DUE TO COVID-19 WE'RE UNABLE TO CONDUCT IN-HOME SESSIONS AT THIS TIME.
Not sure which class you need? Start with our Orientation!
PLEASE NOTE - Group classes are not appropriate for reactive or aggressive dogs.
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890 North Banana River Drive, Merritt Island, Florida 32952, United States
08:00 am – 08:30 pm
Begin your training experience here! Training classes for new dogs and new dog parents! PREREQUISITE: New Student Orientation. PLEASE NOTE: Choke collars, prong collars, E-collars, and retractable leashes are not permitted for use while training with us.
For pups between the ages of 10 weeks – 16 weeks. Introduce your preadolescent puppies to positive social experiences in a controlled environment! Activities include crate games, ball & bottle pool, textures, sounds, smells and managed interaction/play with other puppies to reduce arousal. Enjoy social interaction, appropriate play, and introduction to obedience cues. Receive a $10 gift card for STAR Puppy Plus upon completion of all 4 sessi!
AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy®: This is a 6-week class for pups up to 1 year of age. Family members are encouraged to participate, including school age children. Attendance of 6 classes is required by the AKC to be recognized as a STAR Puppy. AKC requirements can be found on their website www.akc.org/dog-owners/training/akc-star-puppy/test-items-pledge/
We include exercises for puppies mental and social development to complement the AKC program.
For dogs 1 year and older. Family members learn to train your dog in a confident & consistent manner as well as address impulse control, and establish proper communication with your dog. Dogs shift from adolescence to social maturity; behaviors that were a nuisance during adolescence may now be problematic. Training cues are beginning obedience skills such as: SIT, DOWN, RECALLS, LEASH WALKING, STAY, LEAVE IT, etc.
For dogs who've completed the STAR Puppy or Beginner Obedience/Manners class. Have you completed a STAR or Basic class but your dog's training still needs some fine tuning? In Obedience Skills, we build on the cues taught in STAR Puppy and Beginner Obedience/Manners, increasing distance, duration and distractions as well as improving leash walking, recalls and impulse control.
This class will help to prepare you and your dog for the Canine Good Citizen class.
This class is limited to 6 dogs.
No time for a 6 week class? No worries! Try something new in 4 short weeks! You'll be surprised how much you'll learn our mini modules! PREREQUISITE: Completion of a STAR Puppy, Basic Manners or Obedience Skills 1
Have you completed a 6-week Beginner Basic Obedience class but aren’t quite ready to advance to the next level? Here’s the opportunity to fine tune your skills! Instructors will focus on reinforcing the obedience cues your dog needs to perform so that you're ready to advance to the Canine Good Citizen or Rally class. Class is limited to 6 dogs.
Learn interactive poses for your dog in this class taught by Tami Tomlinson, owner of Living Life Now, Certified Ayurveda Health Coach and graduate of the Sama-Dog Energy course. You’ll learn how to teach your dog stretches and poses so you can de-stress together! Doga Paws © poses are positions that dogs of all sizes can perform easily with your help. Class is limited to 6 dogs.
Here's Calypso joining in during the Chakra chant: https://youtu.be/bmFuKz4umhw
This class incorporates a variety of leash walking activities while concentrating on attention, leave it, leash walking, proper positions, automatic sits and focused heeling. Class is limited to 6 dogs.
2 SESSIONS: NIGHT CLASS for DAY SCHOOL is for our Day School Students and their Parents!
Day School Parents:
Would you like to experience obstacle training with your dog? Are you interested in learning the advanced obedience cues we're teaching your in Day School? These sessions have been created just for you! Join us and see what all the fun is about! This class is limited to 6 dogs.
Are you interested in the fun aspects of Agility without the pressure of competition? Wobble boards, pause tables, and other items will be used; cues such as right, left, go out and go around will also be taught. Your dog will learn obstacles as well as follow your sequence directions going over jumps or through hoops and tunnels. Dogs must be able to work off leash. Class is limited to 6 dogs
This class is for teams who want to advance their obedience skills! Even if you have no plans to compete, this class will help you enhance your relationship with your dog! Behaviors such as focused heeling, finishes, go back, and go around will be taught as well as an intro to the proper execution of Rally Novice signs, rules and regulations. Your dog must be able to walk well on a loose leash. Class is limited to 6 dogs
Does your dog have a nose for fun? Introduce them to the fun activity of searching by scent! For students who just want to have fun playing “Find It” or “Go Search”! Learn how to train your dog to search for frequently lost objects, such as your keys or your phone! Class is limited to 6 dogs
4 WEEKS This class is a favorite among our students! A shortened version of the 6 wk Sampler. Each week students are introduced to a new activity Seek & Find, Obstacle Courses, Tricks, and Rally! Completion of a STAR Puppy or Basic class is a required prerequisite.
This class is limited to 6 dogs.
2 SESSIONS: to a reliable recall! When your dog is loose, you need your dog to COME back to you immediately. In this class we concentrate on how to reinforce reliable recalls. We begin with attention and use a variety of recall games to engage your dog and develop the recall relationship. This class is for the dog who performs his training cues well EXCEPT for coming when called. Limited to 6 dogs.
If your basic obedience is feeling a bit humdrum, have fun with your dog in our tricks class! This class is an introduction to tricks and is for anyone who’s completed a STAR Puppy, Basic Obedience or CGC class. Learn to use a combination of luring and shaping to teach your dog novice level tricks. CGC title holders only need 5 tricks to achieve their Novice Trick Dog title! http://images.akc.org/pdf/Trick_Dog_Title_NOVICE_Checksheets.pdf
Looking for more in depth training? We offer that! PREREQUISITE: Completion of a STAR Puppy, Basic Manners or Obedience Skills 1
This class will prepare owners and their dogs with the skills needed to prepare for the Canine Good Citizen Test at graduation. This level will introduce heeling, as well as intermediate to advanced communication techniques and behaviors. Test only: $15 without taking the class (reservation requested). https://www.akc.org/products-services/training-programs/canine-good-citizen/training-testing/
Prerequisite: CGC Class completion. This class will prepare owners and their dogs with the skills needed to prepare for the Canine Good Citizen Advanced Test at graduation and builds on the skills learned in the Canine Good Citizen Class. https://www.akc.org/products-services/training-programs/canine-good-citizen/akc-community-canine/test-items/
Prerequisite: CGCA Class completion. AKC Urban CGC requires that the dog demonstrate CGC skills and beyond in a community setting. As with Canine Good Citizen, AKC Urban CGC has a 10-step test of skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Urban CGC title. This is a title that appears on the dog’s title record at AKC. https://www.akc.org/products-services/training-programs/canine-good-citizen/akc-urban-canine-good-citizen/test-items-for-akc-urban-cgc/
Prerequisite: CGC Class completion. This class prepares you for the Canine Good Citizen Advanced test while incorporating Temperament Test exercises necessary to pass the AKC Temperament Test (ATT)! Enjoy twice the fun with your dog in this innovative class!
Prerequisite: CGC Class completion or 4-week Trick class. Using a combination of lure, capture and shaping, owners will learn to build on behaviors that their dog offers naturally, and turn it into a trick! We also teach specific tricks required to achieve your AKC Tricks Titles. We teach you how to capture, lure and shape a behavior. The only limits are your imagination! https://www.akc.org/sports/trick-dog/
Alternatives to traditional "training" classes! PREREQUISITE: Completion of a STAR Puppy, Basic Manners, Obedience Skills 1, or CGC Class
6 WEEKS This class is a favorite among our students! A little of this, a little of that! If you’re not sure which class you want to take next, try our Sampler! Each week students are introduced to various sports & games: Seek & Find, Obstacle Courses, Tricks, Rally O, Doga Paws (c) and more! This class is limited to 6 dogs.
6 WEEKS of fitness training for your dog. You'll learn to teach your dog to use their muscles in new and different ways in a safe environment. What's the difference between a kickback stand and a tucked sit? Which muscle groups do these muscle groups employ? You'll learn this and more in Fitness Fun! Class is limited to 6 dogs.
4 WEEKS: Workbooks are provided for your introduction of Doshas, and Chakras, to recognize imbalances, and create harmony and balance in your and your dog’s lives. Learn the primary Dosha for you and for your dog. Learn practices to connect your dog to their ideal daily routine and training, which may impact their health and well-being. Limited to 4 dogs. Week 1 is 90-minutes for people only. Taught by Tami Tomlinson, of Living Life Now, Certified Ayurveda Coach & graduate of Sam
8 WEEKS: Does your reactive dog need space? Prerequisite not required. Wk 1 is without the dogs/Gentle Leader collars are required unless an exception is approved.This class is designed to teach the pet parent to recognize triggers so they and their dog learn to relax when in a stimulating situation. A session on Body Language is taught the first night without the dogs present. One 8-week session may not be enough to address every dog’s behavior. This class is not suitable for dogs who have a bite history.
Consultations may be scheduled to determine the dog's temperament and/or suitability for our day care program, or to determine the best course of action for the dog and family.
Dogs presenting with extreme behaviors will immediately be recommended for a Behavior Modification program, or the Space Dogs Class.
Private Training programs are scheduled according to availability. Private Training is to work on specific training cues normally taught in a basic class, a tailored fitness program, or specialty activities such as taught in the Sampler Class, Happy Heeling or TAG You're It. The first session is one hour. Appointments may be scheduled as 3 consecutive 1 hour appointments, or 5 consecutive sessions consisting of one 1 hour session and four half hour sessions.
Dogs presenting with reactive behaviors will immediately be redirected to a Behavior Modification program, or the Space Dogs Class.
Behavior Modification programs are scheduled according to availability. A minimum of 6 sessions are required; additional sessions may be required depending on the intensity of the presenting behavior.
Reactive dogs are required to wear a head collar such as a Gentle Leader® during all training sessions. Between sessions, owners are required to keep a daily journal of all interactions with their dog, behavior triggers, and management steps, according to the recommended behavior modification protocols.
To truly modify behavior (not suppress it) it is impossible to guarantee an outcome or designate a specific time frame that will accomplish all behavior modification needs due to factors such as: the dog’s age and temperament, control of environmental triggers, and 100% owner compliance and ongoing management.