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Technique. Follow Through. Growth.

Our mission is to empower dog owners to achieve the best possible relationship with their companion by providing unparalleled training techniques, unwavering commitment to follow-through and education, and fostering continuous growth and development for both the dog and the owner. We are committed to utilizing non-aversive approach, combining nonverbal communication with motivation to tap into your pet’s potential for success and achieving success and happiness for both you and your dog.

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

Jennifer Dunham
Jennifer Dunham
December 8, 2022.
recommends
Highly recommend Young’s Dog Training. Was extremely helpful and addressed multiple issues and concerns i had with my pup.
Nicole Hennekes Cato
Nicole Hennekes Cato
December 7, 2022.
recommends
We brought our Goldendoodle to the puppy training class with Jonathan and she learned so much. She sits, lays down, stays, and follows commands. The training class is organized, filled with a lot of information and very well thought out. Highly recommend bringing your dog to the 6 week training class because you will walk away with a well trained dog!!!
Janet Longenecker
Janet Longenecker
December 4, 2022.
recommends
My puppy, Murphy, and I have completed one six week class and are beginning another round of training with Jonathan. I cannot say enough about his approach to working with dogs and their owners. He does an excellent job providing the tools for having a happy and well behaved puppy. Our classes have been so helpful in adjusting Murphy into our home. Classes are well organized and build upon previously taught skills. Jonathan takes the time with each family to give feedback for their individual pet. If you are looking for a great start with a knowledgeable trainer, I would highly recommend Young’s Dog Training LLC.
Annette Behrens Jansen
Annette Behrens Jansen
December 4, 2022.
recommends
My 6 month old Golden Doodle, Maverick just got back from Jonathan’s 30 day Boot Camp. It’s not an easy thing to do to let your puppy go away for 30 days, but Jonathan sure made it worth the time and money. He sent photos and videos periodically through the month. Not only did my dog grow physically while he was gone, he grew in maturity as well. He learned loose leash (which is still a work in progress), leave it, sit, down, let’s go, stay. When we picked him up, Jonathan spent close to 2 hours teaching my family how to work with Maverick and demonstrating for us…answering my endless stream of questions. He was a submissive pee’er, which I have not seen him do one time since he has been back. He was scared of situations he was not familiar with…he still is, but it doesn’t take nearly as long to convince him he is ok. I am a therapist and plan to continue training with Jonathan to hopefully get Maverick to the point of being a therapy dog. I have brought him into work a couple times with me already, and have been complimented by many on his manners. Now I just need to get better at working with him!! Thanks Jonathan for all that you have done and I can’t wait to work more with you!
Jane Baumgartner
Jane Baumgartner
June 10, 2022.
recommends
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.
recommends
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.
recommends
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.
recommends
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.
recommends
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.
recommends
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.

FAQs

Do you offer Group Obedience classes?

At Youngs Dog Training, we understand that every dog is unique and has specific needs. That’s why we offer a variety of group obedience classes tailored to your dog’s life stage. Our starter classes provide the foundation for basic obedience commands, manners, and proper behavior, while our advanced courses are designed to help you and your pup continue to grow and reach their full potential. Our experienced trainers use positive reinforcement techniques to ensure a safe and enjoyable learning experience for both you and your dog. We are dedicated to helping you achieve success and happiness with your furry companion. Sign up today and take the first step towards a well-trained and well-behaved dog

Does Day Camp Training have a set curriculum?

Day Camp Training is a highly effective method for achieving results with your dog. Our approach combines the best of bootcamp training and owner-focused sessions to provide your dog with focused one-on-one attention from an experienced trainer. The curriculum is tailored to your specific needs and goals, and the individual lessons are designed to teach you how to follow through with the training at home. This approach is vital for the success of the course, as environmental management plays a major role in training. Our day camp training program has helped many dogs and owners achieve success and happiness. Sign up today and give your dog the gift of a well-trained and well-behaved companion.”

How does DayCamp training work?

Yes, Day Camp training is a highly effective method for achieving results with your dog. The program is designed to give your dog focused one-on-one attention with an experienced trainer, working through the desired cues and behaviors set within the curriculum. The program also includes owner-focused sessions that teach you how to follow through with the training at home and reinforce what was taught each day during the night and weekends. The individual lessons are vital for the success of the course as the major element of training is environmental management. This approach allows for the dog to be trained in real-life scenarios and transfer the learned behaviors to their daily life and routine. This comprehensive approach has been proven to be effective in achieving success and happiness for both the dog and the owner.

Which training option is best for me and my dog: Bootcamp, Daycamp, Owner-Focused Sessions, or Group Classes?

Bootcamp Board and Train: This option is best for those who have a busy lifestyle and limited time. The trainer will do the heavy lifting and help your puppy adjust to the human world. This option is best for those who want their dog to learn quickly and efficiently with minimal involvement from the owner.

Day Camp Training: This option is a great balance between owner involvement and professional training. It is ideal for those who have a busy schedule but still want to be involved in the training process. The trainer will work with your dog during the day and you’ll follow through with the training at home. This option allows for daily feedback and focus from the trainer as your puppy learns and grows with the training.

Owner-Focused or Group Classes: This option is best for those who have time on their hands, want to learn, and want to be the primary trainer of their dog. These classes are focused on teaching owners how to communicate and get the desired responses from their dog within their home and social life.

Ultimately, the choice depends on your lifestyle, the specific goals you have for your dog, and how much time and involvement you are willing to commit to the training process. It’s important to consider your personal situation and choose the option that will work best for you and your dog.

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.

Bootcamp training offers a variety of benefits for puppies and dogs. Some of the key benefits include:
  • – Dog-to-dog socialization, which helps puppies and dogs develop social skills and become more well-adjusted companions.
  • – Constant body handling, which helps prevent paw or tail sensitivities and promotes a positive association with being touched and handled.
  • – Exposure to different people, places, and things, which helps decrease unexpected fear responses and helps puppies and dogs develop a well-adjusted mindset during the critical fear and socialization stages.
  • – Learning basic cues such as sit, leave it, come, and proper behavior in different situations such as greeting people, potty training and crate training.
  • – Teaching your dog to distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate objects to chew on and play with.
  • – Promoting a healthy mindset and behavior towards the house rules and routine, which will make the transition to the new home a lot smoother.
  • – Consistency in training: Bootcamp provides consistent training, which helps dogs learn and retain commands and behaviors more effectively.
  • – Professional guidance: Bootcamp is led by experienced trainers who have the knowledge and expertise to address any issues or concerns that may arise during the training process.
  • – Time-efficient: Bootcamp is an intensive training program that covers a lot of ground in a short amount of time, making it a time-efficient option for busy owners.
  • – Customizable: Bootcamp training can be tailored to fit the specific needs and goals of your dog and your household.
    Will my dog lose the bond with me if they attend bootcamp?

    Rest assured, your dog will not forget about you while they are at bootcamp. Our trainers use positive reinforcement techniques and work closely with owners to ensure that the bond between dog and owner is maintained and strengthened during the training process. Many bootcamp programs include regular updates, progress reports, and video calls between the trainer and the owner to keep them informed of their dog’s progress, what they are learning and how they are doing. This helps the owner stay connected to their dog and understand their dog’s behavior, needs, and motivations better. Additionally, bootcamp programs often include owner training sessions where the owner is taught how to communicate effectively with their dog, how to reinforce the commands and behaviors learned during bootcamp and how to work with their dog to achieve their goals. This allows the owner to actively participate in the training process, build the bond with their dog and develop the skills to continue working with their dog after the bootcamp is over. In summary, even though the dog is not physically with the owner during bootcamp, there are still ways for the owner to stay connected to their dog and continue building the bond between them.

    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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