C - Level Classes (and up)
Offered in a three-class sequence (Levels C-D-E), Playground is a non-competitive "agility-for-fun" class. As you progress through the classes you'll learn how to teach your dog to go through a tunnel, jump on a stationary platform, walk on a narrow plank, balance on a teeter, and more! You will get lots of exercise as your dog runs through the obstacle courses! This class will also improve your teamwork skills of working together off-leash in a safe and controlled environment.
A- Level Class
Tactile Class for Deaf and/or Blind Dogs
Dogs that have vision or hearing challenges can learn basic cues (sit, down, loose leash walking, stay and others). We teach hand signals or touch signals.
The challenge is for you, the human. It takes patience and the ability to "see" and "hear" the way your dog does. Class is limited to 4 dogs.
Time for your dog to earn their dog food? Let's teach him to open dresser drawers and bring your socks to you, or open the refrigerator and bring a cola! Got a 'touch' light? Cue your dog to turn it on so you don't have to enter a dark room. This class is geared towards those training service dogs, but anyone is welcome to join!
Our classes start at the A-level, moving on to B, C, and so forth. While most of dogs start in either Puppy or Family Manners A-level classes, if your dog has previous training we would be happy to meet with you and evaluate starting in a higher level! Our group classes are an hour long once a week, $125 for 7 weeks. All classes have both an Instructor and Assistant, and are limited to 6 dogs (or fewer) to ensure lots of quality one-on-one instruction within the group class format.
All of our classes are offered upon request as private lessons for sensitive or reactive dogs; be sure to scroll down to learn more about these classes and private classes.
We welcome uniquely-abled dogs into our regular group classes - including (but not limited to) deaf and/or blind - as we believe everyone is capable of learning and enjoying life!
B - Level Class
Designed for pups 10-22 weeks, Island Dog goals for your pup are:
1. Socialization with people and other puppies (when appropriate)
2. Basic instruction with motivational clicker training and insights into how dogs learn.
3. Basic introduction to skills and manners
Please note that while we start working on the basics such as "sit" and "down", this is not an obedience class. We focus on foundational training skills and teaching you how to introduce new sounds, objects and people to your pup in a safe, calm manner. Attendence at the first class is mandatory. This is an AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Class!
Reactive Dog Classes
These classes are for dogs with issues such as barking and/or growling at people and/or other dogs or who are timid about interacting with new environments an opportunity to learn new behaviors and build their confidence. Each class will be taylored to the individual dog and their needs based on a private evaluation prior to class acceptance. Once you have progressed through 101 and 102, you are welcome to take any of our C-level courses as an individual one-on-one class!
Reactive Dogs 101
Does your dog bark and lunge at people or other dogs? In Reactive Dog 101 each dog/handler team will receive 20 minutes of individual instruction each week, at an assigned time. Handlers will learn Relaxation, Counter Conditioning and other techniques to
help their dog be more comfortable in their environments. First week is without dogs for a 1.15 hour lecture. Classes will be indoors and outdoors.
Reactive Dogs 102
In Reactive Dog 102 each dog/handler team will receive 20 minutes of individual instruction each week, at an assigned time. Handlers will continue to work on Relaxation, Counter Conditioning and other techniques to help their dog be more comfortable in their environments. Most classes will be outdoors.
Gymtastic Tricks Series
*Dogs may move from directly from Family Manners to this class, with instructor approval*
Offered in a three-class sequence (Levels C-D-E), and expands beyond basic training to teach tricks! A bored dog may be a troublesome dog and tricks are the perfect way to give their brains a workout. We start off with foundational body awareness training and simple tricks, and progress to the complex flashy tricks you see on TV! Incorporated in the class are exercises to help your dog learn body coordination, balance, and work on various surfaces so they can learn more complex tricks in the future. Connect with your dog, learn more about their unique personality, and grow an incredible teamwork bond! Class is limited to five dogs.
"Where Is It?" Series
Offered in a three-class sequence (Levels C-D-E), learn how to channel your dog's natural instinct to use its sense of smell into a game you can play anytime and anywhere with your dog. We introduce searching for treats in boxes and similar places. As you progress through the courses, we start searching outside, in cars, and increase the complexity of the search! This is a treat-based version of AKC Nosework. Class is limited to four dogs.
Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Prep This class is a preparation class to take the AKC's Canine Good Citizen test. We focus on the obedience required for the CGC test, such as heeling through a course with turns, walking calmly through crowds of people, and being calm in close proximity to other dogs. On the last day of this class, we offer the CGC test, although even if you do not wish to take the test we welcome anyone who wants to work on these skills!
Does your dog run to the door when the doorbell rings? Would you rather she bark once, to let you know someone is there, then sit quietly while you open the door? Does your dog jump on everyone who enters your home? Do you want her to greet your guests with four paws on the floor?
Does he take you for a walk instead of you taking him for a walk? Learn how to loose leash walk with your dog.
These are just a few of the at home behaviors we can help you with.
Home Private Sessions or at the Training Center:
$95.00 1 hour consultation
$60.00 2nd hour and subsequent hours
Home visits: If round trip mileage from the Training Center is greater than 15 miles client will be charged .57 per mile. Drive time may be charged if much greater than 15 minutes.
Cancellation Policy: Privates that are not cancelled by the client 24 hours prior to appointment will be charged 1/2 of the fee.
Dogs continue working on basic manners: sit, down, wait, come, and loose lead walking. We also focus on friendly greetings - sitting calming when people approach instead of jumping! For variety, as most dogs get bored with always doing "sit-stay-come", we do something a little different every week such as searching for treats, or jumping over and onto obstacles! We also start working on more advanced obedience such as heeling and working with your dog close to your side.
Work on the skills from Rally-O, a growing sport of advanced obedience skills done in a pathwork sequence. Build the bond with your dog by navigating a course with signs for different behaviors including various turns, serpentines, sidesteps, heeling at various speeds (walking, running!) and more.
Dogs from 6 months old to senior citizens will begin to learn basic manners such as sit, down, wait, come, and loose lead walking. We start indoors where the distractions are low, and weather-permitting build to working outside as well! Build the relationship with your dog through dog friendly, positive clicker training! Attendance at the first class is mandatory.
Sensitive Dog Classes
After taking the Sensitive Dog Class, we offer all of our C-level classes as one-on-ones, upon request.
Sensitive Dog Class
These classes are 1-on-1 training for shy or timid sensitive dogs. Build your dog's confidence working with their nose, paws, and interacting with their environment. Classes are 20 minutes once a week of individual instruction tailored to your dogs specific needs based on a private evaluation prior to class acceptance.
Sensitive Dog Transition Class
After completing sensitive dog classes, if your dog is not ready for a full regular class, we offer a smaller group class limited to four or fewer dogs depending on their needs. These classes are one hour long, every week for seven weeks.