4100 Westcor Court
Coralville, IA 52241

FAX: 319-545-7113

Dog Boarding & Daycare in the Iowa City Area

Private Obedience Training

WAIT LIST for Private Obedience Training!  Usually takes 2-4 weeks for first appointment

At Just Dogs PlayCare, we mostly focus on private obedience training sessions.  That means we meet with a dog and his or her owner to work on specific obedience issues. Our obedience training is only for those who are serious & can commit to continuing to practice the skills learned at home.

We envision dog obedience training as a collaboration between humans and their dog companions.  Please note that we only offer training that owners attend with their dogs, as we feel it’s important that YOU learn training techniques. Your dog may perform well for an instructor—but isn’t it most important how he or she performs for you?

Here are some of the common behavioral issues for which people seek out private dog obedience training:

  • Jumping up on people
  • Not coming when called or ignoring other obedience commands
  • Pulling on leash during walks
  • Impolite behavior on leash, such as reacting to other dogs, skateboarders, bicyclists, and so on.
  • Barking issues
  • Shy dog/lacks confidence
  • Hyperactive/rough play

With private obedience training, we meet with clients to determine their training needs and establish personalized goals for obedience.  Those who participate in individual training at JDPC often say that they realize it was just as much for them to learn as for their dogs!  Through our work together, we start to show you that training isn’t always about changing your dog’s behavior. Often a simple change in your own behavior can eliminate the need for training on a particular issue. For example, if your dog always gets into the kitchen trash, here are some ways you can problem solve: (1) put the trash can inside a closed cupboard or closet, (2) buy a tall trash container with a pet-proof lock, (3) keep your dog out of the kitchen when unsupervised, such as in a kennel or gated off elsewhere.

How to Get Started with Private Obedience Training

E-mail us at info@justdogsplaycare.com or call us at 319-545-7111 to ask about individualized training for your dog. Here’s the info we need to know:

  • Your name, phone number, & email address
  • Your dog’s name, breed, gender, age
  • Your obedience training needs in brief (50-100 words)

We will contact you by email to schedule your Obedience Intake Interview (see right).

Hours for Private Obedience Training:

Monday through Friday: 8:00 AM-5:30 PM

We currently do not offer private obedience training on weekends!

Small Group Obedience Classes

We do offer occasional small-group classes when we have 2-4 people with similar dog obedience issues.  If you think your dog would benefit from learning in a small group, please let us know!  There are definitely benefits to both private obedience training and group obedience training.  We prefer to do very small classes so we can give more one-on-one feedback to owners as they work with their dogs.  A large group setting can be disruptive at times, with dogs often having a hard time focusing on learning.

Some Common Dog and Puppy Obedience Training Issues

  • Potty training
  • Crate training
  • Jumping up, counter-surfing
  • Chewing on things
  • How to correct effectively
  • Submissive peeing
  • Separation anxiety
  • Needs socialization with other dogs and/or humans
  • Understanding family hierarchy

Positive Reinforcement Obedience Training

We use only Positive Reinforcement Training at JDPC. This means we will set your dog up for success by teaching what we want and then rewarding when the dog does it right. Treats, toys, happy voice, and lots of fun accompany the learning!

  • Positive, gentle training methods used, including massage and Tellington T-Touch® body work and movement exercises
  • Training on Halti® headcollar and Easy Walk® Harness available–great for pullers and reactive dogs
  • Full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)


Small classes allow much more individualized attention!

We often incorporate agility obstacles in our obedience training as a way to make learning more fun!










Click on links below to see some tips on these obedience issues.

Benefits of Crate Training from JDPC

Tips on Solving a Problem from JDPC

Potty Training Tips from JDPC