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Group classes are conducted indoors, in a safe, welcoming, dog-centric setting in Elmira, NY. I keep classes sizes small so that you and your dog get individualized attention.

While private training has its benefits, group classes hold a lot of merit too:

  • Greater socialization with people and other dogs.
  • A chance to practice around distractions and learn how to manage them.
  • Greater opportunity for differentiation and growing your “training toolbox.”
  • Fun, friendly, and family-inclusive.
  • All breeds and sizes welcome!
  • A place to make new friends, both human and canine!

Classes meet once per week.

All of the group class offerings are built around solid scientific study on canine ethology (how dogs learn). The class structure follows recommendations by top behavioralists and veterinarians. Additionally, I have taught nearly every kind of dog at one time or another. All breeds, sizes, and ages are welcome in class!

Please don’t be embarrassed about a barker or a jumper, or your lovable but crazy whackadoo. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! That’s what these classes are for!

If you’ve got other, more serious issues, please consider private training. Contact me to set up a free consultation.

Discounted pricing is available for multiple class purchases. Call or email for more info.

Puppy Level I

For puppies 10 to 18 weeks. Enjoy your puppy without the stress of chewed up shoes, poo in the living room, and bite marks on your toes. Let’s socialize your puppy to people and other dogs and prevent common behavior problems such as puppy biting, jumping up, pulling on the leash, and off-leash control. Basic behaviors like come, sit, settle down, and shush round out the repertoire. Get started on the right paw!

Class Fee: $99

Prerequisites: None.

Requirements: First two rounds of DHLPP or DHPP. The second round must have been administered after 8 weeks of age, but at least 5 to 7 days prior to the first session of class.

Puppy Level II (S.T.A.R. Puppy)

Refine the skills you learned in Puppy 1 and learn how to teach your young adolescent pup to be calm, attentive and to respond quickly, willingly and happily, especially when distracted, off-leash, and at a distance. This class culminates in the AKC’s S.T.A.R. Puppy test (included)!

Class Fee: $99

Prerequisites: Puppy Level 1.

Requirements: First two rounds of DHLPP or DHPP. The second round must have been administered after 8 weeks of age, but at least 5 to 7 days prior to the first session of class.

Save $20 by bundling Puppy 1 and Puppy 2 together!

Take Puppy 1 now, and take up to six months to attend your Puppy 2 class!

Basic Dog Training

Brush up on manners and obedience skills. The perfect class for a newly adopted dog, or just a dog needing a comprehensive refresher. Deepen your bond and gain better confidence and management strategies. Learn specialized training techniques for dealing with inattentive, out-of-control, noisy and hyperactive adolescent and adult dogs. For dogs 19 weeks and older.

Class Fee: $120

Prerequisites: Must be friendly with other dogs and people.

Requirements: Rabies and up-to-date vaccinations required

Intermediate Dog Training

Continues to develop the strong foundations from Basic Training. Learn to overcome distractions, build reliability, and channel your dog’s energy into training. Prompt sit and down, bomb-proof stays, and spectacular walking and heeling are just the tip of the nose here.

Class Fee: $120

Prerequisites: Basic Dog Training class

Requirements: Rabies and up-to-date vaccinations required

Save $20 by bundling Basic and Intermediate classes together!

Take Basic Class now, and take up to six months to attend your Intermediate class!

PetSaver™ Pet CPR and First Aid

A one-day course giving you all the skills and practice you’ll need to assess any situation, administer the necessary help to the animal, and provide support. Includes training on CPR, bleeding management, choking, and more. For pet owners, pet professionals, and medical staff looking to expand their skills and knowledge.

Class Fee: $120 (includes handbook)

Prerequisites: None; open to all.

Requirements: None; this one’s just for the humans.

Canine Good Citizen (CGC)

A prep course giving all the guidance and practice you’ll need to take the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen test, a certification program designed to reward dogs who demonstrate good manners at home and in the community. Peace of mind, and an official title await.

Class Fee: $120 (includes CGC test)

Prerequisites: None; open to all.

Requirements: Rabies and up-to-date vaccinations required

Community Canine (CGCA)

The CGCA is the AKC’s advanced certificate for dogs who demonstrate exemplary manners at home and in the community. Take this prep class for guidance, coaching, and practice with all ten of the Community Canine’s challenging test items.

Class Fee: $120 (includes CGCA test)

Prerequisites: must have a Canine Good Citizen test on record with AKC.

Requirements: Rabies and up-to-date vaccinations required


Train your dog to do simple scent-detection! This fascinating and fun activity is wonderful for dogs who need more mental and physical stimulation. You’ll learn new ways to communicate with your dog as you work through simple search and locate activities. All breeds and ages welcome!

Class Fee: $120

Prerequisites: None; open to all.

Requirements: Rabies and up-to-date vaccinations required. Dogs must have a body harness.

Mini-Courses & Seminars

Mini Courses are single session workshops designed to zero in on one particular subject. Sometimes these are practical needs that deserve greater attention. Other times they’re fun and informational. Most are conducted at the training facility, but occasional outings are scheduled too!

Prerequisites: None; open to all!

Requirements: Rabies and up-to-date vaccinations required. Some equipment may be required as well.

Canine Good Citizen Tests

All levels of the CGC test are available a la carte, so to speak. You do not have to have taken a class here to be offered the opportunity to test. I am certified to conduct all levels of CGC:

  • Canine Good Citizen (CGC)
  • Advanced Community Canine Good Citizen (CGCA)
  • Urban Canine Good Citizen (CGCU)

Prerequisites: Previous training of some sort. These are tests, after all!

Requirements: Rabies and up-to-date vaccinations required.

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