Classes

Housekeeping

To comply with Gov. Baker’s mandates, our group classes will have a limited number of students in each class, and no observers if we are indoors.  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 is a great place to ask questions and gain advice.  We also list new classes there before our website!  

If your dog is aggressive in any way, please book private lessons with us.

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.  This is not negotiable.  Payments are to your instructor via cash or check only on the first day of your class, we do not accept credit cards.

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 offer equipment packages to go with a class package,  it includes 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.  Outdoor classes are fine for multiple handlers, appropriately spaced, but it’s cold out, so most classes will be indoors.  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, May 8 at 10am in room 2 or Monday May 10 at noon in room 2 or Tuesday, May 18 at 530pm in room 1.

PLEASE BRING A COPY OF YOUR PUP’S CLEAN FECAL REPORT FROM YOUR LOCAL VET TO YOUR FIRST PUPPY CLASS.  Without it, we cannot allow your pup to stay.  

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) classes are once a week, same time same day every week at Alpha Dog.  Aggressive dogs should book private lessons with us, please.  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, May 17th at 10am in classroom 1                                                        Monday, May 24 at 5:30pm in classroom 1                                                  Monday,  June 7 at 6:30pm in classroom 1                                                  Tuesday, June 29 at 6:30pm in classroom 1                                              Wednesday, June 9 at 5:30pm in classroom 1                                                  Thursday, May 27th at 6:30pm in classroom 1                                                        Saturday, May 8 at 11am in classroom 2

Private course:  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 $120.00.   

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

In home training–suspended due to MA 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, May 24th at 7:30pm and Monday, June 7 at 11am.  Please pre-register. Cost for group/private is $195.00/$495.00.

AKC Canine Good Citizen Prep                                                                                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.  Cost is $195.00/$495.00, course begins on Tuesday, June 8th at 7:30pm in room 1.  FYI~Your dog must be 6 months at the time of the CGC test.   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.  See you in the spring!

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

Therapy Dog Prep Class and testing                                                                        After you and your dog successfully pass the Canine Good Citizen test, you must also pass the TDU Therapy Dog (TD) Evaluation.  This test ensures that your dog is able to remain calm in difficult, distracting and potentially stressful situations, as well as work in a group with other dogs.  You can expect your dog to be exposed to a variety of distractions (often referred to as ‘sights and sounds’) that a therapy dog volunteer will experience ‘out in the field.’  Some of these distractions include crowds, dropped food, a wheelchair, walker, wheelchair alarm, medical equipment, multiple children and other dogs.   You do not need to attend a prep class to test with us.  Please email christina@alphadogk9.com for more info.

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.

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.

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.

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!