Companion Dog Classes
All dogs must be up to date on all vaccines including Bordetella. Puppies should have at least the first puppy shot.
Puppy Kindergarten - for puppies 2 to 4 months old (8 weeks - 16 weeks)
This four week class is ideal for new puppy owners with limited experience in raising a puppy. You will learn practical solutions to the challenges of puppyhood – including puppy biting and mouthiness, crate training and confinement, potty training, problem prevention and other puppy related matters. We will focus on engagement, relationship, socialization, and basic life skills. This is not a skills/obedience class. We recommend that you take Puppy Elementary/ Companion Dog Manners concurrently or shortly after.
This 4 week class has rolling admission. You pick and join any week that has an opening.
Once you start, you have a reserved spot in that class for 4 weeks class. If your puppy is over 16 weeks and you feel this is a more appropriate class for your dog based on its size, confidence level, mental maturity, etc., please contact us.
Puppy Elementary – for puppies 3 to 10 months old
Puppy Elementary is a foundation skills/manners class. We will continue our focus on engagement, relationship, and life skills -- but age appropriate for an older puppy - early adolescent dog. Topics will include good manners, appropriate greetings, leash walking, sit, down, stay, coming when called and more. This 6-week class has a fixed start and end date. In this class, we will build upon the skills learned the prior week. There may be occasional skip week(s) due to holidays, or special events – outlined in the schedule. This class is an excellent foundation for both companion and sports dogs (agility, rally, nosework, competition obedience, barn hunt, etc.).
Please note that this age range is flexible, depending on the puppy’s/dog’s size, confidence level, mental maturity, etc. If you are uncertain as to whether or not this is the best class for your puppy/dog, please contact us.
If your young dog lunges, growls, or is aggressive to people or dogs, your dog is not eligible for Puppy Elementary class. Please contact us for recommendations.
AKC® S.T.A.R. Puppy Program
The AKC® S.T.A.R. Puppy Program is designed to help you and your puppy off to a good start. S.T.A.R stands for Socialization, Training, Activity and a Responsible owner. This program is open to puppies from 8 weeks to up to 6 months of age. To be eligible for this program, you and your puppy will need to complete both Puppy Kindergarten and Puppy Elementary. (You may also substitute Puppy Elementary with either Accelerated Manners or Companion Dog Manners.) If you are interested in this program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to your first class so that we can send you the appropriate information.
At the completion of Puppy Kindergarten and Puppy Elementary, your instructor will have administered all the elements in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy test. Upon passing, you’ll get an application to send to AKC® for enrollment in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program. All dogs are welcome to participate in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy® Program including purebreds and mixed breeds.
Companion Dog Manners - Puppies to adults
This class is similar to our Puppy Elementary class, but for dogs of all ages from puppies to adults. We will focus teaching good manners and behaviors using reward and engagement. This is a great class for puppies that couldn't fit into our Puppy Elementary class schedule, or older dogs that just need a refresher. This class is also perfect for dogs just getting settled in a new home and could use a reminder on their manners (or who may not have had any training previously). Topics will include good manners, appropriate greetings, leash walking, sit, down, stay, coming when called and more. This 6-week class has a fixed start and end date. In this class, we will build upon the skills learned the prior week. There may be occasional skip week(s) due to holidays, or special events – outlined in the schedule. This class is an excellent foundation for both companion and sports dogs (agility, rally, nosework, completion obedience, barn hunt, etc.).
If your young dog lunges, growls, or is aggressive to people or dogs, your dog is not eligible for this class. Please contact us for recommendations.
Beyond Basics - Canine Good Citizen Prep
Beyond Basics – Canine Good Citizen Prep is suitable for dogs that have graduated from either Puppy Elementary or Companion Dog Manners class or with instructor approval. Topics will include building distance, duration and distraction to sits and downs; continue to practice polite leash walking and coming when called; impulse control; as well as additional exercises to successfully pass the 10 skills necessary to earn the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificate and/or official AKC CGC title.
Prerequisite for this class is graduation from either Puppy Elementary or Companion Dog Manners class, or instructor approval. If your dog lunges, growls, or is aggressive to people or dogs, your dog is not eligible for this class. Please contact us for recommendations – our Control Unleashed or Reactive to Relaxed class may be more appropriate.
Please note: The AKC Canine Good Citizen test will be offered the week after class concludes. If you (and your dog) would like to be evaluated, you will need to sign up for this separately. Complete test requirements can be found at http://www.akc.org/cgc-pledge/
Complete test requirements can be found at http://www.akc.org/cgc-pledge/
Open to all dogs, whether they’ve taken classes at Argus Ranch, other training facilities, or are home-schooled. Dogs must be old enough to have received necessary immunizations such as rabies vaccines. Owners will sign the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge attesting to having the dog under the routine care of a veterinarian who will work with the owner to determine an appropriate plan and schedule for vaccines and other health care procedures.
The cost for this evaluation does not include any fees necessary to AKC for certificate or title.
Fun and Focused / Sport Prep
Just starting your dog sport career, or just want to enjoy greater focus and joy in your interactions with your dog?
We will cover basics such as how to make training fun, when and how to use food and toys, and how to work around others both on and off leash. This class will help you lay the foundation for a lifetime of fun with your dog no matter the sport you choose.
Accelerated Manners meets twice a week (Mondays and Wednesdays) and condenses our 6 week Puppy Elementary/Companion Dog Manners class into 3 weeks!. This class is ideal for humans who are motivated to practice with their dogs on a daily basis as we will quickly build on the prior sessions learned skills. We will focus teaching good manners and behaviors using reward and engagement. This class is open to dogs of all ages - from puppies (3 months of age) to adults. Topics will include: good manners, appropriate greetings, leash walking, and coming when called. We will work on increasing duration, distance and distraction.
This 3-week class has a fixed start and end date. In this class, we will build upon the skills learned the prior session. There may be occasional skip week(s) due to holidays, or special events – outlined in the schedule. This class is an excellent foundation for both companion and sports dogs (agility, rally, nosework, completion obedience, barn hunt, etc.).
If your young dog barks, growls, or is aggressive to people or dogs, your dog is not eligible for Puppy Elementary class. Please contact us at email@example.com for recommendations.
Tricks for Fun, Sports and Titles
There are so many reasons to teach your dog tricks. It’s not only fun for you and your dog, but also provides your dog with both mental and physical exercise. Plus you can show off what cool things dogs can do to your friends! Some tricks teach dogs practical skills they can do around the house – turn on a light? Close a cabinet door? Get you a tissue? All are fun tricks that your dog can learn! Tricks are also a great outlet for bored dogs, plus our all positive training approach can increase your dog's enthusiasm for learning and take your relationship with your dog to a higher level.
In our Tricks for Fun, Sports and Titles class, you will be teaching your dog new foundation tricks and fine-tuning ones it already knows. Once your dog masters trick foundations, you will be combining tricks to create new complex your ones. Trick training is fun and creative! When a dog learns tricks, it becomes adept at learning new behaviors. While teaching your dog tricks, you become adept at mastering training techniques you can use in all types of training.
Several exciting dog sports are based on tricks: Canine Parkour, Rally Freestyle Elements and Canine Musical Freestyle. You can earn titles in these sports via video submissions of your dog's tricks. If you're interested in trick dog titles, AKC and Do More With Your Dog offer several levels of trick dog titles. Your instructor, an AKC CGA evaluator and a Certified Trick Dog Instructor, can witness your tricks and sign your application.
We offer private training for all ages of dogs from puppies to adults. This is a great alternative for dogs that need specific training on skills not offered in group class, or to fine tune skills taught in class. This is also a great option for dogs that are not able to handle a group class environment.
Example of skills or behaviors private training can help you with include: Basic Training (sit, down, stay, etc.), Puppy challenges (house training, biting, mouthiness, chewing, socialization), Recall and Loose Leash walking, Jumping, Vocalization, Focus and Attention, Confidence, Multi-dog Household, Pre-adoption/purchase counseling, Introductions of new dogs into a home environment, Reactivity, Fearful and Anxious behavior, Pre-sport, toy play and foundation skills. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.