What kinds of things are covered in your classes?
In addition to the basic obedience commands (sit, heel, stay, come, etc.), my classes include your dog being able to perform these commands with a variety of real world distraction. We cover common behaviors such as jumping on people, nipping and excessive barking to improve your dog’s “manners.” Each class will include related topics like nail trimming, what to know about dog parks, and nutrition. Our goal is to address the Total Dog.
Should we be in the puppy class or dog class?
The puppy class is for the younger dogs up to about 6 months old. We cover housebreaking more thoroughly, keep the work time a bit shorter and spend some extra time in a variety of socialization situations in addition to the obedience work. Your young puppy may not have had his/her rabies vaccination yet per your Veterinarian. This is acceptable as it is a health issue. When your puppy becomes old enough for the rabies shot, please bring the certificate to class.
The dog class is for young dogs as well as older dogs. Once we have our basic obedience skills, we will start to introduce a variety of real world distractions. Tennis balls, treats, rawhides and a variety of distractions that might be encountered in their everyday lives are used. Students are frequently shocked at how quickly and well their dogs get the concept of continuing to “work”. Our goal is to show you just how smart your dog is!
The FIRST NIGHT only of any classes meet without dogs. For night classes the time is usually 7:00 pm. Waterford’s morning classes meet at 9:30 am on the first day only. Check the brochure of your location for specific details.
How do I register for a class?
Each location has it’s own registration. Links are posted under class locations. Phone, internet and mail registrations are available for each location.
What about private In-Home training?
In-Home training can be used for a variety of issues. Situations as serious as aggression toward other dogs or people to housebreaking issues can be addressed in your home where the behaviors happen. Call with your concerns and we will discuss strategies and a plan that can work for you.