In-Person Classes

Puppy Classes

  • Puppy Kindergarten (beginner class)
    Training, socialization, and play for puppies.
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  • Puppy Party
    Play and learn with puppy friends. You pay for only the dates you register for.
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  • Puppy 1st Grade
    Prerequisite: Puppy Kindergarten. This class is also appropriate for puppies who have completed Advanced Puppy and Puppapalooza.
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  • Puppy 2nd Grade
    Prerequisite: Puppy 1st Grade
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Basic Foundation Classes

  • Less Work, More Play
    This class uses patterns and games to give you the skills you need to enjoy your dog. Teach them to have an off switch, stroll down the sidewalk, come running when called, greet grandma with poise, and more.
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  • Adolescent Dog Class
    Start teaching your adolescent dog, 5 months to 1 year old, basic good manners; learn how to deal with typical adolescent challenges; and practice training exercises to help prevent future fear and aggression issues.
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  • Basic Manners
    Learn to speak “Doglish” and build a bond between you and your dog while learning valuable skills like Come, Sit, Wait, Leave It, and loose leash walking.
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Beyond the Basics Classes

  • Recess: Play Your Way to Better Manners!
    Play your way to strengthened manners such as coming when called, relaxing, walking on a leash, and more!
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  • Intermediate Manners
    Take your training to the next level with real-life applications. If your dog already knows the basics, this class will offer new challenges!
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  • Passing Dogs on Leash: Skills for Success
    Does your dog-friendly dog tune you out around other dogs? Does your dog pull with excitement toward other dogs? Wonder whether to let your dog meet other dogs on leash? This four-week class will teach you and your dog the skills and knowledge to successfully navigate these situations.
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  • Leash Manners
    In this 3-week class, you will learn how to get and keep your dog’s attention, leash handling skills, how to reinforce your dog effectively, and how to maneuver around distractions.
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  • Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Prep
    Fine-tune your dog’s obedience skills as you prepare for the ten exercises required to pass the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen test.
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Behavior Classes

  • Confidence Building
    This class is good for puppies, budding therapy dogs, and timid dogs that need a little help learning that the world isn’t such a scary place.
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  • Control Unleashed
    Based on Leslie McDevitt’s books “Control Unleashed: Creating a Focused and Confident dog” and “Control Unleashed: Reactive to Relaxed”, is a training program for students and dogs who are ready to strengthen their communication and connection around distractions.
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  • Reactive Dog Class
    Help your dog begin to look to you for guidance in challenging situations.
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Sports & Enrichment Classes

  • Sniff This, Eat That
    Scent games can build a dog’s confidence and bond with their person. Let the fun begin, let’s get sniffing!
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  • Tricks!
    Fun for dogs of all ages!  Teaching tricks is a great way to have fun with your dog, exercise their brain and body, build your bond, and practice the training skills you already have while learning new ones too.
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  • Novice Tricks Prep
    Have fun learning the tricks you’ll need to prepare for either the AKC or the Do More With Your Dog Novice Tricks Test!
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  • Intermediate Tricks Prep
    Learn the tricks you’ll need to prepare for either the AKC or the Do More With Your Dog Intermediate Tricks Test!
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  • Rally – Novice, Intermediate
    You’ll follow signs and practice important behaviors in a fun way with increasing distractions. We’ll be using AKC Novice signs, treats, and praise.
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  • Agility: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced 
    Three different ability levels for, so that you and your dog can master basic skills before moving on to more advanced techniques.  You will be able to progress to the next level when you and your dog have become proficient in most aspects of the current level, as determined by your instructor.  Please note that this may involve staying at the same level through several class cycles.
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  • Nose Work 1
    Your dog will get to use their natural instincts to sniff and chase while being physically and mentally challenged. You and your dog can continue through the levels and compete along the way.
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Outdoor Classes – In and Around Rockville, MD

  • Out & About
    Put your obedience skills to the test when you work as a team with your dog in the distractions of the outside world.
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  • Urban Canine Good Citizen (CGCU) Prep
    The AKC Urban Canine Good Citizen program requires dogs to demonstrate CGC skills in a more urban setting that includes traffic, crowds, noises, smells and other distractions that are present in a city or town. This class meets outside in different locations each week.
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  • Advanced Canine Good Citizen (CGCA) Prep
    Take your dog’s CGC skills to the next level by teaching them skills in real-life settings. In this class, you’ll practice calling your dog past a distraction, walking through a real crowd, and even teaching them to “leave” food that may be found on a sidewalk. This class meets outside in different locations each week.
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