Clicker Training

Clicker and DogClicker Training is a training method that uses a clicker to make a sudden sharp “click” sound that indicates to a dog that he has done something to earn a food reward. This “click” has been shown to produce very rapid learning, long retention, and emotional surges/positive emotions in dogs.  It is hypothesized that the “click” is processed by the central nervous system faster than any spoken word can be.  Find out how fast your dog can learn with one of these great Clicker Classes!

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Clicker Training

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This class is for those who wish to get their AKC Novice Tricks Title or if you already have the Novice title, we will work on the AKC Intermediate Tricks Title. Class size is limited.

Wednesdays, 8-9 pm. Six Weeks: 7/10-8/14

Price: $139.00
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Control Unleashed®: The Puppy Program/B.A.T.® 2.0

Puppies who are not taught certain skills right away can develop severe behavior problems in adulthood. This 10-week class (based on the books "Control Unleashed®, the Puppy Program” by Leslie McDevitt, and Behavioral Adjustment Training by Grisha Stewart) is all about teaching those critical skills. From calmness to impulse control, this class is designed to provide you and your puppy with a solid foundation of skills to set you up for success.

In the first 5 weeks (Control Unleashed), we will work indoors and you will learn how to:

  • Address nipping and jumping
  • Build relaxation and calmness
  • Train and support appropriate greetings with people
  • Promote attention to handler in new environments
  • Train a default safety leave it behavior
  • Support focus around distractions

In the second 5 weeks (B.A.T.), we will work outdoors and you will learn how to:

  • Apply skills from Control Unleashed into the real world
  • Identify, prevent, and address early signs of anxiety and aggression
  • Support your puppy to make appropriate choices independently
  • Create your own B.A.T. setups to practice outside of class

Before the first class, you will receive a pre-recorded lecture (via email). You must watch this lecture before the first class, as it will cover important concepts (in place of an in-class lecture), which will maximize training time.

You will need the following for the Control Unleashed weeks:

  • Control Unleashed® and the BAT 2.0® books
  • Front-clip harness (e.g. Balance, Freedom)
  • 6-ft leash
  • Portable mat (like a Mutt Mat which can be found online)
  • Treat bag (e.g. Rapid Rewards on Amazon)
  • 2-3 quart bags of soft, small treats (chicken, hot dogs, cheese)

You will also need the following for the B.A.T. weeks:

  • 20-ft long biothane leash (can be purchased at Annabelle’s for a 15% discount)

(Puppies under 6 months only. Clickers will be provided. No retractable or chain leashes allowed, no prong/pinch/choke/shock collars allowed.)

Saturdays, 10:15-11:15 am. 10 weeks: 6/1-8/3 (for puppies under six months old)

Saturdays, 11:30 am-12:30 pm. 10 weeks: 6/1-8/3 (for puppies under six to eight months old)

Price: $225.00
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Do you have an anxious dog? Or a reactive dog that barks or lunges at anything new it encounters?  So did I...But not anymore! Learn the techniques I used to move my dog, Arrow from Reactive to Calm or to help your shy pup go from frightened to confident. Experience with the appropriate use of a clicker or handler attendance in the first hour of “Beginning Clicker” is a requirement for this class. Class size is limited.

Tuesdays, 8-9 p.m. Six weeks: 7/9-8/13

Price: $159.00
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This course will cover the basics to get you started on a trusting, respectful and fulfilling relationship with your new puppy. Each class will include teaching a new basic obedience behavior, like “sit”, down, “don’t pull” and “come” with the scientifically proven training method of Clicker Training. Each class will also include “Puppy Do’s and Don’ts” to answer your specific questions, problems and concerns.  And of course, each week your puppy will get to PLAY and socialize. And you, as a “Puppy Parent” will learn what to look for in puppy play, what’s appropriate, what’s not, when to step in and when to let it roll. For puppies 8-20 weeks. All puppies must be current with vaccinations appropriate for their age. Bring lots of YOUR puppy’s favorite soft treats. Class size is limited. Drop in also available for $25 per class.

Tuesdays 6-7 pm.  Six Weeks: 7/9-8/13

OR DROP IN FOR $25 PER CLASS! You can sign up for a drop in class online - select "single drop-in class" option on check-out.

Price: $139.00
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Dawn Archer Pizzoferrato, ABCDT uses scientifically proven "clicker training" and "free shaping" used to teach your dog all the basics plus other fun, useful behaviors. Learn how to become a benevolent leader to manage and prevent unwanted behaviors. This is an especially great class for first time owners or newly adopted shelter/rescue dogs. No corrections used as you build a bond of trust and respect. For dogs of all ages. Class size is limited. NO DOGS FIRST CLASS.

Tuesdays 7-8 pm: Six weeks: 7/9-8/13

Price: $139.00
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Dawn Pizzoferrato, ABCDT introduces the Canine Good Citizen behaviors! This includes advanced loose leash walking, greeting a stranger, walking through a crowd, polite behavior around other dogs, and much more. For dogs of all ages. Prerequisite: Doggie Do Good Beginner Obedience or equivalent. CGC test given on last night of class.

Wednesdays, 7-8 pm. Six weeks: 7/10-8/14

Price: $139.00
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