Positive Puppy Training Classes
With A Focus On Socialization

Now Enrolling in Jacksonville, NC

Our Positive Puppy Training Classes Ensure That
Your New Best Friend Starts Off On The Right Foot

You want the best for your new best friend, and that means taking care of their growing mind as well as their growing body!

Level Up's positive puppy training classes can help build good manners that will last a lifetime. Start off learning foundation skills like come, sit and leave it, then work up to more advanced skills as training progresses.

Puppyhood is also the perfect time to address any common behavior problems like play-biting, inappropriate chewing, potty accidents and jumping on people.

Our curriculum is formulated exclusively for young puppies with their developmental needs in mind.  We welcome puppies of all breeds and sizes from age eight weeks to six months old in any of our puppy programs.  (But we offer a full range of training classes for dogs over six months old too!)

Veterinarians and trainers agree that early, positive socialization is crucial for a puppy’s development. For owners who want the socialization value of a puppy kindergarten without traveling to a group obedience class, Level Up's in-home training courses bring socialization and enrichment to you.

Ready to choose the right training program for your puppy?
Level Up's initial Puppy Training Consultation is absolutely freeYou can meet our trainer, learn more about Level Up's puppy class options and ask questions about your dog's behavior.

Or learn more about our programs below:

Choose Your Own Adventure

We understand that each puppy and family face unique training challenges.  That's why we've designed multiple puppy training programs to fit a wide range of needs, ensuring that every family can find a plan that fits.

Real-World Ready
Obedience Program

Our Most Popular Program

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    Learn How to train your own puppy
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    6 Weekly Obedience Lessons in your home
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    2 Bonus Lessons in a pet-friendly public place
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    Free Training Gear: We provide a clicker, treat pouch and sample treats
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    Easy Homework Games you can play in just minutes a day
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    Lifetime Support by email after training.

Superstar Puppy
Unlimited Training Pass

The Best Value Over Time

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    Learn How to train your own puppy
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    Go At Your Pace instead of weekly lessons
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    Flexible Scheduling allows up to five lessons per week
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    At Home Or On The Town: Choose between lessons in your home and in the community
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    Customized Curriculum for your pup's biggest training challenges
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    Reduced Rate for puppies under six months as a thank you for starting early
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    Get Daily Access to your trainer for three months or until your puppy is six months old, whichever is longer.

Obedience + Socialization

Our Deluxe Training Program

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    Get Accelerated Results by letting an expert do the training while you're away
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    Ideal For Working Families: Come home to a tired, happy, well-behaved puppy
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    All The Benefits Of Board-And-Train without sending your puppy away
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    Daily Training And Socialization Field Trips with a puppy-raising professional
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    Skip The Dog Walker: Perfect for puppies who need a mid-day potty break
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    Weekly Mini-Lessons so you can see what your dog has learned   
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    Free Training Gear: We provide a clicker, treat pouch, foraging toy, place cot and sample treats.

Top 5 Benefits Of Level Up's Puppy Training Programs:

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    Play Your Way To A Well-Behaved Puppy:
    Level Up believes that puppy kindergarten shouldn't be a chore for either the human or the puppy. That's why we designed our modern puppy training curriculum to be fast, efficient and fun for both ends of the leash.
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    Train Your Puppy In Just Minutes A Day:
    You don't need to carve out hours each day for obedience drills to have a well-mannered dog. Level Up's homework games typically take only 5-10 minutes per day to complete! With our methodology, even the busiest family can make time for dog training.
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    Learn More Than Just Obedience:
    In addition to basic obedience commands, all of our puppy training programs cover important foundation skills such as potty training, crate training, nipping, jumping, and impulse control.
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    Navigate Your Puppy's Critical Socialization Period:
    Avoid common socialization mistakes! Work with a certified professional dog trainer to create a customized socialization plan to will help your new buddy meet their full potential as an adult.
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    See The Power Of Positive Reinforcement:
    Level Up is dedicated to using reward-based, dog-friendly training methods.  Positive reinforcement isn't just a marketing line for us -- it's our guiding principle and the foundation of all of our training games.

Puppy Training and Socialization Can Start Early

Can You Really Train That Early?

Puppies can start training at a very young age.  Level Up safely teaches puppies from age six weeks to six months with age-appropriate vaccinations. But don't just take our word for it -- ask these puppy socialization experts!

Veterinarians specializing in behavior recommend that owners take advantage of every safe opportunity to expose young puppies to the great variety of stimuli that they will experience in their lives. Enrolling in puppy classes prior to three months of age can be an excellent means of improving training, strengthening the human-animal bond, and socializing puppies in an environment where risk of illness can be minimized.

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-- The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior
Position Statement on Puppy Socialization

Socialization should include gently exposing a puppy to new people and other safe vaccinated healthy dogs on a daily basis with numerous sights, sounds smells and textures (pavement, grass, sand, gravel, etc.) including children of various ages. Puppy Socialization should always be a fun process that is always free of any force.

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-- The Pet Professional Guild

Position Statement on Puppy Socialization

Exclusive Benefits for Level Up Students!

Because we believe in rewarding good behavior on both ends of the leash.  You deserve a treat for starting puppy training early!

Puppy Socialization Checklist

Worried that you will miss a critical element in your puppy's socialization plan?  We can fix that!  Level Up will work with you to create a rock-solid socialization plan for your puppy to make sure you cover all your bases.


Unlimited Lifetime Support​​​​​​​

Five minutes later or five years later, we're here to help.  Level Up offers unlimited training support by email for current students and graduates. If you need to troubleshoot something we covered in your lessons, we can help!


Access To Our Training Library

Customized homework handouts, free training tracker templates, potty training schedules, educational infographics and more! Students have access to all of Level Up's articles and handouts, as well as customized homework plans.

Meet Jacksonville's Puppy Training Expert

Natalie Bridger Watson, CPDT-KA has worked with more than a thousand different dogs in the past eight years, spanning nearly every age, size and temperament imaginable!  She is proud to be a full member of the Pet Professional Guild and one of only two Certified Professional Dog Trainers serving Jacksonville, NC.

As a passionate all-around dog nerd, Natalie loves any excuse to dive into the nitty-gritty science behind positive reinforcement dog training!  She travels the east coast for dog sports and training competitions with her four dogs, competing in Barn Hunt, Nosework, Lure Coursing, Tricks, Dog Parkour and more. She shares her life with Haven (australian shepherd), Indi (shetland sheepdog), Pan (belgian tervuren) and Bright (german shepherd/belgian malinois mix).

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