These are individual classes that can be attended consecutively or as your schedule permits.
Agility is a popular sport that stimulates your dog’s mind and encourages you to sharpen your training skills. But it’s more than just a sport, it’s an opportunity to learn to really communicate with your dog as you work together towards a common goal . . . and besides all that, it’s just plain fun for you both.
This six-week course teaches a variety of skills and establishes important foundation behaviors to help you and your dog live a happy, healthy and safe lifestyle. This course covers exercises such as walking on a loose leash, coming when called, attentive response to name, sit down and stand. In addition, dogs will benefit from socialization with other dogs, people and sounds. Completion of this six-week course is required prior to attending our other specialty classes (Except Puppy Pre-School)
Early puppyhood is a critical time for socialization and learning. Puppy class is the single most important thing you can do to help your puppy reach his full potential. Enjoy meeting other puppies and their families while your puppy experiences socialization in a safe setting and learns critical social skills that are instrumental in helping to set a positive stage for the rest of your puppy’s life. Class includes a one-hour orientation (without puppies), four one one-hour puppy socialization and training classes and the Puppy Start Right book (Valued at $25)
These courses include a variety of individual and/or extended sessions that continue to build on foundation behaviors as well as explore other enrichment opportunities for you and your furry friend. Courses include Dancing with your Dog (musical freestyle) and Better Balance/Fun Focus (for our agility participants) Check our online calendar, as new courses will be added!
“My Dog has C.L.A.S.S.” or Canine Life and Social Skills, is an educational program to promote training focused on the use of positive reinforcement and to strengthen relationships between humans and their canine companions. C.L.A.S.S. is a three-level evaluation for dog owners to demonstrate the real-life skills of their dogs, as well as a knowledge assessment of the owners’ understanding of basic dog handling and care. The three levels of the program are named after human university degree programs: The B.A. for Dogs™ (Bachelor’s level) the M.A. for Dogs™ (Master’s level), and the PhD. For Dogs™ (Doctorate level). The skills in each level vary in the level of difficulty and distractions. This class is a 6 week program designed to teach you and your dog the skills required to achieve a Bachelor’s, Master’s and eventually a PhD. Level of certification in Canine Life and Social Skills.
Teaching your dog tricks is fun for BOTH you and your dog, but teaching trick behaviors is more than just fun and games. It is a great opportunity to build your dog’s confidence while continuing to strengthen your bond with them. Tricks Fur Treats is a four-week course designed to be fun, challenging, and rewarding for both you and your dog.
Training your dog to come when called is known as “recall.” Many dogs choose to chase a squirrel or follow a tempting smell rather than come running back to you when you call out their name. Having a reliable recall is not only life saving, it also allows you to give your canine companion more freedom. Rapid Rover Recall is a three-week course focused on teaching the key elements for fast and reliable recall each and every time you call your dog.
K9 Nose Work is a fun search and scenting activity virtually all dogs enjoy. This easy to learn activity builds confidence and focus in many dogs, and provides a safe way to keep the dogs fit and healthy through mental and physical exercise. We start with getting your dog excited about using his nose to seek out a favorite toy or treat reward hidden in one of several boxes. Then over the course of four weeks, we expand the game to entire rooms, exterior areas, and vehicles. As your dog grows more confident with his nose, target odors are introduced, and competition skills are taught.
Is walking your dog stressful? Do you walk your dog, or do they walk you?! This three-week class will explore the reasons dog pull on a leash and what you can do to make the experience for both of you more enjoyable. You’ll learn essential skills to teach your dog not to pull and learn how to create a cooperative connection with your dog. After this course, walks will be safer and more pleasant for you both!
Does your dog bark or lunge at other dogs (or people) when you’re out walking? Feisty Fido is a six week course to teach you how to modify your dog’s reactive behavior on walks and in other social settings. This class uses a variety of techniques, such as teaching alternate behaviors, while building calmness and confidence to lower stress for you and your feisty fido!
Veterinary hospitals are a necessity for the care of our furry family members. We want visits to the veterinary hospital to be as enjoyable and stress free as we can possibly make them. Whether you just want to be sure your dog loves visiting the vet, or find them already fearful at vet visits, this four-week course is for you. This course incorporates a variety of tools for teaching your dog to enjoy his trips to the vet. As an added bonus, you’ll learn how to participate in their care.