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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 18th 5:30 PM Six Wednesdays starting October 18 through December 6 (no class 11/15 or 11/22) L37 Megan O'Hara, CTC- Fetch the Leash Training
Monday 16th 6:45 PM Six consecutive Mondays beginning October 16 through November 20 L38 Lucy Weaver, MA, CPDT-KA- Dogspeak

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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
Wednesday 18th 6:15 PM Six Wednesdays starting October 18 through December 6 (no class 11/15 or 11/22) L204 Megan O'Hara, CTC- Fetch the Leash Training

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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
Tuesday 19th 6:15 PM Six consecutive Tuesdays beginning September 19 through October 24 P16 Robyn Santor, CPDT-KA- Spirit Dog Training
Monday 16th 5:30 PM Six consecutive Mondays beginning October 16 through November 20 P17 Lucy Weaver, MA, CPDT-KA- Dogspeak

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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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Nosework- Introduction to Interiors and Containers

This intro course will teach the basic concepts of scent work, including how canine noses work, how odor moves, and how to read your dog.  Students will have an opportunity to provide their dogs with experience figuring out scent puzzles.  This class will focus mainly on the first two elements: containers and interiors.  If you have not attended the Canine Nosework Information Session, please read the information under that offering.

Due to the structure of the class--one dog searching at a time--dogs who are not working need to be comfortable crated in an adjoining room or waiting alone in their vehicle between their turns to search.  For this reason, wee can accommodate mild to moderately reactive dogs.

Class Details: Introductory course in canine nosework
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: Dogs 4 months of age and older. Limit 4 students. Please notify the class instructor if your dog has a history of reactivity or aggression.
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
No classes have been scheduled at this time.

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Nosework- Introduction to Odor- Levels I & II

A combined intermediate nosework class for students who have completed the Introduction to Nosework- Interiors and Containers course, and those who have completed Introductions to Odor, Level I.  During the course, we will introduce Level I dogs to the first of 3 odor oils used in competition and teach them that finding this odor means a big reward!  Level I students will learn how to properly handle the oils and how to begin switching your dog over from food to odor.  Level II teams will work on more difficult scent puzzles and prepare for the Odor Recognition Test, which is required to enter competition.  All teams (Level I and II) will perform seraches on containers and interiors.  

Due to the structure of the class--one dog searching at a time--dogs who are not working need to be comfortable crated in an adjoining room or waiting alone in their vehicle between their turns to search.  For this reason, wee can accommodate mild to moderately reactive dogs.

Class Details: Intermediate canine nosework.
Fee: $155.00/15% discount for HSCC alumni.
Prerequisites: Completion of Intro to Nosework- Interiors and Containers course preferred, but not required. 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 aged 4 months and older. Limit 4 students. Please contact the class instructor if your dog has a history of reactivity or aggression.
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
No classes have been scheduled at this time.

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Take a Bow

Bored of regular obedience classes? Already taken all of our other courses and want to keep going? Just looking for something fun to do with your dog? Take A Bow is a beginner level course with lots of flexibility so that your dog learns whichever tricks you want to show off to friends and family at your next gathering! Here are some options to whet your palate:

  • Play Dead or Roll Over
  • Chase Your Tail
  • Commando Crawl
  • Beg, Sit Pretty, or Hold 'em Up
  • Take a Bow
  • Weave Through Legs
  • Give a Kiss
Class Details: Beginner tricks class
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: Dogs of all ages and abilities welcome! Unfortunately we cannot accommodate dogs who are uncomfortable around other dogs or people.
Day Time Date Class No. Instructor Registration
No classes have been scheduled at this time.

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