Spring is here! For me and my dogs that means long hikes, big adventures and Saturday mornings sitting at Starbucks with my dogs after a big adventure. I’m very excited about our upcoming Saturday training classes. We have something for everyone: agility, life skills and a polishing class for competition! Send me an email if you are interested in attending any of these classes with your dog!

One Jump, Two Jump

Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Dates: Saturday, April 21, April 28, May 5, May 19, May 26, and June 9Dog training classes

In agility, there is a lot that we can teach our dogs and get perfected with just one or two jumps! If our handling and our dog’s responses are crisp and confident with one or two jumps then when it is easy to add these skills to a sequence of jumps! We will be practicing front and rear crosses,backside sends, threadles and much more! 

This class is appropriate for those new to agility and for those who want to build more speed and confidence with their dog’s handling abilities. Dogs will need to be capable of a 30-second stay to be a good fit for this class. Young dogs can take the class and practice the handling skills without a bar to jump.

Life Skills and Cooperative Care

Time: 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Dates: Saturday, April 21, April 28, May 5, May 19, May 26, and June 9

Life is stressful. Handling, walking and living with your dog should be a stress-free as possible for both you and your dog. In this class, we will be improving our dog’s life skills and cooperation. We will work on teaching the dogs to cooperate and enjoy putting things over their head or muzzle (collars, harnesses, hats, clothes, boots, etc.). An important step towards dogs to cooperating for nail trims, baths and grooming is teaching the dogs to relax while we handle their feet, ears and tails. You will learn how we can utilize a small handful of skills to build your dog’s confidence and cooperation in a variety of situations and contexts. We will also discuss how to build your dog’s confidence and comfort during veterinary visits.

We will also work on building our dog’s confidence with how they should handle sudden changes in the environment. Walking into a vet clinic is often stressful because we are in such a small space with other dogs who don’t want to be there. Helping our dogs learn to come when called away from distractions, walk next to you on leash with distractions even in small spaces and calmly relax on a mat are life skills that are helpful for vet visits, walking in the park, and for having a relaxing lunch with your dog at a cafe.

Polishing for Competition

Time: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Dates: Saturday, April 21, April 28, May 5, May 19, May 26, and June 9

Let’s polish our rally and obedience skills! Systematically we will add distractions and increase the intensity of our distractions while our dogs practice behaviors so our dog’s confidence with the skill and with distractions increase. We will outline the distraction game and you will pick the behavior that you’d like to practice with your dog for that game. Common choices for the games include setting up in heel position, heeling, fronts, finishes, drop on recall, signals, retrieving, rally heeling serpentines, rally sidesteps, jumping, and much more!

Learn more about our Group Classes or reserve your spot in class.