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Class Schedule

Due to Covid, we require everyone wear a mask to class and during private training sessions. We also must limit the number of people per dog to 2 in classes. 

We are trying to accommodate all of the new puppies and their families which has limited our ability to offer the higher levels classes. We hope to be able to offer the full range of classes in 2021.

To offset increases in operating costs due to Covid, there will be an increase in class fee starting January 2021. Increased fee is reflected below.

Congratulations on taking the first step in establishing a training program for you and your canine companion. We are excited to help you understand the whats and whys of your dog's behaviour and how to establish a strong, long lasting relationship.

Click here for a class registration form. Please review our class policies before registering for a class.

We accept credit cards, as well as checks or cash, for client convenience.

Individual training may be scheduled in-home or in our training center. Group classes are held at our training center in Montague, MA. 

Intro & Basics Classes

Puppy Head Start I

No puppies the first class - Human Training Session Level I

This is the most important start you will make with your new puppy. Puppy I is for puppies ages 8-16 weeks. This class focuses on the Problem Prevention Program and Fundamentals of Training and Socialization developed by Elise McMahon and Anne Marie Forde in the early 90s. We introduce basic good manners and focus exercises as well as introducing puppies to new obstacles, substrates, people and other puppies during this critical period of socialization. It is an indispensible class for new puppy owners. Topics from housebreaking, chewing, mouthing, and a myriad of other important topics are covered.

This is a five week class. $175.00

Next Session begins:

  • February 22, 2021 - Mondays at 5pm (McMahon) - Full
  • February 24, 2021 - Wednesdays at 5pm (McMahon) - Full
  • April 12, 2021 - Mondays at 6pm (McMahon) - Full
  • April 14, 2021 - Wednesdays at 6pm (McMahon) - Full

Puppy Head Start II

Puppy II is for puppies who have completed PKI or are starting after 16 weeks of age. In this class we build on the basics that puppies have learned in PKI, strengthening the puppies' understanding of the behaviours introduced in Puppy I and introducing some new behaviours such as polite greeting behaviour, good leash manners, and building duration with Sit & Down.

This is a five week class. $175.00

Next Session begins:

  • February 22, 2021 - Mondays at 6pm (McMahon) - Full
  • February 25, 2021 - Thursdays at 5pm (McMahon) - Full
  • April 12, 2021 - Mondays at 5pm (McMahon) - Full
  • April 14, 2021 - Wednesdays at 5pm (McMahon) 

Advanced Puppy Head Start

Puppies who have completed Puppy Head Start I & II are eligible for the Advanced Puppy Head Start class. We expand our work on leash manners, polite greeting, building Stay and conditioning a broader concept of Leave It, among other things. The benefit of continuing in a Puppy level class is that play sessions are worked into the class schedule and the young dogs continue working on material appropriate for their age.

This is a five week class. $175.00

Next Session begins:

  • February 25, 2021 - Thursdays at 6pm (McMahon) - Full
  • April 22, 2021 - Thursdays at 5pm (McMahon) - Full

Beginner Bascis (Levels I, II & Advanced)

No dogs the first class of Beginner Basics I 

Is your dog overly stimulated around other dogs or people? This is our series for older puppies or adults who have had no prior class training experience. This is a great class for the newly adopted rescue dog! We work on focus exercises and shaping in Level I. Levels II & III work on establishing good training skills for the humans and learning skills for the dog. 

These are five week classes. $175.00

Next Session begins:

  • Due to the high number of new puppy owners, we are unable to offer this class at this time. We are offering individual training sessions for those who have adolescent or adult dogs new to training. Please visit the Individual Training page to learn more.

Advanced Skills Classes

Companion Dog (Levels I, II & III)

In this class we build on the basics that have been taught in Beginner Adult. We focus helping your dog become a well integrated member of your family. Some of the things we work on in this class include polite greeting behaviour, walking by highly desirable objects without grabbing for them; good leash manners, nice recalls and good stays.

This a five week class. $175.00

Next Session begins:

  • February 24, 2021 - Wednesdays at 6pm (McMahon) Level III

Continuing Ed Classes 

This is a series of classes for dogs who have successfully completed classes up to Canine Good Citizen. We begin working on off leash skills. This class is tailored to each group of dogs and we often develop exercises to meet the particular needs of the group. 

These are five week classes. $175.00 

Next Session begins: TBA

Canine Good Citizen 

The AKC developed the Canine Good Citizen test to certify and award those dogs who have demonstrated polite dog to dog and human interactive skills. Teach your dog good manners and the skills it needs to be a Canine Good Citizen. 

These are five week classes. $175.00

Next Sessions Begins:

  • April 22, 2021 - Thursdays at 6pm (McMahon)

Specialty Classes

Leash Walking 101 & 102 

All to often we teach our dogs that pulling is the way to get where they want to go. In these classes we work on the all important skills of polite leash walking. Being out and about with your canine companion should be a pleasurable experience for everyone involved. Beyond teaching the skill of walking on a loose leash we often want our dogs to be able to walk for sustained periods by our sides. This is traditionally called "heeling". Our dogs do not naturally walk as slowly as we do so this is definitely a behavior that requires learning to adjust their speed to match ours. Heeling work can be a lot of fun to train and we love working with people and their dogs to help them master this important skill.

These are five week classes. $175.00

Next Sessions begin: TBA

Reliable Recall 101 & 102

This class is a lot of fun with a little bit of everything. A great class to use as a break from straight obedience or to begin working with a young dog. Recalls are one of every dog owners main concern. 99.9% of clients come in saying, "she is a great dog but she just does not come when I call her". Your dog's response to recall can mean life or death in some circumstances. The problem is that owners inadvertently either turn their dogs off to coming when called or they de-value the word "come" to the point that the dog simply does not pay any attention to it. Your recall is one of those commands that needs constant tune ups and constant positive reinforcement. Just because your 12 week old puppy came bounding to you every time you said "come", does mean he will be doing the same at 5 months. This class works on the recall, putting it back into a positive, consistently reinforced environment while training people how to avoid the common mistakes that so often undermine a good recall.

These are five week classes. $175.00

Next Session begins:

  • TBA

Agility Foundations 

This course is geared towards skill, attention work, and confidence building. While you learn how to keep your dog focus on you, your dog learns how to tackle various obstacles. For those who might want to go on in agility this course will prepare you and your dog for an intro agility course. This is a great class for owners and dogs who have been working through a string of obedience classes and want to add some splash and flash to their training! Have fun while training!

This is a five week class. $175.00

Next Session begins: 

  • TBA

"We loved every aspect of classes. Thank you for grouping smaller dogs together for play sessions. Elise is great...we are fortunate to be associated with Canine Head Start." 

Tracey & Joe Follansbee & Their Dogs, Tanner & Cloe - Corgi

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