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Dog Training Classes

In our group dog training classes you and your dog will learn the principles of training in a controlled environment, where your dog learns to focus on you in the company of other dogs, and you learn how to manage and train your dog with varying levels of distraction.

Basic I

This class is open to puppies and older dogs - 12 weeks and up. Learn how to use timing, rewards, and clear signals to influence your dog's behavior. Have a dog who happily races to you when you call, walks nicely at your side, and settles quietly when you need him to. Other topics covered in this course include sit, lie down, off, don't jump, and drop it.

Basic II

Build on the fundamentals introduced in Basic I so that your dog's behavior will be more reliable. Begin to develop the level of communication you will need so that your dog can be safely off-leash. You will also teach your dog to "leave it" --- to not touch and in fact take his focus away from things you ask him not to touch.

Canine Good Citizenship

Our CGC Class will prepare you and your dog for certification through the AKC's Canine Good Citizen test. The test will be administered on the last day of class. The CGC program provides an excellent foundation for more advanced training, such as therapy dog training or training for competition sports,  including Rally, Obedience, and Agility. CGC certification is of equal benefit to companion dogs, because  co-op boards, hotels, and insurance companies will often take it into account when deciding whether to accept your dog. The test items include being greeted, petted, and groomed by a friendly person without jumping up or other unruly behavior; remaining under control  while greeting another person with a dog; walking on a loose leash with distractions; performing three basic behaviors (sit, down, and stay); and remaining calm during a supervised separation from you. Prerequisite:  Basic 2 or the equivalent

Rally Class

Rally is a fun, challenging canine sport involving a variety of specific obedience exercises performed in sequence, indicated by a series of signs arranged on a numbered course. Whether or not you are interested in competing, the exercises will improve your dog’s focus and help you build a higher level of connection and teamwork. In this class, the first level exercises will be introduced step-by-step and incorporated into short courses. Prerequisite: Basic 2, Canine Good Citizen, or the equivalent. For more information about Rally:  https://www.rallydogs.com/faq.cfm, http://www.akc.org/events/rally/

K9 Nose Work®

Inspired by K9 detection, K9 Nose Work® is a dog sport that dogs love. Besides being lots of fun for your dog, K9 Nose Work is mentally tiring, which is helpful when sharing your apartment with an active young dog.But no matter what your dog's age or level of activity, no matter what his shape or size or breed, your dog will love K9Nose Work. One of the reasons we are thrilled about offering this class is because it has been especially effective in building confidence in tentative dogs. We recommend this class to anyone whose dog is uncomfortable dealing with the many stressors on Manhattan's streets. Canine nose work capitalizes on your dog's natural scenting abilities and desire to hunt. As a dog's searching skills improve, target odors (essential oils of birch, anise, and clove) are introduced and searches expand to include interiors, containers (suitcases, bags, backpacks, etc.), exteriors, and vehicles. To read more about the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) go to www.nacsw.net or go to www.funnosework.com

Trick Class

Challenge your dog mentally by teaching him a repertoire of tricks. This fun class brings out the hidden talents and positive personality traits in all dogs. The selection of tricks (possibilities include wave, play dead, roll over) will be determined by the ingenuity of the class!

If you are considering working with us, please read why we use rewards when we train.


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