Beginner Level Courses

 

Beginner Level Courses and Events

Groups are usually held weekly same day/same time and the same location for the duration of the course.  Classes are listed by START DATE.

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Duration Distraction at a  Distance

Beginning Obedience - 1st Foundation

This is for any dog, at any age that is friendly with people and dogs!  If you have an aggressive dog, see us about private training.  At this level we cover sit, lie down, stay, loose leash walking, greeting people on all fours (not jumping), leave-it, waiting at gates and doorways, come when called, social obedience (working with distractions).  Your dog will learn to obey on leash in public, just where you need it!  Students will learn how to train with a clicker (or a "marker word") at this level, and how to fade rewards and markers at completion of training. These techniques will be used throughout all our courses...if you already have all the skills listed above you may register for other levels of our classes without taking beginning!

Graduates at or under one year old are eligible to test free of charge at our quarterly AKC STAR puppy testing! 

Week 1: Sit, Down, relax, pay attention, no jumping, how to clicker/mark and reward, equipment, rewards, etc.

Week 2: Review, Duration Distraction Distance and transition off rewards, Wait, loose leash walking!

Week 3: Review, introduce Stay and Come

Week 4: Review and practice, Leave it,  add difficulty

Week 5: Review and practice everything else with extra difficulty,  add Heel position if time permits

Week 6: Fun with what we learned/Dogs receive Graduation Certificate

Term: 6 weeks, class duration:  1 hour per week - we are off most holidays and holiday weekends

Space limit: 6-8 new dogs depending on the size of the area where we are training.

Groups are usually held weekly same day/same time and the same location for the duration of the course.  Classes are listed by START DATE. Click on Class Title to register.

OFF HOLIDAYS AND HOLIDAY WEEKENDS

 
 Puppy Headstart and Socialization

Puppy Headstart and Socialization

Young Puppy Head-Start & Play Group 11 Weeks To 6 Months

This 4 week course will teach your pup to "think," play and follow you with confidence!  Jumping, biting and crate/potty training help, Relax in public, wear a collar and leash, be groomed, and trim nails!  Expose your pup to new sights, sounds, and surfaces so they don't become fearful. Pass the puppy! A basic clicker introduction will be included as well as basics like Sit, Down, and name recognition,  This is the best way to set your puppy up for success in the future!  Confidence building exercises using a tunnel and other apparatus!  Learn dog behavior through play.  Don’t wait!  All the stuff an educated pup and their owner need before beginning group class!

We specialize in behavior problems! The most frequent request is to help solve dog aggression issues!  Why do we talk about this when you are looking for a pup class?  Because by taking this class you help your pup not to become that dog!

For HEALTHY PUPS 11 weeks to 5 months, All you need is two sets of vaccines (Distemper/Parvo combo), Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccine, and clear fecal test! (We know vets recommend three sets of vaccines to start a group, but floors and shoes are disinfected before class). Pups under 5 months or extremely shy or small pups may be admitted to the Younger pups group. You can jump in at anytime!  This is an on-going, monthly course, you pay for a 4 week block and the trainer will take roll in weeks 1 thru 4, if you miss a class, no worries, just come to the same session next month as long as your pup is still young enough for that level....  we will keep you posted via email ONCE YOU REGISTER!

If your pup is too old, check out the Older pup group or Beginner Obedience!

 

Older Puppy Socialization and Manners

This 4 week program will help teach your pup to socialize without being overbearing!  Jumping, biting and relax in public,  Pass the puppy! Puppy manners will be discussed. A basic clicker introduction will be included as well as basics like sit, down and "touch."  This is the best way to set your puppy up for success in the future!  Confidence building exercises using a tunnel and other apparatus! Basic understanding of dog behavior, through play.  Don’t wait!  All the stuff an educated pup and their owner need!  Can be done in conjunction with Beginning group class!  If you already did the Younger pup class, this will be a nice continuation with more socializing at the TEENAGE defiant stage!  You'll want to know how to manage your pups shenanigans with prevention.  You

We specialize in behavior problems! The most frequent request is to help solve dog aggression issues!  Why do we talk about this when you are looking for a pup class?  Dog to dog aggression usually begins between 7 months and 1.5 years! By taking this class you help your pup not to become that dog!

For HEALTHY PUPS, confident pups  5.5 to 11 months, All you need is three sets of vaccines (Distemper/Parvo combo), Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccine, and clear fecal test!  Extremely shy or small pups may be admitted to the Younger pups group.

You can jump in at anytime!  This is an on-going, monthly course, you pay for a 4 week block and the trainer will take roll in weeks 1 thru 4, if you miss a class, no worries, just come to the same session next month as long as your pup is still young enough for that level....  we will keep you posted via email ONCE YOU REGISTER!