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Dog Training Classes

Our Program Features Great Trainers & Small Classes

The APF's Dog Training Program is designed to train owners to develop well-mannered family pets and good canine citizens. Our courses offer socialization with other people and dogs, as well as training for skills, including how to walk calmly on a loose leash, come when called, sit, down, stand and stay. Our approach to training is a motivational one, always using positive reinforcement to achieve success. Plus, training with the APF helps homeless pets, as 50% of your registration fee benefits the shelter. Minimum age for handling is 16 Years old if accompanied by an adult.

Our instructors have been certified through Animal Behavior College and are also approved Canine Good Citizen evaluators. For more information on any of our dog training programs or to register, please call Caiitlin at (518) 374-3944, ext. 102.

Meet Our Trainers


MEET OUR TRAINERS

Diane Houck and Kathy Snowden have been involved with the APF in various capacities for the past 20 years. Their commitment to dog training evolved from seeing firsthand so many dogs given up because of behavioral issues that owners simply didn’t know how to address. They have been the driving force behind training here at the shelter and developed the APF's training program to meet the needs of pet owners and keep dogs where they belong – in their homes. Both Kathy and Diane are Certified Dog Trainers through Animal Behavior College (ABC). They are also Certified Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluators. They continue to supplement their education by attending dog training/behavior workshops sponsored by APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) and other organizations, and through working with shelter dogs. Kathy is also certified in “Training Shelter Dogs.” They have taken the best aspects of the many training methods they have studied to create the curriculum for the APF's training program. Kathy has also developed Tricks & Games (aka Barks & Recreation) and she and Diane created AgiliO. They are highly committed to training through positive reinforcement.

Cydney Cross teaches Canine Good Citizen Classes at the APF. She is co-founder and president of Out of the Pits, an organization for the education, rescue and placement of “Americas favorite dog,” the American Pit Bull Terrier. She provides education and evaluation services and training to public and private institutions and organizations. In her off time Miss Cross trains and works with Therapy Dog International (TDI) certified dogs (mainly Pit Bulls) in hospitals, schools and other public forums, providing positive media coverage, elementary and secondary school workshops, public education clinics, therapy dog programs, owner counseling and shelter outreach. Also highly committed to keeping pets in their homes, one of her specialties is working through the challenges that put pets at risk for relinquishment.


CLASS DESCRIPTIONS / FEES / REQUIREMENTS

Class: Puppy Pre-School
Description: 
Socialization & confidence-building exercises. Also addresses common puppy issues such as chewing, housebreaking, crate training and more.
Requirements:
Open to puppies up to 20 weeks of age at the start of class.
Duration:
6 weeks, 45 minutes/week
Fee:
$100
This class provides a foundation for good behavior of puppies through socialization and confidence-building exercises. It also addresses issues such as chewing, housebreaking, crate training and more. It is designed for puppies up to 20 weeks old at the start of class. Classes run for six weeks and are 45 minutes long.  No dogs at the first class.

Class: Basic Manners 101
Description: 
Class covers: sit, down, wait, stay, come, leave-it, walking calmly on a loose leash and basic good manners.
Requirements:
Open to all dogs 5 months and older.
Duration:
6 weeks, 45 minutes/week
Fee:
$100
No dogs at first class.
 
Class: Basic Manners 102
Description: 
Class addresses issues such as door dashing, pulling on leash, impolite greetings and more. You and your dog will work through distractions in many forms, achieving solid stays and sharper recalls at longer distances and improve his focus on you. Achieve a more respectful relationship with your dog.
Requirements:
Open to all dogs 5 months or older, with a solid knowledge of basic commands (sit/down/wait/stay/come) and/or graduates of Basic Manners 101.
Duration:
6 weeks, 45 minutes/week
Fee:
$100
BRING DOGS TO FIRST CLASS as well as SOFT TREATS and a BLANKET/MAT large enough for dog
to lie down on.

Class: Canine Good Citizen
Description:
This course will prepare you and your dog for Canine Good Citizen certification. The test is administered by a certified CGC evaluator.
Requirements:
No prior training is required.
Duration:
7 weeks, test given on week 8
Fee:
$100 plus $10 test fee which is due on week 8, test night
No dogs at the first class. *Please note there is NO discount for Canine Good Citizen classes*

Learn more about the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program.

Class: Nosey Dogs
Description:
Your dog will have fun as he sniffs out hidden foods, toys and scented
objects. Using his nose will help build confidence, focus and stimulate his mind, draining energy.
Requirements: Open to all dogs that have completed basic manners training or equivalent.
Bring to first class: Dog on collar/harness, 6 ft. leash and soft treats
Duration:
4 weeks, 45 minutes/week
Fee:
$80

Class: Tricks & Games
Description:
Each week you will teach your dog a new trick and play a game. Mentally challenging, stimulating and fun for you and your dog.
Requirements:
Open to all dogs that have completed basic manners training or equivalent.
Bring to First Class:
Dog on collar/harness, 6 ft. leash and soft treats
Duration:
4 weeks, 45 minutes/week
Fee:
$80


 

Registration Requirements

Proof of rabies and distemper vaccinations are required
Bordetella (for kennel cough) is highly recommended, but not a requirement.
Your veterinarian may fax records to us at (518) 346-2120.

As each class is filled on a first-come, first-served basis, pre-payment and required documentation is required to secure your class slot. We request receipt of your registration form, payment, and proof of vaccinations when you sign up for class.

We require a minimum 48-hour notice, if you are unable to take the class.

Spay/Neuter
With the exception of Puppy Pre-School, all dogs enrolled in Pet Academy training classes must be spayed or neutered.

Special Discounts
• APF dog adopters receive a one-time $15 discount off their first training course.
• Adopters from rescues and other shelters receive a one-time $10 discount of their first training course.  
       (Registration must be within two months of adoption.)
• Puppy Pre-School graduates receive $10 off their Basic Manners 101 registration.
• Basic Manners 101 graduates receive $10 off Basic Manners 102.
• There are no discounts for: Canine Good Citizen, Nosey Dogs or Tricks & Games

50% of each registration fee benefits the shelter!

Cancellation and Refund Policy
We often have waiting lists for our classes. In fairness to all, refunds minus a $10 processing fee will be provided only if the cancellation is made prior to 48-hours before the first class. (Example: If class begins on Monday, cancellation must be received by the previous Friday.)

 

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Weiser and Amy (left) learn "focus" along with other Pet Academy students.

Class Schedule

3/3-4/7

Basic 101  

Mondays @ 6:30 pm

6 Week Session Snowden  

3/3-4/7

Puppy Pre-School

Mondays @ 7:30 pm  

6 Week Session, Snowden/Houck  

3/5-4/9

Basic 102

Wednesdays @ 7:00 pm  

6 Week Session, Snowden/Houck

3/8-4/12

Basic 101

Saturdays @ 9:00 pm 

6 Week Session, Snowden

3/15-4/5

Nosey Dogs

Saturdays @ 10:00 am

4 Week Session, Snowden/Houck

3/25-4/29

Basic 101

Tuesdays @ 6:30 pm  

6 Week Session, Snowden

3/25-4/29

Puppy Pre-School

Tuesdays @ 7:30 pm

6 Week Session Houck/Snowden  

4/14-5/19

Basic 101

Mondays @ 6:30 pm  

6 Week Session, Snowden  

4/21-5/12

Tricks & Games

Mondays @ 7:30 pm  

4 Week Session, Snowden/Houck

5/2-6/13

Canine Good Citizen

Fridays @ 6:00 pm

7 Week Session, Cross, Test on 6/20

5/2-6/13

Canine Good Citizen

Fridays @ 7:00 pm

7 Week Session, Cross, Test on 6/20

5/6-6/10

Basic 101

Tuesdays @ 6:30 pm 

6 Week Session, Snowden

5/6-6/10

Basic 102

Tuesdays @ 7:30 am

6 Week Session, Houck/Snowden

5/17-6/21

Basic 101

Saturdays @ 9:00 pm  

6 Week Session, Snowden

5/17-6/7

Nosey Dogs

Saturdays @ 10:00 am

4 Week Session Snowden/Houck

* Please note that we require a minimum of 4 students to hold class; classes with fewer students may be cancelled or postponed.