Training

We offer a variety of training services that can be customized to suit your dog's needs. Our training focus is on the use of positive reinforcement and strengthening the relationship between dog and human. Our training methods are science-based, effective, dog-friendly, and best of all, fun for both dog and handler. We offer group classes, private lessons, board & train, and day training for your convenience. We can help you determine which is right for you and your dog. Most of our group classes are offered in 6 week increments, though Trick Dog is offered as a 3 week course.

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Private Lessons

Appointments can be made for private lessons with one of our trainers. Some dogs are not suited to group classes. Private lessons offer more customizing for you and your dog as well as for your schedule.

Board & Train

With Board & Train, your dog stays in our boarding facility and receives daily training sessions with one of our trainers. If appropriate, day care can be added. This is especially helpful for energetic dogs and/or those who thrive on supervised canine interactions.

Day Training

Day Training is done in short training sessions while your dog is here enjoying day care. Your pup gets to play before and after their training session. Discuss with our trainers which skills you would like worked on during these sessions.


Our Group Training Classes

Puppy Start Right Preschool

Prepare your puppy for a lifetime at your side. This class is for puppies 8-16 weeks of age. Early puppyhood is a critical time for socialization and learning. Experiences during this time set the stage for the rest of your puppy's life. Learn what proper, safe puppy socialization looks like. Puppy preschool includes an orientation and four classes with your puppy. There is a required book, Puppy Start Right Foundation Training for the Companion Dog. We have them available in our office for $25. This course has a rolling enrollment, meaning puppies age in and out of class as we go. We have a different "theme" each week as well as short, supervised puppy play time.

Prerequisites

  • Recent (within past 21 days of first class attended) physical examination by a veterinarian.
  • At least one Distemper-Adenovirus 2-Parvo (DAP) vaccine or equivalent administered by a veterinarian a minimum of 10 days prior to first class attended by puppy.
  • Bordatella vaccine (preferably oral or intra-nasal) a minimum of 7 days prior to first class attended by puppy.
  • Fecal examination and pro-active de-worming for roundworms and hookworms (regardless of fecal results). Appropriate parasite prevention has been started, speak with your veterinarian.
  • Puppy Start Right Preschool book ($25).

2020 Schedule:

  • This class is held nearly every Wednesday evening from 6:00 pm -7:00 pm. Class size: 4.

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AKC Star Puppy

This class if for puppies from 4-10.5 months old who have had their second puppy shots. Socialization, Training, Activity, Responsible owner is what S.T.A.R. Puppy stands for. This class focuses on all the things every puppy and owner need to have a great start together.

Owner behaviors addressed include: Puppy's health including exams and vaccinations, identification, daily play and exercise plans, cleaning up after your puppy and the general responsibilities of dog ownership.

Puppy behaviors addressed include: Freedom of aggression toward people and other puppies, possessiveness, tolerating their collar/harness, walking on a loose leash, sit, down, stay, come, leave it, and being approached by strangers and dogs in a calm, safe manner.

The skills in AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy classes are practical and functional. Teaching puppies to tolerate and even enjoy grooming, handling, and basic exams of the ears, feet, and mouth will result in well-mannered puppies that veterinarians are happy to see.

2020 Schedule:

  • Saturdays: 1/11, 1/18, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15 and 2/22 from 11:00 am – Noon. Class size: 4.
  • Cancelled COVID - Mondays: 3/30, 4/6, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Class size: 5.
  • Hoping for a June start - If you are interested, please fill out a Training Inquiry form!

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Good Manners

The goal of this class is to teach dogs and their owners/handlers a foundation of skills and behaviors which will enable a lifetime of successful learning. We will use behaviors to build and strengthen these skills for both the dogs and their people. The specific behaviors taught in this class teach your dog how to learn from you.

The dogs will learn to give attention to handler, to offer behavior, respond to a cue, targeting, and self-control.

The people will learn clicker mechanics, using reinforcement, shaping, giving cues and observation. The first week is an orientation for the people only.

2020 Schedule:

  • Thursdays: 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27 and 3/5 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Class size: 5.
  • Thursdays: 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Class size: 5.

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Good Manners Next Step

This class builds on the skills and behaviors learned in Good Manners Foundation. The objective of this class is to work on training new behaviors and adding distance, duration, and distractions to existing behaviors.

Prerequisite: Good Manners or test into the class.

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AKC Canine Good Citizen

The Canine Good Citizen Program is for dogs around a year or more old and teaches good manners to dogs and responsible dog ownership to their owners. The 10-step CGC test is a non-competitive test for all dogs, including purebreds and mixed breeds.

The training is precise and varied with the goal of successfully performing all 10 required behaviors for the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen Award (AKC CGC Training Test & Test Items). All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test are eligible for an award from the American Kennel Club. Dogs with an AKC number who pass the 10-step CGC test are also eligible for a title from AKC.

The AKC Canine Good Citizen Test Includes:

  • Accepting a friendly stranger.
  • Sitting politely for petting.
  • Comfort with examinations and grooming.
  • Walking on a loose leash.
  • Walking through a crowd.
  • Sit and down on command & staying in place.
  • Coming when called.
  • Polite behavior around another dog.
  • Reaction to distraction.
  • Comfort with separation from owner.

2020 Schedule:

  • Saturdays: 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Class size: 5.
  • Mondays: 8/10, 8/17, 8/24, 8/31, 9/14, 9/21 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Class size: 5.

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Sports Dog/Agility Foundation

This class is a great introduction to Agility, Rally and Canine Freestyle. It takes everything you and your dog have already learned together and shapes it into a fun context. Progress is quick and recognizable, which makes it even more fun, and provides positive reinforcement for you and your dog!

It's designed to develop the skills needed to build a good foundation for dog sports. These skills are valuable and enriching in everyday life, whether you intend to compete, or just want to have fun and deepen your relationship with your dog. They include:

  • Focus.
  • Relationship exercises and team building skills.
  • A positive crate relationship.
  • Transporting to and from the crate.
  • Learning to engage with the equipment and look to handler for directions.

We use a lot of props and equipment in this class, and we'll contact you before class begins with a list of things you'll need to bring.

Prerequisite: It is helpful to have completed the Basic Manners class series. If not, basic behaviors such as sit, down, and come when called should have been introduced. Dog should be able to work in the presence of other dogs and people. Your dog must be crate trained and you need to bring a crate to class. Dogs will need to wait their turns in crates at times.

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AKC Rally Novice

Rally is a companion sport to AKC Obedience. For more information visit AKC Rally. Teamwork and performance skills are developed in the class, often accompanied by laughter and fun! Should they desire to do so, participants will be prepared to enter AKC competitive trials.

Your dog needs to know how to sit, down and stay for a short period of time, as well as walk with a loose leash. Use of treats and/or clickers is encouraged.

2020 Schedule:

  • Mondays: 6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29, 7/6 at 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Virginia Park. Class size: 5.

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AKC Rally Intermediate

Rally is a Companion Sport to AKC Obedience. Visit AKC Rally for more information. Teamwork and performance skills are developed in the class, often accompanied by laughter and fun. Should they desire to do so, participants will be prepared to enter AKC competitive trials.

Prerequisite: The team is expected to have completed the AKC Rally NOVICE course or earned at least one qualifying NOVICE run at an AKC competition. Intermediate is an optional title and is done on-leash without jumps. Advanced is done off leash and includes one jump.

2020 Schedule:

  • Saturdays: 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17 from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm at Virginia Park. Class size: 5.

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Agility Training

In Agility competition, dogs race against a clock as they navigate an obstacle course with strong concentration and speed. Whether you just want to have fun exercising with your dog or want to go further and enter an Agility competition, this class will teach you and your dog the fundamental elements of Agility in a fun and relaxed setting. The first class is a specialized orientation without the dog.

Prerequisite: It is helpful to have completed the Good Manners class series. If not, basic behaviors such as sit, down, and come when called should have been introduced. Dog should be able to work in the presence of other dogs and people.

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Reactive Dog

All prospective students will need to fill out a Behavior Evaluation Profile and schedule a personal interview before being accepted into the class.

This class is designed to work with dogs who are uncomfortable in the presence of strangers, other dogs, or both. They may show reactivity by barking, lunging on their leash, growling, etc. Others may shut down, trying to hide behind their owners, tails tucked between their legs, ears flush against their skull. Both types of dogs can benefit from this class and learn the skills needed to face their triggers in a new way, by looking to their handlers for guidance.

This class will provide owners with critical handling skills so that they're well equipped to deal with the challenges they may encounter in their communities. It will provide dogs with the life skills they need to exist comfortably and thoughtfully in environments and situations that previously provoked anxiety, heightened arousal levels and reactivity. The first class is a specialized orientation without the dog.

2020 Schedule:

  • Sundays: 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/1 and 3/8 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Class size: 4.

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Trick Dog

Would you like to know some tricks to do with your dog, or already know some and would like to learn more? Teams can learn the tricks just for fun or may complete the paperwork and pay AKC to earn a title. To learn more about Trick Dog titles or see some of the tricks that will be taught, click here. A variety of tricks will be presented during each class. Please Note: Dogs should already follow basic cues such as sit, down, come, wait/stay as well as walk on a loose leash.

2020 Schedule:

  • Saturdays: 5/30, 6/6 and 6/13 from 11:00 am – Noon. Class size: 5.
  • Mondays: 7/13, 7/20 and 7/27 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Class size: 5.

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