Group training classes have outstanding benefits no matter your skill level. Whether it’s your first dog or your tenth, you and your pup will come away from the class with a stronger bond and the tools to communicate with each other effectively. But how can you be sure that a group class is right for you?
Training classes are typically a little less intense than one-on-one private training sessions, but they offer a completely different setting and dynamic. In our classes, you and 6-10 other humans and dogs will be working under one trainer. The trainer leads the class, demonstrating and explaining the training to the entire group before providing individual assistance.
Group classes do require your dog to focus on you with classmates all around, which is challenging for some, but makes good practice for public outings. They’re also conducted at a speed that best matches the average skill level of the group, so as not to leave anyone behind. Not every dog can master every command each class, but having a week at home to practice allows everyone to stay on track with the course schedule.
Basic Manners is our foundation course for mastering basic behaviors. No experience is required to enroll, and any age dog is welcome to attend, so long as they’re fully vaccinated. Dogs must be under their owner’s control at all times and remain on a 6-foot leash while on the premises. Closed-toed footwear is required, and weather-appropriate clothing is encouraged as some classes will take place outdoors.
The course covers behaviors including: sit, down, stay, come, watch me, drop it, leave it, polite greetings, and loose leash walking.
You’ll have hands-on guidance in class as well as advice on continuing to practice each command at home. Continued support through your trainer is available anytime during or after the duration of the course as well. Together, all of these behaviors will contribute to a well-mannered and polite companion that you’ll be happy to show off!
Advanced Conduct is for the pups that loved Basic Manners and are itching for more! We’ll be tackling some of the biggest challenges that dogs face in their training as well as learning more precise handling techniques on the other end of the leash.
Participants will build a skillset to help them bring out deference and self control in their dogs. Advanced Conduct not only helps sharpen and develop your pup’s advanced skills, it also provides you with management techniques that can be tailored and utilized throughout the dog’s lifetime. This class will have more “homework” than Basic Manners and is designed for those owners who prove that they are serious about their dogs’ behavior 100% of the time, and that already have a solid training foundation established.
This class will put a focus on real-life applications, working with distractions, and fine-tuning handler techniques.
Leash Etiquette is a class designed to improve leash-walking skills in a number of environments and situations. Classes involve working through a number of distractions and exercises to help make your daily walks more pleasant on both ends of the leash. Dogs should be familiar with basic commands such as sit, down, etc.
Mildly reactive dogs may benefit from this class, but it is not suitable for aggressive dogs.
Bring along any gear that you typically use a walk, along with your 6 foot leash. Treat rewards are highly encouraged, and multiple family members are welcome to attend.
Puppy Skills is our puppy-only group class, making it a wonderful and safe space to bring your puppies without having to worry about any grumpy seniors or rambunctious “teenagers” in the group. The classes are a balance of puppy learning, socialization, and handling. This is a great way to give a strong start to your relationship with your new family member!
Puppy Skills is open to puppies from 9 weeks to 5 months of age. Proof of at least two sets of vaccinations/boosters are required to enroll.
A number of handouts and resources will be provided from week to week to encourage continued learning beyond the classroom, and your trainer will be available for any questions and concerns that arise during puppyhood!
Barks & Recreation
Looking for a new spin on obedience classes? If your dog already knows his basic manners, but you want to continue training in a new way, Barks & Recreation is the class for you. This course is centered around tricks, games, and fun obstacles, and the content covered varies from session to session so you’re welcome to retake the course with new material as you progress!
Bring along a variety of high-value food and toy rewards, and be prepared to get down on your dog’s level as you’re teaching and learning together.
Dogs in this course should have a good grasp of their basic behaviors before enrolling. Though prior formal training isn’t required, you will have more success if your dog is able to focus in a group setting.
The fee for each 5-week session of classes is $125; class fees are non-refundable and there are no make-ups.