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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Control Unleashed®: The Puppy Program

Puppies who are not taught certain skills right away can develop severe behavior problems in adulthood. This 7-week class (based on the book "Control Unleashed®, the Puppy Program” by Leslie McDevitt) 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 this course, you will learn how to:

  • Address nipping and jumping
  • Build relaxation and calmness
  • Train and support appropriate greetings with people
  • Reduce fear, anxiety, and over-excitement around other dogs
  • Promote attention to handler in new environments
  • Train a default safety leave it behavior
  • Support focus around distractions

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:

  • Control Unleashed® book
  • Balance harness (by Blue-9 online)
  • 6-ft leash
  • Portable mat (e.g., Mutt Mat online)
  • Treat bag (e.g. Rapid Rewards on Amazon)
  • 2-3 quart bags of soft, small treats (chicken, hot dogs, cheese)

 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. 7 weeks: 8/24-10/12* *no class 8/31

Price: $160.00
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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, 7-8 pm. Six Weeks: 8/21-9/25

ATTENTION:

All students must fill out a training survey.

Please provide proof of vaccinations on or before the first night of class.

Price: $139.00
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Behavior Adjustment Training® 2.0 for Puppies

Dogs are everywhere! How do you teach your puppy not to become overexcited, fearful, or anxious or when they see a dog? In this course (based on the book “Behavior Adjustment Training®2.0” by Grisha Stewart), we simulate real-world situations where your puppy can build calmness and confidence when surrounded by other dogs and people. Starting outdoors at a distance, you will learn how to apply strategies that support your puppy to ignore other dogs, even at close-range! (Although not required, this course is a nice follow-up to the Control Unleashed course.)

In this course, we will work outdoors and you will learn how to:

  • 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
  • Apply skills from Control Unleashed into the real world

You will need the following:

  • BAT 2.0® book
  • Treat bag (e.g. Rapid Rewards on Amazon)
  • Balance harness (by Blue-9 online)
  • 20-25ft long biothane leash (can be purchased at Annabelle’s for a 15% discount)
  • 2-3 quart bags of soft, small treats (chicken, hot dogs, cheese)

No puppies at the first class, as we will be learning important concepts, building leash-handling skills, and practicing with experienced demo dogs.

(Puppies under 9 months only. No retractable or chain leashes allowed, no prong/pinch/choke/shock collars allowed.)

Saturdays, 10:15-11:15 am. 5 weeks: 10/19-11/16

Price: $115.00
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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: 8/20-9/24

ATTENTION:

All students must fill out a training survey.

Please provide proof of vaccinations on or before the first night of class.

Price: $159.00
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Being a volunteer Therapy Dog team requires dedication and training. Learn what it means to be a therapy dog team from AnnaBelle's only currently active Therapy Dog International® team, Dawn Archer Pizzoferrato, ABCDT and her dog Arrow. Learn and practice the required exercises needed to prepare for the the TDI® test. Class size is limited. TDI® Evaluator test fee and TDI® registration fee not included.

Wednesdays 8-9 pm. Six weeks: 8/21-9/25

NOTE: Pursuant to TDI® Policy, dogs who have been trained using an electronic collar are not eligible for TDI® therapy dog certification.

ATTENTION:

All students must fill out a training survey.

Please provide proof of vaccinations on or before the first night of class.

Price: $139.00
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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: 8/20-9/24

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.

ATTENTION:

All students must fill out a training survey.

Please provide proof of vaccinations on or before the first night of class.

Price: $139.00
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*NO DOGS FIRST CLASS.*

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. *

The first night of class will be lecture only, please do not bring dogs to class.

Tuesdays 7-8 pm: Six weeks: 8/20-9/24

ATTENTION:

All students must fill out a training survey.

Please provide proof of vaccinations on or before the first night of class.

Price: $139.00
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