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 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 September 5  Register 108 Newburyport Turnpike
Thursday 6:00 PM September 7  Register 108 Newburyport Turnpike
Saturday 9:00 AM

August 19

 Register

108 Newburyport Turnpike
Puppy Kindergarten class meets one hour per week for six weeks. Cost: $150
 

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 August 23 Registration 108 Newburyport Turnpike
Thursday 7:00 PM September 7 Registration 108 Newburyport Turnpike
Puppy 2/Intermediate Manners class meets one hour per week for six weeks. Cost: $150
 

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 September 7 Register 108 Newburyport Turnpike
Saturday 10:15 AM August 19 FULL 108 Newburyport Turnpike
Basic Manners class meets one hour per week for six weeks. Cost: $150
 

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: $20 per session
 

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 $150
*Email or call Karen to inquire about joining this class.
 

COME WHEN CALLED

The key to getting your dog to come when you call is to teach it to come when you call. Learn good foundation skills to keep your dog responding happily and consistently when you call. This class is designed for owners whose dogs have been taught the command “come”, but when off-lead choose to ignore them due to better distractions. You may have tried special toys and food treats but are still frustrated with your dog’s response. This class will show you how to make it clear to your dog that it must leave the distraction and come to your side until released. There are no toys involved; just you and your dog. This class is limited to four dogs. No makeups are permitted. To attend, dogs are required to have basic manners and be friendly toward other dogs. Instructor: Kris Thober

Day Time Start Date Status Location
Saturday 3:45 PM TBA Registration 108 Newburyport Turnpike
Come When Called class meets one hour per week for four weeks. Cost: $120
 

CANINE GOOD CITIZEN CLASS & TEST

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

All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test (http://www.akc.org/events/cgc/training_testing.cfm) may obtain a certificate from the American Kennel Club. Tests are given throughout the country. This 4-week course teaches the basic obedience skills needed to pass the CGC test.

Day Time Start Date Status Location
    TBA   108 Newburyport Turnpike