Family Dog Training

Come join our classes! Each class will be 45 minutes long. Each of the training classes are limited to 6 participants. Call for prices!

Train with Poochies and Mutts!

All of the classes at Poochies and Mutts focus on maximizing the bond between you and your dog. We want you and your dog to both be happy and develop the best relationship possible. We have a large training area and your class will be kept small to ensure personal attention. The foundation of our classes is the result of work by Dr. Patricia McConnell and is a positive, reward based learning method.

We encourage participation from all the family members that will be handling the dog. This helps ensure success for you and your dog at home!

Private lessons can be arranged ahead of time.

We will have a great time working with you and your best friend to ensure you both have the skills needed to interact with the world.

We require that your pet’s vaccinations for Rabies, Distemper and Bordetella be current.

Puppy Kindergarten

This class is intended for puppies age 8 weeks to 5 months. It will run for 8 weeks. We encourage everyone in the family that will be training the dog to attend this class. We include the book “Puppy Primer” by Dr. Patricia McConnell with this session.

Puppy Kindergarten focuses on some basic behaviors such as name recognition, sit, down, coming when called, attention, stand, loose leash walking and will include help with crate training, house training, pre stay mouthing and jumping. You will also learn additional fun and functional behaviors like shake, take it, and drop it. You will learn how to use a clicker or marker word. There will also be puppy play time in this class. 

Classes are limited to 6 teams per trainer and must have a minimum of 3 dogs to hold the class.

Basic Adult

Basic adult is for any dog 6 months or older that has not had formal training or perhaps, just not trained with you. It is great for dogs that have been re-homed or adopted at and older age. This class will run for 8 weeks, and will include the book, “Family Friendly Dog Training,” by Dr. Patricia McConnell. We encourage anyone involved in training to attend this class. 

You will learn positive training methods to teach your dog name recognition attention, sit, down, stand, wait, stay, loose leash walking, leave it, coming when called, four on the floor, and more. You will learn how to use marker words or a clicker to mark correct behaviors and the value of positive training!

Classes are limited to 6 teams per trainer and must have a minimum of 3 dogs to hold the class.

Intro to AKC Rally

This class is for dogs that have finished the Basic Adult class. It runs for 6 weeks. All participants must have voice control. It will focus on expanding and proofing the behaviors learned in Basic Adult. The expectations will be working under more distractions, longer durations for stays, focus, working at a distance, and heeling. We will work on the exercises used in AKC Obedience. Also there will be an Intro to AKC Rally Obedience.

If interested in Advanced Adult please call. We need a minimum of 3 teams to have a class.

Canine Good Citizen

The AKC CGC (Canine Good Citizen) Test is an evaluation of the basic skills that every dog should know. The ten test items are:

  1. Accepting a friendly stranger
  2. Sitting politely for petting
  3. Appearance & grooming
  4. Out for a walk
  5. Walking through a crowd
  6. “Sit” & “Down” on command/ staying in place 
  7. Coming when called
  8. Reaction to another dog
  9. Reaction to distractions
  10. Supervised Separation 

This class runs for 8 weeks. All participants should have knowledge of basic obedience skills. Each week we will introduce you to the skills needed to pass the evaluation.

The last week we will have individual evaluations done by an AKC- Approved Canine Good Citizen Evaluator