Approx 75-90 min of discussion covering housebreaking, crate training, what is reasonable to expect from puppies in the 7-16 week period & basic development, proper/safe toy selection, treats, What is proper socialization, what are the challenges of a puppy, based on breed may be for each owner to help prepare them. Q&A (NO PUPPIES ATTEND THIS CLASS- existing and expectant new owners).
This will be a 2 week program, meeting once per week for 45-60 min. Age appropriate for puppies in the 10-16 week range. Various handling exercises, object socialization, discussion of safe/proper socialization for the age level, intro to basic body language from puppy to prevent over stressing of puppies when encountering new people, situations, environments, objects, Q&A, discussion topic- toenail trimming or intro to first aid awareness (checking for dehydration, capillary refill, how to take temp, emergency contact info in your first aid kit, etc).
Weekly class of 6 weeks in length. Age appropriate for puppies in the 3-6 month range. Early stages of shaping basic manners- leash walking, sit, down, stay, proper greeting behaviors (4 on the floor), focus exercises, recall. Meets the requirements for the AKC Puppy S.T.A.R Program.
Intro to Basic Manners
Early stages of building basic on-leash manners with a focus on marker training and positive reinforcement. Bring tasty high value treats!.- Focus on leash walking, sit, down, stay, proper greeting behaviors (4 on the floor), focus exercises, recall. Adding light distractions. This class is geared toward the dog over 6 months of age without high fear or reactivity challenges. Most tools are welcome in this class provided the dog is not distressed by it and the dog can be safely handled; flat collars, slip collars, head collars, prong collars, harnesses, limited slips. NO RETRACTABLE LEASHES. Must have a 5-6 foot standard, non-adjustable leash. Introductory Rate - $115 + KY Service Tax of 6%.
Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Prep Class
In this 7 week class we work on polishing all the elements required to pass the test to earn an AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificate. Some of the elements covered are stays with distraction, recalls with distraction, loose leash walking, accepting a friendly stranger, walking past other dogs, and sitting nicely for petting. Testing will be done within a week of the conclusion of the class. Completion of Intro to Basic Manners or equivalent is required.
AKC’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) is a great first step toward Therapy Dog work or having a canine companion you have prepared for a more active social life in public settings.