Group Manners Classes

Get your training started off right! Our goal is to create a dog you can take everywhere with you, and who is happy to listen. Obedience is a communication tool and training should be enjoyable by all. We emphasize your dog's engagement with you, ability to handle distractions, and practical skills for everyday life.

All classes, unless otherwise noted, are held at our private training field in Felton. Over 5000 sq ft of turf designed with dog training in mind.


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Manners and Foundation Obedience 1

This class is designed for puppies and newly adopted adult dogs, aiming to get them off to a great start! We cover basic obedience skills with an emphasis on teaching your dog that obedience is a team effort-so they can make good choices on their own. Life skills such as vet visits, handling tolerance, polite greetings to strangers and dogs are practiced throughout class. Training early on together is important to set up good habits for life! 

Part of the AKC S.T.A.R puppy program

Skills: Sit, down, come when called, go to bed/settle, eye contact, loose leash walking, leave it, stay.

Location: Felton Training Field. On Hwy 9, 1.5 miles south of Felton, 4.5 miles north of Santa Cruz

Next Start Dates:   

Dec 9th Sundays 4pm (This class will be taught by guest trainer Vicki Hinton of Augies Friends)

OR

Jan 7th Mondays 11am (Taught by Heather Ross)

$150 (Classes are 50 min and meet once a week for 6 weeks)


Manners and Foundation Obedience 2

Does your dog already know some of the basics, but you want to refine their skills? Need practice around distractions and real life situations? Trouble shooting problem behaviors? 

Manners 2 will focus on building your dog's focus and practical skills for cooperation in day to day life. We'll practice skills for the CGC (Canine Good Citizenship test) and spend time working through nuisancebehaviors (jumping, counter surfing, etc)

Skills: Loose leash walking, settle/stays with distractions, coming when called past distractions. 

Location: Felton Training Field. On Hwy 9, 1.5 miles south of Felton, 4.5 miles north of Santa Cruz

Next Start Date: 

Dec 9th 2:45pm (This class will be taught by guest trainer Vicki Hinton of Augies Friends)

$150 (Classes are 50 min and meet once a week for 6 weeks)


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OBILITY

Functional Obedience through Agility Games

Jump! Weave! ! Run! â€¦and stay, come and walk with me!

This agility class will cover the foundation skills needed for agility, as well as practicing impulse control, attention and functional obedience. A great way to exercise your dog's brain and body.

This class is appropriate for dogs who have succesfully completed a Manners 1 level course, and comfortable being close to other dogs.

Location: Felton Training Field
Dates:
Dec 3rd Mondays 330 pm 6 weeks, $175 (Classes are 50 min and meet once a week. This session will run for 7 weeks in case of a missed day for the holidays, meeting on 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 12/24, 1/7, 1/14 and 1/21. No class on 12/31. This class will be limted to 4 dog/handler teams. ) 


Manners and Foundation Obedience 3

Building on our Foundations Manners, this class will help you train for a focused dogs in all environments, without a treat in your hand at all times! We want our pups to be able to listen not just at home, but everywhere in the world we venture with them. The class will incorporate many of the concepts in the book 'Beyond the Backyard' by Denise Fenzi - check it out! http://www.thedogathlete.com/

Our overall goal will be to pass the CGC test, and have a great companion who can go out anywhere with you!

Skills: Reliable cooperation away from home or under distraction of cues your dog is already familiar with. Building fluency for real life situations. Obedience, cooperation and focus without treats or other rewards visable or in your hand. Incorporating a variety of reward types and values. 

Location: Felton Training Field. On Hwy 9, 1.5 miles south of Felton, 4.5 miles north of Santa Cruz

Date: tbd 6 weeks, $150 (Classes are 50 min and meet once a week) 


Focused Heeling/competition foundations 1

For fun or competition, training higher level obedience is a great for cooperation in real life, relationship building and as a mental/physical outlet for your dog! We'll begin the training a precision, focused heel (different than loose leash walking) from the ground up, as well as straight fronts, dumbell hold, directionals, and stays. With a good foundation, you'll be able to be successful heeling past distractions in real life, AKC obedience or Rally.

Location: Felton Training Field. On Hwy 9, 1.5 miles south of Felton, 4.5 miles north of Santa Cruz

Date: Dec 3rd Mondays 12:15 pm 6 weeks, $150 (Classes are 50 min and meet once a week. This session will run for 7 weeks in case of a missed day for the holidays. No class on 12/31) 

*This class can also be taught in 30min individual lessons ($45/ea) We can usually cover the class material with 4 lessons*

 Surly and I collecting first place prize at our first Rally trial

Surly and I collecting first place prize at our first Rally trial


Nosework

Get going with the fun sport of Nosework! We'll teach your dog how to identify particular scents (birch, anise and clove) and find them in a variety of locations. Training using your dog's nose is an incredibly good way to tire out both their brains and body. High energy, nervous, reactive, old or young - all benefit! Nosework games can be played indoors on rainy days, or outside at the park. When your dog is using its 'hunt' drive to find a scent they're working their energy in a directed, contolled way - much better than getting amped up playing fetch.

Finding scent is natural for dogs - its telling us where it is that is the hard part! To help with clear communication, we teach a very solid 'alert' behavior first. With this method, it is clear to both the handler and dog exactly where the odor source is, our ultimate goal.

Location: Felton Training Field: On Hwy 9, 1.5 miles south of Felton, 4.5 miles north of Santa Cruz

Dates:

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Beginning: TBD - inquire for next start date!

*This class can also be taught in 30min individual lessons ($45/ea) We can usually cover the class material with 4-5 lessons*

Level 2/3: Ongoing, Thursdays at 3:30/4:30 pm 6 weeks $150