If your dog has graduated from Puppy Kindergarten C, Puppy Elementary School, or Canine Basics and is between 6 and 18 months, continue his or her education with this class. You can also enroll in this class directly, but we recommend taking Elementary School or Canine Basics first. In Canine Middle School we’ll work to develop your dogs social skills, your ability to read canine body language, and play lots of fun games. If your dog loves to play with other dogs but needs to work on “real life” skills, this class is for you! We will work on skills and cues like “turn and go” with distraction, recall from play, stay with distraction, leash walking and dog introductions! These are especially important things to help your playful adolescent grow into a social and well-mannered adult! After Canine Middle School, your dog is eligible to go onto Impulse Control or any of our sporting classes. Middle School graduates are also eligible to enter our Teen PAL program.
Canine Middle School does not have dogs in the first class. Why is that? We want to be able to understand you and your dogs needs before your dog is in the building, set goals, and communicate about what happens in class. Each class is different, and each dog is different. Our individualized approach to training means that we want to understand you and your dog thoroughly and be ready to provide you with the best possible experience. Many of our classes have you set a personal goal for you and your dog, and it’s much easier to talk through the goals and expectations without your dog present. Additionally, this one class period sets us up for success so that we can hit the ground running when your dog is in class. We try to get the talking out of the way on the first day, so that we can maximize class learning time for your dog. It’s hard to be worrying about your dog, keeping them comfortable and happy, and listening to the instructor at the same time. As instructors, we’ve all experienced the times we’ve sat in classes with our own dogs and our dogs just got increasingly bored and agitated while we listened to the instructor. We want to avoid that experience for you, so we have a single class with no dogs so we can go over everything we need to go over without an antsy puppy next to you. This is also a time to get to know your instructor, ask any questions you might have about your dog or the curriculum, and get to know our training space if you haven’t been here before.