dog training classes

Dog Training Classes

Dog training class groupDog training classes can be a fun, affordable way to get there. Except… Most classes don’t deliver on the promise. The recall command that worked so well in class falls apart outside when a new dog walks by or a pigeon flaps a wing.That’s why, at Everything Dog, we teach classes that equip you for real-life challenges.

 

What Makes Our Dog Training Classes Different

  • Small (max of 6 students per class) for more one-on-one time
  • Designed for different learning styles & experience levels
  • Focused on problem-solving skills for the real world
  • Reinforcement based training
  • Professional trainers with many years’ experience

Class Overview

(Click on the title to see class description or to sign up.)

Puppy Kindergarten

For: Puppies 8 to 16 weeks
Length: 6 weeks
Cost: $140
Locations: Swanzey Community House

 

Prerequisite: Puppies must have 2 sets of vaccinations

During your puppy’s first 16 weeks of life, known as the “socialization window,” he’s learning constantly. Just as with children, his early experiences form the foundation of his future behavior. Why is this important? If you want your puppy to grow up into a polite, well-adjusted dog, you need to teach your puppy impulse control in all areas of his/her life. Waiting to go outside is a huge safety issues, waiting to be fed, to be leashed, not picking up dropped food and many other areas of control. Our puppy classes focus on setting you and your puppy up for a life time of success.

Our Puppy Kindergarten helps you do all this and more! We give you the lowdown on puppy training, equipment, routines, what brain toys are and how to use them, and provide supervised playtime with other vaccinated puppies.

Please note that the first class of every Puppy K series is an orientation for people only.

Puppy K includes: House-training support, alone-training, barking, jumping, chewing, biting, and body handling to get your puppy comfortable about visiting the vet and groomer. Basic puppy manners: Sit, down, come, impulse control – for us the hallmark of good dog behavior, and walking nicely on a leash.

Upcoming Dates

Swanzey Community House: 9:00 am on Saturdays

February 2017: February 11th, 18th, 25th, March 4th, 11th & 18th.
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March 2017:
March 25th, April 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th & May 6th.

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May 2017:
May 13th, 20th, June 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th.

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Basic Manners

For:
All dogs 16 weeks and older
Length: 6 weeks
Cost: $140
Locations: Swanzey Community House / Rindge Rec. Dept
Walpole Veterinary Hospital

Most basic dog training classes equip you with a number of commands (sit, down) and send you on your way. But once you get back home or outside where there are myriads of distractions, the commands don’t work so well. We teach differently. Yes, you get a solid foundation of basic obedience, but more importantly, you learn to deal with real-world challenges.

 

We give you the skills to solve behavior problems as and when they appear. We show you how to work at your dog’s level and build on your successes. Over time, you will transform your unruly pooch into a polite companion you can take anywhere!

Please note that the first class of every Basic Manners series is an orientation for people only.

 

Basic Manners includes: Sit, down, stay, come when called, impulse control, and nice leash manners. Also: Lure training, canine motivation and body language, and how to use brain toys.

Upcoming Dates

Swanzey Community House: 10:00 am Saturdays

February 2017 – February 11th, 18th, 25th, March 4th, 11th & 18th.
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March
2017 – March 25th, April 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th & May 6th.

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May 2017 – May 13th, 20th, June 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th.

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Rindge:
  6:30 pm on Thursdays

January 2017 –  January 26th, February 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & March 2nd.

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March 2017 –
March 23rd, 30th, April 6th, 13th, 27th & May 4th.

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May 2017 –
May 18th, 25th, June 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd.

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Walpole Veterinary Hospital: 6:30 pm & 7:30 pm on Tuesdays

Please note that proof of current Kennel Cough vaccination is required for all dogs attending classes at this location.

January 2017:
January 31st, February 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th & March 7th.
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March 2017:
March 28th, April 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th & May 2nd.
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The Classy Canine

For: All adult dogs
Length: 6 weeks
Cost: $140
Locations: Swanzey Community House / Rindge Rec. Dept

Prerequisite: Basic Manners Class

Want your dog’s good manners to last a lifetime?  Want a dog who can greet people politely and who has super leash manners? In this class, you will take your dog’s skills to the next level by working on behaviors that help your best friend be the best companion he can be.

 

We sharpen your dog’s existing cues (this class is designed for dogs who have a sit, down and leave-it) and we add a few new ones to give your dog the skills he needs to be a well-rounded and polite canine citizen.

 

The Classy Canine includes: polite greeting, leashing up manners, impulse control, loose leash walking and attention, coming when called in the presence of distractions, calmly settling when asked, improving your sits, downs and leave its, and to make sure you are having fun we will practice a couple of tricks too!

Upcoming Dates

Swanzey Community House: 11:00 am on Saturdays

May 2017: May 13th, 20th, June 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th

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Rindge: 7:30 pm on Thursdays

March 2017: March 23rd, 30th, April 6th, 13th, 27th & May 4th.

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Walpole Veterinary Hospital: 7:30 pm on Wednesdays

2017: TBD

Growly Dog Class

For: Dogs that bark, lunge, spin & growl while on leash
Length: 6 weeks
Cost: $325
Locations: Swanzey Community House
Prerequisite: None

When you walk your dog on leash, does he bark or lunge at other dogs? Maybe at people, running kids, or strollers? Then you’re not alone. The problem is common, but that doesn’t make it any less difficult or unpleasant.

 

Fortunately, there’s help to be had. Your dog won’t magically become calm as a cucumber, but there’s much you can do to lessen the severity of your dog’s reaction and manage your walks so they become pleasant again. No need to dread leash walks any longer: Register for our next Growly Dog Class today. You’ll be glad you did.

 

Growly Dog includes: One private 90 minute in-home consultation to ensure this is the correct class for you and your dog. Following the in-home consultation the class will meet for 60-90 minutes weekly for 6 weeks. We will work on changing your dog’s association with the thing that makes him bark, providing you with specific skills and strategies to use in the presence of a trigger, selecting appropriate walking routes, using visual and body blocking, learning to advocate for your dog to reduce the embarrassment factor.

Upcoming Dates

Swanzey Community House: 6:30 – 8:00 pm on Tuesdays

May 2017: May 16th, 23rd, 30th, June 6th, 13th & 20th.


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Intro to Nose Work

 

For: All adult dogs
Length: 6 weeks
Cost: $140
Location: Rindge Recreation Department & Swanzey Community House .
Note: This class will require approximately $70 in supplies

 

One of the most natural things in the world is for your dog to use his nose to sniff out stuff. In this class we will introduce your dog to a specific target odor (i.e. birch) and teach your dog to search for and indicate that they have found the odor.

 

Whether you want to compete in the world of Nose Work or you just want some fun new games to play with your dog, this class will provide a great introduction to scent work.

This class includes:

  • Best practices for odor handling
  • Introduction of one scent
  • Introduction to box searches
  • A system for working around distractions
  • An introduction to interior searches

For a full class description click on Intro to Nose Work under Upcoming Classes in the sidebar to the right ———->

Join us for this fun class where dogs get big rewards for using that powerful sense of smell, and you and your dog grow your bond as you work on new skills together.

Upcoming Dates

Rindge Recreation Department: 7:30 pm on Thursdays

January 2017: January 26th, February 2nd, 9th, 16, 23rd & March 2nd.

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May 2017: May 18th, 25th, June 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd

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Swanzey Community House:
11:00 am on Saturdays

February 2017: February 11th, 18th, 25th, March 4th, 11th & 18th.
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March 2017:
March 25th, April 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th & May 6th.

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Tricks 101

For: All adult dogs
Length: 4 weeks
Cost: $95
Locations: Rindge Rec Dept
Prerequisites: Basic Manners Class or permission from instructor.

 

Tricks are a fun low-stress way for you and your dog to work on new skills together. The more your dog learns, the better “learner” she becomes and the more things you teach your dog, the better “teacher” you become. Let’s use some tricks to continue your great team-work and to continue developing your bond with your dog.

 

This class will include information on how to earn a Trick Dog Title and will include enough tricks to get you started in this direction. Whether your goal is to earn a title or just have a great time with your dog while learning fun tricks you can show off to your friends, this class will add many fun games to your training practice.

For a full class description click on Tricks 101 under Upcoming Classes in the sidebar to the right ———->

 

Tricks Include: Spin, rollover, sit pretty, Bang!, hoop jump and many more!

Upcoming Dates

Rindge Recreation Department: Wednesdays from 7:30 – 8:30 pm

The next Tricks 101 class will run in 2017. If you are interested in registering or want more info, please contact us.

 

 

Downtown Dog Class



For: All adult dogs
Length: 4 weeks
Cost: $95
Locations: In and around Downtown Keene
Prerequisite: Classy Canine or permission of instructor

In this fun class-come-field-trip, we take your dog’s basic manners skills and put them to the test in the real world. We meet at a new dog-friendly place every week and practice:

• Loose-leash walking on busy sidewalks
• Come when called at the park
• Leave the leftover hamburger wrapper alone
• Sit when greeting a friendly stranger
• Wait at the curb

And much more.

 

Downtown Dog includes: Manners: Sit, down, wait, come, leave it, loose-leash walking, and polite greetings. Owner skills: Situational awareness and problem-solving skills.

Upcoming Dates

Downtown Keene Area: 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Fridays

2017: TBD

 

Come When Called Class



For: All adult dogs
Length: 4 weeks
Cost: $95
Locations: Rindge Recreation Department
Prerequisite: No prior training is required

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Coming When Called is an essential life skill for your canine companion. Dogs who Come When Called enjoy more off-leash time and can go more places with their family. The games and activities in this class are designed to provide participating teams a foundation for building a reliable Come When Called.

For more about this class including a required list of equipment, please click on Come When Called in the sidebar to the right —————->

Upcoming Dates

Rindge Recreation Department: 7:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays,

2017: TBD

 

 

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