Classes

We do not accept credit cards as payment. 

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

All cancellations due to weather will be posted to our Facebook group.  If you have any questions at all, please feel free to call or text us at 508-989-5859.

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 or 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 is a potty area for dogs against the fence.  Please use ONLY that area to relieve your dog and remember to clean up after pup. 

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.  Second handlers can swap out during class.  Children need to be old enough to be able to sit and watch or be carried~remember that we do train aggressive dogs, and they may not “look” aggressive.

Basic obedience courses:                                                                                                Mondays, beginning on October 29th at 7:30pm in classroom 1                 Mondays, beginning on November 5th at 6:30pm in classroom 1                       Mondays, beginning on November 5th at 11am in classroom 1                          Tuesdays, beginning on October 30 at 7:30pm in classroom 1                              Wednesdays, beginning on November 14th at 6:30 in classroom 2                           Thursdays, beginning on December 6th at 6:30pm in classroom 1                      Saturdays, beginning on December 1 at 11am in classroom 1                            Students in this 6 week 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. Four dogs max in this course!  Please pre-register, as these classes fill quickly. Cost $295.00 to your instructor.  We accept cash and personal checks and do not accept credit cards at this time.  Two make up classes are allowed for (basic obedience classes only). They will be 6 weeks from the date of the missed class.

Board and Train                                                                                                               We have limited opportunities for our 10 to 14 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.          Cost for this program is $2175.00, cash or check to the instructor upon drop off.

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 five week course for one dog.  (***Because safety is our first priority, we will not work with aggressive dogs 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 $599.00 and includes 5 private lessons and lifetime email and phone support.

Drop in class, Saturdays at 10am in room 1  This class is for students who have taken a beginner obedience class and wish to practice around unfamiliar dogs and people.  There is no schedule for our drop in classes, so we might be indoors or out, playing a game or drilling obedience skills.  The attendees drive the class.  Cost is $15.00 to the instructor.

E-Collar Training                                                                                                          We are proud to offer e-collar training the force free way.  This semi-private 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.  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 it’s charged and ready to go for class.  E collar Technologies collars will be explained by your instructor.  To ensure success, students MUST have had basic obedience or evaluation here at Alpha Dog before beginning the class.  This 6 week course includes lifetime email and phone support. Begins October 6 at 9am.  Cost is $495.00 and space is limited to two teams only, so please pre-register.

Basic obedience 2:                                                                                                                                            Tuesday, October 9, at 6:30 in classroom 1                                                                  Monday, September 24 at 10am 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.  Up to two missed classes may be made up on Saturdays at 10am.  

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–we will be back in the fall!.

Canine Good Citizen/CGC-A/Therapy Dog test prep class                                   Thursday nights 7:30pm starting on December 6th.                                              CGC Testing is available at your convenience, or take the class as your next step after basic obedience class.  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. Up to two missed classes may be made up on Saturdays at 10am.  Testing is an additional $20.00 to the examiner on day of the test.  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         

Puppy Kindergarten                                                                                              Saturdays at 11am in room 2,  rolling registration.                                                        Our extremely comprehensive 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!  Please bring with you to your first class: proof of vaccines, proof of a clean fecal test from your local vet, and treats or your pup’s kibble. Please pre-register for this 6 week Tuesday or Saturday class. Cost is $150.00 cash or check to your instructor.

Advanced Puppy Class                                                                                            Tuesdays at 7:30pm beginning on November 20 or December 1 at noon,  in room 2.       Our 6 week advanced puppy class is for any puppy over 4 months but under 1 year old who is not ready for an obedience class, and/or owners who have never had a puppy, or haven’t had a puppy in a long time.  Jenny will teach you how to gain and hold attention from your puppy, read your pup’s body language, clip nails, brush teeth, crate train, show you what to do with fear, how to motivate your pup to want to engage with you, and answer ALL of the questions!  Please pre-register for this class and bring proof of vaccines and clean fecal with you to your first class.  Cost is $150.00 in cash or check to your instructor.  

Conformation handling with Kerry Boyd, ongoing                                                 Tuesdays at 10am and Wednesdays at 7pm in classroom 1.                                       Beginners as well as our veteran handlers are always welcome!  Cost is $10.00

Fitpaws is back!                                                                                                         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!  All classes will begin on Friday, November 30 in room 2.  Fitpaws for puppies and seniors at 6:30pm, and Fitpaws for adult dogs at 7:30pm.  Cost for this 6 week program is $150.00.            Thirty minute private sessions with development of individualized fitness programs for your dog are offered on a limited basis before and after class times at a rate of $45.00 per lesson.  Please pre-register for all programs.

Intro to Nosework                                                                                                      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!  Cost is $150.00 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 to your instructor

Recall class!  Does your dog come when called?                                               This 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) as well as your 6 foot leash.   All classes will be outdoors.  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.   Cost is $150.00 to your instructor.

AKC Tricks Class–we will be back in the fall!                                                        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.

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!