• Hi, my name’s Groot.

  • I’m a very big boy. I’m a Great Dane.

  • I love leaning on people and getting bootie scratches.

  • I may be big, but I’m a scaredy cat.

  • I like showing off my tricks, “speak” and “shake.”

  • Club Pet Academy is teaching me how to walk politely on leash and come when called.


Groot's Dog Training


Dog Training Session 1

  • Groot did absolutely fantastic with his first day of training!

  • We started working on an eye contact command, look, and his leash manners.

  • The eye contact command will be essential when working on training with Groot, especially his leash reactivity.

  • Also, start practicing the leash manners guide at home. Practice in the lowest distraction setting possible, like the backyard or in your living room (if there is enough room for the big boy).

Dog Training Session 2

  • Today was my first session with Groot and we had fun!

  • We worked in a low distraction hallway but he was still pretty distracted which is to be expected in the beginning.

  • We practiced look but struggled because Groot wasn’t motivated by my treats. I will try chicken next time which most dogs usually LOVE.

  • We mostly worked on leash manners.

    • At first, Groot pulled me quite a bit because he was more interested in the new surroundings than me. But over the session, he got more and more into the groove.

  • Please keep practicing look and leash manners at home with minimal distractions. Consistency is key!

Dog Training Session 3

  • Today was mine and Groot’s first session today, he is a blast to work with!!

  • Today we continued to focused on Look

    • Groot gave me eye contact 50% of the time when asked to Look

      • This is expected and good for just beginning training

      • Keep practicing at home!

    • I was able to get Groot to focus on me using Look to distract him from reacting to a person and dog walking by! :)

  • We also worked on his leash manners in both sessions

    • We practiced in a low distraction area, he was a little unsure and jumpy at first.

    • Groot really enjoyed our walks and relaxed quite a bit.

    • Groot walked at my side nicely with treats present.

      • Groot took hot dogs and pupperoni treats from me today, but definitely preferred the hot dogs!

Dog Training Session 4

  • Groot did fabulous towards the end of our sessions.

  • He had a hard time focusing at first and pulled me across the lobby to investigate something.

  • If you are okay with it, we decided using the Gentle Leader would be a good route for Groot.

  • Continue turning away from Groot when practicing at home. Holding a high value treat at your forehead will also help him get his eyes on you.

  • Continue working on look at home.

  • You’re doing a fantastic job!

Dog Training Session 5

  • Groot was absolutely awesome today from start to finish!

  • We practiced putting on the Gentle Leader over and over desensitizing him to the weird sensation, as well as making it a positive one with treats.

    • He is very comfortable with it and only pawed at it once.

  • We also worked on his walking, which was spectacular on the Gentle Leader. With the Gentle Leader, we can truly reinforce our stop and turns away from him (Groot cannot continue to pull us).

  • Continue working on the look command, as this will be essential when we work on leash reactivity. It is also crucial to building a bond with Groot.

  • Additionally, please have Groot wait at every doorway.

  • Finally, continue working with Groot on his leash manners by turning away from him. Make sure he is wearing the Gentle Leader while practicing.

Dog Training Session 6

  • I love working with Groot!

  • We had a rocky 1st session, but there were lots of distractions and Groot had only been here for an hour.

    • He was pulling quite a bit, even with the gentle leader on

    • He only Looked 20% of the time

    • Groot did great keeping eye contact once he gave it

    • He also did wonderful putting his Gentle leader on and taking it off

  • 2nd Session - We continued working on Look with and without the GL on

  • He did great! I’m sure playing and getting some energy out was helpful.

  • Groot was a little apprehensive at first but got into the groove in no time!

  • Without treats present Groot walked loose without pulling wearing the GL in the front walkway and parking lot

    • We really enjoyed our little walk :)

  • We also practiced in the lobby with 3 people,1 dog and a cat checking in without reacting! YAY!