Puppy Kindergarten is for puppies age 8 to 16 weeks on the first night of class. This class teaches the basic good manners a puppy needs to know to help him grow into a well-mannered member of the family: sit, down, look, touch, wait, stay, come, leave it, polite greeting and loose leash walking. Puppy behaviors such as mouthing, bite inhibition, jumping up and handling will also be addressed. Puppy parents will also receive advice about potty training, crate training, and how to effectively use a time-out to stop unwanted behavior. Puppy class includes plenty of off-leash play time to encourage socialization.
A video orientation is included which covers: intro to clicker training, the science of how dogs learn, nutrition, mental exercise for your dog, new information about dominance and demonstration of simple training exercises. If you have concerns about training with a clicker please don’t hesitate to contact the trainer!
The AKC Puppy S.T.A.R. (Socialization, Training, Activity, Responsibility) is an award given to puppies by the American Kennel Club who attend all 6 weeks of puppy class and can demonstrate basic training behaviors. The program was developed to encourage puppy parents to socialize their puppies early. You can complete the requirements for AKC Puppy S.T.A.R. in the context of your Puppy Kindergarten Class – just mark AKC S.T.A.R. on the class registration form so the trainer knows you are interested. Learn more about AKC Puppy S.T.A.R. online. Adding the S.T.A.R. certification to your puppy class is $15. This 6-week class is $155.
This class covers all the basic good manners that your dog needs to know to be a well-mannered member of the family: sit, down, stand, look, touch, wait, stay, come, leave it, polite greeting and loose leash walking. It includes a video orientation which covers: Intro to clicker training, the science of how dogs learn, nutrition, mental exercise for your dog, new information about dominance and demonstration of simple training exercises. If you have concerns about training with a clicker, please don’t hesitate to contact the trainer. The course is 6 weeks long. $155
Option to Audit Basic Good Manners: Two auditing spots are available in each Basic Good Manners Class. Auditors will receive all the information that other attendees receive and will attend all 6 weeks of class without their dog. Auditing is good for people who: need an affordable option to get basic manners training, are just curious about clicker training, learn best through observation, or have already attended the class with their dog but feel like they still need more guidance on the basics. Auditors are welcome to take notes but photos and video are not permitted. Audit spots are $75.
This class covers things that are useful skills to have as part of your dog’s Basic Manners training: More time to work on Leash Walking, building stronger Recall, Settle position, Jazz Up and Settle Down exercises (controlling the level of arousal in your dog), Speak and Shush (turn barking on and off), Trade /Drop It, Better Stays – adding distractions, Better Leave It – advancing to the dropped Leave It, Gotcha – desensitizing your dog to collar grabs, Playing Tug, adding Duration to attention exercises and increasing offered attention. Play and Games are incorporated into this class as part of relationship building exercises. 6 weeks $155
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 you 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.
Class size is limited to three dogs. This class meets once a week for 8 weeks. $255
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. Testing days are scheduled on the Saturday following the last class. Tests are given 4 times per year and you can test at any of these quarterly dates 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 Control Evaluation, and you do not wish to take the class, please contact the trainer for a private consult and evaluation.
Class is 6 weeks long and $175. Testing is optional at the end of class and is $15 additional, payable on testing day.
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. $15
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.