All classes are held at the Montgomery County 4H Center in Skippack. Deadline for registering for any class is two weeks before start date. Please call or email for class availability if within 2 weeks of start date or if class only lists one or two available spots.
Puppy Play 'N Train Class:
Puppy foundation training is one of the most important things you can do with your pup to make them a well behaved and well-adjusted adult dog. This 6 week class introduces you and your pup to various training methods and commands, crate training and housebreaking, stages of development, common puppy behavior issues and includes socialization and playtime with the other puppies in each class. Class concludes with everyone taking the S.T.A.R. puppy test, the first step to earning their Canine Good Citizen certificate! For more info on the S.T.A.R. program visit: http://www.akc.org/dog-owners/training/akc-star-puppy/ Class is open to puppies who are 8-20 weeks old at the start of class and have had at least their first round of core vaccines. Minimum 3, maximum 10 puppies.
$150 for six weeks
Thursday nights: 6:30 - 7:25 pm May 4 - June 15 (no class 5/25)
Thursday nights: 6:30 - 7:25 pm July 13 - August 24 (no class 8/10) (9 spots open)
Wednesday nights: 7:35 - 8:30 pm September 27 - November 1
***Would you like to start training before class begins? Get $20 off a puppy private session when you pay for class and a session together!
Basic Obedience Class:
This 6 week class combines positive reinforcement and the Volhard Motivational Method to teach handlers and dogs basic commands sit, down, stay, come, heel, leave it and look at me. Become experienced in different handling techniques, how dogs think and learn and working through distractions. Take your dogs through an obedience obstacle course in the latter weeks. Class concludes with the Canine Good Citizen Test! For more information on the CGC please visit: http://www.akc.org/dog-owners/training/canine-good-citizen/ Class is limited to 6-7 dogs and dogs must be at least 4 months old at start of class.
$180 for six weeks
Wednesday nights: 7:35 - 8:30 pm June 28 - August 2 (2 spots open)
Tuesday nights: 6:30 - 7:25 pm July 25 - September 5 (no class 8/8)
Tuesday nights: 6:30 - 7:25 pm September 26 - October 31
Tuesday nights: 6:30 - 7:25 pm November 14 - December 19
Basic Obedience Level II: Refresh and Refine:
Do you want a fun way to learn how to refresh and refine responses to commands, have your dog respond to you from a slight distance, with a loose leash and with distractions present....even through an obstacle course? We'll take the basic commands and use them through obstacle course stations each week! Each handler will also learn how to improve your dog's focus and gain your dog's trust to teach them the stations and new behaviors. The class is limited to 6-7 dogs.
$180 for six weeks
Thursday nights: 7:35 - 8:30 pm July 13 - August 24 (no class 8/10)
Fido Foundations: Obedience Club
The weekly class will offer core exercises to practice your dog's obedience and along with a focus lesson with topics such as games, rally, tricks, etc. Each "membership period" is 12 weeks long - come as often or as little as you like! Do you want to join after a session begins? No problem, dues will be pro-rated. Do you have more than one dog but only one handler? Also not a problem- you can rotate dogs each week if you'd like as long as current rabies is on file. Minimum of 6 dogs/handlers.
$240 for 3 months per handler/dog team.
Tuesday nights: 7:35 - 8:30 pm
2017 Second Session: June 6 - September 5 (no class 7/4, 8/8)
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2017 Third Session: September 26 - December 19 (no class 11/7)
Intro to Rally Class:
Rally is a sport consisting of different obedience based stations that each dog and handler accomplish at their own pace. This sport is based on fun sequences of basic commands that you complete through different configurations each week. Whether you want to participate for fun or competition, this class will help refine your dog's obedience while having a blast! Class limited to six teams. Check out a youtube video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYlP0WEZTlA
$180 for six weeks
Next class will not be held until 2018
Tricks for Tailwaggers Class:
Do you want to have that dog that is the life of the party? Let’s teach that pup some tricks! Learn three different training methods to teach your dog tricks like commando crawl, roll-over, high five/shake, bow, circling, play dead, snarly face…you get the idea! At the end of class we will take the NEW AKC Trick Dog Title test! For Trick Dog info please visit: http://www.akc.org/about-trick-dog/ Class size limited to 6 students. and will include minor physical exertion for handler (sitting/kneeling on ground, etc.) Class size limited to 6 students.
$150 for five weeks
Thursday nights: 7:35 - 8:30 pm June 1 -June 29th (1 spot open)
Let your dog have some fun while reinforcing important socialization skills through playtime with other dogs. 8-10 dogs per playtime session and discounts for multiple dogs from the same household. Due to the nature of off leash play, no children under the age of 14 are permitted. Dogs must be screened for temperament prior to registering. 5 Weeks long. Please note that this is not a socialization class but just off leash playtime. All dogs over the age of 7 months must be spayed or neutered.
$50 for one dog
$75 for two dogs from same family
Tuesday nights: 6:30 - 7:25 pm May 30 - June 27, 2017 (1 spot open)
Reactive Rover Dog Class:
Do you have a dog that reacts inappropriately to the world around them? Do they act like every person or dog needs "stranger danger" protocol? Do their reactions make it difficult to take them places? This five week course will help you identify your dog's reasons for their behaviors and teach you handling methods and solutions to help work through them to make your pup more comfortable, calm and confident. This class is limited to 4-6 students.
$180 for five weeks
Thursday nights: 6:30 - 7:25 pm October 12 - November 9
Please note that I do not have the facility capabilities of offering make up classes, however should you miss a class the homework will be sent to you via email.