FAQ

GOT QUESTIONS ABOUT TRAINING CAMP?

Training Camp Frequently Asked Questions

Here’s a list of “must-haves” to send along with your dog:

  • Current rabies tag or proof of rabies vaccination certificate
  • Their collar w/ ID tags
  • Bag of Dog Food
  • Flea/Tick, Heartworm, or other meds to be administered along with instructions.
  • Favorite toy or bone
  • Crate (*ask your trainer if needed)
  • Long Term Behavior Modification
    DTC USA teaches real life, practical manners and establishes long-lasting habits. Most dogs can “sit” or “down” especially if you have a treat in your hand. It’s more useful to have them behave well in the house and in public places. Our training strengthens the relationship and communication between you and your dog for a lifetime of harmony.
  • Individual Attention
    We limit our training so that you and your dog get the attention you deserve.
  • Team Effort
    Our trainers work together to provide your dog the benefit of combined years of expertise.
  • Public Manners
    Once your dog masters the leash and basic obedience, we take their skills on the road. Field trips allow your dog to practice their training in different settings and with a variety of distractions.
  • Support
    DTC USA provides hands-on training to transfer the basics of leadership to you and your family, setting everyone up for success. Campers are also encouraged to attend ongoing group classes where owners and their dogs can practice their new skills with the support of the DTC USA team.
We allow a few days for your dog to settle in and develop trust before their true personality starts to emerge. It takes time to undo unwanted behaviors and replace them with better habits.
A structured, consistent routine allows us to establish habits that are easy for you to maintain with little effort.
Half of your dog’s training is with us, but the other half is reinforcement and practiced at home with you. We provide all the humans in the household with the tools & techniques they need to maintain everything their dog has learned and support them even after their dog goes home through optional in-home sessions, group classes, and more!
DTC USA communicates with leadership in a way that dogs understand. We also figure out what motivation works best with your dog and individualize the training to achieve the best results. We DO NOT use electronic shock collars.

YES! They will remember you AND the things they used to get away with when they come home. That’s why it’s imperative you keep up with the training we teach you, especially the 1st week they are home, so your dog learns the same rules they followed while with us also apply at home with you as well.

NO! We do not want to change the personality of your dog. He/she will still be the same goofy, shy, stubborn, or feisty dog when they return. It’s up to us to get to know your dog’s unique personality and add to their behavior, not take anything away. We just teach them that calmness and obedience work much better to get our attention and the things they want. They learn to look to us for direction/permission and follow our lead anywhere!
Each trainer has made their own journey so exact certifications will vary. Becoming a DTC USA trainer is an apprenticeship program where their skill level is evaluated and certified by master trainers. This requires many hours of hands-on training with various types of dogs and behaviors, as well as formal class instruction. Other trainers may be considered “certified” after only completing an online course without ever handling a dog. That is not the case with the DTC USA Team. We are the premier trainer of trainers!
Training Camp requires a deposit at confirmation to reserve the dates, with the balance due before the training begins.
You can request an update from your trainer on your dog’s progress at any time during camp. We stay in close contact with you the entire time and happy to provide pictures and videos. You might also see them posted on our social media pages!

Customer testimonials

Dog Training Camp USA
4.9
Based on 69 reviews
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Samantha RoseSamantha Rose
19:49 06 Feb 24
After my husband and I adopted Bruno, we realized pretty quickly we got in a bit over our heads. Bruno did not like being in a crate and was very difficult to control, especially when he got excited. We called Dog Training Camp and discussed the best options for our particular situation. We opted to enroll Bruno into a training camp. He has been home for two weeks and his behavior is drastically improved! He is very comfortable in his crate, has improved leash manners and is all around calmer and more responsive to us. It is a joy to have him in the house versus a struggle before the training. The trainers were all so understanding and supportive, even when Bruno introduced himself by pooping on one of their jackets 🤦🏼‍♀️. We got great updates on his progress while he was there and the team made sure we had all the tools we needed as his parents to be successful once he got home. I highly recommend them whether it’s training camp or group lessons.
Hope HawkinsHope Hawkins
15:58 05 Feb 24
DTC is great if you are looking to have a well-behaved, family friend! Yogi got so much good training and attention during his 3 weeks at DTC. As Cory said, they “loosened the pickle jar” for us. Our boy kept his personality but gained skills to integrate and interact in the best way for our family. He’s not perfect but gets better every day due to the seeds they planted while he was there. I love that they equipped us with the knowledge to continue their hard work and the opportunities to come back for day sessions or for them to visit our home for training.
Lisa RadcliffLisa Radcliff
15:13 05 Feb 24
Cory and Melaney and their whole crew at Dog Training Camp USA are amazing! We just sent our 7 year old coonhound to them for 3 weeks and couldn't be happier with our dog and all she has learned. Their knowledge, communication, and professionalism is second to none. Not only are they excellent at what they do, but they are great people! We are looking forward to group class and continuing to work with them to help our Nola girl be the best dog she can be! Whoever said you can't teach an old dog new tricks was wrong ;)
Jenna LeeJenna Lee
17:15 02 Feb 24
Dog Training Camp USA is amazing. I felt like they went above and beyond for our Bernese mountain dog, Jett. Cory and her team have made several check ins since we brought him home and even came out to do an in home training session. I highly recommend them if you are interested in the whole package. It’s not just obedience, it’s training your dog how to mix in with your everyday life and their particular needs. Jett isn’t perfect but he gets better everyday with the skills he was taught during his 3 week training and boarding. We are so happy to have our boy back and watch him grow every day!
Hilary HarrisHilary Harris
22:45 05 Jan 24
These ladies are excellent in their care and training of dogs! My new rescue is a handful to say the least. They have been patient, understanding and supportive throughout his training. Melany braved the trip to assist with in home training and Cory was so supportive. Definitely recommend them for anyone in need of training!!~Hilary and Petie
Ame PickenAme Picken
13:54 22 Dec 23
Melanie is a beautiful groomer
Christine FergusonChristine Ferguson
21:42 19 Dec 23
If it weren't for Cory, Melaney, and their incredible team at Dog Training Camp USA, I might not have survived the first year with my two lively Aussies!They took the time to understand not only the unique personalities of my dogs, but also considered my home environment and lifestyle. This personalized approach made all the difference in creating a training plan that was not only effective but also integrated well into our daily lives.I wholeheartedly recommend Dog Training Camp USA to anyone who is looking for trainers that use humane, effective techniques that work in real life situations. Thank you, Cory and Melaney!
Shela BolusShela Bolus
20:36 19 Dec 23
Highly recommend. Corey was very caring and knowledgeable
Heather McCormickHeather McCormick
21:27 05 Dec 23
We went to another trainer first and had horrible experiance. We have a 9 month old Saint Bernard who weighs 140 lbs. They corrected all the issues we had after our previous experance. He is so well behaved (when we are). He comes to our office with us on most days and is the official greeter of all who come in.
Mary NussMary Nuss
16:08 18 Oct 23
Don't you love a rescue dog story where they all lived happily ever after? Me too, but it's not always so easy! Our dog is filled with fear and anxiety and Dog Training Camp USA came to our rescue. We did the three week training camp and we have a happier, more at ease dog. They couldn't make all her fears disappear, but they helped her (and us) learn how to deal with it. Melaney, Cory, Caitlin, and Erica are wonderful and we are so glad they were recommended to us!
Katie GerringKatie Gerring
21:22 16 Aug 23
Cory and Melanie and the rest of the team are absolutely fantastic! We left our one year old corgi pups for two weeks and I was amazed at their progress in such a short time. And the boys had such a good time while there! They made sure to send updates and videos of how they were doing, which was so appreciated when being away from them. Cory and Melanie just came for a home visit to check on their progress today, and within 3 minutes of them arriving, our energetic pups were sitting patiently in another room waiting until we invited them to come into the living room. I never thought that would be possible with these two high energy dogs! I’m so glad we met these wonderful trainers and will absolutely be returning for group classes and continuing education stays!😊
Sydney PrindivilleSydney Prindiville
17:41 01 Aug 23
I contacted Dog Training Camp USA because my 3 year old german shepherd, Bjorn, has a big problem with fear reactivity. He was attacked by two dogs about a year ago and has completely changed. What turned the corner for us to look for a trainer was him trying to attack a family member’s dog. At his consult he was a complete mess. Barking and lunging when they opened the door and not calming down the entire time we were there. He was just so anxious and I was an anxious mess even bringing him in. Cory and Melaney were so patient with him immediately and were able to come up with a plan for him to at least be manageable in social settings. They were always up front and realistic about expectations which I really appreciated. At his first private session, Melaney gave us lots of stuff to work on. Bjorn has always listened to what I tell him but I just didn’t know what to tell him until she showed me. We came back today after 2 weeks of training every day and doing exactly what she told us. He’s a completely different dog. He doesn’t bark when somebody rings our doorbell, he doesn’t charge when we have people over, and he’s learning how to appropriately behave outside the house. Today he was even able to walk closely to other dogs without barking or lunging which honestly I wasn’t sure would ever happen. He even laid down and relaxed. He’s much more confident and so am I. I never wanted to “fix” him, I just wanted to ease his anxiety and make him more comfortable and they gave me the tools to do that. I can’t thank them enough, it really feels like I got my boy back and I’m excited to see how he keeps progressing.
Paul KnopfPaul Knopf
17:05 01 Aug 23
Cory and her team were fantastic! We really enjoyed their attention to detail explaining the lessons taught to us during camp. They also conducted an in house follow up that was very helpful! I would highly recommend sending your dog to the Dog Training Camp USA!
Kayla HaleKayla Hale
15:47 29 Jul 23
Everyone here is so passionate about what they do, and they’re so kind. It seems pricey, but the intensive work they do and the resources they provide you with make it more than worth it. You can always ask the trainers questions and they have been so accommodating with any confusion or issues.
Jennifer LanhamJennifer Lanham
00:58 29 Jul 23
Wonderful staff! I was highly satisfied with their professionalism and training approaches. Many thanks from Harry and Ollie
Kelli BannisterKelli Bannister
21:14 31 May 23
We sent Leah to Dog training camp right around the time she turned 6 months old, she was there for 3 weeks.Our biggest concern was potty training, this girl WOULD NOT go outside to go potty. The amount of time & dedication that Melaney spent with her to potty train her was amazing. She didn’t come home fully potty trained but it was more than enough to help us to continue potty train her. Just ask Cory & Melaney about her.. they will explain how difficult this girl is.Her other training went well too, she hardly ever pulls on her leash anymore & if she does, it’s easy to get her back where she needs to be.Dog training goes beyond dog camp but it’s definitely a wonderful place to start! They also offer continuing education classes so your dog can get refreshers and to also help the parents. Boarding and day camp is also a perk.I’d definitely go back if we ever get another puppy.
Rebecca OliverRebecca Oliver
23:16 15 May 23
We had an amazing experience with all of the staff at Dog Training Camp USA. Our Rip was so loved and came home so much calmer and obedient. Their training has truly changed the environment in our home! So many thanks to the whole staff for taking care of our baby and doing an amazing job with him!!
Kelsey TraughberKelsey Traughber
17:13 12 May 23
Cory is amazing! I foster through Southern Indiana Animal Rescue and needed desperate help with my current foster pup, Donut. I was immediately relieved for her guidance and feel so confident in getting Donut ready for his forever home while working with Cory!
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