Obedience, Agility, Conformation, Barn Hunt, & Water Sports
Inside (Heated and A/C) & Outside Training Areas
We realize you may have questions about our training methods or your own puppy/dogs' needs relative to our class offerings. Please do not hesitate to phone us if you have any question on a class, schedule or to ask our advice regarding your personal situation or generally raising your puppy. We encourage the entire household be involved with training your family dog. We train you to train your dog so the dog learns to respect you and your commands.
Cost is per SESSION consisting of SIX 45 minute weekly classes, except 4 weeks as noted. Pre-enrollment with payment is requested. Mail or deliver form with payment prior to starting day of new class session. New enrollments allowed in 1st or 2nd week of progressive evening classes.
All CLASSES: Dogs are not required to be purebred. Pre-class enrollment is required. Aggressive dogs must be evaluated prior to enrolling. If convenient, complete and mail or drop-off Registration Form and payment (cash or check only) any day prior to the first class and check-in.
- Cash or check payment ONLY. No credit cards accepted
- Inclement weather phone: (203) 426-2881 from 4-5:30 PM
- Arrive 10 minutes prior to first class for Final Registration, Equipment purchase if necessary, Check-in & Payment.
- We accept new dogs only during the first or second weeks of a six week session.
- A missed class may be made up within the current session.
Children and adults are encouraged to participate in this class for healthy puppies 10 weeks to 6 months of age who have started their vaccinations. An important first step to acclimate your puppy to becoming a well-adjusted and properly behaved family companion is early exposure to a structured socialization class, which may help prevent development of anxiety and exaggerated responses later in life. Your puppy learns proper play manners while building confidence around people and other dogs in a friendly fun style for your puppy's overall well-being. Questions on raising your puppy are discussed. This class is offered as part of The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program.
LEVEL #1 $170.16 incl tax, BASIC DOG TRAINING —The foundation class for all dog training.
STARTS: Monday, April 9, 2018, 5:45 PM or 7:15 PM or Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 7:00 PM or 4-Week "Fast Track" Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 9:00 AM (call for info)
For first timers of all ages or as a refresher. The foundation for all training and communication with your dog. Controlled walking, come when called, sit, down, stand, including stays at all positions are taught with distractions. Focused attention, wait, off, and leave it commands are covered. These establish the basis for an appropriate relationship between a family and their dog. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your first class to check-in and purchase proper equipment if needed. Equipment: appropriate training collar; 6' & 15' training leads (not retractable); small treats; soft-soled shoes and paper towels.
For dogs already possessing the skills covered in our BASIC DOG TRAINING class with distractions. This class places further emphasis on the skills needed to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen test given during our last class. Further emphasis is also placed on focused attention and loose leash work. THERAPY DOGS: After 1 year of age and having achieved the CGC Certification, arrangements can be made for Therapy work training.
LEVEL #3 $116.98 incl tax, PROGRESSIVE SKILLS Including Rally, Tricks and Nose Games, etc.
STARTS: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 6:00 PM or "4-Week Fast Track" Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM (call for info)
For graduates with Level #1 and #2 training skills. These classes will incorporate Rally-O as a fun way to enhance training and further develop the relationship between dog and owner. With the goal of a more consistent and reliable response to all commands, we will build toward off-lead work, using hand signals and directed jumping while enhancing additional skills through a variety of structured exercises.
For dogs already possessing the skills covered in our BASIC DOG TRAINING class including the STAY and RECALL using distractions. Both dog and handler participate in this active fun sport that creates excitement and confidence in the team. While training, positive enforcement, safety and encouragement is emphasized. Agility is a great exercise for the active dog. Full range of obstacles with indoor and outdoor facilities available
Introduction and All-Level Agility at 12:30 PM or 6:00 PM This class introduces the basic foundation skills of how to safely negotiate all the various agility obstacles. Included obstacles are the A-frame, Dog Walk, See-Saw, Tunnels, Weave Poles, Pause Table, Tire and various Jumps.
Intermediate/Advanced Agility at 7:00 PM Obstacle recognition, sequencing obstacles, gaining speed and accuracy are developed, while proper handling and communication techniques of the handler are introduced, as well as building teamwork with motivation, focus and direction. This class develops skills that provide a greater challenge for the active dog and handler
30 minutes of personalized conformation breed handling or Junior Showmanship instruction designed to optimize you and your dog's performance. To schedule a mutually convenient day or evening lesson with instructor, Joy S. Brewster, please phone us at (203) 426-2881.
- $50 Private Lessons—30 minutes of personalized conformation or breed handling instruction designed to optimize you and your dog's performance for dog show exhibition. Lessons can be scheduled at any mutually convenient time.
A natural spring fed pond, approximately 50 x 150 feet and 6 feet deep is available on our property. The pond can be used by your dog for recreational swimming, retrieving work, sports jumping, etc. A regulation size dock, 8 x 40 feet extends into the pond for "Dock Jumping." Reservations are required for "Pond Time" and can be made for an individual dog, a group of dogs, or for eligible dogs while Boarding. Cost: $10/ person per half-hour
- $50 Private Half-hour Lessons are available to assist your dog in having a pleasant swimming experience, or to learn "Dock Jumping," or to perfect his technique in "Dock Jumping."
A 90 x 110 foot, completely fenced grass Play/Training yard is available by reservation. A great spot to let your canine really stretch his/her legs! Cost $10/ person per half-hour.
Barn Hunt Clinic: New schedule to come!
What is a Barn Hunt?
The purpose of Barn Hunt is to demonstrate a dog's vermin hunting ability in finding and marking rats in a "barn-like" setting. Hay bales are used to introduce climbing and tunneling obstacles in the dog's path as they search out the rats. Rats are not harmed or stressed!
Any dog who can fit through an 18" wide by approximately 20-22" tall tunnel constructed of hay bales can enjoy this dog sport. The sport tests speed, agility, hunt drive, scenting ability, surefootedness, control and responsiveness to the handler's directions.
While Barn Hunt has roots and origins as a way to test working drives in dogs bred to hunt vermin, Barn Hunt is for any dog and handler who wish to play. This includes large dogs, pet dogs, altered dogs and dogs of breeds or mixes of breeds with or without a vermin-hunting history.