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Orientations are free and for humans only. The next orientation will be at Companion Pet Hospital at 7:45pm on August 21st. Register here.

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Philly Unleashed ServicesAt Philly Unleashed we believe that training your dog creates a special life long bond. Whether you have a good dog who just needs a bit of refinement, are a first time dog owner and need to start with the basics, or have a few specific behavior issues that need work, group classes are a great option! In a relaxed and informal setting, you and your canine companion will learn basic behavior lessons including how to sit, stay, come, and walk on a loose leash with the distraction of other people and their dogs in the room.

Find out which class is right for you by checking out our course offerings! Before the start of any class, all dogs must have proof of vaccinations and good health from their veterinarian. If you are new to training with Philly Unleashed, we require first coming to a free humans only orientation. These orientations will get you acquainted on what to expect during class as well as give you a chance to meet our trainers. You do not have to attend orientation at the location you plan on attending class. Our classes are designed to fit your needs and schedule. All of our obedience classes are run as a drop in style class, no need to make a six week commitment and worry about missing a class. Classes can be attended interchangeably at any of our locations. Sign up online to reserve your spot in any of your favorite classes, or a free orientation!


Puppy Club meets every Tuesday night at Companion Pet Hospital 1524 S 5th St Philadelphia at 6:30pm. Puppies under six months of age are welcome to attend. This is a drop-in class, so no need to pre register! This group allows for off leash supervised socialization with your puppy. During the class we focus on watching and learning puppy body language, we practice relaxation techniques, and manners. We also allow time to discuss those nuisance puppy behaviors that drive you nuts! These topics include: chewing, puppy biting, house breaking, crate training, the puppy crazies and the list goes on. We ask that puppies are considered in good health by a veterinarian and have started their course of vaccinations. The drop in fee is $15 – treats, water and trainer provided! Please contact Dana if you need more information.


Current Workshops 2017:

Dogs With ATTITUDE!!! – 7 week workshop starting on September 11th 2017, meeting Mondays at the Philadelphia Pet Hotel and Villas at 6:30pm and 7:30pm. Please call or email us to find out if this is the right class for you! See below for full course description.

DWA: 2 – 6 week workshop starting September 23rd 2017, meeting Saturdays at a different location each week 10am. We will be working through real life situations around town! Completion of the Dogs with Attitude class, and recommendation from instructor are required to enroll for this class. Please email us to register!

Recall Bootcamp – 4 week workshop starting September 23rd 2017, meeting Saturdays at a different location each week at 11:30am. This class which will show you how to effectively teach and enforce a strong recall in your dog. In this class, several different techniques will be taught and practiced, and we will teach recalls through many distractions like other dogs, squirrels, and other people. Register here.

Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog Prep Course – 6 week workshop starting on September 7th 2017, meeting Thursdays at the Philadelphia Pet Hotel and Villas at 7:30pm. Must have previous obedience training to enroll. Register for class here. See below for full course description.

Rally Obedience with Trick Training – 6 week workshop starting September 7th 2017, meeting Thursdays at the Philadelphia Pet Hotel and Villas at 6:30pm. Similar to agility, Rally Obedience sets a course for teams follow but instead of jumps and tunnels, the team performs specific obedience related skills marked by AKC Rally directional signs. These signs are a combination of sits, downs and heeling patterns. In addition to learning many of the novice level signs, you will complete a different course each week. This is a great opportunity for you to further strengthen the relationship with your best furry friend while positioning yourself to earn AKC Rally titles.

But wait, there’s more!

To ensure you get the most out of your Philly Unleashed class and eliminate downtime waiting your turn to walk the class course, we will have individual working stations setup outside the course for you to rotate through. These stations are going to offer the chance for you to learn tricks towards earning your AKC Novice Trick Dog title. This is a Level 2 equivalent course, previous obedience training is a must! Register here.


Drop in class: $25

Drop in 8 class package: $180

Dogs With Attitude!!!: $215

Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog Preparation Six Week Workshop: $180 (includes CGC Test, additional fee for CCC Therapy Dog evaluation)

4 Week Workshop: $100

6 Week Agility Workshop $160

6 Week Rally and Tricks Workshop $180

Courses Offered

Puppy Club

Proper puppy socialization is one of the most important things you can do to ensure that your pup grows into a confident, stable, and happy dog! So if you’ve got a new pup, make sure to pop into our Puppy Club! In this fun, weekly class, puppies under 6 months of age are invited to socialize with each other while their owners learn basic manners, housetraining, and tips for living harmoniously with their puppies. Focus is on teaching proper socialization techniques (with people and puppies) to young dogs. Regular topics include; housebreaking tips, playbiting, jumping, handling techniques, crate training, and basic obedience. This class is offered at Companion Pet Hospital in Philadelphia.

Puppy Kindergarten

Following the American Kennel Club’s STAR Puppy program to learn about getting our puppies started off on the right paw! This class covers responsible dog ownership, body handling, socialization and obedience. We will have a lot of fun earning our AKC STAR Puppy certificate! You puppy will learn how to appropriately greet strangers and dogs, stay calm during vet visits, walk politely on leash and foundation obedience commands. To participate in this class, your puppy must be up to date on vaccinations and maintain on the recommended vaccination schedule from your veterinarian. We will only be using positive reinforcement techniques to build a training bond with our puppies. Puppies 2 – 8 months of age are welcome. Puppies must attend six classes in order to earn the AKC STAR Puppy award.

Level 1 Obedience

Looking for a starting point? Well, here it is! The Level 1 Obedience class is designed to teach dogs of all ages foundation-level obedience, including the commands sit, down, stay, come, leave-it, as well as polite leash manners and greetings with people and other dogs. We will work through mild distractions and each week build upon what we learned previously. Problem solving and troubleshooting for basic nuisance behaviors will be addressed as needed. Treats and positive reinforcement techniques are used to teach this class. Dogs of all ages are welcome! Puppies under 8 months of age must have completed Puppy Kindergarten prior to starting this class.

Level 2 Obedience

In this class, we will build upon all the foundations in Level 1, while adding in some new commands! We will learn fun tricks and strengthen our stays and recalls through increased distractions. Continued practice in appropriate greetings to new people and dogs will be included. We will start to wean off using treats with some behaviors and discuss alternative positive reinforcers. Be prepared to learn new games to strengthen skills! Obedience Level 1 test up must be completed before moving on to Obedience Level 2

Level 3 Obedience

Building on skills learned in Level 2, we will learn advanced obedience techniques. Increased stays, recalls, leave-its and dog to dog greeting exercises will all be practiced, as well as advanced tricks and introductions to dog sports. This is our top level obedience class for the dogs who just love to lean! Dogs must pass Level 2 Obedience test up prior to taking this course.

All Levels Obedience

This fun class will work on strengthening obedience foundations under high levels of distraction.  Much work will be done outdoors on our farm property, located 45 minutes from Center City Philadelphia. Fenced in pastures will allow for proofing stays, recalls, and heeling off-leash. Agility and tricks training will also be incorporated into class for fun and to keep things fresh. If timing and group dynamics allow, you will be permitted to stay for a few minutes after to allow you dog to socialize with the group, run in the fields, or swim in the dog pool (in season!).

AKC Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog Prep

These classes will prepare you and your dog to take the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen Evaluation, as well as work on skills needed to prepare for the Comfort Caring Canines Therapy Dog evaluation.

The Canine Good Citizen program is an evaluation sanctioned by the American Kennel Club that proves that your dog has proper training, manners, and can maintain training even through distracting situations. This is a great next step in training for dogs who have passed basic obedience, and is the first step towards achieving a Therapy Dog certification. Therapy Dogs are eligible to visit hospitals, nursing homes, and other organized Therapy Dog groups to provide comfort and company to those in need.

During this class, we will be preparing your dog for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test and the Comfort Caring Canines Therapy Dog evaluation by teaching and practicing all of the exercises on both evaluations. Class will run for 6 consecutive weeks. Following the six week preparation course we will offer the Canine Good Citizen Evaluation. The six week course and CGC test is included in the class fee. The Comfort Caring Canines Therapy Dog certification is organized and administered by Comfort Caring Canines.  CCC will communicate dates and times for the evaluation, necessary documentation needed, and fees associated for the certification directly with our Philly Unleashed students. 

Dogs entering class should have previous obedience training, and experience working in a group situation. Dogs looking to pass the CCC Therapy evaluation need to be at least one year of age to qualify.

Intro to Agility for Fun

Have you ever watched dogs run through the obstacle course at dog shows and on Animal Planet and thought, hey, my dog would be great at that? Or maybe you haven’t seen agility, but your crazy dog can jump over the couch and onto the countertop with the greatest of ease! Either way, this class is for you! In Intro to Agility, we teach the dogs foundations for agility training and focus on basic obstacles including Jumps, Dog Walk, the Tunnel, the A-Frame, and the Table. While we are doing agility training, we work on having fun while teaching impulse control and focus on the owner’s commands. Pre-requisite: Dogs must pass Level 1 Obedience before taking this course.

Agility 2
All the fun of agility training, continued! This six week class is for anyone who has completed Intro to Agility. A unique agility course will be set up each week, and you will be able to learn more advanced agility techniques.
DWA: Dogs With ATTITUDE!!!

Having a reactive dog in the city can be a real challenge! That’s why we’ve created this special course designed specifically for owners who struggle with dogs that are reactive towards other dogs on walks. In this workshop, we will go over basic training and management tactics when dealing with dog to dog reactivity and teach our dogs to be in close proximity to other dogs while bringing down their anxiety levels and keeping them under emotional threshold. All training techniques are positive reinforcement based and training collars will be suggested during the first night of class. Pre-requisite: If you would like to attend this class, please call or email us at 215.850.9745 or to find out if this class is right for you.

Tricks of the Trade

Are you looking to add something unique to your dog’s training vocabulary? Having a dinner party and want to impress your friends and family? You’ve come to the right place! In this four week workshop you will learn new fun tricks to exercise your dog’s brain and show off to your neighbors. We will be using different techniques learned in obedience classes to get your dog looking like a star. Dogs must pass Puppy Kindergarten and/or Level 1 Obedience before taking this course. 

Recall Bootcamp

Have you found yourself running down the street in your slippers in a futile chase to get your dog back in the house? Are you known to plead with your dog at the dog park to stop dancing around you and just let you put his leash on? Does your dog listen better to the word ‘Cookie’ than he does ‘Come’? Then this class is for you! Recall Bootcamp is a special, 4-week class which will show you how to effectively teach and enforce a strong recall in your dog. In this class, several different techniques will be taught and practiced, and we will teach recalls through many distractions like other dogs, squirrels, and other people. It is not required, but highly recommended, that dogs have taken Level 1 Obedience prior to taking this course.

Rally Obedience 1
What’s Rally Obedience you ask? Rally Obedience is a fun and exciting sport for dogs and their handlers! Regulated by the AKC, each Dog and Handler team navigates a course with numbered signs indicating different exercises to perform such as Sit-Down-Sit, Straight Figure 8, Send Over Jump, Recall Over Jump. Handlers are encouraged to talk to their dogs during the performance. All dogs, purebred, mixed breeds, and dogs with disabilities are encouraged to participate. In this class, we will teach you and your dog to run through a Rally Obedience course! Pre-requisite: Level 1 Obedience or equivalent. 


Time to hit the trails! We will be taking our dogs on group hikes in the Philadelphia area. Time to leave the city for an adventure in the woods. Aside from take a group walk in some nice scenery, we will also include some obedience instruction and troubleshooting in the great outdoors. This class meets at a different place each time, so please sign up in advance to find out where we are meeting!