Companion Dog Classes

We require masks and social distancing in all of our classes.  We allow up to two family members per dog in classes located in the Training Barn. 

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 is a 6-week in-person class and a self-directed online orientation that you should complete prior to your first in-person class.   The online orientation can be taken at any time prior to your first in-person class and you can continue to access this online information for the duration of the class session. You will receive information about the online orientation in your registration confirmation email. The 6 week in-person classes have a fixed start and end date as stated in the schedule.  Bring your dog with you to all in-person classes. 

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 training@argusranch.com 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 training@argusranch.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.  

Rowdy to Well-Mannered  

 

Do you have an overly exuberant, bouncy dog bursting with energy? Often impulsive and a bit hyperactive, these dogs have a difficult time focusing and seem to act without thinking. Labeled as tenacious, willful or wild, these young dogs seem to have forgotten everything they knew as a puppy and are now pushing you to your limits. Rowdy to Well-Mannered is similar to our Companion Dog Manners class but specifically geared for these excitable dogs. We will focus on skills to help these dogs be successful by channeling this energy for good with impulse games, building focus, as well as appropriate greetings, leash walking, sit, down, stay, coming when called and more. 
 

This class is appropriate for dogs of all ages, but if your dog barks/lunges, growls, or is aggressive to people or dogs, your dog is not eligible for this group class. Please contact us at training@argusranch.com for recommendations.

This is a 6-week in-person class and a self-directed online orientation that you should complete prior to your first in-person class.   The online orientation can be taken at any time prior to your first in-person class and you can continue to access this online information for the duration of the class session. You will receive information about the online orientation in your registration confirmation email. The 6 week in-person classes have a fixed start and end date as stated in the schedule.  Bring your dog with you to all in-person classes. 

 
 

Shy / Small Dog Manners    

This manners class is for shy dogs and/or small dogs that might be overwhelmed or intimidated in a class with large/boisterous dogs. In addition to covering the basics such as sit, down, coming when called, and walking nicely on a leash, we will focus on building confidence and management strategies to help shy and small dogs to cope with scary situations.   Exercises and games will be geared to help these wallflower dogs come out of their shells and teach their humans how to set them up for success when faced with fearful situations (people, objects, sounds) and general environmental sensitivity. Reactive dogs (aka dogs who bark, lunge, or growl at other dogs) are not appropriate for this class.

 

This class is appropriate for dogs of all ages, but if your dog barks/lunges, growls, or is aggressive to people or dogs, your dog is not eligible for this group class.  Please contact us at training@argusranch.com for recommendations.

This is a 6-week in-person class and a self-directed online orientation that you should complete prior to your first in-person class.   The online orientation can be taken at any time prior to your first in-person class and you can continue to access this online information for the duration of the class session. You will receive information about the online orientation in your registration confirmation email. The 6 week in-person classes have a fixed start and end date as stated in the schedule.  Bring your dog with you to all in-person classes. 

Performance Manners    

If you are considering dog sports activities for your dog such as agility, tricks training, flyball, herding, field work, dock diving, nose work, barn hunt, or rally obedience this is the class for you. This is a basic manners class with an emphasis on engagement, focus, and dogs learning to work enthusiastically with their handlers. This class is great for dogs of all ages, from puppies to adolescent dogs, or even older dogs. Topics will include foundation sport skills such as learning how to work at the handler’s side, an introduction to using targets and stations, toy and food play and using play as a reward and more.  Plus all the  basics like - sit, down, stay, coming when called. 
 
This is a 6-week in-person class and a self-directed online orientation that you should complete prior to your first in-person class.   The online orientation can be taken at any time prior to your first in-person class and you can continue to access this online information for the duration of the class session. You will receive information about the online orientation in your registration confirmation email. The 6 week in-person classes have a fixed start and end date as stated in the schedule.  Bring your dog with you to all in-person classes. 

 

This class is not appropriate for dogs who tend to react with barking or aggression towards other people or dogs. Please contact us at training@argusranch.com for recommendations.  

 
 

Wonderful Walking

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.

 

Beyond Basics - Canine Good Citizen Prep

 

Beyond Basics – Canine Good Citizen Prep is designed to prepare you for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test and is ideal for anyone who wants to expand their skills, teach their dogs advanced behaviors and build reliability of existing behaviors at a distance and around distractions. 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.

 

This 6-week class has a fixed start and end date.  There may be occasional skip week(s) due to holidays, or special events – outlined in the schedule.  Prerequisite for this class is successful graduation (not just attendance) from one of our Companion Dog Manners class, or instructor approval.  This class is not appropriate for dogs that tend to react with barking or aggression towards other people or dogs. Please contact us at training@argusranch.com for recommendations.

Beyond Basics for Performance/Sport

 

Beyond Basics for Performance/Sport is ideal for dogs that already know the basics, but need to build the foundation skills necessary to pursue a competitive career in agility, flyball or other dog sports.    Topics include:  effective toy play techniques and/ or food reinforcement to build and keep engagement; strategies for managing arousal, focus, and understanding how to redirecting their dog away from distractions; collar and leash restraint by a stranger;  training techniques such as shaping, targeting and chaining;  reinforcement strategies and placement of reward skills to encourage both working near and moving away from handler;  shadow handling/circle work and come to side on both sides of handler.   Advanced sit/down stays, off-leash casual heeling and recall skills with distractions will also be covered.  

 

This 6-week class has a fixed start and end date.  There may be occasional skip week(s) due to holidays, or special events – outlined in the schedule.  Prerequisite for this class is successful graduation (not just attendance) from one of our Companion Dog Manners class, or instructor approval.  This class is not appropriate for dogs that tend to react with barking or aggression towards other people or dogs. Please contact us at training@argusranch.com for recommendations.

 

Reactive Rover

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 six week class is designed to help fix on-leash reactivity towards dogs when out and about in public and on walks.  You will learn management skills, focus and attention techniques and other routines to help your dog be successful and walk more calmly when seeing other dogs.   You will also learn to read dog body language, techniques for relaxation, and helping your dog perceive other dogs as positive through counter conditioning and desensitization. This class is limited to just 4 dogs.   


The first class is for humans only, so NO DOGS during the first class.   


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.  


Dogs with a bite history are not appropriate for this class. 

 

Rapid Recalls

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! In this four week class, 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.

 

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. 

 

Private Training    

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 training@argusranch.com for more information.  

About Us

Our Services

Location

Argus Ranch Dog Sports and Training Center is located in Auburn, WA. On our 20 acres we offer classes, seminars, workshops, and dog event hosting. With two large arenas, RV, camping, a large old barn with bedrooms, and a place for judges to stay, we are the premier place to train and play!

Classes

   - Agility

   - Barn Hunt

   - Companion Dog

   - Disc Dog

   - Flyball

   - Nosework

   - Tricks (fun & sport)

 

Event Hosting

     - Agility

     - Barn Hunt

     - Conformation

     - Lure Coursing

     - Nosework

     - Obedience

     - Rally

     - Seminars
     - Tracking

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