Are you ready for a more manageable, polite dog? Does your dog completely ignore you when you need it most or listen well at home but not when guests visit or while outside? Our classes focus on giving you the skills and knowledge you need to have a dog that will respond to you in the real world. We have a high instructor to student ratio (1:2 or 1:3) so each student gets plenty of individual attention! We use positive reinforcement, science based methods that are effective and kind. All indoor classes are taught at Milton Manor in Middle Grove, outdoor classes are taught in Saratoga or Ballston Spa.
Dog training classes
Beginner Life Skills (formerly Foundations)
Are you tired of chasing your loose dog around the backyard or neighborhood? Do you dread walking your dog and being yanked all over the sidewalk? Does your dog jump on family members and guests? Turn your out of control pooch into a dog that you can comfortably take to a variety of locations. This six week class will give you the solid foundation you need for having a polite, well mannered dog both at and away from home. Behaviors taught: settle on mat, sit, down, stay, polite greeting, leave it, loose leash walking, and recall (come when called). Dogs must be at least 4 months old and friendly toward people and other dogs and up-to-date on vaccinations (titers accepted). $150 for 6 weeks.
Mondays at 6:15 pm. Next classes start 2/24/20. Register for this course.
You have a brand new puppy! Do you want to raise the best dog you possibly can? Are you feeling overwhelmed by the work, or everything you and your puppy still need to know? Early learning and early socialization are critical for raising a well behaved, well adjusted, and friendly dog. Get your puppy started off on the right paw and lay the foundations for a great dog with our Puppy Kindergarten class. The class covers common puppy concerns such as house training, socialization and mouthing as well as basic manners training including loose leash walking, come and polite greeting behavior. We also end every class with puppy play time which is a great way for them to learn good social skills. Puppies must be 8 – 20 weeks old, have had at least one set of vaccinations, their first deworming and have a clean bill of health from your veterinarian. $150 for 6 weeks.
Mondays at 7:30 pm. Next classes start 2/24/20. Register for this course.
Worried your puppy is too young to start classes? Read this statement from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior about when to start your puppy in class.
Intermediate Life Skills
Imagine having a dog that walks on a loose leash, comes when called and greets people politely or stays in place in a variety of locations and around a variety of distractions. Our intermediate class builds on the skills learned in Puppy K or Real World Manners to improve the reliability and usefulness of your dog’s training in a variety of contexts. This six week class focused on building distance, duration and distractions into your dog’s training routine so that you can rely on him or her to respond even when things get a little crazy! $135 for 6 weeks. Sign up for this class at the same time as any other class and receive a 10% discount on each class!
Prerequisites: Beginner Life Skills, Puppy Kindergarten or equivalent or permission of the instructor.
Next class TBD.
Tricks and Games
Next class TBD.
This class specifically focuses on building better self control in our dogs. Great for all dogs, but particularly young and/or excitable dogs. We use training exercises and games to improve your dog’s self control. We work on a number of behaviors, but the main focus will be on stay, leave it, walking past distractions on leash and polite greeting behavior. $150 for 6 weeks. Sign up for this class at the same time as any other class and receive a 10% discount on each class!
Prerequisites: Beginner Life Skills (previously Foundations), Puppy Kindergarten or equivalent or permission of the instructor.
Next class TBD.
Does your dog ignore you when you call them to come? Would you like to let your dog off leash, but you’re concerned that she won’t come to you? This class will help you improve your dog’s response to come. We break the recall down into simple steps and give you plenty of different games to play with your dog that will make him excited to come when called! Class will be held at Milton Manor and we will be both indoors and outside. $150 for 6 weeks.
Next class starts Spring 2020.