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  therapy dog path classes

puppy 1 – puppy playschool – for puppies 8 – 16 weeks of age

puppy playschool was created just for pups between the ages of 8-16 weeks (read why you should begin classes early). in this one-hour, off-leash training and socialization class, your pups will learn the cues: sit, down, come when called, and much more. most importantly, your puppy will learn to socialize appropriately with other friendly pups and humans, and will learn how to happily accept grooming, touch, and handling by strangers.

you and your pup will work toward earning an akc s.t.a.r. (socialization, training, activity, responsibility) certificate, showing the world that you are a responsible pup parent and your puppy is starting life as a well-mannered member of the community. the perfect foundation for moving into our akc canine good citizen class!

by passing the akc s.t.a.r. test at the end of the class, you’ll receive an application for enrollment in the akc-sponsored program, a medal to display, a listing in the s.t.a.r. records and a puppy package with a certificate, handbook, discounts and subscription to their training email newsletter. class is held in a sterile, clean and safe environment with other healthy* (vet-approved) rascals.

this class has a set curriculum, therefore we cannot accommodate drop-ins, or “pay as you go” puppies. registration for the entire six week class is required in order to save your pup’s spot in the class.

*it is extremely important to have your puppy checked out by a vet within 48 hours of arriving to your home, whether adopted from a rescue organization, shelter, or breeder. parasites like giardia are common, and your puppy may not show symptoms. therefore, be sure to take a fecal sample in at the time of this vet visit, so treatment can be started immediately (parasites are extremely contagious). the presence of parasites is the number one obstacle to starting puppy playschool that we see.

~watch a sneak peek of our puppy classes!

important note:

your puppy’s health is our number one concern, therefore all puppies must meet the following requirements to attend class.

all of the items are mandatory and must be received at least 24 hours prior to class — no exceptions.

  • our veterinary health form completed and signed by your vet (downloaded upon registration)
  • one set of vaccinations 7 days prior to the first class
  • proof of a clean fecal test
  • puppy must be in their new home for at least one week

most puppies learn to socialize easily, but sometimes the class environment is too stressful. If a puppy shows excessive signs of stress and is not able to function in the class, they will be removed from class and redirected to private socialization sessions with a well-adjusted and healthy adult dog.

please contact us with questions/concerns.

starts:

2017

saturday afternoon class: november 18, 1:00 – 2:00 pm (no class november 25)

this class is a special four week class. due to the shortened schedule, please enter NINERPUPS as the coupon code to receive the discounted price

2018

wednesday evening class: january 3, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

$195 for six week class

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puppy 2 – the pawlished pup – for pups 17 weeks – eight months

designed for our puppy 1 – puppy playschool graduates. this intermediate class was created to bridge the gap between the puppy playschool and the akc canine good citizen class. we will build upon each puppy’s basic manners skills, and help them acquire the expertise to move to the next level, their canine good citizen certificate

advanced obedience skills such as stay, leave it with high value items, come when called with distractions, loose leash walking, and much more, will be honed.

with play sessions at the end of each class, we’ll continue to build a strong socialization foundation, and take each puppy’s self control to the next level.

puppies and their humans join us starting with the first class.

~watch a sneak peek of our puppy classes!

important note:

your puppy’s health is our number one concern, therefore all puppies must meet the following requirements to attend class.

all of the items are mandatory and must be received at least 24 hours prior to class — no exceptions.

  • our veterinary health form completed and signed by your vet (downloaded upon registration)
  • updated vaccination records

please contact us with questions/concerns.

starts:

saturday morning class: november 18, 10:00 – 11:00 am. due to the holidays, this class will not meet on november 25, december 23 and december 30

$195 for six week class

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akc canine good citizen

canine good citizen (cgc) is an akc certification program that is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. the cgc program is an advanced training class that stresses responsible pet ownership and basic good manners for dogs. all dogs who pass the 10-step cgc test may receive a certificate from the american kennel club, building the foundation for dogs who want to progress into therapy work. as you teach the cgc skills, you’ll discover the joys of training your dog and will enhance the bond between you and your pooch.

if you have a puppy, we recommend starting with the akc s.t.a.r. puppy program, part of our puppy 1 – puppy playschool and our puppy 2 – the pawlished pup.

prerequisite: all dogs must have basic obedience skills such as “sit” and “down” and must be friendly and well-adjusted. prong, choke and shock collars are not permitted. all dogs must have proof of current vaccinations or present titer results; please bring to first class.

important note:

class fees must be paid at time of registration in order to secure your pup’s spot in the class and must be paid in full at time of registration. we do not accept “one-week-at-a-time” payments. due to the importance of continuity in this class, we cannot offer make-up classes for this workshop.

starts:

thursday evening class: january 4, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

saturday afternoon class: january 6, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

$225 for six week class

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akc urban canine good citizen

the akc urban canine good citizen (cgcu) is an advanced akc certification program that requires demonstration of your dog’s skills and good manners in an urban setting. all dogs who pass the 10-step test may receive a certificate from the american kennel club, building the foundation for dogs who want to progress into therapy work.

all skills in the test are tested on leash. akc urban cgc will take place safely in a busy, “real-world” environment where there are cars, streets to be crossed, noises and distractions.

some of the akc urban cgc skills dogs must possess include:

  • exits/enters doorways (of dog-friendly buildings) with no pulling
  • walks through a crowd on a busy city sidewalk
  • reacts appropriately to city distractions (horns, sirens, etc.)
  • waits on leash, crosses street under control
  • ignores food and food containers on sidewalk
  • 3-minute down-stay in lobby of dog friendly building
  • enters, exits, rides dog-friendly transportation (car, cab, etc.)

as you teach the cgcu skills, you’ll discover the joys of training your dog and will enhance the bond between you and your pooch.

to join the class, your dog must be an akc canine good citizen and must have an akc number of one of three types (note: all dogs, including mixed breeds, are eligible for an akc number):

  1. akc registration number. your purebred dog has “papers.” you would have received these from the breeder.
  2. a pal number (“purebred alternative listing”) for purebred dogs of akc breeds without papers (such as rescue or shelter dogs).
  3. an akc canine partners number for mixed breed dogs, or dogs otherwise ineligible for akc registration such as purebreds from other countries that are not akc recognized breeds. all dogs can enroll in the akc canine partners program.

for questions about akc registration, please contact akc customer service.

all dogs must have proof of current vaccinations or present titer results; please bring to first class.

~watch a quick video about the urban canine good citizen class!

* new class dates coming soon! sign-up for updates! *

the akc community canine and therapy dog preparation class

akc community canine is the most advanced class in our therapy dog path. your dog will learn therapy dog skills in real-world environments rather than in a park or ring, proving competence in challenging situations such as:

  • walking calmly past distractions without pulling
  • sitting and staying in a small group of people with dogs
  • leaving food on the ground
  • staying until called while you enter or exit a doorway or narrow passageway

we will also teach your dog to happily accept touching, grooming, and sloppy petting by strangers. Important skills for any dog who dreams of becoming a therapy dog.

successful completion of this class and passing all 10 test items earns your pup the title cgca.

to join the class, your dog must be an akc canine good citizen and must have an akc number of one of three types (note: all dogs, including mixed breeds, are eligible for an akc number):

  1. akc registration number. your purebred dog has “papers.” you would have received these from the breeder.
  2. a pal number (“purebred alternative listing”) for purebred dogs of akc breeds without papers (such as rescue or shelter dogs).
  3. an akc canine partners number for mixed breed dogs, or dogs otherwise ineligible for akc registration such as purebreds from other countries that are not akc recognized breeds. all dogs can enroll in the akc canine partners program.

for questions about akc registration, please contact akc customer service.

all dogs must have proof of current vaccinations or present titer results; please bring to first class.

starts:

wednesday afternoon class: november 15, 4:00 – 5:00 pm (no class december 20 and 27. class resumes for graduation/test day january 3, 2018)

$225 for six week class

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brilliant buddies – training beyond words

have you ever envied therapy and service dogs for how well they behave? admired how they just seem to simply make good choices, naturally? they walk with loose leashes, rather than pulling their humans down the street. they have amazing eye contact with their handlers, and they settle nicely at restaurants. all without their person ever saying a word?
 
well, it’s no accident. they have been taught to make good choices, on their own, without needing to be given a cue (though they’ll comply if asked).
 
if you long to have a dog who behaves like a therapy/service dog*, this is the class for you. we created it just for ambitious dog parents, and their pups.
 
in this class your pup will be guided to help make smart/positive decisions, without receiving cues, including leaving items on floor (food) alone, staying on all four paws for pets, settling by your side at cafe’s, and much, much more.
 
this is an advanced class. basic skills such as sit, down, and come when called are required. prerequisite: dbf’s pawlished pup, basic manners, or toby’s teens. all students interested in this class, who have not attended one of the above mentioned classes, will be asked to schedule a consultation before the class begins at the regular dbf hourly private rate.
 
due to the nature of the class, it is not recommended for reactive dogs, and dogs who are still learning their “quiet” cue. if your dog is not a good match for this class, please give us a call to discuss an alternative class.
 
*though this class will strengthen the skills that service dogs have mastered, it does not culminate in your dog becoming a “service dog.” if you have need for a service dog, please contact the ada for assistance – ada.gov.

starts:

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$225 for six week class

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save on therapy dog classes by purchasing one of our prepaid class packages listed below:

therapy path class package 1

for pups starting under 16 weeks of age, a prepaid package of our therapy path classes: puppy 1 – puppy playschool, akc canine good citizen and the akc community canine and therapy dog preparation class.

$625 for three six week classes ($20 savings)

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therapy path class package 2

for pups 16 weeks of age and older, a prepaid package of our basic manners class, akc canine good citizen and the akc community canine and therapy dog preparation class.

$575 for three six week classes ($40 savings)

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private cgc testing

for dogs and humans who wish to take the akc canine good citizen test to begin their journey toward being therapy dogs or simply would like to garner the proud title of “akc canine good citizen,” rebecca Mmandell, owner of dog’s best friend, is an akc approved evaluator and will privately administer the cgc test. please contact us for further details on private evaluations.

$55 for one-time evaluation

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