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We welcome new students! Please be sure to review our Class Info and Policies. Thank you!


Puppy Preschool

For pups from 8-16 weeks of age, this class addresses issues specific to young puppies as well as teaching very basic good behaviors. Coming when called and not jumping up are emphasized.

Note: You do not have to wait for the new session to start Puppy Pre-School. You can start during any week and your seven-week session will begin with your first class.

DAY TIME INSTRUCTOR LOCATION STARTS DURATION MEMBER FEE NON-MEMBER FEE
Saturday 10:15 am CJ Hazell Space B1 Ongoing/Open 7 weeks $120 $160

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Basic Canine Manners

For dogs 4 months and older. Dogs and owners will be introduced to using a clicker and other methods of positive reinforcement based training. This class teaches basic good manners, including but not limited to polite greeting, loose lead walking, sit, down, stay, and coming when called. How to address minor problematic behaviors such as jumping, chewing, taking objects, and barking will be covered as needed.
Prerequisite: None

DAY TIME INSTRUCTOR LOCATION STARTS DURATION MEMBER FEE NON-MEMBER FEE
Saturday 9:00 am CJ Hazell Space B1 Sept. 9 7 weeks $120 $160
Saturday 1:00 pm CJ Hazell Space B1 Sept. 9 7 weeks $120 $160
Tuesday 6:00 pm Winnie Radolan Space B1 Sept. 12 7 weeks $120 $160
Tuesday 7:00 pm Winnie Radolan Space B1 Sept. 12 7 weeks $120 $160
Tuesday 8:15 pm Winnie Radolan Space B1 Sept. 12 7 weeks $120 $160

Please note:

On the first day of class, please bring proof of current dog inoculations to class.

The methods we use for dog training calls for a lot of food reward. Bring a large supply of small, tasty treats.

Four to six foot leads and a buckle collar are recommended. Please, no Flexi Leads. We may recommend the use of an alternate head halter or harness; they are available for sale at class.

Family members are encouraged to attend: small children are welcome if they are not disruptive. On the first night of Basic Canine Manners there are no dogs in class. It is an introductory session best enjoyed without dogs.

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Walking and Greeting Manners

DAY TIME INSTRUCTOR LOCATION STARTS DURATION MEMBER FEE NON-MEMBER FEE
Saturday 11:30 am CJ Hazell Space B1 Sept. 9 7 weeks $120 $160

*No class 7/29, 8/12

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Advanced Canine Manners

For dogs who have completed Basic Canine Manners (or passed an equivalent proficiency evaluation). ACM will focus on more advanced at-home manners skills, with the goal being that dogs are prepared to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. This class emphasizes delayed food rewards, calm behavior near strangers and other dogs, and proficiency in manners skills with distractions present. A mock CGC test will be given the last week.
Prerequisite: Basic Canine Manners or equivalent.

DAY TIME INSTRUCTOR LOCATION STARTS DURATION MEMBER FEE NON-MEMBER FEE
Tuesday 7:00 pm Stacey Manzo Space B1 Sept. 12 7 weeks $120 $160

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Recall Boot Camp

Would you love to be able to call your dog away from interesting things? Do you feel safe running your dog in open fields? Is beginning agility harder because your dog is more interested in other things than he is you? Take this class and improve your off lead control and increase your dog’s focus on you and work. Will cover the head turn, recalls with distractions, dealing with the fly-by recall and chase me with the object. No prerequisites.

NOT OFFERED THIS SESSION.

Contact our Registrar if you would be interested in a future session.


Preparation for Therapy Dog

Preparation for Therapy Dog class focuses on those skills required to pass the Therapy Dog International test. Skills include sits and stays, recalls, and appropriate greetings. Emphasis will be placed on helping dogs to become comfortable when handled by strangers, in groups of people, with assistive equipment such as wheelchairs and walkers, and with unusual situations that might arise with a therapy visit. Tricks may also be taught as time allows.
Prerequisite: Basic Canine Manners and ability to work with other dogs in the environment.

NOT OFFERED THIS SESSION.

Contact our Registrar if you would be interested in a future session.

 


Fun, Focus and Fundamentals

This class is geared towards family dog and handler teams who have taken a basic manners class and are interested in strengthening these lifetime skills in a fun-filled atmosphere. Our goal is to deepen connection and communication skills in the handler/dog partnership. Through a series of enjoyable learning games, teams will address impulse control, stay skills, quick response to cues, loose leash walking, and recalls.
Prerequisite: Basic Canine Manners or equivalent.

NOT OFFERED THIS SESSION.

Contact our Registrar if you would be interested in a future session.


Elite Canine Manners

For dogs who have completed Advanced Canine Manners (or passed an equivalent proficiency evaluation). This next stage in manners classes will focus on skills needed for the Therapy Dogs International (TDI) test and to prepare for AKC Beginner Novice level competitive obedience or Novice level Rally obedience. We will focus on elite level distractions, advanced impulse control, longer duration of exercises between food rewards, and behaviors needed for dogs to progress to and beyond TDI-level, such as stand for exam, formal recalls, and attention heeling.

NOT OFFERED THIS SESSION.

Contact our Registrar if you would be interested in a future session.