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A Foundation (AKC Star Puppy Award)

Class Meets on Wednesdays at 6pm in Dover

Course Length: 8 sessions

Course fee: $120

Course Format: Group


Our Foundation group course meets about an hour a week for 8-sessions for the fee of $120.00 and is designed for the beginning dog-handler team. Our class exceeds the AKC STAR Puppy Program requirements. For the older pups and adults, you will be able to work towards the goal of passing your AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluation at the end of class. You and your dog will test for this award at the end of class! (Included in the initial fee.)


Emphasis is on developing training skills with the best use of positive reinforcement. This course is appropriate for puppies (3 months of age and older), newly adopted older dogs of any age, or any dog in need of a refresher in the basics. It's a highly interactive class that provides the fundamentals of dog care, manners, and basic obedience in a relaxed, easy-to-learn environment.


Our Foundation course provides dogs with socialization opportunities while teaching the handler to train their dog to focus on them, sit, come when called, lie down, walk on a leash without pulling, and stand for grooming or examination. We introduce clicker training, how to meet other dogs and/or people, how to avoid confrontations with other dogs, go to your place & take it/leave it/drop it exercise. We give tips on housebreaking, grooming, veterinary care, and common problem areas (jumping up, mouthing, biting, chewing, and more), as well as information on the many activities available to you and your well-behaved dog. Family members are encouraged to attend. Please leave your dog home the first night of class.

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