Group Classes in Durham

Group classes are a great way to start your training in a supportive environment! Our in-person group classes are small and expertly designed by an educator to set you and your puppy up for success! Join us!

PUPPY CLASSES

LEARNING TO PUPPY 101

Learn the basics using positive reinforcement. Training exercises will include sit, down, stay, attention, drop it, and more! We will also give you tips and strategies for dealing with common puppy behaviors like nipping. Our small classes ensure that you and your puppy get the individual coaching you need!

WHO? For puppies 8-14 weeks old at the start of class

COST: 6 weeks of classes $240

learning to puppy 201

For puppies who have graduated from Learning to Puppy 101, or older puppies who are just starting their training. We’ll work on exercises such as loose leash walking, calm greetings, and attention in distracting environments, and help you prepare for the teenager phase of your puppy’s life.

WHO? For puppies 15 weeks to 6 months old at the start of class

COST: 6 weeks of classes $240

middle school

Early adolescence can be a challenging time for both you and your puppy. This class focuses on maintaining and strengthen the basics that came so easy as a baby puppy, and builds focus and attention on you. We’ll talk about what to expect from your teenager as they move through this developmental period.

WHO? For puppies 6-11 months at the start of class

COST: 6 weeks of classes $199

PUPPY PLAYTIME

Puppy Playtime provides puppies with a clean, safe, and fun socialization opportunity. We’ll teach you how to determine if your puppy is having a good time and how to teach them to take breaks from play and focus on you.

WHO? Sessions available for puppies 8-20 weeks old, and for older puppies up to 6 months

COST: $25/session

PUPPY FIELD TRIPS

These appointments provide both enrichment and training, and round out your socialization plan. A certified trainer will pick your puppy up from your home and take them on an outing to practice skills (e.g., attention, settling on a mat) in an environment with distractions.

Please call us for details! 919-451-4226

PUPPY SCHOOL

If you would like some help with your socialization and training, or need some help providing enrichment to prevent the puppy ‘witching hour’, you can drop your puppy off on weekdays (Monday-Thursday) to work with a certified trainer. For puppies 8 weeks to 12 months. For more information, click here.

Visit our FAQ page for answers to your burning questions!

BEYOND PUPPY CLASSES

LEARNING TO DOG

Have you just adopted a new dog and need to get your training  started? Or maybe you need some help brushing up on the fundamentals? This class will focus on the use of positive reinforcement to teach behaviors such as attention, stay, leash manners, leave it, and more!

WHO? For dogs 12 months and older

COST: 6 weeks of classes $240

Prerequisite: None

WALK WITH ME & RECALL

A relaxing walk with our dogs is one of the great joys in life! Come and learn the foundation skills you need to make your your walks more enjoyable for both you and your dog. We will also play games to build a reliable recall behavior.

WHO? For dogs 6 months and older

COST: 5 weeks of classes $199

Prerequisite: Learning to Puppy, Learning to Dog, or instructor’s permission

TRICKS FOR CLICKS

Training tricks provides physical and mental exercise, and enhances training of the ‘basics’.  We will be using clicker training in this class to enhance communication between you and your dog.  We will decide as a class what tricks we’d like to focus on.

WHO? For dogs 6 months and older

COST: 5 weeks of classes $199

Prerequisite: Learning to Puppy, Learning to Dog, or instructor’s permission.

 

CANINE GOOD CITIZEN (CGC)

This class will help you prepare for the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) exam, focusing on 10 basic skills to ensure your dog is well mannered in your community around people and other dogs. Many therapy dog programs require CGC certification.  Along with the skills mastered in this class,  you will work on building a bond with your best canine companion.

WHO? For dogs 6 months and older

COST: 6 weeks of classes $240

Prerequisite: Learning to Puppy, Learning to Dog, or instructor’s permission.

To learn more about the Canine Good Citizen Certificate, please visit the AKC website.

GAME NIGHT

This class meets to practice skills such as loose leash walking, settling, and more using a game format. We’ll play game such as tic tac toe, musical chairs, red light-green light to practice these skills around people and dogs. Expect a dynamic class with a lot of laughter, friendly competition and prizes!

WHO? This class is for dogs of any age who can work comfortably around other dogs

COST: 4 weeks of classes $120

Prerequisite: Learning to Puppy, Learning to Dog, Canine Good Citizen, or instructor’s permission.

 

NEW CLASSES COMING IN FALL 2022

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Please note: our group classes are not appropriate for dogs that show reactivity to other dogs or people (barking, lunging, growling, snapping) when on leash. If you are not sure if your dog should attend a group class, please contact us for help!

Visit our FAQ page for answers to your burning questions!

Providing professional force-free, positive reinforcement training, including puppy preschool, private puppy training, puppy classes, dog training, canine good citizen, and more in Durham, and surrounding areas including Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, Morrisville, Bahama, Northwest Raleigh. Our puppy classes are held in our training studio in central Durham (902 Cleveland Street).