Training

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Training Options

We offer something for all size, age and personality types of dogs (and their humans) to enjoy!

 Puppy Socials are a must for your young one! 

Saturdays 11:00am – 12 :00pm 

 What happens at the social?:  Puppies get to play with other puppies. Good Dog Day Care Puppy Socials are supervised by our trained staff while your buddy makes new friends and learns how to play nicely. Your pup will have positive interactions with a variety of people and learn to read and respond to canine body language.

Come socialize with other puppy parents and talk about the rewards and challenges of raising a puppy.  Our staff is here to supervise, discuss useful training tips and answer questions you may have. New folks will receive an orientation in reception when they first arrive.

 Bring:

2) Vaccination records (pups must be 2 weeks past their first DHPP vaccine)

3) Healthy pup (free from sneezing, coughing or diarrhea in the past 48 hours)

4) Flat collar that can release quickly (no choke chains or pinch collars)

 A few details: No pre-registration necessary.  $10 fee at the door.(please bring cash)

 Pups should be under 5 months of age when they attend their first social.  Smaller breed pups may be older if they are friendly and social.   Our staff may make other socialization or training recommendations for you if our social is not appropriate for your dog.  We want what’s best for your dog and best for the group.

 

Nose and Odor Work Class

Skill levels from Introduction to Advanced

Monday Evenings Jan 7th -Feb 11th

6 sessions $150 

  If your dog enjoys smelling things they can have fun doing it as a sport. Dogs of all shapes and sizes can participate. It mentally challenges your dog and they are more focused and balanced. This is a fun sport for you and your dog.

  We begin training the dogs to search for food or a toy, depending on your dog’s desire. We use boxes to begin with and then move to various containers as the dogs realize the search is not about the environment but the food or toy. While your dog is learning to search, you learn the body behavior of your dog. We show you how to read your dog and learn to trust their behavior. Safety is always important in training so we show you how to be safe while searching.

 Taught by Certified Trainer: Josette Kimes:  For more about Josette see our ‘About Us/Our Staff’ page

  

  

Flyball                 

Weds  Jan 9th – Feb 6th @ 7:15 pm 5 sessions.  fee: $165                        

For the Athletic, energetic and ball crazy dogs that thrive on challenge.  

  • Flyball is a fun, crazy relay race for dogs, and is open to athletic dogs of all sizes and breeds aged 1 year or older.
  • In this 6 week beginner class, you and your dog will learn to do restrained recalls over a lane of 4 jumps and you will begin to “build” your dog’s box turn. Check out Flyball on youtube for videos showing how much fun this sport can be.

Taught by Michelle and/or Rebecca  who love dog sports and can help you learn a new sport, compete, or just bond with your dog in a very fun way.

Don’t Pull Me Over, Rover!

Tuesdays Jan 8th and Jan 15th, 7:15 – 8:30 pm, $75

Does your dog pull you down the street when you try and walk him on leash? Learn why this is a common problem and learn the skills to teach your dog to walk with you without pulling.  There are a number of medical-related conditions in dogs and their humans as a result of leash pulling.  Our goal is to teach you a leash walking technique that is safe and enjoyable for everyone.  types of humane equipment and their uses will be discussed. No pinch collars or choke chains.  Flat collars or harness recommended.

This workshop is not appropriate for dogs who exhibit excessive barking and lunging around other dogs and humans.  Please talk with us about alternative training if your dog tends to be reactive.

 Puppy Kindergarten Class

Starting Saturday Jan 12th – Feb 23rd @ 9:45 Am   6 sessions $165 

 At Good Dog Day Care, we want to help give your puppy the best start in life during this critical socialization period.  Using the most effective training tools, your puppy will build confidence and be enthusiastic about learning a variety of behaviors,(sit, down, stay, settle, come, leave it, leash manners go to your mat and more).  With clear communication and positive reinforcement, you and your pup will build a strong bond and enjoy the training process.  You will learn how to prevent behavior problems before they start and give your puppy the tools to become a well-mannered and social dog.  Class includes discussion of topics such as; housetraining, alone training, puppy biting, chew training, aggression prevention, body handling and more.

 

Canine Life Skills for puppies and adult dogs

Tuesdays Jan 22nd to Feb 19th  @ 7:15 pm      5 sessions, Class fee: $145

This class presents some important skills that will benefit pups and dogs of any age.  To build the foundation for your dog to become a polite companion, we will address how dogs learn and the most effective way to teach them using reward-based methods.  When your dog learns to control his impulses, he’ll be less likely to jump, bolt, steal, pull on leash etc.  You will learn to get more focus from your dog and teach him to make good decision and say “please” to gain life rewards.  Basic behaviors will be taught (sit, down, stay, come, walk on leash, leave it, wait, greet politely, go to your …) with increasing difficulty.  If your dog is overexcited (barking lunging) around other dogs, ask about private training to get your dog ready for a future class.

 

 Barn Hunt: “What’s that Smell?”

Barn Hunt Classes- Introductory to Advance-It’s a treasure hunt for dogs! “The purpose of Barn Hunt is to demonstrate a dog’s vermin hunting ability in finding and marking rats in a ‘barn-like’ setting,” Come and experience the newest dog sport sweeping the country.

 Barn Hunt –Starts Friday Jan 11th – Feb 8th (skip Jan 25th) 5 week Class Fees: $150 + $5  payable to trainer at first class  In this class we introduce basic skills and teamwork needed in Barn Hunt. Answers the question “Now what are we supposed to be doing? Includes discussion and exposure to scent pairing, indications and basic handling strategies.

Advance Barn Hunt  Tuesdays Jan 8th – Jan 29th   Class Fees: $115 + $5  payable to trainer at first class In this class students will begin working on advance handling skill and teamwork that can come handy in barn hunt competitions. Enrollment in this class is only with instructor approval.

 

 AKC Canine Good Citizen Prep Class 

 5 sessions – $145 (optional test – Oct 16th- $25)

The AKC’s Canine Good Citizen program is recognized as the gold standard for dog behavior. In CGC, dogs that pass the 10 step CGC test can earn a certificate and/or the official AKC CGC Title.  

There is an additional fee of $25 for testing and dogs are not guaranteed to pass. 

Class taught by Certified Trainer: Cheryl Collett, CTC, Test administered by Sue Michaels, CTC

If you have other behavior problems outside the scope of our curriculum, please contact our trainer for private sessions.  She can be reached at [email protected] or 510-209-9122

Call 510-324-1176 email us at [email protected] to register today!      Class sizes are limited, and fees are not refundable.