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, here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/366590664622/?ref=bookmarks                           Should  you have any questions at all, please feel free to call or text us at                    508-989-5859.

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.

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, drop thier 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 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, soft, high value bait (dehydrated meat, favorite cookies, etc) for obedience classes and/or your puppy’s food for kindergarten classes. 

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 should be seated, but 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.  Children under 16 may not handle a dog in a group class unless approved by the instructor.

Puppy Kindergarten                                                                                              Saturdays at 9am, Tuesdays at 7:30pm, Thursdays at 10am, room 2.  We offer rolling registration (start when you’re ready, take all 6 classes).  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!  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 class. Cost for group class is  $150.00 cash or check to your instructor at your first lesson.

Puppy Play, Thursdays at 11am in room 2, for our current students only.  Drop in.   Cost is $10.00, cash only.

 

ALL LEVEL ONE OBEDIENCE CLASSES (no pre-requisites required):

Basic obedience courses:                                                                                               Mondays, beginning on July 29 at 11am in classroom 1                                         Mondays, beginning on August 19 at 7:30pm in classroom 1                                      Mondays, beginning on July 29th at 6:30pm in classroom 1                          Tuesdays, beginning on June 25 at 7:30pm in classroom 1                                   Wednesdays beginning on July 10 at 6:30pm in classroom 2                                     Thursdays, beginning on August 8 at 6:30pm in classroom 1                             Saturdays beginning on August 24th at 8am 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 whenever possible.  Please pre-register, as these classes fill quickly. Cost is $295.00 to your instructor at your first lesson.  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 with your instructor.

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. (***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 $2195.00, cash or check to the instructor upon drop off.

Day training  Our day training program includes 6 full days of training for your dog (m,w,f  9a to 5p) 2 private lessons for you and or your family (upon pickup on Fridays)and one drop in class here at Alpha Dog on a Saturday, 10am.  We tailor all training to your dog’s needs, of course.  We generally teach heel, sit stay, down stay, come (beginner, 6 ft leash) leave it, and go to place.  We aim for single command compliance in all training.  If your pup already knows these basic commands, then we can move on to adding distance, duration or other commands that you might need.   Cost is $1500.00 to your instructor upon first drop-off, and comes with lifetime email and phone support.

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 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.)

Private training at Alpha Dog.                                                                                          If your schedule cannot accommodate weekly training sessions or if your trainer suggests that it would be better for you to come here for training,  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 $595.00, payable to your instructor at the first lesson, and includes 5 private lessons and lifetime email and phone support.  A single session is $125.00.

ALL LEVEL TWO OBEDIENCE CLASSES (level one obedience is required):

Drop in classes will be back in the fall!  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 curriculum.               Cost is $20.00, cash only, to the instructor.

E-Collar Training, August 2, 6:30pm                                                                                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. Cost is $175.00, cash or check, to the instructor at the first class.

Basic obedience 2:                                                                                             Tuesday, July 30th 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, cash or check to your instructor at the first class.  Up to two missed classes may be made up on Saturdays at 10am.

Lucky 7 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.

Some of the drills will include the following;

  1. Proper greetings- We will expose your dog to various types of greetings from strangers in public.
  2. Door Manners-  I am sure everyone knows the rules when you enter and exit Alpha Dog K9.  We are going to add a few twists to what you have been conditioned to.
  3. Extended sit/down stay-  Our focus will be on obeying your command no matter what is happening around them.
  4. Focused attention on the handler-  Command presence (leadership) and positive reinforcement is all your dog is looking for.  Developing focused attention will develop a strong bond between the handler and dog.  We will incorporate various types of distractions your dog may never have experienced.  The goal is to have your dog obey your every command regardless of what’s happening.
  5. Distance distance distance-  Sure your dog comes when you call them when your inside your house.  Let’s add all the distractions the world has to offer. It’s imperative you can control your dog in various types of situations. It’s also quite nice to have a dog that hangs on your every word.  Distance is your friend.  We will cover various commands at a distance.
  6. Precision heeling-  Our main objective is to make your dog look like Fred Astaire
  7. Recall work—long line recall work is the next step after introducing recall in your basic obedience class.

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. Starts Thursday, August 15th at 7:30pm in room 1.  Cost is $175.00 cash or check to your instructor at the first class.

Rally Obedience.                                                                                                        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

Canine Good Citizen/Therapy Dog test prep class, Saturday July 13 at 7am in classroom 1                                                                                                                    AKC 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, 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 $150.00 cash or check to your instructor at the first class. Up to two missed classes may be made up on Saturdays at 10am when available.  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

Recall class!  Does your dog come when called?  Friday, August 2 at 6:30pm          This 5 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, rain or shine but will cancel for extreme weather so please call or check our FB page for updates.  Please pre-register, cost is $175.00 to your instructor.

LEVEL 3 OBEDIENCE CLASSES (levels one and two obedience required):

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. Cost is $150.00 to your instructor.

CGC-A prep class, Wednesday nights, 7:30pm starting on July 10 in room 2  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.  First class is at Alpha, room 2.  Cost is $150.00 to your instructor.  https://www.akc.org/products-services/training-programs/canine-good-citizen/akc-community-canine/test-items/

On the Road, Friday, August 2 at 7:30pm in room 1, then traveling.  If you’re looking to up your game and love to have your pup out with you, then this is a great class for you!  We will begin with a basic “in public” manners session in the classroom, then take it on the road!  This class is for people and dog friendly dogs only, and registration is limited. Course is 5 weeks, $150.00

CLASSES WITH NO PREREQUISITES, OPEN TO ALL INCLUDING PUPPIES:

Conformation handling with Kerry Boyd, ongoing, drop in. 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                                                                                                                     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!  Thirty minute private sessions with development of individualized fitness programs for your dog are offered on a limited basis at a rate of $45.00 per lesson.  Please register for your appointment through our contact page or join our next group class on Fridays at 11am in classroom 2.  Cost for the group class is $150.00 to your instructor.

Intro to Nosework                                                                                                      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!  Cost is $150.00 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.)   Cost is $150.00 for the 6 week course.   SEE YOU IN THE FALL!

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!