We offer unique drop-in group obedience classes to accommodate your busy lifestyle. We use a balance of games and traditional positive reinforcement training to get the most out of your dogs!
Tuesdays 7 p.m.
Same as our All Ages class but for dogs 6 months and under. There is an additional focus on socialization and potty training.
Tricks & Games
This is a class that is focused on having fun. It is a great way to learn something new to show off, as well as ways to keep your dog entertained on a rainy day.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do drop-in classes work?
Just like your typical fitness or yoga class, our classes are structured so that you can come whenever it works for you. There may be some familiar lessons, but you are guaranteed to learn something new. The more classes you attend, the more you will learn but, you can stop at any time.
What types of classes do we offer?
All-Ages Obedience - This is the class to take to get the good dog you want. We go over your basic commands, manners, and walking nicely.
Puppy Class - Same as our All Ages class but for dogs 6 months and under. There is an additional focus on socialization and potty training.
Tricks & Games - This is a class that is focused on having fun. It is a great way to learn something new to show off, as well as ways to keep your dog entertained on a rainy day.
We also offer seminars on specific subjects. These will be announced on our website and social media sites, so keep your eyes peeled.
What type of training do you utilize?
We take a Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive (LIMA) approach to training. This is very similar to the positive reinforcement approach but updated to understand that all dogs are different. Not all dogs will respond to the same approach, and what is positive reinforcement for one dog might not be for another. As a part of that, we use “markers” (ex. clickers) to help us achieve our goals.
My dog has already had some basic training, will they learn anything new in these classes?
Definitely! We designed these classes so that we can meet you where you are and keep helping you and your dog move forward.
Is there a size/weight limit for dogs in the classes?
There is not! Part of ensuring a well-socialized dog means exposing them to dogs of all shapes and sizes.
What we are required to bring to class?
Your dog, collar and/or harness, a 4’ or 6’ leash (NO RETRACTABLE LEASHES), treats, and a toy (optional).
You will want to bring your veterinarian’s information and your dog’s vaccination records to the first class.
Also, be sure to wear closed-toed shoes without a heel to the class for your safety.
My dog is wary of large groups. What is the average class size?
Most classes will be three to four dogs. We do try to cap the class to nine dogs.
Does this class involve required homework/home practice?
There will be homework provided. It is not graded but the more you practice with your dog the quicker they will learn.
My dog is reactive and trying to learn better socialization. Is group training the appropriate next step?
Group classes are a great way to start! Depending on the level of reactivity, you may be asked to move to a different part of the classroom or asked to use a basket muzzle for future classes. Basket muzzles are not a punishment, they are meant to keep everyone (including your dog) safe and relaxed.
Do I have to sign a waiver or fill out any paperwork before class?
Yes, please try to be a few minutes early to your first class to get all of the appropriate paperwork filled out. You will need to bring your dog’s vaccination records as well.
What happens if my dog gets hurt in class?
Nyssa, the trainer, is Pet CPR and First Aid certified and will provide any care that is needed. If a veterinarian is needed Falmouth Veterinary Hospital is next door and the nearest emergency vet is Animal Emergency and Specialty Care in Portland.
I cannot attend the classes currently on the schedule. Do you ever add new classes?
Yes! We add new classes and seminars on a regular basis. We would love to learn what works best for you. You can let us know what you would like to see by filling out this form.