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.)

  • Flat buckle collar/harness

  • 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 Wednesday 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 late January, TBA

Pup-N-Parent Play Workshop

For puppies 10 weeks to 14 weeks old. $120 for the 6 week session. 5 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.


Saturdays Beginning Jan 5th
Week 1 is Orientation @ 10:30am
Weeks 2-6 @ 9am

or

Weeks 2-6 @ 11am

Sunday class will be offered if Saturday class fills up. If you can only attend Sunday classes, please fill out the wait list form at the top of this page and indicate that you’re interested in Sunday class. We will contact you as soon as Sunday class opens up.

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. 


Saturdays Beginning Jan 5th
Week 1 is Orientation @ 10:30am
Weeks 2-6 @ 10am

Sunday class will be offered if Saturday class fills up. If you can only attend Sunday classes, please fill out the wait list form at the top of this page and indicate that you’re interested in Sunday class. We will contact you as soon as Sunday class opens up.

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. 

 


TBA

Puppy Obedience - Level 2

Puppies aged 6 months and under, can always learn something new but they're still puppies. If you've completed a Puppy class with us and your dog is still 6 months or younger, we encourage you to take another Puppy Obedience Level 1. Puppies will still be able to interact with the other puppies in Puppy class but generally not in the other classes. You will still have the benefit of practicing skills around a new set of dogs and people, maybe different children. If your puppy has aced the basics, Margie will give you and your puppy Canine Good Citizen and/or Beyond Basic skills to build on your basic skills.

If you have an almost adolescent 6-7 month puppy, puppy is eligible for Canine Good Citizen, Beyond Basic or Rally and Agility for Fun and Confidence (new skills, more moving exercises, less leash, less food.)

 


Next session 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 November 3rd or 4th 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). 50 minute classes. $120


Saturdays Beginning Jan 5th
Weeks 1-6 @ 12pm

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 January 5th or 6th 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 late January, TBA

Tricks & Obstacles for Fun and confidence

For dogs 6 months and older.

5 dogs

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 November 3rd or 4th 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.