Puppy Building Blocks
Our 4-week Puppy Building Blocks program is designed for puppies between the ages of 9 and 16 weeks with a focus on household skills, socialization, play training and positive reinforcement behavior modeling. The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) recommends classes of this type and that puppies have their first series of vaccinations at least one week prior to attending their first class. Please do not allow puppies of this age to have access to any unknown dogs outside of this class or places where the stool and urine from unknown dogs may exist. View AVSAB's position statement on puppy socialization
We cover most esssentials to raising a puppy that will give you a head start on the juvenile stage. Puppies must be healthy and have had their first series of vaccinations one week prior to their first class attendance. We'll address common concerns such as housetraining, containment options, chewing and mouthing, constructive exercise and play. This class is the perfect puppy primer to our comprehensive Basic Obedience & Behavior course.
1) Housetraining (PAW)
2) Supervision & Containment (SQUARE)
3) Energy, Play, Exercise & Toys (DIAMOND)
4) Oral Behaviors and Tactile (touch) Desensitization (STAR)
Constructive tricks & tools: positive name association, touch & treat, touch-targeting, voice-clicker method intro, "watch me" and "leave it" • Loose lead walking ("with me") • Constructive one-on-one socialization • Sit/Down/Sit/Stand/Come/Sit • Stimulate & Settle
Meets every Saturday 9:15 to 10:15AM, $25 per class, or $80 for all 4 classes
Time: 9:15 - 10:15AM
Cost: $80 for all 4 classes, or $25 for any 1 class, or $10 to repeat any 1 class Register Online
What to bring: Your adorable puppy! wearing a simple buckle collar (or front-ring harness), a 6-foot leash, vaccination records, and small, bite-sized treats. If your puppy is not real excited about food reward, try cutting back on or delaying their regular breakfast before coming to class and select a yummy, odoriferous treat.
Vaccinations: REQUIRED! The first series of vaccinations must have been administered at least one week prior to your puppy's first class. Please bring vaccination record to your first class. If you have any concerns about your puppy's health, please consult with your veterinarian before registering for class.
Exposure: We ask all of our students to restrict contact with any unknown, unhealthy or "exposed" dog outside of class and to stay away from any area where the stool or urine from unknown dogs may be present.
Basic Obedience Course
Good Citizen Course
The American Kennel Club (AKC) offers any breed of dog the opportunity to earn the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Certificate. "Started in 1989, the CGC Program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the AKC. ...The Canine Good Citizen Program lays the foundation for other AKC activities such as obedience, [therapy], agility, tracking, and performance events." (AKC.org)
This six-week advanced training course is designed around a wide variety of fun and challenging real life situations that usually drive dogs to distraction. Bouncing balls, Frisbees, fetching dogs, canes, crutches, wheelchairs, hospital gurneys, vacuum cleaners, total food control, loud noises, musical instruments, remote control devices, wind up devices, big hats, costumes, bicycles, scooters, skateboards, noisy kids, kids' toys, and small animals are some of the featured elements. Many of you will be happy to hear that there are no lectures in this course! We do long distance and extended term exercises to increase your dog's capabilities and reliability. Dogs that work very well on leash will begin off-leash work. This training prepares your dog for the AKC Good Citizen evaluation that is given in the sixth week of class.
Some insurance companies, apartment management, homeowner and condominium associations are requiring CGC certification or offering discounts to those who have dogs that have earned it. All dogs entering this class are required to have completed our beginning obedience course or an equivalent. WE HAVE FUN IN THIS CLASS!
Registration required. Click here to Register Now! for Good Citizen class
Refresher drop-ins encouraged, $10 per visit
"Anger Management" Class (Reactive Dog)
This drop-in class is designed for dogs that have aggression and/or reactive issues towards people or other dogs. Most dogs only need to attend this class one time. We work dogs through exercises that are designed to control, desensitize, substantially reduce, and remove the triggers that cause aggression.
Please call us about your dog's specific issues before coming to this class.
Time: 4:00 - 5:00PM
Cost: $25 per visit
If you need immediate help with a behavior problem or training issues(s), call us to schedule a private session with your dog(s) at our facility. We'll help you identify the specific causes of the issue(s) and then give you all of the tools and know-how you'll need to address them, usually within just one 2-hour session. Occasionally, a secondary follow-up half session may be necessary.
When: By Appointment
Time: 2 hours, weekday business hours
Cost: $155 includes our book, “The Complete Family Dog”
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Board and Train á la carte
Whether you are currently enrolled or a previous client, you can arrange for your dog to be worked with while you are away. This will help your dog remain up to speed with a current class or polish up on commands and behaviors. We have a program available through Action Kennels, located in Arvada, where we can train your dog(s) three times per week at a rate of $35 per session. Set up and pay for boarding and any playtime or grooming services directly with Action Kennels in Arvada, CO. We'll work with your dog for 30 - 40 minutes per visit and you'll receive a training report shortly after your return.
Once you've made your reservation with Action Kennels, please complete our online Board and Train á la carte registration form (select the form, "Board and Train á la carte") telling us what your dog needs the most help with and we'll go to work! Reservations for popular holiday-travel dates should be booked well in advance.
When: Monday through Saturday
Cost: $35 per training session (30 - 40 minutes)