Dog Training Group Classes

We offer group classes for puppies and adult dogs. To see the full list of classes, click here or continue scrolling to see class info below. 

Classes begin in January 2023

Located at Pets Plus in Mays Landing

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PUPPY BASICS | 1 + 2

(Puppies 9 weeks–6 months)

We aim to create a strong behavioral foundation for a balanced dog while emphasizing socialization with people and other dogs. We will teach your dog house manners, basic obedience and help you with problem prevention. Our classes teach only science -based positive reinforcement methods. When you sign up for our Puppy Training Class, you get a series of 7 in person sessions with a Certified Puppy Training Instructor who will guide you and a handful of classmates through the journey of raising and training your puppies. You will get personalized feedback on your training and answers to all of your puppy questions.

CURRICULUM

Household Training: Potty Training, Chew Toy Training, Crate Training, Barking, and Resource Guarding.
Puppy Biting and Handling: Teach Bite Inhibition, Frustration Tolerance, Calming, and Gentling.
Manners & Safety Training: Puppy Obedience Training, Manners, Impulse Control, Boundary Training, Settling Down, and Training Games.

Safe Socialization: Socialization to People, Introducing New Environments, Developing a Calm and Confident Attitude.
Basic Training Foundations: Introduction to Basic Skills, Lure/Reward Training, Marker Words, Sit, Down, Stand, Touch, and Eye Contact.

REQUIREMENTS: Age: 9-12 weeks (56-84 days) old on the first day of class.

VACCINATION: We require the first DHLPP or DHPP vaccine (specifically Distemper and Parvo) given at least 7 days prior to the first session. Proof of vaccination is required at the first class.

COVID PROTOCOLS: We will respectfully follow local protocols for the comfort and safety of all.

HANDLERS: We require at least one adult per enrolled puppy. We encourage the whole family to attend the class together but if children are three years or younger, a second adult must be present.
Pups must be carried into class: As a reminder, young puppies are not fully vaccinated yet. Therefore, as a precaution, we ask that you carry your puppy to class in your arms or in a carrier and avoid walking through parks or on public walkways. We ask that you DO NOT allow your puppies to greet other pups or dogs, fellow students or otherwise, outside of the classroom. This is the protocol for all In-Person Puppy Kindergarten classes.

FORMAT: Outside park setting, In Person, Group

PUPPY PLAY SOCIALIZATION | 1 + 2

(Puppies 9 weeks–6 months)

These classes are drop-in style covering different training topics each week for extra practice on the life skills that your pup is learning in their other classes and services with us.

*Preregistration is required so that we can plan for the correct number of puppies each week!

These classes are designed as a SUPPLEMENT to our Puppy Basics

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ADULT BASIC OBEDIENCE CLASS | 1 + 2

(For dogs 6 months and up on the first day of class)

Polish up your relationship with your older puppy or dog with this foundation class! This class teaches owners and dogs regardless of prior experience.

CURRICULUM
This 7-week course focuses on teaching good behavior in the home and getting ready to get out in the community for your dog. We aim to enhance the bond between owner and dog. Even dogs with no formal training, or who need a refresher, will benefit. You and your dog will learn specific skills like sit, down, stay, come, loose leash walking, greeting people and dogs calmly, and more!

Initially, we will make extensive use of food in your dog’s training, but we will also show you how to phase out the need for food lures so you do not become dependent on food to get your dog’s attention or compliance.

REQUIREMENTS

TEMPERAMENT: Dogs must be comfortable being around other dogs and people. Excited and playful behavior is ok; but dogs who are fearful or reactive, or who bark excessively in a manner that is uncontrollable or disruptive should instead enroll in our private lessons.

AGE: On the start date of class, dogs must be 18 weeks or older.
If your pup is between 9-18 weeks old they should enroll in Puppy Basics or Puppy Play Socialization

VACCINE: Proof of rabies vaccine and up-to-date DHLPP/DHPP.

FORMAT: Outside Park Setting, In Person Group

TOPICS INCLUDE:

HOUSEHOLD TRAINING: Potty Training, Chew Toy Training, Crate Training, Barking, and Resource Guarding

PUPPY BITING & HANDLING: Catch, Cuddle, Examine, and Restrain your Puppy. Teach Bite Inhibition, Frustration Tolerance, Calming, and Gentling

SAFETY, MANNERS, & PLAY: Boundary Training, Polite Greeting, Wait, Settle Down, Place, Tug with Rules

SAFE SOCIALIZATION: Socialization to People, Introducing New Environments, Developing a Calm and Confident Attitude, and How to Throw a Puppy Party

BASIC TRAINING FOUNDATIONS: Introduction to Basic Skills, Lure/Reward Training, Marker Words, Sit, Down, Stand, Touch, and Eye Contact