Group Classes

The following training programs are designed to teach dogs and owners at different levels.  In order for all of our training programs to be successful, it is imperative for owner(s) to work at home to change patterns and behaviors.  Your willingness to incorporate the obedience commands into everyday life, as instructed by your trainer, is crucial for success.  The time and energy that you invest will determine how much you and your dog are able to accomplish.  The following is a brief description of just some of the group training program/classes available for you and your dog.

Basic Obedience

This class is intended for puppies 14 weeks and older, juvenile, young adults and adult dogs.  Skills taught include (but are not limited to) Heel or walking on a loose leash, with an Auto Sit, Sit and Down, using voice and hand signals if you are interested, Stay and Come.  Emphasis of this class is to insure that the dog is a respected member of the community.  Handlers are taught how to train and communicate with their dog so they will act mannerly in the home, in public places and in the presence of other dogs.  This class has limited space so sign up soon to reserve your spot.  Class size is kept small to ensure one-on-one individual attention for each owner/dog.

Class meets once a week for six weeks, lessons are approximately one hour in length.  6 weeks/$120

Agility - Intro to Obstacles

Agility is a fun fast paced sport.  It is a great place to help build confidence for you and your dog, as well as give a different venue to continue working on obedience commands.  This class introduces you to the full size regulation agility equipment, with a strong emphasis on safety and fun.  This class is geared toward the first experience in Agility for dogs and their owners.  We begin with introductions to low jumps, tunnels, the tire, pause table, dog walk, see saw and weave poles.  This class is good whether you see agility competition in you and your dog's future or simply looking to add some quality-fun time to your dog's life.

Because of the athletic requirements of the sport, you must be certain your dog is in good health before enrolling in an agility program.  If age, weight, or any other physical condition is in question, please talk to your vet to avoid putting your dog at unnecessary risk.  Also, puppies over 6 months old may enroll, but may not be allowed on some obstacles due to their developing structure.

Classes meet once a week for six weeks, lessons are approximately one hour in length.  Some obedience training is necessary, as dogs will have to come when called and wait for their handler's command to start (basic stay).  It is necessary that the owners have control over their dogs to avoid injury and also to allow the class to run smoothly.  6 weeks/$120

Nose Work

The art and practice of nose work has made the basic search dog skills available to companion dogs of all shapes and sizes.  Dogs are introduced to the game of nose work through the use of boxes and a favorite toy or treat.  Each dog works individually.  This fun class, teaches your dog how to use its nose in a fun game of search.  A great time for all.  6 weeks/ $120. 

Advanced classes

Advanced Obedience

The advanced class is designed for those people who want a greater challenge for their dog(s) and wish to obtain a higher level of reliability.  The goals of this class are to further strengthen the foundations that were learned in the previous obedience class. We will continue to focus on basic commands with ever increasing challenges and distractions.  Additional commands taught if interested are Heel from A Far, Finish, Stand and Place.  The environment of this class allows for dogs and handlers of varying levels to continue to work toward their ultimate goals.

Class meets once a week for four weeks, lessons are approximately one hour in length. Obedience training is a prerequisite to this class. 4 weeks/$80 or 6 weeks/$120

Trek and Train

Does your four legged child need more training out in the 'real world'?  This class can help.  Teach your dog to relax, focus and behave reliably in challenging situations.  In this class we use all the skills taught in basic obedience, but out in the real world.  Each week class is held in a different location, a park, downtown Saint Joseph, the beach etc.  This class is only offered in the Spring, Summer and Fall weather permitting.

Class meets once a week for six weeks, lessons are approximately one hour in length.  Some obedience training is required to attend this class.  6 weeks/$120

Agility - Skills & Focus

Agility is a sport in which dog and handler, as a team, work their way through a series of obstacles including jumps, tunnels and weave poles.  The main reason for doing agility is that it is FUN!, but it also gives you an opportunity to interact in a constructive way with your dog, providing challenge and exercise (for both of you).  This class continues to offer progressively more difficult exercises to improve dog handler skills.  Continuing handling techniques, distance work, problem solving pertaining to each individual and much more.     

This class is currently not being offered.

Rally Obedience - Ready to Rally

Rally emphasizes fun and excitement for the dog/handler team while providing a more natural and interactive approach than traditional obedience.  In this course you will learn more about running Rally courses.  This class also has an option to attend a Rally Obedience show together as a class if you are interested.

This class meets once a week for six weeks, lessons are approximately one hour in length.  6 weeks/$120

Canine Good Citizen Class & Test (AKC's CGC Certification)

The purpose of the Canine Good Citizen Test is to ensure that our favorite companion and best canine friends can be a respected member of the community.  Dogs become respected members of their communities when they are trained to ask mannerly in the home, in public places, and int he presence of other dogs.  This CGC class and Test tests dogs in simulated everyday situations in a relaxed, noncompetitive atmosphere.  Some obedience training is a prerequisite to this class.  Meets once a week for six weeks, the test will be given on the 6th week/last class; lessons are approximately one hour in length.  6 weeks/$120

More Fun Classes

Train and Game

Want to have fun while training?  Do you and your dog want to bond in a new way through play?  Relay races and tic tac toe are just a couple of the fun games you'll play with your dog during this class.  In this class we use all the skills taught in basic obedience, but in a new fun way.  

Class meets once a week for four weeks, lessons are approximately one hour in length.  Some obedience training is required to attend this class.  4 weeks/ $80 

Rally Obedience

This class is the introductory class for Rally.  Rally Obedience is a fun sport that combines elements of agility and traditional obedience.  The emphasis in Rally is FUN, communicating and encouraging your dog while executing a specific course design of obedience exercises.

This class meets once a week for four weeks, lessons are approximately one hour in length. Some obedience training is required to attend this class.   4 weeks/$80

Trick Training 101

Teaching your dog tricks can be great fun for you and your dog.  This fun class teaches you how to teach your dog fun tricks.  Shake, play dead, roll over and many more.  Trick training is a great way to bond with your dog.  Step-by-step activities to engage and mentally challenge your dog, Fun for everyone.

This class meets once a week for four weeks, lessons are approximately one hour in length.  Some obedience training is necessary, as dogs will have to sit or lay down as a base to many tricks.  It is also necessary that the owners have control over their dogs to avoid injury and also to allow the class to run smoothly.  4 weeks/$80

 

Want more fun classes?  Got an idea?  Don't hesitate to share it with us here!