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Puppy K

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.

Cost: $175 for 8 weeks
Puppy K2

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.

Cost: $175 for 7 weeks
Good Dog

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.

Cost: $175 for 7 weeks
Excellent Dog

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.

Cost: $21/class
Superstar Dog

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.

Cost: $21/class
Real Life Dog

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 Christine Kelly to continue working towards your Public Access Test and specific service dog skills.

Cost: $21/class
Fun-gility

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.

Cost: $155 for 8 weeks
Fun With Your Nose

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! 

Cost: $160 level 1, $170 levels 2 and 3
Tricks, tricks, tricks

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 behaviours 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.

Cost: $155 for 6 weeks

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