Boone, NC Dog Training Classes and Advanced Certifications

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Expert Dog Training for Dogs of All Ages and Skill Levels

Woof Pack Pet Services offers dog and puppy training classes at our Boone, NC dog training facility. Owner Melissa Hemmings Helms is a graduate of Animal Behavior College where she earned her certification as an ABC Certified Dog Trainer.

Animal Behavior College (ABC) is approved by the Bureau for Private Post secondary and Vocational Education and is an internationally recognized school.  Her year-long commitment to this program has provided her with a formal education in canine obedience training and understanding behavior and its motives.

Her certification, education, and experience provide her the skills required to effectively and humanely train your dog while keeping alive the spark that makes your dog so special to you.

Our Dog Training Credentials:

✓ Animal Behavior College – ABCTD Dog Trainer

✓ Animal Behavior College – Mentor Trainer

✓ AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

✓ Therapy Pets Unlimited Evaluator

✓ Therapy Pets Unlimited – Regional Evaluator

✓ Association of Pet Dog Trainers Professional Member

✓ C.L.A.S.S Canine Life and Social Skills Instructor

✓ C.L.A.S.S Canine Life and Social Skills Evaluator

✓ The Family Dog Private Trainer

✓ CTDT – Certified Trick Dog Trainer

✓ SDC – Cooperative Paws Service Dog Coach

 Fear Free Certified Trainer


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2020 Woof Pack Pet Services Dog Training class registration is now open!

Please email us at to request a spot in a class.

Refunds will not be issued after two weeks prior to your class start date.

Below is the next set of group classes! We offer private lessons as well.

Winter Dog Training Class Schedule – 2020

All of our dog training classes currently take place at our Boone, NC facility at 240 Shadowline Drive of Shadowline shopping center. Up-to-date vaccinations are required for all services. Please note that this schedule may change in the event of inclement weather. Class fees are nonrefundable two weeks prior to the start date.

Tuesday Dog Training Classes in Boone, NC

Classes are January 21st – February 25th

Cost (all classes): $250.00 and include a free day of daycare!

Introduction to Nosework -5:00 pm

In this five-week specialty course, geared specifically toward dogs who are shy and fearful with new people, students will work with their dogs to build confidence and gain new skills, including some Basic Obedience work. Discussions include ways to manage and train a shy dog, as well as Counter Conditioning exercises to change your dog’s emotional response to being approached and/or handled by a friendly stranger. Class size is limited to six dogs to ensure a calm environment and to provide enough individual time with the instructor. You will attend Class One without your dog.

Puppy Kindergarten – 6:00 pm

Puppy Kindergarten is a class for puppies from 4 months – 1 year in age focusing on socialization, problem puppy behaviors, leash walking and 6 of the basic commands.

Basic Obedience – 7:00 pm

Basic Obedience is a class for dogs over 1 year in age (or those who have previously completed Woof Pack Puppy Kindergarten) focusing on learning 12 basic commands with distraction and proper leash walking.

Wednesday Dog Training Classes in Boone, NC

Wednesdays –  January 22nd – February 26th
Cost (all classes): $250 and include a free day of daycare!
Tricks Class – 5:00 pm

Teaching tricks can lead to huge and long-lasting benefits for your training!  Far from being silly and inconsequential, tricks can be the building blocks for more advanced work.  Trick training helps you form a strong and mutually enjoyable working relationship with your dog.  Teaching tricks gives you valuable training experience by allowing you to practice a variety of techniques (shaping, luring and targeting), develop a training plan for a behavior from start to finish, improve your timing, and set criteria appropriately.  And most importantly, trick training is just plain fun!

Left and right spins, hand touches, backing up, weaving between your legs, sitting up, paw touches, chin rest, take a nap, go to bed, and play dead are some of the tricks we will work on.  In addition to teaching these tricks, we will talk about how they can help improve your dog’s focus, lower his stress level, and make teaching competition behaviors much easier. Puppies and adults alike can enjoy this class! AKC titles available at the end of this class!

AKC STAR Puppy – 6:00 pm

AKC STAR PUPPY Program is for puppies (up to 1 year) who want to get a head start on their Canine Good Citizen skills and work through puppy problem behaviors. At end of puppy will be tested to be enrolled in the AKC S.T.A.R program.

AKC Canine Good Citizen / Therapy Dog Prep – 7:00 pm

A class for dogs over one year old who are getting their AKC Canine Good Citizen and going into therapy dog work, emotional support animal or service dog at work.
We hope to be holding other classes at our new facility on Thursdays and Fridays so please keep checking back for that schedule!
To reserve a space please email us at!




Below are the class descriptions for our group dog training classes! 

Puppy Kindergarten is a class for puppies from 4 months – 1 year in age focusing on socialization, problem puppy behaviors, leash walking and 6 of the basic commands.

Basic Obedience is a class for dogs over 1 year in age focusing on learning 12 basic commands with distraction and proper leash walking. 

AKC Programs – Dogs do NOT have to be purebred to participate in either program

AKC STAR Puppy Program is for puppies (up to 1 year) who want to get a head start on their Canine Good Citizen skills and work through puppy problem behaviors. At the end of the 6 weeks your puppy will be tested to be enrolled in the AKC S.T.A.R program

AKC Canine Good Citizen is a class for dogs (over 1 year) who are working towards their 10 skills in the Canine Good Citizen Certification.At the end of the 6 weeks your dog will be evaluated to become an AKC Canine Good Citizen. 

Introduction to Treibball is an 6 week session that teaches the basic commands for the game, positioning on the ball, to push or drive the ball, and ball control. Each session is 45 minutes long. The cost includes the use of appropriate size fitness ball, touch stick and weekly written lesson plans.

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Day Training Program

Let us do the training for you!

The day training program allows for a member of our dog training team to work individually with your dog on basic obedience behaviors while your dog attends daycare at our facility. Our trainers are Certified Professional Dog Trainers (ABCDT). 

Day Training is the perfect solution when:

  • You do not have time to train your dog all on your own
  • You want to speed up the learning process – a skilled trainer can work faster and accomplish more in a shorter amount of time by working directly with your dog
  • You want customized training for you and your dog
  • You want to focus on specific target behaviors of your choice

The focus of the day training program is to transition the behaviors we teach the dog, to you, so you can continue to build on them while practicing these exercises at home. We will proof the behaviors for added reliability, but long term success requires continuous practic828-773-4811 e and reinforcement, even after the day training program has ended.

Once you’ve completed the day training program, you can continue to reinforce those behaviors by signing up for Manners Practice sessions, where a member of our dog daycare team will work with your dog in short 10 minute sessions while attending daycare.


Dog Daycare Clients – the cost of daycare and day training is $30.00 per day. Daycare clients will get a full day of daycare and a one-on-one private training session with a certified trainer. 

Dog Boarding Clients – the cost of boarding and day training is $45.00 per day. Boarding clients will their overnight service and a one-on-one private training session with a certified trainer

Required Vaccinations for Daycare and Day Training Program: 

✓ Bordatella (kennel cough)
✓ Rabies 

Please obtain a copy of these vaccinations for us to keep at our facility.

The Process:

Daycare evaluation – If you are seeking day training at our dog daycare and your dog has not attended our daycare, your dog will first have to go through a daycare evaluation and attend an observation day of daycare before we can begin the Day Training Program. This is to ensure your dog is daycare friendly and will be fine in our playgroups. 

Initial Consult – During the initial consult, we will talk about the use of training methods. We will review your goals in more detail and discuss how the day training program will work.. We will set a schedule and training plan. The trainer will also provide you some advice you can immediately begin working on at home to aide in the training process. (This discussion may occur by phone or email.) 

Training Sessions – . The goal of these sessions will be to work on basic obedience behaviors (ie reduced jumping, response to sits, downs, touch, attention while around distractions, leash manners, recalls). We will then proof the behaviors so they are easily transferable to you, meaning we will ensure your dog understands what is being asked in different contexts and in different environments (e.g. inside and outside).   

NOTE: If during the course of the training sessions, the trainer finds that your dog requires more behavioral work (ie general socialization, confidence building, reactivity, etc) the day training program may not be the most suitable training service.  While a trainer can work on behavioral training with your dog, it is critical that you be involved in the process and the trainer may recommend private at home training instead so that you are present for the training.   

Transition Meeting – A meeting to transition what the trainer has been working on with your dog. In this meeting the trainer will demonstrate what the dog has learned so far and transition the new skills to you to continue working on at home.  You can schedule as many of these sessions as you like. 

How do I get started?

Contact us via phone: 828-773-4811 or email

Our office will email you information about the daycare and suggested times to conduct the dog evaluation and observation day of daycare.

Daycare evaluations are conducted on weekdays at 9am and 4pm.

Complete the paperwork before your evaluation. A day training form will be emailed to you to fill out and bring with you to your evaluation.

Arrive to your daycare evaluation on time. Evaluations are scheduled at specific times of the day in order to maintain a structured day for the dogs and ensure they have time for all their scheduled activities. If you are running behind, please give us a courtesy call so that we can either hold your spot or reschedule for another time. If you are more than 15 minutes late to your evaluation, we will need to reschedule.

Bring paperwork and vaccinations to your evaluation. Required vaccinations: Bordatella, DHPP, Rabies. You may also have your vet email them to

If your dog does not pass the daycare evaluation or if after the observation day of daycare, the daycare environment is too stressful for your dog, we can discuss other training options, such as private in-home training, or privates at our training facility.

A trainer will call or email you. This conversation will confirm your training goals and whether day training is the right fit. The trainer will also schedule the Initial Day Training Consult with you at this time

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