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Diamonds in the Ruff

Advanced Class Descriptions:

For all intermediate Prep school grads.

Finishing School



Behavior basics, good manners and reliable cue response. Leash work, long line skills, handling and sit for petting. Learn how & when to increase duration, distance and distractions. We will also introduce boundary/perimeter training and learn more about dog behavior. Open to all dogs Prep level and higher.

Total Recall!



A fun class for people and dogs.  Build a really reliable recall away from distractions and an emergency down for safety.  Come when called is one of the most important skills for dogs to learn. This class focuses entirely on teaching a joyful, fast, reliable response on the first cue.

 

Loose Leash Walking



Brush up on your leash work. Good manners. No pulling! We will work step-by-step through all the skills your dog needs for leash walking to be pleasant rather than a chore.  Enjoy taking long strolls through the neighborhood with your canine partner!

More fun and self control:

Dastardly Distractions



This class is designed to help you overcome the challenges of working with your dog around the distractions of every day life. Door bells ringing, children giggling, people eating, other dogs playing ... what tempts your dog? This class will feature creative ways to proof your dog's basic training skills while maintaining attention and accurate response. Open to all dogs Prep level and higher.

Control Yourself!



This new class will provide training challenges to proof and build excellent self control skills. 

Build relaxation, focus and attention.
Eliminate barking, chasing, leaping, rushing.

 

Increase reliability and build impulse control when faced with the doorbell, UPS man, mail man, when things fall on the floor, when cats, kids, deer, squirrels run.  Teach calmness around moving vacuum cleaners, brooms, bicycles, etc.

 

Pre-requisite:  Finishing School graduates and above.  Dog should have a solid understanding of stay, recall, wait, leave it. 

 

(Please note: Dogs with problems of aggression are not suited for this class.)

Channel that excess energy - teach focus & problem solving:

Canine Good Citizen

 

Taught by one of our AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluators.  This class is based around the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen program. Each covers exercises with the Canine Good Citizen test in mind: Proper greeting and sit for exam, response to cues, loose leash walking, stay, come, manners and control around other dogs and walking through crowds and around distractions. A CGC test will be scheduled at the completion of the class for those who are ready to take the test!  Getting ready for Pet Therapy? The CGC is a core component of the Pet Partners Evaluation.

 

Pooches in the Park



Practice leash work, stays, recalls, meet and greets and self control surrounded by the distractions of the sights, sounds and smells of public park activities.  Learn how to apply your classroom exercises to the real world.  Work on building confidence and reliable attention in proximity to temptations and worrisome things. 

 

LOCATION:  Week one will be held at the training studio.  Weeks 2 through 4 will be held at Corbin or Emerson Park, just a few blocks from the training studio.  

 

Please note: Dogs who are reactive/aggressive toward other dogs or people are not appropriate for this class.

Scent Games



Do you have a "nosey" dog?  Would you like to have a new way to have fun with your dog, while learning to understand how he perceives the world? 

 

Scenting games are a great mental outlet for expending excess energy.  Great rainy day games when you can't get outside for a long walk.  Playing scent games leaves your dog feeling satisfied and tired. 

 

Nose games are also a great way to teach your dog self control, focus and teamwork - playing with you.

Brain Games to Banish Boredom!

 

Boredom and frustration are the root cause of most annoying problem behaviors - like barking and destructive chewing and driving other pets and family members crazy with pesky demands for attention.

 

This class will provide you with easy ideas for enrichment activities to make life more interesting and satisfying.  Learn how to enrich your dogs' life, keep his mind active, and reduce boredom while incorporating good manners and self control. 

Take your training into the real world:

Tails & Trails - Hiking/Snowshoeing!​



Do you enjoy the outdoors? Want your furry friend to join in the fun?  This is the class for you! Learn how to include your dog in your hiking adventures. Tails & Trails class will focus on helping you teach your dog the behaviors that are important to have on the trail so that everybody stays safe.In this class we will work on stays, recalls, and tips to work towards hiking with your dog off leash.

 

LOCATION: Week one orientation will be held at the training studio or in the S. Hill Prairie Dog classroom; (people only, dogs stay home)

 

Weeks 2-5 - will begin at various trail heads (You are responsible for your own transportation.) Please note: Dogs who are reactive/aggressive toward other dogs or people are not appropriate for this class.

 

You will need a Washington State Parks Discover Pass.  For the snow shoeing class, you will need your own snow shoes or rent them from REI or Mountain Gear.

Take it on the Road



For dogs who tend to forget about the human end of the leash while in the midst of novel situations.If your dog pulls on lead and loses control when he sees another dog, joggers, playing children,cats or squirrels, this class is for you. You will learn a few simple techniques to keep your dog calm and focused and we will practice in city parks with lots of distractions.

 

You and your dog will learn to walk together as a team. This is not a formal "heel" exercise. Dogs will be on leash, however, the goal is that the leash becomes superfluous~ simply a measure of safety, rather than a means of control.

 

LOCATION: Held at various local parks.  An online link to a list of meeting locations and directions will be provided.

 

Please note: Dogs who are reactive/aggressive toward other dogs or people are not appropriate for this class. 

Work on specific goals and put your training to work:

Foundations to Fabulous

Basics, Tricks and Fancy Moves

 

Would you like your basic training to be really solid?

Do you want great attention with varied distractions?  Does your dog want to show off some great tricks?  How about doing some fancy moves, weaves, direction changes?

Then this class is for you and your dog!  With detailed shaping and behavior slicing, lavish reinforcement your dog will love, and some training challenges to keep it interesting, you will find a new level of connection with your dog.  So do it!  Get signed up! Open to Prep grads and higher.  See you there!

(Please note: Dogs with problems of aggression are not suited for this class.)

Home Helpers



Most dogs enjoy having a job to do, and most people can benefit from a dog who helps around the house! Dogs love routines where they can feel useful.  Teach your dog to retrieve dropped/lost items, to help with the laundry, and to put away his toys. We'll also work on opening and closing doors, turning on lights, and carrying things for you. Dogs who are looking for things to do for you, are far less apt to be looking for things to get into!

 

Prerequisite: Prep class and a clear understanding of how to free shape a behavior with a clicker.  Dogs should enjoy picking things up in their mouths.  Busy bodies and "thieves" welcome!

 

(Please note: Dogs with problems of aggression are not suited for this class.)

Holiday Manners



Get your dog's manners ready for visitors and holiday fun! One of our most popular and fun classes. Learn good manners for the holidays, starting with Halloween: door control, manners with trick-or-treaters, - resisting holiday temptations around the table and the tree.  It's Paw-ty Time!

 

Open to Prep grads and higher.

 

(Please note: Dogs with problems of aggression are not suited for this class.)

Have fun and take your training to new heights! 

Agility for Fun
Foundation Level 1

Agility Foundations.  Polish basic skills, recalls, stays and targeting with movement. This is an outdoor class featuring fun activities and games. Foundation skills for people who are thinking about a future in dog sports, freestyle and more. Learn techniques to help you create attention and distance control at the park, the lake or a walk around the block. Teamwork for you and your best friend.


Intermediate Level 2

Build great team work, communication and attention skills while having fun sending your dog up, over, around, and through a variety of obstacles.  For people and dogs who want to find new ways to have fun together.  This is not a competition class. 

 

(Held outdoors in mild weather months.)

(Please note: Dogs with problems of aggression are not suited for this class.)

Agility For Fun -
Advanced Level 3



Putting it all together.  For dogs who have achieved the basics of weaves and obstacles.  Did you catch the agility bug?  Continue building on your foundation behaviors and handling skills. 

 

(Please note: Dogs with problems of aggression are not suited for this class.)