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HSCC is pleased to offer the following positive reinforcement focused training classes. All classes are held at HSCC in South Burlington, VT.

To register, please submit your completed registration form to HSCC. Class spots are reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis upon receipt of your registration form and a copy of your dog’s current vaccination records. Registration fees are non-refundable if cancellation is made less than 3 days prior to the start of the session. Your dog's most current vaccination records can be faxed to: (802) 860-5868, attn: Dog Training Program

Please print and complete the HSCC's Release and Liability Waiver Agreement and bring to first class. RELEASE_AND_WAIVER_OF_LIABILITY_AGREEMENT-_EDIT.pdf

For further information about the course content or space availability, please contact the course instructor directly:

Holly Godfrey- holgodfrey@juno.com

Megan O'Hara, CTC- at megan@fetchtheleash.biz 

Robyn Santor, CPDT-KA- robyn@spiritdogvt.com

Lucy Weaver, MA, CPDT-KA- lucy@dogspeakvt.com 

Canine Obedience- Level I

Looking to learn the training basics? Then this 6-week course is perfect for you! Appropriate for dogs over 4 months of age, this class covers all the skills and concepts you need to build a strong training foundation and to encourage a fun, respectful relationship with your canine companion. This group-style class is perfect for first-time dog owners or those looking for some extra training guidance.

Topics covered:

  • How dogs learn and teaching new behaviors
  • Basic positions ( sit, down, heel)
  • Increasing your dog's attentiveness
  • Good manners
  • Wait & stay commands
  • Recall ( coming to you when called)
  • Leave it
  • Dealing with common dog behaviors such as barking, begging and pulling on leash

 

Class Details: Introduction to basic obedience.
Fee: $155.00/ 15% off for HSCC alumni
Prerequisites: Verification that your dog is up to date on appropriate vaccinations is required on or prior to the first class. (16 weeks+: rabies and DHLPP series; younger than 16 weeks: age appropriate - speak to your veterinarian about exposure to other dogs; suggested but not required: bordetella vaccine) Records can be faxed from your vet to 802.860.5868.
Dog Details: Appropriate for dogs over 4 months of age at the start of class. Please contact the class instructor if your dog has a history of aggression or reactivity.
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
Wednesday 13th 7:30 PM Six Wednesdays starting December 13 through January 24 (no class 12/27) L40 Megan O'Hara, CTC- Fetch the Leash Training

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Canine Obedience- Level II

If you have recently completed HSCC's Level I obedience course (or another comparable introductory obedience course), this intermediate-level course is the perfect next step in practicing and polishing your dog's manners.  Plenty of flexibility in the curriculum means a customized course based on your personal training goals. Topics covered include:

  • Review of Level I skills
  • Default sit when people approach
  • Long duration down-stay
  • Loose leash walking practice
  • Go to place (bed)
  • Introduction to heeling
  • Advanced recall exercises
  • Other topics based on student interest

Since each class will reflect the unique interests and goals of those in the class, students are invited to enroll in the Level II class more than once.

Class Details: An intermediate level obedience class.
Fee: $155.00/ 15% off for HSCC alumni
Prerequisites: Completion of Level I obedience course (or another comparable basic obedience course). Verification that your dog is up to date on appropriate vaccinations is required on or prior to the first class. (16 weeks+: rabies and DHLPP series; younger than 16 weeks: age appropriate - speak to your veterinarian about exposure to other dogs; suggested but not required: bordetella vaccine) Records can be faxed from your vet to 802.860.5868.
Dog Details: Dogs 5 months of age and older. Please contact the class instructor if your dog has a history of reactivity or aggression, or if you have questions about the pre-requisites for the course.
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
No classes have been scheduled at this time.

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Canine Obedience- Puppy

Hurray for puppies! This introductory puppy obedience course is the perfect way to get your pup started out on the right paw. Puppyhood is a fun and exciting time in your relationship with your dog, but it certainly comes with its share of challenges, too. During this 6-week course, we will discuss all the puppy training basics in addition to providing all the pups an opportunity for important socialization and, of course, play! Appropriate for puppies 4 months of age and under at the start of class.

Topics covered:

  • How dogs learn and teaching new behaviors
  • Basic positions ("sit", "down")
  • Good manners
  • Encouraging good bite inhibition and deterring mouthy behavior
  • Socialization
  • Introducing your puppy to handling and grooming tools
  • Increasing your puppy's name recognition and attentiveness
  • Teaching your puppy to "wait" and "leave it"
  • Recall (coming to you when called)
  • Dealing with common puppy behaviors and issues like jumping, house-training, and destructive chewing
  • Preventing resource guarding
Class Details: During this 6-week course, we will discuss all the puppy training basics in addition to providing all the pups with an opportunity for important socialization and, of course, play!
Fee: $155.00/ 15% off for HSCC alumni
Prerequisites: Verification that your dog is up to date on appropriate vaccinations is required on or prior to the first class. (16 weeks+: rabies and DHLPP series; younger than 16 weeks: age appropriate - speak to your veterinarian about exposure to other dogs; suggested but not required: bordetella vaccine) Records can be faxed from your vet to 802.860.5868.
Dog Details: Appropriate for puppies 4 months of age and under at the start of class. Please contact the class instructor if your dog has a history of reactivity or aggression.
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
Wednesday 13th 6:15 PM Six Wednesdays starting December 13 through January 24 (no class 12/27) P18 Megan O'Hara, CTC- Fetch the Leash Training

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Canine Obedience- Puppy Level II

If your pup has recently graduated from HSCC's Puppy Level I course (or a comparable class) and you’re itching to continue training, this course is for you! Continued off-leash play and socialization as well as lots of opportunity to practice and strengthen the behaviors you learned in level I. We’ll also add some new skills to your pup’s repertoire that will be very useful as he grows into a bigger, stronger, more opinionated teenager.

New Skills:

  • Sit & down stay
  • Go lie down
  • Drop items on cue
  • Loosh leash walking
  • Successful on-leash meet & greet

Continued Practice On:

  • Recall
  • Wait at the door
  • Leave it
Class Details: Intermediate level course for puppies
Fee: $155.00/ 15% off for HSCC alumni
Prerequisites: Successful completion of an introductory puppy course. Verification that your dog is up to date on appropriate vaccinations is required on or prior to the first class. (16 weeks+: rabies and DHLPP series; younger than 16 weeks: age appropriate - speak to your veterinarian about exposure to other dogs; suggested but not required: bordetella vaccine) Records can be faxed from your vet to 802.860.5868.
Dog Details: Puppy must be under 6 months of age at the start of the course. Please contact the instructor if your puppy has any history of aggression towards people or other animals
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
No classes have been scheduled at this time.

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Impress Your Guests

Anticipating a houseful of guests this holiday season? Make sure your pup is on his best behavior with this new 4-week mini-course.  The focus of the course will be on mastering some very useful self-control behaviors: sitting to greet people, down-stay during meals, and leave-it (for when your dog decides your niece’s new stuffed animal looks like a perfect chew toy).  And we'll also throw in a couple of fun tricks to truly impress your guests!

Class Details: Manners mini-course
Fee: $100.00/ 15% discount for HSCC adopters
Prerequisites: Verification that your dog is up to date on appropriate vaccinations is required on or prior to the first class. (16 weeks+: rabies and DHLPP series; younger than 16 weeks: age appropriate - speak to your veterinarian about exposure to other dogs; suggested but not required: bordetella vaccine) Records can be faxed from your vet to 802.860.5868.
Dog Details: Appropriate for dogs over 4 months of age at the start of class. Please contact the class instructor if your dog has a history of aggression or reactivity.
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
No classes have been scheduled at this time.

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