up from you when she/he comes home. But this is nowhere near the same as a puppy who has learned nothing and has no clue what your expectations are of them within the home. The difference here, is the puppy has already tackled the learning and figuring-out part and all you are doing now is building a bond and showing the puppy that it applies in this home as well.

What are the benefits of Puppy/Dog bootcamp?

Dog-to-dog socialization, constant body handling to prevent paw or tail sensitivities, exposure to people/places/things to decrease unexpected fear responses to help develop the well-adjusted mindset during the puppy’s critical fear and socialization stages, learning the crate is safe and potty is outside, cues to use for communicating with us (sit instead of jump for attention, leave it instead of chewing on the expensive furniture shoes and such, come when its time to leash up or house necessities, leave it, keeping all fours when greeting people, proper play toys, and that teeth are meant for dog toys and not furniture and skin.

We encourage you to learn more about the local animal rescue and adoption organizations we support.

SPCA, non-profit animal welfare organizations around the world

PETA People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

No Time to Spare Animal Sanctuary

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