Group Puppy Obedience

This course is for puppies 6 months and under. The first six months of a puppy's life are crucial in their training.  This is when we lay the foundation for how they will react to their environment and the people within it. The focus of the course is to teach your puppy basic commands, good habits, and complete socialization.  The commands taught are: sit, down, stay, come and heel. Common puppy "issues" are also discussed in class, i.e. jumping, mouthing, crate training, potty training, etc. The method of training we will be using is positive reinforcement. Socialization is also a big focus of this course. The puppies will have the opportunity to socialize with other puppies as well as other people.

 

*** For those interested, we are now offering the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program. At the end of the  puppy course, if the puppy and owner qualify, they will be given the S.T.A.R. Puppy test.
Upon passing the test, the puppy will receive the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Medal. 

*** Older small/toy breed dogs may enroll in this course

Course Length: 7 Weeks

Course Cost: $245

Next Course Start Day/Time:

October 25th, 2022

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Advanced Puppy Manners

This course is designed for puppies between 6 months and a year old, that have completed a puppy course, or have an equivalent training background.  The focus of the course is to refine your puppy's basic commands, teach your puppy to pay attention around distractions, and to respond when the reward is not visible. Common "Teenage Issues" are also discussed in class, i.e. general defiance, lack of attention, being easily distracted, poor leash manners, etc. The method of training we will be using is positive reinforcement.

This course is meant to prepare puppies for the Canine Good Citizen Course.

Course Length: 7 Weeks

Course Cost: $245

Next Course Start Day/Time:

TBA

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Dog Training 

 

Heeling House, Inc.  offers a variety a variety of courses to meet your dog training needs, from puppy obedience through advanced animal assisted therapy classes.  Whether you are interested in your dog becoming a therapy dog one day, or would just like to have a well behaved family pet, Heeling House can meet your needs.

All of the classes taught at The Heeling House Training Center are based on Operant Conditioning principals, with the emphasis on positive reinforcement.  You can take your pup through our whole series of courses, join us with your older dog, or just try out some of our classes for fun.  Our training program is appropriate, enjoyable and effective for all handlers and dogs.

Group Basic Obedience

This course designed for dogs six months or older that have had either no, or a limited amount of, previous training. This course is also a good place to start with a newly adopted dog.

The topics covered during this course are: sit, down, stay, come when called, loose lead walking, heeling, drop it, leave it, proper greetings with other dogs or people, proper manners (not jumping, mouthing, excessively barking). We also practice keeping the dogs attention around distractions (for example passing other dogs while on leash).

The method of training used in class is operant conditioning, with the focus being on positive reinforcement.

Students should bring their dogs on a regular (not retractable leash) and make sure they have plenty of treats for class.

Course Length: 7 Weeks

Course Cost: $245

Next Course Start Day/Time

November 8th, 2022

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Canine Good Citizen Course

This is designed for dogs and owners who have completed basic obedience and are ready to move to the next level.  Emphasis will be placed on learning the ten skills needed to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen test.  These skills include polite greetings, basic obedience skills, and polite behavior around dogs on leash.  Click here to see the full list of skills.  All of these skills must be performed with no food rewards or 'training' collars or harnesses present.  

 

At the end of this course, the handler/dog will be given the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test. Upon passing the test, the dog will receive the AKC CGC Medal and certificate.

This course is meant to prepare your dog for either the Therapy Dog Prep course or the Advanced Obedience Course.

Prerequisite: Advanced Puppy Manners or Basic Obedience or permission from a Heeling House trainer

Course Length: 7 Weeks

Course Cost: $245

Next Course Start Day/Time:

TBA

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Community Canine

This is designed for dogs and owners who have passed their Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test and are ready to practice additional obedience in public.  Emphasis will be placed on learning the skills needed to pass the Community Citizen (CGCA) and Urban Canine (CGCU) tests.  These skills include polite greetings, basic obedience skills, and polite behavior around common public distractions. All of these skills must be performed with no food rewards or 'training' collars or harnesses present.  

 

At the end of this course, the handler/dog will be given the Community Canine and Urban Canine Test. Upon passing each test, the dog will receive the AKC CGCA and/or CGCU ribbon and certificate.

This course is meant to prepare your dog for either the Therapy Dog Prep course or the Advanced Obedience Course.

Click here to see the full list of skills for CGCA: Test Items for Community Canine – American Kennel Club (akc.org)​.  

Click here to see the full list of skills for CGCU: Test Items for AKC Urban CGC – American Kennel Club

Prerequisite: Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certification

Course Length: 5 weeks

Course Cost: $175

Next Course Start Day/Time:

October 3rd, 2022

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Therapy Dog Prep

This course is an introduction to Animal Assisted Interactions (AAI). In order to be successful, therapy dogs should be well trained and prepared for any situation/behaviors their handlers ask of them. 

We have designed this course to introduce dogs and owners to the skills necessary to be a successful therapy animal team, as well as the skills needed to pass an evaluation by a national therapy dog organization.  This course gives teams a broad education of the many different ways therapy animals can be used.  At the end of the course, the student will be ready to choose whichever type of therapy they are best suited for.

This course will prepare you to join the organization of your choice, not necessarily Heeling House.

The following topics will be covered:   

  • Review basic obedience skills

  • Introduction to different types of therapy

  • How to be your dogs’ advocate

  • Facility/client etiquette

  • Place command

  • Visit command (Appropriate greeting)

  • Walk beside wheel chair/walker

  • Introduction to children/READ program

  • ‘Leave it’ proofing

  • ‘Drop it’ proofing

  • Practice for Pet Partners Evaluation Test

Prerequisite: Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certification

Course Length: 7 weeks

Course Cost: $245

Next Course Start Day/Time:

July 14th, 2022

6:15 pm - 7:15 pm

Advanced Therapy Dog Training

This seven week course is an introduction to Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT).

This course is designed for students that have passed the Pet Partners Evaluation test, and would like to join the Heeling House AAT team at the Heeling House Center.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Touch command

  • Double leash walking

  • Hand Stationing

  • Multiple client handling techniques

  • Hand signals

  • Item Retrieve

  • Stairs

  • Obstacle courses

  • Commands from other people

 

​​PLEASE NOTE THAT WE OFFER THERAPY DOG TRAINING CLASSES, WE DO NOT TRAIN SERVICE DOGS, OR OFFER SERVICE DOG TRAINING.

Prerequisite: your dog must have passed the Pet Partners Evaluation test

Course Length: 7 weeks

Course Cost $245

Next Course Start Day/Time - TBA

Private Lessons

Private lessons are for dogs or puppies that might benefit from a little more one-on-one attention with a certified dog trainer. These lessons run for an hour per session, and there in no minimum or maximum number of lessons required. Private sessions are tailored specifically to your dog's needs or any behaviors you'd like to address. Consultations can either be done in-home or at our center. 

Private Lesson in Home:

Cost: $150

Private Lesson in Our Center:

Cost: $100