Our classes cover basic obedience, good manners, responsible citizenship, attention and communication, beginning with puppy kindergarten. Our introductory classes are designed with the most current methods of positive dog training, with the goal of building a healthy human-canine relationship and preparing dogs for the eventual completion of the AKC Canine Good Citizen certification. Our trainers have experience in many aspects of animal behavior and training. We welcome adult dogs with little or distant obedience experience to start our beginner classes. Nancy Thompson teaches our Rally obedience classes. Linda Holway teaches Novice, Open and Utility, as well as our Step 5 Intro to Obedience class.
As a club, we work together to encourage ourselves and our dogs to try new things, challenge ourselves, and be creative learning new skills, whether that be remaining calm in the presence of squirrels, carrying a dumbbell over a jump, or making the perfect pot of coffee.
We'd love to see you and your dog on Thursday nights!
HOW DO CLASSES WORK???
1. Is your dog a puppy? Sign up for Puppy K, where you will learn the basics of our Steps program as well as foundational socialization skills
2. Pay for 6 or 10 classes. These classes are freely transferrable between Puppy and Steps classes. If you buy 6 classes and you spend 2 weeks in Step 1 and 3 weeks in Step 2, you will still have 1 more class to spend in Step 3!
3. EVERY Dog/Handler team (with a few exceptions) is expected to begin in Step 1. Very few venues where you will take beginner obedience put focus on attention games and skills the way we do in Step 1. Step 1 provides the human end of the leash with the skills to teach and maintain great attention throughout the dogs' life, and we like to see everyone spend at least 1-2 weeks in Step 1, even if their dog has other training. It doesn't matter if your dog can sit or down or come already... does your dog pay attention in class? If you and your dog have attended other training classes AND your dog has GREAT attention (with distractions, not just at home), let us know and we are happy to pay extra attention the first week of class and pass you along to Step 2.
4. Work with your dog! Homework for each Step is given at orientation or when you graduate.
5. Meet the Steps Criteria, graduate to the next level! You may spend 6 weeks in one level and 3 in the next, or the other way around. It is very dependent on the human, the dog, and the environment! Our program lets you work at your own pace, and ensures that you get good training every step of the way!
All Classes are held Thursday nights at the Cambridge Armory.