Companion pet training

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Listed below are Dogwood’s upcoming Companion Pet Class schedules. Please visit Dogwood’s Class Information Page for more detailed information about classes and policies. Then fill out Dogwood’s On-Line Form to register and we will confirm your registration by email.

Class dates are subject to change. Please contact Debby for the latest class date information. Be sure to take a few minutes to look at the directions to get to Dogwood Dog Training Center on the Facility page before coming to your first night of class. Feel free to call for additional directions (713) 849-9115.

Please review any prerequisites identified for a class before enrolling in that class. Also read the course description for the PREREQUISITE class. If you believe your dog's current training meets the prerequisite criteria you may request an evaluation to place out of Dogwood's BASIC Obedience prerequisite. The evaluations are $40 and are payable in advance to the instructor doing the evaluation. Evaluations are ONLY available to place out of Dogwood’s Basic Obedience. All other prerequisite classes must be taken via the Dogwood classes.

Sorry, no refunds can be made after the class has been marked FULL or the first class has been completed.

 

Puppy Obedience

companion_training_freedomDogwood’s Puppy Obedience is a super beginning class that starts your and your puppy’s relationship off on the right “paw”! A very young dog is like a sponge; ready and willing to soak up all the information you need to give him to help him to grow into a wonderful companion. The class curriculum is especially suited to puppies under six months of age. Concepts and techniques introduced during this class provide a balance of positive motivation and challenges which build your puppy’s confidence while encouraging your puppy’s capacity for learning. Furthermore, many of the skills taught in this class such as, walking on a loose leach, sit, down, and come when called help develop your puppy’s self control. Additional information introduced in the class will enable you to become a fair and obvious leader figure. This knowledge will help you to provide your puppy with the structure and boundaries that he needs as he becomes more aware of the world around him. Problem solving is also an integral part of this course. Housebreaking and inappropriate behaviors such as jumping up, chewing, biting, barking, and digging will be addressed. The AKC STAR Puppy  Program is an additional option for your new puppy. Please note that the AKC STAR Puppy Program is ONLY available in the 6-week puppy classes and that the student MUST attend all 6 classes in order to qualify for the STAR Puppy program. The Dogwood Staff will review and give you the details for the STAR  Puppy Program on the first night of class. All students will receive a manual on the first night of class. Homework sheets and essential information on canine behavior are included in the manual.

6-Week classes cost $145 for one hour each week. Register online or call with questions: (713) 849-9115
Dogwood accepts checks, money orders, PayPal or cash for class fees (Dogwood does not except Credit Cards)

Puppy Obedience

Monday, June 5th - July, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m. Instructors: Denise McClure, Jan Nuzzo, Gayle Mahar and Sandy Bertram

Monday, August 21 - October 2, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m. Instructors: Denise McClure, Jan Nuzzo, Gayle Mahar and Sandy Bertram

Monday, November 6 - December 11@ 7:00 p.m.  Instructors: Denise McClure, Jan Nuzzo, Gayle Mahar and Sandy Bertram

Agility Preschool

SemiOutsideAgility Preschool is for puppies 10 weeks - 1 year of age. Take advantage of your youngster's natural curiosity and abundant energy. This is a great class for all puppies and will also introduce your puppy to the fun sport of agility! This 4-week class will introduce some of the fundamentals of agility using puppy games that utilize targeting, wobble boards, focus and basic obedience skills. Puppies will be introduced to sights, sounds, and techniques that are helpful toward building confidence without stress on their baby joints. Treats and toys will be used for focus motivators. This class will help build your puppy's confidence and strengthen the bond between you and your puppy and your partnership.. The goal of this class is to create a puppy that is engaged, focused and motivated as well as a puppy that is confident and eager to offer behaviors and learn.

Agility Preschool costs $95 and runs for 4 weeks for one hour each week. Register online or call with questions: (713) 849-9115 Dogwood accepts checks, money orders, PayPal or cash for class fees but not credit cards

Agility Preschool

Monday May 1 - May 22 @ 7:00 p.m. Instructors: Denise McClure, Jan Nuzzo, Sandy Bertram  and Gayle Mahar

Monday July 24 - August 14 @ 7:00 p.m. Instructors: Denise McClure, Jan Nuzzo, Gayle Mahar and Sandy Bertram

Monday October 9 - October 30 @ 7:00 p.m. Instructors: Denise McClure, Jan Nuzzo, Gayle Mahar and Sandy Bertram

Basic Dog Obedience

group staysContinue the training you began in your Dogwood puppy obedience class or embark on training for the first time with your adolescent or adult dog in Dogwood's Basic Class. Whether you are thinking of showing your dog or just leisurely walking him in your neighborhood, a solid foundation in basic obedience not only helps strengthen your relationship with your dog, but also gives you and your dog the tools necessary to prepare you both to meet the challenges of everyday life! The skills and concepts introduced in this class include, but are not limited to, general house manners, impulse control, walking on a loose leash, coming when called and waiting at entrances and exits (doors and gates). Information and advice pertaining to specific behavioral issues are routinely addressed during this class. Training is introduced through positive and motivational techniques which makes learning fun for both you and your dog! All students will receive a manual on the first night of class which contains homework sheets and essential information on canine behavior.

This 6-Week class costs $145 for 6 weeks for one hour each week.  Register online or call with questions: (713) 849-9115. Dogwood accepts checks, money orders, PayPal or cash for class fees but not credit cards

Basic Dog Obedience
6-week sessions

Monday May 15 - June 26 @ 8:15 p.m. Instructors: Denise McClure, Jan Nuzzo, Sandy Bertram and Gayle Mahar

Thursday,  June 8 - July 13, 2017 @ 7 p.m. Instructors: Amy Parker, Giovanna Imperia, and Lorri Niskala

Monday July 10 - August 14 @ 8:15 p.m. Instructors: Denise McClure, Jan Nuzzo, Gayle Mahar and Sandy Bertram

Thursday,  July 27 - August 31, 2017 @ 7 p.m. Instructors: Amy Parker, Giovanna Imperia, and Lorri Niskala

Monday August 21 - October 2 @ 8:15 p.m. Instructors: Denise McClure, Jan Nuzzo, Gayle Mahar and Sandy Bertram

Thursday, September 7 - October 12 @ 7 p.m. Instructors: Amy Parker, Giovanna Imperia, and Lorri Niskala

Monday October 9 - November 13 @ 8:15 p.m. Instructors: Denise McClure, Jan Nuzzo, Gayle Mahar and Sandy Bertram

Thursday, October 19 - November 30 @ 7 p.m. Instructors: Amy Parker, Giovanna Imperia, and Lorri Niskala

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Basic Plus Class (specialty class)

Dogwood_Camp_09_0143In this class, you will continue and polish the training you started with your dog in previous Dogwood Classes. This class takes the concepts and skills learned in Basic Dog Obedience and “bumps them up a notch”.  The skills and concepts focused on during the four week session of this class include, but are not limited to, additional walking on a loose leash that include challenges such as walking through crowds and around people and other dogs, working on sit and down stays with distractions around other people and dogs, and RECALLS with DISTRACTIONS! Additional self control skills are taught with proofing those skills as well as skills to teach your dog to focus on you, the handler. This class is a must for all dogs! Prerequisite: Dogwood’s Basic Dog Obedience.

Basic Plus costs $95 for 4 weeks for one hour each week. Register online or call with questions: (713) 849-9115.
Dogwood accepts checks, money orders, PayPal or cash for class fees but not credit cards.

Basic Plus Class

Thursday May 11 - June 1 @ 7 p.m. Instructors Amy Parker, Giovanna Imperia, and Lorri Niskala

Thursday Sept 14th - October 5 @ 7 p.m. Instructors Amy Parker, Giovanna Imperia, and Lorri Niskala

Monday November 20 - December 11  @ 8:15 p.m. Instructors: Denise McClure, Jan Nuzzo, Sandy Bertram and Gayle Mahar

Canine Good Citizen

companion_training_cgcms1Are you looking to earn your first American Kennel Club (AKC) title, participate in therapy dog work, lay the foundation for AKC performance activities or just show that your dog is in good standing with the community? Regardless of whether your dog is destined for performance or for your companionship, the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) class is for you.
 
The CGC Program was started by AKC in 1989. It is designed to reward dogs for having good manners at home and in the community. The CGC Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for the owners and basic good manners for the dogs. All dogs passing the 10-step CGC test will receive a certificate from AKC.

As you work with your dog teaching him the CGC skills, you will discover the many benefits and joys of training your dog. Training your dog enhances the bond between you and your dog. Dogs who have a solid obedience education are a joy to live with. They respond well to household routines and have good manners in the presence of people and other dogs They fully enjoy the company of the person who took the time to provide training, intellectual stimulation, and a high quality life for them.

The CGC class, which is six weeks, concludes with the Canine Good Citizen Test and Evaluation. See the AKC website for the list and description of skills needed to pass the CGC test. Prerequisite: Dogwood’s Basic Dog Obedience.

The Canine Good Citizen Class costs $145 for 6 weeks and for one hour each week. Register online or call with questions: (713) 849-9115 Dogwood accepts checks, money orders, PayPal or cash for class fees but not credit cards

Canine Good Citizen

Monday, April 3 - May 8, 2017@ 8:15 p.m. Instructors: Jan Nuzzo, Gayle Mahar, Sandy Bertram  and Denise McClure

Beyond Basic

beyond basic classSee “spot” come, jump and sit up! During Dogwood’s Beyond Basic six-week class, you will teach your dog to go through, up, and over obstacles. As your dog becomes proficient with the jump and sit, you will introduce him to a variety of tricks. In addition to teaching new skills and tricks, you will continue to enhance your relationship and rapport with your canine companion by reinforcing the skills that were introduced in previous classes. After mastering the skills and concepts introduced in this class, your dog will be ready for Hollywood! Each student must brings treats, a 4' or 6' leash, and 20' long line. (not a flexi)

The Beyond Basic Class costs $145 for 6 weeks for one hour each week. Prerequisite: Dogwood’s Basic Dog Obedience Class. Register online or call with questions: (713) 849-9115.

Beyond Basic Class

Thursday, June 15 - July 27, 2017 (no class July 20 due to the Reliant dog show)  @ 8:15 p.m. Instructors: Amy Parker, Giovanna Imperia, and Lorri Niskala

Thursday, October 19 - November 30 @ 8:15 p.m. Instructors: Amy Parker, Giovanna Imperia, and Lorri Niskala

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