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.

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.


Due to Covid restrictions we can only allow one person with each dog in class.

We understand this is not ideal for families and hope we can get back to the new normal as soon as possible. If you have a medical or handicap issue that requires you to have someone with you, please email Karen at kunabug@comcast.net

Thank you for understanding and cooperation.

For more information on FNT and Covid 19 please visit our COVID PAGE


 

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, waking 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.

DAYTIMESTART DATESTATUSLOCATION
Thursday7:00 PMMay 27Full108 Newburyport Turnpike
Saturday10:15 AMJune 5Register108 Newburyport Turnpike
Tuesday8:00 PMJune 1Register108 Newburyport Turnpike
Tuesday5:00 PMJune 1Register108 Newburyport Turnpike
  • Basic Manners meets 1 hour per week for 6 weeks | Cost: $170
 

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.

DAYTIMESTART DATESTATUSLOCATION
Tuesday5:00 PMTBA 108 Newburyport Turnpike
Saturday11:30 AMJune 5Register108 Newburyport Turnpike
Thursday5:00 PMMay 27Register108 Newburyport Turnpike
  • Puppy 2 / Intermediate Manners meets 1 hour per week for 6 weeks | Cost: $170
  • Prerequisite: an entry level class (Puppy Kindergarten or Basic Manners) or permission of the instructor is required for this class.
 

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.

DAYTIMESTART DATESTATUSLOCATION
Monday7:00 PMOngoing*Ongoing*108 Newburyport Turnpike
  • Weekly run-throughs | Cost: $20 per session
  • **Email or call Karen to inquire about joining this class.
 

REACTIVE DOGS
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.


“Thank you for having the Reactive Dog Class. It has been really helpful to me and Tango. We have a much better understanding of reactivity, in both the dog and the human. The in-class practice is really valuable. We have gained confidence in how we deal with difficult situations, while being realistic in our outcomes. Emma, you’ve been really supportive- emphasizing calm and relaxation for both dog and human,and helping us understand that one bad day, or incident, is just that-we haven’t blown it.  Maybe we can learn from it, instead. Several people have noticed and commented on how much progress we have made. We want to continue! Thank you!” ~ Mary & Tango


REACTIVE DOGS 1

DAYTIMESTART DATESTATUSLOCATION
Saturday3:15 PMJune 12Full108 Newburyport Turnpike
Saturday4:30 PMJune 12Full108 Newburyport Turnpike
  • Cost: $210 | Limit 5 students
  • There will NO Make-up classes for this class

REACTIVE DOGS 2

DAYTIMESTART DATESTATUSLOCATION
Saturday4:30 PMTBA108 Newburyport Turnpike
  • Cost: $210 | Limited to 5 students
  • There will NO Make-up classes for this class
  • Class Requirement: Dogs need to have taken Reactive Dogs 1 or have the approval of the instructor before taking this class.
 

COME WHEN CALLED: MINI SERIES

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. 

A 3-week class 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.

DAYTIMESTART DATESTATUSLOCATION
Saturday5:45 PMJune 12Register108 Newburyport Tpk.
  • Class meets for 3 weeks | Cost: $95
  • No prior training is necessary, but your dog must be friendly towards other dogs.
 

CONTROL UNLEASHED

A class for exuberant, mildly reactive, or easily aroused/overstimulated dogs to help them learn to relax, focus, and engage with their handlers in new exciting, and/or stressful environments

Who should take Control Unleashed class? What is the difference between Reactive dog 1 and Control Unleashed?

We recommend Control Unleashed vs. Reactive 1 for dogs who are more dog social, for people who have struggled handling their dog’s exuberance in agility or other classes, and for those who have gone through basic and intermediate and want to do more with their dogs.

DAYTIMESTART DATESTATUSLOCATION
Saturday2:00 PMJune 12Register108 Newburyport Turnpike
  • Control Unleashed meets one hour per week for six weeks
  • Cost: $210| Limited to 6 participants
 

CONTROL UNLEASHED MINI-SERIES: PATTERN GAMES

A three week mini-series for the easily excited, distracted, or startled dog. This mini-series provides you and your dog with games to build predictability and reliability in the unpredictable world! These games are designed to help your dog focus, trust, and cope in many situations. Pattern games are empowering for both you and your dog with a focus on a two-way street of communication and the human-dog bond. 

DAYTIMESTART DATESTATUSLOCATION
Saturday2:00 PM108 Newburyport Turnpike
  • Cost: $95 | Limited to 6 participants
  • Class meets for 3 weeks.
 

CANINE GOOD CITIZENSHIP

The Canine Good Citizen (GGC) program sponsored by K9 Advantix®, is a certification program designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. 

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.

Fit-n-Trim offers Canine Good Citizenship (CGC) training and testing several times throughout the year. To be notified when the next ones are scheduled, please email Karen to be put on our list.

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COMPETITION OBEDIENCE

Kris Thober teaches this drop-in class designed to give dogs the practice they need before competing.

DAYTIMESTART DATESTATUSLOCATION
Wednesday8:15 PMOngoingDrop-in*108 Newburyport Turnpike
  • This is a drop in class | Cost: $25 per session
  • *Please email Kris if you are interested as we need to ensure that the minimum class size is met.

Kim Kezer offers this class 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.

DAYTIMESTART DATESTATUSLOCATION
Thursday9:30 AMOngoing**Ongoing**108 Newburyport Turnpike
  • Class meets one hour per week for six weeks | Cost $160
  • **Email or call Karen to inquire about joining this class.