DUE TO COVID-19 WE'RE UNABLE TO CONDUCT IN-HOME SESSIONS AT THIS TIME.
DUE TO COVID-19 WE'RE UNABLE TO CONDUCT IN-HOME SESSIONS AT THIS TIME.
PLEASE NOTE - Group classes are not appropriate for reactive or aggressive dogs.
School aged children may attend classes with their parents (as long as they aren't disruptive to other students).
We accept cash, checks, and credit card payments.
NO other forms of payment are accepted at this time.
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890 North Banana River Drive, Merritt Island, Florida 32952, United States
05:30 p.m. – 08:30 p.m.
City walk in Cocoa Beach! Our students are loose leash walking and politely crossing the street.
Courtney & KitKat demonstrate embarking and disembarking from the car. Notice that KitKat waits for instructions and does not rush out of or into the vehicle!
Students practice passing by other dogs.
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. Need a Drop-In session? You can drop in to your last completed (age appropriate) class for $15 per drop-in for Puppy Social and $20 for all other classes. Please confirm availability before you drop-in!
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 $10 off STAR Puppy Plus upon completion of all 4 sessions!
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.
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.
Are you ready to have some fun with your dog? Yes? Then fabulous! Each week students will pawsitively work on activities including low impact Obstacles, Seek & Find, and Tricks (such as teaching your dog to bowl)! Completion of a STAR Puppy or Basic class is a required prerequisite.
This class is limited to 6 dogs.
Have you completed a STAR Puppy or Beginner Basic Obedience class but aren’t quite ready to advance to the next level? Improve your skills with Doggy Drills©! Each week focuses on those behaviors owners often the most challenging: Leave It, Wait, Stay and Loose Leash Walking. These behaviors are worked on while using the 4 D's of dog training: Duration, Distance, Distractions and Diversity.
Class is limited to 6 dogs.
For dogs who've completed the STAR Puppy or Beginner Obedience/Manners class. 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 a fun way for teams to practice obedience and hone 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, the difference between stationary behaviors, moving behaviors and change of direction, as well as 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
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!
Have you completed the Novice Tricks class and enjoyed the fun interaction you had with your dog? Then build on those skills and step up a level of training! Learn to phase out lures and work to achieve your AKC Intermediate Tricks Title!
Looking for more in depth training? We offer that! PREREQUISITE: Completion of a STAR Puppy, Basic Manners or Obedience Skills 1. Need a Drop-In session? You can drop in to your last completed (age appropriate) class for $20 per drop-in. Please confirm availability before your drop-in!
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!
PLEASE NOTE: This class IS NOT for dogs in need of rehabilitation. This class is for healthy dogs with no significant prior injuries.
The AKC FIT DOG is a fun, fitness course to inspire dog families to engage in fitness-related activities to minimizing weekend warrior type injuries. Learn proper form, fitness safety and skills to help with strength, flexibility, balance, stamina and more!
Pre-Requisites: STAR Puppy or Basic Obedience
Dogs must know the training game & how to settle on their mat.
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 for the test: Passing of the CGC test. All well trained dogs. with required skills may participate in the class.
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. Test only: $15, without taking the class (reservation requested). https://www.akc.org/products-services/training-programs/canine-good-citizen/akc-community-canine/test
Prerequisite for the test: Passing of the CGCA test. All well trained dogs with required skills may participate.
AKC Urban CGC requires that the dog demonstrate CGC skills and beyond in a community setting. This class has a 10-step test of skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Urban CGC title. This title 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 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/
PREREQUISITE: Completion of a STAR Puppy, Basic Manners, Obedience Skills 1, or CGC Class
3rd Saturday of each month: Learn interactive poses for your dog in this class taught by Tami Tomlinson, owner of Living Life Now, Certified Ayurveda Health Coach and Certified Yoga Instructor. You’ll learn how to teach your dog stretches and poses for muscle tone and fun! Doga Paws© poses are positions that dogs of all sizes can perform easily with your guidance.
Class is limited to 6 dogs.
Calypso truly enjoys the Doga Paws Class and join in with the meditational chant.
6 WEEKS: Does your reactive dog need space? Does your dog bark and lunge at people, dogs, or things (skateboards, bicycles, cars)? Then you have a Space Dog!
Please note: This class is not suitable for dogs who have aggressively bitten a person or attacked another dog.
This 6 week course is designed for the people to learn to how manage their dogs. It may take a minimum of 12 weeks of classes for the dogs and people to learn to relax in a stressful situation. Once this occurs learning may begin, so that we're able to modify and see measurable changes in a dog’s behavior.
A session on Body Language is taught the first night without the dogs present (60~90 minutes).
This class is designed to teach the pet parent to recognize triggers so that they and their dog learn to relax and minimize arousal when in a stimulating situation. This goal is to teach the handler how to manage and redirect their dog without extreme corrections or physical punishment.
This class is limited to 4 dogs.
Evaluations are 30 minutes and may be scheduled to assess your dog's temperament and/or determine your dog's suitability for our Enrichment Day School program (day training), or group classes.
This is not for dogs with aggressive behaviors. Dogs presenting with extremely reactive behaviors will immediately be recommended for a Behavior Modification program, or the Space Dogs Class.
This fee is for one dog.
Consultations are 60 minutes and may be scheduled to assess your dog's temperament, provide initial management and structure protocols, and determine the best course of action for ongoing training or behavior modification.
Dogs presenting with extremely reactive behaviors will immediately be recommended for a Behavior Modification program, or the Space Dogs Class.
This fee is for one dog.
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 are scheduled as 3 consecutive 1 hour appointments.
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. The first session is a consultation to assess the dog's behavior. 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.