Fundamentals – 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.
$165 maximum 6 teams
Canine Good Citizen Prep – 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
We will also work on reducing the amount of reinforcers your dog needs to perform and increasing distractions. For the test, you will not be allowed to have food or toys on you so this is an important component to this class and not a subject that other training schools spend much time on.
$140 maximum 6 teams – requires instructor approval for registration. There will be a CGC ( test date TBD ) for teams that are ready to be tested and will also be open to the general public $15 fee per entry. Owners wanting to register but needing trainer approval should see our staff to schedule an appointment
In this 6 week class you will learn management skills and training exercises in a safe and supportive environment to make your walks more calm, enjoyable, and safe for you and your dog. The goals of the class are building confidence, focus and attention between you and your dog, and creating positive associations with other dogs. To attend the class you will be asked to fill out behavior questionnaire and come in for a quick, free, assessment before registration. First week is a mandatory human only orientation.
$220 maximum 4 teams
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.
Classes meet for one hour for 4 consecutive weeks. Maximum 4 teams. Class fee $125
Value in Training
Our training classes are not confined to one night a week. Your commitment is matched by Hanna's dedication, follow up, and 24/7 accessibility. Weekly classes provide the tools and instruction. The relationship built with Hanna provide you with a partner in improving your relationship with your dog well beyond the end of class.
Beyond the Backyard
For owners who say, "My dog can come when called, walk nicely on a leash, sit &down...but only if I have a pork chop around my neck!"
Advancing the basics to enhance the bond with your dog as the reward!
Hanna will utilize Denise Fenzi's book "Beyond the Backyard- Train Your Dog to Listen Anytime, Anywhere!" as inspiration.
$185 maximum 5 teams
Fun and Games
Do you and your dog have cabin fever? This is a great course to build the interaction, have fun, and mentally engage your dog! The course incorporates shaping exercises and tricks, balance, body awareness and strengthening, and confidence building through games. Trainer approval is required for this course. You may be asked to meet with Hanna to determine if this class is appropriate for your dogs' training level.
$175 maximum 5 teams
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.
Hanna believes that the best kind of dog training should put a smile on your face and help you build a stronger bond with your dog. She has previously worked at Animal Farm Foundation juggling everything from adoptions, to shelter dog playgroups, to basic obedience, and behavior modification. She has taught group classes and private sessions at Dogs of Hudson. She is a CPDT-KA certified professional dog trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.
Puppy Kindergarten – 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 .First week is a mandatory human-only orientation.
Class schedule now forming!!!! Contact us for details.
Reactive Rover -
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 need to fill out a behavior questionnaire and come in for a quick and free assessment before registration.
$220 maximum 4 teams
Walk with Me!
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 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.
$110 maximum 4 teams