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Manners matter!  And a well trained dog is a pleasure. BVDT can help you  tame your "wild thang," so you can start enjoying him!  Our Basic Obedience course will have your dog off-leash in

8 weeks, really.


THAT WORKS is the online home for BIG VALLEY DOG TRAIINING, the premier dog training facility in California's Central Valley.  For the family pet or the serious competitor, we offer a variety of programs to suit your specific needs,. We believe in obedience for all breeds, sizes, ages and temperaments. And we give dog handlers the education they need to have the pet of their dreams!




BVDT obedience class

The BVDT Obedience Course can teach your dog:

  • Basic Obedience - Sit, down, stay, come, and heel. While most other basic obedience courses teach these commands on leash, our basic program also trains your dog to obey  off leash!

  • Distraction proofing - Not only will your dog learn basic commands, but it will learn to obey anywhere and anytime regardless of what distractions may be around.

  • Problem Solving - Problems such as jumping on people, chewing on objects, barking, digging, aggression towards other dogs or people, fear opt the vet, etc…. can all be fixed or prevented.



Joel Monroe protection work with doberman Magnus

Personal Protection is the difference between a good night's sleep or not in these scary times.  BVDT can develop the confidence your dog to protect you and your family when it counts.  Personal protection has nothing to do with a dog that is aggressive towards people. Most dogs that are aggressive towards people act in fear and will flee or cower when placed under extreme stress. A great personal protection dog is one that can socialize with friends, family and strangers, but is ready to go to work when called on.



dog jumping wall with dumbell at BVDT

Schutzhund is a dog sport first developed in Germany in the early 1900's as a breed suitability test.   The word itself  means "protection dog".  It  is a 3 phase sport known internationally now as IPO. The 3 phases are tracking, obedience and protection.  Each phase is worth 100 pts. for a total of 300 pts. possible.  To earn a title each dog/handler team must pass each phase with at least a 70 in each phase.  There are also 3 levels of IPO, each increases with difficulty developed carefully to test for traits such as intelligence, courage, work ethic, temperament, biddability, as well as scent ability in working dogs. 

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