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. **If you foster dogs, please contact me about class before signing up: there is a wait period for coming to class after you bring any new dog into your household that has come from shelter or off transport.
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 and the trainer's puppy friendly older dog for balance. 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 (please note most puppies are too young for rabies so that is not required for this class.) Read the AVSAB position statement on socialization before fully vaccinated by clicking here. Minimum 3, maximum 8 puppies.
$150 for six weeks
Tuesday nights: 7:35 - 8:30 pm May 29 - July 10th (no class 7/3) (3 spots open)
Tuesday nights: 6:30 - 7:25 pm July 17 - August 28th (no class 8/7)
Thursday nights: 6:30 - 7:25 pm September 6 - October 18 (no class 9/20)
Tuesday nights: 6:30 - 7:25 pm October 30 - December 11 (no class 11/6)
***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, look at me and a few more! Become experienced in different handling techniques, how dogs think and learn, hand signals and working through distractions. 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.
$175 for six weeks
Thursday nights: 7:35 - 8:30 pm May 31 - July 12 (no class 7/5) (filled)
Thursday nights: 6:30 - 7:25 pm July 19 - August 30 (no class 8/9) (5 spots open)
Tuesday nights: 7:35 - 8:30 pm September 4 - October 16 (no class 9/18)
Thursday nights: 6:30 - 7:25 pm November 1 - December 13 (no class 11/22)
R & R: Refresher and Recreation Class:
Have fun and refresh basic commands! Six weeks long, this class has a different subject each week that combines training and fun! Subjects include clicker training, games/tricks, new and interesting commands, unique obstacle courses, charades and a rally course. Get a little taste of the Basic Level II, Tricks and Rally class all in one place! Knowledge of basic commands sit, down, stay and come is necessary although they don’t need to be perfect! Dogs must also be dog friendly as some of the exercises we do have them in close proximity to each other. If you have multiple dogs in your household, you can even bring a different dog each week as long as their rabies is on file! Class limited to 6-7 dogs.
$150 for six weeks.
Thursday nights: 6:30 - 7:25 pm May 31 - July 12 (no class 7/5) (1 spot open)
Tuesday nights: 6:30 - 7:25 pm September 4 - October 16 (no class 9/18)
Basic Obedience Level II:
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 7 dogs.
$175 for six weeks
Tuesday nights: 7:35 - 8:30 pm July 17 - August 28 (no class 8/7)
Tuesday nights: 7:35 - 8:30 pm October 30 - December 11 (no class 11/6)
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 6 dogs. Check out a youtube video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYlP0WEZTlA
$175 for six weeks
Thursday nights: 7:35 - 8:30 pm July 19 - August 30 (no class 8/9) (4 spots open)
Thursday nights: 7:35 - 8:30 pm September 6 - October 18 (no class 9/20)
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 includes minor physical exertion for handler (sitting/kneeling on ground, etc.) Class size limited to 6-7 dogs.
$150 for five weeks
Thursday nights: 7:35 - 8:30 pm November 1 - December 13 (no class 11/22)
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 by barking, growling, jumping or lunging at the sight of a dog or person? 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.
$175 for five weeks
Wednesday nights: 7:30 - 8:30 pm. May 30-June 27th (filled)
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.