Dog Training

Dog Training at Swanky Paws

A well behaved dog will always have a home. Dog training is an investment in the rest of your dog’s life.

Owning a dog is a rewarding and enriching experience. At Swanky Paws, we know that the better you and your dog can communicate, the better your relationship will be – and that’s why we proudly offer dog training at our Lawrenceville location.

Our trainers guide and train YOU as you bond with your dog and learn to speak their language.

Our positive-first dog training classes encourage good behavior through fun, informative lessons led by expert dog trainers. Classes are a great way to introduce your dog to the basic principles of training.

Private lessons are available for a more specialized program. Our trainers will develop a training program based on your dog’s one of a kind personality, demeanor, and needs. All dogs must complete an evaluation with the trainer before taking private lessons, to determine which training strategies are appropriate for your dog. Please email to set up your evaluation, or call 678-985-0005.

While no single training method is correct for every single dog, the Swanky Paws Training team will work with you and your furry friend to understand what works best to help you communicate and create a plan that works with your lifestyle.

We offer a safe, fun environment where dogs can learn the skills they need for safety and comfort in all situations.

For dogs that need intensive training, we also offer board and train options.

We know you are busy, and we understand the need to accommodate your busy schedule, even if that means evening or weekend appointments. We also offer private lessons in your home, at the dog park, or at another location that best suits you.

Puppy Training:

Consistency, consistency, consistency. Did we say consistency? Timing and consistency are the keys to successful puppy training. Our puppy packages introduce the basics and start on commands for you to practice at home. You will receive a detailed homework plan, and our trainers will be there every step of the way to support you. We cover basic training introduction, appropriate praise, leash walking, basic potty training, and more, plus plenty of time for puppies to socialize and play.

AKC Classes:

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy is a program designed to get dog owners and their puppies off to a good start through basic Training, Socialization, Activity and Responsibility- S.T.A.R!  AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy is an excellent first in-person training class for puppies, and provides a good lead-in to earning the Canine Good Citizen title.

AKC’s Canine Good Citizen program is the gold standard of behavior for dogs in our communities. Not only does CGC training create long-lasting trust between you and your pup, but also ensures you’ll be good neighbors and friends to everyone around you—and, if you’re interested in going beyond the basics, CGC also lays the foundation for other AKC sports and activities like obedience, agility, tracking, and performance events.

We can also administer testing for your dog’s AKC Certification for S.T.A.R. Puppy, Canine Good Citizen, Video Home Manners and Trick Training!

Custom Program:

Our trainer will develop a training program based on your dog’s one of a kind personality, demeanor, and size. After completing the evaluation, you will receive a detailed plan and expected timeline, along with supplemental training aids and a suggested equipment list.

Swanky Paws Certification:

The Swanky Paws Training Team has certifications that are specifically designed to meet your dog’s lifestyle needs. All of our programs include a certificate for dogs who complete them, plus, your dog will be ready to take the next step toward AKC Certification!

  • Our Puppy Power Certification gets your puppy started on the road to success
  • Trick Training Courses set your up for their AKC Trick Certification
  • Swanky Paws Excellent Neighbor Certification lays the groundwork for the AKC Canine Good Citizen Certification
  • The Apartment Living Training Program Focuses on behaviors that are essential for a dog living in an apartment or attached home setting

For more information, or to set up your customized program, email today!

Grooming Training:

Grooming training is the perfect solution for dogs that have anxiety or behavior issues surrounding the grooming process. Our professional dog trainer will spend a dedicated session working with your dog to solve their unique issues, and then introduce the grooming process in a fun and calming way. Most dogs are able to resolve their grooming issues within a few sessions. Grooming training can be added to any Bathing, Full Grooming, or VIP Grooming service.

Scheduling Flexibility:

We are devoted to working around your busy schedule, even if that means evening or weekend appointments. We can hold private lessons at your work, our facility, or other choice of location.

Goal Oriented:

We will create specific objectives to meet through training, based on what you tell us you’d like to see your dog achieve. We will set realistic, attainable goals, and be there to help your dog realize them!

Ready to Take the Next Step?

Ready to take the next step? Give us a call, or contact us for a Free 10 Minute Meet-and-Greet Consultation to discuss your dog’s training plan today.

Price List

Private Lesson Consultation1 hour to 90 minutes$185
Private Lesson1 hour$115
Drop Off Day Trainingall day$89
Grooming Training4-5 hours$89 + grooming fee
In- Home Private Session1 hour$165
AKC Certification EvaluationVaries$30


Packages are available for Private, In-Home Private, and Day Training! Receive a discount when you purchase multiple sessions.

* Grooming training prices are subject to change and may incur an additional handling fee, no guarantee on finish time or ability to complete groom.

* Prices are subject to change and may incur an additional handling fee, please consult with the trainer if you are unsure about what is best for your dog.

BOARD AND TRAIN: All board and train stays include multiple training sessions per day.

1 Week Board and Train7 Days$735.00
+ Boarding rate
3 behavior issues or commands, plus 1 private  follow-up session
2 Week Board and Train14 Days$1,355.00 + boarding rate6 behavior issues or commands, plus 2 private follow-up sessions
   Add individual training sessions to your scheduled boarding. 
Board and Train Add- OnAs Needed$85.00

*Prices are for training only and do not include boarding rates. Boarding rates vary based on suite size and luxury level. Ask the trainer for details about which suite is right for your pet.

Swanky Paws Certifications

Service Duration Price
Trick Training Lesson 1 hour $105.00
Trick Review Lesson 30 minutes $75.00
Swanky Paws Trick Certification Level 1 (5 Tricks) $20
Swanky Paws Trick Certification Level 2 (10 Tricks) $20
Swanky Paws Puppy Power Certification 1 Hour / 4 Week Course $349
Swanky Paws Excellent Neighbor Certification 1 Hour / 6 Week Course $539
All dogs who receive Swanky Paws Certifications will be prepared for AKC Certification Evaluation!
In-Home ServiceDurationPrice

In-Home Private Evaluation

60-90 minutes$235
In-Home Private Lesson1 Hour$165
In-Home Basic 6 Lesson Package1 Hour/ 2-6 Weeks $935
In-Home outside 10 mile radius $35.00 trip charge


Please Note:

  • Pets vary and all listed prices are approximate. The prices listed are examples of typical prices, but are not exact.
  • Additional services may be added at check-in.
  • Spa services, daycare charges and add-on prices are not included in price.

Meet the Swanky Paws Training Team

Gina Rutter moved to the US at the age of 15 from Columbia. She has been passionate about animals ever since she can remember. 

From a young age, she began fostering and helping every animal she could. After obtaining an associates in Science and studying psychology at the University of Georgia, Gina went to study at the National K-9 School for Dog Trainers and has been a certified trainer since 2017. Formerly the behavior specialist for the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter, Gina has worked with dogs of all sizes and dispositions to get them into good homes. Gina loves what she does and truly enjoys helping a frustrated owner and an unruly animal become a wonderful, bonded pair through communication and mutual understanding.

Christina McInnis  is a certified AKC Evaluator for AKC STAR Puppy, AKC Canine Good Citizen. CGCU and Community Programs. She has trained service dogs and done  canine  agility, and is now a valued member of the Swanky Paws Training Team. Committed to providing effective, convenient solutions to ongoing training needs, Christina avidly pursues her continued education in the dog training field. When she’s not learning or training dogs, she enjoys spending time with her family and her  rottweiler, Ranger.

Destin Williamson leads the kennel team and is an integral part of the Swanky Paws Family. After serving his country in the US Army as a Combat Documentation Specialist, he turned his attention to his love for dogs. Destin is working towards earning his CCPDT certification.  While he works with all the dogs at Swanky Paws, his passion is helping dogs get into their forever homes, and helping them learn the behaviors needed to live happy and fulfilling lives.

Magda Kozubek has been a member of the Swanky Paws team since 2015. Besides training her own pets, Magda has used her aptitude for communicating with dogs to assist many Swanky Paws clients. Her Grooming Training sessions help nervous or reactive dogs to settle in and accept – even enjoy!- the grooming process.

 Ayriel Hayes has been a member of the Swanky Paws team since 2022. She has a true passion for dogs which she is applying to her education in dog training. She is currently studying under our certified trainers and is a supporting member of the Swanky Paws Training Team.