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Group Training Classes Dogs and Puppies

What are students saying?

“Great instructor, the small class size and variety of training excercises, personalized  helped with any questions.”

The Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter uses positive reinforcement pet-training methods for puppies and dogs, as well as advanced American Kennel Club’s Canine
Good Citizen (CGC) test prep. The instruction teaches loving, not harsh, training and results in a happier and safer pet—which makes the whole family happier. Classes include written instructional handouts, and homework “assignments” for: potty-training, crate-training, sit, down, stay, come, leave it, and much more…

Instructor

Linda Thomas, 313.943.2697 or lthomas@dearbornanimals.org.

Requirements

Puppies and dogs must be up-to-date on required vaccines (DHPP, Rabies if 4 months or older, Bordetella) and have proof of negative fecal and heartworm tests. Some classes have additional specifications, such as age restrictions, and may require attending an orientation. See class descriptions for more information.

Location

All sessions are held at The Friends Pet Training Center next to Pet Supplies Plus in Dearborn.

Registration

You will be enrolled in the next class, unless otherwise arranged with the instructor. For a schedule of classes see our training schedule. A 20% discount is offered for dogs and puppies adopted from the Dearborn Animal Shelter and registered volunteers with Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter.

Refund Policy

Once you attend the first class, there are NO REFUNDS.

Group Classes

Agility for Fun

For dogs that have had previous training classes

Agility is a great way to bond with your pup! Have fun teaching your dog how to go through the tunnel, weave through obstacle courses, and soar over jumps.  You must enroll.

Class duration: 6 weeks

Cost: $125, $100 for dogs adopted from the Dearborn Animal Shelter or registered volunteers of the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter).

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Class ID Training

Beginner Basics

For dogs 5 months & older

Basic skills that all dogs and people living together should know! Beginner Basics teaches you the fundamentals of reward-based training. The primary reward is food and it is used to establish a positive relationship between you and your dog. Our goal is to build a solid foundation for: attention, grooming, handling, hand signals for sit and down, reduced jumping, and socialization. You must enroll and attend orientation (without your dog).

Class duration: 6 weeks

Cost: $125, $100 for dogs adopted from the Dearborn Animal Shelter or registered volunteers of the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter).

Classes: Register Now

Class ID Orientation Training
Fri BB-031414 March 14 6:00 p.m. March 21 – April 18 6:00 p.m. (Class is Full)
Tues BB-031814 March 18 7:30 p.m. March 25 – April 22 7:30 p.m. (Class is Full)
Fri BB-032814 March 28 7:15 p.m. April 4 – May 2 7:15 p.m. (Class is Full)
Wed BB-040914 April 9 6:00 p.m. April 16 – May 14 6:00 p.m.  (Class is Full)
Fri BB-050214 May 02 6:00 p.m. May 9 – June 6 6:00 p.m. (Class is Full)

Intermediate

For dogs that have had Beginner Basics or other beginner class

Add speed and reliability to basic behaviors in more distracting situations. Your dog will also learn some tricks Bow, Shake, Go to bed and more. You must enroll and be present for the first class. Dogs come first night of class.

Class duration: 6 weeks

Cost: $125, $100 for dogs adopted from the Dearborn Animal Shelter or registered volunteers of the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter).

Classes: Register Now

Class ID Training

Advanced

Dogs must have had Intermediate or a 2nd level training class – No classes available at this time

Get your dog from good to great! Completion of this course will result in a CGC and/or TDI certificate. You must enroll and be present for the first class. Dogs come first night of class.

Class duration: 6 weeks

Cost: $125, $100 for dogs adopted from the Dearborn Animal Shelter or registered volunteers of the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter).

Classes: Register Now

Class ID Training

Puppy 101

For puppies between 8 weeks and 5 months

You will learn basic commands, such as “sit” and “down.” There will also be instruction on house- and crate-training, biting/mouthing, chewing, and socialization. Includes written instructions. You must enroll and attend orientation (without your puppy).

Class duration: 6 weeks

Cost: $125, $100 for puppies adopted from the Dearborn Animal Shelter or registered volunteers of the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter).

Classes: Register Now

Class ID Orientation Training
Tues PUP-030414 March 4 6:00 p.m. March 11 – April 11 6:00 p.m.
Thurs PUP-040314 April 3 7:30 p.m. April 10 – May 8 7:30 p.m.
Tues PUP-041514 April 15 6:00 p.m. April 22 – May 20 6:00 p.m.

Canine Good Citizen Practice or Certification Tests

Make an appointment to bring your dog to the Friends Pet Training Center to practice or take the certification test for the AKC Canine Good Citizen by calling our instructor, Linda, at 313.943.2697 or e-mailing lthomas@dearbornanimals.org.

Cost: practice session is $10; the certification test is $20

Started in 1989, the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) Program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The CGC Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.

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