Group Classes

All classes listed are held at online or at Canine Prep School training center located at 11701 Prices Distillery Road, Damascus, MD 20872

PRIMARY PUPPY CLASS - for puppies 8 weeks - 4 months - CLICK HERE to register

Saturdays, 1:00 PM, Oct. 29 - Dec 10th (No class Nov 26th)

Fridays, 11:00AM, Nov. 11 - Dec 23rd (No class Nov 25th)

Teach your puppy the skills they’ll need to thrive in their new world. With a focus on socialization, you’ll help build their confidence as they learn to navigate new and different obstacles. You’ll also teach them basic skills like coming when called, leave it, drop it and leash walking.


Elementary School - for all dogs 5 months and up - CLICK HERE to register

Thursdays, 6:45 PM, Oct. 27 - Dec 8th (No class Nov 24th)

Saturdays, 2:30 PM, Oct. 29 - Dec 10th (No class Nov 26th)

This class helps you and your dog learn to work together as a team. In this class you will learn how to communicate with your four-footed companion while teaching him all of the basic skills like coming when called, leave it, drop it, loose leash walking and more.


CANINE GOOD CITIZEN (CGC) PREP CLASS - COMING SOON!

The AKC canine good citizen program was developed to test a dog's disposition as well as the dog's and handlers skills. The CGC test is a great goal for everyone to have weather you're going on to become a therapy team, compete in dog sports and even "just because". A test will be scheduled by Your Dogs Friend shortly after the class is complete. The AKC's Canine Good Citizen - What it is

OUT & ABOUT - No class scheduled at this time

Take the skills you've learned in Basic Manners or Puppy class and work with them out in the real world. Class meets at 4 different locations while we practice leash walking, and other real life skills.

CONFIDENCE BUILDING - COMING SOON!

This class will teach your dog three important lessons: 1) You and your dog are a team and he can trust you to protect him; 2) New and unusual situations can be fun; and 3) What’s unfamiliar can make treats happen. You will encourage your dog to go through tunnels and hoops, walk on different surfaces, and try some of the smaller Agility equipment. Puppies will do only what's safe for their developing bodies, and small dogs will work on the lower levels of our adjustable equipment. We will also help your dog develop positive associations with strange, moving things – like kid-sized cars and carts – as well as with someone using a walker or crutches. 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. It is not for reactive dogs or for extremely fearful dogs.

"[Our dog] used to go to the vet and was so anxious she wouldn't even take treats. The last couple of times we went, she accepted LOTS of treats, and even wagged her tail. Simply saying "good girl" seems to be enough for her to want to explore 'scary' things. "

PET TRICKS - COMING SOON!

Teaching tricks is a great way to have fun with your dog, exercise his brain and body, build your bond, practice the training skills you already have and learn new ones. This 4-week class will be individualized to help you find the tricks that your dog likes and is best able to do, from old stand-bys like rolling over or giving a high-five, to skateboarding. You can also earn your way up the different levels of the AKC’s Trick Dog Titles.

FEARFUL DOG CLASS - No class scheduled at this time - Please see the Online Fearful Dog Class

This class is appropriate for fearful dogs that are ready to try a class environment, but need a controlled, calm setting. We will include conference calls, outside of class, to discuss your dogs’ issues, so that in class your dog won’t be listening to a “strange” person in the middle of the room and you can fully focus on your dog. Before registering, please call the me to see if this is the right class for your dog.

ONLINE FEARFUL DOG CLASS - COMING SOON

In this class, you will learn how to pinpoint the signs your dog is worried. You’ll gain some strategies to minimize your dog’s exposure to the things that trigger his anxiety and learn a process to work through your dog’s fears, changing your dog’s emotional response from “Oh no!!” to “Okay!”. In return, your dog will gain confidence and learn to trust that you’ve got his back.

Class consists of four webinars. Registration in the course also includes access to a Facebook discussion group where you can pose specific questions about you and your dog.


No class scheduled? Grab a few friends and create your own in your own backyard! See Services and Rates for details.

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