THE PROPER PAWS PROGRAM
New Puppies - Ideally, new puppies should enroll in 3-4 weeks of Puppy Play and Train before they are 16 weeks old, followed by Levels 1, 2 and 3 respectively. This provides your new puppy will both early socialization and training thru early adolescents.
Those that want to do further training, prepare their dogs for Therapy work, competition or just to keep their pups engaged can then enjoy the upper level classes such as Nose work, Rally, Tricks, CGC, CGCA and Adventure Class!
If your dog is between 10 weeks and 6 months of age, they are welcome to do Level 1 - Puppy Kindergarten whether they have been able to attend Play and Train or not.
Newly acquired or older Puppies/Adult dogs - Since puppies older than 6 months may have behaviors that need to be modified we recommend private training for Level 1 Obedience, or the Self Study program with 1-2 individual private appointments, before matriculating into group classes at Level 2. Please look for private trainers at www.APDT.com.
SELF STUDY PROGRAM
Is the class you want full? Need nights and weekends or flexible hours? I now offer an on line, self study program . 6 weeks of prerecorded classes, along with all my on line class material including 100+ page written manual, video tutorials and homework to guide you thru the program, available on line to you 24/7 when YOU have the time to do it!
This program is avaialbe for Level 1 or Level 2 Each Level is $200.
Group classes are available Monday - Thursday's between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm. All classes are 6 weeks for $250, unless otherwise noted. Rolling admission means you may begin anytime if there is room in the class, maximum class size of 6. Group classes are not appropriate for all dogs, if your dog is aggressive or uncomfortable around other dogs or new things please look at private sessions or behavior consultation.
Please Note: All dogs/puppies attending classes must show proof of Kennel Cough vaccine prior to attending their first class. Makeups are not available due to the nature or our enrollment, we do offer previously recorded classes for those classes you can not attend. Cancellations/refunds will be accepted up to one week prior to the start of class, no refunds or credits will be issued after that date.
Puppy Play and Train - Socialization class - This is a drop off weekly socialization class for puppies between 8-16 weeks of age. Pre-registrations is required, a maximum of 12 puppies will be in each week and puppies MUST have proof of Kennel Cough vaccine to attend. The class format is a drop off with zoom access, so you can watch and hear all the action as well as ask questions! Each class is split into 3 separate pens and supervised by dog training professionals. The goal of this class it to provide appropriate early socialization opportunities for young puppies in a controlled, supervised setting, as well as introduce young puppies to basic obedience cues including name recognition, watch, touch and sit. Cost is $20/session
Thursday's from 9:30 - 10:15 am for puppies between 8-16 week old,
Level 1 Obedience - For puppies 10 weeks to 6 months, this is a basic skills class and also includes common puppy issues like house training, puppy nipping and jumping. Skills taught include; sit, down, wait, stay, go to mat, beginning leash work, touch and watch. NO PRE-REQUISITE FOR THIS CLASS.
Puppy Kindergarten classes are offered on:
Tuesday's at 11am
Wednesday's at 9:30am
Periodically we add classes to the schedule to handle increases in demand,
please check the schedule for available start dates in our Level 1 class offerings.
For Puppies over 6 months of age with no formal training, I recommend our self study program or private training to get started before you join the group classes at the Level 2 class.
Level 2 Obedience - For those puppies and adult dogs who have mastered the basic skills in a non-distracting environment and are now ready to be challenged with more distractions. This class focuses on the additional skills of Leave it, Front, Finish and stay as well as how to increasing distractions and the next steps of Go to Mat, Loose Leash walking and Recalls (aka Come). This is a rolling admission class which means you can join anytime there is a spot available. Pre-req: Level 2 classes are offered on
Tuesday's at 12:30pm
Wednesday's at 11am
Monday at 6:30pm starting 5/22 - Now OPEN FOR REGISTRATION
Level 3 Obedience - For those puppies who have attended Graduate Puppy I class via Zoom and know the Leave it, Stay and Front/Finish skills and are now ready for the challenge of working outdoors around other dogs! This is a rolling admission class which means you can join anytime there is a spot available.
Pre-req: Level 1 and 2 or equivalent
See calendar for times and availability.
Level 4 Obedience aka Canine Good Citizen Outdoors -This is a preparation course for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test. The test includes 10 elements of good behavior including, walking on a loose leash, greeting a friendly stranger, coming when called and ignoring other dogs while on leash. Test will be administered during the last class. Pre-req: Level 1 & 2, Level 3 recommended. This class is offered as a 6 week class periodically throughout the year, please see calendar for times and availability.
Level 5 Obedience aka CGCA - For those puppies and dogs that have mastered all the basics in a moderately distracting environment, this class is designed to improve all behaviors in the public places you will need them! Field trips to the local parks, the train station and public areas will be used during class time (weather permitting) to give you and your dog real world experience. Pre-req: Canine Good Citizen This class is offered as a 6 week class periodically throughout the year, please see calendar for times and availability.
Fear Free Vet Visits - This class is for dogs of all ages and is designed to teach skills that will help your dog feel more comfortable at the vet. Skills taught include; targeting behaviors, go to mat, chin rest, ear, feet and body handling, understanding and responding to your dogs fear/anxiety/stress signals, and more. There is no pre-requisite for this class, all ages and skill levels are welcome! Dogs MUST be comfortable in the presence of other dogs and people! This class is offered periodically, please check the schedule or call.
Fun Nose Work - This class is for anyone that has finished their Puppy Kindergarten class or above, and wants to teach their dog how to find things with their nose. Nose work basics will teach you and your dog games that lead to your dog's ability to find objects, people and/or specific scents that are hidden. This class is offered periodically, please check the schedule or call.
Tricks - This class is for anyone that has finished their Puppy Kindergarten class or above, and wants to have a little fun with their dog. Our goal is the take the AKC Novice Tricks Title test at the end of the class, by preforming 10 tricks as outlined in their test requirements. This class is offered as a 6 week class periodically, please see calendar for times and availability.
Rally - Is for new and returning Rally enthusiasts. Rally Obedience is a sport designed for the companion dog that emphasizes team work on leash. Pre-req: Level 1 & 2 This class is offered as a 6 week class periodically, please see calendar for times and availability.
Therapy Dog Training - This class will prepare you to take the Therapy Dog International test. Dogs must be at least 1 year of age and have completed Puppy K, Graduate Puppy and Master Puppy classes or the equivalent. This class is offered as a 6 week class periodically, please see calendar for times and availability.
Adventure Class- This is a group class for dogs who consistently come when called off leash. (Prerequisite: Level 3 Obedience or prior approval from Judy) We work on developing long distance cues as well as improving responses to basic cues in real world off leash situations. This is an outdoor, group adventure with the dogs off leash! This class will meet rain/snow or shine so dress appropriately! Adventure classes are offered spring - fall as a 6 week class, please see calendar for times and availability.
90 Minute Workshops - Periodically we offer 90 minute workshops for people struggling with issues such as RECALL and LOOSE LEASH WALKING, these workshops will address your specific issues as well as help you with the process of teaching these skills. Pre-req: Level 2 - Please see the calendar for the next available workshop.
I am no longer offering private training. Please go to www.APDT.com to look for Certified Professional Trainer in your area.