Dog Training Classes in Broomfield, CO

Colorado Dog Academy believes in the “Wolf Pack Theory”. All dogs share the wolf as their ancestor, therefore domestic dogs have a natural packing instinct. The family becomes the dog’s pack. Our dog daycare helps you, the dog owner, understand how to communicate to your dog that you are the pack leader through training and daily interaction. Dogs do not have an understanding of language. When you speak to an untrained dog, you are speaking in a foreign language. Training is necessary to open up lines of communication between you and your dog. Colorado Dog Academy uses the natural method of training, which means we motivate the dog to perform behaviors on their own actual abilities instead of using force. Your dog will learn more easily and enjoy training more by using this method. Dogs do not realize that there are certain behaviors that you do not want them to perform and you need to teach them that there are negative consequences for those behaviors. Colorado Dog Academy will teach you how to properly discipline your dog in a way that it understands naturally, without being abusive. Contact us for more information.

Training Program Options Include:


You and your dog will attend one 30 minute private class per week. Each week will focus on a new command. You will be instructed on how to teach your dog each command and will be expected to complete daily homework. It generally takes two months to complete the private classes and to teach your dog all of the included commands. The private classes will include basic obedience commands, address any behavior problems and teach dog psychology based upon the Wolf Pack Theory. Once you have completed the private classes you will graduate to group classes. Group classes are held four times per week. You may attend as often or as little as you want. Only dogs that have been through our training programs or can demonstrate a basic level of obedience can attend the group classes. The goal of the group class is to get your dog to pass an off-leash obedience test.

Boarding and Training Programs

We teach the basic obedience commands heel, sit, sit/stay, down, down/stay, up, come, return to heel, inside, outside, load, unload and place. We also work on any problem behaviors. We start training in a non-distracting environment and gradually increase distractions at the dog’s pace. Eventually are training the dog in front of, and inside of, shopping centers and in group classes. We also have 5 acres of land with a variety of distractions including wildlife and other dogs.When not being trained, your dog has its own indoor and outdoor run and is fed premium dog food. We have six large exercise pens that your dog can have individual playtime in. When your dog has learned all the commands and is doing well, we set up a “send home” class with you at that time we are training you how to handle the dog. We set up a private follow-up class. All four-week boarding and training programs include lifetime group classes.








Puppies under 12 weeks of age will live with a trainer for the 4-week training program. The puppy will be incorporated into the trainer’s family, attending barbeques, birthday parties and community events. This way the puppy is socialized in everyday environments and encounters a variety of people and places. We will focus on obedience, house breaking, crate training and socialization. At the end of the 4 weeks, you will attend a “send home” class. You will also receive a follow-up private class and group classes.


Colorado Dog Academy believes the goal of training is to control your dog. In order to accomplish this goal, Colorado Dog Academy approaches training in two steps.

  • Step 1: Teach The Words Dogs do not have the ability to understand the meaning of words in the same way that humans can. For example: The human can understand that the word sit represents a position to be in, the dog cannot. When the dog learns the word sit, the dog associates the word with a specific behavior (resting on the haunches from a standing position). Since the dog associates the word with a behavior, when the dog is lying down it won’t respond to our sit command. The behavior sit up from the down is a new behavior and requires additional training. Of course, if the dog understood the meaning of sit additional training would not be necessary. When it comes to teaching the dog the words, there are basically two methods. One method is to “show” the dog what the word means. For example: to teach the dog to sit, the hindquarters would be pushed to the floor, physically placing the dog in a sit position and the dog would be praised “good sit”, “good sit”. This is the least effective method of training. In fact, to tell the dog “good sit” is actually un-training your dog. The dog has no association with sit as a position, but instead associates sit with a behavior. If you continue to repeat the word sit when your dog has already performed the behavior, it is an exercise in disassociation for the dog. The second, and most effective, method of training is to motivate the dog to perform the behavior naturally. For example, to teach the dog to sit you might hold a piece of food over the dog’s nose and lure the dog to sit by moving your hand over the dog’s head, saying the word sit as the dog performs the behavior. The dog’s learning progresses through different stages.In the initial learning stage, the dog requires the luring motion of the food to perform the behavior. As the learning progresses the dog begins to perform the behavior with the word and without the luring motion of the food. The next stage in learning is to teach the dog to perform these behaviors around competing distractions such as other animals, different humans, and loud noises. This is where Colorado Dog Academy excels.
  • Step 2: Become Leader Of The Pack According to recent genetic studies, dogs evolved directly from wolves. The wolves’ natural social structure sleeves them predisposed to pack living and to accepting an authority figure. They instinctively understand the pecking order of the pack. The domestication process involves the accepting of the human as part of the pack and forming a social structure. In order to control the dog, the human must be viewed as the leader of the pack. Our day to day interactions with our dog determines how the dog views this pecking order. Colorado Dog Academy excels at teaching you how to properly interact with your dog.