New to All Dogs Allowed?
Is your dog under six months old? Then they’re perfect for our Puppy Starters program! 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 cover manners and obedience, while also providing a positive socialization 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 for you!). Depending on your puppy’s age, you’ll either start in Successful Socialization and move to Puppy Starters OR jump right into our Puppy Starters class. Both classes will cover proper socialization and prepare your puppies for adult training courses such as Foundations, Focused Fidos, or Canine Good Citizen prep classes.
If your dog is over six months old, Foundations is the perfect fit! Our Foundations class is more than your typical commands class. We address common canine 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.
Fantastic Fidos is an outdoor group class for those of you who have completed either a Puppy Starters or Foundations course and are hoping to attain your Canine Good Citizen, Advanced CGC, or Urban CGC award through the AKC, build on your current skills while adding real world distractions, or working on loose-leash walking skills. 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.
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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.
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Want to change things up?
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.
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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!