Obedience Training

We offer a wide range of dog obedience classes for many varieties of ages and skill levels. To learn more about our team of trainers, click here. For pricing and class dates, please call our office or click here to email our team. For detailed information about our obedience classes held here on our premises at the GACC, click the links below.

What to bring with you to class:

Obedience: Plenty of soft training treats, a 4'or 6' nylon, leather or cloth (non-retractable) leash, and your dog should also we wearing a traditional nylon collar.

OBEDIENCE:

Dog agility training classes at Gardner Animal Care Center in Gardner, Mass.

Obedience Classes

"Training a dog is something of a spiritual experience when done properly, a meshing of the instincts and traits of two very different species trying to live together harmoniously." From the book "The Dogs of Bedlam Farm" by Jon Katz.

Welcome to Gardner Animal Care Center's obedience class! This class is for you and your dog, so please feel free to ask for help with whatever training needs your pet may have.

There are no magic recipes or shortcuts to dog training. The only way to have the dog that you want is to use practice, persistence and patience. Dogs are as different as people are, and what works for one may not work for another. However, all dogs learn through consistent, fair training.

Our relationships with our dogs include an obligation to provide leadership. Humans are not put to sleep for failing to provide leadership for their dogs, yet countless dogs are put to sleep. Loving our dogs is not enough. Dogs need a clear delineation of their relative status, and we must honor their need and provide leadership. Leadership is not a clenched fist, but a guiding hand.

We offer the following classes:

Puppy Preschool
3 weeks for $60 - for puppies aged 8 weeks to 16 weeks

This is a crucial period in a dog's life, when socialization with people and other puppies is extremely important. Puppies can learn and play in a safe, nurturing environment, while getting exercise and positive life experiences. the classes will address any issues that can affect puppies ( nutrition, crate training, nipping, do's and don'ts, etc.). Upon completion, puppies will be ready to begin Puppy Obedience classes.

Puppy Obedience Class
6 weeks for $140 - for puppies up to 6 months old

Puppies are like little sponges and they are eager to learn. It is important to use this phase to your advantage, create a solid foundation and learn how to communicate clearly with your dog.

This class includes 30 minutes of play time/socialization with other puppies while we take the time to talk about certain problems. We want you to learn a little about animal behavior to be able to properly address any issue you encounter with your dog.

Basic Obedience Class - Level 1 Obedience
6 weeks for $140 - for dogs older than 6 months old

In this class concentrates on basic obedience commands all taught in a positive learning environment and go over common issues. We emphasize on personalizing the training to the individual students to maximize results.

Intermediate Obedience Class - Level 2
6 weeks for $140 - next level class after Basic Obedience

In this class we concentrate on proofing the basic obedience commands with increased distraction and difficulty. In addition we will add other useful obedience exercises for your dog to become a reliable companion.

Advanced Obedience Class - Level 3 Obedience
6 weeks for $140 - next level class after Intermediate Obedience

The primary goal for this class is to slowly get your dog "off leash" while remaining willing and happy to obey.

CGC (Canine Good Citizen)
4 weeks for $135

Also called Canine Good Citizen

Prerequisite:The dog must be friendly and obedient. Intermediate Obedience - Level 2 Obedience- is recommended, but not required.

This class is designed to prepare dogs and handlers to learn, master, and test for the ten items on the AKC's Canine Good Citizen test. On week 4, the participants can actually take the CGC test, at the Gardner Animal Care Center, at no additional charge.

All tests are performed on a leash and certificates are given to passing participants. For more information, visit the Canine Good Citizen Program website. To apply for our Canine Good Citizen program, click here.

CGCA (Advanced Canine Good Citizen)
4 weeks for $135

Also called Community Canine Good Citizen

Prerequisite: Participants must already have their CGC on file with the AKC

This class is designed to prepare dogs and handlers to learn, master, and test for the ten items on the AKC's Advanced Canine Good Citizen test. On week 4, the participants can actually take the CGCA test, at the Gardner Animal Care Center, at no additional charge.

Certified therapy dog classes at Gardner Animal Care Center in Gardner, Mass.

Therapy Dog Training
5 classes for $140

Pictured Right: Rocky Hurley, a Certified Therapy Dog who received his certification at the GACC, visiting the East Brookfield Elementary School.

Prerequisite: Dogs must be friendly and obedient, and must enjoy the company of other dogs and people. CGC is recommended, but not required. Dogs must be at least one year old to take the test.

These five classes are specially designed to introduce you to the world of therapy dogs. We will build on skills, while gaining the knowledge and experience necessary to become a therapy dog team. During the training, we will do an actual visit to a healthcare facility. After completing these classes, students may be ready to take the Alliance of Therapy Dogs test, at GACC, for no additional fees.

Tricks and Fun
6 weeks for $140 - for any adult dog

The class is designed to have fun and to deepen the relationship with your dog. We will teach the dogs little tricks, introduce situations to the dogs that might be new to them and continue to challenge their brain.

Prerequisite: Dogs must be neutral with other dogs and people and must be obedient. The Intermediate Class - Level 2 is recommended, but not required.

Equipment Intro
6 weeks for $140 - for any adult dog

The class is designed to introduce Agility equipment to your dog. This will help the dogs in case you are looking to join competitive Agility or Rally programs. Further will it deepen the relationship with your dog and it is fun.

Prerequisite: Dogs must be neutral with other dogs and people and must be obedient. The Intermediate Class - Level 2 is recommended, but not required.

Thank you for participating! Click here to apply for obedience classes at Gardner Animal Care Center.

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