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Top Tier Dog Training Club

Traction Dog Training Club provides custom tailored programs and ongoing training support. We don’t just fix behavior problems, we invite you to join a community committed to building exceptional dogs. 

Schedule a Free Consultation with a Trainer!

Home: Welcome
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long term success:
varsity membership

Lifelong training as part of a

community committed to great dogs.

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how it works

Homeschool: How it Works

2: join varsity

Varsity is our club membership that includes private training. All memberships include in home training sessions on a regular basis, free training classes and workshops, and access to the boarding program.

Plus, with each membership, we train 5 local rescue dogs every year with challenging behavior issues.

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3: consider an intensive program

In your first private training session on Varsity, your trainer will assess whether an intensive training program would be helpful as a jumpstart to the training process. This is often recommended for serious behavior issues. 


Our intensive training programs include Tutoring, Homeschool, and Study Abroad as in-home or boarding programs.

1: free consultation with a trainer

Schedule a free phone consultation with a dog trainer. We'll help you create a custom training plan tailored to your family and lifestyle.

Our trainers are top in the industry, from Special Ops handlers to lion trainers and Ne Po Po® Gold grads. Whether it’s obedience, behavior, or sports, we’ll create the perfect program for your dog.

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$45 - 680 monthly

Varsity is our club membership program for ongoing training.


It includes private in-home training sessions, free group classes and workshops, and access to boarding in your trainer’s home so you can always maintain consistency.


With each membership, our team trains 5 local rescue dogs every year!

jumpstart packages


5 week in-home program that begins with one in-person consultation, then consists of one 1:1 training session and one coaching session with the parent(s) each week for 4 weeks.

Best for:

People who want to be hands-on in achieving results and are interested in dog training as a topic.

Daily homework is required.



3 week in-home program with a 1:1 training session between dog and trainer each Monday through Thursday, and a coaching session with the parent(s) each Friday.

Best for:

People who have busy schedules or large families.

Dogs in behavior programs or whose goals are specific to their home.


Study abroad

2 week program during which your dog lives with their trainer, allowing total consistency throughout multiple daily training sessions.

Best for:

People who want a big-picture approach to their dog’s learning plan or live outside the service area.

Dogs in off leash/advanced programs or who need more socialization.


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Continued Education Programs
varsity membership benefits

Free Training Classes

Participate in free events like agility group classes, paw-ttery classes, and dog-friendly brewery socials where you can practice manners and have fun!

Help Local Rescue Dogs

Many rescue dogs struggle with behavior issues that make it difficult to find homes. With each Varsity membership, Traction donates the training these dogs need to stay in forever homes.

Boarding Access

Board your dog in a Traction Trainer's personal home to live the life of a trainer’s dog.  Keep training consistent even while you're away.

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Meet the Trainers

meet the trainers

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mara soo
lion, bear & elk trainer

  • Trained upper-level competitive sport horses across the US, working with trainers up to the Olympic level

  • Trained mountain lions, bears, elk, bald eagles, otters and owls professionally

  • Competes in APPDA and PSA (protection and patrol dogs)

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tina chavez
ne po po® gold school graudate

  • Trained directly by Bart Bellon, inventor of many modern dog training methods, as a Certified Electronic Collar Trainer for Martin Systems Technology

  • Certified AKC Canine Good Citizen, S.T.A.R., and Trick Dog Evaluator

  • Competes in APPDA, PSA, and American Schutzhund (protection and patrol dogs)


will coggins
special ops, swat, & fbi k-9 trainer

  • Certified MWD Handler in obedience, patrol, and narcotics and explosives detection

  • Graduated Marine Corps K-9's intensive training course in long range off leash training

  • Conducted dog training seminars for the FBI, Homeland Security, Naval Explosive Ordinance Disposal, NCIS, ATF, and NPD


eric knierim
air force k-9 handler

  • Certified Air Force MWD Handler in obedience, patrol, and narcotics and explosives detection

  • Led the use of K-9 security dogs on 10 US Presidential Secret Service missions and for protection of the Air Force Chief of Staff and Chief of Space Operations

  • Held K-9 obedience training seminars for the US Secret Service, German Air Force, and US Navy

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Schedule a Consult

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I enroll more than one dog in a training program?
    Yes, although in most situations the length of each training session as well as the price of each program increases by 50%. This allows ample time to be spent with each dog without doubling the price of the program. We offer a detailed consultation to determine the best approach for training your dogs together.
  • What training methods do you use?
    Our trainers are skilled in multiple science-backed training methodologies and apply any methods that will be safe and effective for your dog. Most training programs primarily rely on positive reinforcement training and will be supplemented with balanced dog training methods. View a detailed outline of our training methods here, and specific approaches to different goals from the menu of our website.
  • Do you offer payment plans?
    Yes. You will have the option to choose a payment plan through Affirm after signing up for a program. Affirm offers payment plans from 2 to 36 months long. Learn more about payment plans through Affirm here. Varsity members simply pay $95 or more per month for training with no upfront costs.
  • Could my dog be too young or too old for training?
    We find that old dogs are the easiest to teach new tricks! However, we recommend that puppies under 16 weeks of age train on Varsity and complete a more intensive training program when they’re over 16 weeks of age. This ensures you have a sound plan for potty training, crate training, socialization, and preventing bad habits from day one. Schedule a phone consult with a trainer to get started today.
  • Can I cancel Varsity at any time?
    Yes! You can pause or cancel your Varsity membership at any time.
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