Classes


We do not accept credit cards as payment. 

We do accept cash and personal checks made out to your instructor.     

CLASS PREP:

Please bring your dog to class on a 4 or 6 ft. fixed leash (not a flexi) and anything else you use to train your dog.  Students are NOT allowed to work off leash 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.

Please have a bait bag (Cody’s next door to us sells them) 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 high value bait (dehydrated liver, favorite cookies, etc) for obedience classes and your puppy’s food for kindergarten class. 

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 or “new to you” dogs should enroll in a basic obedience class.  After your basic obedience class, go with your instructor’s recommendation.   

Everyone is welcome at class, but there can only be one handler with the dog at a time.  Children need to be old enough to be able to sit and watch or be carried~remember that we do train aggressive dogs!

Basic obedience courses:                                                                                 Mondays, beginning on February 26th at 7:30pm in classroom 1                    Tuesdays, beginning on March 13th at 7:30pm in classroom 1                            Wednesdays, beginning on March 28th at 6:30 in classroom 2                               Thursdays, beginning on March 8th at 6:30pm in classroom 1                             Saturdays, beginning on March 10th at 11am, classroom 1 with Jen             Students in this 6 week course will learn how to capture and keep your dog’s attention, 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. Four dogs max in this course!  Please pre-register, as these classes fill quickly. Cost $275.00 to your instructor.  We accept cash and personal checks and do not accept credit cards at this time.

Day Training-  No time to train the dog?  Drop him or her off with us, we will take care of the basics!  Day training involves our trainers working with your dog to instill the following commands on a short leash under distraction:  Sit stay, down stay, come, leave it, loose leash walking, and go to place.  We also work on car manners, door manners and proper greeting of strangers.

How it works:  We ask that you leave your dog with us for three days (M/W/F) for two weeks.  We are open for drop-off between 8:00 and 10am and pick up between 4 and 5:00pm.  (This is NOT a board and train program.  All dogs will go home with you each night.)  The owner will have a private lesson upon pickup on Fridays with one of our Alpha Dog trainers who will teach you how to continue your dog’s education. Cost is $1200.00 and includes a training collar if needed, and a lifetime of email and phone support.

Board and Train–We have limited opportunities for our 10 day in home board and train program.  During the 10 days your dog will live with me or one of my trainers and go to classes here at Alpha Dog.  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 10 day 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.  Cost for this program is $2175.00, cash or check to the instructor upon drop off.

Canine Chiropractic–We believe that chiropractic care is vital to humans and our animals, for both general wellness and treatment of injury or after surgery.  We are referring to Palmer Family Chiropractic at 114 Water Street, Bldg 3 in Milford because Dr Palmer has been taking care of me and my animals for years.  I trust and love her.  Please call for an appointment:508.478.2008  http://www.milfordchiropractor.com/chiropractic-for-animals/

Introducing FITPAWS conditioning sessions with April Pelletier, CVT, CCFT FP-MT of New England Canine Athlete, LLC
We are SO HAPPY to welcome April and Fitpaws to Alpha Dog!                                April sees clients who do competitive sports with their dogs, clients who have pets and just want something fun to do with their dog, clients with elderly dogs who are trying to keep them mobile, and clients with nervous dogs trying to build confidence. Clients with post surgical dogs or post injury dogs are her specialty.  Puppies and new dog owners are always welcome too, as fitness is really for everyone!

April and New England K9 Athlete will be offering mini (30 minute) conditioning sessions here at Alpha Dog along with her usual 60 minute sessions on Wednesdays and Fridays from 2 to 6pm in January. These sessions will begin to teach you how to work with your dog in a safe manner and will tailor the work to your dog’s particular needs. ALL ARE WELCOME–this is injury prevention and fun for your dog!
After completion of one of her sessions (or a FitPaws 6 week course) you will be able to join our drop-in OPEN GYM starting in February! More info on that coming soon.
Please contact April directly for pricing and availability at newenglandk9athlete@gmail.com

In home training:  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 for the six week course for one dog.  (***Because safety is our first priority, we will not address aggression during in-home courses.  If you have a dog with aggression issues, we would be happy to see him or her at our facility for training before any in-home classes are scheduled.)

Private training at Alpha Dog.  If your trainer suggests that it would be better for you to come here for training (aggressive dogs, multiple dogs, poor weather conditions, etc.) we are very happy to host your entire family here for a training session or series of sessions at a time of your choosing.  Cost is $295.00 for three sessions, or $595.00 for 6 sessions and includes lifetime email and phone support.

Beginner Off Leash Training, March 10, 9am and Mondays, beginning on February 26 at 6:30pm in room 1  We are proud to offer e-collar training the force free way.  This semi-private (2 dogs only) course includes six 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, but must have stim levels 1-100, but make sure you are familiar with how to operate it before the class begins.)  To ensure success, students MUST have had basic obedience here at Alpha Dog.  This course includes lifetime email and phone support.  Cost is $495.00, please pre-register.

Basic obedience 2:                                                                                                                                            Tuesday, February 20, at 6:30 in classroom 1  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, and work on fading handler cues. Please pre-register. Cost $150.00 to your instructor.

Advanced Obedience~BOOT CAMP!  This is an obedience class for teams who enjoy a challenge and want to be kept on their toes.  New commands, proofing, CD prep. You must be approved to enter this class.. $150.00 to your instructor.

Canine Good Citizen/CGC-A/Therapy Dog test prep class CGC Testing is available at your convenience.  If you are planning to test your dog for the AKC CGC, AKC Community Canine (CGC-A) or any therapy dog test and have completed a basic obedience class, then this 6 week course may be your next step.  Cost is $150.00 to your instructor. 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

Conformation handling with Kerry Boyd, ongoing, Tuesdays at 10am and Wednesdays at 7pm in classroom 1. Drop-in, cost is $10.00.

Drop-in basic obedience refresher class, in room 1 on Saturdays at 10am.     These classes are for students who have completed a basic obedience course who would like more work in the company of other dogs and strangers.  Classes are indoors and out, so please dress for the weather. Cost is $15.00, cash only please.

Nose work for beginners.  Tuesday, February 27 at 6:30pm in room 2.  Want to teach your dog to hunt scent?  Is your high drive dog bored?  This game has become so popular that it’s now a competitive sport!  Please get in early, registration is limited.  Cost is $150.00 to your instructor.

On the Road! Monday, April 16 at 7:30pm This 6 week class will focus on in public basic obedience–how to enter and exit the vehicle safely, out of sight stays, remaining at the heel at all times, saying hello to strangers, and manners.  First class at Alpha Dog, others will be announced at the first class. Cost is $175.00 to your instructor.            

Puppy Kindergarten–Thursdays at 7pm and Saturdays at noon.  We are offering rolling registration (there is no set start date, as puppy k classes are all stand alone classes.)  We are so excited to be able to give your puppy a great beginning, and follow the AKC Star puppy program!  Your instructor 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!  Please bring with you to your first class: proof of vaccines, proof of a clean fecal test, and treats or your pup’s kibble. Please pre-register for this 6 week class. Cost is $150.00 cash or check to your instructor.

Rally for beginners.  Rally O is a dog sport based on obedience. It was originally devised by Charles L. “Bud” Kramer from the obedience practice of “doodling” – doing a variety of interesting warmup and freestyle exercises. It’s A GREAT NEXT STEP after your basic obedience class.  Here’s what it looks like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_kk5OsBhK8   Please pre-register, cost is $150.00.

Recall class!  Does your dog come when called?                                          This newly redesigned 6 week class begins outdoors at Alpha Dog, but will progress to other locations.  Please bring a bait bag and long line to all classes (15-20 foot only, we like the ones at Cody’s Creations) or purchase one here ($25.00 cash or check to Cody’s Creations) as well as your 6 foot leash.   All classes will be outdoors, weather permitting.  Please pre-register, cost is $175.00 to your instructor.

Retrieve  Have you ever wanted to teach your dog to retrieve your slippers, the paper or pick up his own toys?  This 6 week course is for dogs that have already completed basic obedience and would like to try something more challenging and utilizes a positive training approach.  There will be no ear pinch/toe hitch/aversives used.   Begins on Saturday, September 23 at 2pm in room 2.   Cost is $150.00 to your instructor.

AKC Tricks Class  April from New England Canine Athlete will be instructing the AKC Trick Dog title classes, and we will have an examiner come in and test those students who would like to certify.  Great for a pause in obedience training, introducing a scared dog or puppy to training, or for therapy or service dog training. (Students need not test if they choose not to! For those who do, cost is $10.00 to your instructor.)   Cost is $150.00 for the 6 week course, paid to your instructor.                                   Advanced:  Friday, February 16 at 6:15pm in room 1                       Intermediate:  Friday, February 16 at 7:30pm in room 1                                   Novice:  Friday, February 16 at 5:00pm 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 space for training is available at $20/hr and can be used for 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!