Building on Basics
This class aims to improve the skill set your dog gained in Basic Good Manners/Puppy Kindergarten while giving you a few new skills as well. The lessons in this class should help tire your dog out, improve impulse control, and improve focus among distractions. If you have an out-of-control adolescent dog, this is the class for you. Class material includes: Leash walking skills, building speed and enthusiasm on the recall, settle position, play and stay exercises (controlling the level of arousal in your dog), speak and shush (turn barking on and off), drop it, better stay (adding distractions and building distance), better response to leave it (advancing to the dropped leave it), playing tug, adding duration to look and increasing offered attention on you. Play and games are incorporated into this class as part of relationship building exercises. Cost: $170. Register online.
Prerequisite: Puppy Kindergarten or Basic Good Manners. We welcome students who did basic training at other facilities to join our program in this class. A basic understanding of marker-reward training will be needed and material can be sent to you prior to class to help bring you up to speed. Please make a note asking for it on the registration form.
Intermediate Class provides exercises that are mentally challenging for your dog. This class also aims to hone your skills as your dog’s trainer. You will learn how to teach new behaviors through Shaping, which provides a good mental workout for your dog and helps him learn to work through frustration. Material covered includes: Go To a Mat, Paw Touch Shaping, distance work, the emergency distance Down/Stay, breaking eye contact while training, and a Leave It exercise to help dogs learn to walk past items on the ground without stealing. Cost: $170. Register online.
Prerequisites: Puppy Kindergarten or Basic Good Manners PLUS Building on Basics.
Challenge yourself and your dog in this class! We get down and nerdy with material that includes teaching dogs to watch and copy things that we do. Class material also includes: chaining several behaviors together, the Down on Recall, and Shaping hind end awareness. A fun class for the advanced dog/owner team who love the process of learning together. Cost: $170. Register online.
Prerequisite: Intermediate Class
Puppy Play Group
This is a 50 minute play session for puppies and one of their humans to attend together. The trainer will supervise the session while discussing proper play and teaching puppy parents how to monitor play to keep their puppy safe. Because it is important to properly socialize puppies to many things early in life, the pups will be introduced to different novelties during the play session.
Play group meets every Saturday from 9–9:50 am. Puppies only need to be up-to-date for their age in their vaccines, don’t wait until vaccination is complete to start socializing your puppy. Pre-registration is required. $18/session.
Reactive Rover is for dogs who, while on a leash, will bark and lunge at other dogs. This is a common problem called leash reactivity. Leash reactive dogs may put on huge displays of aggression, often leaving owners feeling overwhelmed and isolated. Walking the dog becomes stressful, if not impossible. Reactive Rover Class offers a calm, controlled and supportive environment in which both the owner’s and the dog’s needs will be addressed. Reactive Rover focuses on improving an owner’s confidence in their ability to handle their dog around other dogs. Additionally, a significant amount of time is spent working to change the dog’s emotions which are the underlying cause of this behavior. As part of the class you’ll be invited to join an online group where you can connect with other owners of reactive dogs.
Class begins with an orientation night, which will be an in-depth discussion about leash reactivity so you can better understand your dog’s behavior. You’ll learn how clicker training works and why science-based, positive reinforcement training methods are the best way to treat this behavior. You’ll be sent home with a clicker and homework assignments to get to work on right away. Class time is spent in several ways: You’ll address the root of your dog’s reactivity in counter-conditioning and desensitization sessions. These sessions include work with a neutral dog. You’ll also learn management tools to help you get out of trouble fast when walking your dog and do some training designed to improve impulse control. Dogs work in private pods so they cannot see their classmates.
Cost: $255. Class size is limited to three dogs. Register online.
Come have fun with your dog! Learn Peek-a-Boo, Sit Pretty, Chill Out, and much more. Cost: $115. Register online.
Prerequisites: Puppy Kindergarten and Basic Good Manners
The Therapy Dog Class is designed to help you become a certified therapy team with your dog through the organization Love on a Leash (LOAL). You will take 6 weeks of classes, gaining skills to work in the field, which can culminate in taking the LOAL Control Evaluation. You can learn more about the Love on a Leash Organization and the certifying process online.
Testing is optional at the end of the 6 weeks. Tests are given 4 times per year and you can test at any time if you feel you need more time to work on the training material. The test date for each class is listed on the Schedule of Classes. To take this class your dog must be at least 1 year old, have been yours for at least 6 months, have passed a Basic Good Manners class (which does not necessarily have to have taken place at Pampered Pets) and be friendly to people and other dogs. Dogs who do therapy work must naturally love the attention of people. They enjoy petting and handling. They are physically calm and emotionally stable. If you think your dog is ready to pass the LOAL Control Evaluation, and you do not wish to take the class, please contact the trainer for a private consult and evaluation.
Cost: $175. Register online. LOAL testing is optional at the end of class and is an additional $15 payable on testing day.
AKC Canine Good Citizen Testing
The Canine Good Citizen (CGC) is a title awarded by the American Kennel Club to dogs who can pass a test of 10 basic training skills. Learn more about the CGC test online. A special class is not required to take the test. If you have taken Basic Good Manners and Building on Basics, you should have the necessary skills to pass. However, if you want further consultation, or are new to training, you can schedule a private session to develop a training plan to help you pass the test. CGC testing will be offered on the following dates in 2018: March 17, June 9, August 25, December 1. Times to be determined.
To register for the test please fill out the registration form for group classes. Cost: $15.
In private consults behaviors such as barking, shyness, resource guarding, fearfulness, aggression and much more can be addressed using positive reinforcement. Positive, force free methods are the best way for treating behavior problems, particularly ones involving fear or aggression. Don’t just suppress behavior. Get to the root of it with an individually tailored behavior modification plan.
Each case is evaluated individually to determine whether the lesson should take place in your home or at our facility and how many lessons might be needed. Follow-up support is always included.
Basic Good Manners and Puppy Training can also be taught in private lessons.
Prices available upon request. Discounts for multiple sessions offered.