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. 

NOTICE

Due to COVID-19, we have not been holding in-person classes for several months We will be updating you as we follow guidelines from heath professionals and the state to determine the safest course of action for our dog training classes. 

Puppy School will reopen on June 7th, with social distancing measures in place and masks required. See the course listing below for safety details. 

We are also currently offering private consultations in-person and virtually by phone and video.

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 – 40 minute lessons

Class Size: up to 6

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 demo’s with a dog, the instructor will use their own leash or will use gloves to handle your leash

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

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 demo’s with a dog, the instructor will use their own leash or will use gloves to handle your leash

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

Canine Good Citizen Class

Our Canine Good Citizen class is available to all dogs who have completed Adult Finishing School class or equivalent. (Coming from an outside program?  Contact us to verify that your dog meets our minimum skill requirements before enrolling.)

We’ll meet and practice for 5 weeks and at the sixth lesson, you’ll take the test!

This class is part of the American Kennel Club’s (AKC’s) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program. The purpose of the AKC program is to encourage pet owners to have well-mannered pets.

Although the primary focus of our CGC program is to help you have a well-mannered pet, this class is also an excellent foundation if you want to progress to dog sports or therapy work. In fact, passing the CGC test is typically a prerequisite for certification by Therapy Dog organizations.

Prerequisite:  Adult Finishing School class or equivalent

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

Session Details:

Cost: $175.00

Length: 6 – 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.

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