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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).

Classes: Register Now

Class ID Training
Thu AFF-060415 Jun 4-Jul 16 7:30 p.m. (No class June 25th)

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 – 022015 Feb Fri 20 6:00 p.m. Feb 27 – Apr 3 no class on Mar 20th Class is Full
Thu BB – 030515 Mar Thur 5 7:30 PM Mar 12 -Apr 9
Sat BB – 032815 Mar Sat 28 9:00 AM Apr 4 – May 2 Class is Full
Wed BB – 040815 Apr Wed 8 6:00 PM Apr 15- May 13
Fri BB – 041015 Apr Fri 10 6:00 PM Apr 17 – May 15
Thu BB – 041615 Apr Thu 16 7:30 PM Apr 23 – May 21
Fri BB – 051515 May Fri 15 7:30 PM May 22 – Jun 19
Wed BB – 052015 May Wed 20 6:00 PM May27 – Jun 24

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).

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Class ID Training
Tue INT 021715 Feb 17 – Mar 24 6:00 p.m.
Fri INT – 032715 Mar 27 – May 1 7:30 p.m.

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
Tue PUP – 020215 February 3 7:30 p.m. Feb 10- Mar 10 7:30 p.m. Class is Full
Wed PUP – 021815 February 18 6:00 p.m. Feb 25- Mar 25 7:30 p.m.
Tue PUP – 031715 Mar Tue 17 7:30 p.m. Mar 24 – Apr 28 7:30 p.m.
Tue PUP – 040715 Apr Tue 07 7:30 p.m. Apr 14 – May 12 7:30 p.m.
Tue PUP – 051915 May Tue 19 7:30 p.m. May 26- Jun 23 7:30 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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