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Basic Beginner Skills for Puppies

with Dawn Grondin

Feb
28

February 28th, 2024

$175 More Info

Back by popular demand!! 

Dawn Grondin, an AKC approved Canine Good Citizen evaluator is back to teach Basic Beginner Skills for puppies aged 12 weeks to less than 12 months. 

Dogs must be current on all vaccinations (highly recommend kennel cough). Proof of rabies vaccination and town license for dogs over 6 months. 

A flat collar, slip chain collar, or well fitted harness with a 6 foot leash (no retractables) is required. Handlers should wear footwear and clothing that allows for all movements and quick thinking turns. Make sure to pack your doggie waste bags. Paper towels and disinfectant will be provided in the event of an accident. Handlers will be encouraged to potty their dog throughout the course of the class time. 

Please do not feed your dog dinner prior to class and do bring enticing treats. Dried beef liver and chicken flavored treats, real meat in small chunks, cheese sticks, baby carrots, etc. Bring a chew toy/bone and cream cheese or xylitol free peanut butter to smear on in small amounts. 

This class is suitable for one adult handler per dog at a time. Partners may audit and switch in/out at the discretion of the instuctor. Consistency is key for younger dogs. Please, no children as handlers or spectators. High School students may request permisson from the instructor. Cell phones will be off or on vibrate unless needed for the activity. 

The focus for this class is on positive play and basic social skill development. Skills will inlcude name recognition, come when called, sit, down, and stay/wait. During the class, puppies/dogs will remain in their own disignated area space. Please do not interact with other teams unless it is part of the activity. Beginning loose leash walking will be practiced. The goal of this class is to model for handlers how to be the best human dog to meet their puppy's needs and set the foundation for all other canine good citizen skills. Emphasis on the handler's confidence and patience while training the dog and building a positive, secure relationship with your dog. This class is taught by an AKC approved Canine Good Citizen evaluator. She has self trained many dogs to pass the CGC and therapy dog tests. This class is a great precursor to the Virtual Home Manners test. 

This class is six weeks.

Instructor; Dawn Grondin

When: Wednesdays beginning February 28th.

Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Where: Telstar High School Gymnasium

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Beginner Obedience & Shadow Skills for Dogs

with Dawn Grondin

Feb
28

February 28th, 2024

$200 More Info

Another favorite class with Dawn Grondin is back!!

 

BEGINNER OBEDIENCE/SHADOW SKILLS/HOME MANNERS - IDEAL FOR DOGS OVER 1 YEAR OLD

Dogs must be current on all vaccinations (highly recommend kennel cough). Proof of rabies vaccination and town license for dogs over 6 months.

A flat collar, slip chain collar, or well fitted harness with a 6 foot leash (no retractables) is required. No prongs. Handlers should wear footwear and clothing that allows for all movements and quick thinking turns. Make sure to pack your doggie waste bags. Paper towels and disinfectant will be provided in the event of an accident. Handlers will be encouraged to potty their dog throughout the course of the class time.

Please do not feed your dog dinner prior to class and bring enticing treats. Dried beef liver and chicken flavored treats, real meat in small chunks, cheese sticks, baby carrots, etc. Bring a chew toy/bone and cream cheese or xylitol free peanut butter to smear on in small amounts.

This class is suitable for one adult handler per dog at a time. Partners may audit and switch in/out at the discretion of the instructor. Please, no children as handlers or spectators. High School students may request permission from the instructor. Cell phones will be off or on vibrate unless needed for the activity. During the class, puppies/dogs will remain in their own designated area space. Please do not interact with other teams unless it is part of the activity.

The emphasis on this basic obedience introduction is on the handler’s skills.This class will prepare teams for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test or the Virtual Home Manners test. A wide range of skills will be modeled and practiced: behaving in a crowd, polite loose leash manners, respectfully working around other dogs, greeting people politely, staying in place, recalls, leaving distractions alone, managing unexpected noises/actions, supervised separation from the handler, and fun splinter/shadow skills to keep your dog’s mind engaged and wanting to play with the handler. The instructor will provide demonstrations and several alternative ways to get your dog to be successful in the skill areas. Treats will be used as rewards and not lures, as well as gradually faded out to performing without. Training is a process and with due consistency will go smoothly and well. Emphasis on the handler dog relationship is a priority, positive reinforcement, and building a safe, secure bond.

Class is taught by an AKC approved Canine Good Citizen evaluator. She has self trained many dogs to pass the CGC and therapy dog tests.

FMI on the AKC and CGC test items, visit; https://www.akc.org/products-services/training-programs/canine-good-citizen/canine-good-citize n-test-items/. The Canine Good Citizen test can be scheduled after teh last class for htose dog/handler teams that are ready. Taking or passing the test is not required to attend. This class is open to all breeds and mixes. 

This class is six weeks. 

Instructor: Dawn Grondin

When: Wednesdays, beginning February 28th.

Time: 6:45-7:45 p.m.

Where: Telstar High School Gymnasium