All classes are taught using science-based, force & intimidation-free methods. Group classes are held in Kingston at Camp Bely Rub and in Amenia at AFF. Address and directions will be given upon registration or you may contact us for further details. All group training classes come with weekly emailed homework notes, applicable handouts, demo videos, and telephone/email support if you have any questions between classes. We keep class sizes small so everyone gets individual attention and instruction. If life gets in the way and you need to miss a class, make-up classes can be purchased at an additional cost by appointment only. Sign up to our mailing list to be notified about upcoming classes and events!
Fundamentals Amenia NY - Thursdays - schedule to come (instructor Hanna)
Kingston NY - Sundays from 1 to 2 pm - Next session starts September 10th (instructors Becky & Abbie) Classes meet for one hour for 6 weeks. Class fee $165
This is our 6 week basic obedience class where you and your dog will learn how to work as a team. We’ll go over basic learning theory, how it applies to dog training, and how to integrate what you learn in class to your daily routine so training isn’t a chore; it’s just a simple part of life. “Fundamental” behaviors “sit”, “down”, “stay”, loose leash walking, “leave it”, hand targeting or “touch”, recall to their name, and polite greetings without jumping on people will be covered. Have a new dog you just adopted? Have a dog that knows how to sit and stay at home but when you step out the front door they seems to forget what you think they should know? Have an older puppy that now needs to learn adult manners? Want to have a solid training foundation to move on to more advanced training in the future? This class is for you! Open to dogs 5 months and older. First week is a mandatory human-only orientation.
Walk with Me! - leash walking skills 3 consecutive weeks Maximum 4 teams - class fee $110
Are you getting pulled this way and that on your walks? Do you lose your dog's attention when you are out and about? If your dog already knows the "Fundamentals" but you want to start using those basic obedience skills in the "real world" this 3 week loose leash walking clinic is for you. We'll work on impulse control around different kinds of distractions, sustained attention, and of course walking with beautiful slack in your leash. We will be working indoors for two weeks and the final week's class will be at an outdoor location TBD. If you have not taken any classes with us before you'll be asked to come in for a quick and free assessment before registration.
Reactive Rover Kingston NY - Saturdays two sessions 9:30 to 10:30 & 11 to 12 Next session starts 9/9 (please note that one week, class will be held on a Sunday because of Hanna's competition schedule - dates are Saturday 9/9, 16, 23, 30, 10/7 and Sunday 10/15)
Class meets for one hour for 6 weeks. Maximum 4 teams - class fee $220
Does your dog bark and lunge on-leash when they see another dog? Are your walks stressful or embarrassing because of it? In this 6 week class we will give you management skills as well as training exercises in a safe and supportive environment to make your walks more calm and enjoyable for both you and your dog. We'll work on focus and attention, building confidence, and creating positive associations with other dogs. To attend this class you will be asked to fill out a behavior questionnaire and come in for a quick and free assessment before registration. First week is a mandatory human-only orientation.
Canine Good Citizen Prep 5 consecutive weeks Maximum 5 teams - class fee $145
Already know the “Fundamentals” and ready to test you and your dog’s skills? This 5 week class will go over all 10 of the test points in the AKC Canine Good Citizen test. CLICK HERE to see all test items and learn more about the AKC's CGC program. We will also work on reducing the amount of reinforcers your dog needs to perform and increasing distractions. For the actual test, you will not be allowed to have food or toys on you so this is an important component to this class and will also help anyone working towards competing in any dog sports. There will be a CGC test date at the end of class (date/time TBD) for teams that are ready to be tested. Registration requires trainer approval. If you have not taken classes with us before you will be asked to explain prior training and/or come in for a free and quick in-person evaluation for placement.
Puppy Kindergarten 6 consecutive weeks Maximum 5 teams - class fee $165
Each week in this class is theme based and simulates a different experience or scenario that a puppy and their owner may encounter in real life; an outside stroll on leash, a vet visit, the kitchen, the living room, being groomed, etc. While keeping with the theme of each week, we’ll incorporate the teaching of basic manners, go over important socialization topics and common puppy problems, as well as have short bursts of puppy playtime where we’ll narrate and discuss dog body language and best practices for monitoring dog-to-dog interactions. This class will help new and seasoned puppy owners learn how to seamlessly integrate basic training and socialization into their daily lives and most importantly, how to keep their puppies feeling safe, confident, and happy. Open to puppies 8 wks to 16 wks with proof of first set of vaccines. Some dogs up to 5 months may be eligible, if your dog will be between 4-5 months old at the start of class, please contact us.
Rockin' Recallers 3 consecutive weeks Maximum 4 teams - class fee $110
Does your dog turn and run in the other direction when they hear you say "Come!"? Does your dog play hard-to-get and dodge you when you want to leave the dog park? Would you like to see your dog's face light up with excitement when they hear their name and come running to you when you call them? Then this is the class for you! We'll work on building value for YOU so your dog starts to see you as the key to all the great and fun things out in the world. We'll also work on your dog's impulse control so they are better capable of coming away from distractions. If you have not taken any classes with us before you'll be asked to come in for a quick and free assessment before registration.
Beyond the Backyard 6 consecutive weeks Maximum 5 teams - class fee $185
We will be using Denise Fenzi's breakthrough book "Beyond the Back Yard - Train Your Dog to Listen Anytime, Anywhere!" as a guide and inspiration. Does your dog listen to you when there is nothing going on but completely lose attention when something distracting appears? Will your dog listen to you if you have a cookie in your hand but not when you are empty handed? Want to work on a recall away from distractions, better leash walking skills, impulse control? This class is for you! Dogs joining this class must NOT show resource guarding behaviors—people will be taking things away from dogs. Dogs must be social and unafraid of both dogs and people. Because this class is about withstanding distractions, we do not want to force undue stress on dogs that are fearful or socially uncomfortable. This 6 week long class meets once a week for one hour. Class fee includes a copy of the book "Beyond the Back Yard". Registration requires trainer approval. If you have not taken classes with us before you will be asked to explain prior training and/or come in for a free and quick in-person evaluation for placement.
Tricky Tricksters Amenia NY - Thursdays - schedule to come 5 weeks maximum 5 teams - class fee $145
Teaching tricks will build better communication between you and your dog and your bond will be stronger because of it. Teams will work on new, fun, and challenging behaviors with the option to earn official Trick Dog titles through "Do More With Your Dog." CLICK HERE to learn more about trick dog titles. We will explore training topics such as "shaping" and "capturing" behaviors, advanced targeting (did you know you can teach a dog to do a handstand using targeting?), the use of props (skateboarding anyone?), and putting your tricks on verbal cue. Examples of tricks that might be covered - sit pretty, back up, jumping through a hoop, bow, balancing an object on their nose/head, fetching a newspaper, weaving/doing figure 8s through your legs, and much more. Each dog has their own talents and we will make sure to capitalize on what those are. Want the coolest dog on the block? This class is for you! Registration requires trainer approval. If you have not taken classes with us before you will be asked to explain prior training and/or come in for a free and quick in-person evaluation for placement.
Let’s Get Real Kingston NY - Sundays 2:30 to 3:30 pm Next session starts September 10th (instructor Becky) Classes meet for one hour for 4 consecutive weeks. Maximum 4 teams. Class fee $125
Let’s Get Real is a 4-week class designed for dog and handler teams who want to take the skills they learned in Fundamentals and apply them to “real life situations.” Using the tools already in our toolbox – and adding some new ones – we’ll practice common scenarios such as An Appointment with the Vet, A Walk on the Rail Trail, Handling the Holidays, and more. We will focus on each dog’s individual strengths and “up” your training and management skills so both handler and dog feel more confident and at ease out in “the real world.” This class is ideal for teams who want to move on to Beyond the Backyard and other more advanced classes but who want some more practice with the basics first. Registration requires trainer approval. If you have not taken classes with us before you will be asked to explain prior training and/or come in for a free and quick in-person evaluation for placement.
Fun & Games 6 consecutive weeks Maximum 5 teams - class fee $175
Not sure how you’ll keep your dog’s mind and body exercised this winter? This class is for you! Fun & Games will be a combination of shaping exercises and tricks, balance, body awareness and strengthening, and confidence building though games. Examples of things we might do in a class – learn how to back up/walk backwards, stand and balance on inflatable exercise discs, run through an agility tunnel, pivot on a pedestal like a circus dog, go out to a target and be able to work away from you, balance a ball on their head. We will have a blast but as always we'll also incorporate self-control into everything. Have interest in tricks or dog sports like agility, obedience, or rally? This is a great class to get a taste of little bits of everything. First week will be a human-only session to go over the training technique called "shaping" which we will be using a lot of in this class. We will have training games for us humans - it will be fun! Registration requires trainer approval. If you have not taken classes with us before you will be asked to explain prior training and may be asked to come in for a free and quick in-person evaluation for placement. Some dogs that have graduated from our Reactive Rover class may be eligible. If you are interested please ask.
Please check our Therapy Dog page for class information.
Future group class topics include Wallflower for shy dogs, Shape Up for the canine athlete, and much more! Contact us if you would like more information or to be notified when these classes become available.