Pre-Trained Family Dogs

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Pre-Trained Family Dogs

April 29, 2020

Do you need help finding and training the perfect addition to your pack? Are you currently searching to adopt or purchase a dog but are unsure how to find a great match for your home and lifestyle? We are here to help and allowing professionals to be the match makers lowers the risk of challenges and increases the positive interactions and relationship with your new canine family member. Specialty Dog Training has trained family dogs for sale. We take all the guess-work out of adopting a new pup by hand selecting the best dog for you based on your family’s lifestyle, needs, and preferences.

A pre-trained dog is a great choice, whether you are looking to responsibly bring a rescue dog into your home who is compatible with your children and other pets, you are a first time dog owner, you aren’t sure what dog might be a good fit for your lifestyle, or you just want to bring a dog into your family but don’t have the time to select, socialize, potty train, and obedience train them. SDT also places specially trained personal companion dogs that are not only highly obedient, but are also trained in security tasks, such as an “alarm bark”. These family dogs are social, loving, and obedient, but they are also responsive to a command to bark on cue at a door, in a car or on leash for response to personal safety concerns. (Check back for more information on these specific safety-focused pre-trained dogs)

Our team of certified professional dog trainers will take care of everything from start to finish, taking the uncertainty and stress out of adopting and training a new dog. The training team at Specialty Dog Training has over 45 years of combined experience and carries certifications and memberships from the most well recognized schools, institutions and organizations. We pride ourselves on 5 star service and dog training, and our ratings and reviews are some of the best in the industry. SDT will guide you step by step through the process of bringing a new dog into your family and ensuring the dog’s success at home.

First, we conduct a thorough consultation to determine what breed/breed mix, size, age, and temperament will best fit your family, and get a picture of what activities you will be doing with your new furry family member. Then, we go to work sourcing your dog! Through our many rescue partners, and partnerships with responsible local breeders, we have a vast array of resources at our fingertips to find the right dog for you. We then evaluate each potential dog on their individual temperament, drive level, family compatibility, and overall stability before determining they will be a good match for you.

Once we have sourced your dog, we will outline a customized training program for them based on your specific training goals and lifestyle needs. You will receive personalized updates throughout the sourcing and training process to begin learning more about your new dog! Each trained family dog is potty trained, socialized with other dogs and people, and highly trained in leadership, housemanners, car manners, leash manners, and advanced obedience (AKC Canine Good Citizen ready). Your dog will walk nicely with a loose leash, come when called, practice good manners when greeting people, front door manners for deliveries and guests coming in, control around distractions and overall will be a well behaved companion. This training process generally takes between 12 and 16 weeks and will include on-site bonding sessions, as well as handling instruction for you.

When your new trained family dog is ready to go home, Specialty Dog training will provide transfer training lessons to set you up for success and make sure the transition to your dog’s new home is a smooth one. Once your dog graduates from our program, you will qualify for discounts that include participation in our additional training resources like refresher training while boarding, advanced obedience group classes for maintenance, therapy dog preparation courses and more! Specialty Dog Training offers training support for the life of your trained dog!

Our trained dogs for sale, including hand selected dogs with custom tailored programs, start at just $8,500 (client is responsible for the purchase price of the dog if a fee is charged by rescue/shelter/owner/breeder). Contact us today for more information on adding a trained dog to your family!

We’re in this together. We’re here for you!

April 2, 2020

COVID-19 Update

We understand there may be personal and professional challenges you are faced with given the impact of COVID-19, and we are with you during this uncertain time. Specialty Dog Training is taking precautions to protect our clients and our team members who are continuing to care for our training dogs. We have created new internal protocols that have escalated our cleaning and sanitization procedures, staff have been reminded to stay home if they are ill or potentially exposed, and we have worked with management to ensure staff are practicing social distancing during animal care, training, and at all times at our facility. We are grateful that the current information and evidence suggests that dogs are not being infected with COVID-19.

Our team will keep you informed about challenges impacting our training program but it is important for you to know that we are still here for you! We are enrolling canine clients in our bootcamp programs with check-ins tentatively starting early May (dates subject to change) while more urgent cases that require professional intervention immediately are being considered case-by-case for earlier check-in. Currently all private lessons (both in home and on-site) are temporarily postponed in line with the “safer at home” order, however, we are accepting enrollments for future start dates as well as offering phone, text, and email support to those who enroll now for lessons and camps. We are also enrolling service dog candidates, taking applications for pre-trained dogs, and offering emotional support dog and therapy dog programs.

Specialty Dog Training is offering a special promotion that is larger than any promotional offer we have ever release to-date.

Specialty Dog Training will continue to provide discounted space, staffing and services to our charity partner, Shelter to Soldier. Shelter to Soldier is a CA 501c3 nonprofit organization that adopts dogs from local shelters and trains them to become psychiatric service dogs for post-9/11 combat veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and other injuries associated with traumatic service experiences ( The mission at Shelter to Soldier is critical for local veterans and shelter dogs in need and we will continue to support the program, as we have since its inception in 2012, to our fullest extent.

To learn more about Specialty Dog Training, read about our success stories and testimonials, visit, check out our Yelp page by searching “Specialty Dog Training” and Google “Specialty Dog Training” to read the many 5-star reviews about our service, training and care shared by our clients.

Enjoy this training tip until next time:

Name recognition and focus – it is so important for your dog to love their name, respond to it consistently, and focus on you instead of the millions of distractions around them. By having strong name recognition, you’ll be able to get your dog’s attention and they will respond better and follow commands better when they are tuned-in and focused on you. There are many ways to build focus and name recognition, but we will leave a couple of tips here and then you can check back in for a future special on this topic that will go into more detail.

When your dog has her back turned to you, call her name. As she turns to look at you, “mark” the behavior with a “good girl” (good boy for the male pups out there). The “good girl” (marker) should be in a happy, higher pitch tone. After the marker, follow up with a treat, toy or petting (whichever is higher value to your dog). Repeat this exercise 5-10 times a day and do this for 2 weeks. Be consistent, making sure you mark with “good girl” every time she turns to look at you and then a secondary reward (treat, toy or affection). This will increase the likelihood of your dog responding to her name, enjoying her name and understanding that it is a really rewarding process to do so.

We will be releasing special content and further details about “markers”, rewards and measuring value of rewards, plus going into more detail on this topic. This training tip is a great place to start!

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