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.


​MONDAYS 6pm Instructor: Dawn Lowery Next Class  7/23/2018


TUESDAYS  11am  Instructor:  Dawn Lowery  Next Class 7/17/2018


TUESDAYS  6:30pm  Instructor:  Kimberly Wisniewski   Next Class  7/17/2018


WEDNESDAYS 7:30pm  Instructor:  Kimberly Wisniewski  Next Class  7/11/2018


SATURDAYS  10:15am  Instructor: Dawn Lowery  Next Class  8/4/2018 

 $185 plus tax  6 WEEKS

“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


REACTIVE DOG 101

Instructor: Dawn Lowery, CPDT-KA

Only 4 students in each five-week session

The goal of the Reactive Dog class is to develop the skills to walk your dog on leash in public, in proximity to various dogs, without barking and lunging and to reach that goal within four weeks. The class is limited to four dogs and serious owners who are willing to invest sufficient time and energy to effect rapid change in their dogs’ behavior. You will receive guided practice in class with a knowledgeable trainer and a variety of stimulus dogs. You will also receive handouts detailing fail-safe exercises to do at home and in your neighborhood. Students are expected to make time for daily practice.

Students enrolled in this class will receive instructions 1 week before class to condition their dogs to wear halters and muzzles. Students will need to purchase a gentle lead halter, a front attach ring harness (unless they have one already), a muzzle if needed, and a six-foot leash with clips at each end. One Smart Dog carries some of this equipment, but you will still need to place some orders online. Training will begin on week two after first week orientation. 

Includes Facebook group for students and instructors to discuss specific issues.

Is Reactive Dog Class Right For Your Dog?

Once you have registered for one of the classes, we will ask you to fill out a questionnaire giving us specific information about your dog’s reactivity, so we can be sure your dog is appropriate for class. We want to be sure you are in the right class.

THURSDAYS 7:30 pm   Instructor:  Dawn Lowery & Kimberly Wisniewski


Next Class 6/7/2018  Class Full
 
$275 plus tax- 5weeks  



FAMILY DOG ADVANCED- THERAPY DOG & CGC PREP


Prerequisite : Intermediate Obedience


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.

THURSDAYS  7:15pm  

Next Class   4/26/2018  Class Full


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

Group Dog Training Classes

Register for classes

All Group Classes are held at ONE SMART DOG

865 RIVER ROAD, SHELTON, CT

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


FAMILY DOG INTERMEDIATE

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    Next Class  7/23/2018

$185 plus tax  6 WEEKS


PUBLIC POOCHES

Prerequisite: Basic Obedience

In this fun and unique class, we'll work on reliability in real-life situations by getting you out of the classroom.  Each class we go on a field trip to a different location. Whether practicing your down-stay at an outdoor restaurant, working on impulse control around excited children at the playground, or practicing leash manners and trail etiquette on a hike at a local park, you and your dog will enjoy a social training class unlike any other. Field trips may include parks, trails, downtown, shopping centers, lakes, ponds, dog shows, baseball fields, and outdoor restaurants, among others. This class can be taken multiple times as each class will be in a different location.

Leave paw prints while out and about town!


Next Class  6/25/2018

​7:30pm

Veterans Park Shelton
$30 plus tax per class


FUNGILITY- Tricks & Agility


*Prerequisite Puppy Pre k or 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.

Limit 6 Dogs



EARN A TRICK DOG TITLE


At each level you will be able to take the AKC tests to earn Trick Dog titles.

To learn more about AKC Trick Dog Titles follow this link:

http://www.akc.org/about-trick-dog/

We will talk to you about which Tricks your dog is most suited to and tailor the tricks to everyone's needs and capabilities so everyone can be successful increasing your dogs confidence and self esteem.​

THURSDAYS  6:15 pm   Instructor:  Dawn Lowery


Next Class 7/12/2018 
$140 plus tax- 4 weeks  


Questions? Contact us at 203-209-3712


DID YOU SAY VET?


Prerequisite: Puppy Pre K or Family Dog Basic Manners


​Do you wrestle your dog at-home for a nail trim? Do they run the other direction when the ear cleaner comes out? Are they unhappy during their yearly vet visit? This class will introduce you and your dog to low-stress husbandry procedures and teach effective cooperative skills so your dog will want to volunteer in their routine care. This class will include techniques to install duration behaviors to aid in stillness and patience, interaction with common grooming and healthcare tools, and mock exams. This class is great for young dogs just learning about husbandry practices and dogs who find handling stressful and worrisome.


MONDAY 7:15-8:45pm

Next Workshop 4/16/2018

$50 plus tax


Questions? Contact us at 203-209-3712





ROCKET RECALL

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.

THURSDAYS  6:15 pm   Instructor:  Dawn Lowery

 Next Class  5/31/2018  Class Full


 $140 plus tax 4 WEEKS  


865 River Road, Shelton, CT 06484


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.​

TUESDAYS  9:45am  Instructor:  Dawn Lowery  Next Class  7/17/2018

WEDNESDAYS  6:15pm  Instructor: Kimberly Wisniewski    7/11/2018


SATURDAYS  9:00am  Instructor:  Dawn Lowery  Next class 8/4/2018



$185 plus tax  6 WEEKS

203-209-3712