Dog Training Class Schedule and Sign Up 


Let Dog Owner Coach be your guide

Margie Hillenbrand's philosophy of "Calm, Clear, Consistent," will help give you the skills, understanding, and resources you need to cultivate well-mannered, confident canine companions. Focus is given to the foundation of getting your dog's attention and building from there. Classes are limited to a maximum of 5 dogs (minimum of 3) to offer participants a level of individualized instruction and allows shy, fearful, or insecure dogs to go at their own pace, building confidence, and developing a positive experience.

We encourage well-behaved children and other family members to participate in class - training your dog should be a family affair! 

Requirements

  • Proof of up-to-date rabies, distemper, and bordetella vaccinations (puppies under 4 months old need to have the puppy series vaccines appropriate for their age.)

  • Secure collar/head halter/harness that gives you good control

  • 6ft (non-retractable) leash

  • Food or toy rewards

 

Payment in the form of cash or check and all paperwork is due on the first scheduled class or Orientation.

Notice

Group classes are scheduled Saturday and Sunday mornings and weekday evenings.

Orientation is for humans only: no dogs!

For one-on-one consultations, contact Margie at 607-591-7806 or at  Margie@dogownercoach.com.

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Next session TBA

Pup-N-Parent Play Workshop

For puppies 10 weeks to 14 weeks old. $120 for the 6 week session. 6 puppies max.

Week 1 is a one-hour orientation without dogs. Weeks 2-6 will be 50 minute classes with your pup. After learning everyone's play styles and personalities, all puppies will have turns playing in groups that match their age and temperament. In-between these short play sessions, Oluademi James-Daniel (Dog Dayschool Coordinator at No Barks About It) will walk pet parents through the body language of dog-dog interactions as it corresponds to all dogs, especially your own puppy. Learn how, when and why self-assurance, shyness, and even fear grow in a young dog. Most importantly, you'll develop confidence as a pet parent in how to keep play safe and fun for years to come!

You will need proof from your vet that your puppy is healthy and on schedule with age-appropriate vaccinations. You may NOT bring a puppy with runny eyes, coughing, vomiting, or diarrhea. Please let us know if your puppy is on medication that might affect behavior.

Bring puppy on a puppy-appropriate flat collar, or harness, and leash. Bring treats. Bring a familiar towel, blanket, or mat for your dog, and a chew toy.


Next session early fall, TBA

AKC s.t.a.r. puppy class

For dogs and puppies under 1 year of age.

Prerequisite: none - this class can be taken before, after or concurrently with Puppy Obedience and/or Pup ‘N Parent Play Workshop

First class is without dogs.

Goals: to prepare your puppy to take the AKC S.TA.R. Puppy test - see the AKC website for more details. This class is meant to be a pre-curser to the Canine Good Citizen class and test. This class is not a requirement for taking the CGC class or exam. In order for your puppy to be part of the AKC S.T.A.R Puppy program, they must attend all 6 weeks of class. The test will be held on week 7. This class is taught by Oluademi James-Daniel (Dog Dayschool Coordinator at No Barks About It).

S.T.A.R. test held on week 7 is included for class participants. You may also take the S.T.A.R test if your puppy has completed Puppy Obedience. In this case, the fee for the test only, is $15.


Next session early fall, TBA

Basic Obedience - Level 1

For dogs 6 month and older.

Goals: relaxed attention and basic manners (come, sit, down, stay, off) around dogs and people; loose-leash walking; safe dog-people greetings at the trainer‘s discretion; reading your dog; distractions; using play to train.

Class runs for 6 weeks, 50 minute classes. $120 cash or check (no credit cards accepted)

The first class in the session is Orientation, which is held without dogs. 


Next session early fall, TBA

Puppy Obedience - Level 1

Designed for dogs 9 weeks to 6 months of age.

Goals: specific to each puppy, including relaxed attention, dog-dog and dog-people greetings, reading your dog and identifying stress signals, lures, walking on leash, basic manners (come, sit, down, stay, off, no bark, no teeth).

Class runs for 6 weeks, 50 minute classes. $120 cash or check (no credit cards accepted)

The first class in the session is Orientation, which is held without dogs. 

 


Next session TBA

Puppy Obedience - Level 2

Puppies aged 6 months and under can always learn something new but they're still puppies! This class is for puppies who have completed Puppy Obedience or Puppy STAR but are still under 6 months old. We will continue to build on their skills while catering to their puppy attention span.

First class is with dogs. If you have not taken a class with Dog Owner Coach or No Barks About It before, you are required to attend the Orientation session on Saturday or Sunday July 13or or 14th at 10:30am. The cost for Orientation is $20. Please click HERE to schedule your Orientation session. (Remember, Orientation is for humans only, no dogs, but dogs do attend the first class of Tricks/Obstacles, Rally/Agility, Canine Good Citizen, and Beyond Basics so please plan accordingly to either leave your dog in the car or take them home/go home and get them if your class is the same day as orientation) If you have taken a class with us before, you do not need to attend another Orientation. 

Class runs for 6 weeks, 50 minute classes. $120 cash or check (no credit cards accepted)

 


Next session early fall, TBA

Beyond Basics - Intermediate Obedience

For dogs 6 months and older, or puppies under 6 months who have taken Puppy Obedience with us previously.

Prerequisite: completion of a basic or puppy obedience class, or equivalent skills, non-reactive on leash.

First class is with dogs. If you have not taken a class with Dog Owner Coach before, you are required to attend the Orientation session on Saturday or Sunday July 13th or 14th at 10:30am. The cost for Orientation is $20. Please click HERE to schedule your Orientation session. (Remember, Orientation is for humans only, no dogs, but dogs do attend the first class of Tricks/Obstacles, Rally/Agility, Canine Good Citizen, and Beyond Basics so please plan accordingly to either leave your dog in the car or take them home/go home and get them if your class is the same day as orientation) If you have taken a class with us before, you do not need to attend another Orientation. 

Goals: More attention - less leash. More moving exercises. Increasing distance, distractions, duration of commands, heeling patterns, stand, wait, leave it, drop it, dropping the leash. Tailored to the needs/interests of the participants.

Dogs attend all 6 weeks of class (no orientation unless you’re a new client - see above). 50 minute classes. $120


Next session early fall, TBA

Canine Good Citizen

For dogs 6 months and older or puppies under 6 months who have taken Puppy Obedience with us previously.

Prerequisite: completion of a basic or puppy obedience class or equivalent skills, non-reactive on leash. 

First class is with dogs. If you have not taken a class with Dog Owner Coach before, you are required to attend the Orientation session on Saturday or Sunday July 13th or 14th at 10:30am. The cost for Orientation is $20. Please click HERE to schedule your Orientation session. (Remember, Orientation is for humans only, no dogs, but dogs do attend the first class of Tricks/Obstacles, Rally/Agility, Canine Good Citizen, and Beyond Basics so please plan accordingly to either leave your dog in the car or take them home/go home and get them if your class is the same day as orientation) If you have taken a class with us before, you do not need to attend another Orientation. 

Goals: to prepare to take the AKC Canine Good Citizen test. See AKC website for more details.

Dogs attend all 6 weeks of class. 50 minute classes. $120

Test held on week 7 for $15 (test is optional). Click HERE to schedule your exam. You may also take the test without the class: contact margie@dogownercoach.com before you schedule. 


Next session TBA

Tricks & Obstacles for Fun and confidence

For dogs 6 months and older.

Prerequisite: completion of a basic or puppy obedience group class or equivalent skills: good with dogs and people, non-reactive on leash. 

This class is offered indoors. Emphasis on "Fun and Confidence!" Trick skills are based on the AKC Novice Tricks List as described in the AKC Tricks Evaluator Guide.  Novice skills include Basic Obedience Skills with hand signals, Obstacles, Fetch, and Tricks with the option to progress to other levels or work on tricks of your choice. Dogs under two years need to avoid spinal twisting and turning and jumping higher than withers until their growth plates close. We can adjust obstacles accordingly. Skills will be performed On-leash at Novice level. Off-leash work at trainer’s discretion.

First class is with dogs. If you have not taken a class with Dog Owner Coach before, you are required to attend the Orientation session on Saturday or Sunday July 13th or 14th at 10:30am. The cost for Orientation is $20. Please click HERE to schedule your Orientation session. (Remember, Orientation is for humans only, no dogs, but dogs do attend the first class of Tricks/Obstacles, Rally/Agility, Canine Good Citizen, and Beyond Basics so please plan accordingly to either leave your dog in the car or take them home/go home and get them if your class is the same day as orientation) If you have taken a class with us before, you do not need to attend another Orientation. 


Next session early fall, TBA

Agility and rally for fun and confidence

For dogs 6 months and older

Prerequisite: completion of a basic or puppy obedience group class or equivalent skills: good with dogs and people, non-reactive on leash. 

This class is held indoor and outside. Emphasis on "Fun and Confidence!" Rally Obedience takes obedience to the next level but for the fun of the dog-handler relationship. The first half of each class will focus on exercises (skills) taken from AKC Rally Obedience. The 2nd half of the class will give dogs and owners opportunity to run Agility obstacles, not for competition but to grow confidence and to have fun together. If you have questions or concerns email Margie@dogownercoach.com. We make provisions for young dogs and older dogs.

First class is with dogs. If you have not taken a class with Dog Owner Coach before, you are required to attend the Orientation session on Saturday or Sunday July 13th or 14th at 10:30am. The cost for Orientation is $20. Please click HERE to schedule your Orientation session. (Remember, Orientation is for humans only, no dogs, but dogs do attend the first class of Tricks/Obstacles, Rally/Agility, Canine Good Citizen, and Beyond Basics so please plan accordingly to either leave your dog in the car or take them home/go home and get them if your class is the same day as orientation) If you have taken a class with us before, you do not need to attend another Orientation. 

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