Our Companions offers positive reward-based training classes to address common behavior problems, and strengthen the bond between people and their canine companions. Our affordable group training classes are small, often providing a one-to-one student/instructor ratio. Our Companions classes are unique and specialize in teaching about 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. We hold classes at the Valerie Friedman Program Center, 34C Sanrico Drive in Manchester.
"Just wanted to let you know how much we love Family Companions 1 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
Family Companion Classes
Family Companion I
The Family Companion 1 course focuses on the relationship between the owner and dog. The class 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 and a relaxed heel. The cost of the eight session class is $100.00 plus tax. The Family Companion 1 class is offered at a reduced rate to dogs adopted through Our Companions, and to dogs adopted from local municipal animal control shelters.
Family Companion 1.5
This class is an alternative to Family Companion 2 in the winter season 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. The cost of the four week session is $50.00 plus tax.
Upcoming Family Companion 1.5 class:
The next Family Companion 1.5 class will begin soon.
"Fezz has been so much better walking with me! We continue to work with him and we are so happy to have rescued him. He constantly makes us smile. Please give my best to the other trainers." --Amy Nocton, Storrs, CT
Family Companion 2
This class builds on skills taught in Family Companion 1 and 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. Most of the class is held at off site locations. Dogs with reactivity towards dogs and other life situations are welcome! Dogs must have taken Our Companions Family Companion 1 prior to attending this class. The cost of the eight week session is $100.00 plus tax.
Upcoming Family Companion 2 classes:
Sunday, September 30, 2018 Click here to register
9:00 - 10:00 am
Family Companion 3--Group Walk
A much-loved group walk that allows graduates of the Family Companion 2 class to develop further and put their new and improved social skills to practice outside in the real world. Each week is held at a different location within approximately 30 minutes of the program center. So you and your dog can find some favorite new walking spots.
We start each session with a skill review and then go for a group walk. 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 Companion 1 and Family Companion 2. Family Companion 3 – Group Walk will run for eight weeks. The cost is $40.00 plus tax.
Upcoming Family Companion 3 classes:
The next Family Companions 3 class will begin soon.
“Thank you! And please tell everyone else who had anything to do with Maya's training at OC...thank you! Today she passed her therapy test with flying colors!!! I really didn't think she would. I knew she was capable; just not reliably so. But I spent an hour before the test walking and running with her so she was tired. So she could think. And she was amazing! Couldn't have come close to this result without all the help from everyone who helped us through level 1 and 2. Again, thank you!!!” Penny Petrone, Rocky Hill, CT
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!
Fun with Rally Obedience
This class 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 four-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 begin soon.
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.
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:
The next Focusing on Focus class will begin soon.
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.
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.