Obedience Training

Importance of Training

Obedience training teaches your pet proper social behavior around people and other pets, to come when called, and self-control. Our classes also cover negative behaviors and how to stop these behaviors while simultaneously encouraging good behaviors that bond you and your pet for life. Puppies and kittens are never too young to learn and older ones are never too old to learn new behaviors! Dr. Valas has always told our new pet owners that getting some professional training and socialization for their pets is as important as vaccinating, spaying/neutering and regular vet care. Indeed, the unfortunate reality is that in this country more pets, especially dogs, are surrendered or euthanized due to unacceptable behavior around humans or other animals than die of accidents or illness.

The Family Pet Hospital now has a way to help prevent this and proudly offers a wide variety of dog training classes from puppies to adults in a group or private center, at the center or at your home or nearby park. We also offer private cat counsel as well. Our training programs and approaches, taught by our professional trainer, Marisa Bellis are always positively reinforced. Class sizes are also designed to ensure that your pet receives the attention he or she deserves.

New Training Classes Starting June 10th!

We structure our training classes by age and skill level, so our clients can choose the class that best
fits the developmental needs of their pet!

Call our hospital and speak with Vicki for more information!

Enroll Today!

Basic Obedience

 

6-Week Course

Price: $150

Class Schedule: Saturdays

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This 6-week Basic Obedience is tailored to make you an effective trainer and solidify your bond with your dog. Classes focus on learning theory and everyday obedience skills which are designed to help you understand and control your dog.

  • 60-minutes per session
  • Adolescent dogs, 4-months to 12-months of age can enroll in the program
  • All dogs must be up-to-date on core vaccinations (see Requirements/Check List tab)
  • There are no breed restrictions – open enrollment to all pure and mixed breed dogs.

Course Objective:

This course series focuses on learning theory, understanding and controlling your dog and every skills. Classes are taught in succession with each class building upon the last.

Course Syllabus:

I. Topics Discussed

  • Understanding leashes, harness and training tools
  • Proper leash holding and canine position
  • Positive Reinforcement Training
  • Stages of learning
  • Release words 
  • No reward markers
  • Effective training
  • Signs and way to alleviate stress
  • Signs of aggression
  • Understanding Corrections

II. Skills Covered 

  •      Foundation Behaviors (e.g., “Look!” and “Touch!”)
  •      Clicker Mechanics
  •      “Sit!” command
  •     “Sit and Stay!” (straight line and pattern) command
  •      “Down!” command
  •      “Down and Stay!” (straight line and pattern) command
  •      Desensitization to long lines
  •      “Come!” command 
  •      “Stand!” command 
  •      Loose leash walking

Immunizations/Vaccinations and or Proof of Requirements:

  • Distemper vaccination puppy series (at least 1 of the 3 distemper vaccines),
  • Intranasal Kennel Cough vaccine,
  • Rabies vaccine
  • Proof of a negative Intestinal Parasite Test.

Group Class Check List:

  1. Bring a hungry dog! Please refrain from feeding your dog several hours prior to coming to class. If you have a morning class, please hold on giving them their breakfast. If you have a afternoon or evening class, please only give your dog a small portion of their routine feedings. 
  2. Exercise!  Please ensure that your puppy or dog is well-walked and exercised prior to class.
  3. All dogs and puppies are required to wear a flat-buckle collar, head-harness or body-harness when class is in session.
  4. All owners are required to bring a 4-6 foot leash. Retractable leashes are not permitted in class.
  5. All owners are required to bring a dog-treat pouch/bag, a “fanny” pack or apron with pockets (available at pet stores), etc., to dispense treats. Using your own pant pockets is discouraged.
  6. All owners are required to bring their own treat/food rewards. Please bring (2) types of dog treats, one that your dog LIKES, and another that your dog finds IRRESISTIBLE. It is recommended to bring as many as 100 treats cut into pea-sized shapes.
  7. All owners, except those enrolled in Planned Puppyhood, are required to purchase a training clicker, prior to training class. These clickers are readily available and sold at most pet stores.
  8. Please bring a dog mat, blanket or towel that your dog finds comfortable.
  9. Please bring potty bags and be prepared to clean up after your dog.
  10. Finally, please bring a smile and enthusiasm for me and your dog!

 

Intermediate Obedience/AKC Canine Good Citizen Prep Course

 

 

6-Week Course

Prerequisite: Basic Obedience

Price: $160

Class Schedule: Saturdays

Canine Good Citizen Test

Date: TBD

Age Requirement: Minimum 1 year

Price: $30.00

 

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The Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program was created by the American Kennel Club to help protect the rights of responsible dog owners with well-behaved dogs.

The CGC program refines and hones your basic obedience skills while focusing on accountable dog ownership and ensuring that your dog is a well-mannered member within his or her community.

For those who want to advance into CGC status, an optional, 10-step CGC test of your training abilities and your dog’s reliability of skills can be taken when your dog has completed the courses. Open to all breeds, this noncompetitive program is recognized by the majority of the U.S. states and it’s earned certificate may come with special benefits, such as:

  • Access to restricted areas
  • Discounts at participating veterinary offices and home insurance companies, and
  • Lower home insurance rates

In addition, many therapy-dog associations require dogs pass the CGC test in order to train for therapy work.

Note: Course participants are not required to take the CGC test, unless they choose to.

  • 6-week Course
  • Prerequisite: Basic Obedience
  • Price: $160
  • Saturdays

Course Objective:

To continue and reinforce the training of well-behaved, well-mannered and reliable dogs within the community.

Course Syllabus:

I. Intermediate Basic Obedience & The Canine Good Citizen 10 Test Items

  • Accepting a Friendly Stranger
  • Sitting Politely for Petting
  • Appearance and Grooming
  • Out for a Walk (Loose Leash)
  • Walking Through a Crowd
  • Sit and Down on Command/Staying in Place
  • Coming when Called
  • Reaction to Another Dog
  • Reaction to Distraction
  • Supervised Separation

The Canine Good Citizen Test
Date: TBD
Age Requirement: 1 year
Prerequisite: Intermediate Obedience/CGC Prep Course
Price: $30.00

Immunizations/Vaccinations and or Proof of Requirements:

  • Distemper vaccination puppy series (at least 1 of the 3 distemper vaccines),
  • Intranasal Kennel Cough vaccine,
  • Rabies vaccine
  • Proof of a negative Intestinal Parasite Test.

Group Class Check List:

  1. Bring a hungry dog! Please refrain from feeding your dog several hours prior to coming to class. If you have a morning class, please hold on giving them their breakfast. If you have a afternoon or evening class, please only give your dog a small portion of their routine feedings. 
  2. Exercise!  Please ensure that your puppy or dog is well-walked and exercised prior to class.
  3. All dogs and puppies are required to wear a flat-buckle collar, head-harness or body-harness when class is in session.
  4. All owners are required to bring a 4-6 foot leash. Retractable leashes are not permitted in class.
  5. All owners are required to bring a dog-treat pouch/bag, a “fanny” pack or apron with pockets (available at pet stores), etc., to dispense treats. Using your own pant pockets is discouraged.
  6. All owners are required to bring their own treat/food rewards. Please bring (2) types of dog treats, one that your dog LIKES, and another that your dog finds IRRESISTIBLE. It is recommended to bring as many as 100 treats cut into pea-sized shapes.
  7. All owners, except those enrolled in Planned Puppyhood, are required to purchase a training clicker, prior to training class. These clickers are readily available and sold at most pet stores.
  8. Please bring a dog mat, blanket or towel that your dog finds comfortable.
  9. Please bring potty bags and be prepared to clean up after your dog.
  10. Finally, please bring a smile and enthusiasm for me and your dog!

 

Private Canine Coaching

Private sessions in your home and customized to your puppy or dog

*Rates, number of sessions and lesson length vary

Contact Trainer and complete enrollement form for additional information. 

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Would you rather train your dog on your own time and at your own pace? Have specific behaviors or issues you want to address? No problem!

Contact our trainer for more information and create a customized package just for you and your dog.

  • All dogs must be up-to-date on core vaccinations, which includes DHLPP (Canine Distemper) and Rabies vaccine.

Examples of typical behaviors and training modules:

  • Foundations
  • Basic Obedience
  • Good Manners
  • Relationship Skills
  • Troubleshooting
  • Nuisance Behavior Modification
  • Socialization
  • Distraction Work

Private Kitty Counseling

Private sessions in your home and customized to your cat or kitten

*Rates, number of sessions and lesson length vary

Contact Trainer and complete enrollment form for additional information.

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The Hodge-Podge

YES, your cat can be trained and YES their mild behavioral issues can be remedied. Please call as rates and sessions vary depending on need. All sessions are taught at the client’s home and are supplemented with handouts and homework.

  • All cats must be up-to-date on core vaccinations, which includes FVRCP (feline distemper) and Rabies vaccine.

Typical behaviors and training modules:

  • Sit
  • Lie down
  • Stay
  • Come/recall
  • High five
  • Spin
  • Hand targeting/touch
  • Leash-walking
  • Scratching
  • Socialization
  • Litter box issues
  • Cat introductions
  • Cat transitions

Marisa Bellis

Trainer

Learn more about Marisa’s training on her AMB Training website:

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Email: marisa@ambtraining.net

Marisa has years of experience working around the world with exotic and domesticated animals; safeguarding the welfare of animal actors on set in film and television.

When not busy running after to her own rescue pets, she volunteers her time to shelter dogs in need.

Marisa holds degrees in Wildlife Photojournalism and Equestrian Management and is a:

  • Certified Dog-Trainer with Animal Behavior College;
  • Animal Trainer, for private clients, group classes and for film production;
  • Specialist in Animal Welfare on film sets;
  • Horse breeder & trainer;
  • Writer and photographer for the web, magazines and various news outlets.

In addition to animal training, Marisa is also a published writer and photographer and has been interviewed in several national media outlets, including: CNN, “The Boston Globe,” “Bark Magazine,” has been a guest speaker at events for the Director’s Guild Associations and The Boston Animal Rescue League.

Her recent credits include :

“The Blacklist,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” and “Patriots Day 2016”

She is always looking for new animal talent to use in her projects, so we will not only provide you with highly skilled, professional training but she may also give your dog an opportunity to show off in film or T.V.!

Frequently Asked Questions

Tips for Successful Training
  1. Teach cues in order they are presented (there is a method to the madness and each new behavior assumes previous behaviors have been learned.)
  1. Dogs enjoy predictability. Patterns of predictability encourage your dog to think.
  1. Consistency. Everyone involved in training your dog should follow the same training guidelines.
  1. Train your dog in silence until you add a verbal cue. (*behavior dependent)
  1. Monitor and limit your body movements.
  1. In the early stages of training, train your dog in a safe, familiar, and distraction free environment. (set your dog up to succeed!)
  1. Speak in a clear, slow and deliberate manner.
  1. Tones of Voice – consistent tones should be used to convey various meanings.
    • Praise should be delivered in happy and upbeat tones
    • Verbal cues should be delivered in a neutral but enthusiastic voice.
    • Verbal corrections should be delivered in a low, firm voice (please no yelling!)
    • No-Reward markers should be delivered in clear and sharp tone.
  1. Make sure your dog is hungry before training practice (*drive dependent)
  1. Different rewards elicit different responses. Find out which rewards your dog finds ok and which ones he finds irresistible.
  1. “Mark” the instant your dog performs the desired behavior and reward immediately.
  1. Deliver your cues once – to avoid minimizing impact and overuse.
  1. Keep your sessions short, for example: 5-10 minute sessions practiced several times throughout a day.
  1. Be aware of your dog’s body language and take a break if you observe any signs of stress.
  1. Use a leash and collar in the early stages of training or until your dog has become fluent in a more difficult behavior.
  1. Your dog should reliably performing a behavior, 90% of the time before you increase your demand or move onto the next training step.
  1. If your dog makes several mistakes, (fallen below 90%), go backwards in his training, to his last successful achievement and then rebuild your behavior in micro-steps.
  1. Never force your dog into any behavior. Your goal is to have your dog “choose” to do the behavior because that behavior earns him/her a reward.
  1. Good things come to those who wait. Give your dog a chance to offer the correct behavior.
  1. End your training sessions by engaging in something fun and lively- like a short game of fetch.
What vaccinations does my pet need in order to participate in the classes?
  • Physical exam within the last (6) months
  • Rabies Vaccine
  • DA2PP (Distemper) vaccine series for dogs, FVRCP (Distemper) vaccine series for cats
  • Intranasal Bordetella (Kennel Cough) OR completed series of injectable Bordetella vaccine series for dogs
  • Negative intestinal parasite test within the last (12) months.

See each course’s description for more information and specific requirements.

What are the rules/policies in order for my pet to participate in the classes?

 

  • Your pet must meet the minimum age criteria associated with the specific course of interest
  • Sick pets may not attend classes
  • One make up session per class is allowed
  • Dogs in heat/aggressive dogs will not be able to attend classes
  • Handlers present must be at least 16 years of age
  • Must abide by all safety rules. See Safety & Rules on the Enrollment Form
How do I enroll my pet in a training class?

Call us to enroll your pet in a training class or follow the instructions to fill out and submit our training enrollment form online!

How do I enroll my pet in a class online?
  1. Click the online training enrollment form link according to the class you wish to sign up for
  2. Complete and review form
  3. Email this form as an attachment to: familypet@comcast.net by simply clicking on the “submit enrollment” button on the form.
  4. Include “Training Enrollment Request” as the email subject
  5. One of the hospital’s customer care representatives will be in contact with you shortly after submitting the form to review and confirm information.
  6. Payment made payable to The Family Pet Hospital can be done so before your pet’s first class in order to reserve your pet’s spot. You can do this over the phone by contacting our hospital directly or stopping by the hospital.
What program do I need to open the enrollment file?

All our forms are in .PDF format. You must have Adobe Reader installed on your computer to view and edit these files. Click the following link to get the latest version of Adobe PDF Reader: Adobe Acrobat Reader