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 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.

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Saturday9:00 AMNovember 7Register108 Newburyport Turnpike
Saturday8:00 AMSeptember 19Full108 Newburyport Turnpike
Thursday6:00 PMOctober 22Register108 Newburyport Turnpike
Tuesday6:00 PMSeptember 29Full108 Newburyport Turnpike

Puppy Kindergarten meets 1 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 PMOctober 22Register108 Newburyport Turnpike
Saturday10:15 AMNovember 7Register108 Newburyport Turnpike

Basic Manners meets 1 hour per week for 6 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 PMOctober 22Register108 Newburyport Turnpike
Saturday11:30 AMNovember 7Register108 Newburyport Turnpike
Wednesday6:00 PMSeptember 23Full108 Newburyport Turnpike

This class meets 1 hour per week for 6 weeks | Cost: $165

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

LEASH WALKING / COME WHEN CALLED Combo Class

This class will focus on walking on a loose leash, and the always important “Come When Called” — two important safety-conscious life skills. 

This is not a competition heeling class, but a pleasure walking class. Focusing on the dog not pulling allows you to enjoy your walks. Teaching your dog to walk on a loose leash takes time and we will show you in short, easy steps how to work towards your goals. It is also important to learn about the correct, safest equipment for your dog for you both to enjoy your walks,

Come When Called is another very important life skill. This class can teach a young dog CWC, or re-teach an older dog, how to respond to you by building your relationship and making things fun, with easy steps towards your goal of your dog coming when called.

For real life situations while walking your dogs, this class will be held outdoors (weather dependent). We will use our fenced sand ring and also be out and about on the rest of our (fenced) property. 

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Sunday9:30 AMOctober 18Register103 Haverhill Street

Class meets 1 hour per week for 6 weeks | Cost: $170

Class limit: 6 participants

COMPETITION OBEDIENCE

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

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Wednesday8:15 PMOngoingDrop-in*108 Newburyport Turnpike

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

*Please email Kris (thober@comcast.net) 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.

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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.

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.

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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.

REACTIVE DOGS 1

DAYTIMESTART DATESTATUSLOCATION
Saturday4:30 PMOctober 10Full108 Newburyport Turnpike
Saturday3:15 PMOctober 10Register108 Newburyport Turnpike

Cost: $210 | Limit 5 students

There will NO Make-up classes for this class

REACTIVE DOGS 2

DAYTIMESTART DATESTATUSLOCATION
Saturday2:00 PMOctober 10Register108 Newburyport Turnpike

Cost: $210 | Limit 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.

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.

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Saturday5:45 PMOctober 10Full108 Newburyport Turnpike

Limit: 6 participants | Cost: $210

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*
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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

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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