Dog Training Workshops

Whether your canine best friend is young or old, Happy Acres offers classes to help build skills and improve your relationship.

All of our workshops use positive reinforcement to encourage the development of desirable skills. We use these methods so that you and your dog have fun learning, because they are kinder, and because they are actually much more effective in teaching positive behaviors and discouraging undesirable behaviors than punitive training methods.

Unless otherwise noted, Workshops are $150 for 7 weekly sessions.

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(7 weeks, $150 | Each Level)

Age 8 weeks – 24 weeks

Our 7-week program gets you and your puppy started off on the right paw! This class is for puppies 8 to 24 weeks old. Taking both levels will help your pup grow and change by leaps and bounds. While he/she is doing so, this class will teach you how to work most effectively with him/her to enhance their skills.

Puppy Trans4mation Level 1

The Start to Engagement and Impulse Control

Your puppy will learn basics such as their name, sit, down, come and a host of other cues.

Puppy Trans4mation Level 2

*Must complete level 1 before taking level 2

Veterinary Skills & Puppy Obedience

Puppies will build on foundation work from level 1 and learn additional commands that will help your pup to become a well balanced dog.

Bonus! By taking both levels your pup will be able to complete the AKC Star Puppy Test.

(7 weeks, $150 | Each Level)

Age 6 months and older

This is a two level course that teaches your dog basic obedience behaviors plus general manners like waiting at the door and leave it. If you choose to go through both levels your dog will be ready to take a CGC Workshop here at Happy Acres! The CGC is a great way to acknowledge your hard work and dedication to training your dog.

Adult Trans4mation – Level 1

Engagement & Impulse Control

Your dog will work on name recognition, come when called, play with an off switch and to look at you when you ask for their attention.

Level 1 is required before going on to level 2 in the Transformation Training.

Adult Trans4mation Level 2

Basic Obedience & Adding Distractions

*Must complete level 1 before taking level 2

We will combine the skills from the first level to help your dogs achieve loose leash walking, sit and down stay as well as a solid foundation for the come command.

(4 weeks, $90)
Any age dogs

Tricks aren’t just for the circus! A Happy Acres favorite, our “Trick Dog Class” reinforces basic training and allows the dogs to add their own “bling.” (Come to a class and I’ll show you what that means!) The tricks class introduces the clicker and teaches you how to use the clicker to create smart, fun and funny behaviors that only your dog can do.

Dogs should master the competencies in Transformation Training Level 1 before beginning this class.

(4 weeks, $90)
Any age dogs

Level 1

If you think your dog is up to challenging, fun, physical activities in which they will learn to interact with their environment then this class is for you. Just like the human version of parkour where individuals move through their environment and conquer obstacles in their path, in this class your dog will work on ways to conquer obstacles too. We will have lots of fun by using nature’s obstacles and everyday objects to learn to climb, balance, and jump. Some basic obedience knowledge is required, but there are no barriers. With a little adaptation and imagination, all breeds and ages can do this. You will be surprised at what you and your dog can achieve!

Level 2

If you feel your pup has progressed through level one and are looking for more fun challenging activities, then level 2 is for you.

Dogs should master the competencies in Transformation Training Level 1 & 2 before beginning this class.

Online scheduling

(4 weeks, $90)
Any age dogs

Our “Rally Obedience” class is a great stepping stone for people who are interested in competing with their dogs but are a little intimidated by the rigors of competitive obedience. In Rally, a dog and handler team work together as they walk through a numerical course. Each course has ten to twenty stations, each of which has a sign asking the team to execute a basic obedience exercise. The team is scored according to their teamwork, how well each sign is performed, and their overall time through the course.

Dogs should master the competencies in both levels of Transformation Training before beginning Rally Obedience.

Dogs 6 months and older

Did you know 1/3 of a dog’s brain is dedicated to sorting out scents?  NoseWork gives the dogs an opportunity to use these innate abilities! This is a fun sport that ANY dog can do. One Sheltie started NoseWork at age twelve!

There are two introductory workshops, Introduction to NoseWork and Introduction to Odor.  Each work shop is six weeks in length and are required before moving on to the NoseWork workshop.  After completing this two workshops you may hind you are hooked!  This is a fun and fascinating class that teaches you more about your dog’s natural abilities.

 Introduction to NoseWork (6 weeks – $135):  This class introduces “the game” in many environments and with many fun and challenging puzzles.  In this class we are looking to build and encourage your pups search drive.

Introduction to Odor (6 weeks – $135): This class introduces odor to “the game”.  We teach the pups the value of finding odor with more fun and challenging puzzles.

NoseWork (4 weeks, $90):  This class is for teams that have done the Intro to NoseWork and Intro to Odor Workshops and enjoy the game.  There is no pressure to trial, it is social event that is fun for both handlers and dogs.

Trial Ready!(4 weeks, $90):  This class is for teams who want to go to trial with their dogs.  We will focus on search strategies, complex (at times) hides and helping the dog and handlers be prepared for trial.

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(7 weeks, $150)
Dogs 6 months and older

We have been putting all the elements together for you to pass the CGC test.  In this session we will focus on the 10 behaviors your dog must do in order to pass the CGC.

*Must have taken Adult Trans4mation level 1 & 2

These Behaviors are:

Test 1: Accepting a friendly stranger

Test 2: Sitting politely for petting

Test 3: Appearance and grooming

Test 4: Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)

Test 5: Walking through a crowd

Test 6: Sit and down on command and staying in place

Test 7: Coming when called

Test 8: Reaction to another dog

Test 9: Reaction to distraction

Test 10: Supervised separation

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