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 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.

Join the Wait List

Is the class you want full? No schedule posted?

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Offered Thursdays at 7:15pm in May/June ONLY if we have a minimum of 3 people on the waitlist interested this class. Scroll to the top of this page and click the waitlist link to fill out the form and let us know you’re interested!

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.


Tuesdays Beginning April 9th
Week 1 is Orientation @ 7:15pm
Weeks 2-6 @ 7:15pm
Test on week 7 @ 7:15pm

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.


Saturdays Beginning May 4th
Week 1 is Orientation @ 10:30am
Weeks 2-6 @ 10am

Week 1 is Orientation @ 10:30am
Weeks 2-6 @ 12pm

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

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 May 4th
Week 1 is Orientation @ 10:30am
Weeks 2-6 @ 11am

Sundays Beginning May 5th
Week 1 is Orientation @ 10:30am
Weeks 2-6 @ 11am

Wednesdays Beginning May 8th
Week 1 is Orientation @ 7:15pm
Weeks 2-6 is @ 7:15pm also

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.)

 


Sundays Beginning May 5th
Weeks 1-6 @ 9am

 

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 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: 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


Sundays Beginning May 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. 


Offered Saturdays at 12pm in May/June ONLY if we have a minimum of 3 people on the waitlist interested this class. Scroll to the top of this page and click the waitlist link to fill out the form and let us know you’re interested!

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 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. 


Saturdays Beginning May 4th
Week 1-6 @ 9am

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 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.