Something for Every Dog
Due to COVID 19 and current social distancing guidelines no separate socialization event will be held until futher notice.
We will have puppy social time for 10 minutes following each Puppy Kindergarten class if possible.
Group classes available Tuesday - Thursday between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm. All classes are 6 weeks for $180, unless otherwise noted. Rolling admission means you may begin anytime if there is room in the class, maximum class size of 6. Classe will be held at the training center, located at 20 Beharrell St unless otherwise noted. COVID notice, should we need to stop in person classes due to a rise in COVID cases, all Puppy Kindergarten and Graduate Puppy classes will move to an on line format, ro refunds or extenstions will be available for those two classes. 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.
Puppy Kindergarten - For puppies up to 6 months, this is a basic skills class and will begin the learning process with your puppy. Skills taught include; sit, down, wait, stay, come, beginning leash work, touch and watch. Puppy Kindergarten classes are offered on Tuesday's at 11am, 2pm (summer 2020 only staring on 7/21) and 3:30pm, Wednesday's at 11am and Wednesday at 3:30pm. Occasionally, when classes are full, I will open up an 'overflow' class which can be used to get started until the class of your choice is available.
Beginner Obedience - For puppies between 6-12 months of age with no of limited prior training, This class will give your dog a foundation in the basics and cover all the skills taught in Puppy Kindergarten. This class is NOT appropriate if your dog barks and lunges toward other dogs or people, or has problem behaviors like anxiety, fearfulness or aggression.
For Puppies over 12 months of age with no formal training, I recommend private training to get started before you join the group classes at the Graduate Puppy level.
Graduate Puppy - 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 is a practice class to improve all the basic skills in more and more challenging environments. The course is game based, fast paced and scattered with real time scenario practice. Pre-req: Puppy K Graduate Puppy classes are offered on Tuesday's at 12:30pm, Wednesday's at 12:30pm and 2pm (summer 2020 only) and Thursday's at 9:30am.
Graduate Puppy Level II/Canine Good Citizen-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: Graduate Puppy, recommended AFTER the completion of at least one round of Graduate Puppy Class. Check the schedule for time and date.
Master Puppy - 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: Graduate Puppy Master Puppy class is year round on Wednesday's at 9:30am.
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.
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. Check the schedule for time and day.
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: Puppy K and Graduate Puppy. Check the schedule for time and date.
Wag it Games - This is a fun class for dogs and people and combines elements of Rally, Agility, Nose Work, trick training and Trieball in a fun, companion dog friendly format. You can learn more about Wag it Games at click here. I am a certified Wag it Games instructor. Pre-Req – Puppy K, recommended after Graduate Puppy. Please check schedule for time and day.
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. Therapy Dog classes are offered periodically throughout the year.
Adventure Class- This is a group class for dogs who consistently come when called off leash. (Prerequisite: Master Puppy or Private evaluation with 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, check the schedule for days and times.
Private training provides customized programs to suit your specific needs and schedule. Available at the training center, appointments available Mondays between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm. These programs are NOT appropriate for dogs that are aggressive or reactive to dogs or people, please see behavior consulting below.
Pre-Puppy/Pre-Adoption Preparation - A 60 minute session for $125, designed for those who are getting ready to or thinking about getting a puppy or bringing a dog home from a rescue/shelter. Get your questions answered before your puppy/rescue dog comes in the door!
Single Session Consultation - If your dog has one or two issues that you'd like to address, like pulling on leash, not coming when called, barking for attention this is the class for you. Sessions can be scheduled on an individual basis. If your dog barks and lunges at other dogs or people, has difficulty being home alone, or exhibits other behavioral issues, please see behavior consultation service below.
Single Sessions at the training center are $125/hr.
Package Programs - A set of 5 one hour lessons, done over a 90 day period, for Puppy K, Beginner Obedience (recommended for puppies and dogs over 6 months), Graduate Puppy, Adolescent dogs, Shelter/Rescue dogs. These programs are designed to address typical obedience skill building (sit, down, stay, come, leash work and building skills with increasing distractions), and are not appropriate for behavioral issues such as reactivity, aggression or separation anxiety.
Package of 5 one hour sessions at the training center $450.
Behavior Consulting is available for dogs that have more difficult issues. This involves making a thorough assessment of the issues, providing a training plan for you to work through and following up to ensure a successful outcome. I work with dogs that are dog/dog aggressive, have separation anxiety, fear based behavioral issues and more. I do not work with dog that are aggressive toward or have bitten people. Initial Behavior Consults are 2 hours in length, held at the training center and cost $250. Follow up appointments are 1 hour and cost $150/hr.