Hearts and Paws
Together for Life
Beginning Group Classes

​Foundation classes for your dog(s)...

​What makes our Group Classes Training Program successful?
* Indoor Climate-Controlled Classroom
* Small Student-to-Teacher Ratio - We limit our classes to ten dogs with family members (6 years and older).
* Child Friendly - We understand that your child participation in learning training skills enhance the whole family dynamic.
* Reward-Based System - Easy to implement and do not require force and fear of punishment to get results.
* Repeating a Class (Basic Companion class only) - Upon completing a class, you will receive a $10 certificate for any future class.
* Play Groups - Our Puppy Start class includes a socialization time for friendly puppies. 
2 to 4 months old
PUPPY START CLASS is designed to maximize the learning process for puppies at the age when they are most influenced by their environmental and social experiences. Puppies are able to start one week after receiving their first set of vaccinations.

NOTE: We require proof of your puppy's vaccinations. You can bring a paper copy to the first class or you can email a copy to mail.heartsandpaws@gmail.com prior to your first class. 

Puppy Start Class is 4 weeks long and is primarily focused on social and manners needs with basic training like coming when called, walking on a loose-leash, waiting at doors, sit, stand, down, bed stay, and tricks. From these skills, they will be able to achieve a S.T.A.R. PUPPY certificate. These skills also lay the groundwork for more advanced training such as Agility, Rally, Canine Good Citizen, and Pet Therapy classes, also offered at Hearts and Paws.

Puppy Start Class Fee:
$120 For 4 weekly meetings one hour long with a $10 coupon upon class completion for the Basic Companion class.
**​​Read here the position statement on Puppy Socialization by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior**
Puppy Start Classes

  • Starting September 5th at 6:30 p.m.
  • Starting September 9th at 9:30 a.m.
5 months old  and up
In the Basic Companion Class each week focuses on 1 - 2 specific exercises, gradually building your dog’s attention with increased distractions. Our format utilizes "instructional games," rather than boring drills. The last class is a Party! You will enjoy punch and cookies, your dog(s) will munch down on special treats, both you and your dog will play team games together, and all trainer/dog teams receive a completion certificate.

Following is a summary of this group class' units: 
- How Dogs Learn - Body Language - Attention to name
- Sit instead of jumping up - Waiting at door
- Come when Called - Stand for Grooming and Veterinary Exams
- Calmly Accepting Handling - Down - Shake - Walk on loose leash
- Walk with outside distractions - Touch as Reward - Bed Stay 
- Sit-at-Side for approaching person and dog 
- Interactive games as Rewards - Fading Food Rewards
- Play games using obedience skills 
Basic Companion Class Fee:
$195 For 6 weekly meetings one hour long each class with a $10 coupon upon graduation for next-level training classes or for repeating this class if necessary.

Basic Companion Classes

  • Starting October 2nd at 6:30 p.m.
  • Starting September 23rd at 11:00 a.m.
*There will be no classes Labor Day weekend, September 2nd-4th.*

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