Puppy Social Skills Class:  For puppies up to 5 months old as of the start date. This class, based on Dr. Ian Dunbar’s Sirius Puppy Training Curriculum, is largely off-leash.  Puppies interact with one another, and learn impulse control & bite inhibition.  We teach them to listen, respond to directions and offer good behaviors off-leash, right from the start!  Includes introducing puppy to different people and dogs, forming a strong bond and a good family dog by setting clear house rules and setting your puppy up to form good habits.  Six Week Class is $160.00 
PUPPY PACKAGE 1: $460 for 3 Private lessons (reg $325) plus Puppy Social Skills Class.


Upcoming Puppy Social Skills Class Start Dates:
MAR 28, 2018 ~ Weds 6:30-7:20 PM at Choice Pet Supply, 63 Washington Ave North Haven CT
APR 30, 2018
 ~ Mon 6:30-7:20 PM at Choice Pet Supply, 535 Monroe Tpke Monroe CT
MAY 16, 2018 ~ Weds 6:30-7:20 PM at Choice Pet Supply, 63 Washington Ave North Haven CT 



Basic Canine Life Skills Class:  For puppies and dogs 5-months old and up.  This is a beginner level course which strengthens the relationship between owners and dogs by creating a common language while setting a foundation for all future learning.  There is a concentration on the five basic skills: Heel, Sit, Down, Stay, and Come.  We also cover good manners for the family pet, addressing common problems such as barking, chewing, jumping, and stealing. Class size is EXTREMELY LIMITED (4-5 dogs, especially in Monroe) Six Week Class is $180.
BASIC PACKAGE 2: $480 for 3 Private Lessons (reg $325) plus Basic Canine Life Skills class

Upcoming Basic Canine Life Skills Class Start Dates:
MAR 28, 2018 ~ Weds 7:30-8:20 PM at Choice Pet Supply, 63 Washington Ave North Haven CT
APR 30, 2018 ~ Mon 7:30-8:20 PM at Choice Pet Supply, 535 Monroe Tpke Monroe CT
MAY 16, 2018 ~ Weds 7:30-8:20 PM at Choice Pet Supply, 63 Washington Ave North Haven CT



Mixed SPECIAL Class: We are offering a DAYTIME MIXED SPECIAL class, open to puppies 10 weeks and up for social skills, Basic Canine Good Manners skills, and CGC Prep for intermediate level students. We will utilize fun games and activities to enhance the class and practice the skills needed at each level. Class size is limited. This is a rolling-enrollment class, every six-week package is $160, pre-registration required. 
Class is held Fri mornings 10-11 AM at Choice Pet Supply, 63 Washington Ave North Haven CT
*Currently on a break ~ Class will start up again soon*


AKC Canine Good Citizen Preparatory Course:  This four-week class for $125 is an Intermediate level obedience class for dogs who have completed at least some basic skills training.  The focus of the class is on the ten stations of the CGC exam.   We practice the skills needed to pass the CGC exam in a fun & motivating format, utilizing games and real-life situations.  The CGC Exam is scheduled by appointment.  We have also built CGC Practice into our REAL WORLD program (see dates/locations above)!

The Basic Canine Life Skills class on Weds at 7:30 in North Haven is combined with CGC Prep work. 

  • CGC Testing TBD at end of class session and at select REAL WORLD locations.
  • Next Dedicated CGC testing MARCH 3, 2018. SIGN UP HERE!



Crash Course for Common Problems:  4-week course.  This course will cover simple solutions for common problems, like jumping up (on people & furniture), crowding/rushing the door, inappropriate barking, chewing/stealing, nipping and paying better attention.  $140, or take with the Recall Refresher for a package price of $250.

Recall Refresher: Intensive 4-week course.  This course starts at the beginning and proofs the recall exercise with increasing difficulty.  This course also covers attention-getting exercises and enhances your relationship with your dog.  This class is ideal for dogs who do not have a reliable recall or dogs who need a refresher. $140, or take with the Crash Course for Common Problems for a package price of $250.

Kids & Dogs: Family training solutions have become one of our specialties! All courses are taught or presented by Michelle Douglas, Certified Professional Dog Trainer (KA), Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, and MOM of two children living with dogs.  "Being a mom myself, and living in the real world, I understand the challenges young families face every single day.  I can help ensure that this time is magical and safe, because I have lived it!" CLICK HERE for more information about preparing for the arrival of a new baby, or training for a dog living with small children.  We also offer a Junior Dog Trainer's course for kids 8 and up to learn about training dogs. 

Snarky Dog:  This class is for dogs who act inappropriately in public.  They may react to people, dogs or distractions in general.  There can be many different reasons why a dog acts inappropriately, including genetics, lack of positive early socialization, frustration, unintentional reinforcement of inappropriate behavior, poor communication skills, etc.  Whatever the cause, it can be said that the dog simply has not learned what IS appropriate.  The goal of the Snarky Dog Class is to help you better read your dog to prevent the inappropriate behavior, and to teach and encourage your dog to do other, more suitable behaviors for social settings.    Only 4-5 dogs at a time are accepted to the Snarky Dog class, locations , may vary and may be outdoors.  We are always accepting applications for the waiting list. This 6-week course is $295 for existing clients.  New clients will need to have one private lesson first to assess the appropriateness of snarky class for their dog.  E-mail us now!


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