No Barks has teamed up with Dog Owner Coach's Margie Hillenbrand to offer small group training classes!

  • Our classes are a maximum of 5 dogs (minimum of 3) to offer participants a level of individualized instruction not found in larger group class formats
  • We focus on getting your dog's attention and building from there: success on success!
  • Our small group setting allows shy, fearful, insecure dogs to go at their own pace, build confidence, and have a positive experience
  • We encourage well-behaved children and other family members to participate in class - training your dog should be a family affair! 
  • Margie's philosophy of "Calm, Clear, Consistent," will help to give you the skills, understanding, and resources you need to cultivate well-mannered, confident canine companions.

    Want to learn more about Margie? Check out DogOwnerCoach.com!

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Classes We Offer:

Basic Obedience: 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 and dog-dog greetings at the trainer‘s discretion; reading your dog; distractions; using play to train. Class runs for 6 weeks, 50 minute classes. The first class in the session is Orientation, which is held without dogs. 

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

Puppy Obedience Level 2: for puppies who have completed Puppy Obedience but are still under 6 months of age. Goals: dog-dog and dog-people greetings; CGC social skills and handling; play rewards, distractions, longer stays. Preparing for adolescence! Dogs attend all 6 weeks of class, no orientation. 50 minute classes.

Beyond Basics: for dogs 6 months and older. Prerequisite: completion of a basic or puppy obedience class, or equivalent skills, non-reactive on leash. Goals: 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.

Canine Good Citizen: for dogs 6 months and older. Prerequisite: completion of a basic or puppy obedience class or equivalent skills, non-reactive on leash. Goals: to prepare to take the AKC Canine Good Citizen test. See AKC website for more details. Optional test held on week 7 for $10 for class participants (you may take the test without taking the class, e-mail margie@dogownercoach.com for more details). Dogs attend all 6 weeks of class, no orientation. 50 minute classes.

Fun & Games Classes:
These classes are stand-alone classes that last 1.5 hours.. Pre-requisites: dog must be reliably calm in a group setting, with strange dogs and people. The goal of each class is to learn and practice ways to use common toys and household objects (like cardboard boxes and muffin trays) to provide mental stimulation at home, especially when the weather is too icky for long walks! There is no orientation for the Fun & Games classes, and we also offer an audit option for people who would like to attend without their dog (for example, if your dog is reactive in a group setting)

Sniffing & Find It Games: nosework and hide-and-seek games to play with your dog at home. We'll show you how to use objects you already have around your house to engage your dog's nose!

Balls & Toys: safety, out/drop, fetch and naming games using balls and toys

Flash Cards & Board Games: fun ways to practice basic obedience with a little rally obedience thrown in!

Obstacles: how to use objects in your house to create safe and sturdy agility obstacles at home.

 

Enrollment, Payment and Schedule:

Classes are $100 for 6 weeks, Fun & Games classes are $45 each. We accept cash or check to Dog Owner Coach - sorry, no credit/debit cards! We'll collect payment on the first day of classes, along with your registration and waiver paperwork, which you can download and print by clicking the button below. 

Fine Print: All dogs must be up-to-date on their Rabies, Distemper and Bordetella (canine cough) vaccines; please bring proof of vaccines to the first class. Dogs under 4 months old need to have the puppy series vaccines appropriate for their age. All dogs must be wearing a secure collar or halter, and on a 6 foot leash - no retractable leads! Please note that the first class of Puppy and Basic Obedience is orientation which is for humans only - no dogs. Orientation is the where we tell you everything you'll need to know about classes including safety, what to bring and what to expect. We'll also collect paperwork and payment, and answer any questions.

If your dog has issues with other dogs or people you must tell us when you enroll so we can plan accordingly. 

July/August Class Schedule

Puppy Level 2: 12pm - Dogs attend all 6 weeks, no orientation. 
Sunday 7/9, 7/16, (no class 7/23) 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20.

Basic Obedience: Orientation - 10:30am Sunday July 9th
Weeks 2-6 at 10am: Sunday 7/16, (no class 7/23) 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20

or

Basic Obedience: Orientation - 7pm Wednesday July 12th
Weeks 2-6: at 8pm Wednesdays 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16
 

Puppy Obedience: Orientation - 10:30am Sunday July 9th
Weeks 2-6 at 11am: Sunday 7/16, (no class 7/23) 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20

or

Puppy Obedience: Orientation - 7pm  Wednesday July 12th
Weeks 2-6 at 7pm: Wednesdays 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16

Beyond Basic: 9am - Dogs attend all 6 weeks, no orientation for Beyond Basic.
Sunday 7/9, 7/16, (no class 7/23) 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20

Fun & Games Class (Balls & Toys) - Sunday June 25th 10am-11:30am ($45) OR Wednesday June 21st 7pm-8:30pm

If you are unsure of which class is the best fit for your dog, call Margie at (607) 591-7806, she'll be happy to discuss!