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.
Companion Dog Manners - Basics
This is a foundation/basic manners class where we will focus on teaching you how to teach your dog good manners and behaviors using reward and engagement. This class is great for dogs of all ages, from puppies to adolescent dogs, or even 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 barks, growls, or is aggressive to people or dogs, your dog is not eligible for this group class. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Companion Dog Manners - Basics. If you are interested in this program, please contact us at email@example.com prior to your first class so that we can send you the appropriate information.
At the completion of Puppy Kindergarten and Companion Dog Manners - Basics, 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.
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.
Does walking your dog feel like a shoulder workout? Do you want a walk in the park to feel easy and fun? Learn how to teach your dog to walk on a loose leash in this 4 week class! We will be covering fun games and practice scenarios to help teach your dog to walk nicely with you to prep for neighborhood walks, walking in a store, walking on a trail, and more! Reactive dogs (aka dogs who bark, lunge, or growl at other dogs) are not appropriate for this class.
Does your dog refuse to come when called? Run away or play keep away when you try to catch him at the park? Chase after squirrels or other dogs even when you call him? Learn how to teach your dog to reliably come when called, in any scenario! We will be going over fun games and exercises to help your dog learn to listen in controlled training scenarios as well as real life situations. Reactive dogs (aka dogs who bark, lunge, or growl at other dogs) are not appropriate for this class.
Do you have an adolescent (6-18 month old) dog who seems to have forgotten everything they knew as a puppy? Does your dog jump on people, pull on leash, not focus, or not come when called? This class is specifically geared towards helping adolescent dogs make a smooth transition from adorable exciteable puppies to well mannered adult dogs. Reactive dogs (aka dogs who bark, lunge, or growl at other dogs) are not appropriate for this class.
Reactive Rover 1
Does your dog bark, lunge, growl, snap at, or pull towards other dogs while on walks? Does your dog suddenly stop being able to listen or notice you when another dog appears? This class is designed to help fix on-leash reactivity towards dogs when out and about in public and on walks. The first class is talking only, so NO DOGS during the first class. Dogs with a bite history are not appropriate for this class.
Reactive Rover 2
This class is a continuation from our Reactive Rover 1 class and is designed to help fix on-leash reactivity towards dogs when out and about in public and on walks by providing continued and increasingly more real-world scenarios to practice. Dogs with a bite history are not appropriate for this class.
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.
Shy Dog Manners
Do you have a dog who is nervous in new environments? Shy about meeting new people? In this class, we will focus on building both manners and confidence to teach shy dogs to come out of their shells. We will cover basic manners such as sit, down, come, and walking nicely on a leash, as well as games and exercises to help with both fear reactions towards specific things (people, objects, sounds) as well as general environmental sensitivity. Reactive dogs (aka dogs who bark, lunge, or growl at other dogs) are not appropriate for this class.
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.