A Foundation (AKC Star Puppy Award)

Class Meets on Mondays at 6pm OR Saturdays at 9am

Course Length: 8 weeks

Course fee: $100

Course Format: Group


Our Foundation group course meets an hour a week for 8-weeks for the fee of $100.00 and is designed for the beginning dog-handler team. Our class exceeds the AKC's 'STAR Puppy Program' requirements. 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 training / re-training 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" cue and "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.

Foundation will be a Virtual Hybrid class until we are allowed back indoors. We will have 4 Zoom meetings and 4 (weather permitting) outdoor classes.