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Cleaning Up Your Act: The Fussy & Meticulous Behaviors Needed For Competition/Rally (Pt 1)

Cleaning Up Your Act: The Fussy & Meticulous Behaviors Needed For Competition/Rally (Pt 2)

Managing the Multiple Dog Household, Part 1

Managing the Multiple Dog Household, Part 2

Positive Dog Training

EXTRAS!

Why Won't Dominance Die? by David Ryan at APBC.org.

The Black and White Club

CLASSES

 

Class Descriptions
(If you have any suggestions for a class you would like to see please feel free to let me know)!

Six Week Classes (Cost $160.00)

  • Puppy K – 6 classes – first class without the dogs, remaining five classes are with the dogs.
    The start of focus and eye contact, sit, down, stand, the basics of stay, come, loose leash walking and “sit for petting” (versus jump on strangers). Answers to those annoying puppy behaviors will be addressed and the last 15 minutes of each class is devoted to puppy playtime. Read the new position paper from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior on Puppy Socialization.

  • Puppy K / AKC S.T.A.R. PuppySM - 6 classes - first class without the dogs. The AKC S.T.A.R. PuppySM is a program designed to get dog owners and their puppies off to a good start. The AKC S.T.A.R. PuppySM Program is an incentive program for loving dog owners who have taken the time to take their puppies through a basic training class. READ MORE.

  • Advanced Puppy K – 6 classes – all classes are with the dogs. This is for the group that wants to continue with training and stay together with the same group of people and dogs. We review what you have already learned and continue to add new behaviors. These new behaviors vary depending on the group itself .

  • Competition Prep for Puppies - 6 week course, first class without the dogs. Start your puppy off right! This class will be geared for all types of competition for those of you that already know you want to compete in dog sports. Agility, competition obedience, rally will all be addressed. Normal Puppy k stuff will also be addressed.

  • Beginners – 6 classes – first class without the dogs, remaining five classes are with the dogs. Eye contact, sit, down, stand, stay in all positions, come, loose leash walking, sitting politely for petting, door etiquette, impulse control, and a few pet tricks.

  • Advanced Beginners - 6 week course, all classes are with the dogs. The first five behaviors needed for the Canine Good Citizen test.
    1. Accepting a friendly stranger
    2. Sitting politely for petting
    3. Appearance and grooming
    4. Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)
    5. Sit and down on command - staying in place

    You will also be learning other behaviors, such as come with distractions, stay with distractions and more useful pet tricks.

  • Deaf Dog Class - 6 Classes.- For deaf dogs who need training just like hearing dogs!

  • Pre-Agility with Pam Dennison - Part 1 - 6 week course, all classes are with the dogs. The objective of the class is to familiarfize the dog with a number of agility obstacles. We will work on approaches from various angles, with the handler in different positions relative to the dog, from a distance, etc. Shaping will be our primary tool for this. We will also work on targeting and some elementary handling exercises. We start small (jumps low, short tunnels) until the dogs gain confidence. This foundation is essential prior to linking obstacles together in a sequence.

  • Timid Dog Agility - 6 week course, all classes are with the dogs. Limit of 4 dogs in the class. this class is for those dogs that are afraid of just about everything. We'll be using shaping (and a little luring if needed) to help them overcome some of their fears. This class is not really about agility - you're most likely not going to end up on the World Team - it's about using agility/shaping to build confidence in you and your dog.

  • Pre-Agility with Pam Dennison - Part 2 - 6 week course, all classes are with the dogs. The objective of the class is to continue training with a number of agility obstacles. We will continue to work on approaches from various angles, with the handler in different positions relative to the dog, from a distance, etc. Shaping will continue as our primary tool for this.

  • Breed Handling with a Twist - 6 week coruse, all classes are with the dogs. in this class we will actually be *teaching* the dogs all of the behaviors needed for the breed ring, as opposed to just dragging them around. Teaching them to gait, free stack, hard stack, accepting handling and more will all be part of this class. Cost: $100 for five weeks.

  • Training the Whistle Recall Class - 6 week course, all classes are with the dogs. This class is based on my DVD of the same name. Maximum of 5 dogs per class. All of the dogs MUST be good with other dogs and people, since eventually we'll be off leash or leash dragging. Cost for this class is $160.00 which includes 1 whistle.

  • Benefits: The whistle recall is a great tool for many reasons ~

    • If your dog is starting to lose its hearing, the whistle will often be heard
    • If you have poisoned their “Come” cue, the whistle is a great alternative
    • If the dog gets lost, the whistle sound travels much farther than a verbal recall
    • The whistle can be heard over nature’s sounds - surf, thunder, rain, etc., and even man-made sounds like a generator, loud trucks, etc.
    • The whistle is never annoyed, never angry, never scared or panicked; It sounds the same every time

  • Extreme Pet Tricks - 6 week course, all classes are with the dogs. Have you ever wondered how trainers get their dogs to "say your prayers," grind their own toenails, clean up their toys, do a handstand and more? Then this class is for you! For the novice or not so novice trainer/dog, all levels are welcome.

  • Service Dog Tricks - 6 week course, all classes are with the dogs. Even if you don't need a Service dog, it's still pretty neat to have your dog turn the light on and off, retrieve the phone, pick up anything you dropped, etc.
  • Canine Good Citizen - 6 week course, all classes are with the dogs. The ten behaviors needed for the Canine Good Citizen test.

    • Accepting a friendly stranger
    • Sitting politely for petting
    • Appearance and grooming
    • Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)
    • Sit and down on command - staying in place
    • You will also be learning other behaviors, such as come with distractions, stay with distractions and more useful pet tricks.
    • Walking through a crowd
    • Coming when called
    • Reaction to another dog
    • Reaction to distraction
    • Supervised separation

    We will also be doing additional behaviors with increased distractions and if possible, off leash work – heeling, stays, come and even more useful pet tricks!

  • Therapy Dog class, Level 3 - 6 week course, all classes are with the dogs
    There are three Levels of Classes to get your CGC & TDI - Level 3: Covers the behaviors needed for your TDI. Ignoring dropped food, being comfortable around walkers, canes and wheelchairs.

  • Rally / Competition - 6 week course, all classes are with the dogs. Rally is a new and upcoming sport that takes all of the behaviors that are pretty standard when you train your dog - walk on a loose leash, sit, down, stay, etc. - and makes them fun and rewarding. And, you get to earn titles! Rally is a great in-between sport, if you can't decide what to do next - whether it be earning your CGC or TDI, going into competition obedience or starting agility. Rally is the sport for you!

  • Advanced Rally / Competition, Level 2 - 6 week course, all classes are with the dogs

  • Advanced Rally / Competition, Level 4 - 6 week course, all classes are with the dogs.

  • Drill Team . 6 week course, all classes are with the dogs. The behaviors are similar to rally and obedience, but the exercises are done in a group in sync with each other. Pre-requisite - your dog must have a modicum of a heel and be good with other dogs. Take a look at some Drill Team class videos!

  • Canine Life & Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.) B.A. Level (Pam Dennison is an official evaluator and instructor - read more at www.mydoghasclass.com)

    There are three different levels of C.L.A.S.S.
    1. Bachelor's (B.A) level asses the core life skills of a student/dog team and includes a knowledge assessment of the student's understanding of basic dog handling and care.
    2. Master (M.A.) Level assess the life skills of a student/dog team with distractions
    3. Doctorate (Ph.D) level is the highest level designed to assess the performance reliability of a dog/student team's life skills.
All students must start in the B.A. level and progress to higher levels as they pass each level. Successfully completing each C.L.A.S.S. level is like earning an academic degree in real-life skills with your dog. The neat thing is that many shelters are also adopting this program to work with shelter dogs to make them more adoptable!
  • Free Shaping - 6 week course, all classes are with the dogs.
    Learn how to free shape tricks you only dreamed about training! Roll over and cover with a blanket, bow, wipe your feet, trim your own nails (!!!), close doors, go to bed, carry trick or treat basket to door, put toys away, turn on lights (and turn them off), and much more! Some of these are useful, some just fun.

  • Agility Prep - 6 week course, all classes are with the dogs
    This class is designed to teach your dog to think for themselves (really, not a bad thing!), be comfortable around certain pieces of equipment, stand on moving surfaces, jump simple sequences. Prerequisite is Beginners. FMI, please call Pam at 908-459-5244.

  • Super Dooper Advanced - 6 week course, all classes are with the dogs
    Continuing to build those foundation and free shaping behaviors and working off leash indoors and on leash outdoors (when the weather is good).
  • Intro to Treibball - 6 week course, all classes are with the dogs.
    Treiball is new sport that came from Germany is also called "push ball" or "soccer for dogs." Whatever it's called, its FUN FUN FUN! You don't need a herding breed or even a dog that is very athletic - the dog in this video clip is both of those, but not to worry - you can do Treibball with your calmer dogs too! Great for dogs that no longer do agility and for those handlers that don't want to run agility.

 

Four Week Classes (Cost $110.00 unless otherwise designated)

  • Acting Classes for Dogs! ** This series of classes will be about teaching your dog behaviors needed for print ads, commercials, TV shows and movies. Once your dog reaches a certain level of proficiency, my agent will come, take photos and put you in her database for future jobs! The behaviors listed below are just a small taste of what you and your dog will learn! In addition to the behaviors learned, distraction training will also be addressed (walking on city streets, up elevators, in crowded rooms with millions of people and cameras). Being flexible and training on the fly is also a part of these classes.

It's Showtime!

    • Level 1 "Extra!"
      Target with nose, paw, chin, target to a "mark," sit in chair and place paws on table, work for a stranger, ride a skateboard, close doors, lie down/head up, lie down/head down, lie down/head on paws and more!

    • Level 2 "Model!"
      Jump a jump, open doors, pull objects, put paws up on windowsill and look out, kiss someone's face, working off leash, go fast or slow on cue and more!

    • Level 3 "Supporting Actor!"
      Lift leg (as if peeing), go through a door and stop, go around objects and stop, play with a stranger (petting, hugging and with toys), retrieve any object, go to a specified place and more!

    • Level 4 "The Lead!" (aka Do They Give Oscars to Dogs?)
      Bite pants leg on cue, put toys away, carry toy to a mark and drop it, hump a person’s leg on cue, learn the names of body parts and more!

      **The reason I developed these classes is because I just had the opportunity to do a TV commercial with Emma (Olympic Paint). I had so much fun (as did Emma), I am still on cloud 9 after 4 days. After being stuck in traffic with my agent for hours :o(, the idea for these classes came to me. I ran it past my agent and she thought it was a super idea, since there doesn't seem to be any acting classes for dogs. She will feed me more behavior ideas as she thinks of them, but these are enough to start with.

  • Let's Window Shop - We'll be taking the dogs to many different locations,  including the Philipsburg Mall!

  • Whitman's Sampler - Tricks, Freestyle, agility prep, free shaping and more, all rolled into one! Prerequisite: Beginners class with me. 4 weeks $100.

  • On the Road - 4 week course held only in the spring, summer and fall – all classes with the dogs. We will take the dogs "on the road" and meet in 4 different locations to train the dogs in more real life scenarios, building on the skills already learned in the previous levels.

  • Back to Basics - 4 week course, all classes with the dogs. This will be a 4 week course to get you back on the right track if you haven't been in for training in awhile. A great refresher course to add between levels!

  • Everybody in the Pool! - 4 week course, all classes with the dogs. Just like this sounds, we will be teaching the dogs to swim! Not all dogs naturally know how to swim. If your dog will go into the water but only up to a point, this is the class for you. We will take the dogs to 3 different locations with 3 different water sources - a river, a lake and a swimming pool. (yes we all have to wear bathing suits...)


Three Week Classes (Cost $75.00 unless otherwise designated)

  • Desensitization For Breed Handling *and* Vet Visits - Does your dog not allow a mouth exam? Is your dog too squirmy/happy to handle a body exam? Is your dog nervous about being examined? This mini course will teach your dog to willingly accept all of the behaviors needed for the breed ring, as well as for vet visits. Pre-registration is a must.


Growl Class - Six Week Increments (Cost: $300.00)

Class for aggressive or reactive dogs. 6 week increments, all classes with the dogs. Morning sessions from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m on Tuesdays & Sundays. Prerequisite: minimum of 6 privates with me.

Please note: Depending on your dog's issues and threshold distances, completing privates with me is no guarantee that your dog will still be suitable for the group class. Not all dogs are appropriate for a group setting. If management decides that your dog needs additional skills prior to participating or is not a suitable candidate for class, management reserves the right to decline his/her continued attendance.

To better understand the process, read this "Reactive/Aggressive Dog Protocol" before signing up for privates.

AGGRESSION IS JUST A BEHAVIOR AND BEHAVIOR IS MODIFIABLE.

This is NOT about muzzling the dogs, throwing them into a room together to “let them work it out.” Classes are set up so that the dogs do NOT “pop” off, do NOT aggress, do not bite. Everyone is as safe as humanly possible, everyone is calm. If your dog’s initial threshold for remaining calm is being 10 acres away, so be it! That is where we will start!

This program is all about setting the dog up to be successful, calm and focused on the handler. It is all about desensitizing and counter conditioning your dog to their own personal “provoking stimuli.”

There are no more than five dogs in a class. There are no more than one or two dogs out at a time. Most of the beginning training will be held outdoors (yes, even in the freezing winter, so­ bundle up!) We will rotate dogs in small, short, successful sessions, always gradually building their tolerance and acceptance of their fearful object(s). We will help each other to be successful and glory in the successess of others.

Prerequisite for joining the class: at least 6 privates with me AND super name recognition from your dog and a super recall.

NOTE for Growl Privates: Print this form - along with your registration form - and bring it with you to the first private lesson.


Speciality Classes

  • GROOMING Class - for the not-so-dummy, but for the person that just doesn't know how. This will be a 3 hour class, limited to 4 dogs. It will be held offsite (yes I used to be a a groomer and owned Pride 'n Groom in Washington), on a Saturday. It will be the first Saturday once the class is filled.

    All breeds are welcome because I used to groom all breeds.

    Cost is $80.00 and that will yield you not only the knowledge and hands on experience, but also a completely groomed dog (of which you will do most of it with me helping, showing).

    Tell me what breed you have and bring what tools you have. As part of the course, if you all want to, once all of the dogs are groomed, we'll go over to Cherrybrook so I can help you shop for the right tools.

  • Leave it, aka Mine! This 3 week class will get you on the road to getting a very reliable "mine" cue. An invaluable behavior, which can save you a great deal of heartache as well as emergency trips to the vet when your dog races to get the "cookie" you dropped - only it wasn't a cookie, it was medicine that is toxic for dogs. Or drinking out of that stagnant puddle on the trail that can contain bacteria or the puddle in the parking lot that can contain deadly anti-freeze. And let's not forget the old standby - goose poo! 3 session/3 hours. Cost $70.00

  • Loose Leash Walking. This mini crash course will be held indoors as well as outdoors. Equipment needed (special harness - leather tracking harness with padded breastplate or X back sledding harness - and long line) - ask Pam. 2 sessions/2 hours. Cost $50.00

Write to me any time with suggestions for classes!