Group Classes 

Canine Life Skills for the Modern Dog

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You’re picturing a life of fun and adventure with your dog.

You want your dog to fit in with your family, explore the world together, and do stuff like…

Hitting the trails together

Exploring the shops and restaurants downtown

Enjoying an evening at a brewery

Peacefully coexisting at home, too.

In short, you want to relax in the company of a well-behaved, trustworthy companion.

We’ll help you build reliable good behavior that translates to a happy, well-adjusted dog.

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Hitting the trails together

We go beyond obedience & traditional dog training to teach fundamentals that matter.

This way, calm, reliable behavior becomes intuitive for your dog, even in high-distraction environments.

We Offer Group Classes for…

Puppies

Canine Good Citizen

Enrichment

Basic Manners

Therapy Dogs

...and more.

Our classes are small, personal, and high-touch. We can also custom-build a class for you and your specific needs, with a minimum group size of 4 dogs.

Behavior Solutions
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Puppy Start Right

AKC Star Puppy Program

Start your puppy off right and earn your Star Puppy Medal!

Our Puppy Basics Course Covers:

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Introduction of basic cues (to set your puppy up to pass their CGC later!)

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All-important Puppy Socialization

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Attention and Engagement

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Appropriate Play and Social Cues

This is a fun class focused on the fundamental Life Skills you and your puppy need to know, to help them grow up into a well-adjusted, modern family companion.

6 week course.
Click “Enroll” to inquire about our current schedule.

General Manners
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Canine Life Skills 101:

Fundamental Skills Every Dog Needs

Learn the basics for good manners and modern family life. This is our introductory class for adolescent and adult dogs; no prior training is required!

Your pup will develop:

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Loose leash walking skills

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Attention & engagement with you

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Organic calming & self-regulation

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Neutral response to people and other dogs

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Introduction to basic cues: Sit, Down, Wait

Our approach to behavioral health differs from what you will find in a normal group class. We focus on core building blocks that result in naturally healthy responses to ordinary life situations, rather than on obedience cues that your dog will ignore when the going gets tough.

6 week course. Available to dogs 5 months old and over.
Click “Enroll” to ask about our current schedule.

Intensive Puppy Program
Puppy Programs

Canine Good Citizen:

Earn a title with your pup.

Pass the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen test with your pup! You’ll earn a certificate and a ribbon when you pass the test.

You and your pup will learn:

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Walking by your side, through a group and distractions

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Sit for petting by a stranger

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Wait calmly with a stranger while you leave

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Politely pass other dogs

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Mastery of sit, down, and stay on cue

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Come when called on a long line

This test demonstrates mastery in a controlled environment. It’s a great building block to prepare for our advanced classes, which continue building these skills for the unpredictable real world.

8 week course + final test. Available to dogs 5 months old and over. Dogs must have basic good behavior in a class setting.

Click “Enroll” to ask about our current schedule.

Intensive Puppy Program
Puppy Programs

Therapy Dog

Bring joy and comfort to others.

You and your pup will master the skills you need to become a Therapy Dog team and help others in standard clinic settings (such as hospitals, nursing homes, and schools). This is an advanced course.

You and your pup will learn:

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Controlled walking through distractions

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Ignoring other dogs

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Ignoring distractions

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Advanced greetings to people, specific to therapy applications

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Tricks and therapy skills

The goal of this course is to fully prepare you and your dog to pass the Alliance of Therapy Dogs test to become a fully registered Therapy Dog team. We’ll walk you through the process step by step.

 

8 week course.  Dogs must already have mastered basic skills.
NOTE: This is NOT a Service or Emotional Support Dog course!

Click “Enroll” to ask about our current schedule.

 

Intensive Puppy Program
Puppy Programs

Pub Pups

Your dog will be the star of the brewery.

You and your pup will learn to relax at your favorite brewery or outdoor venue, stress-free. You’ll enjoy class at a different local brewery each week!

You and your pup will learn:

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Neutrality towards people and other dogs

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How to hang out and chill, naturally.

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Waiting calmly, if you need to walk away

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Waiting in line politely 

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Polite behavior around food

Our approach is different! Rather than focusing on obedience, we’ll teach your dog how to handle these types of real-life situations – naturally. 

6 week course. This course is intended as a follow-up option to our Canine Life Skills 101 or CGC classes.

Click “Enroll” to ask about our current schedule.

Intensive Puppy Program
Puppy Programs

Dogs in the City

Your dog will be an out-and-about superstar!

Based on the training we developed for teaching public access in our Service Dog program, this field trip-based class emphasizes developing rock-solid public behavior in busy environments.

You and your pup will learn:

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Laser attention and engagement, even with heavy distraction

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Sidewalk cafe skills

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Controlled walking through tight spaces and crowds

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Navigating public spaces (like elevators and stairwells)

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Environmental resiliency around noise and activity

If you’ve already mastered the basics, and now want your dog’s deep connection and teamwork to be the envy of everyone you pass…This is the class for you! 

6 week course. This is an advanced course.

Click “Enroll” to ask about our current schedule.

Have questions or want more info? 
We’re here to help you make the best choice for your pup.
Reach out and we are happy to help!

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Have questions? 
We know you want to make the best choice for your pup.
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“Working with Desiree was a total game-changer! The work we did went beyond just commands and recall, but it really opened my eyes to see my relationship with my dog, Poe in a new way. Not only do Poe and I have a stronger bond, but I constantly get compliments from visitors as to what a good dog he is!” – Victor Pierantoni

“Desiree’s training is equivalent to a Master Class. She teaches the human how to understand their pup. Once I understood my pup, it’s like he understood me! Highly recommend, in fact I’ve already referred someone!” – Dara Forester