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.

Paws4ever does NOT allow the use of unlimited slip or choker style training collars, pinch or prong style collars metal or plastic, nor any electronic collars at any time on our campus. We believe science-based, positive reinforcement training is the best way to build communication, cooperation, and trust between you and your dog.

COVID 19 NOTICE:  Masks are now optional indoors. Social distancing and frequent hand washing are encouraged. We ask that you do not visit if you have any illness symptoms, including fever, cough, or shortness of breath, or know that you have been exposed recently to someone who is ill. We will continue to assess and update classroom rules as we follow guidelines from health professionals and the state to determine the safest course of action for our dog training classes.

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

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 with Makayla Williams! Drop your puppy off between 8:30 and 9:00am and Makayla will work her magic until you return to retrieve your smarter (and tired) puppy at 5pm.

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, tents, etc.
  • Potty break!
  • Basic training on puppy behaviors like jumping, mouthiness, and more!
  • 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

When you return after work to pick up your now exhausted puppy, you will receive a report on what your puppy learned that day and how they did!

Requirements for the puppy:  The puppy must be within 9 weeks to 6 months of age. Puppies must be dog-friendly and human-friendly.
Prerequisite:  Negative fecal exam and clean bill of health from your Vet. At least one round of Distemper/Parvo vaccine and Bordetella. These can be emailed to makayla@paws4ever.org.
Prerequisite:  Your puppy must have been in your household for at least 7 days prior to coming to camp.
Cost: $35 per session, every Thursday

Middle School Class/Adult Beginners – For dogs 4 months old and up!

This course introduces the essentials for teaching your teenage or 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 4 months of older, 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 “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: 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

Click for Fun

Does your dog seem bored with the basics? Are you looking for some fun “party tricks” for your pup? Join us in our Click for Fun class! We will learn fun things such as spin, “sit pretty”, place, bow and many more. 

Duration: This is a one time class that occurs once a month

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: $50.00

Length: 55 minuts

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

Agility for Fun!

Agility is a fun way for you to bond with your dog! Join us for a fun-focused approach to learning the different pieces of equipment, as well as expanding on your existing obedience skills.

In this class we’ll introduce exercises to improve your distance control over your dog, as well as beginner-friendly equipment such as tunnels, jumps, lowered contact obstacles (like the dog walk, pause table, and wobbly boards), and learn how to put those into a sequence!

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: $150.00

Length: 5 – 55 minute lessons

Size: up to 5

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