Training

Group Classes


Register Now!

Class schedules and descriptions below.

Our current class offerings include:

Puppy Basics:
6:00pm beginning August 2nd, 2022

This group class is the perfect opportunity to give your puppy a head start to training, socialization, and building a strong connection with your puppy. The class provides information on basic puppy skills including house training, crate training, grooming, feeding, managing mouthing and teething, safe puppy play, and so much more.

Eligibility: All puppies under 4 months old
Level: Puppy/Beginner
Class Length: Meet once per week for 6 weeks, 50 minute classes
Class Rate: $130.00
Class Size: Limited to 6 Puppies

Puppies will experience:
- Handling by different people
- Appropriate play with other puppies
- New and different surfaces and objects in their environment

Puppies will learn:
- How to sit politely
- How to relax on a mat
- How to begin to control their impulses
- That grooming/handling can be fun and enjoyable
- How to start walking nicely on leash
- How to lay down
- That coming when called is fun and beneficial

Humans will learn:
- Effective use of positive reinforcement
- That puppies can solve problems
- The importance of vaccinations, identification, and appropriate training tools
- The benefits of early training, setting boundaries, and early problem detection

Homework will be assigned on a weekly basis.

What to bring:
- Flat collar or body harness
- Standard 6 ft nylon or leather leash
- Treat pouch (optional but highly recommended)
- LOTS of small, soft, and stinky treats (treats should be small because we use a lot of them, and they should be soft so your puppy doesn't have to spend a lot of time chewing)
- One or two toys - either a favorite toy or a brand new toy, preferably something your puppy can tug with
- Water bowl
- Poop bags should be brought to every class
- A towel, blanket, or mat

What not to bring:
- Shock, choke, prong, or other metal or aversive collars
- Flexi/retractable leashes
- Shaker cans, spray bottles, or other means of stopping your puppy from doing something

Puppies should not come to the first class. We will discuss class rules, curriculum, logistics, and we will address basic puppy problems that many puppy parents experience. It is much easier to do these things without puppies to distract us, and it sets everyone up to succeed. The first class is extremely important, so please plan to attend.

Adolescent/Adult Foundations:
7:00pm beginning Tuesday August 2nd, 2022

6:00pm beginning Thursday August 4th, 2022

This class is all about the basics, and is a great next step for younger dogs who have already taken a puppy class. It’s also perfect for dogs that are new to a home, or who haven’t had any formal training previously. We will practice attention exercises, sit, down, wait, stay, loose leash walking, and recall, and we will work on developing a solid bond between you and your dog!

Eligibility: Puppies over 4 months and adult dogs
Level: Basic
Class Length: Meet once per week for 6 weeks, 50 minute classes
Class Rate: $130.00
Class Size: Limited to 6 Dogs

*This is a "traditional" basic training class. In other words, we teach tasks that are traditionally taught in a basic-level family dog obedience class. We also offer a non-traditional class that focuses more on your individual connection with your dog called "Calm, Cool, and Connected."

Dogs will learn:
- Self control
- How to relax/calming exercises
- How to sit politely
- How to lay down
- Walking politely on leash
- Waiting politely for things they want
- Staying in place until released
- That coming to YOU is the best thing ever (recall)
- That polite behavior is rewarded while rude behavior is not

Humans will learn:
- Effective use of positive reinforcement to get desired behaviors
- How to use a marker word
- The difference between cues and commands
- That dogs enjoy problem solving when given the opportunity
- How to handle minor undesired behaviors (if you need more specific help with undesired behaviors, private training might be a better choice for you and your dog)
- How to better read dog body language
- Homework will be assigned on a weekly basis

What to bring:
- Flat collar or body harness
- Standard 6 ft nylon or leather leash
- Treat pouch (optional but highly recommended)
- LOTS of small, soft, and stinky treats (treats should be small because we use a lot of them, and they should be soft so your dog doesn't have to spend a lot of time chewing)
- One or two toys - either a favorite toy or a brand new toy, preferably something your dog can tug with
- Water bowl
- Poop bags should be brought to every class
- A towel, blanket, or mat

What not to bring:
- Shock, choke, prong, or other metal or aversive collars
- Flexi/retractable leashes
- Shaker cans, spray bottles, or other means of stopping your puppy from doing something

Dogs should not come to the first class. We will discuss class rules, curriculum, logistics, and we will address any questions or concerns attendees have before class starts. It is much easier to do these things without dogs to distract us, and it sets everyone up to succeed. The first class is extremely important, so please plan to attend.

Calm, Cool, & Connected (NEW CLASS!):
Stay tuned for future classes

This is a new type of training class that focuses less on traditional obedience-type training and more on creating connection with your dog, teaching calmness, and working without cuing or "commanding" your dog to do things. This class is intended to be a class most people will want to consider PRIOR to taking other obedience type classes. Instead of following the traditional pattern of a training class where we teach specific cued behaviors, this class will be more fluid and will work primarily on bonding with your dog.

Eligibility: Puppies over 4 months and adult dogs
Level: Basic
Class Length: Meet once per week for 6 weeks, 50 minute classes
Class Rate: $130.00
Class Size: Limited to 6 Dogs

In this class, we will work on helping dogs to settle/relax before we do anything else. Once we have more relaxed dogs, we will work on decision-making and helping our dogs make good choices without telling them what to do or how to do it. We will use play in addition to treat rewards, and will work on building up desire to play as a mental break from working/training.

Expectations are different for this class than for traditional training classes. We will not be focusing as much on task-oriented training. Owners should understand before signing up for this class that while we may utilize some obedience training skills like sitting or lying down, we will not be teaching or utilizing a lot of cues/commands. Instead, we will be rewarding behaviors we like, working on our own body language and verbal communication with our dogs, and reinforcing choices our dogs make that we really like (checking in, "asking politely" by choosing to sit or lie down, ignoring demanding behaviors, teaching our dogs how to be comfortable being ignored, etc).

What to bring:
- Flat collar or body harness
- Standard 6 ft nylon or leather leash
- Treat pouch (REQUIRED)
- 1-3 different chews (bully stick, collagen chew, stuffed bone, stuffed Kong - whatever will work for your dog)
- LOTS of small, soft, and stinky treats (treats should be small because we use a lot of them, and they should be soft so your dog doesn't have to spend a lot of time chewing)
- One or two toys - either a favorite toy or a brand new toy, preferably something your dog can tug with
- Water bowl
- Poop bags should be brought to every class
- A towel, blanket, or mat if desired

What not to bring:
- Shock, choke, prong, or other metal or aversive collars
- Flexi/retractable leashes
- Shaker cans, spray bottles, or other means of stopping your puppy from doing something

Dogs should not come to the first class. We will discuss class rules, curriculum, logistics, and we will address any questions or concerns attendees have before class starts. It is much easier to do these things without dogs to distract us, and it sets everyone up to succeed. The first class is extremely important, so please plan to attend.

Foundations 2

Starting August 4th 7pm

Eligibility: dogs that have taken Foundations
Level: Intermediate
Class Length: Meet once per week for 6 weeks, 50 minute classes
Class Rate: $150.00
Class Size: Limited to 6 Dogs

Building on the skills learned in Foundations we will continue to build  handling skills, loose leash walking, leave it while walking, how to manage someone coming up to your pet, walking past people and other dogs, recall, sit stays, and more.  Classes will be held outside unless it is raining.

What to bring:
- Flat collar or body harness
- Standard 6 ft nylon or leather leash, if you have a 10 or 15 foot non retractable long leash you can bring it.  If not we have some to borrow.
- Treat pouch (REQUIRED)
- 1-3 different chews (bully stick, collagen chew, stuffed bone, stuffed Kong - whatever will work for your dog)
- LOTS of small, soft, and stinky treats (treats should be small because we use a lot of them, and they should be soft so your dog doesn't have to spend a lot of time chewing)
- One or two toys - either a favorite toy or a brand new toy, preferably something your dog can tug with
- Water bowl
- Poop bags should be brought to every class
- A towel, blanket, or mat if desired

What not to bring:
- Shock, choke, prong, or other metal or aversive collars
- Flexi/retractable leashes
- Shaker cans, spray bottles, or other means of stopping your puppy from doing something

Dogs should not come to the first class. We will discuss class rules, curriculum, logistics, and we will address any questions or concerns attendees have before class starts. It is much easier to do these things without dogs to distract us, and it sets everyone up to succeed. The first class is extremely important, so please plan to attend.

To register, create an account and click "Book Now." Text or email us with questions!

Private Training


Private training sessions are an opportunity for dog owners to work one-on-one with a trainer on a specific behavioral challenge or goal. Private sessions are a great choice for a variety of reasons, and we offer a number of different private training options depending on your needs. All private training options require an initial consult to ensure we are making the best choice for you and your dog. During your initial in-home consultation, we will discuss your concerns and/or training goals, we will talk about the steps we need to take to help you reach your goal, and we will discuss the best private training options for you.

Please email us to start the process. Based on the information you provide, we will determine if your concern can be addressed by our trainer or if we need to make a referral for you to see a colleague with more specialized skills. It may be possible that once we meet with you for our initial consultation that one or both parties decides that we are not the right fit for your specific need, and we will offer referral options for you if needed at that point as well.

Private Training Could Address

  • Choosing the right dog for your family
  • Welcoming a new baby into the family
  • Welcoming a new rescued dog
  • Potty Training (puppy or adult)
  • New puppy or adult dog training
  • Leash reactivity toward other dogs or humans
  • Polite Leash Walking
  • Barking
  • Marking
  • General impulse control
  • Greeting strangers
  • Growling, snapping or snarling
  • Jumping
  • Counter surfing
  • Recall work at home
  • And much more...

The Benefits of Private Lessons

  • Flexible scheduling
  • Personalized and customized training plan
  • Ability to work on specific concerns or issues
  • Regular follow-up
  • Get answers to your questions
  • Lower the stress for your dog

Private Training Rates and Packages

  • Initial Consult (required for all private training services): $100 - consults last approximately 1.5 hours
  • $75/hour after the initial consult

Private Training Packages

  • 3 Private Sessions: $215 (save $10)
  • 6 Private Sessions: $425 (save $25)