Puppy Kindergarten

This is the perfect way to start your puppy off right!!  This 8 week course, for puppies between the ages of 9 and 16 weeks will show you how to teach sit, down, stand, stay, come, and leave it through positive , motivating techniques.  Emphasis is also placed on explaining and modifying various puppy behaviors including play biting, jumping, proper socialization, housebreaking, crate training, chewing, and appropriate play behaviors.  Human socialization exercises are gradually introduced as is appropriate dog to dog meet and greet exercises and free play if appropriate.  Class size is limited to 10 puppies and PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Puppies must have proof of vaccinations
( distemper, bordatella if recommended by your vet, and rabies if applicable) at first class.

Next available class time:  

  • Monday, October 29, 2018 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm with MIssy (FULL)
  • Monday January 14, 2019 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm with Missy
  • Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 7:30 - 8:30 pm with Anne

Cost:  $170.00   includes leash and  training booklet  - you supply buckle collar and soft treats
*registration form  available  on Registration Form Tab

Basic Companion

The basic companion and manners class is an 8 week course designed for adolescent dogs over 4 months of age, any dog who needs basic control, or puppies graduation from kindergarten class (it is NOT required that you complete puppy kindergarten before taking this class).  You will learn how to properly teach and cement the common obedience commands including sit, down, stand, stay, and come, as well as learn valuable home skills such as leave it, wait, off, attention, settle, and loose leash walking.  Behavior topics include proper communication and handling, relationship building through the rules to live by, appropriate meet and greet,  garbage and counter stealing,  managing your dogs energy, and  come when called  training.  Class size is limited to 10 dogs and PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Dogs must have proof of vaccination ( distemper, bordatella if recommeded by your vet, rabies) at first class.

Next available class time(s):

  • Wednesday, October 31. 2018 from 9:30 - 10:30 AM with Jill (FULL)
  • Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm with Anne (FULL)
  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 5:30 - 6:30 pm with Missy ( FULL)
  • Wednesday, January 9, 2019 from 5:30 - 6:30 pm with Missy
  • Wednesday, January 9, 2019 from 9:30 - 10:30 am with Jill
  • Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm with Anne
  • Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 7:30 - 8:30 pm with Anne

 * registration form available for these classes on the REGISTRATION FORM tab 

Cost: $170.00 includes leash and homework booklet. You supply collar and soft treats.

Upper Level Classes

INTERMEDIATE CLASS:

This course is a continuation of the basic class with new emphasis placed on formal heeling, hand signals, off lead training, distraction training, attention work, and ring etiquette. Bait and bait pouch or motivational toy required.  Class size is limited to 6 dogs.  $170.00/7weeks.

Next Available Class Date:  

  • Monday, June 11, 2018 from 7:15 - 8:00 pm with Missy

*Registration form available in drop down menu on Registration tab

BETTER MANNERS CLASS

This 7 week course is designed for those individuals who don't want the formality of the intermediate class, but want to continue working toward distraction reliability and proper social manners.   Emphasis will be placed on proper leash control,  increasingly difficult stay exercises,  controlled dog to dog meet and greet,  real life attention work, and utilizing games and play for reward.  Owners must be prepared with a 6 foot leash, bait, bait pouch, and motivational toy.  Prerequisite is  successful completion of a basic manners course.   Class limit : 8 dogs.  Cost for class $170.00.

Next available class date:

  • Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 5:30 - 6:15 pm with Anne
  • Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 6:30 - 7;15 pm with Anne 
  • Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 10:30 - 11:15 am with Elizabeth

* REGISTRATION FORM FOR THESE CLASSES ARE  AVAILABLE ON THE REGISTRATION FORM TAB
 

CANINE GOOD CITIZEN - ADVANCED MANNERS CLASS:

Prerequisite for this course is the successful completion of a basic manners class. Dogs and handlers should have a working knowledge of sit, down, stay, come when called, and leave it.  Dogs must be people and dog friendly and be comfortable with physical handling.  Bait, bait pouch, and grooming tool required.  This course includes 7 weeks of teaching and training plus a final class dedicated to administering the CGC test to interested participants. Class size is limited to 6 dogs.  $170.00

Next Available Class Dates:

  •    Monday, July 30, 2018 from 7:15 - 8:00 pm with Germaine 

*Registration form available in drop down menu on Registration Tab

          

ADVANCE TRAINING CLASSES:

These drop in classes meet Wednesday evenings for those dog/handler teams who wish to continue to improve their training skills.  Handlers may come as frequently or as infrequently as they would like as it fits into their schedule.  Cost:  $12.00 /class. Trainer: Missy
** NOW OFFERING RALLY RUN THROUGH COURSE WEATHER PERMITTING DURING ADVANCE CLASS TIME!

  • Competition Class:  Wednesday 6:45 - 7:30 pm

Specialty Classes

4 WEEK MINI CLASSES!  Completed at least a Basic level class and ready to continue your training? Dust off your winter boots and keep your dog's brain active during these cold months with these fun, informative, short session classes. Class times will rotate throughout the winter months so check back often for current available times. Cost is $80.00 for each 4 week class - only 6 dogs/class so register early!

POLITE POOCH: This class will focus on exercises designed to improve skills when out and about from your home  including polite on leash pass by's with other dogs, appropriate on leash meet and greets with visitors, touching/handling skills with new people, comfort and social acceptance of environmental stimuli
( wheelchair, stroller, skateboard, etc),and beginning supervised separation.  Class times: Wednesday morning, October 3, 2018 from 9:30 - 10:15 am with Missy (FULL), Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 5:00 - 5:45 pm with Anne,  Monday, November 19, 2018 from 7:15 - 8:00 pm with Missy, Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 9:30 - 10:15 am with Elizabeth


COURAGEOUS CANINE: Is your dog easily frightened by new people or new situations? Is he afraid to approach everyday items in his environment? Are other dogs a bit scary for her? Would you like to be able to help your dog build confidence and understand his/her worries a bit better? The courageous canine class is designed to develop foundation skills that will help you safely manage and support your fearful dog. Class time: TBA

HOUSEHOLD HELPERS: Want to work on your at home skills with your dog? Let us help you continue to improve some of your basic skills plus introduce some new ones including: Find your mat with increased duration and distractions, door knock/doorbell response training, functional stays, increased Leave It proficiency, moving wait, and "Thank You/Drop It" cues. Class times: Monday evening October 1, 2018 from 7:15 - 8:00 pm with Missy (FULL)

SHAPING SKILLS: Shaping is a training technique that trains a dog to do something in small stages rather than all at once. You teach the dog to perform a new behavior by breaking it down into smaller parts.  Have your ever wondered about "clicker training"?  Or how to get complex behaviors like having your dog bring you a tissue when you sneeze? Shaping is a great way to fine tune your training relationship with your dog while you create behaviors from scratch using your dog's natural ability to learn. Class  time: TBA

 DANCING WITH YOUR DOGLearn how to take the skills you have learned (while acquiring some new ones) and turn them into a choreographed routine set to music. A fun, relaxed, entertaining way to spend time with your dog while building confidence in you and your dog as a working team.  No previous dancing experience necessary from either end of the leash!!  Class time: TBA

MINI RALLY:  Want to improve your sign reading skills for Rally Obedience? Want to practice the necessary skills with short courses that allow for  multiple repeat runs? TBA

MINI TRICK CLASS: Come get the entire family involved with training in a fun, relaxed, class environment while your dog learns how to shake, wave, high five, crawl, play dead, roll over, beg, be sad, weave, spin, clean up his toys, and/or roll his ball .  Class meets for 4 weeks - maximum class size is 5 dogs. Class time: TBA

CGC BRUSH UP CLASS:  Did you take the CGC test but struggled with a few of the exercises? The 4 week brush up class will focus on the more challenging exercises for most dogs including the dog to dog meet and greet, the stranger approach, and the grooming exercise. Other exercises will be reviewed as determined by the dogs attending.
Next class:  TBA

JUST FOR FUN TRY IT OUT! : This 4 week class will give you the opportunity to test drive 4 fun dog classes - 1 week each of TRICKS, SNIFFERS SKILLS, DANCING DOGS AND RALLY O.  Basic manners course is a prerequisite.

Next Class: TBA

*Registration form for 4 week classes available on drop down menu of Registration Tab. 

SOCIAL STRUGGLERS:

 Do you have a dog who get easily excitable and aroused on leash when he sees people or dogs? Does he jump, bark, whine, pull on the leash and act a bit crazy when environmentally stimulated? Do other folks think your dog is nasty even though you think he really just wants to say hi? Would you like a class that focuses just on these behaviors with an experienced, understanding trainer who can help you minimize these embarrassing and potentially dangerous moments?

Well here is it!    THE SOCIAL STRUGGLER CLASS is designed to lower stress in you are your dog, build focus and attention, train alternate behaviors to over arousal, and reinforce the absence of reactivity in difficult and challenging situations. Elizabeth Nally, CPDT from both Sandy Meadow Farm and Take the Lead Ma are offering both Level 1 and Level 2 classes at  Sandy Meadow Farm.  These Specialized Behavior Courses will be run as semi private classes with only 3 - 4 dogs accepted at a time. Classes will meet for 4 weeks at a cost of $160.
 
Next available classes:  
       
                 Level 1 class:
                                         Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm ( no class 9/29)
                                         Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm
                                                                          
                Level 2 class: Fridays 5:00 - 6:00 pm beginning September 14, 2018  (FULL)                              


SNIFFER SKILLS!!

How good is your dog's nose? Does he love to search for prizes in your yard and follow his nose on your walks? Come learn how to team up with your dog to utilize his/her amazing sense of smell and desire to hunt to find specific items and scents. Based on scent detection training, Sniffer Skills will focus on teaching you how to encourage and develop your dog's natural sense of smell while building confidence, focus and burning mental energy.  This is a class that can be enjoyed by dogs of any age, but dogs must be able to be safely crated or left in your vehicle while classmate dogs are working.  If your dog loves food, toys, attention, and games, then your dog will LOVE Sniffer Skills! Class meets for 6 weeks - Cost $150.00  Maximum class size - 5 dogs

Next Class Time: TBD

TRICKS CAN BE FUN!!

Come get the entire family involved with training in a fun, relaxed, class environment while your dog learns how to shake, wave, high five, crawl, play dead, roll over, beg, be sad, weave, spin, clean up his toys,  roll his ball and more.  Class meets for 6 weeks - Cost: $150.00

THERAPY DOG TRAINING

We offer classes twice a year to help train you and your dog for community service work as a Therapy team. Pediatric class trains for work with children, and adult care class trains for work in hospitals/nursing homes. Contact  $120.00 /7 weeks. Contact School directly for more information, requirements, and available class space.
     
 Please contact school for schedule:  Pediatric Therapy Dog Training - Spring 2017

DANCING DOGS CLASS!!!

Looking for something fun to do with your dog after completing Intermediate or Better Manners?  How about our dancing dogs class?  Learn how to take the skills you have learned (while acquiring some new ones) and turn them into a choreographed routine set to music. A fun, relaxed, entertaining way to spend time with your dog while building confidence in you and your dog as a working team.  No previous dancing experience necessary from either end of the leash!! If you really like the class - maybe you will join our Westfield Woofers performance troupe! Maximum class size - 6 dogs. 6 weeks/ $150.00

Next Available Class:  TBA
      

PRIVATE LESSONS - MANNERS AND CONTROL

Private lessons for individual training and/or problem behavior consults are scheduled Tuesday, andThursday mornings between 9:30 - 11:30  on an as need basis. Cost - $75.00/hour. Please contact the school for availability.

PRIVATE LESSONS/ BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION PROGRAMS

Private lessons are offered on an as need basis.  Lessons are routinely scheduled on  Tuesday and Thursday mornings, although other times may be offered when available. Cost - $75.00/hour. Please contact school for details.