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. **During the coronavirus pandemic, we are offering online classes. Scroll down for more information** All indoor classes are taught at Milton Manor in Middle Grove, outdoor classes are taught in Saratoga or Ballston Spa.
Dog training classes
You have a brand new puppy! How can you do the best for your puppy in the current pandemic?
Puppy training and socialization cannot wait! We are now offering an online puppy training class so that you can start now and still maintain social distancing. Check out everything you will get with this class! You’ll learn to:
- Establish an effective housetraining plan
- Develop a management and training plan for daily living to make having a puppy as enjoyable and stress-free as possible
- Explain why puppies mouth and how to reduce and redirect mouthing
- Socialize your puppy as effectively as possible (even in the midst of a global pandemic)
- Teach basic puppy behaviors – sit, down, come, leash manners, drop it, leave it, polite greeting behavior
- Recognize and respond appropriately to your dog’s body language
- Recognize warning signs for common behavior issues and know what to do if you see those signs in your puppies
- Explain and implement prevention strategies for:
- Stranger fear/aggression
- Handling sensitivity
- Fear of the vet
- Resource guarding
- Separation anxiety
- Define enrichment and explain why it’s important for the mental health of puppies AND their owners
- Develop and implement an effective and realistic exercise and enrichment program
- Play appropriately with your puppy
Class material will be presented using videos and handouts and we will also conduct a live Q & A video session once a week. Details are being worked out the week of 3/30 – we will have more information the week of April 6th and hope to open registration that week as well. Class will be co-taught by Kristina Spaulding, PhD, CAAB and Brendan Dubia. If you are already on our mailing list, you will automatically be updated. If you are not, then you can sign up by clicking here to receive updates.
Beginner Life Skills
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. Class instructor: Brendan Dubia.
**Our beginner classes are currently suspended due to the Coronavirus. If you are interested in online classes, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest. If this is something people want, we will offer an online version of this 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! $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, 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. Class instructor: Brendan Dubia. 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.