Classes

Classes

All classes are held at our studio in Blue Hill, unless otherwise stated.

All classes are dog-friendly and safe, meaning we will never use methods that incorporate the use of fear, force, pain, alpha rolls, prong, choke, or shock collars. Class size is small between, 4-6 dogs and all family members (including kids!) are encouraged to attend. We only use the most up-to-date, scientifically proven and humane methods to train you and your dog as efficiently as possible!

Because of our small class size, classes fill quickly, so register as soon as possible by stopping into the studio, or by calling 207-659-9547. Class payment is required at the time of registration. Without a registration form and class payment, we cannot hold a spot in class. You may withdraw from a class and receive a refund (minus a $25 handling fee) any time up until 10 days before the first class. After that, your registration fee is non-refundable. If you would like to observe a class or learn more about our philosophy before registering, please call 207-659-9547.

 

Puppy Club

We are so excited to offer FREE Puppy Club classes to all Blue Hill/Ellsworth area new puppy parents! This class has a focus on socialization, crucial at this age in preventing fear and related problems down the road, as well as helping you trouble shoot common puppy problems (puppy teeth, anyone?!) Puppy Club is offered on a drop-in basis, for dogs 8-18 weeks old, and you can attend as many classes as you want in that time period!

Although this class is free, registration IS REQUIRED. Only 8 spots available per class each week. If you register and cancel within 24 hours of class or do not show up, you will be placed on a waiting list for the following week. Please do not register for a class unless you are committed to attending.

Two classes held each week: Thursdays at 4:30pm and 5:30pm

Adventure Puppy

This class meets on a drop in basis, once a week, for pups 3-6 months, to complement your socialization practice in puppy club with some training and confidence building skills. The way our schedule fills up, many dogs can’t get into Manners 1 right when they age out of puppy club. This class offers you a bridge to practice and learn some new basic manners skills, so that you’re not losing valuable training time. We’ll practice sit, down, stand, leave it, walking on leash, coming when called, polite greetings, preventing resource guarding and more. Each week will focus on different topics so you won’t have to worry if you’ve missed a week.

Drop in rate: $20 per class. Dogs must also be attending puppy club or have already completed it. 
Fall Dates:

  • Mondays, starting October 15th at 5:30pm (ongoing)

2019 Dates:

  • Saturdays, starting January 12th at 9:30am (ongoing)

Manners 1

Tired of feeling like you’re at the other end of a dog sled team? Want to be able to take your dog to the farmers market without them jumping all over everyone? Need to figure out how to get your dog to come when you really need him to? Manners 1 is the class for you! For dogs 4 months and older, this class will help you and your dog work as a team to conquer the big struggles of having an adolescent dog.
Class meets for six weeks, first week without dogs. Cost $155.
Fall Dates:

  • Mondays, October 22nd at 6:30pm FULL
  • Thursdays, November 1st at 11:00am FULL
  • Thursdays, November 1st at 6:30pm waitlist

2019 Dates:

  • Tuesdays, January 8th at 5:00pm
  • Wednesdays, January 9th at 11:00am
  • Saturday, January 12th at 1:00pm
  • Wednesdays, January 16th at 6:15pm

Manners 2

Taking your basic obedience skills to the next level. Including mat training, walk away, drop it, focus work, leave it, heeling and adding distance and distractions to your obedience cues. Must have completed Manners 1 course for entrance (or by instructor permission).

Class meets for five weeks. Cost $155.
Fall Dates:

  • Wednesday, October 24th at 6:30pm FULL
  • Wednesday, October 31st at 11:00am FULL
  • Thursday, November 1st at 12:00pm (two spots!)

2019 Dates:

  • Tuesdays, January 8th at 6:15pm
  • Wednesdays, January 16th at 12:30pm

 

Canine Good Citizen Prep

The AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Program is designed to recognize dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. This program stresses responsible dog ownership for owners and training and good manners for dogs.  All dogs who pass the 10 step CGC test may receive a certificate and their first official title from the AKC. The class will prepare you to take the (optional) test at the end. Manners 1 & 2 required for entrance to class (or by instructor approval.)

Covered in class:

-Sit and down on cue and staying in place
-Coming when called
-Accepting a friendly stranger
-Appearance and grooming
-Walking on a loose leash
-Walking through a crowd
-Reaction to another dog
-Reaction to distractions
-Supervised separation
-Sitting politely for petting

Class meets for six weeks. Cost $155.

Fall Dates:

  • Tuesdays November 6th at 6:30pm (one spot!)

2019 Dates:

  • Wednesday, January 9th at 5:00pm

Saturday Group Walk

Group walk is for handlers and dogs to walk and learn together. We’ll work on focus and attention, loose leash walking, and disengaging from distractions. The walk is like a real life training class. We will work with each dog as needed, making sure you understand the best ways to help your dog focus and have fun. For dogs 6 months and over who have completed Manners 1 or Adventure Puppy class. Like all of our other classes, choke, prong, and electric collars are not allowed. If you are currently having a hard time controlling your dog send us a message and we set up a time for you to come try on our favorite Freedom No-Pull Harnesses.

Drop in basis meet most Saturdays, $20 per week. For clients who have attended at least Adventure Puppy, Manners 1, or private training. 

Fall Dates: 

  • Meets every Saturday at 10am through 12/1 (except 11/24). Please contact us to reserve a spot each week and to find out the meeting location.

Really Salty Dogs

Started training with your puppy but fallen out of practice over the summer? Do you have a teenage dog who is familiar with the basics but still has a lot to learn? This class is for dogs and owners who have an awesome relationship but need to “start again” (no shame!) and build some engagement and learn to work together. This class will meet for 4 weeks and teach you games and skills to help your dog learn to reconnect to you and help you learn how to use their crazy adolescent energy to your advantage.

Class meets for four weeks. Cost $120.
Fall Dates:

  • Wednesdays, November 7th at 7:30pm FULL

Tricks

Let’s get your dog learning some cool new skills! Class will be tailored to the individuals in it and what tricks they already know (so everyone’s learning something new!) Tricks might include: take a bow, sit pretty, crawl, roll over, hoop jump, play dead, go to sleep, perch, wipe your nose, back up and more! We’ll use luring, shaping, and rewarding to teach your dog new things. The last week of class you’ll also have an opportunity to earn the AKC Trick Dog (Novice and Intermediate) titles! Manners 1 required for entrance to class (or by instructor approval.)

Class meets for six weeks. Cost $130.
2019 Dates:

  • Saturdays, January 12th at 11:45am

Salty Shy Dogs

Is your dog having a hard time feeling safe in the world? Did she miss that early socialization period? Lacking confidence or scared around new people/dogs/objects? This class is designed just for dogs who are nervous in new situations, to help them grow confidence and learn that the world is a safe and fun place.

Class meets for 4 weeks. Cost $120

2019 dates:

  • Saturdays, January 12th at 10:30am

Holiday Hounds

It’s time it’s time it’s time! For our favorite once a year class!
HOLIDAY HOUNDS is a four week class is designed to help get you and your dog ready for this holiday season. Worried about Grandma getting knocked over at the door? Counter-surfing? Begging? Stealing food and running away? How to entertain your guests with your adorable pooch? By the end of the class and the start of the holiday season all your guests will be complimenting you on your well-behaved, fantastic dog. Send us a message to sign up!

Runs for 4 weeks, $130. 

Fall dates:

  • Wednesday, November 21st at 7:30pm