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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Saturdays begin May 5th

10:30am Orientation Week 1
11am Weeks 2-6

Sundays begin May 6th

10:30am Orientation Week 1
11am Weeks 2-6

 

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

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


Saturdays begin May 5th

10:30am Orientation Week 1
10am Weeks 2-6

Sundays begin May 6th

10:30am Orientation Week 1
10am Weeks 2-6

 

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

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


Wednesdays begin May 2nd

7:15pm Orientation Week 1
7:15pm OR 7:45pm Weeks 2-6

Pup-N-Parent Play Workshop

For puppies 10 weeks to 14 weeks old. $80 for the 6 week session.

1st class is a one hour orientation without dogs. Margie Hillenbrand, Dog Owner Coach, and Olua James-Daniel, from No Barks About It Dog Daycare will talk about the many factors that affect play and dog-dog interactions, factors that affect fear, and the role pet parents play to keep everybody safe and relaxed when dogs play. 

Weeks 2-6 we will place you and you dog in either the 7:15 play group or the 7:45 play group. This placement is subject to change - at our discretion. We want to set up the groups to help your puppy succeed by matching age, size, play style and temperament. Each play group will last about 30 minutes giving puppies opportunity to play with breaks, discussing what we see, helping owners learn to see and respond appropriately.

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.


Dates and Times TBD

 

Puppy Obedience - Level 2

For puppies who have completed Puppy Obedience Level 1 and are still 5-7 months of age.

Puppy Level 2 is now combined with CGC or Beyond Basics. Both classes will work on advanced skills and will be tailored to the skill level of your dog. See the description of CGC & Beyond Basics for more details about each class.

Goals: More attention - less leash. More moving exercises. Dog to dog and dog to people greetings; CGC social skills and handling; play rewards, distractions, longer stays. Preparing for adolescence!

 


Sundays begin May 6th

12pm Weeks 1-6

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.

If you haven't taken a class with Dog Owner Coach before, you are required to attend the Orientation session on Saturday May 5th at 10:30am. The cost for Orientation is $20. If you have taken a class with us before, you do not need to attend Orientation. Please click HERE to schedule your Orientation session (Remember, Orientation is for humans only, no dogs)

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 begin May 5th

12pm Weeks 1-6

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. 

If you have not taken a class with Dog Owner Coach before, you are required to attend the Orientation session on Saturday May 5th at 10:30am. The cost for Orientation is $20. If you have taken a class with us before, you do not need to attend Orientation. Please click HERE to schedule your Orientation session. (Remember, Orientation is for humans only, no dogs)

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). You may also take the test without the class: contact margie@dogownercoach.com.


Saturdays begin May 5th

9am Weeks 1-6

Agility & Rally for Fun and confidence

For dogs 6 months and older.

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

Emphasis on "for Fun and Confidence!" Basic exposure to obstacles, putting basic obedience skills and combinations together for rally routines. We will tailor the class to participants in terms of whether we do more agility or more rally. 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. On-leash, off-leash depends on your dog and your control.

If you have not taken a class with Dog Owner Coach before, you are required to attend the Orientation session on Saturday May 5th at 10:30am. The cost for Orientation is $20. If you have taken a class with us before, you do not need to attend Orientation. Please click HERE to schedule your Orientation session. (Remember, Orientation is for humans only, no dogs)