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Manners Training For Life

Training your dog is a two-way process, with communication between you both.  And with good communication your training will enable you to enjoy your dog more fully.   A well trained dog can enjoy sharing life with your family, without needing to be excluded.  

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The time invested in training your canine friend will pay off with years of great companionship. 

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Puppy Life Skills

for puppies under 5 months old

9/9-9/30   6:00-7:00 pm   $75

Prospect Park, Hudson

The whole family is encouraged to participate.

This course will focus on teaching life skills and concepts.

  • positive introductions to novel things and experiences

  • structured interaction play

  • teach your pup to love being handled

  • basic skills such as name recognition, sit and come when called

  • impulse control games, learning self control

  • calming strategies for those crazy times

  • management ideas to keep you sane and your puppy safe

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Quick Manners

for dogs 5 months & older

10/21-11/11  6:30-7:30 pm    $80

Hudson Community Ed

This class is great for adolescent and adult dogs and to strengthen the bond between you and your canine friend. 

As a team, you and your dog will work with basic manners such as:

  • polite sits instead of jumping

  • paying attention

  • come when called

  •  walking without pulling

  • sit and wait at door, no more door dashing

  • impulse control

  • open discussion problem solving

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More Manners

for dogs that have some basic manners skills

9/8-9/29  6:00-7:00 pm   $75

Prospect Park, Hudson

The class concentrates on refining the basic skills with more challenges.

The teamwork continues with distractions:

  • solid sit and down stays

  • turn, turn, turn - walking in partnership

  • focus on you no matter what is going on

  • come to you now and fast

  • go to rug and chill out

  • leave it - do not touch that

  • learning self control by making the right choices

  • open discussion problem behaviors

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Reactive Rover

This course is NOT for dogs with bite a history. You must contact Shar below

before enrolling. 

9/4, 9/11, 9/25  10:00 am   $70

Prospect Park, Hudson

Reactivity is an overreaction to external stimuli. A common display of reactivity is barking, growling and/or lunging. Dogs may be reactive to people, animals, other dogs, noises, movement, or any combination of the above. Essentially, it is a reaction to something that is upsetting to your dog. The goal of this course is to provide you the skills and training tools you need to help your dog cope better with stress on walks and make positive choices.

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Hey Rover..Come Here

9/13-9/20  6:00-7:00 pm  $35

River Falls Community Ed

Does your canine friend ignore you when you call him?  Teaching your dog to come when he is called is the most important lesson you can impart to him.  A dog that responds immediately and consistently when you call him can enjoy freedoms that other dogs cannot.  And a fast recall can save your canine friend's life if he happens to run out the door or slip his collar.  We will also use distractions so your dog learns that coming to you is the best thing he can do.

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Polite Greetings

Coming back in spring 2022

River Falls Community Ed

This is a group workshop which concentrates on one training topic only.

An enthusiastic greeting from your dog can be flattering, but you and visitors alike hate It when your dog unexpectedly jumps up on you, getting you dirty or knocking you down. It is possible to turn that annoying habit into a polite one!

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Walking in Partnership
 

Coming back in spring 2022

River Falls Community Ed

This is a group workshop which concentrates on one training topic only.

 

What is loose leash walking? The main objective of loose leash walking is for your dog to walk at a similar pace with you. The leash is also relaxed and does not have any tension. Some people don't have any preference for where the dog needs to be as long as the leash is loose