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Training

Training Philosophy

Our method of training is known as Positive Reinforcement Training. Based in the Science of Applied Behavior Analysis, Positive Reinforcement Training (+R) utilizes the addition of a reward (or a reinforcing stimulus) following a desired behavior.  Praise, life’s rewards (games , walks, car rides etc.) or treats and food rewards are commonly used. 

Our methods are force free and set our canine companions up to succeed! Our students are eager and happy to work and learn! 

Countless studies have shown that not only does +R improve success at teaching a new behavior , it is also better for animal welfare as well as strengthening the human / canine bond. 

Free Puppy Training Class (for puppies who received puppy vaccines at our clinic)

3 week course

Age: Puppies between 12 weeks and 6 months.

Requirements: DHPP, Bordetella vaccinations

This class will cover some very basic commands, proper feeding, house training and socialization. Trainers will also use training techniques like the "Name Game" (recognizing name) and "In Something, On Something, Through Something" (learning trust in the unknown.)

Basic Manners Class

6 week course

Age: Dogs at least 6 months or older (students continuing on from the free puppy class are okay to start earlier.)

Requirements: DHPP, Rabies and Bordetella vaccinations

This class covers traditional basic commands including sit, stay, down and "leave it". There will be a focus on attention development, leash walking and some life enrichment methods.

Beginning Agility Class

6 week course

Age: Dogs at least 6 months or older

Requirements: DHPP, Rabies and Bordetella vaccinations. Students must also have a history of some basic obedience training. If the student has no prior training, a short evaluation with one of our trainers will be required.

This class covers safety and training around agility equipment: a framed dog walk, teeter, jumps, pause table, tunnel hoops and weaves.

Agility Practice (Advanced Agility)

8 drop-in sessions

Age: Dogs at least 6 months or older

Requirements: DHPP, Rabies and Bordetella vaccinations. Students must have agility and basic training experience. If the student has no prior training, a short evaluation with one of our trainers will be required.

These 8 "drop-in" sessions can be completed at your own pace and schedule. A punch card will be provided at the time of purchase.

Rally Class

Age: Dogs at least 6 months or older

Requirements: DHPP, Rabies and Bordetella vaccinations. Students must have agility and basic training experience. If the student has no prior training, a short evaluation with one of our trainers will be required.

These 8 "drop-in" sessions can be completed at your own pace and schedule. A punch card will be provided at the time of purchase.

These super fun classes are all about teamwork. The student and owner move through a course, stopping at each of the designated stations where they must complete the listed exercise.

Important:

Dogs must be on a leash and collar or harness. No retractable leashes or chokers/pinch collars. Small, soft treats need to be brought to class to help with the training process. Choose something your dog goes crazy for!