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Class Descriptions

 

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS:

NEW! 7 Ways to Ensure Success with Your New Dog (for new dog owners only; no dogs at this session, please)

This 90-minute seminar is offered monthly for owners who have just adopted their new puppy or adult dog. You will receive practical information on understanding your new dog’s behavior and personality, as well as tips for starting your relationship off on the right foot.

  • Price: $39 full price; $19 with proof of adoption/rescue
  • Schedule: Next session date TBD.
  • Register: Online here; for more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

GROUP CLASSES (limited to 5-7 dogs)

Puppy Kindergarten (for puppies 8-22 weeks of age); 5 weeks; enrollment is ongoing

In Puppy Kindergarten, we create special socialization exercises and opportunities to ensure your puppy has the proper and necessary exposure to adults, children and other dogs during this critical developmental period. In addition you will learn the best housetraining techniques, as well as be able to manage play-biting, chewing and jumping. Puppies will learn bite inhibition, as well as “sit,” “down,” “here,” and “give it.” All methods are non-aversive. Puppies will also have fun using puppy agility equipment during confidence building exercises! Enrollment in Puppy Kindergarten is ongoing, meaning you may start at any time to make sure your puppy begins socializing and training as soon as possible!

Prerequisite: This class is for puppies between 8-22 weeks of age. Puppies must have had their first veterinary exam and vaccinations and continue with the recommended schedule for exam and vaccinations until completed.

  • Price: $99
  • Schedule: Thursdays, 7:30pm
  • Register: Online here; for more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Refine Your Relationship: Basic Manners (for dogs 4 months and older); 8 weeks

This class is organized to teach you and your dog loose-leash walking skills with right, left, about, figure 8 turns. People who enjoy taking their dogs everywhere are especially appreciative of learning these maneuvers! “Sit stay” and “down stay” are taught with duration and distractions increasing with each lesson. “Come” is taught three different ways to help you learn to compete with the environment for your dog’s attention. Dogs are introduced to simple, easily-negotiated agility obstacles to build confidence. Tricks are taught just for fun! Also taught are "leave it", “back up”, some bridge and target skills as well as a little therapy dog training. This class is designed to enhance communication and honor you and your dog’s relationship.

Prerequisite: Dogs must be people- and dog-friendly to attend class.

  • Price: $225; Discounts given to Puppy Kindergarten graduates, assistance dogs in training and established clients – please email us for details.
  • Schedule:    
  • Register: Online here. For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Agility (for dogs 6 months and older); 4 weeks

Whether you and your dog just want to have fun, or you are thinking about competition, we offer agility for all levels. All agility obstacles are introduced in a safe, motivational manner. All basic handling is introduced with extra attention on the dog-handler relationship. Classes are held inside. Warning: agility can be addictive!

Prerequisite: Dogs must be people- and dog-friendly to attend class.

  • Price: $125
  • Schedule:
  • Register: Online here. Before registering for agility, please email Julie Fitchett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Healing Paw Courteous Canines Therapy/Canine Good Citizen Class; 6 weeks

Teach your dog many of the same skills we teach assistance dogs and prepare your dog for visiting hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities. Your dog will learn how to greet people who are standing, sitting or lying down as well as become familiar and comfortable with wheelchairs, walkers and crutches. Retrieving skills, automatically sitting next to your chair and lying under a table are skills that you will appreciate and can use anywhere. A field trip is the final class. Learn to move gracefully with your dog in a synchronized manner as if dancing! You and your dog will be prepared to take the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test and one of our instructors will set a date after class for everyone to take the test.

Prerequisite: All dogs must have successfully completed our Refine Your Relationship: Basic Manners class, or an approved basic obedience class using motivational methods and must be people and dog friendly. This class teaches therapy dog skills only and does not address pulling, jumping, or other behavior problems.

  • Price: $175
  • Schedule: Thursdays, 6:30pm (next session June 22)
  • Register: Online here. For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New! Games, Puzzles and Tricks (all dogs); 3 weeks

This class is designed to mentally stimulate and tire out your dog. You will work with dog puzzles, food dispensing toys, and learn games and tricks. This class is about having fun and increasing the bond between you and your dog. All dogs benefit from this class - small dogs, older dogs, high-energy dogs especially, puppies and dogs recuperating from surgery.

Prerequisite: Dogs must be people/dog friendly to attend class. 

  • Price: $100
  • Schedule: Next date TBD
  • Register: Online here. For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sniffer Dog Scent Detection Class; 6 weeks

A natural game for you and your dog! Teach your dog to find anything using his/her nose; a natural way to communicate and bond with your dog. Any dog and any person can easily learn. Ideal for people who enjoy a holistic approach. This is what dogs are meant to be doing!

Prerequisite: Dogs should be relatively well mannered and people/dog friendly! The same techniques used to train search dogs are taught in this class.

  • Price: $159; Discounts offered to Refine Your Relationship: Basic Manners graduates – please email us for details.
  • Schedule: TBD
  • Register: Online here. For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New! Dog's Best Friend (For Guys); 4 weeks

Taught by the "Train More Humane Guy" himself, Gene Brownson, this new class is designed specifically for guys (and their families). Using training/behavior methods that are scientifically researched and evidenced based, this 4-week accelerated class will introduce elements of basic training, agility, and a few fun games and tricks.

  • Price: $120
  • Schedule: Saturdays, 5:00pm (next session TBD)
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PHONE CONSULTATIONS

Phone consultations are available for canine, feline, parrot and horse behavior problems. Aggressive behavior problems require in-person consultations and are excluded. The cost is from $50-$125. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule a call. 

PRIVATE AND SEMI-PRIVATE TRAINING

We also provide individual lessons in our facility, and in-home training in certain areas. Many people have a friend, relative or neighbor with a dog also needing training, so semi-private sessions may be scheduled. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for appointment availability and pricing.


BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION PROGRAMS
Specializing in behavior modification for dogs suffering from anxiety disorders, we offer personalized programs for dogs with a variety of behavioral problems. Counselors are IAABC certified, RVBT and/or degreed. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for appointment availability and pricing.


Questions? Please call us at 410-549-1135 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to working with you and your dogs!