Colorado Springs

Dog Training Company

Exceptional Training


 Exceptional Companion Dogs

Pamela Leland KPA CTP, CPDT-KSA,

AKC CGC and Trick Dog Evaluator, Certified Instructor for Freestyle and Rally-Freestyle.

Basic Obedience & Leash Walking Skills

Want to make your daily walk more enjoyable?  In this outdoor class students learn basic obedience skills,  how to manage the dog around distractions, and much more.  You and your dog will gain the confidence and skills you need to enjoy your daily walk. Open to dogs and puppies.

Freestyle &


These classes teach advanced level moves, and prepare students for all levels of competition.  Freestyle and Rally-Freestyle are dog sports that last a lifetime! Open to dogs of all ages with basic obedience skills.

Helper Dog

I created this popular class in 2019. It teaches your dog to be a helper around the house and includes tasks like retrieving items, closing and opening doors and drawers, bracing, and an advanced level of obedience and manners. This is not a Service Dog class but it does teach most of the skills used by a Service Dog inside the home.  Dogs must be willing to retrieve items. This class is a "must have" for an Exceptional Companion Dog.  It is only taught occasionally so check the calendar.

Service Dog Skills

I can help you train skills that assist the owner with tasks around the house or out in public.  For seizure alert training you will probably need to look for trainers in Denver.

Puppy Kindergarten is currently on hold. 

Puppies must be 12  weeks old and must have received their second series of shots as well as deworming.

Classes cover walking on a loose leash, sits, downs, stays, recalls, preparing for vet visits,  bite inhibition, focus, confidence building, and much more.

Class is taught by Pamela Leland KPA CTP, CPDT-KSA.


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Professional Training

Do you have a dog who isn't getting enough training time? Are there skills you would like to have improved? Would it help if your dog worked with a professional trainer?

In this program, I train your dog.  Think of it as tutoring. The dog already has the basics but needs additional help.

For more information on pricing, scheduling, and suitability, please give me a call at 719-499-8294.

Private Classes

In this program, I teach you how to train your dog. Students sign up on a month-to-month basis.  Training goals are established for the month along with class frequency.  Sessions include videos of your dog's progress.

Skill Classes

The following classes are unique and driven by student requests.  

Movement skills:  pivots, backing, and laterals. These skills contribute to the dog's movement in competition sports (Obedience, Rally, Freestyle, Carting, and more.)

Positions:  platform work, finding heel, finding front, fixing lagging and forging in heel, teaching movement on the left and right sides.

Puppy is enrolled for six weeks for $165.

Classes are taught 3 times a week and puppies may come to class 3 times a week!   The more training your puppy gets during their adolescence the better! 

True fact: canine brains (limbic system and prefrontal cortex) are not fully formed until around 18 months old so during adolescence they struggle with impulse control.  Training gives them the structure they need to help them through this crazy stage.

Puppies in this class are typically  5 months old and older.  Puppies less than 24 months old are eligible to enroll.

Training focuses on good manners (greeting people and impulse control around other dogs) and basic obedience (sits, downs, stays, recalls) and loose-leash walking.

Class is taught by Pamela Leland KPA CTP, CPDT-KSA.

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AKC Canine Good Citizen Program

The AKC Canine Good Citizen program has three titling levels:  Basic, Advanced, and Urban. At each level, your dog is tested against AKC standards.  If your dog passes, you can submit paperwork for your title.  

The basic CGC class meets weekly.  Most Therapy Dog programs require the CGC.

The Advanced CGC and Urban CGC classes meet weekly at more challenging locations.  The schedule for CGCA and CGCU rotates and varies.  There are typically more CGCA classes offered than CGCU.

AKC Trick Dog

All levels of AKC Trick Dog: Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Performer, and Elite Performer. Class includes the testing, signed evaluator form, and ribbons. Class size is limited. It's incredibly fun!

Therapy Dog

This training prepares the dog to be evaluated and tested under the Alliance for Therapy Dogs program.  Eligible dogs must have a CGC.

Environmental Conditioning

Think of this as continuing education for dogs who have completed the Advanced CGC or higher levels of obedience training. Classes go to interesting places to help dogs learn to adapt to new and novel environments. It's also a really fun class!

AKC Canine Good Citizen (Basic, Advanced, and Urban.)  The six-week class is $165 and meets once a week. Class includes the CGC Test and ribbons.   Class size is limited.  The class is taught on a rotating basis so please call for the current class schedule or check the Calendar page.

AKC Trick Dog (all levels.)  This six-week class is $165 and meets once a week. Class includes the testing and ribbons.  Class size is limited.  This class is taught on a rotating basis so please call for the current class schedule or check the Calendar page.

Classes are taught by Pamela Leland KPA CTP, CPDT-KSA.

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