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To view the complete calendar of classes click on any of the below “Click Here For Class Schedule” links.  Use the arrows to move the calendar forward & back between months. See a class you like? Double-click on the event for further details & directions for the Registration Form to reserve your spot.

 Puppy Kindergarten:  4wks (Designed for puppies 6-16wks in age)  A heavy emphasis on socialization, both dog-people as well as dog-dog.  Learning techniques to build: coming when called & good leash manners into adulthood, as well as “leave it” “puppy sits”, & door manners.  Discussion of:  breeds, dog body language, & mouthy behavior.  EQUIPTMENT:  buckle collar,4-6ft leash, favorite dog cookies. NOT ALLOWED: training collars, harnesses, chain leashes, flexi-leads. Click here for class schedule

 Basic Obedience:  6wks (for any dog over 16wks of age) Coming when called, walking on a loose leash, sit & down on command, Sit/Down for lengths of time & with distractions.  Any dogs under 1 year of age will be eligible for the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Certification.  EQUIPTMENT:  buckle collar,4-6ft leash, favorite dog cookies. NOT ALLOWED:  harnesses, chain leashes, flexi-leads. Click here for a schedule of classes.

Intermediate Obedience:  4wks (for any dog over 20wks of age who has been through Big Moose Basic Obedience class)  Utilizing Brenda Aloff’s “Get Connected” protocol & your dog’s natural body language to build your bond with your dog.  Getting & keeping your dog’s attention, “layering” sits & downs for solid-stays.  EQUIPTMENT:  buckle collar,4-6ft leash, favorite dog cookies. NOT ALLOWED: harnesses, chain leashes, flexi-leads.  Click here for a schedule of classes.        

Rally 4 Fun!:  4wks (for any dog over 20wks of age who had been through Big Moose Basic Obedience class) Created by Charles “Bud” Kramer, Rally Obedience is an agility/obedience high bred.  This class is JUST for fun!!!!  An explanation of Rally signs & courses, an AKC sport utilizing all of the things you learned in Basic.  Each class will be working different RallyO courses to solidify the skills you learned in Basic or to prepare you for entering a RallyO show.   Click here for a schedule of classes.

Advanced Games:  4wk (for any dog over 20wks of age who has been through Big Moose Basic Obedience class.  Intermediate &/or Rally are recommended pre-reqs but NOT required)  The whole class is about playing games with our dogs for the hour!!   The secret (trick) is all the games build on the obedience classes you have already taken & what you have already learned! Click here for a schedule of classes.

Canine Good Citizen C.G.C. Class (AKC Program): 4wk (for any dog over 1 year of age who had been through Big Moose Basic Obedience class. Intermediate &/or Rally are recommended pre-reqs but NOT required) An American Kennel Club program that recognizes & rewards responsible dog owners!  www.akc.org for more details    Each class will focus on preparing you for the 10 CGC Items, your dog does NOT need to be purebred or papered to participate.  Week #4 will be the CGC Test.  Testing can also be set up by appointment. Click here for a schedule of classes.

K9 Cardio:  An exercise class for you AND your dog combining: cardio, strength, & basic obedience.  A great way to get in shape & bond with your dog.  A fabulous opportunity to practice getting & keeping your dog’s attention and focus all while immersed in a highly distracting environment.  Great “cross-training” for agility & rally competitors.  This is a busy advanced class that you need to have completed Big Moose Basic Obedience as well as have a dog that is able to handle lots of physical & visual stimulation simultaneously while working in close quarters with other moving dogs.  There will also be medium impact jumping for your dog so this class may not be appropriate for dogs with knee, elbow, back, or hip issues; please discuss with your veterinarian if you have ANY concerns about your dog’s fitness level prior to signing up for class. Click here for a schedule

Trick Training:  4wk (for any dog over 1 year of age who had been through Big Moose Basic Obedience class.  Intermediate &/or Rally are recommended pre-reqs but NOT required)  A fun 4 week class focusing on teaching your dog new tricks!  Each class you you will learn how to teach your dog specific tricks. More importantly, you will learn the foundation of how to train your dog tricks, how to break down complicated tricks into specific parts, and how to put back together to complete a trick. Once you understand how to train tricks, the possibilities are endless as to what you can teach your dog!  Benefits include:  Get out of the house and do something fun with your dog, Being able to “exercise” your dog in addition to your daily walk, Show off to your friends and family, great for improving your bond with your dog as well as building confidence of shy dogs! Once you start trick training, your dog will be able to learn faster.   Pre-Req:  Basic Obedience & dogs must be at least one year in age.  School Supplies:  comfortable clothes, leash, buckle collar, your dog’s favorite treats, Clicker & props optional  Click here for a schedule of classes.

Canine Life And Social Skills C.L.A.S.S.  Class (APDT Program) Level: BA: 6wk (for any dog over 1 year of age who had been through Big Moose Basic Obedience class. Intermediate &/or Rally are recommended but NOT required) An Association of Professional Dog Trainers program that recognizes & rewards responsible dog owners as well as foster & rescue groups that incorporates  training programs into finding dogs a forever home!  www.mydoghasclass.com for more details.  Each class will focus on preparing you for the 11 C.L.A.S.S. Items, Week #6 will be the BA Level Test.  Prior to testing each team must register for an APDT C.L.A.S.S. Team Number.   Testing can also be set up by appointment. Click here for a schedule of classes.