Dog Training Classes


Our Instructor is a Full Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers APDT and will sit for the CPDT-KA Exam in the Spring of 2013. Lorien Kennels endorses and teaches HUMANE, NON-FORCE METHODS of dog training that enhance the dog's innate desire to enter into relationship with his handler and work as a partner. We will teach you how to start communicating with your dog so that he can understand you, and teach you to better understand your dog. In this environment of "relationship" great teaching and learning can occur. We use positive and negative reinforcement, NOT punishment to teach! Leave the choke collars at home - We seek to build drive and motivation through communication and mutual respect. All Beginners Level Courses (Pre-School, Puppy K, and Manners) classes include elements of Foundation training for impulse control and behavior management. All training is conducted in a secure, fully-fenced training area.

PUPPY KINDERGARTEN: Open to all puppies 8 weeks to 16 weeks of age. This class is a 8 week basic socialization and manners class following the "Sirius" Puppy Kindergarten method created by Dr. Ian Dunbar. The course is designed to build confidence and social skills in young puppies Course content will include instruction on owner/puppy bonding, attention, housebreaking, lead breaking, introduction to stairs and simple obstacles and manners.

BASIC MANNERS: Open to all dogs 4 months of age and older. YES, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks. There is no upper age limit for this class. This is an 8 week class. Course content includes instruction on the basic obedience commands of Heel, Sit, Down, Stay and Come. Attention will be stressed. This class is designed for basic control of the family pet and is for persons not interested in competitive obedience.

ADVANCED MANNERS: A slightly more advanced class for those interested in preparing for competitive obedience or simply reinforcing and proofing the exercises learned in the beginners class. This is an 8 week class for dogs and puppies 6 months of age and older. There is no upper age limit. Course content is instruction on the bais obedience commands of Heel, Sit, Down, Stay, Come, Finish, and Stand for Exam and transition to off-lead control. Emphasis will be on attention and steadiness under distraction.

ADVANCED: A class designed only for those interested in competitive obedience. Successful completion of the Intermediate class is a pre-requisite. Course content includes instruction on off-lead heeling directed jumping, retrieving and the down on recall.

BASIC SOCIALIZATION: For dogs and puppies aged 6 months and older who are shy, timid or fearful of people or other dogs. These dogs likely did not receive sufficient socialization and exposure to a variety of people, dogs, places and new things during the critical socialization period of birth through 16 weeks of age. This course is designed to introduce to these dogs to people and other dogs in a non-threatening manner based on positive rewards and counter-conditioning. It is help for the shy dog!

FOUNDATION, FOCUS AND ATTENTION: For dogs and puppies age 6 months and older that have graduated from at least a Puppy Kindergarten or Basic Manners class or meet the criteria for enrollment. This course is designed for: * Dogs that lack strong foundation skills; * Dogs that do not pay attention to their handler; * Are unreliable or easily distracted while working; * Have poor social skills or * Reactive dogs able to be safely restrained by their owners in a class setting are welcome. Reactive dogs unable to be safely restrained by their owners are invited to enroll in private sessions. This 7 week class is all about getting your dog to see you as THE MOST FASCINATING THING in his world. The exercises are based on Leslie McDevitt’s Control Unleashed curriculum which is designed to get your dog to perform at optimum levels under increasingly extreme distractions and environmental changes. If you have a dog that already knows basic commands, but is a persistent ground sniffer, a dash-away dog that takes off as soon as the leash is removed, or a pooch that puts you on “voice mail” this is the class for you!! .

INTRODUCTION TO RALLY: For dogs and puppies 6 months of age and older that have graduated from a Manners class or that meet the criteria for enrollment. This 8 week class introduces dogs and handlers to the exercises required for a Rally Novice title in AKC Obedience Competition. All exercises are on lead at this level. Handlers not interested in actual competition will still benefit from this course as it introduces more handling skills and situations encountered in the real world!!

CANINE GOOD CITIZEN: This 6 week class prepares dogs and handlers for the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen test. The course also includes the skills necessary for your dog to test to become a Certified Therapy Dog.

BOARD AND TRAIN: No time? Limited physical abilities? Board and Train services is for individuals who are unable, due to time contraints or physical limitations, to train their own dogs. Dogs enter the kennel and remain as residents for 2-8 weeks depending on the level of training desired and the dog's trainability. Cost includes daily rate for boarding plus additional fees for training.



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Our Policies: All dogs coming into Lorien Kennels for training must present proof of current vaccinations for rabies, canine distemper, leptospirosis, hepatitis, parvo, para-influenza and bordatella (kennel cough). In addition, all dogs must be in heartworm negative status and be on preventive. All cats coming into the kennel must present proof of current vaccinations for rabies, feline distemper, calici virus, rhino-tracheitis, and feline leukemia.

Charges for services will be at the published and contracted price, agreed upon in advance and paid in full at time of class registration unless other arrangements were made in advance as part of the services or sales contract. Payment can be either by check, money order, or cash