Positive Dog Training Classes


Obedience, Manners And Self Control




Now Enrolling in Jacksonville, NC

Ready to choose the right training program for your dog?

Level Up's initial Dog Training Consultation is absolutely freeYou can meet our trainer, learn more about Level Up's training 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 dog and family face unique training challenges.


That's why we've designed multiple dog training programs to fit a wide range of needs, ensuring that every family can find a plan that fits.

In-Home Weekly Lessons

Our Most Popular Programs


Fixer Upper:

This minimalist package is ideal for finally fixing one to two frustrating nuisance behaviors.  Common topics include jumping, stealing food, not coming when called or pulling on the leash. This is not a full obedience course — just quick, efficient fixes for your dog’s most frustrating behavior problems.

Not appropriate for aggression, fearfulness or guarding.

​Basic Obedience:

This class will teach your dog all of the basic obedience skills for a well-mannered pet. Your dog will learn to sit, down, stay, come when called, walk politely on the leash, leave it, target and go to bed/crate. You will also receive support for nuisance behaviors like jumping, begging, potty training, stealing food, etc.  This is our standard obedience class.

Real World Ready:

This package takes basic obedience to the next level. New environments with more difficult distractions will build stronger skills and better behavior in common real-world situations. As a result, Real-World Ready is ideal for people who hope to pursue therapy work, service work, the Canine Good Citizen title or dog sports with a rock-solid basic obedience foundation.  This is our most popular program.

Superstar Unlimited Monthly Training Pass

The Best Value Over Time


Our Superstar monthly pass is best for dogs who need professional training in an accelerated time-frame. On a first-come, first-served basis, the Superstar pass allows you to schedule as many training sessions as you need within 30 days.  You can choose between sessions in your home or in dog-friendly places in the community.


​This pass is ideal for:


  1. Service dog prospects who need extensive practice in public with high behavioral standards

  2. Reactive dogs who need substantial professional support to address their anxious or aggressive behavior

  3. High-energy adolescent dogs who are suddenly bordering on unmanageable.

Limit one 1-hour lesson per day, up to 5 lessons per week. Owner must be present and participate in all lessons. Pass expires 30 days from the first appointment.

3 months at $1250

​6 months at $2400

12 months at $4700

Walk-And-Train Programs

Our Deluxe Training Program


For busy households who need fast results, Level Up’s Walk-And-Train programs make advanced training a walk in the park. These accelerated training programs combine the best parts of weekly lessons, board-and-train and dog walking. There’s no need to send your dog away to board with a trainer for weeks. In our walk-and-train programs, the trainer comes to you!


How It Works:

Two, three or five days a week, Level Up’s trainer comes to your home for a customized training session with your dog. Most people schedule their dog’s lesson during their workday so it doubles as a dog walking or daycare service.  Your dog gets some exercise while you’re away, we achieve your obedience goals faster than standard lessons, and you come home to a better-behaved dog.

Once a week, you’ll meet with your trainer for a mini-lesson. This is when the trainer will show you everything your dog has learned that week. You don’t need to learn how to train your own dog from scratch. We’ll do the training for you and then show you how to maintain the results.

These programs are booked in units of one month. We accept a maximum of three walk-and-train clients per month, so space is limited.

2 days/week at $900

3 days/week at $1250

5 days/week at $1700

Your Better-Behaved Dog
Is Only A Few Weeks Away!


Effective Solutions

Whether your dog is just one tiny problem away from canine perfection or in serious need of some muttly manners, our one-on-one dog training lessons can bring peace back to the household.

Positive Training

Our private training classes set the foundation for a lifetime of manners and obedience. We can teach you fast, effective, positive solutions for your dog's most frustrating behaviors.

Customized Lessons

Don't settle for cookie-cutter obedience classes.  Focus on the skills that matter to you and your dog instead of wasting time on one-size-fits-all lesson plans or boring obedience drills.  Level Up's training class curriculum is custom-tailored to your dog's biggest behavior problems so you get results fast

Convenient Location

Our classroom is your living room -- that's as local and convenient as it gets. Since these classes are "in your space, at your pace," they're a great alternative to rigid weekly group classes.

Flexible Schedules

Our flexible hours can easily accommodate busy households with special scheduling needs. We even offer integrated online scheduling so you can easily check our available appointment times and schedule your lesson at your convenience.


Ready to choose the right training program for your dog?

Level Up's initial Dog Training Consultation is absolutely freeYou can meet our trainer, learn more about Level Up's training class options and ask questions about your dog's behavior.

Or learn more about our programs below:

Your Better-Behaved Dog
Is Only A Few Weeks Away!


Effective Solutions

Whether your dog is just one tiny problem away from canine perfection or in serious need of some muttly manners, our one-on-one dog training lessons can bring peace back to the household.

Positive Training

Our private training classes set the foundation for a lifetime of manners and obedience. We can teach you fast, effective, positive solutions for your dog's most frustrating behaviors.

Customized Lessons

Don't settle for cookie-cutter obedience classes.  Focus on the skills that matter to you and your dog instead of wasting time on one-size-fits-all lesson plans or boring obedience drills.  Level Up's training class curriculum is custom-tailored to your dog's biggest behavior problems so you get results fast! 

Convenient Location

Our classroom is your living room -- that's as local and convenient as it gets. Since these classes are "in your space, at your pace," they're a great alternative to rigid weekly group classes.

Flexible Schedules

Our flexible hours can easily accommodate busy households with special scheduling needs. We even offer integrated online scheduling so you can easily check our available appointment times and schedule your lesson at your convenience.

Real-World Ready
Obedience Program


Our Most Popular Program

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    Learn How to train your own dog.
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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 Unlimited
Monthly Training Pass


The Best Value Over Time

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    Learn How to train your own dog.
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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 dog's biggest training challenges.
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    Get Daily Access to your trainer for accelerated results.
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    Lifetime Support by email after training.

Walk-And-Train
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 dog.
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    All The Benefits Of Board-And-Train without sending your dog away.
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    Daily Training And Socialization Field Trips with a training professional.
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    Skip The Dog Walker: Perfect for dogs 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, harness and sample treats.

Real-World Ready
Obedience Program


Our Most Popular Program

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

Superstar Unlimited
Monthly Training Pass


The Best Value Over Time

  • check-circle-o
    Learn How to train your own dog.
  • check-circle-o
    Go At Your Pace instead of weekly lessons.
  • check-circle-o
    Flexible Scheduling allows up to five lessons per week.
  • check-circle-o
    At Home Or On The Town: Choose between lessons in your home and in the community.
  • check-circle-o
    Customized Curriculum for your dog's biggest training challenges.
  • check-circle-o
    Get Daily Access to your trainer for accelerated results.
  • check-circle-o
    Lifetime Support by email after training.

Walk-And-Train
Obedience + Socialization


Our Deluxe Training Program

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

Top 5 Reasons To Train With Level Up Dog Training:

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    Play Your Way To A Well-Behaved Dog:
    Level Up believes that dog training shouldn't be a chore for either the human or the dog. That's why we designed our modern training curriculum to be fast, efficient and fun for both ends of the leash.
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    Train Your Dog 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, our flexible dog training programs can cover important foundation skills such as potty training, crate training, barking, pulling on leash, jumping, and impulse control.
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    Your Best Friend Deserves Better Than Bootcamp:
    Don't send your dog away with a stranger. Work with a certified professional dog trainer to train your dog in your own home where they are comfortable -- no board-and-train required.
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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.

Top 5 Reaons To Train With Level Up Dog Training:

  • 1
    Play Your Way To A Well-Behaved Dog:
    Level Up believes that dog training shouldn't be a chore for either the human or the dog. That's why we designed our modern training curriculum to be fast, efficient and fun for both ends of the leash.
  • 2
    Train Your Dog 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.
  • 3
    Learn More Than Just Obedience:
    In addition to basic obedience commands, our flexible dog training programs can cover important foundation skills such as potty training, crate training, barking, pulling on leash, jumping, and impulse control.
  • 4
    Your Best Friend Deserves Better Than Bootcamp:
    Don't send your dog away with a stranger. Work with a certified professional dog trainer to train your dog in your own home where they are comfortable -- no board-and-train required.
  • 5
    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.
Level Up Dog Training Reviews

Hear What Others Are Saying About Us:

Obviously we think that we're awesome, but don't just take our word for it: ask these students of Level Up!

Natalie has helped me so much with my reactive dog! She has also helped with his sports training and being able to be around other dogs in a high stress environment.

-- Katie M. and Watson

Natalie is a wonderfully inventive trainer who is skilled with many forms of positive dog training. She goes out of her way to find the real root of a behavior problem and is very detailed in laying out a plan to help you step by step achieve success.

-- Laura A. and Becky

Exclusive Benefits
for Level Up Students!

Because we think that you deserve a treat for starting your new puppy's training early.

Individual dog training help

One-On-One Instruction

Consider us your dog's private tutor. We believe dogs and people both learn best when the training is customized to their specific needs.  That's why you will have the undivided attention of your dog trainer during all of our in-home lessons together -- no need to compete with classmates for attention.

Unlimited dog training support

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 dog training library

Access To Our Dog 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 Expert Dog Trainer

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 in Jacksonville, NC. As a passionate all-around dog nerd, she loves any excuse to dive into the nitty-gritty science behind positive reinforcement dog training!


In addition to her work as a dog trainer, Natalie travels the east coast for dog sports and training competitions with her own 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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Dog Training Questions

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