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Beginning & Intermediate
CLASS SCHEDULE

APRIL - MAY - JUNE
4-week session - 1.5 hour classes held once per week - $175
$325 for two-class discount pkg when paid in advance! 

WHAT WILL WE LEARN?
The Beginning and Intermediate classes are where you will build strong foundations to get ready for our many fun Advanced classes! 

Level 1
BEGINNING

Level 1 - Beginning Classes

Entry level classes for puppies, adolescents & adult dogs who have not attended a previous class.  Same curriculum. Choose which class based on the age of your dog when the class begins.  

Level 2
INTERMEDIATE

Level 2 - Intermediate Prep

Second level classes for puppies, adolescents & adult dogs who have completed a beginning level class at Diamonds in the Ruff or other group class at an approved positive reinforcement school.

Level 3
ADVANCED

Level 3 - Advanced Classes

For clicker-savvy Intermediate Prep graduates. Fun topics offered monthly.  Go here for the Schedule of Advanced ClassesAnd here for Advanced Class Descriptions. There are also Specialty Classes available.

DAYTIME, EVENING & WEEKEND GROUP CLASSES:
Dogs with aggression / reactivity to dogs or people are not appropriate for group classes.
Not sure? You may contact Travis at travisbyrnes@comcast.net to schedule
 a pre-class private evaluation.

Private lessons and behavior consultations are available.

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Which beginning class you choose will depend on how old your dog is today.
CHOOSE YOUR BEGINNING CLASS BASED ON THE AGE OF YOUR DOG


Preschool (under 4 1/2 months),   Kindergarten (under 6 months),   Headstart (6 months or over)
Beginning all ages classes are also 
offered, adults & puppies welcome 

Main Classroom:  Northside - 3400 N. Monroe    |    South Hill:  Prairie Dog 5608 S. Regal

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Page is updated by hand and may not reflect actual availability.  Available spots are filled in the order registrations are received.

BEGINNING

North monroe
3400 N. Monroe - about 10 min from downtown

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LEVEL 1 - BEGINNING CLASSES
$175 / 4-week session
(Scroll down for Level 2 - Intermediate Prep)

Classes marked in GREY are full.  
Classes marked in RED are the available spots for the upcoming session.

SAME BEGINNING CURRICULUM - Divided by age group

Puppy classes are for pups under 6 months only.  
Headstart is open to dogs 6 months and
older. Beginning - "all ages" class is open to puppies as well as adolescents and adults. We offer all-ages groups to give families with new pups and adult dogs a place to bring both to the same class.

PUPPY CLASSES
PUPPIES - under 6 months

(Yes, Preschool age pups may attend Puppy K):

Your baby puppy under 6 months of age may start as soon as you have your vet's permission.  This class covers all the basic foundation skills plus support for normal puppy concerns like mouthing, biting, crate training and house training.

 

Monday PM Puppy Preschool - 4.5 mo & under  

Travis Byrnes, CPDT-KADana Byrnes

JUNE 3-24, 6:00-7:30PM - 6 spots
JULY 8-29, 6:00-7:30PM - 6 spots 

Tuesday PM Puppy K - under 6 mo

Carol Byrnes, CPDT-KA & Dana Byrnes, CPDT-KA

APRIL 9-30, 7:30-9:00PM - fULL

MAY 7-28, 7:30-9:00PM - 4 spots

JUNE 4-25, 7:30-9:00PM - 6 spots

JULY 9-30, 7:30-9:00PM - 6 spots

Wednesday DAYTIME PUPPY - under 7 mo 

Taryn Winegardner, IAABC-ADT, CPDT-KA & Michelle Brady, CPDT-KA

MAY 8-29, 11:00AM-12:30PM - 4 spots

JUNE 5-26 , 11:00AM-12:30PM - 6 spots

JULY 10-31 , 11:00AM-12:30PM - 6 spots

 

Friday AFTERNOON Puppy K - under 6 mo 

Travis Byrnes, CPDT-KA & Arielle Dykes

APRIL 12-MAY 3, 4:00-5:30PM - FULL

MAY 10-31, 4:00-5:30PM - 2 spots

JULY 12-AUG 2, 4:00-5:30PM

Saturday DAYTIME Puppy K - under 6 mo 

Michelle Brady, CPDT-KA & Sara Robinson

APRIL 6-27, 3:00-4:30PM - FULL

MAY 4-25, 3:00-4:30PM - 6 spots

JUNE 1-29 (skip 6/8), 3:00-4:30PM - 6 spots

JULY 13-AUG 3, 3:00-4:30PM - 6 spots

HALF-GROWN TO ADULT

ADOLESCENTS & ADULTS - 6 months & over

The normal adolescent fear stage can be a bit of a rollercoaster.  Puppy license runs out, teenagers push limits and test boundaries.  They find their voice and startle and alarm at everything.  The Headstart level focuses on remedial socialization, self control and basic foundation lessons for dogs 6 months to adults.

 

 

Wednesday DAYTIME PUPPY - under 7 mo 

Taryn Winegardner, IAABC-ADT, CPDT-KA & Michelle Brady, CPDT-KA

MAY 8-29, 11:00AM-12:30PM - 5 spots

JUNE 5-26 , 11:00AM-12:30PM - 6 spots

JULY 10-31 , 11:00AM-12:30PM - 6 spots

 

Wednesday PM Headstart - 6 mo & over 

Arielle Dykes & Hayley Jewell

APRIL 10-MAY 1, 6:00-7:30PM - FULL

MAY 8-29, 6:00-7:30PM - 6 spots

JUNE 5-26, 6:00-7:30PM - 6 spots

JULY 10-31, 6:00-7:30PM - 6 spots

Thursday PM Beginning - all ages

Diane Baker & Julia Engstrom

APRIL 11-MAY 2, 7:30-9:00PM - 2 spots

MAY 9-30, 7:30-9:00PM - 6 spots

JUNE 6-27, 7:30-9:00PM - 6 spots

JULY 11-AUG 1, 7:30-9:00PM - 6 spots

Saturday DAYTIME Beginning - all ages

Travis Byrnes, CPDT-KA & Dana Byrnes

APRIL 6-27, 11:00-12:30PM - FULL

MAY 4-25, 11:00-12:30PM - 4 spots

JUNE 1-29 (skip 6/8) 11:00-12:30PM - 6 spots

JULY 13-AUG 3, 11:00-12:30PM - 6 spots

Sunday DAYTIME Beginning - all ages

Dakota Eckenroth & Sarah Bollig Dorn

MAY 5-26, 11:00-12:30PM - 6 spots

JUNE 2-30 (skip 6/9), 11:00-12:30PM - 6 spots

JULY 7-28, 11:00-12:30PM - 6 spots

Scroll down for Level 2
Intermediate Prep

Don't wait to pay for your class!

You may pay via Paypal, or send or drop off check or cash to 3400 N. Monroe, 99205

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Georgie

Download your vet permission slip here

Take this form to your veterinarian for signature and bring it with you to class.  OR you may call your vet clinic to see if they keep a blank on hand.  They may scan or snap a pic with a cell phone and email it to ditr.training@gmail.com.

Don't wait until the last minute to get your vet slip signed!

How Early Can My Puppy Begin?

Resources for New Puppy Owners

Registering with a friend or family member?
There is always the worry that when multiples register together, they might also all cancel together, turning a class of 6 to a class of 3.  Occasionally it means the instructor is left with no class at all, cancelling a class entirely.  Please plan to continue your class!

Dogs from Preschool, Kindergarten and Headstart ALL go on to Intermediate Prep as their next class.  See schedule below!

LEVEL 1

Beginning classes

AT PRAIRIE DOG

South Hill classroom

Prairie Dog Pet Mercantile, 5608 S. Regal

If you don't see the class you need, check the N side schedule.  We do keep a waiting list!

Tues Pdog Puppy K - under 6 mo 
Allison Miller & Emily Ladd

APRIL 9-30, 5:30-7:00PM - FULL

MAY 7-28, 5:30-7:00PM - 3 spots

JUNE 4-25, 5:30-7:00PM - 6 spots

Weds Pdog Beginning - all ages

Vicki Barker & Allison Miller

APRIL 10-MAY 1, 6:00-7:30PM - FULL

MAY 8-29-, 6:00-7:30PM - 5 spots

JUNE 5-26, 4:00-5:30PM - 6 spots

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Intermediate Prep

PAY FOR
YOUR CLASS

Please note: You may mail or drop off check or cash to 3400 N. Monroe or pay via Paypal below:

Four-week Group Class - all levels

                                    $175
 

Beginning class

Intermediate class

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Discount Packages

 

Two-class package

$325

($350 value -$25 savings)

8 wks of training

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Three-class package
$475

($525 value - $50 savings)

12 wks of training

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Transfer fee       $75

In case of illness or emergency, by approval,  transfer to a future class.

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Other amounts not listed above 
(enter amount)

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SCROLL DOWN FOR LEVEL 2
INTERMEDIATE PREP SCHEDULE

 

The Schedule is a work in progress.

Keep checking back for future classes!

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Pay for your class
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PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED PROMPTLY IN ORDER TO HOLD YOUR SPOT IN CLASS. 

You may pay via Paypal, check or cash.  Please let us know immediately if you need to make special payment arrangements. 

$75 transfer fee to postpone to a future class if your plans change at the last minute.  No refunds for no-shows once the session has started.

 

Absent?
In-person make-ups are not possible, but if you are absent, you won't miss your lessons.

In addition to your written handbook, we have updated our online homework to include videos of class demos and detailed instructions that you can review together as you practice at home.  Links to Pre-recorded  Zoom classes are provided with your online homework.  

Intermediate Prep

LEVEL 2 - InterMEDIATE PREP
North monroe

(for beginning class grads)

If you previously registered for a class package,
please email to be sure you have selected your next class date and time.

$175 / 4 wk session
Pre-requisite: Must have completed a Level 1 class
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Tuesday Prep - 6:00-7:30PM
Carol Byrnes, CPDT & Dana Byrnes, CPDT

APRIL 9-30 - FULL

MAY 7-28 - 3 spots

JUNE 4-25 - 6 spots

JULY 9-30 - 6 spots

Wed DAYTIME Prep - 1:00-2:30PM

Taryn Winegardner, IAABC-ADT, CPDT-KA & Michelle Brady, CPDT

APRIL 10-MAY 1 - FULL

MAY 8-29 - 6 spots

JUNE 5-26 - 6 spots

JULY 10-31 - 6 spots

Wednesday PM Prep  - 7:30-9:00PM

Arielle Dykes & Hayley Jewell

APRIL 10-MAY 1 - FULL

MAY 8-29 - 5 spots

JUNE 5-26 - 6 spots

JULY 10-31 - 6 spots

Saturday Prep 

Michelle Brady, CPDT & Sara Robinson

APRIL 6-27, 1:00-2:30PM - FULL

Travis Byrnes, CPDT-KA & Sara Robinson

MAY 4-25, 9:00-10:30AM - 4 spots

JUNE 1-29 (skip 6/8), 1-2:30PM - 6 spots

JULY 13-AUG 3, 1:00-2:30PM - 6 spots

Sunday afternoon Prep - 1:00-2:30PM

Vicki Barker & Emily Ladd

APRIL 7-28, 1:00-2:30PM - 1 spot

Taryn Winegardner, IAABC-ADT, CPDT-KA & Michelle Brady, CPDT

MAY 5-26, 1:00-2:30PM - 6 spots

Taryn Winegardner, IAABC-ADT, CPDT-KA & Ali Blakeny?

JUNE 2-30 (skip 6/9) 1-2:30PM - 6 spots

JULY 7-28, 1:00-2:30PM - 6 spots

LEVEL 2
INTERMEDIATE PREP

AT PRAIRIE DOG

South Hill classroom

Prairie Dog Pet Mercantile,
5608 S. Regal

Weds Prairie Dog  - Prep Class

Vicki Barker & Allison Miller

MAY 8-29, 4:00-5:30PM - 1 spot

JUNE 5-26, 6:00-7:30PM - 6 spots

JULY 10-31, 4:00-5:30PM

Advanced at Prairie Dog

Weds Prairie Dog  - Finishing School

PREP GRADS

Vicki Barker & Allison Miller

APRIL 10-MAY 1, 4:00-5:30PM - FULL

LEVEL 2
Intermediate Prep class                       $175

For dogs who have completed a beginning class

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WE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON OUR 2024 SCHEDULE - STAY TUNED!

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WHY NO REFUNDS AND A STRICT TRANSFER FEE POLICY?

We try our best to be able to accommodate everyone's needs, but in this day and age of complicated schedules, we are faced with having to become more strict regarding cancellations and transfers due to an abundance of last-minute schedule juggling.  Often the next month is mostly full, not because of the new students registering, but because of so many transfers from the previous month.  This is incredibly frustrating for new students trying to register, and hard on the bottom line.  Empty seats due to last-minute cancellations mean lost income every month. Allowing a postponing student to take a place in a future class for a nominal transfer fee still means we lose the income that someone else would have paid full price for in TWO classes - the one you didn't attend and the one you attend instead.  When registrations fall apart, we're scrambling at the last-minute, calling wait-list people and trying to make everyone happy.  Small business is not for sissies!

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