Creating Exceptional Companion Dogs!

Everyone wants an exceptional companion dog!

Dogs must be given the opportunity to learn and mature.  Training takes time, patience, and consistency.

The training programs offered here contribute to the development of an exceptional companion dog.

It's never too late to start.

Puppy Program

Puppy Kindergarten: classes are offered throughout the week for puppies who are 12 weeks (with the second series of shots) to 20 weeks.

Training includes moving on a loose leash, sits, downs, recalls, preparing for vet visits, confidence building, and more.  We want the puppy to find you more reinforcing than anything else in class.

Puppies may come to class multiple times per week!

Advanced Puppy: Training for adolescent puppies who are a little older, typically 4-12+ months.   Classes focus on good manners, basic obedience, and confidence work. We want the puppies to enjoy learning and grow the bond with their owners.

All classes are positively enjoyable for puppy and handler!

Exceptional Companion Dog Program

Training starts with the puppy classes.  After that, the Canine Good Citizen program is a good next step.

Canine Good Citizen (CGC) is an AKC program with three levels: Basic, Advanced, and Urban.  Dogs learn how to behave when greeting people, when around other dogs, when to stay and when to come, to accept handling, and much more.  Dogs who have graduated from basic obedience are encouraged to continue with the CGC program to help their dogs mature and get more experience in public settings. CGC training is beneficial for dogs who move on to be Therapy Dogs.

Outdoor Adventures class:  we go to a variety of outdoor venues to practice what was learned in the classroom.

Performance Sports Program

Competition Obedience classes train dog and handler teams for the AKC obedience program. Classes are offered on Mondays and Thursdays.  Whether you are just starting out at the Novice level (which we really encourage you to do!) or you are at the top of your game in Open or Utility, this is where you can hone your skills for competition.  Earning a Companion Dog Title (Novice level) is achievable for most dogs and can count towards an AKC Versatility Title. 

Conformation and Handling:  these classes help prepare dogs for the show ring.  All attendees must pre-register with the instructor.  Private Handling classes are offered for small groups.

Competition Scent Work is for all ages and all breeds of dogs.  Classes include skill development, games, and challenging exercises.  Dogs love this sport!

Therapy Dog Program

We offer a comprehensive program to help you train your dog to be an absolutely amazing therapy dog.  The Therapy Dog program teaches dogs and handlers how to interact with people in various settings and provide comfort and support.  Therapy Dog training comes after basic obedience. Most organizations recommend CGC training prior to Therapy Dog training.  This class gets the dog and handler ready for testing.  Testing and certification is done through Pet Partners.  Visits are scheduled and organized by the instructor.

Helper Dog Program

Do you need help around the house?  Is it difficult to bend over to pick up things you've dropped?  Would your quality of life be better if you had a little helper?

This program helps you train your dog for mobility assistance and tasks for daily living.  The tasks trained in this program are many of the same taught to Service Dogs.   Training is personalized to your current and future needs.  It is designed to teach your dog to perform tasks that contribute to your daily life.

Dogs enjoy having a job and being part of your life.  This program improves your relationship with your dog and helps make your life a little easier.

Creative Program

Trick Dog: A very popular class which teaches beginner to advanced level tricks. Dogs may earn AKC titles or titles through Do More With Your Dog (Kyra Sundance). This class gives your dog a brain vacation from the more challenging classes! Open to puppies through adult dogs! Classes are offered online and eventually will be offered for groups in the center. This is a great class for kids!

Freestyle: This is also known as 'dancing with your dog'. You can just learn the basics or you can compete for titles. Freestyle rules require the dog to work on both sides of the handler (beginner) as well as in the front and behind the handler (advanced). Accuracy and precision increases your scores. Heeling on both sides of the handler is fundamental to a good routine. Class is offered on Wednesday afternoons and focuses on designing routines and creating behavior chains. Students are encouraged to take a Rally-Free class first and must have completed basic obedience training. Most work is done off-leash so dogs must play well with others.

Rally-Free: Created by Julie Flanery, this competition sport teaches beginner to champion level Freestyle moves in a rally format (a course with signs). Skills taught in this class are transferable to regular Freestyle. Classes are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Dogs must have completed basic obedience.

Challenge Class: You've never had a class like this before! Handlers will be challenged to teach their dogs unique and complex behaviors. Class size is limited to three dog/handler teams who must be pre-approved. Class is only offered once a year and continues for several weeks.

Kids Program

Open to kids age 6-16!
Basic Obedience Class
Canine Good Citizen Class
Trick Dog Class

Typically held during the Summer months

but currently on hold during COVID.

Energize your training program!

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