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Updated: 06.28.09

 

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Jefferson County Fairgrounds
15200 W. 6th Avenue
Golden, CO  80401

Evergreen Animal Hospital
32175 Castle Ct.
Evergreen, CO  80439


City Bark 
2000 W. 8th Avenue
Denver, CO  80204


CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

Control Unleashed, based on the book by Leslie McDevitt - New!
Is your dog having trouble focusing in difficult situations?  Is your dog easily distracted, stressed or reactive?  Whether it's Agility, Obedience, Rally, Freestyle, Lure Coursing or getting the opportunity to play with other dogs, it's important to have some sanity and control before you unclip that leash.  The 1st day of class you will be watching some video footage, receiving your class materials and learning the basics about dog body language .  We limit this class to 8 dogs.  CU book is included.  No aggressive dogs please.  No females in season.  Advance registration is required.  This is a 8 week class and we meet for 90 minutes each week.


Puppy Socialization & Manners
This class is essential for all new puppies! Here we help to prepare you and your puppy for the real world. In this class we cover: handling, socialization, bite inhibition, appropriate play, house-training, grooming, impulse control, relationship building games and some basic obedience. We limit this class to 7 puppies up to the age of 16 weeks. Advance registration is required.
Family Dog 1 - Basic Manners and Self Control for the Companion Dog 
In this class we cover: dog and human body language, attention to handler, manners, sit, down, stand, stay, recall, walking politely on lead. We also address some real life issues like begging, barking and jumping. Your first class you come without your dog. We limit this class to 7 dogs. Advance registration is required. This is an 8 week session.
 
Family Dog 2 - Basic Manners and Self Control for the Companion Dog 
This class we continue enjoying the relationship we have already started building with our dog.  We play interactive games, learn some tricks, continue looking at human and dog body language, sharpen our manners, continue sharpening our recall and lots more leash walking. We limit this class to 8 dogs. Advance registration is required. This is an 8 week session.
 
Canine Good Citizen Test Prep 
The prerequisite for this class is Family Dog 1. We cover a solid down-stay with distractions, recall with distractions, heel, and walking politely on lead. On our first day of class we do a test run of the CGC evaluation to take a look at where each team need the most help in.  On our last day of class we take the Canine Good Citizen test. Passing the CGC Test is a requirement for many of the therapy and visiting dog programs throughout the country. Some residential buildings in major cities require passing this test before your companion is allowed to live on the apartment.  We limit this class to 9 dogs. Advance registration is required.  This is an 8-week session.

Body Language Play Group - New!
This class is an absolute must for anyone with a dog!  The 1st day of class Ana asks that you leave your dog at home.  You will be watching some video footage, receiving your class materials and learning the basics about dog body language.  In this class we will be observing our dogs at play.  We will be watching for appropriate body language and play between dogs.  We will learn when to intervene and when to let our dogs communicate.  We limit this class to 8 dogs between the ages of 16 weeks and 2 years. No aggressive dogs please.  No females in season.  Advance registration is required.  This is a 5 week class.

Really Reliable Recall 101
In this class we teach your dog to come the FIRST time you call.  It works at a distance, when he is with other dogs, when he is with other people, chasing squirrels and sniffing in holes.  This is you emergency recall; the call you need when you need an instant response.  It keeps your dog safe, providing you with peace of mind.  This method was developed by a top trainer using positive reinforcement training methods.  The really Reliable Recall works for puppies and older dogs as well as difficult to train breeds.  In this class we take you through the easy to follow steps to train you dog to truly be reliable off leash.
 
The Double Dog Class – 2 Part Series
The prerequisite for this class is having an understanding of some of the basic commands such as come, sit, down and stay.  We start this class with just the human element of the pack.  We learn how to effectively use our body language, how to become in charge of resources and most importantly how to become the benevolent pack leader that is adored by our dogs.  We learn how to get through day-to-day life with great stills such as getting through doorways, a group stay, a group come, greeting visitors and respecting space.  In Part 2 of our series, we continue to sharpen our skills and challenge our pack with more distractions like getting in and out of the car, preparing for a walk and getting ready for mealtime.  We limit this class to 6 2-dog packs.  Advance registration is required.  This is a 2 part series of 6-week classes.
 
Fun and Games
The only requirement for this class is that you can get your dog’s attention.  We start off this class with learning some shaping and targeting skills.  We then move on to learning some interactive games that you can play with your dog and then to learning tricks such as roll over, shake, little bear and crawl.  This is a great way to build the human-canine bond. We limit this class to 10 dogs. Advance registration is required. This is a 3-week session.
 
Agility Foundations - Level 1
This class is for families who are interested in competing in the sport of Dog Agility.  We learn the importance of play and rewards and start our work on the flat, acquiring a good connection and understanding of body language basics including learning hand and body signals using targeting and shaping techniques.  We also learn the importance of warm-up and stretching.  We also get an introduction to jumps, tire, tunnels and the table.  We limit this class to 6 dogs. Advance registration is required. This is a 5 week session.
 
Agility Foundations Private or Semi-Private Lessons
The prerequisite for this class is Agility Foundations I or a review of your skills with the trainer. This class is tailor made for you and your team.  In this class, we work on expanding handling skills; sharpen contacts; continue work on weave poles; begin work on distance; and target training. Advance registration is required.  We limit this class to 4 dogs.  Advance registration is required.  This is a 5-week session.
 
Novice Agility Drills
The prerequisite for this class is a working knowledge of all of the obstacles and skills. In this class we practice what you have been working on in your Foundations Class or your Semi-Private Class.  Agility is fun! Dog and companion become a rockin’ team as we practice the various contact obstacles, tunnels, the tire, and hurdles. Our classes are open to mixed breeds and purebreds alike. Here you will get your physical exercise and mental stimulation. You will find that this sport is great for the human-canine bond. Come with a hungry dog and yummy treats, and be ready to have fun!  Please call prior to your first visit.
 
Advanced Agility Drills
This class is open to dogs and their handlers with more advanced skills. This class is designed for the advanced competitive team. We work on specific handling techniques each week such as; tight turns, weave entries, nailing our contacts, distance handling and keeping your partner motivated.  We also work on drills and full courses in preparation for trials and matches as well as troubleshoot difficulties brought up by class participants and even discuss filling in premiums and packing for an Agility road trip.  Please call prior to your first visit.

Run-Throughs
We will be offering run-throughs featuring an Excellent level course with a nested Novice level course. Run-throughs are open to all dogs who are familiar with the equipment (we will have channel weaves available). There will also be space available for anyone wanting to practice obedience or handler focus with distractions. No aggressive dogs without prior permission.  No females in season. For the first month we are offering an introductory price of $6/run/dog or $12/dog for unlimited runs as time allows. Additional dogs (in the same family) will be $8/dog for unlimited runs.

Jog the Dog
Not necessarily a class, but a definite must have for the healthy dog.  Click here for more information.

Ana Melara, CPDT
Trainer & Behavior Counselor
303.942.0718 Office
[email protected]

 

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