Our life's mission is to provide dog training programs that result in obedient and confident dogs who are eager, and enthusiastic to work with you, not for you. Using our unique KeenDog training method, our experienced and dedicated trainers will coach you how to have both on and off leash control of your dog in a way that results in a happy dog who looks to you for guidance no matter what environment you are in.
Our belief is that proper communication in a fun and consistent manner is the key to successful obedience training and behavior refinement. As you learn to communicate with your dog using the KeenDog Training System, you will begin to enhance your life with your dog, instead of your dog hindering it. Private one-on-one sessions, board and train, group classes and real world KeenDog activities are are aimed at building a bond with your dog who looks to you as their leader and best friend, gaining both love and respect from your dog. This innovative approach to dog training will ensure a lifetime of enjoyment for you both.
At KeenDog, we take a modern, balanced approach to training. We use a wide variety of training methods and tools that benefit the dog, as we do not want dogs to be reliant on one training system (think if we only use treats, once that treat goes away so does your dog’s listening skills). We use marker training, lure training, body motion, play, leash training and e collars in our training programs. All behaviors are taught in private and then you and your dog advance to our group classes to continue your skills in real world environments.
We primarily serve the Charlotte, NC and Fort Mill, SC area including Pineville, Matthews, Monroe, Huntersville, Concord, Indian Land, Tega Cay, Rock Hill, and more. We believe that dogs all over the country (and overseas!) can benefit from our unique approach. If you are not local to the Carolinas, check out our Out-of-State Dogs page!JUMP TO OUR SERVICES & COURSES
WE OFFER A VARIETY OF PROGRAMS & ONLINE COURSES TO FIT YOUR INDIVIDUAL NEEDS
If you're looking for a hands-on, in-home option...
If you prefer a hands-off approach and want us to lay the groundwork...
If you want to start your puppy off right, then let us finish their training...
If you want to give your puppy the perfect jumpstart...
If you want us to hand select and raise the perfect puppy for you...
If you're not local to the Greater Charlotte area...
If you are looking for a self-guided training option...
If you're looking for a hybrid self-guided and one-on-one option...
If you want to expand your skills as a trainer and business owner...
INCLUDED IN TRAINING
Ability to walk your dog on and off-leash with other dogs and people around
Consistently and confidently call your dog back to you no matter what environment they are in
Place command – ability to send your dog to a specific boundary and stay there until released; extended staying ability up to 30+ minutes
Calm indoor behaviors
Automatic side sits when you stop on your walks
Focus on you, the handler, through severe distractions
Confidence building for young, skittish, nervous, and aggressive dogs
Eliminating unwanted behaviors such as jumping, nipping, chewing, destructive behaviors, soiling in the house and excessive barking
NAME RECOGNITION – look to you for direction when name is given
HERE – recall to handler
SIT – sit and remain in position until released, automatic sits at heel position
DOWN – down and remain in position until released
PLACE – go to a specific boundary and remain until released (bed, crate, etc., 30+ min)
HEEL – walk on left side, nose to knee, auto sit when handler stops walking
SWITCH – switch from left side to right when heeling
LETS GO – follow along, less structured loose leash walk
WATCH – make eye contact with handler
TOUCH – two paws on object, i.e. a rubber feed bowl
OUT – drop a toy
KEEN/CLICK – terminal marker / release word for food reward direct from handler; builds drive, enthusiasm and engagement
GET IT – terminal marker / release word for toy reward or food reward delivered indirectly by handler (tossed out)
YES – terminal marker / release word for toy reward direct from handler (optional)
FREE – terminal marker / release word with no reward (freedom is the reward)
GOOD – duration marker; let’s your dog know you like what they are doing and to keep doing that behavior; food, affection, or praise reward
NICE – duration marker; let’s your dog know you like what they are doing and to keep doing that behavior; no reward (optional)
EH-EH – lets your dog know that they are on the wrong track
NO – stop unwanted behaviors
Our group classes, and our flourishing community, truly set us apart. The KeenDog lifestyle is meant to be one of enjoyment for both you and your dog!
We don’t believe that training should stop after you solidify the fundamentals, thus why we offer many group classes that are held throughout the Greater Charlotte area!
Group class access comes complimentary with all of our training packages!
Our in-home lesson package. Includes 10 one-on-one lessons, both in-home and outdoor at locations of your choosing. On and off leash obedience included. E-collar and training manual included. Includes access to private KeenDog boarding for lifetime of dog and KeenDog group classes.
Our 3-week immersive board and train package for dogs over 6 months of age. Includes 2 pre-immersion lessons, 3 week immersion (M-F), and 2 follow up lessons. On and off leash obedience included. E-collar, prong collar, and training manual included. Includes access to private KeenDog boarding for lifetime of dog and KeenDog group classes.
The Whole Enchilada
Our comprehensive puppy training package. Includes 5 pre-immersion puppy lessons, 3-week immersion (M-F) when dog reaches 6 months of age, and 2 follow up lessons. On and off leash obedience included. E-collar, prong collar, place cot, and training manual included. Includes access to private KeenDog boarding for lifetime of dog and KeenDog group classes.
Similar to Keen Camp, but with this package, we will come to YOU. Includes 3.5 week immersion, conducted in your city of residence. Additional fees apply for trainer lodging and travel expenses. Exact training touchpoints to be agreed upon with trainer. On and off leash obedience included. E-collar, prong collar, place cot, and training manual included. Dogs must be 6 months old to participate.
Our 3-week board and train package for puppies 10 to 16 weeks old. Includes go home lesson and training manual. Focus on house breaking, crate training, foundational obedience, confidence building, environmental exposure, and socialization. Can only be purchased in combination with The Bestie, Keen Camp, or the Whole Enchilada.
Our ultimate puppy raising package. Your ideal puppy raised just for you. Includes temperament testing and hand selection from a reputable breeder, 16 weeks of training, multiple go-home lessons, and lifelong support. On and off leash obedience included. E-collar, prong collar, place cot, and training manual included. Includes access to private KeenDog boarding for lifetime of dog and KeenDog group classes.
The Bare Necessities
Our hybrid self-guided and one-on-one training option! Perfect for self-driven dog owners looking for a cost-effective option and the best of both worlds. Includes access to our online course along with 4 in-person lessons OR 5 virtual lessons. Includes access to private KeenDog boarding for lifetime of dog and KeenDog group classes.
Our 3-week (Monday to Saturday) shadow program for dog trainers. Attend team meetings and training, shadow lessons and group classes. Learn the ins and outs of our training system and business management. Enrollment open on rolling basis throughout the year. Room and board not included.
Some of our packages can be split into payment plans consisting of two or three payments, billed monthly. If you are interested in paying using a payment plan, click below to select a package.
Raising Your Dog the KeenDog Way
Whether you've just brought an eight week old puppy home from a breeder or a three year old rescue home from the shelter, this course will help you set them up for lifelong success. From in-home management to leash walking, play development to e collar conditioning, we cover our puppy raising practices in depth and share tips to ensure you feel confident in raising your new canine companion into the dog of your dreams.
E-Collar Train Your Dog In 3 Weeks
Want to take your training to the next level, but not sure where to start? Want to DIY a board-and-train from the comfort of your own home? Follow along as we train two board-and-train dogs - Nikko & Bailey - and learn to e-collar train your own dog in just 3 weeks!