Group Classes

Enrolling in Group Classes is a wonderful way to further your education alongside your Private Lessons. It will help to improve your mechanical skills with increased treat delivery speed, clicker timing, and increase your dog’s savviness to the clicker. As a bonus, you will see an increase in the amount of behaviors you and your dog can master and see a faster response time in your dog. Group Classes offer you the chance to work with your dog in a novel environment and location that has a manageable distraction level (other dogs, people, noise, etc.) so he or she can generalize the behaviors you want in places besides your home

Curious to know if a group class is right for you and your dog?

While group classes are wonderful for a myriad of reasons not all puppies and dog are good candidates for group classes. If your puppy or dog is in his or her socialization period (adolescence or “teenage” period) and is showing signs of fear, is not able to adjust to the situation at hand and/or is becoming more and more reactive or disruptive, then your puppy or dog will not be in a good setting to learn, instead your puppy or dog could benefit greatly from private classes. In some cases behavior modification might also be needed.

 

Puppy Primary 1

Puppy Primary 1 consists of basic behaviors such as sit/stay , down/stay, release, touch, (a target), this way (follow a target), come, eye contact (stationary and moving), loose leash walking, leave it and intro into heel position. Topics that will be discussed will include crate training, potty training, stealing and tabletop/ counter surfing, digging, confidence building, biting/nipping and inhibition,chewing, jumping, barking and gonna get ya (emergency collar grabs).

Since puppies are never too young to start learning, (an 8 week old puppy has the same mental capacity as an adult), this is a great class for new puppies and puppy parents to get their feet wet in. Puppies who are eligible to take this class are ages 3 to 6 months. This is a very crucial time in the puppies life as socialization is critical at this stage, after this time period puppies can become scared to investigate new people and things and will not be able to socialize as well as before (think of it as the teen years in people, this age group can be awkward). It is highly recommended that if you are taking this class as privates that you also enroll in a group class at the same time, so that you and your puppy learn the proper communication skills both between people and dogs and dogs and other dogs. Taking classes at this stage of development also helps to decrease the risk of behavioral problems developing later in life.

Puppy Primary 2

Puppy Preschool Part 2 consists of the same behaviors at 1 but also adds relax on mat, sitting politely for petting, learning environmental cues (ex. sitting when a door opens) and taking all these behaviors on the road to a slightly more distracting environment. Some of these environments include the park and around the neighborhood. Puppies that are eligible for this class for 5 to 6 months old. To be able to take this class you and your puppy must have completed Puppy Primary 1. Again it is highly recommended that if you are taking this class as private lessons, you enroll in a group class to continue to socialize your new puppy!

Adult Etiquette 1

Adult Etiquette 1 consists of basic behaviors such as sit/stay , down/stay, release, touch (a target), this way (follow a target), come, eye contact (stationary and moving), loose leash walking, leave it and intro into heel position. Topics that will be discussed will include crate training, stealing and tabletop/counter surfing, digging, confidence/independence building, biting/nipping and inhibition, chewing, jumping, barking and gonna get ya (emergency collar grabs).

Dogs that are eligible for this class are ages 6 months +. At this age the dog is considered to be in adolescence. The puppy that is now becoming a “teenager” is undergoing both physical and mental changes. They are maturing sexually and socially and it is for that reason that there will be no free play allowed in class.

This class will focus on teaching or refining the basics for the participants and will not focus on socializing these teenagers and adults. In this class I will teach you how to have fun with your dog while training and will show you how to train your dog using positive methods. The key will be to keeping your training sessions short as both teenage and adult dogs can have a short attention span since they might have already discovered their independence. 

Adult Etiquette 2

Adult Etiquette 2 consists of the same behaviors at 1 but also adds relax on mat, sitting politely for petting, learning environment cues (ex. sit when a door opens) and taking all these behaviors on the road to a slightly more distracting environment. Some of these environments include the park and around the neighborhood.

Dogs that are eligible for this class are ages 6 months +. There will be no free play allowed in class as this is not a class that is focused on socializing. Dogs that take this class must have completed Adult Etiquette  1.

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