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Dog Training

"Just wanted to let you know how much we love Family Companions I on Tuesday nights! It has great teachers, a great teacher to dog ratio, and what we're learning is so practical and easy to implement." --Kelly Luxenberg, Manchester, CT

Our Companions offers reward-based training in a variety of forms to address common behavior problems and deepen the bond between people and their canine companions. The affordable group training classes are small, with a high number of instructors, often providing a one-to-one student/instructor ratio. Our Companions classes are unique and specialize in teaching dog behavior rather than just the commands, so that pet owners leave class with a greater understanding of their dogs. All classes are designed to be a safe and positive experience for reactive dogs and fearful dogs.


Family Companion Classes (1, 1.5, and 2)

Family Companion 1 and Family Companion 2 classes are $100.00 plus tax for 8 one-hour sessions. The FC 1.5 class is $50 plus tax for 4 one-hour sessions. A sliding scale is available. We hold classes at the Valerie Friedman Program Center, 34C Sanrico Drive in Manchester.

Family Companion I covers basic obedience skills and dog behavior. Each week, owners will learn techniques to help them build on their training skills: introduction to positive reinforcement, refocusing techniques, sits, downs, stays, recalls & relaxed heel. The Family Companion course focuses on the relationship between the owner and dog. The Family Companion I class is offered at a reduced rate to dogs adopted through Our Companions, and to dogs adopted from local municipal animal control shelters.

Upcoming Family Companion 1 classes
Sunday, July 1, 2018 Click here to register
10:30 - 11:30 am

Family Companion 1.5 This class is being offered as an alternative to Family Companion II for those that have completed Family Companions 1 and want to continue training. The class will build on attention exercises, loose leash walking skills and impulse control taught in Level 1. Class will be held for four weeks at the Program Center with the possibility of a weather dependent field trip. This is a great way to keep your dog in thinking mode during the winter months.

Upcoming Family Companion 1.5 class:
The next Family Companion 1.5 class will begin soon.

Family Companion 2 provides a safe environment for owners and dogs to practice skills in real-world environments. Each week owners will learn techniques to help them build on their training skills with more emphasis on control for: sits, downs, stays, recalls & relaxed heel. This class will help your dog in everyday life not just when in training mode. Some class are held at off site locations. Dogs with reactivity towards dogs and other life situations are welcome! Dogs must have taken a basic obedience course prior to attending this class. It is recommended that Family Companion I be completed prior to this class.

Upcoming Family Companion 2 class:
Sunday, July 1, 2018 Click to register
9:00 - 10:00 am


Other Canine Class Offerings

These classes are for dogs who have successfully completed Family Companion 1 and 2. They are a nice enrichment opportunity for you and your dog to learn new skills and have fun together!

Canine Sports and Games Playing with your dog strengthens your relationship, builds focus and is fun. In this six- week class you and your dog will work together to complete agility obstacles, learn rally skills, play nose work games and perform tricks. This class is for dogs and owners who have completed Family Companions I & II.

Upcoming Canine Sports and Games Classes:
The next Canine Sports and Games class will begin soon.

The Walking Club is a much loved class that allows graduates of the Family Companion II class to develop further and put their new and improved social skills to practice outside in the real world.
Owners get to practice and apply the skills they have worked so hard to develop in class, while learning to communicate better with their dogs. The dogs get to take in the smells of a whole new environment, while learning coping skills to overcome their reactivity. Afterwards everyone can go home and relax, because a tired dog is a happy dog!

This is for dogs that have completed Family Companions 1 & 2. The club will run for eight weeks and meet at various locations within approximately 30 minutes of the program center. The cost for the club is $40.00 plus tax (total $42.54).

Upcoming Walking Club classes:
The next Walking Club class will begin soon.

Focusing on Focus This six-week class teaches self-control techniques to calm your dog around distractions. Owners will benefit by learning better communication methods and skills to help your dog succeed in everyday life. Learn focus exercises and management tools that will help your dog with loose leash walking, settling in different environments, greeting people and fearful behaviors. This is for dogs that have completed Family Companions I and Family Companions 2.

Upcoming Focusing on Focus Classes:
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Trick Training Class Learning new tricks and games with your dog is a fun way to strengthen your relationship. Dogs love to use their brains and figure out new ways to be rewarded. In this six-week class you will learn trick training methods and use your imagination to teach your dog things you never thought possible. This class is for dogs and owners who have completed Family Companions I & II.

Upcoming Trick Training class:
The next Trick Training class will begin soon.


Freestyle Fundamentals
Stop by and see what all the fun’s about. Teach your dog new tricks, discover your music matches, work on flow and precision, create choreography, and have a great time with your dog. Observers welcome to watch training, practices, and informal run-thru performances. Dogs should be comfortable with other dogs and people.

The next Freestyle Fundamentals class will begin soon.

Fun with Rally Obedience is an interesting test of obedience skills where you and your dog navigate a course of signage at your own pace--think of it as an obstacle course with directions. You interpret and properly navigate the signs, while your dog learns to follow your lead. Competitive Rally is timed and point scored, but this six week class is not competitive. It is for fun and time spent with your dog! Dogs are always on leash and work on portions of the course independently with the goal of the completion of a whole course.

Upcoming Fun with Rally Obedience Classes:
The next Fun with Rally Obedience class will start soon.


Puppy Pre-school

l A four week class for your puppy ages 8 - 16 weeks when your puppy starts the class. This class will teach puppy parents how to introduce their puppy to new experiences, people, objects, surfaces, sounds and other puppies to build confidence. The class will include an introduction to positive training to develop good manners. Attention skills, sit, down, leave it, come when called and the beginnings of leash walking will be covered during class.

This is a rotating class to enable your puppy to start the four week session at any time. Once you have started the class you must complete the class within five weeks. Each class within the session is one hour long. Please register at least one week prior to your start date. The cost of the four-class session is $50.00.

The next Puppy Pre-School class will begin soon.

Tails of Joy Pet Therapy Class (Level 1)
This course will be offered by Tails of Joy, Inc. The participants are all volunteers who make special therapy visits with their personal pets. Therapy dogs visit hospitals, special schools, nursing and rehabilitation facilities and some even visit hospice patients. All teams are registered with either the Pet Partners or Intermountain Therapy Animals (ITA) Pet Partner programs. Training can prepare you for the Pet Partners or ITA testing, help you to find a facility convenient to you, and in the particular field of interest you want (visiting elderly, children, or hospice patients). For more information on the class or on Tails of Joy, Inc. please call Sue Gagnon directly at 860-487-0001.

More Trick Training Clients that have taken the Tricks Class have requested More Tricks. Learning Tricks is a wonderful way to grow and strengthen your relationship with your dog. This class may be taken by dogs and owners that have not taken a previous Tricks Class but must have completed Family Companions 1 and 2.

Upcoming More Trick Training classes:
The next More Trick Training class starts soon.