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our classes offer it all
our classes offer it all
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Meet our expert instructors. Regular offerings include manners, agility and puppy classes along with rotating workshop topics.
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Agility A offers an introduction to agility and agility equipment for new dogs and handlers. Dogs should know sit and down and be generally under control when off leash. Dog agility is a sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. Eight-week, one-hour class at our Track & Training Center
Agility B is for dogs and handlers who have completed Agility A (or equivalent) and want to perfect their performance on all pieces of agility equipment. Students will improve their handling skills (turns/crosses/jump sequences) over jumps and tunnels, and their performance of the teeter, A-frame and dog walk. Eight-week, one-hour class at our Track & Training Center.
Agility C is for dogs and handlers who have completed Agility B (or equivalent) and have learned the agility equipment and want to start focusing on the skills needed to run full courses. Dogs and handlers will polish basic handling moves, practice short sequences of obstacles and longer courses and continue to improve their equipment skills. Eight-week, one-hour class at our Track & Training Center
Agility C/D is for dogs and handlers who have completed Agility C (or equivalent) and want to spend more time practicing their performance at this level before moving on to Agility D. Agility C/D offers advanced agility practice for dogs who know the equipment well and are ready to compete (or are already doing so). Students will work on skills and drills to enhance the working relationship between dog and handler. Eight-week, one-hour class at our Track & Training Center
Agility D is for dogs and handlers who have completed Agility C (or equivalent). Agility D offers advanced agility practice for dogs who know the equipment well and are ready to compete (or are already doing so). Students will work on skills and drills to enhance the working relationship between dog and handler. Eight-week, one-hour class at our Track & Training Center
Agility Skills and Drills
Agility Skills and Drills is a class for dogs and handlers who have completed Agility B (or equivalent). If you are interested in improving specific skills needed to run agility courses then this could be the perfect class for you. We will tailor the drills to fit the dogs that attend. Eight-week, one-hour class at our Track & Training Center
Continuing Canine Manners
Continuing Canine Manners is designed to advance the skills your dog has already learned in Canine Manners. By slowly escalating the distance, duration and distractions in the class exercises, you and your dog will strengthen your bond, become more proficient in your training, and better able to perform in real-life situations. Seven-week, one-hour class
Teach your dog the basic skills needed to succeed in everyday life. Skills covered include sit, down, come, stay and leave it. This class also covers common behavior challenges such as jumping up. One-hour class for dogs 6 months and older.
Canine Manners Refresher
This 4-week mini class is a chance to brush up on some of the behaviors you and your dog were introduced to in Canine Manners or some of our other classes. If you have graduated in the last year and want a refresher, this is your chance.
House Manners will help your dog put his best paw forward and develop polite behaviors in the home. Skills include getting on and off furniture when asked, giving polite greetings and waiting at doors. Seven-week, one-hour class
Street Manners is an intermediate-level course with a focus on developing the skills dogs need to take on the world, especially during outdoor walks! There will be a heavy emphasis on overcoming leash pulling and dealing with distractions. Seven-week, one-hour class
A Hound in the Home
Scent hounds are a popular and much-loved addition to many families. Their unique and charming personalities are hard to resist. But starting life as a working dog and being focused on following their nose, may mean your training isn’t going exactly as planned in the home. Join our training team, who are passionate about hounds, to learn how to optimally motivate, train and reinforce your scent-loving companion, as well as help him or her acclimate to the sights and sounds of life in a new environment.
Surviving Adolescence is for dogs 4-18 months old in their challenging “teenage” stage of development. Teach your dog the basic skills needed to succeed in everyday life. The skills we will cover include sit, down, come, stay and leave it. This class also covers the importance of proper socialization during this growth stage and common behavior challenges such as jumping up. If all Surviving Adolescence sessions are full, dogs 6 months and older may be registered for Canine Manners. Seven-week, one-hour class.
Puppy Skills Workshops
With lots of families bringing home puppies over the holidays, it’s important to get your puppy started on the right track. Properly socializing your puppy is a great way to have a positive influence on his or her future behavior! Each session will include discussion of a specific behavior topic important to puppy parents, and introductory training exercises. For puppies up to 20 weeks of age on the date of the workshop. Pre-registration is required.
Puppy Play and Socialization
This is socialization-based playtime involving lots of interaction with puppies, humans, and sometimes adult dogs. Students choose which sessions to attend. Properly socializing your puppy is a great way to have a positive influence on his or her future behavior! Play sessions are 45 minutes in School for Dogs (within Smoky’s Training Center) For puppies up to 16 weeks of age. Pre-registration is required.
Good Start Puppy 1
Good Start Puppy 1 is for puppies 8-16 weeks of age at the start of class. We will concentrate on socialization with people and other dogs and problem prevention exercises while also introducing foundational manners and skills. Lots of playtime with other puppies is included, and your dog may make lifelong friends! One-hour class in School for Dogs (within Smoky’s Training Center)
Good Start Puppy 2
Good Start Puppy 2 is designed for older puppies who are 16-24 weeks of age at the start of class. We will concentrate on socialization with people and other dogs as your puppy enters adolescence. We will discuss problem prevention exercises, while also introducing foundational manners and skills. Lots of playtime with other puppies is included, and your dog may make lifelong friends! One-hour class in School for Dogs or Smoky’s Training Center
Next Step Puppy
For puppies up to 12 months old who have graduated from our Good Start Puppy 2 class. This class will take foundational skills learned in Good Start Puppy to the next step. Polish verbal cues, discover how behaviors can be practical solutions in everyday life, add some fun new behaviors, and continue to help your dog be more comfortable for visits to the veterinarian and groomers. The class will explore how management, training and enrichment can help address undesirable behavior issues common in adolescent dogs. Your puppy will have the opportunity to make new friends, and perhaps reunite with some old ones, during play and socialization time
Intro to Flyball Workshops
Flyball is an exciting, fast-paced sport where a four-dog relay team races over jumps. Each dog is sent over four jumps, hits a box spring loaded with a tennis ball and then returns over the jumps with the ball before the next dog goes! One-hour workshops in our Track & Training Center
Flyball Run Throughs
Flyball Run Throughs are a great way to continue practicing flyball skills you’ve learned during workshops. Each session is $10 and requires pre-registration, please call or text Emily Neal at 804-467-6568 for details.
Tricks are tons of fun and a great way to bond with your dog! This class includes catching and shaping while covering fun activities like roll over, wave and more. Dogs and trainers of all levels are encouraged to attend. Seven-week, one-hour class
Building Canine Confidence
Building Confidence is a beginner to intermediate course for people who would like to help their dogs be more confident when interacting with the world around them. This class will focus on skills for the dogs, confidence building games and team building games for dogs and handlers. Seven-week, one-hour class
Creating a Calm Dog
Creating a Calm Dog is a class for dogs who are young and overly energetic. Skills covered include settle, place, exercise, enrichment and more. A basic manners class such as Canine Manners is highly recommended before attending this intermediate-level class. Seven week, one-hour class
Managing a Reactive Dog
This is an entry-level class for dogs who growl, bark or lunge toward dogs or people while out on walks. Learn how to identify your dog’s triggers (source of fear or excitement) and help your dog learn to be less worried about his or her triggers, have better focus on you and make better decisions instead of reacting. One-hour class, check individual class descriptions for session length
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