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Please note that not all the classes in the class descriptions on this page are offered through the year, and may be unavailable. To see which classes are currently being offered, please visit our Group Classes page

Off-leash Puppy

Completely off-leash puppy training class (18 weeks maximum) designed to provide an obedience foundation through positive methods -learn how to set-up your home for a puppy, prevention of problem behaviors and critical socialization skills, handling skills designed to prevent future issues with vet trips, grooming, etc… This important socialization provides an excellent obedience foundation for your new puppy and helps to prevent behavior issues including aggression and fear related problems.

For puppy classes, pups must be 10 days past their first DHPP vaccination.

4 weeks – Open Enrollment Offering $100.00



S.T.A.R. Puppy

This class is open to pups aged between 5 months and one year (at time of graduation). Developed by the AKC, S.T.A.R. is an owner incentive program designed to get owners off to the right start by attending a qualified puppy class. All dogs need the necessary components of the program including Socialization, Training, Activity and a Responsible owner to pass and achieve their certification. Evaluators for AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy must be AKC Approved Canine Good Citizen Evaluators.

You can read more about S.T.A.R. here.

6 weeks – $185.00

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Companion Dog 101 – Canine Good Citizen (Basic Obedience)

Our Award-winning Basic Obedience Class is designed to introduce you and your dog to beginning obedience including socialization and basic commands such as come, sit, down, stay, heel, off and more. The class also addresses basic behavioral issues such as housebreaking, jumping, chewing, mouthing, barking, etc…

Class 1 is orientation. NO DOGS attend Class 1.

The class culminates with the Canine Good Citizen Test and Certification which is the first requirement for those wishing to begin therapy work with their dogs.

Prerequisite – Not appropriate for reactive and / or aggressive dogs. You can read more about CGC here.

8 weeks – $200.00

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Companion Dog 102 – Community Canine & Advanced CGC

For those wanting to improve their dog’s obedience beyond mere basics, our Award-winning Intermediate Obedience Class focuses on distractions, long down and sit stays, come and focused heeling. Taught partially off leash. Not appropriate for aggressive or reactive dogs.

The class is the next step for those engaged in therapy dog work and is the advanced level of the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Program culminating with the AKC Community Canine (CGCA) Test and Certification.

AKC Community Canine is the advanced level of AKC’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program. As with CGC, AKC Community Canine has a 10-step test of skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Community Canine title. This is a title that appears on the dog’s title record at AKC. The class will cover each of the test elements and the obedience requirements necessary for each including: Dog stands, sits or lies down and waits under control while the owner is otherwise engaged, Walks on a loose leash in a natural situation-does not pull, Walks on a loose leash through a crowd, Walks past distraction dogs present; does not pull, Sit-stay in small group (3 other people with dogs), Allows person who is carrying something (e.g., purse, computer case, backpack) to approach and pet it, Dog walks by food and follows owner instructions, “Leave it.”, Down or sit stay (owner’s choice) at a distance, Recall with distractions present (coming when called), Dog enters/exits a doorway or narrow passageway (on leash, with owner) in a controlled manner.

All skills on the test are tested on leash. While Canine Good Citizen tests are simulations of real world skills, (e.g., dog/handler walks through a “crowd” of evaluators in a ring), the goal of AKC Community Canine is to test the dog’s skills in a natural setting. For example, rather than the dog being tested in a ring, in AKC Community Canine, the “walks through a crowd” test item will involve the dog walking through a real crowd at a dog show, on a busy sidewalk, in a therapy dog setting, or at a training club.

Requirements:

To earn the AKC Community Canine title, dogs must meet the following two requirements:

**1. Must already have a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) award or title on record at AKC.
2. Must have an AKC number of one of 3 types (AKC registration number, PAL number, or AKC Canine Partners number). All dogs, including mixed breeds, can get an AKC number. The reason for the AKC number requirement is that this is how we create titles at AKC; we attach the titles to the dog’s number. For more information on getting an AKC number, see:
http://images.akc.org/cgc/number.pdf

**If your dog does not have a CGC certification, you can still take the class and, if you want, you can take a basic CGC test at any time. We offer these regularly throughout the year.

8 weeks – $200.00

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Urban Canine

AKC Urban Canine is a title in the Canine Good Citizen family of awards and titles. This advanced obedience and manners class is taught in the real world and requires that dogs demonstrate CGC skills in settings where there are cars, streets to be crossed, noises, and distractions.

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Prerequisite – Must already have an Advanced Canine Good Citizen Certificate (CGCA).

Class size is limited to no more than 4 students.

5 weeks – $225.00

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Obedience: Open Enrollment

Our open enrollment obedience class is designed to provide customers with the skills necessary to achieve all of their obedience goals. By addressing real life situations such as distractions, meeting and greeting guests, neighborhood walks, trip outside the home, such as vet office, dinner time, having company over, etc… your dog will be able to perfect critical basic obedience skills. This class runs year-round and is open registration! This means that you and your pup can join at any time.

5, 10 and 20 Class Passes available here.

6 weeks – $185.00

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Behavioral Adjustment Training (Level I & II)

This two part course, focuses on reactivity while in public. Level I is required before Level II can be taken. Meets a numerous outdoor locations near K-9 Coach.

Prerequisite – Coach approval required.

6 weeks – $300.00

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Heelin’ Hounds (Leash Walking)

Tired of getting pulled around or tangled in the leash? Wish you could go for a nice run or walk together? This popular course is designed to help you and your dog master the art of leash walking. When weather permits, class will be held at predetermined locations in the area.

Prerequisite – Not appropriate for reactive or aggressive dogs.

4 weeks – $150.00

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Introduction to Nosework

Introducing clients and their dogs to the exciting world of nosework. Learn how to work as a team, how to begin nosework with your dog, why and how nosework can help with behavioral issues and all about the sport of nosework. No experience needed. Open to all dogs regardless of behavioral issues.

We guarantee a good time for all and a worn out dog!

Prerequisite – All dogs work independently. Your dog must be able to safely crate when not working. You can either bring a crate or crate them in your car with air conditioning, etc… running.

8 weeks (1 1/2 hour ea.) – $200.00

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Introduction to Odor I

Class introduces all teams to competition sanctioned odors. Begin working on fluency in all four elements on odor, including interiors, exteriors, vehicles and containers. This class is for teams looking to compete in the sport of nosework as an ORT or NW1.

Prerequisite – Have to have taken Intro. to Nosework and be fluent on all four elements using a primary (if you do not know what that means, your dog is not ready for this class).

8 Weeks (1 1/2 hour ea.) – $200

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Introduction to Odor II

This class will focus on increasing search skills in multiple new environments and interiors, vehicles, containers and exteriors.

Prerequisite – All dogs must be on Birch currently and have completed an Intro to Odor I class.

8 Weeks (1 1/2 hour ea.) – $200

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Team K-9

For all dogs preparing for all levels of Nosework Competition. Limited to 6 working teams. Includes mock trial experiences, developing formal alerts as well as searching in different environments, overcoming training obstacles and more.

Prerequisite – Coach approval required.

8 weeks – $225.00

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Sniff n’ Go

Drop in classes. Taught in different locations around Smyrna and Vinings. Dogs must be on Birch and Anise and owners must be familiar with competition regulations. Includes all four elements at each. $200 for 6 punch card.

Punches must be used within 4 months. Punch card purchase includes all parking fees and entrance fees, score card and client instruction.

Prerequisite – Limited to current K-9 clients unless prior approval is given.

6 Punch Card – $200

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Nosework Trial Prep

Our Trial Prep class is designed to help teams perform at their optimal level for nosework trials. This includes reviewing the rules of each trial level, highlighting the differences between trial levels (NW1, NW2, etc…), practice new elements each week along with specific strategies to address these elements, all designed to help you team be successful and have fun! This clinic is open to all teams searching at the NW 1 or NW2 levels. You do not have to be registered for a trial to participate. Come be a part of our clinic, gain that competitive edge and have fun with your pup!

4 weeks – $125

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Nosework ORT Prep

ORT Prep Clinic— This 4 week clinic is available for all teams that wish to prepare for any upcoming Odor Recognition Test (ORT) held by the National Association of Canine Scentwork (NACSW). The Odor Recognition Test (ORT) is the first step and requirement to enter the fast growing world of NACSW competition. So let’s get ready! This clinic will cover the rules of the ORT test, possible ORT scenarios and troubleshooting, strong odor recognition and more. Teams not testing but looking to improve performance with container searching are also welcome to join in the fun.

4 weeks – $100

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On the Road with Nervous Nelly I & II

A course in the real world. Designed specifically for our clients whose dog’s have insecurities and nervous behaviors which are negatively affecting their lives and which need to be addressed in public settings.

4 weeks – $200.00

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Holiday Helpers (Jumping, Counter Surfing, Begging, Barking, Off, Stay, Down)

Perfect as the holidays approach. Please do not embarrass me! Get off the couch, stay on your bed, don’t eat that, don’t jump up on our guests!

4 weeks – $150.00

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Muttley Manners

Designed to address our customers most common needs: basic manners and polite behavior including Jumping, Counter Surfing, Begging, Barking, etc… Please do not embarrass me! Get off the couch, stay on your bed, don’t eat that, don’t jump up on our guests!.

4 weeks – $150.00


Outdoor Adventures

This exciting new class focuses on the benefits of exercising with your dog and is designed to provide training in real life situations with real life distractions.

We meet at various locations throughout the city including Chastain Park, the Chattahoochee River Preserve, the Polo Fields and others.

Prerequisite – Students must be able to walk at least 3 miles and must have completed a basic obedience class and receive K-9 Coach instructor approval. Workout clothing and tennis / athletic shoes are required (for you but not the dog).

5 weeks – $150.00


Recall Rover

Do you ever get the feeling that Rover just isn’t listening? Not only is it annoying but it can also be very dangerous. Imagine Rover is heading into traffic! This popular mini-course is designed to improve recall under in numerous environments.

4 weeks – $150.00

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Tricks: Open Enrollment

This class will build the bond with your dog as you learn to guide and motivate in a fun way. Trick class offers a great way to interact with your dog and teach alternate behaviors. Teach your dog how to learn. Some examples of tricks we will work on are speak, crawl, roll over, jump, beg, shake, spin, pray and more.

5, 10 and 20 Class Passes available here.

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Hound Hike

Meet each week for fun and obedience – Work on leadership, focus, distractions and the enormous impact exercise has on your dog’s life.

4 weeks – $185.00

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Play to Win

This fun class leverages your dog’s predisposition to play as a tool to develop desired behaviors. For example, if you play “watch” with your dog, that will improve off-leash recall.

4 weeks – $150.00

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Canine Cross Training

Want to get fit and train your dog at the same time. Join our personal cross training exercise and dog training class focused on personal fitness, building the bond with your dog and improving obedience and behavior.

6 weeks – $200.00

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Basic Agility for Fun: Open Enrollment

Designed to introduce you and your dog to the fun world of agility including chutes, A frame, tire jump, etc… Chutes and Ladders requires basic off-leash obedience. This class is taught by our AKC Titled Agility Instructor but is JUST FOR FUN and is not a preparation for competition agility.

Prerequisite – Not appropriate for aggressive dogs.

5, 10 and 20 Class Passes available here.

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Intermediate Agility: Open Enrollment

For those who have mastered the skills of our 101 class and who want to proceed with their agility instruction. Taught by our Sports Instructor, this course consists of control and performance skills and confidence building on obstacles, course running and handler techniques, jump work, weave poles, body awareness skills and more!

Performance and control skills include: Crosses, Change of sides, Lead Out, Dog Works on both sides, Dog under control off lead, Handling skills required to successfully complete a course, Capable of running a complete course w/o handler leaving path.

Agility exercises include: jumps, tunnel (configs.), table-sit (5 secs), table-down (5 secs), weaves (both sides), turns (90/180 degrees), contacts (2on 2 off).

Prerequisite – Coach approval required.

Proficiency in the above skills and exercises is required for approval to advance to Agility 103.

5, 10 and 20 Class Passes available here.

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Agility 103 (Advanced Agility)

For those who have mastered the skills of our 102 class, this level is designed to enhance each dog/handler team and further develop the team’s skills so that they can begin competing in trials at the Open level. Advanced handling skills and techniques are introduced and developed. Emphasis is placed on your dog properly performing all obstacles consistently, efficiently, and safely and happily. Skills are worked in a wide variety of situations with emphasis placed on smooth handling and response from your dog. Advanced techniques are continued and improved upon.

In order to move to the 103 Competition Class, the dog must achieve an Open Standard title in any of the 3 organizations (AKC, NADAC, USDAA).

Prerequisite – Coach approval required.

6 Weeks – $200

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Tiny Tot Agility

Intro to agility for our tiny tot dogs (under 25 lbs.). Class is for small dogs and NOT designed for puppies.

4 Weeks – $100

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K-9 Kids

This class is designed specifically for children aged 8-14 and partly utilizes the wonderful book – Good Dog: Kids Teach Kids About Dog Behavior & Training. K-9 Kids helps build a lifelong bond between your child and their dog as they begin to learn and understand dog behavior, how to safely play with a dog, and how to teach a dog good manners and positive behaviors, such as sit and off.

4 Weeks – $150

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The PAWS Games Prep Class

The PAWS Games!!! A fun new sport for you and your dog. The PAWS Games Prep Class focuses on the foundational skills from several sports including: rally, triebball, nosework and more which are required to compete at the novice level.

Prerequisite – Basic Obedience required.

6 weeks – $125.00

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PAWS Games 101

Introduction to the latest canine sport. Covers rules of the game, all four elements in the beginner course including, heel work, elements of agility, tricks, rally and more.

Prerequisite – Basic Obedience required.

8 weeks – $125.00

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PAWS Games 102

Intermediate Class for the latest canine sport. Solidify skills for all four elements in the beginner course including, heel work, elements of agility, tricks, rally and more.

Prerequisite – Paws Games 101 is required.

6 weeks – $185.00

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Intro to Treibball & Treibball 102

Treibball is a new way to play with your dog! It’s a competitive sport for dogs of all ages and sizes-it promotes better teamwork and communication between a dog and his handler. It’s great fun for any energetic dog who works well off-leash and needs a job, or any dog who likes to herd and doesn’t have sheep! It’s fun for any dog that loves to play chase games, to herd or just use their amazing, problem-solving ability. Treibball promotes teamwork and communication, but does not put any physical stress on the handler. It also builds confidence for the shy dog, and helps reactive dogs with impulse control.

Prerequisite – Basic Obedience required.

6 weeks – $150.00

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Intro to Rally

This popular class introduces students to the exciting sport of rally.

AKC Rally is the new dog sport that is taking the nation by storm, a successful stepping stone from the AKC Canine Good Citizen® program to the world of obedience or agility. Rally offers both the dogs and handlers an experience that is fun and energizing. The canine team moves at their own pace, very similar to rally-style auto racing. Rally was designed with the traditional pet owner in mind, but it can still be very challenging for those who enjoy higher levels of competition.

A rally course includes 10 to 20 stations, depending on the level. Scoring is not as rigorous as traditional obedience. Communication between handler and dog is encouraged and perfect heel position is not required, but there should be a sense of teamwork between the dog and handler. The main objective of rally is to produce dogs that have been trained to behave in the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs, in a manner that will reflect positively on the sport of rally at all times and under all conditions

Prerequisite – Basic Obedience required.

6 weeks – $185.00

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Sports Mashup: Open Enrollment

Ever want to try something before you fully commit? Just want to do something new and exciting with your pup? This class is for you!!! Our Mashup classes introduce students to a new activity each week.

Prerequisite – Not appropriate for aggressive dogs.

5, 10 and 20 Class Passes available here.

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Zen 101 – Who stole my Zen? (reactive / nervous dog class)

Are you stressed out because your dog is stressed out? Is going for a walk stressful instead of fun? Do you leave your dog at home because he doesn’t behave in public? This is the class for you!

Somewhere in between the barking, lunging, leash pulling your Zen gets stolen! It’s a vicious cycle that causes your dog to be reactive and frantic in public, and so are you! This behavior modification class will teach you and your dog to relax through simple exercises. We want you and your dog to become proactive instead of reactive. This class takes place at K-9 Coach and, when possible, in the real world at local parks, businesses, etc…

Prerequisite – Zen classes are limited to students actively engaged in behavior modification through private lessons or those who have taken Zen class previously.

To Register: Speak with your Coach and they will make the necessary arrangements.

4 weeks – $200.00

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I’m on Your Trail (Intro. to Trailing)

Does your dog pull on the leash? Is their nose to the ground on walks? Have you enjoyed one of our nosework classes? Do you think your dog has a good nose? Are you interested in Search and Rescue (SAR)? If you answered yes to any one of those questions, our Trailing Class is made for you!

This exciting class is designed to create the foundation for trailing with your dog. Trailing involves finding a person in a group or setting with multiple distractions. It’s great for recall and relationship building and superb for dogs with a strong hunt drive. The class will teach you how to run with your dog to locate an individual (K-9 Coach Trainer) by following a scent trail.

Class will meet at various locations in the area including Silver Comet Trail, Chastain Park, the Chattahoochee River Preserve, the Polo Fields, etc…

Students must be able to walk at least 1.5 miles. Comfortable clothing and tennis / athletic shoes are required (for you but not the dog). Required equipment includes: Harness, Long leash (30ft), Washcloths (3), Treats, Gloves (if needed).

Class is all on-leash and does not have any prerequisites. This is not a competition tracking class. Class is held offsite.

5 weeks, 2 hours per class – $200.00

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Triebball 101 (Intro. to Triebball)

This course introduces the foundation skills needed for Treibball. Dogs learn to target and push various objects with nose, orient to handler, target a mat and send out in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction on cue. Dogs also learn self-control to work around balls, build motivation to play the game and have fun while learning new skills.

Prerequisite – Basic Obedience. Not appropriate for aggressive dogs.

6 weeks – $185.00

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Drive & Impulse Control

PUSHY PUP?!?!… If your dog wants something, do all manners and common sense go out the window? Do they want it NOW regardless of the consequences?!?!! Patient, calm and polite behaviors are more effective than jumping, pushing, pawing or barking. These behaviors are learned and, just like teaching our human children, should be at the top of our training priority list.

Prerequisite – None. Not appropriate for aggressive dogs.

4 weeks – $150.00

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Canine Conditioning

This class will teach the foundations of proper stretching, exercising, and conditioning both the pet dog and performance dog. Specific attention will be paid to building core balance and body awareness, as well as stretching appropriate muscle groups to improve fitness and prevent injury. This is not a rehabilitation class, but is ideal to prevent injuries in healthy pets. Appropriate for dogs of all ages and sizes, but must be food motivated.

Prerequisite – None. Not appropriate for aggressive dogs.

6 weeks – $200.00

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Disc Dog Foundation

Disc Dog Foundation class will introduce both the dog and owner to the sport of Disc Dogging. This class will cover everything from the way a disc works, how to throw it, how a dog learns to catch, proper jump form, and foundation freestyle tricks. There will also be an introduction to the different types of competition venues available and the different types of competitions and games each offers. This class is appropriate for dogs who show ball and toy drive, enjoy tugging, and have basic obedience commands.

Prerequisite
– Dog must be able to sit.
– Dog must be under control on leash around other dogs.
– Dog should show interest in a disc rolling on floor, should have toy and or ball drive, and should like to tug.
– Owner must be able to stand and sit on the floor over the course of an hour.

Materials Required
– 10 Hyperflite Discs
– For dogs under 17 inches at the withers (fully grown) – Hyperflite CS Pup or Pup Jawz
– For dogs over 17 inches at the withers (fully grown) – Hyperflite CS or Jawz
– CS (Competition Standard) discs are made for dogs with an average bite strength
– Jawz discs are made for dogs with hard bites.
– There are also Hyperflex discs for those dogs with soft bites or broken teeth.

6 weeks – $200.00

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So You Want to do Therapy Dog Work?

How To Become a Nationally Registered Therapy Team

K-9 Coach is proud to partner with CAREing Paws, Inc. and Therapy Dogs, Inc.

Are you considering becoming a registered Therapy Team with your animal? CAREing Paws, Inc. is a group of registered therapy teams in Georgia that conducts visits in places such as nursing homes, hospitals, libraries and schools. It is a network of compassionate individuals who are willing to share their special animals in order to bring joy and happiness to others. CAREing Paws teams are comprised of a therapy animal (either dog or cat) and its human handler. Outreach spans from middle Georgia to north Georgia, including all of metro Atlanta and the surrounding counties.

If you are interested in therapy dog work, you need to attend this workshop.

2 hours – No Charge

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K-9 Nosework Shelter Project

K-9 Coach is proud to host Jill Marie O’Brien, co-founder of the National Association of Canine Scent Work, LLC , for this exciting seminar. The K9 Nosework Shelter Project is designed to show how K9 Nose Work can help make the transition from shelter / rescue to permanent home a positive experience.

Shelter and rescue dogs often have unknown pasts that lead to unwanted and sometimes unpredictable behavior. K9 Nose Work offers a tailored workshop designed to address the special needs of these dogs. By engaging these once neglected and mistreated dogs in the activity of K9 Nose Work, you’ll bring real and positive change to their behavior. Happy, confident, approachable dogs find safe, lifelong homes with caring people.

6 hours – $50

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Intro. to Barn Hunt

Taught by Darla Lacy, Certified BHA judge with over 10 years experience in dog training and over 8 years specifically training for dog sports. Darla’s low key approach and fun attitude all while getting results with dogs, make her sought after by dog sports students all over the Southeast. If you want to begin doing Barn Hunt, grab your spot in this class now.

6 weeks – $185

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Confident Canine Clinic

Our Confident Canine Clinic is a behavior modification group class designed for dogs who are generally anxious in new situations, or around new people or dogs.

By improving your handling skills and helping you to anticipate, prevent and, when necessary, redirect away from fearful situations, this clinic will increase your pup’s confidence and help teach alternative behaviors. Through positive reinforcement techniques, desensitization, and exposure to different activities, we will help you build your dog’s confidence by changing the way they perceive and ultimately react to new experiences.

This clinic is NOT appropriate for aggressive / reactive dogs. It is designed for dogs who react out of fear by cowering, shaking, shutting down, running away or hiding.

4 weeks – $250

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