Classes

Welcome back, we missed you!

Going forward, our group classes will have a limited number of students in each class, to comply with Gov. Baker’s mandates.  Please know that we will offer as many classes as we possibly can.  If you aren’t following us on Facebook, I invite you to–our community is full of wonderful “dog people”, training videos and articles, and a great place to ask questions and gain advice.  We also list new classes there before our website!  

As always, we require 24 hours notice to cancel any class.  All “no shows” or cancellations without 24 hours notice will result in forfeit of the class.  Payments are to your instructor, via Venmo, cash or check.

New in-person class prep:

All students will wear masks for all indoor group classes at this time.  Please bring your dog to class on a 6 ft. fixed leash (not a flexi).  Students are NOT allowed to work off leash, drop their leash during a group class or work in a harness unless directed to do so by your instructor. 

Please note, the entrance for classroom 2 is at the rear of the building, the door is clearly marked.  There are potty areas for dogs near both rooms.  Please use ONLY that area to relieve your dog (not our parking lot or building) and remember to clean up after your pup. 

Please have a bait bag to put your dog’s treats in, not a ziplock bag in your pocket.  The timing of rewards is important and if you’re fumbling with a ziplock your timing will be incorrect.  Please bring small, soft, high value bait (dehydrated meat, favorite cookies, etc) for obedience classes and/or your puppy’s food for kindergarten classes.

We will be offering equipment packages to go with a class package very soon.  It will include a bait bag full of the bait that we use here for our dogs, a 6 foot leather leash, and a training collar.     

If you’re not sure about which class to enroll in, here’s a guide:                         Large breed puppies under 4 months and small breed pups under 6 months should enroll in puppy kindergarten.                                                                Pups aged over that should enroll in a basic obedience class.    

Due to the current Covid crisis, there will be one handler allowed for each dog if we have to be indoors.  Outdoor classes are fine for multiple handlers, appropriately spaced.  All students will wear masks to all indoor group classes, will be temp scanned and will be asked to use hand sanitizer.  Children will not be allowed at indoor classes (for their safety).                                                                                                                   If you have been in contact with anyone with Covid, please do not come to class for two weeks.                                                                                    As always, if you have a fever, please do not come to class.  

Puppy Kindergarten                                                                                                     Our extremely comprehensive AKC Star puppy class will teach you how to handle, groom, and housebreak your puppy as well as begin to learn your pup’s body language.  You’ll get answers to the many questions that crop up with a new puppy.  He or she will also learn how to sit and down with a food lure and begin to love the leash!  Puppies should be 8 to 16 weeks old to begin.  Please pre-register for this 6 week class. Cost for this class is  $195.00 to your instructor via cash, check or Venmo.  Begins in-person on Saturday, December 19 at 10am in room 1.  PLEASE BRING A COPY OF YOUR PUP’S CLEAN FECAL REPORT FROM YOUR LOCAL VET TO YOUR FIRST CLASS.

Fitpaws–Open Gym–Via Zoom or in person!                                                     Canine Fitpaws is taught by our certified fitness instructor, Jocelyn Mahoney.  This program introduces your dog to stretching and exercise for injury prevention, muscle development or retention, improved balance, and lots and lots of fun!  Private classes only at this time, please email us for openings.

ALL LEVEL ONE OBEDIENCE CLASSES (no pre-requisites required):    Up to 2 basic obedience classes may be made up if missed.  The makeup classes will usually be on the same day and time, 6 weeks from the class that is missed.          

Basic obedience courses:                                                                                            Students in this course will learn how to capture and keep your dog’s attention, the value of using marker words, how to walk on a loose leash, sit and stay, down and stay, learn short on-leash recalls, sit for petting, go to place and stay, and leave items including food alone when told to.  Note: If you have registered and been confirmed, your class may be filled and taken off the site, it is not cancelled.  Please pre-register, as these classes fill quickly.

Semi-private (6 classes, 4 teams, max.) classes are once a week, same time same day every week at Alpha Dog.  Please bring a bait bag, high value bait, a fixed leash (no flexi leads) and have your dog wearing any collar that you currently use to train your dog.  Cost is $295.00                                                    Start dates are:                                                                                                                Monday, January 4 at 10am in classroom 1                                                  Monday,  November 30th at 6:30pm in classroom 1                                              Tuesday December 29th at 6:30pm in classroom 1                                                Wednesday, December 30th at 5:30pm in classroom 2                                  Saturday, December 26th at noon in room 1

Private classes:  Five private classes at Alpha Dog or via Zoom, at your convenience, can change days weekly to accommodate rotating schedules or work on a fixed weekly schedule :  Cost is $495.00.  Single classes at our facility are $99.00.   

Two make up classes are allowed (basic obedience classes only) with 24 hours notice to your instructor.

Board and Train                                                                                                            We have limited opportunities for our 10 day in-home board and train program.  Your dog will live with me or one of my trainers, attend classes here at Alpha Dog, and learn valuable house manners–housebreaking, no bolting out of doors, no stealing, no chewing, no jumping on or mouthing people.  We will work on house manners and basic or advanced obedience commands either with or without an e-collar.  Training methods and commands taught will be agreed upon in writing before the dog is dropped off to us and will be strictly adhered to. Upon completion of the course, the owner will have a “pickup” lesson and then be enrolled in a 6 week course at Alpha Dog so that you and your dog can practice over time, and the new commands can become part of your routine.  Cost includes lifetime email and phone support. (***Because safety is our first priority, we will not work with aggressive dogs during board and train courses.  If you have a dog with any type of aggression issues, we would be happy to see him or her at our Medway facility.) Cost for this program is $2295.00, to the instructor upon drop off.

In home training–suspended due to Covid Protocols                                      Do you need a trainer to come to your home to work with your dog?  We will address nuisance barking, jumping, pulling on leash, rude behaviors, as well as basic obedience tasks–heel, sit stay, down stay, come, leave it and go to place.  Cost including a training collar and lifetime email and phone support is $795.00 at your first class, for the five week course with one dog.  A single session is $175.00.   (***Because safety is our first priority, we will not work with aggressive dogs during in-home courses.  If you have a dog with any type of aggression issues, we would be happy to see him or her at our Medway facility.)

ALL LEVEL TWO OBEDIENCE CLASSES (completion of level one obedience is required):   There are no makeup classes allowed for any of the following  group classes. 

E-Collar Training–private training only                                                                We are proud to offer e-collar training the force free way.  This semi-private course includes five classes here at Alpha Dog and possibly on the road, to ensure rock solid obedience and/or recall. (Students will supply their own e-collar.  We like E-collar Technologies brands because it pairs with our training equipment. However, if you have a collar or don’t prefer E Collar Technologies, please feel free to bring what you prefer.  Your collar must have stim levels 1-100 or more.)  Please make sure you are familiar with how to operate your collar before the class begins, and that collar and remote are charged and ready to go for class.   To ensure success, students MUST have had basic obedience or evaluation here at Alpha Dog before beginning the class. Private 5 week course is $495.00, and can be scheduled at your convenience.

Basic obedience 2, group or private class                                                             Team must have completed a basic obedience course, either with us or elsewhere and be approved by our trainers for this 6 week course. In this class we will be adding distance, distraction and duration to basic obedience commands, learn the stand stay, say hello nicely, and work on fading handler cues. Begins on Monday, December 21, at 7:30pm and Monday, January 4 at 11am.  Please pre-register. Cost for group/private is $195.00/$495.00.

Canine Good Citizen/Therapy Dog test prep class, group or private            AKC CGC Testing is available at your convenience, or take the class as your next step after basic obedience or obedience 2 class.  If you are planning to test your dog for the AKC CGC, CGC-A, CGC-U or any therapy dog test and have completed a basic obedience class, then this 6 week course may be your next step.  Begins on Wednesday, January 6 at 7:30pm in room 2.  Cost is $195.00/$495.00.  FYI~Your dog must be 6 months at the time of the CGC test, and 1 year at the time of most therapy dog testing.   AKC CGC Test includes:  http://www.akc.org/events/cgc/training_testing.cfm

Rally Obedience                                                                                                      Think of an AKC Rally® event as any team sport: You and your dog navigate a course, side-by-side, as you steer him through a course of 10-20 different signs. Each of these signs provides instructions regarding the next skill that is to be performed. The dog and handler move continuously throughout the course with the dog under control at the handler’s left side. There is a clear sense of teamwork between the dog and handler both during and between the numbered signs. Although each performance is timed, having a good race time is not the goal; it’s all about working as a team while performing the skills, with the dog under control.  This class will be about learning the rules and signs.  Classes 3-6 will have simple courses.  Cost is $195.00.

Recall class!  Does your dog come when called? Group or private class This 5 week class begins outdoors at Alpha Dog, but will progress to other locations.  Please bring a bait bag, a hungry dog, high value bait and a long line to all classes (15-20 foot only, we like the ones at Cody’s Creations) as well as your 6 foot leash.   All classes will be outdoors, rain or shine but will cancel for extreme weather so please call or check our FB page for updates.  Please pre-register, cost is $195.00 for the group class or $495.00 for a private course.

LEVEL 3 OBEDIENCE CLASSES (levels one and two obedience required)  There are no makeup classes allowed for any of the following classes:

Lucky 7                                                                                                                             This class will challenge the team and strengthen the bond between dog and handler.  Fast paced and technically difficult drills will require both the handler and the dog to focus on the task at hand and ignore the world around them.  This will be a fun but challenging class.  This is a six week, 45 minute a week class that will take place both on and off site.  Please bring a 15 foot long line with you to each class.  Cost is $195.00.

AKC Community Canine and CGC Urban prep class                               Learn the steps to great “in public” manners, and test (or practice test) at the end of our 6 week course.  Pre-requisite:  All dogs must have earned the AKC CGC and be registered with the AKC. Cost is $195.00.  https://www.akc.org/products-services/training-programs/canine-good-citizen/akc-community-canine/test-items/  Due to the Covid class size restrictions, we do not offer makeup classes for this course.  Begins on Thursday, March 4 at 6:30pm in room 1.

CLASSES WITH NO PREREQUISITES, OPEN TO ALL INCLUDING PUPPIES:

Conformation handling with Kerry Boyd                                              Beginners as well as our veteran handlers are always welcome!  Tuesdays at 10am and Wednesdays at 7pm.  Cost is $10.00, cash only, please.

Fitpaws–Via private lessons                                                                             Canine Fitpaws is taught by our certified fitness instructor, Jocelyn Mahoney.  This 5 week program introduces your dog to stretching and exercise for injury prevention, muscle development or retention, improved balance, and lots and lots of fun!

Obedience for Fitness                                                                                          This class is a great “gear up” for Fitpaws, or a great in- between class for any dog.  Jocelyn will teach you how to get and maintain a straight sit and down as well as teach nose and front and rear foot targeting.  A great class to teach puppies and older dogs body awareness, and service and therapy dogs.

Intro to Nosework and Intro to Odor                                                                     Want to teach your dog to hunt scent?  Is your high drive dog bored, or your scared dog needing something to build confidence?  This game has become so popular that it’s now a competitive sport!  Class is 6 weeks.  Cost is $175.00 to your instructor.

AKC Tricks Class, all levels.    Great for a pause in obedience training, introducing a scared dog or puppy to training, or as an add-on to therapy dog training. (Students need not test if they choose not to, but can test as often as they choose.)   Class is 6 weeks.  Cost is $195.00, begins on January 8 at 5:30pm in room 1.

As always, we offer private instruction at our facility or in your home, single classes or complete courses, at your convenience as well as ongoing Canine Good Citizen testing, whenever you’re ready.  Please call for pricing.

Rental of our heated/air conditioned fully matted classroom space is available to our students at $20/hr and can be used for Fitpaws, obedience, nose work, agility, or single dog play.  Please email or call for availability. Our classes will change as our demand does, so please check back often.  If you would like to see something offered, please email me!