Dog Training Classes

Whether your canine best friend is young or old, Happy Acres offers classes to help build skills and improve your relationship.

Welcome to Happy Acres dog training group classes. We keep our classes small. Four dog and handler teams to be exact. This allows us to give each student individual attention during the 45-minute class session. Classes are held in a engaging, clean and temperature-controlled training studio. However, if the weather is nice we train outdoors on our spacious training field.

Our students have access to us, their trainers, via email or through our secret group on Facebook called Puppy SOS. Puppy is SOS is a new community for those who have taken or take classes here at Happy Acres Dog Training.  The goal of this group is to support and encourage people to ask questions about dog training during the week or that came up in class but they didn’t feel comfortable to ask.  

We work through 12 basic behaviors in our introductory level classes. You learn how to teach your pup with scientifically based training methods that are fun for you and your dog.  And on graduation day, there is a test of sorts that will help you identify your team’s strengths and areas you still need to work.  

BUT the training and support doesn’t stop there! We offer classes that take you to the next level of training!  Adult Trans4mation 2 refines heeling on leash and continues to practice the come command.  The behaviors practiced in level 2 will prepare you for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test and Certificate. 

Don’t forget to have fun or try your hand at competitions.  We offer K9 NoseWork, Parkour, Tricks and Exercise classes. These are fun for you, good for your dog’s mental health AND strengthen the bond with your pup!   Why just have a dog?  Let’s train a great dog! 

Unless otherwise noted, Classes are $165 for 7 weekly sessions | Each Level.

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*If your female comes into season during the class session, please leave her at home while you come to class and learn.  A female can be in season from 2 to 4 weeks You’ll know the cycle is over when all her vulva returns to its normal size and there’s no more bleeding or discharge.
Refunds will not be given for girls coming into season during the class sessions.

7 weeks | $165 | Each Level | Age 8 – 24 weeks

Our 7-week program gets you and your puppy started off on the right paw! Taking both levels will help your pup grow and change by leaps and bounds. While he/she is doing so, this class will teach you how to work most effectively with him/her to enhance their skills.

Level 1

The start to engagement and impulse control | Your puppy will learn basics such as their name, sit, down, come and a host of other cues.

Level 2

*Must complete level 1 before taking level 2

Veterinary skills and puppy obedience | Puppies will build on foundation work from level 1 and learn additional commands that will help your pup to become a well balanced dog.

Bonus! By taking both levels your pup will be able to complete the AKC Star Puppy Test.

See all available Puppy Classes here!

7 weeks | $165 | Each Level | Age 6 months and older

This is a two level course that teaches your dog basic obedience behaviors plus general manners. If you choose to go through both levels your dog will be ready to take a CGC Workshop here at Happy Acres! The CGC is a great way to acknowledge your hard work and dedication to training your dog.

Level 1

Adult transformation is for puppies 6 months old and for the eternal puppy no matter what Age.

We introduce the pups to 12 cues you will use daily.  We show you how to train with scientifically based methods that are fun for you and motivating for your dog.

In this class we will learn the name game, look, come, down, loose leash walking, leave it, sit, sit stay, down stay, what’s that?, wait at the door and sit for greet.

Level 2

This class is for pups who have graduated from puppy transformation level two and for adults who have graduated from adult transformation level one.

We continue to build the bond between you and your dog and fine-tune the following cues by adding distractions and asking for duration: come, down stay on a mat, sit stay, sit for greet, wait at the door, loose leash walking and loose leash walking around other dogs.

We introduce the Zen bowl as a way to reward your dog without having training treats on you. Ultimately, our goal for you is to confidently graduate into the Canine Good Citizen class and earn your CGC Certificate.

See all available Adult Classes here!

4 weeks | $90 | Any age dogs

Tricks aren’t just for the circus! A Happy Acres favorite, our “Trick Dog Class” reinforces basic training and allows the dogs to add their own “bling.” (Come to a class and I’ll show you what that means!) The tricks class introduces the clicker and teaches you how to use the clicker to create smart, fun and funny behaviors that only your dog can do.

*Dogs should master the competencies in Transformation Training Level 1 before beginning this class.

4 weeks | $90 | Any age dogs

Level 1

If you think your dog is up to challenging, fun, physical activities in which they will learn to interact with their environment then this class is for you. Just like the human version of parkour where individuals move through their environment and conquer obstacles in their path, in this class your dog will work on ways to conquer obstacles too. We will have lots of fun by using nature’s obstacles and everyday objects to learn to climb, balance, and jump. Some basic obedience knowledge is required, but there are no barriers. With a little adaptation and imagination, all breeds and ages can do this. You will be surprised at what you and your dog can achieve!

Level 2

If you feel your pup has progressed through level one and are looking for more fun challenging activities, then level 2 is for you.

*Dogs should master the competencies in Transformation Training Level 1 & 2 before beginning this class.

See all available Parkour classes here!

4 weeks | $90 | Any age dogs

Our “Rally Obedience” class is a great stepping stone for people who are interested in competing with their dogs but are a little intimidated by the rigors of competitive obedience. In Rally, a dog and handler team work together as they walk through a numerical course. Each course has ten to twenty stations, each of which has a sign asking the team to execute a basic obedience exercise. The team is scored according to their teamwork, how well each sign is performed, and their overall time through the course.

*Dogs should master the competencies in both levels of Transformation Training before beginning Rally Obedience.

See all available Rally classes here!

Dogs 6 months and older

Did you know 1/3 of a dog’s brain is dedicated to sorting out scents?  NoseWork gives the dogs an opportunity to use these innate abilities! This is a fun sport that ANY dog can do. One Sheltie started NoseWork at age twelve!

There are two introductory workshops, Introduction to NoseWork and Introduction to Odor.  Each work shop is six weeks in length and are required before moving on to the NoseWork workshop.  After completing this two workshops you may hind you are hooked!  This is a fun and fascinating class that teaches you more about your dog’s natural abilities.

Introduction to NoseWork (6 weeks – $135):  This class introduces “the game” in many environments and with many fun and challenging puzzles.  In this class we are looking to build and encourage your pups search drive.

Introduction to Odor (6 weeks – $120): This class introduces odor to “the game”.  We teach the pups the value of finding odor with more fun and challenging puzzles.

NoseWork (4 weeks, $90):  This class is for teams that have done the Intro to NoseWork and Intro to Odor Workshops and enjoy the game.  There is no pressure to trial, it is social event that is fun for both handlers and dogs.

Trial Ready!(4 weeks, $90):  This class is for teams who want to go to trial with their dogs.  We will focus on search strategies, complex (at times) hides and helping the dog and handlers be prepared for trial.

See all available NoseWork classes here!

7 weeks | $150 | Dogs 6 months and older

We have been putting all the elements together for you to pass the CGC test.  In this session we will focus on the 10 behaviors your dog must do in order to pass the CGC.

*Must have taken Adult Trans4mation level 1 & 2

These Behaviors are:

Test 1: Accepting a friendly stranger

Test 2: Sitting politely for petting

Test 3: Appearance and grooming

Test 4: Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)

Test 5: Walking through a crowd

Test 6: Sit and down on command and staying in place

Test 7: Coming when called

Test 8: Reaction to another dog

Test 9: Reaction to distraction

Test 10: Supervised separation

See all available CGC classes here!

4 weeks | $150 | Dogs 1 year and older

I was blown away by an explanation made in a K9 exercise and Obedience class. 

It was this:

Oftentimes we as handlers are unaware of the lack of conditioning our dogs have for the behaviors we are asking of them. Sometimes there are sprains or pulled muscles that our dogs stoically endure.  We as owners perceive the lack of enthusiasm or hesitation to move as lack of motivation.  As owners we look for higher value reinforcement or rewards.  As a consequence we poison the high value reward because we have pushed the dogs to physically do something that hurts.

K9 Fitness is for dogs who love to run and play and who are aging and still like to run and play. K9 Fitness is for all dogs.

These are private training sessions, in these sessions we train basic behaviors that will help your dog to stay flexible, in shape and have fun with you.

Starting any exercise program you will be required to consult with your veterinarian for clearance for your dog to come to class.  This class is not a rehabilitation program for dogs recovering from injury.

See all available classes here!