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Group Classes

Group classes are currently held at Brooklyn Yard VetSellwood Pet SupplyDog Gone Happy, Fang! Pet and Garden Supply  and Cascade Park Animal Pet Supply (see map of class locations here). See our class descriptions below, or go directly to the registration. For the fine print, read our class policies.

We use positive reinforcement to teach dogs and people! Clickers are provided (but optional) and each class ends with a graduation celebration that includes a talent show and raffle with prizes for each dog. We limit the number of dogs in each class to provide the best possible learning environment, so please sign up early to save your spot. Each class is instructed by Katrin, Angela, or Lorena and one or two training assistants. Not all classes are offered all the time, so please let us know if you're interested in a class that's not currently scheduled.

 

Puppy socials

This weekly drop-in puppy social is designed to help your puppy become the pluckiest puppy they can be. Positive experiences during the critical socialization period is essential for the development of a happy, healthy, well-adjusted dog. Our socials focus on teaching puppies appropriate play and communication skills, positive exposure to people and handling, and general confidence building. Socials are appropriate for very young puppies with one set of DHPP vaccinations. Dog Gone Happy Daycare is disinfected prior to puppy socials to make the area as safe as possible for young puppies. Pups from 8 to 20 weeks old may attend. Pups must have been healthy and in your home for at least seven days prior to first social. $20 per drop-in, or package of 5 for $90. Online registration or RSVP by phone or email required.

Questions about early socialization? Read the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior's position statement on puppy socialization.

 

Kinderpuppy 1

This is a 6-week beginning obedience and socialization course, designed especially for puppies between 10 and 20 weeks. Proper socialization is the most vital component of your puppy’s healthy development into a friendly, well-adjusted adult dog. Adequate socialization to other puppies during their developmental period teaches puppies how to communicate properly with other dogs, develop bite inhibition, and helps prevent future dog-aggression. In addition to socialization, this class also covers basic obedience training (sit, down, stay, come, leave it, and settle on mat) as well as problem prevention (biting, barking, chewing) using positive reinforcement. We will also cover puppy basics such as house-training, crating, and proper socialization. Each class will include several supervised play sessions. No puppies at first meeting. Puppies must have current DHPP vaccinations. $185. 

 

Kinderpuppy 2 + AKC STAR Puppy Test

This is a 6-week intermediate obedience and socialization course, for puppies up to one year old who have completed Kinderpuppy 1 or an equivalent puppy class. Because continued socialization is such an important part of your puppy’s healthy development into a friendly, well-adjusted adult dog, this class will focus on intermediate obedience and off-leash play and socialization. Adequate socialization to other puppies teaches puppies proper canine communication skills, develops their bite inhibition, and helps prevent future dog-aggression. In addition to socialization, this class also covers intermediate obedience training (more reliable sit, down, stand, stay, come, leave it, and settle) with a focus on greater distractions and fading out food rewards, as well as problem prevention (jumping up, pulling on leash). Each class will include several supervised play sessions. The AKC STAR Puppy Test (the puppy version of the Canine Good Citizen test) will be administered on the last day of class. Puppies must have current DHPP vaccinations. First class meeting is for people only. $185. 

 

Impulse Control

A 6-week class to teach your rowdy canine how to cool his jets. For dogs of all ages who have completed a previous obedience class or have a rudimentary sit, down, and stay. This class will focus on greeting humans without jumping up,settling down on a mat, waiting at doorways or other boundaries, paying attention to you, and resisting distracting temptations in the environment, including other dogs. No dogs at first meeting. Dogs must have current rabies and DHPP vaccinations. $185.

 

Basic Manners 1

Basic Manners is a 6-week positive reinforcement dog training class for beginning obedience and problem-behavior prevention designed to build a better relationship between you and your dog. Teach your dog to sit, down, stand, stay, come, walk on leash nicely, and leave it on hand signal and voice command. We will also cover common behavior problems such as jumping up. Learn how dogs learn differently from humans, and how to apply that knowledge to dog training. Dogs must be current on rabies and DHPP vaccinations. No dogs at first class. $185.

  

Dogs in the City

This is a 4-week advanced obedience dog training class for dogs who have attended previous dog training classes, or with instructor approval. This class will take your dog's skills to the next level--working in the real world. Class will meet in "live" locations throughout Portland, such as dog friendly businesses, outdoor cafes, shopping streets, and public parks. Teach your dog that "sit" means "sit," whether you're at home or on the road, at Aunt Sophie's house or the vet clinic. We will cover basic manners such as sit, down, stay, come, and walk nicely on leash, as well as polite dog and people greeting. For dog- and people-friendly dogs of all ages. Dogs must be current on DHPP and rabies vaccines. $135. 

 

AKC Canine Good Citizen Prep and Test

Would you like your dog to be a well-mannered member of canine and human society? We'll take 6 weeks to prepare you and your dog to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test, which will be adminstered on the last day of class. This class will teach your dog how to sit politely during greetings, petting, grooming, and examination; how to walk politely on a loose leash, including through crowds of people and when meeting other dogs and people; to sit, down, stay, and come on cue; and to maintain focus around distractions and remain calm when you are out of sight. You can read more about the CGC Test Items here. This class is for friendly dogs (purebred and mixed) who have taken at least one previous training class (or with instructor approval). First class meeting is for people only. $185. 

 

Dogs on the Trail

This is a 4-week on-leash trail manners class for dogs who have attended previous dog training classes, or with instructor approval. This class will apply your dog's existing skills to a new environment--Portland parks and trails. Class will meet in different natural areas throughout Portland each week. Teach your dog to walk by your side or behind you on narrow trails, wait politely to let people and dogs pass, leave wildlife, food, or other things alone, and come when called. For dog- and people-friendly dogs of all ages. Dogs must be current on DHPP and rabies vaccines. $135.

 

Leash Manners Boot Camp

This four-week intensive class will focus on all aspects of leash manners: Sitting still for leashing/unleashing, walking on leash--without pulling, heeling on cue, greeting people and dogs with permission, permission to go sniff, time to keep going. Whether your dog is a puller, a staller, or spaz on leash, this class will help you and your dog enjoy your walks toghether. First class is without dogs. Following classes in various outdoor/indoor locations throughout close-in Portland. $135.

 

Real Life Recall

Does your dog only come to you when she feels like it? Help her feel like it all the time! This 4-week intensive class will teach a rock-solid recall from scratch. It doesn't matter if your dog comes never, sometimes, or almost always--this class is for you if you wish your dog had better recall. First class is without dogs. Following classes in various outdoor/indoor locations throughout close-in Portland. $135.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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