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.


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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.

DAYTIMESTART DATESTATUSLOCATION
Tuesday6:00 PMTBA103 Haverhill St.
Saturday8:00 AMTBA108 Newburyport Turnpike
Sunday8:00 AMTBA108 Newburyport Turnpike
Thursday6:00 PMSept. 10Register108 Newburyport Turnpike
Tuesday6:00 PMSept. 29Register103 Haverhill Street

Puppy Kindergarten class meets one hour per week for 6 weeks. | Cost: $165

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 PMSept. 10Register108 Newburyport Turnpike
Saturday8:00 AMTBA108 Newburyport Turnpike

Basic Manners meets one hour per week for six weeks. | Cost: $165

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
Thursday5:00 PMSept. 10Register108 Newburyport Turnpike
Saturday10:15 AMTBA108 Newburyport Turnpike
Wednesday6:00 PMAugust 5Full103 Haverhill Street

Puppy 2/Intermediate Manners class meets one hour per week for six weeks.
Cost: $165
Prerequisite: an entry level class (Puppy Kindergarten or Basic Manners) or
permission of the instructor is required for this class.

COMPETITION OBEDIENCE

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

This is a drop-in class. Cost: $25 per session.

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.

Day Time Start Date Status Location
Thursday 9:30 AM
Ongoing**
Ongoing**
108 Newbury Turnpike

**Email or call Karen to inquire about joining this class.
Class 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 7:00 PM   Ongoing*  108 Newburyport Turnpike
Weekly run-throughs. Cost: $20 per session
*Email or call Karen to inquire about joining this class.

BREED HANDLING

Come get a judge’s perspective on your presentation. All ages, levels and breeds are welcome to this drop-in class.

Instructor Deb Kahla, an AKC judge for 20 years, has raised, trained and handled her own Golden Retriever’s for 50 years.

Day Time Start Date Location
Tuesday 8:30 PM TBA
108 Newburyport Turnpike
Drop-In • Cost: $20

REACTIVE DOGS Presented by Emma Schneidkraut

REACTIVE DOGS 1

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.

DAYTIMESTART DATESTATUSLOCATION
Saturday4:30 PMJuly 25Full108 Newburyport Turnpike
Saturday5:45 PMJuly 25Register108 Newburyport Turnpike

Cost: $210 | Limit 5 students
There will no NO Make-up classes for this class

REACTIVE DOGS 2

DAYTIMESTART DATESTATUSLOCATION
Saturday3:15 PMJuly 25Register108 Newburyport Turnpike

Cost: $210 | Limit 5 students
There will no 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.

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
Saturday5:45 PMTBA108 Newburyport Turnpike

Cost: $210 | Limit: 6 participants

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.

  • Week 1: Lecture without dogs at 108 Newburyport Turnpike*
  • Week 2 & 3: With dogs, indoors at 108 Newburyport Turnpike*
  • Week 4-6: With dogs, sand ring at 103 Haverhill Street*
DAYTIMESTART DATESTATUSLOCATION
Sunday9:15 AMJuly 12RegisterSee above*

Class meets for 6 weeks. | Cost: $165
No prior training is necessary, but your dog must be friendly towards other dogs.

CANINE GOOD CITIZENSHIP TEST

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. 

Day Time Date Status Location
Tuesday 7:00 PM TBA   108 Newburyport Turnpike
Cost: $25