Prerequisite: Basic Obedience Class

Intermediate dog obedience and manners, the next step in your training program. Maintain your basic skills and avoid learning undesirable behaviors for all age groups.   Work toward off-leash skills and add more distance, duration and distraction to increase your dog’s skills.

Heel (or walk with dog at side) with the dog on loose leash to off-leash, do about turns, left and right turns, move at a normal, slow and fast pace.
Maintain a Sit/Stay, Down/Stay  off leash for a specified time.
Come when called off-leash with some degree of distraction from a distance greater than 20 feet.

6 – 50 minute group lessons given once a week. Small group classes, human family members are welcome. Please bring vaccination records to first class.

MONDAYS  7:15PM    Instructor:  Dawn Lowery     Next class 1/8/2018

$185 plus tax  6 WEEKS

Group Dog Training Classes

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All Group Classes are held at ONE SMART DOG


We are only open when classes are in session so please call prior to visiting us.

“We were impressed with Dawn’s gentle and friendly approach to dog training. She has a great deal of patience with both the dogs and their handlers making the classes low stress and enjoyable.”

-Dorothy Turkosz

PUPPY PRE K –  For puppies 5mo and under

This is for young puppies approximately 8-20 weeks old at the start of class. Class priorities are teaching bite inhibition (so your puppy develops a soft mouth), socializing your puppy to people (especially children, men, and strangers) and other dogs, and teaching basic manners such as sit, down, stand, and come. Early intervention focused on early socialization and behavior is the key to a happy lifelong relationship with your dog.  It’s important that your puppy learns to be comfortable in strange settings and situations and to adapt to the world around him and feel at ease with other dogs and people.  Early socialization is critical for your pup’s development. According to the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior’s (AVSAB) Position Statement on this topic: “In general, puppies can start puppy socialization classes as early as 8 weeks of age. Puppies should receive a minimum of one set of vaccines at least 7 days prior to the first class.

We will cover basic manners and preventing bad habits and behavior problems. We will introduce basic obedience such as sit, down, come, don’t touch and follow. We will also discuss important things like grooming, house training, and socialization. We will show you good games to play with your puppy that are both fun and teach your puppy self control.

6 – 50 minute group lessons given once a week. Small group classes, human family members are welcome. Please bring vaccination records to first class.

Preparation for Family Dog classes.

Please specify which class when filling out registration form.

First class is without dogs.

MONDAYS 6pm Instructor:  Dawn Lowery   1/8/2018

TUESDAYS  9:45am  Instructor:  Dawn Lowery  Next Class  1/9/2018

WEDNESDAYS  6:15pm  Instructor: Dawn Lowery   Next class  1/3/2018

THURSDAYS  6:15pm  Instructor:  Dawn Lowery  Next Class  11/30/2017

SATURDAYS  9:00am  Instructor:  Dawn Lowery  Next class 1/6/2018

$185 plus tax  6 WEEKS


Prerequisite: Family Dog Basic Manners

Having your dog run to you when you call is one of the most satisfying aspects of your relationship with your dog. The focus of this class is building a reliable recall even in the face of distraction. You will learn to prompt, reinforce and save recalls in challenging situations.

In this single class you will learn:

• How to work at your dog’s level to stay successful.

• Be proactive as needed to keep your dog safe and comfortable.

• What is reinforcing for your dog and be able to use this knowledge to effect positive training results.

• How to apply class learning to problem solve approaches to real life situations.

• How to teach your dog one of the most important skills they can have for their safety and and your enjoyment of your relationship with your best friend.

WEDNESDAYS  7:45 pm   Instructor:  Dawn Lowery

 Next Class  TBD

 $140 plus tax 4 WEEKS  


Taught by Dawn Lowery, CPDT-KA

Do you have to beg your dog to work with you? Do you find yourself easily frustrated by your dog's exuberance or lack of focus? Do you want to pursue dog sports with your dog or puppy and want to start with some good foundation training? Topics that may be covered in this class include: 

  • Focused and offered attention
  • Impulse control around food and toys
  • Crate manners/Crate Games
  • Relaxation on a mat
  • Turning on and off
  • Focus with distractions

Other topics may be added depending on the makeup of the class and their particular interests or needs.  This class is appropriate for dogs of all ages, and handlers with an interest in agility, obedience, rally and other dog sports. It will also help with household manners. Clickers will be used in this class. This class will be limited to six dog and handler teams. This class is going to be taught using motivational and positive training techniques and will have six weekly sessions.  

Next Class TBD

$140 plus tax- 4 weeks

Questions? Contact us at 203-209-3712

FUNGILITY -TRICKS & AGILITY                                                                                  

* Prerequisite:  Basic Obedience.

Why teach tricks and agility?  Not just because they are fun!  These activities can be a valuable learning experience for you and your dog.  They help you teach your dog to think and solve problems with you as a team, help you perfect your timing, and engage your dog’s interest in fun activities.

Use this class to round out your dog’s education, show off his natural talent, and challenge him mentally while doing agility jumps, tunnels and some tricks as well.

This is a great class for teaching focus around other dogs.​  Build a great relationship with your dog in class working as a team.

  • Learning tricks  helps to keep your dog’s mind sharp – the more he learns, the more he’ll be able to learn!
  • Teaching tricks helps to make you a better trainer
  • Performing tricks is a great stress reliever for dogs in uncomfortable situations (at the vet’s, in new locations)
  • You and your dog will be able to entertain friends and family, to their amazement!  Great class for therapy dogs!

THURSDAYS  6:15pm  Instructor:  Dawn Lowery,     Next Class TBD

$185 plus tax  6 WEEKS  Limit 6 dogs 


865 River Road, Shelton, CT 06484


Does your dog love people? Do you both enjoy making people smile or feel better? It’s so rewarding to share your well-mannered dog with someone who is ill, lonely or missing their own dog. It’s a perfect way to share the love and give back with your very special pooch. This class will teach you the skills you need to so that you can visit places such as schools, hospitals, nursing homes and libraries to brighten the day of children or people that need it.

Step by step we will practice all the exercises that will be required or just enjoy having your dog with you in class learning new skills and good manners when interacting with people.

In this class you will: 

• Discuss the different ways you can be involved in pet therapy

• Improve your dog’s ability to work around distractions

• Build skills and teamwork

• Improve your dog’s manners when around people or other dogs

• Improve your dog’s attention and focus

• Prep for CGC test and Therapy Dog Test

• Understand things to expect on a visit

*We will practice many of the exercises you would encounter on the certification exam* 

*This class does not guarantee that you will pass the certification exam but it sure can help.

Who can take this class?

Your dog must understand basic obedience commands including polite walking on a leash, sit, down, stay, and come (all on leash), and be unfailingly friendly with other dogs and people. They must also be calm and not easily stressed in new situations and environments.

Prerequisite : Intermediate Obedience

THURSDAYS  7:15pm  Instructor:  Dawn Lowery

Next Class  TBD

$200 plus tax  6 WEEKS  ( Last class will be held off site)

FAMILY DOG BASIC MANNERS   For Dogs  and Puppies 5mo and older

Want a well mannered dog who listens, doesn’t jump on guests, or drag you around?  We can teach how to get control so you enjoy living with your dog.

This class teaches you how to get your dogs attention, train sit, down, come, loose leash walking, leave it, impulse control when you first ask for it in world full of new dogs, people, and distractions.  Learn how and when to reward and when to increase distractions, duration, and distance with training games.

Follow Puppy Pre K or start and adult rescue dog in training.

Suitable for first timers of all ages and as a refresher class. 6 – 50 minute group lessons given once a week. Small group classes, human family members are welcome. Please bring vaccination records to first class.

If your dog has ever bitten a person or another animal or lunges/growls/barks at people or dogs group class may not be the right fit for your dog.Please contact us to discuss other training options.

Please specify which class when filling out registration form.

First class is without dogs.

TUESDAYS  11am  Instructor:  Dawn Lowery  Next Class  1/9/2018

TUESDAYS  6:30pm  Instructor:  Kimberly Wisniewski   Next Class  1/9/2018

WEDNESDAYS 7:30pm  Instructor:  Kimberly Wisniewski  Next Class  1/3/2018

THURSDAYS 7:30pm  Instructor:  Dawn Lowery  Next Class  11/30/2017  Class is Full

SATURDAYS  10:15am  Instructor: Dawn Lowery  Next Class  1/6/2018

 $185 plus tax  6 WEEKS