House of Dog Training

Copyright House of Dog Training 2014. All Rights Reserved.
57 Sunflower Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80907 (719) 646-1422

Our Services - Dog Training / Behavior Modification

           

If you are unsure which service is best for your dog, or if you have questions, please call our facility.  One of our staff will be happy to help! 719.646.1422

Private Lessons


At the Facility:
For private lessons at the facility, you will first need to complete a 30min assessment appointment ($20).  In the assessment, one of our trainers will evaluate your dog and establish training goals for your dog. After that, each 30min lesson at the facility is $40 ($80 for 60 min).

In-home:
We offer private in-home lessons for behavioral issues that are specific to the dogs being in the house, or if it is difficult to bring the dogs to our facility.  The first in-home appointment is $150 and is 90 min. This initial appointment includes the assessment in which the trainer will evaluate your dog, observe the behavioral issues (if possible), and establish training goals.  Subsequent private in-home lessons are $150 for 60min or $75 for 30min. Please note that additional travel fees may apply if the trainers have to travel more than 30min to your home.


Puppy Playtime

One of the most important aspects of puppy training is socialization.  Proper socialization in puppies can help prevent many behavioral problems seen in adult dogs.

House of Dog Training wants to make sure puppies have plenty of opportunity for proper socialization.  Therefore, we offer free puppy playtime at the beginning of our Puppy-K and Puppy-K2 classes, even if you are not enrolled in the class!  If you would like to attend a puppy playtime (but are not enrolled in the class), please contact us at least 24 hours in advance by emailing trainers@houseofdogtraining.com or calling 719.646.1422.  Click HERE to see our current and upcoming classes.  Don’t forget about puppy dayschool!


Puppy Kindergarten ($175)

Puppy Kindergarten (or Puppy-K) is for puppies between 8 weeks and 5 months in age.  You and your puppy attend class once a week for an hour for 8 weeks. Topics covered:

  • Socialization and proper play
  • Normal and abnormal puppy behavior (as well as what to do for abnormal behavior)
  • Impulse control
  • Body positions: sit, down, stand
  • Loose leash walking
  • Jumping and nipping
  • Drop it and leave it
  • Watch me
  • Settle
  • Handling
  • Resource guarding
  • Mental enrichment
  • Crate training
  • Potty training
  • Nutrition
  • Level one of the Pet Dog Ambassador program or the American Kennel Club (AKC) Star Puppy certification  


Puppy Kindergarten 2 ($175)

Puppy Kindergarten 2 (or Puppy-K2) is for puppies between 6 months and 1 year in age.  You and your puppy attend class once a week for an hour for 7 weeks. Topics covered: 

  • Socialization and proper play
  • Normal and abnormal adolescent behavior (as well as what to do for abnormal behavior) 
  • Impulse control
  • Body positions: sit, down, stand
  • Loose leash and left side walking
  • Jumping and polite people greetings
  • Drop it and leave it
  • Wait and stay
  • Watch me
  • Settle/Go to place
  • Entering/exiting cars and entryways
  • Handling
  • Resource guarding
  • Level two of the Pet Dog Ambassador program


Though the material covered in Puppy-K2 is similar to Puppy-K, the goal is to start adding duration, distractions, and distance to the behaviors as added challenge.


Good Dog ($175)

Good Dog is for dogs 1 year in age or older.  You and your dog attend class once a week for an hour for 7 weeks.  Topics covered:

  • Normal and abnormal dog behavior (as well as what to do for abnormal behavior)
  • Impulse control
  • Body Positions: sit, down, stand
  • Loose leash and left side walking
  • Jumping and polite people greetings
  • Drop it and leave it
  • Wait and stay
  • Recalls and emergency stops
  • Watch me
  • Settle/Go to place
  • Entering/exiting cars and entryways
  • Handling
  • Resource guarding
  • Level Two of the Pet Dog Ambassador program


The biggest difference between Good Dog and Puppy-K2 is there is no play time/socialization in Good Dog class.  The goal is to teach the behaviors and use duration, distractions, and distance as added challenge.


Excellent Dog ($21/class or $160/8 classes)

Excellent Dog is for dogs of any age who have demonstrated proficiency in all techniques required for the Pet Dog Ambassador Level Two certification.  You and your dog attend class once a week for an hour. This is a drop-in class, meaning there is no start and end date. It is an ideal class for those who want to continue training with their dog but cannot necessarily commit to a pre-set class. Topics covered:


  • Left side walking and passing other dogs on leash
  • Recalls and emergency stops
  • Wait and stay
  • Polite interactions with people
  • Leave it
  • Entering/exiting cars and entryways
  • Tricks (for fun)
  • Handling by a stranger
  • Being alone with a stranger
  • Level Three of the Pet Dog Ambassador program or the AKC Canine Good Citizen certification


While the skills in Excellent Dog follow the material covered in Puppy K-2/Good Dog, this is considered an advanced level class.   The goal is to expand on learned behaviors using duration, distractions, and distance as added challenge.


Superstar Dog ($19.50/class or $155/8 classes)

Superstar Dog is for dogs of any age who have demonstrated proficiency in all techniques required for the Pet Dog Ambassador Level Three certification or the AKC Canine Good Citizen certification.  You and your dog attend class once a week for an hour. This is a drop-in class, meaning there is no start and end date. It is an ideal class for those who want to continue training with their dog but cannot necessarily commit to a pre-set class. This class will occasionally take place off-site in dog-friendly public places.  Be sure to check with the instructor to see where class is being held every week. Topics covered:

  • Performing all basic behaviors in a public setting
  • Left side walking and passing other dogs on leash
  • Polite interactions with people and other dogs
  • Recalls and emergency stops with distraction
  • Backing up
  • Advanced handling
  • Level four of the Pet Dog Ambassador program or AKC Community Canine certification


Superstar Dog is an advanced level class due to classes being held outside the facility in public places.  The goal is to perfect basic behaviors in a more challenging environment as well as expand on learned behaviors using duration, distractions, and distance as added challenge.


Real Life Dog ($18.50/class or $145/8 classes)

Real Life Dog is for dogs of any age who have demonstrated proficiency in all techniques required for the Pet Dog Ambassador Level Four certification or the AKC Community Canine certification.  You and your dog attend class once a week for an hour. This is a drop-in class, meaning there is no start and end date. It is an ideal class for those who want to continue training with their dog but cannot necessarily commit to a pre-set class. This class takes place off-site in dog-friendly public places.  Be sure to check with the instructor to see where class is being held every week.

Real Life Dog is an advanced level class.  The class material includes all skills and behaviors learned in previous classes.  The goal is to demonstrate the highest level of proficiency in all behaviors and skills while in a public setting.  By the end of the class, dogs should be capable of passing level five of the Pet Dog Ambassador program and/or the AKC Urban Canine Good Citizen (CGCU) certification.

For dogs doing service training, after completion of the Real Life Dog class you will be referred to Janice Mann or another service dog trainer to continue working towards your Public Access Test and specific service dog skills.


Growl Class ($20/class)

Growl class is specifically designed for dogs 6 months in age or older that play well with other dogs off-leash, but are reactive on-leash. This class is not for dogs that are fearful of people, novel items, or have a bite record.  To determine whether or not growl class is right for your dog, we ask that you schedule an assessment appointment ($20) with one of our trainers so they can evaluate your dog and determine the proper training program.

Growl class is a drop-in class, meaning there is no start and end date.  It is an ideal class for those who want to work on leash reactivity but cannot necessarily commit to a pre-set class.  The goal of Growl Class is to teach dogs how to be happy, focused, and calm while on-leash.


To learn more, please click HERE.

Reactive Dog Program ($415)

The Reactive Dog Program is for dogs who are fearful of, or become overly excited by, strangers, other dogs, or both.  These dogs may be described as either “shut down” or aggressive in certain situations. Some of these dogs may have a bite record. If you think your dog fits these descriptions, we recommend scheduling an assessment appointment ($20) with one of our trainers so we can evaluate your dog and determine which training program is best.

For more information, please click HERE.


Fun-gility (Dog Agility, $155)

Fun-gility is an introduction to basic agility techniques and equipment.  You and your dog attend class once a week for an hour for 8 weeks. This class is designed for exercise and fun.  It is not an obedience class, and it is not for dogs wishing to train to compete.  There is a beginner and an advanced fun-gility class.

Beginner: This class focuses more on introducing each piece of agility equipment to the dogs as well as teaching owners the basics of cueing their dogs.  By the end of class, owners will be able to guide their dogs through simple courses.

Advanced: This class focuses on expanding the techniques learned in beginner fun-gility.  Owners will guide their dogs through more challenging courses.

All dogs wishing to participate in fun-gility must demonstrate basic proficiency in behaviors such as sit, down, wait, and come.  Dogs who demonstrate leash reactivity or aggression are not allowed to participate.


Tricks, Tricks, Tricks! ($155)

Tricks, Tricks, Tricks! is a class designed to teach dogs fun cues like wave, spin, bow, weave, play dead, etc.  You and your dog attend class once a week for an hour for 6 weeks. This class is not an obedience class.  Dogs should be able to perform basic behaviors such as sit, down, wait, and touch prior to participating in this class.

For a demonstration of some of the tricks, check out this video.


Fun With Your Nose ($160 level 1, $170 levels 2 and 3)


Fun With Your Nose is our nosework class.  It is designed to engage dogs in using their noses to find specific scent cues in a variety of environments.  You and your dog meet once a week for an hour for 8 weeks. This is not an obedience class.  There are 3 “levels” to our Fun With Your Nose class:

Level 1: This class focuses on building the foundation for nosework.  Dogs will be challenged to find their treats in various hidden locations.  Owners will learn how to interpret their dog’s body language as well as guide their dog through nosework without assisting the dog in finding their treats.

Level 2: This class focuses on teaching basic nosework skills.  Dogs will be challenged to find specific scent discs in various hidden locations, and will learn how to indicate when they’ve “spotted” the disc.  Owners will learn how to get their dogs to cue a discovered scent as well as guide their dog through the nosework without assisting the dog in finding the scent disc. 

Level 3: This class is an advanced nosework skills class.  Dogs will be challenged to find specific scent discs in various hidden locations, including outside!

All dogs wishing to participate in Fun With Your Nose must demonstrate basic proficiency in behaviors such as sit, down, wait, and come.  There is no dog/dog exposure in this class, making it great for reactive dogs or dogs who do not do well around others! 

Board and Train (Prices Vary)

Our board and train program is an immersive training program where dogs are left in our care and receive personalized training during their stay.  We can work on basic behaviors as well as more specific behavior issues in this program. There is no standard length of time or amount of training required in our board and train program.

For more information, please click HERE.


Dayschool (Prices Vary)

Dayschool is an immersive training program where dogs are left in our care for the day, receive personalized training, and then return home in the evening.  We can work on basic behaviors as well as more specific behavior issues in this program. Our dayschool program is divided into Puppy Dayschool and Adult Dog Dayschool.

For more information, please click HERE.


Service Dog Training / Therapy Dog Training

Please click HERE to read about the differences between service dogs and therapy dogs.

We offer assistance in selecting service/therapy dogs!  We will help temperament test puppies and older dogs to determine whether or not they are suited for service/therapy work.  Knowing whether or not dogs are suited for service/therapy work before entering a training program will save a lot of time and effort in reaching certification.

While we do not offer a specific service/therapy program, we can still help in training dogs for service/therapy work.  Our focus is primarily on teaching dogs their basic behaviors and certifying them for public access. Once dogs demonstrate proficiency in their basic behaviors, you will be recommended to Janice Mann or another service/therapy dog trainer for specific task training.  We may be able to assist in laying the groundwork for specific tasks as well.  


Future Endeavors

House of Dog Training is constantly working to expand the services we provide.  Keep watching for announcements regarding the start of these new classes:

  • Adult and Puppy TTouch classes
  • Treiball/Push Ball
  • Rally-O


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