Yes, we offer three types of classes:
- Puppy classes for puppies 8 to 12 weeks old
- Single session introductory programs to learn about clicker training
- Levels classes for people who want to develop their training skills
Based on the book, Social, Civil and Savvy: Training and Socializing Puppies to Become the Best Possible Dogs by Laura VanArendonk Baugh. These classes provide an opportunity to expose you puppy to new things in a safe environment, learn how to train effectively and ask questions of an experienced breeder whose has raised many well-mannered puppies.
Bring your dog and learn how to get started with positive reinforcement clicker training. This program alternates between lecture and hands-on training with plenty of time for individual questions and discussion.
The classes are small (two to five dog-handler teams) and offered in both afternoon and evening time slots. The curriculum is based on five-week sessions. Participants may start at any point in the curriculum allowing for open enrollment. There are five levels: Levels 1 and 2 are offered simultaneously. Some people finish these in five weeks, some people repeat these levels before going on, and some people get what they need from these levels.
Levels 1&2: 5 weeks
Level 3: 5 weeks
Level 4: 5 weeks
Level 5: 5 weeks
Written materials in the form of a workbook are provided. The written materials complement the activities done in class and understanding the content is critical to success in the subsequent levels. To go on to Level 3, the workbook for Levels 1&2 must be completed.
The skills practiced in these classes can be used in any type of training. Pet owners enjoy learning how to communicate more effectively with their dogs. People who participate in dog sports have an opportunity to fine-tune their training skills for even greater success.
In general, we separate the handler skills from the dog skills. Handlers train their dogs to perform behaviors that are not important to them so that the handler skills are well developed before teaching the dog behaviors that are important. Although many behaviors are required or suggested by the curriculum, handlers may also work on behaviors of their choice.
Handlers are required to use positive reinforcement although they may use a marker other than a clicker. Prong collars, slip collars and retractable leashes are prohibited.