New to All Dogs Allowed?
These two age-appropriate classes have been heralded by our clients as “The Best Puppy Classes in the Entire Triangle!” because each class is designed to put you and your puppy in a fun and successful learning environment. Training should begin early in a dog’s life and attending a puppy class is a great way to start building their love for learning (and you!). We believe training should be fun, so everything is age-appropriate. The Puppy Starters class follows the AKC’s S.T.A.R. Puppy program to teach our puppies basic manners and obedience – while not overwhelming your puppy or moving too quickly. Our primary focus is to give you the skills you’ll need so that you’ll form life-long bonds and raise your puppy to be a well-socialized, well-mannered adult. These classes promise to get you and your puppy excited for training.
Did you just bring home a new family dog or have you been putting off training and now you need some help teaching manners around the house? Then Foundations is the perfect fit! Our Foundations class is more than your typical commands class. We address common problems – potty training, crate training, nipping, jumping on people, pulling on the leash, stealing food, and destructive chewing, as well as obedience commands such as sit, down, wait, stay, focus, come when called, drop it, leave it, and more! We also cover other areas of dog ownership, such as socialization, grooming, nutrition, and toy shopping (want to find a toy your dog can’t destroy?). In Foundations, you will learn how dogs learn and communicate so you can get a behavior every time you ask for it, have a calm dog who is under control in any situation, and is a joy to be around, whether at home or out in public.
Ready for more?
Have you graduated Puppy Starter or Foundations and are ready for more? In Focused Fidos, you’ll use your new knowledge and skills to teach your dog more manners, better behavior, and terrific tricks! This “potpourri” class mixes manners, obedience, tricks, agility, nosework, canine good citizen skills, off-leash socialization – basically all our classes rolled into one unique, on-going class. Focused Fidos is a drop-in, on-going class that’s different each week and is a great class to help you get to that “next level” and have a good time with your dog. You can build on your current skills while learning new ones or just keep having fun with your dog week-to-week while trying new things and bonding together.
Canine Good Citizen
American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen Test – Responsible owners, well-mannered dogs. The AKC’s Canine Good Citizen program is the gold standard for dog behavior. In the CGC test, your dog must pass ten mini tests – including sitting politely while being petted by a friendly stranger, walking loose on a leash around other people, staying in place, coming when called, and being left with a new person – in order to pass the test as a whole and earn a certificate and the official AKC CGC title. Dogs with the CGC title have the suffix “CGC” after their names. All Dogs Allowed offers group classes to practice the skills needed to pass the CGC test. We also offer testing times for the CGC test itself. Is your dog ready to become a Canine Good Citizen?
Does your dog have a mellow temperament and love to be petted by new people? Are you interested in working with your dog to give back to your community and bring comfort and relief to children, seniors, the sick, the injured, and the grieving? Our Therapy Dog class will prepare you for pet therapy work by covering important information on the certification process, rules and how to conduct yourself in therapy situations, and how to begin therapy work once you’re ready. We work on strengthening necessary obedience skills and proper socialization, roleplay common therapy situations, and take field trips so that you can observe, firsthand, the different types of pet therapy environments and decide which one would be best for you and your dog.
Want to change things up?
Lights! Camera! Action! Do you think your dog would make a great “stunt dog” like those in the action films? Why not teach him to play dead, army crawl, or skateboard? In this class, we’ll tackle the tricks and stunts that’ll make your dog a movie star! Then, when you’re ready for the bragging rights, we’ll evaluate for the various levels of “Trick Dog” titles through the American Kennel Club. In the video below, check out Hank’s video submission for the highest level of Trick Dog – the Performer title (TKP). Can you guess all ten of Hank’s tricks? Click “more info” below the video to see if you guessed them all!
Agility for Fun
Fun is the key word here! Both you and your dog will have a blast as we teach our dogs to jump over hurdles, run through tunnels, and balance on the wobble board. Do you have a shy or fearful dog? Agility training is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to build confidence and help their personalities bloom! A great option for high-energy dogs, owners who don’t have a fenced-in backyard to play in, or for teams just looking for a new way to bond and something new to try. All of our Agility for Fun classes are held indoors, in a temperature-controlled facility, so you can run and play no matter the weather.
Nosework for Fun
Again, fun is the key word here! Does your dog love to use his nose? Why not enroll him in a Nosework for Fun class? Even if you think your dog has a “defective sniffer,” you’d be surprised at his ability to discover and locate individual scents. Do you have a shy or fearful dog? Nosework can be an excellent way to build independent confidence while still bonding with you. A great option for teams wanting to bond in a new way or who are looking for something new to try. All of our Nosework for Fun classes are held in and indoor, temperature-controlled facility, until individual teams are ready to tackle Nosework outside of the classroom.
Fantastic Fidos is an outdoor group class for those hoping to attain your Canine Good Citizen, Advanced CGC, or Urban CGC award through the AKC, work towards an off-leash recall, finesse your loose-leash walking skills, or build on your current manners and obedience while adding real world distractions. The Fantastic Fidos curriculum does not differ each week as much as the Focused Fidos class, as we are primarily focusing on key outside skills. This is a great class to help you get to that “next level” and have a good time with your dog. Please note, due to this class being held outside, it will only be offered in the spring and fall.
Imagine an indoor, temperature-controlled, off-leash dog park where a lifeguard is always “on duty” – that’s our Doggie Dates class! This class offers a perfect balance of education and fun. While your dog plays off-leash (with trainer supervision), you’ll learn about their unique social behavior, social preferences, appropriate vs. inappropriate play, on- and off-leash greetings, dog body language, and more. Groups will be matched up based on temperament, size, age, and compatibility, and students can look forward to on-going play sessions and life-long friendships between owners and dogs. Think of this as your private and educational dog park!
At All Dogs Allowed, we occasionally like to dabble in potential new class options, either for training or enrichment. These Mini Classes can range in topics from rally obedience to yoga/fitness with your dog, from canine freestyle (dancing with your dog) to group walks at a local park. How about playing interactive games to discover your dog’s cognitive profile? Or exploring urban herding (treibball)? If it’s something new and exciting, but not yet part of our regularly scheduled Group Classes, you’ll find it here. All of our Mini Classes are held in an indoor, temperature-controlled facility, unless stated on the individual class.