Dog Training

Dog Training in King of Prussia PA

Looking for the best dog training in the King of Prussia and Main Line area?

We believe that good dogs aren’t born, they’re trained. At Playtime Pet Resort, we use positive reinforcement-based methods with an emphasis on clear expectations and motivation that promotes longer-lasting results. Our trainers, who are experts in dog behavior, can help you build a better understanding of your dog and foster positive communication between you and your furry friend. Sarah, and her team, will get your dog working with you in no time!

Meet Our Trainer

Sarah Shelanski

Sarah Shelanski is currently completing her certification at CATCH Canine Trainers Academy, and is an Evaluator for the American Kennel Club. Previously, she completed a 2-month internship and a 3-week mentorship under the guidance of local certified professional dog trainers. Sarah’s training is based on utilizing positive reinforcement methods of dog training to prioritize clear communication through the leash.

Image of a cute black and white dog playing with a chew toyPreviously, Sarah worked as a counselor for the Penn Vet Working Dog Center’s Canine Handler Academy during the summer months. Her focus was primarily in two areas:

  • Handling of working dogs
  • Teaching campers about the selection, training, and care of working dogs.

She is also experienced in the raising and training of service dogs through her volunteer activities with local organizations.

Sarah currently volunteers as a K9 search & rescue handler and trains for competitive canine sports in her downtime.

Ryan Berkelbach

Ryan is thrilled to be joining the Playtime Pet Resort team. He started his own dog training business in 2022 and specialized in dog reactivity, service dogs, basic and advanced obedience.

Image of a cute black and white dog playing with a chew toyRyan believes in building the relationship between a dog and it’s owner. Dogs don’t just need walks, they need mental enrichment and emotional engagement. Leaning on the teachings of Nina Ottossson that “the dog has four legs and one head, and all five need activity in different ways – both physical and mental.” If you are seeing any unwanted behaviors at home it could be due to your pup needing some extra enrichment.

Ryan trained his two service dogs, both of which worked by his side in an Apple Retail store for 2 years. Ryan studied at the Animal Behavioral College and is a member of the Pet Professional Guild and The Association of Professional Dog Trainers. He follows the LIMA (Least Intrusive Minimally Aversive) Method of dog training.

Ryan’s service dog Duke, was the first service dog to offer PTSD support to an employee within Apple, Inc.

Training Classes

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Service
Description
Price
Notes
Private Session
Receive one-on-one coaching directly with Sarah, a Professional Dog Trainer & Behavior Specialist, to learn how to set you and your dog up for success.$100/hour
Homework provided.
Day Training While your pup attends daycare or is boarding, Sarah works individually with your dog on the behaviors of your choosing throughout the day.

A private session can be booked to get you up to speed with your dog’s new skills after training goals have been met.
$50/30 minutes
Report card provided.
Enrichment DaycareWhile your pup attends daycare or is boarding, Sarah works individually with your dog on a rotation of enrichment activities to provide productive mental exercise.$30/30 minutes
Report card provided.

Payment is due upon booking for a training service.

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