Group Classes

Paws4ever offers fun and accessible group classes to help you and your dog bond and achieve your training goals together! Group classes are taught by professional trainers and use positive and proven-effective methods. 

COVID-19 NOTICE

We have begun offering some in-person classes in-person with social distancing measures in place and masks required. We are also currently offering private consultations in-person and virtually by phone and video.

Group Class Safety Requirements Due to Covid-19:

    • We ask that only one family member attend class with each dog (gatherings are limited to 10 people in indoor spaces)
    • During indoor classes we will open both exterior doors and the windows to provide more fresh air flow
    • You will need to wear a mask during class (if your dog has not seen you in a mask, please acclimate them prior to coming)
    • Your instructor will be wearing a mask unless your ability to hear them is significantly impaired
    • You will be asked to sign a statement indicating that you do not have a fever and have not been in contact with someone with Covid-19 in the last two weeks (to your knowledge). Please bring your own pen to sign with
    • You will need to take your temperature at home on the day of class
    • We will be sanitizing bathrooms, door handles, chairs, etc. between any classes that are occurring
    • During puppy play in Puppy School you may be asked to stay in your chairs so that we can better maintain social distancing
    • During any demos with a dog, the instructor will use their own leash or will use gloves to handle your leash

Puppy School – Manners (ABCs) and Socialization (Recess) for dogs up to 4 months old

Bring your puppy (must be 8 weeks to three months old on their first day of class) and experience appropriate puppy play and learn some basic behaviors using safe and guided interactions! Topics include all things puppy, such as jumping, nipping, handling (preparing for vet exams and grooming), playgroup safety, puppy beginner manners, and building a healthy bond. This class lays the foundation for the Middle School Class (for dogs between 4 months and 18 months of age).

Duration: 5 Weeks – This class is a rolling class, so you can join at any time (as long as space is available). Classes are expected to be taken in a continuous 5 week block. Only previously discussed absences will be available for make-up.

Prerequisite: Pups must have been in the home at least 10 days prior to starting class.

Prerequisite: Proof of first series of required vaccinations (DHPP) and veterinarian provided health check required before first class

Session Details:

Cost: $130.00

Length: 5- 55 minute lessons

Class Size: up to 6

 

Puppy Day Camp Adventure

The dream of a new puppy filling your home with love and laughs does not always match the reality of having a canine toddler in your house. Are you looking for a break from the little one? Would you like some “me” time? How about giving your puppy a head start on all kinds of training and socialization? Sound good? Well, we have the solution to your problem at Paws4ever! Introducing Puppy Day Camp Adventure with Cecelia Erwin! Drop your puppy off between 1 and 1:30pm and Cecelia will work her magic until you return to retrieve your smarter (and tired) puppy at 5pm. Every other week there will be an additional half-hour session from 5 to 5:30 for owners!

A sample of the puppies’ afternoons includes: 

  • Settling into their play pens with chewies, toys or enrichment
  •  Socialization in the form of supervised play with other puppies (in compatible groups) and/or experiences with novel objects like wobbly boards, horizontal ladders, FitBones, umbrellas, vacuum cleaners, etc.
  • Potty break!
  • One-on-One training for obedience skills
  • Another supervised play break either outdoors in our fenced yard or indoors if the weather is inclement.
  • One-on-one work with the puppies on handling of feet, ears, mouth and basic vet experiences

What will they be learning?
Your puppy will get a good head start on: Sit, Down, Stay, Leave it, Recall, Beginner Loose Leash Walking
When you return to pick up your tired puppy, you will receive a report on what your puppy learned that day and how they did! After every two camp sessions, there will also be a 30 minute session with the puppy parents and Cecelia so she can let you know how to get the same results (training transfer).

Prerequisite:  The puppy must be within 9 to 20 weeks of age.
Prerequisite:  Negative fecal exam and clean bill of health from your Vet. At least one round of Distemper/Parvo vaccine and Bordetella.
Prerequisite:  Your puppy must have been in your household for at least 7 days prior to coming to camp.
Prerequisite:  There must be three puppies enrolled for this class to occur
Cost: $320 for 4 weekly sessions
Length: drop–off 1:00-1:30, pickup 5:00 *extra half hour every 2 weeks*

Middle School Class – For dogs 4 months to 18 months old

This course introduces the essentials for teaching your teenage dog basic good manners. We will work on such unwanted behaviors as jumping up, pulling on leash, and not coming when called. This class establishes the foundation for more advanced skills in the Finishing School class. If your dog is between 4 months and 18 months, this is the class for you!

Duration: 6 Weeks – Week 1 is an orientation over Zoom. Weeks 2 to 6 will be with in-person.

Prerequisite: Proof of required vaccinations (DHPP and Rabies) must be provided prior to the class start date. These can be emailed to train@paws4ever.org

Prerequisite: Your dog must be friendly to humans and unfamiliar dogs and must have been in your home for at least 10 days prior to the start of class.

Session Details:

Cost: $140.00

Length: 6 – 55 minute lessons

Size: up to 6

Adult Manners Class – for dogs over 18 months old

This course introduces the essentials for teaching your adult dog basic good manners. We will work on such unwanted behaviors as jumping up, pulling on leash, and not coming when called. This class establishes the foundation for more advanced skills in the Finishing School class. If your dog is over 18 months, this is the class for you!

Duration: 6 Weeks – Week 1 is orientation so please leave your pup at home. Weeks 2 to 6 will be with dogs and handlers.

Prerequisite: Proof of required vaccinations (DHPP and Rabies) must be provided prior to the class start date. These can be emailed to train@paws4ever.org

Prerequisite: Your dog must be friendly to humans and unfamiliar dogs and must have been in your home for at least 10 days prior to the start of class.

Session Details:

Cost: $140.00

Length: 6 – 55 minute lessons

Size: up to 6

Adult “Finishing School” Class

A “finishing school” polishes manners and deportment and this course builds on the techniques taught in Adult Manners Class. We will be doing more advanced work with heeling, stay, settle, recall, etc. all of which will prepare your dog for being a great companion. We will also be setting the stage for the Canine Good Citizen Class if you are interested in Graduate School.

Duration: 5 Weeks (handlers with dogs at all classes, no orientation)

Prerequisite: Middle School Class, Adult Manners Class or permission of instructor

Prerequisite: Proof of required vaccinations (DHPP and Rabies) must be provided prior to the class start date. These can be emailed to train@paws4ever.org

Prerequisite: Your dog must be friendly to humans and unfamiliar dogs and must have been in your home for at least 10 days prior to the start of class.

Session Details:

Cost: $130.00

Length: 5 – 55 minute lessons

Size: up to 6

Health Class: Nails trims and teeth cleaning and ear cleans! Oh my!

Join us for a 6 week class to help you and your dog get ready for visits to the vet, groomers, general handling (brushing, teeth cleaning) and other hygiene chores. We will use a slow and steady positive reinforcement procedure to help our dogs learn to love – or at least like – these types of activities.

Don’t be the person who spends 15 years struggling with their dog to perform basic handling needs, learn how to make these processes enjoyable for you both!

Situations that may be covered include:

  • presenting paws for nail trims
  • allowing teeth-cleaning/holding mouth open
  • swallowing “naked” pills (i.e., not wrapped in food)
  • tolerating brushing and de-matting
  • holding still for injections and blood draws
  • wearing an Elizabethan collar
  • accepting ear cleaning
  • lying on side while body is massaged and manipulated
  • stepping onto a scale

Duration: 6 Weeks – Week 1 is orientation so please leave your pup at home. Weeks 2 to 6 will be with dogs and handlers.

Prerequisite: Proof of required vaccinations (DHPP and Rabies) must be provided prior to the class start date. These can be emailed to train@paws4ever.org

Prerequisite: Your dog must be friendly to humans and unfamiliar dogs and must have been in your home for at least 10 days prior to the start of class.

PhysEd:  Quick Sniffs and Tricks – Three-Week Class

We know that the holidays can be a stressful time so we designed a course where you and your dog can come out and have some fun! Every class will incorporate beginner nose work (with cardboard boxes, cones, snuffle mats and small hides) and also some tricks (Take A Bow, Weave Through Legs, Spin or Shake). This class will give you things to add to your training to make it fun and to deepen your bond with your dog. The nose work aspect gives you a low arousal activity that is perfect for any dog of any age.

Duration: 3 Weeks

Prerequisite: Proof of required vaccinations (DHPP and Rabies) must be provided prior to the class start date. These can be emailed to train@paws4ever.org

Prerequisite: Your dog must be friendly to humans and unfamiliar dogs and must have been in your home for at least 10 days prior to the start of class.

Cost: $70.00

Length: 3 – 55 minute lessons

Size: up to 5

Homework Club

Are you currently in a Paws4ever class? Were you previously? Do you feel like there are some skills you want to work on in a controlled environment with an instructor nearby? Then come hang out with us in Homework Club!

This is a drop-in class which will have no formal curriculum but which will be a place for you to work on whatever skills you’d like to, around other dogs who are doing the same! This will be an excellent environment to work on leash walking, leave it, attention, stay, etc. One of our professional instructors will be on site in order to give guidance as needed.

You may want to bring a chair, bug spray or water for your dog with you to class. This will be an outdoor class and will be canceled if it is actively raining.

Duration:  Every week ongoing. Come once, come every week, come once a month or once a year!
Prerequisite: Proof of required vaccinations (DHPP and Rabies) must be provided prior to attendance. These can be emailed to train@paws4ever.org
Prerequisite: Your dog must be currently or previously enrolled in a class with Paws4ever. This is not a class for new students.
Cost: $10.00
Length: 1 – 55 minute lesson
Size: up to 8

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