Dogs and Puppies 6 Months and Older

Which is better – Private training or group classes? Well, it depends.  There are benefits and drawbacks to each, depending on your dog and your family. Private training sessions with one of our certified trainers are geared specifically towards your dog and the things you want him to learn. We typically see faster progress with private sessions because you and your puppy are our sole focus during your training time. Private lessons can be arranged around your schedule – we offer daytime, evening and Saturday appointments. We can usually find a time that works for everyone in the family. Because you are scheduling one-on-one training with one of our credentialed trainers, private lessons are more costly than group classes. Our private training packages also come with access to the “Client Area” of our web site. There are over 50 instructional videos for training exercises, husbandry behaviors, and great videos for safe games to do with dogs and children, trick training, play training and more!

Group classes are a lot of fun and provide great socialization opportunities for people and dogs alike. You have the opportunity to watch and learn from other owners as they practice exercises and hear solutions to problems you may not have encountered yet. A big benefit of group classes is that dogs get experience working around other dogs and people.  Group classes are typically less expensive than private training as instructor feedback and attention is divided among the group.

PRIVATE TRAINING

There is no “one size fits all” program for every dog or puppy. That makes sense, doesn’t it? All puppies are different and owners’ goals for their dogs vary.

There are no contracts. You can pay-as-you-go, or purchase a package of sessions to receive discounted pricing. Our pay-as-you-go pricing is $98 an hour. The first session normally takes 2.5-3 hrs ($245-$294, cash, check, debit and credit cards accepted). All of training packages include the first orientation session, plus additional follow-up sessions of about an hour each. All of our training packages include access to the client areal of our website. There you will find over 50 instructional videos reviewing your training exercises and more.

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4 Session Training Package
Professional fees: $499
Access to Video Training Library  

1st session (2.5-3 hrs) – Discussion of how dogs learn, how to modify their behavior, “how do I get him to stop …”, dog body language, and child-dog safety.

Sessions 2-4 Behaviors include: sit, “say please by sitting,” stay, down, “Come to Me!” with controlled distractions, impulse control with food and toys, door manners, introduction to leash walking.

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   Training in Public Places
8 Session Training Package  
Professional fees: $850
Access to Video Training Library

1st session (2.5-3 hrs) – Discussion of how dogs learn, how to modify their behavior, “how do I get him to stop …”, dog body language, and child-dog safety.

Sessions 2-8 Behaviors include: sit, “say please by sitting,” stay, down, “Come to Me!” with more distractions, impulse control with food and toys, door manners, leash walking with distractions, and, as appropriate, training in dog-friendly public locations.

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                                                      14 Session Training Package
Professional fees: $1344
Access to Video Training Library

1st session (2.5-3 hrs) – Discussion of how dogs learn, how to modify their behavior, “how do I get him to stop …”, dog body language, and child-dog safety.

Sessions 2-14 Behaviors include: sit, “say please by sitting,” stay, down, “Come to Me!” with more distractions, impulse control with food and toys, door manners, leash walking with distractions, and, as appropriate, training in dog-friendly public locations.  We will work, as appropriate to the individual dog, to help the dog generalize skills to a variety of environments, including the veterinary hospital.

GROUP TRAINING CLASSES

FAMILY DOG MANNERS – Teaching “Polite” Behavior to the Family Dog  
For: Dogs & Puppies 6 Months and Older
6 wk course
Professional fees: $190  

This group class is perfect for adolescent and adult dogs that need to learn “polite” behavior. We work with both ends of the leash, teaching you how to teach your dog how you’d like him to behave. You’ll learn to teach your dog practical skills like settle at your feet or on a mat, come when called with distractions, impulse control with food and toys, and leash manners. We teach you how to make training your dog fun.

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CLICKER FOUNDATIONS   
7 week course 
Professional Fees: $220

Clicker training – imagine the possibilities! What is clicker or “marker” training and why do zoo-keepers, Guide Dog for the Blind trainers, various military organizations, sports dog professionals, and dog trainers use it? This dynamic (and fun!) course will help answer those questions for you. We’ll start with the first class as an orientation for people only. We’ll discuss what marker training is, why we use it and how dogs learn. We’ll work on some handler mechanics before we start teaching some fun behaviors to your dog during week 2. We’ll all learn about training together as we train behaviors like impulse control, hand targeting, ringing a bell, teaching the dog to trim his own nails and more. Whether you’re new to clicker training or have used a clicker for the basics but would like to put some “new apps on this technology” this course is for you!

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CONTROL UNLEASHED   
FOR: Dogs over 6 Months of Age
8 wk course; note classes are 1.25 hrs each
Professional fees:  $290
Pre-requisite: Clicker Foundations

Based on Leslie McDevitt’s  popular book “Control Unleashed” this course is extremely popular and fills well in advance. Dogs learn important skills like how to “settle” and relax around other dogs and people, how to have an “off-switch” and to self settle through increasing levels of excitement, how to take a breath and how to learn to focus on their owners off-leash, in a secured area (as appropriate for each team).  This is the beginning of off-leash cooperation.  If your dog runs away as soon as you take the leash off, gets a little worried around other dogs or people, has trouble focusing on you when off-leash, this class is for you.

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