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 and new dogs cannot be brought into your home through the duration of class.
Puppy Play 'N Train:
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 4 week class introduces you and your pup to various training methods and commands, how to curb negative behavior such as jumping and mouthing, how to greet and socialize with dogs and people and includes socialization and playtime with the other puppies in each class with the trainer's puppy friendly older dog for balance. Interested in your puppy earning the AKC S.T.A.R. certificate? For a nominal fee you can repeat two extra classes to achieve this (you do not need to decide this before class begins.) 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 5 months and under 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 2, maximum 8 puppies.
$115 for four weeks $30 for extra two classes to earn STAR
Thursday nights: 6:30 - 7:25 pm
February 21 - March 21 (no class 3/7) (filled)
March 28 - April 25 (no class 4/4) (4 spots open)
May 2 - May 30 (no class 5/23)
***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!
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
Tuesday nights: 6:30 - 7:25 pm January 15 - February 26 (no class 1/22) (1 spot open)
Tuesday nights: 7:35 - 8:30 pm January 15 - February 26 (no class 1/22) (1 spot open)
Thursday nights:7:35 - 8:30 pm January 17 - Feb 28 (no class 1/24) (filled)
Tuesday nights: 6:30 - 7:25 pm March 12 - April 23 (no class 4/2) (3 spots open)
Thursday nights:7:35 - 8:30 pm March 14 - April 25 (no class 4/4) (filled)
Tuesday nights: 7:35 - 8:30 pm April 16 - May 28 (no class 5/21)
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: 6:30 - 7:25 pm April 30 - June 11 (no class 5/21)
Tuesday nights: 6:30 - 7:25 pm September 3 - October 15 (no class 9/17)
A new take on agility type training! Every week participants bring random objects and we use them to create an obstacle course for your dog so there is a new course each week. Past objects have included pop up tents, step stools, umbrellas of all sizes and laundry baskets. I will also being the agility tunnel each week. While we don't do formal obedience exercises in this class, you have to use the basic commands and creative handling to get your dog through the course. If you have multiple dogs you can rotate who you bring to class. Limited to 7 dogs.
$80 for 4 weeks
Tuesday nights: 7:35 - 8:30 pm March 12 - April 9 (no class 4/2) (6 spots open)
Tuesday nights: 6:30 - 7:25 pm June 18 - July 9th
R & R: Refresher and Recreation:
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 helpful but not necessary. 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.
Tuesday nights: 7:35 - 8:30 pm July 16 - August 27 (no class8/6)
Take your dog's obedience even further! Now that they have great basic skills, let's take those commands and work towards doing them off leash. Learn how to keep their focus to achieve off leash heeling, different command sequences and even through an obstacle course! The class is limited to 6 dogs. If you have multiple dogs you can rotate who you bring to class.
$175 for six weeks
Thursday nights: 7:35 - 8:30 pm September 12 - October 24 (no class 9/19)
Intro to Rally Class:
Rally is a dog sport consisting of different obedience based stations that make up a course that you and your dog navigate together. Handlers and dogs learn the stations and then complete the course - there are different configurations and stations each week! 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 May 30 - July 11 (no class 7/4)
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 AKC Trick Dog Title test which is open to all dogs purebred or mixed breeds! 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.
$120 for four weeks
Thursday nights: 7:35 - 8:30 pm August 15 - September 5
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
Class is held on demand, please contact me if interested
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.