Training Classes and Services

Private and semi-group classes at our facility

 

TRAINING YOUR DOG THE RIGHT WAY IS SO IMPORTANT!

Because dogs do not have the power of human speech and language, behavior problems and anxiety often result when dogs are left to fend for themselves in deciding how to live and function in our world, without guidance that makes sense. This is the same for people; we behave better, and ultimately thrive, in a world that makes sense to us and has clear consistent boundaries and rules.

 

All training is conducted at our indoor-outdoor facility. Training sessions last from 50 minutes to 1 hour. Scheduling is required. Our class curriculums are very robust and do require owners to practice their training skills during off-class hours to have the best outcome.  Clients will be assigned fun and easily understood training exercises each week to practice. 

Basic Manners Class / Dogs 6+ months. Private and Semi-private class options. (2 dogs per class for semi-private).

$275 call to register

This beginner class teaches foundation obedience skills and manners, lasts 6 weeks, and is geared towards dogs 6 months of age and older. Dogs must be friendly and non-aggressive and safe with people to attend this class. We focus on teaching the following behaviors. Please read our LESSON USAGE AND CLASS CANCELLATIONS POLICY before signing up for lessons.

  • How dogs learn and how best to teach them.

  • Handler mechanics.

  • Focused attention

  • Recall (come when called).

  • Hand touch targeting

  • Stay

  • Sit

  • Down

  • Middle position

  • Stand (optional)

  • Middle position

  • How to walk nicely on a leash

  • Leave it

  • Greeting control and anti-jump exercises.

  • Management strategies for unwanted behaviors until your dog is properly trained.

  • How to generalize behaviors to other environments.

Basic Manners Class / Puppies 8 weeks to 6 months. Private and semi-private class options. (2 dogs per class for Semi-private).

$275 Call to register

This beginner class teaches foundation obedience skills and manners, lasts 6 weeks, and is geared towards dogs 8-week to 6-months. Dogs must be friendly and non-aggressive and safe with people to attend this class. We focus on teaching the following behaviors. Please read our LESSON USAGE AND CLASS CANCELLATIONS POLICY before signing up for lessons.

  • How dogs learn and how best to teach them.

  • Handler mechanics.

  • Focused attention exercises.

  • Recall (come when called).

  • Hand touch targeting.

  • Stay

  • Sit

  • Down

  • Teaching puppies to accept the leash the right way.

  • How to walk nicely on a leash.

  • Leave it.

  • How to generalize behaviors to other environments.

  • Polite greetings / anti-jump exercises.

  • Food guarding prevention techniques.

  • How to properly socialize your new puppy.

  • Understanding and dealing with puppy play biting. Knowing about puppy biting.

  • Housetraining protocols.

  • Management strategies for your puppy before he is trained and housebroken.

  • Some basic body handling (prep for grooming and restraint during vet visits).

  • How to avoid accidentally reinforcing unwanted behaviors such as jumping up or chewing that is common and natural to all puppies.

Beyond the Basics. Private only.

$275 Call to register

This intermediate class is 5-weeks and focuses on perfecting your dog’s basic skills and learning some new behaviors. If your dog has had some training but doesn’t always respond consistently or, you enjoy training your dog and want him/her to learn some new behaviors or respond more fluently in different situations and under more powerful distractions then this class is for you. We will also be working to improve your training mechanics and installing a strong marker system for improving communication during training. Basic class or trainer approval required. 6-months and older welcome. Call us to schedule your training. This class may require some outside sessions in and around the Canon City area and is usually offered in the warmer months of the year. LESSON USAGE AND CLASS CANCELLATIONS POLICY before signing up for lessons.

Don't have the time or experience and need your dog trained by a professional trainer? (Available in June 2021).

Call for pricing and to customize your training package

You will bring your dog to us for drop-off lessons 2 to 3 times per week for professional training. (We do not board dogs at our facility).

Our trainers can customize your dog's training for specific behaviors such as:

  • Leash walking

  • Recalls

  • Down-stays

  • Polite greetings

  • Middle position

  • Basic obedience skills that are important to you.

 

After most of the training is complete, our trainers will work with you to transfer learned skills and show you what you need to do to maintain learned behaviors and discuss how to generalize your dog's training. This option is for dogs that are 6 months and older.

Call to discuss your personal training plan with one of our professionals. Depending on the behaviors you want your dog to be trained in, the level of fluency you need, and how fast your dog learns, your dog may need more than 5 or 6 sessions. After the initial training, you may purchase individual sessions as needed.