Hearts and Paws
Together for Life
Beginning Group Classes

Beginner classes for your dog!

What makes our Group Classes Training Program successful?
Indoor Climate-Controlled Classroom
Small Student-to-Teacher Ratio - We limit our classes to ten dogs with family members (6 years and older).
Child-Friendly - We understand that your child participation in learning training skills enhance the whole family dynamic.
Reward-Based System - Easy to implement and does not require force and fear of punishment to get results.
Repeating a Class (Basic Companion class only) - Upon completing a class, you will receive a $10 certificate for any future class.
Play Groups - Our Puppy Start class includes a socialization time for friendly puppies. 
PUPPY START CLASS: 2 to 4.5 months old
PUPPY START CLASS is designed to maximize the learning process for puppies at the age when they are most influenced by their environmental and social experiences.
 
CLASS TOPICS INCLUDE:
  • Common puppy issues like chewing, nipping and jumping
  • Skills taught are Sit, Come When Called, Responding to Name
  • Socialization with dogs and people, exposure to novel objects, sights and sounds
  • Calmly accepting handling
VACCINATIONS:
  • We require proof of your puppy's vaccinations. You can email a copy to mail.heartsandpaws@gmail.com prior to your first class or bring a paper copy to the first class with you.
  • Puppies can start class one week after receiving their first set of vaccinations.
We use humane, effective Positive Reinforcement training methods that make training enjoyable for you and your puppy!

PRICE: $165        LENGTH: 6 weekly 1-hour classes

NEXT PUPPY CLASSES STARTING: 
Tuesdays, July 23 at 6:30 pm
Saturdays, August 17 at 9:00 am
BASIC COMPANION CLASS: 5 months old and up
BASIC COMPANION CLASS focuses on skills essential for a happy, well-behaved dog.

AGE: 5 months and up (or completion of Puppy Start Class)

CLASS TOPICS INCLUDE:
  • How Dogs Learn
  • Attention to Name
  • Sit, Sit-at-Side and Down
  • Come When Called
  • Walk on Loose Leash
  • Waiting at the Door
  • Fading Food Rewards    
We use Positive Reinforcement training methods that are dog-friendly and effective.

PRICE: $165        LENGTH: 6 weekly 1-hour classes

NEXT BASIC CLASSES STARTING:
Mondays, July 22 at 6:30 PM
Saturdays, August 17 at 10:30 am

OTHER FUN CLASSES: 

INTRO TO K9 NOSE WORK
CONTINUING K9 NOSE WORK
Inspired by working detection dogs, K9 Nose Work is the fun search and scenting activity for virtually all dogs and people. This easy to learn activity and sport builds confidence and focus in many dogs, and provides a safe way to keep dogs fit and healthy through mental and physical exercise.

K9 Nose Work starts with getting your dog excited about using his nose to seek out a favorite toy or treat reward hidden in one of several boxes, expanding the game to entire rooms, exterior areas, and vehicles. As your dog grows more confident with his nose, target odors are introduced, and competition skills are taught.

Some of the many benefits of K9 Nose Work are:
  • Dogs easily burn lots of mental & physical energy doing searches
  • Searches can be done anywhere you can take your dog
  • No prior training is required and no obedience is needed
  • In classes, dogs work one at a time and rest crated or safely in a vehicle between searches so that reactive dogs can enjoy the activity as well
  • Shy or fearful dogs build confidence and overactive dogs put their energy into fun searches
  • Stronger bonds between dog & handler are created as the handler learns to observe, understand, and rely upon her dog 
Sneak peek here!

PRICE: $100LENGTH: 1 hour class per week (4 weeks total)
NEXT NOSE WORK INTRO + CONTINUING CLASS STARTING:  Fall 2019
In this class we will introduce dogs to hunting for target odors. Search areas will expand and handler skills of observation and search area navigation will be developed.

PREREQUISITE: K9 Nose Work level 1 (or comparable experience)
Working dogs & handlers must have completed Intro to Nose work and/or been actively training for at least six weeks.

PRICE: $100 LENGTH: 1 hour class per week (4 weeks total)
NEXT NOSE WORK INTRO + CONTINUING CLASS STARTING:   Fall 2019