Obedience

Fit-N-Trim classes are held at either our climate-controlled indoor facility at 108 Newburyport Turnpike, or at our outdoor ring at 103 Haverhill Street.

Note: You may register online for classes up to two days before they are scheduled to start. If you would like to register for a class within two days of the class start date, please call 978-948-2745 to confirm that space is available.

PUPPY & ADOLESCENT MINI-SERIES

For Pups 8 weeks to 8 months old:
A great opportunity to bond with your new puppy and for them to build their confidence. This series focuses on games to build better behavior, prevent problem behavior, and socialize with other puppies, and all things new and novel. This is a short 3-week summer session with your puppies. We recommend follow up this class by signing up for a 6-week class in September.

Day Time Start Date Status Location
Saturday 11:45 AM July 27  Register 108 Newburyport Turnpike
3-week class will meet July 27, August 3 & 10
Cost: $85
 

PUPPY KINDERGARTEN (for puppies 2-5 months old)

Puppy Kindergarten is a six week course that gives puppies an opportunity to learn the basic skills that will make them happy, confident companions. The first class is an introductory session for owners without their puppies. The focus is on skills such as sit, stay, no jump, grooming, and walking comfortably on lead. Puppies also learn how to interact appropriately with other dogs during play time. Puppy Kindergarten offers a gentle, friendly, active environment in which puppies can have fun learning to be good citizens and family members.

Day Time Start Date Status Location
Tuesday 7:00 PM
TBA   108 Newburyport Turnpike
Thursday 6:00 PM July 18** FULL 108 Newburyport Turnpike
Saturday 8:00 AM TBA   108 Newburyport Turnpike

Puppy Kindergarten class meets one hour per week for six weeks. Cost: $160
* There will be no class on 7/23
** There will be no class on 7/24

PUPPY 2 / INTERMEDIATE MANNERS

Puppy 2 continues to focus on building a positive relationship between dog and handler and on the basic obedience commands that every puppy needs. It also adds distractions to ensure that your pup is reliable in real-life situations. Some agility obstacles are also introduced to add variety and interest.

An entry level class (Puppy Kindergarten or Basic Manners) or permission of the instructor is required for this class.

Day Time Start Date Status Location
Wednesday 6:00 PM July 24 Register 108 Newburyport Turnpike
Thursday 7:00 PM July 18* Register 108 Newburyport Turnpike
Saturday 11:30 AM TBA   108 Newburyport Turnpike

Puppy 2/Intermediate Manners class meets one hour per week for six weeks. Cost: $160
*There will be no class on July 24

 

BASIC MANNERS

This course is designed for dogs 6 months and older who have not mastered basic obedience skills. The course focuses on skills such as sit, down, stay, leave it, walking on lead, and come when called. Both voice and hand signals are introduced. The focus, as with all our obedience classes, is on establishing a bond of trust between the handler and the dog. The goal of the course is to help the dog become a good canine citizen and a valued family member while helping the handler establish the leadership needed to be successful.

Day Time Start Date Status Location
Thursday 8:00 PM
July 18** Register 108 Newburyport Turnpike
Saturday 10:15 AM TBA   108 Newburyport Turnpike

Basic Manners class meets one hour per week for six weeks. Cost: $160
**There will be no class on July 24

COMPETITION OBEDIENCE

Kris Thober teaches this drop-in class designed to give dogs the practice they need before competing. Please email her (thober@comcast.net) if you are interested as we need to ensure that the minimum class size is met.

Day Time Start Date Status Location
Wednesday 8:15 PM Ongoing Drop-in 108 Newburyport Turnpike
Competition Obedience is a drop-in class. Cost: $25 per session
 

INTRODUCTION TO RALLY

In Intro to Rally obedience you will work on healing on leash, and you will be introduced to many of the novice Rally signs.

Day Time Start Date Status Location
Monday 6:00 PM TBA    108 Newburyport Turnpike
Inro to Rally meets one hour per week for six weeks. Cost: $160
 

RALLY OBEDIENCE (Rally-O)

Rally Obedience is a fun and exciting team sport for dogs and their handlers. In Rally-O, dogs and their handlers navigate a course guided by numbered signs, each of which indicates an exercise that they must perform successfully before proceeding to the next sign. The individual exercises are both fun and challenging. All dogs, purebred or mixed breed, may compete in Rally-O.

Dogs and handlers work on basic heeling and recall skills. Whether you are interested in competing or just want to spend some extra time having fun with your dog, Rally-O offers a positive, fun environment in which you can sharpen your dog’s basic obedience skills and bond with your dog.

Day Time Start Date Status Location
Monday 7:10 PM Ongoing* Drop-in 108 Newburyport Turnpike
Weekly run-throughs. Cost: $20 per session
*Email or call Karen to inquire about joining this class.
 

FUN WITH OBEDIENCE

This class is for those who want to compete in traditional obedience or rally, but who would also like to just have fun with their dogs while teaching them specific obedience exercises and self control exercises.

Day Time Start Date Status Location
Thursday 9:30 AM Ongoing* Ongoing* 108 Newburyport Turnpike
Fun With Obedience class meets one hour per week for six weeks. Cost $160
*Email or call Karen to inquire about joining this class.
 

REACTIVE DOGS 1: Presented by Emma Schneidkraut

If your dog overreacts by growling, barking, and/or pulling towards other dogs, strange people, cars, bikes, or wildlife while on leash, behind a fence or at your windows, Reactive Dog class may be the perfect fit. This is a class designed to help you manage your dog’s behavior and help them cope more appropriately in an over-stimulating world. We provide a controlled environment to practice real world skills to curb your dog’s reaction.

Emma Schneidkraut began her training career as a training and behavior intern at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley in Boulder, Colorado, where she provided behavior modification to shelter dogs to make them adoption candidates. Emma currently is a training and behavior coordinator at the New Hampshire SPCA in Stratham, NH. At the SPCA she also provides training and enrichment for shelter dogs, group classes, and private training for the public. She also works with a network of veterinary hospitals throughout southern New Hampshire and northeastern Massachusetts providing in-home training and public classes.

REACTIVE DOGS 1

Day Time Date Status Location
Saturday 1:00 PM September 14

FULL

108 Newburyport Turnpike

Week 1: Lecture only, no dogs
Cost: $210 | Limit: 5 students | There will be NO make-up classes for this class

REACTIVE DOGS 2

Class requirement: Dogs need to have taken Reactive Dog 1, or have instructor’s approval to be in this class.

Day Time Date Status Location
Saturday 2:00 PM September 14 Register 108 Newburyport Turnpike
RegisterCost: $210 | Limit: 5 students | There will be NO make-up classes for this class

COME WHEN CALLED

Enjoying off-leash walks is one of the joys of dog ownership, and a reliable come-when-called could even save your dog’s life some day. 

This class is designed for dogs who do not come when called when they are off leash, or who only come in certain circumstances. You will learn how to build a reliable recall from the bottom up by building your relationship with your dog through a series of games.

Day Time Date Status Location
Sunday 1:00 PM TBA   108 Newburyport Turnpike
 Monday 6:00 PM July 8  Register 108 Newburyport Turnpike
Class is for six weeks. Cost: $160 No prior training is necessary, but your dog must be friendly towards other dogs.

CANINE GOOD CITIZENSHIP PREP CLASS

This is a class where you will be training and learning the tasks required to pass a CGC test.

The Canine Good Citizen (GGC) program sponsored by K9 Advantix®, is an certification program designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The CGC Program is avtwo-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs.

All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test (www.akc.org/events/cgc/training_ testing.cfm) may obtain a certificate from the American Kennel Club. Tests are given throughout the country.

Day Time Date Status Location
Wednesday 6:00 PM TBA   108 Newburyport Turnpike
Cost: $135 | This is a 5 week class, meeting June 12, 19, 26, July 10 & 17
NOTE: No class July 6