Methuen Dog Training

All of our classes are structured using scientifically proven positive reinforcement based methods of training to ensure an effective and enjoyable learning experience for you and your dog.

Your support of the MSPCA Dog Training programs at Nevins Farm not only helps you and your dog, but also helps the thousands of animals we care for each year.  Thank you!

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Available Classes

Please read the class descriptions below before registering for class.

Puppy Play & Learn

If you have a puppy between 8 to 16 weeks old, we hope you’ll join us for this 4 week class!  Puppy Play & Learn is a great way to get your pup started on fun learning while contributing to the positive early socialization experiences that are so critical for your puppy’s development. Your Puppy must have been seen by your vet prior to enrolling in this class.

(Note: If your puppy is over 16 weeks of age, please enroll in our Basic Manners class.)

Class Schedule: Weekly Enrollment!

Cost: $75 for 4 weeks

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Teen Puppy

If you have a puppy between 4-7 months old, we hope you’ll join us for this 4 week class! Teen Puppy is a small class setting to get your pup started on fun learning and positive early socialization experiences that are important for your puppy’s development. We will focus on training foundation behaviors and puppy rearing information. Your puppy must have been seen by your vet prior to enrolling in this class.

(Note: If your puppy is over 7 months of age, please enroll in our Basic Manners class.)

Class Schedule: Weekly Enrollment Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. (You must be registered by Monday at 12 noon and receive a confirmation from the office for your class)

Cost: $75 for 4 weeks

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Basic Manners (Level 1)

A class designed for owners and their dogs aged 4 months and older. Our focus will be to provide you with information about how to train your dog in the basic behaviors that make him or her a well loved and enjoyed companion.

Cost: $170 for 8 weeks

*DISCOUNT:  Enroll in ‘Basic Manners’ AND ‘Beyond Manners’ classes at the same time and use the discount code “going on” during checkout to receive $10 off!*

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Beyond Manners (Level 2)

This class is a continuation of the Basic Manners skills.  We will play a variety of training games geared towards perfecting and making more reliable the behaviors from Basic Manners.  We will also teach your choice of fun trick to help improve your training skills.

Prerequisite: Clicker Training experience a must; Basic Manners or equivalent.

Cost: $130 for 6 weeks

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Beyond Manners:  On Your Time! (Level 2-3)

Have a great time training at your own pace using fun games to polish the most popular (and challenging!) Basic Manners skills of gracious greetings (4 paws on the floor no matter what), loose leash walking (past distractions including food on the ground and other dogs), really reliable recalls (past and thru exciting distractions), look at that/look at me (helping turn irresistible distractions into cues to look at you).  We will also spend last portion of each class working on your choice of trick/behavior.

Our flexible ‘rolling enrollment’ format allows you to start any time and come to as many as 6 classes over 8 weeks.  If you need to miss a couple classes — no worries — you have the extra time to make them up and the flexible curriculum ensures you won’t fall behind.

Prerequisite: Clicker Training experience (Private Lessons available for those without clicker experience); Basic Manners or equivalent.

We are currently not enrolling this class. Please keep visiting our page for updates, and if you have any questions please contact dogtraining_methuen@mspca.org

Cost: $130 for 6 classes over 8 weeks

Canine Good Citizen Prep Class

This class will walk you and your dog through preparation for the American Kennel Club’s (AKC)Canine Good Citizen (CGC) testing.  Each owner/dog team will practice the 10 items on the test through 7 weeks of classes.  The last week (week 8) will be an actual test where you and your dog can achieve a CGC title.  Dogs receiving this distinction are recognized as being ambassadors in their communities.  To learn more about the AKC’s CGC program, please visit their web site: http://www.akc.org/

Cost: $170 for 8 weeks (includes CGC test fee)

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Social Dog Class

Our “Social Dog” class is for students who have a people and dog friendly dog. You will learn and practice good manners that make socializing more enjoyable for everyone. Classes will focus on building self-control and include opportunities for safe and structured social interactions with people and dogs when appropriate. Whether your goal is to earn your dog’s Canine Good Citizen certification, participate in therapy dog activities or you simply want your dog to be a welcome addition at family events and in public settings, this class is a fun way to polish your dog’s social skills.

NOTE: This is not a class suited for dogs who are reactive/aggressive to other dogs. Please see our Ruff Diamonds class for this type of training support

Cost: $130 for 6 weeks

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Canine Good Citizen Testing

Location:  Training & Education Room at MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA

Open to the public.

Friday, **Please contact the Dog Training Office for the next testing date. dogtraining_methuen@mspca.org** (Melissa Zilembo, CPDT-KA)

Cost: $25 for Test

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K9 Nose Work – Introduction

This fun new activity channels your dog’s natural curiosity and interest in using his nose. Much like detection dogs, your dog will learn to find a designated scent while getting mental and physical exercise! Most dogs can participate including shy or overly energetic dogs, puppies, and seniors. Participate for fun or get ready to compete in this upcoming sport. Limited to 6 dogs. NOTE: your dog must be able to be quietly crated away from you while other dogs are working in the room.

Monday, 6:00 p.m., ROLLING ENROLLMENT — Start any Monday provided you register by Friday!

Cost: $175 per dog and handler for 6 weeks

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K9 Nose Work – Intermediate through Trial Preparation

Continue building your dog’s nose work skills in this fun continuation class. Much like detection dogs, your dog will learn to find a designated scent while getting mental and physical exercise and as this class progresses you’ll begin neutral scent detection training in more complex environments! Most dogs can participate including shy or overly energetic dogs, puppies, and seniors. Participate for fun or get ready to compete in this upcoming sport. NOTE: your dog must be able to be quietly crated away from you while other dogs are working in the room.

Prerequisite:  Nose Work Level 1-2

Cost: $175 per dog and handler for 6 weeks

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K9 Nose Work Class – Advanced Trial Preparation

Continue building your dog’s nose work skills in this fun continuation class. Much like detection dogs, your dog will learn to find a designated scent while getting mental and physical exercise and as this class progresses you’ll begin neutral scent detection training in more complex environments! Most dogs can participate including shy or overly energetic dogs, puppies, and seniors. Participate for fun or get ready to compete in this upcoming sport. NOTE: your dog must be able to be quietly crated away from you while other dogs are working in the room. Complexity of searches will increase as you and your dog have a wonderful time training at a level to potential enter K9NW Level 1, 2 or 3 trials!

Prerequisite:  Nose Work Intermediate

Cost: $175 per dog and handler for 6 weeks

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K9 Nose Work Drop In

Only available for existing clients or pre-approved clients.

Please email us at dogtraining_methuen@mspca.org for more information before you purchase.

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Agility: On Your Time

If you’ve just started agility and want more time on the contact obstacles or to practice weave poles, come to this hour-long coached practice (outdoors). If you want more experience in walking and handling short sequences (up to 10 obstacles), we’ll offer those as well for more advanced students.  This open practice offers you the chance to set your own goals within the structure of specific exercises, work at your own pace, and get some tips along the way. Your dog will also increase their abilities to perform reliably among different dogs.

Our flexible “rolling enrollment” format allows you to start any time and come to as many as 4 classes over 6 weeks.

Prerequisites: Your dog must have a reliable recall and stay (most of this class will be conducted off leash in a fully fenced, 60′ x 100′ arena) and must get along with other dogs. Dogs should be familiar and comfortable with all the obstacles although not necessarily working at full height. The seesaw and weave poles can be works in progress. We have two seesaws; one we’ll keep low.

Thursday, 6:00-7:00 p.m., ROLLING ENROLLMENT (Nini Bloch)

* Your 1st class will begin at 5:45 pm with a 15 minute semi-private Orientation.*

Cost: $60 for 4 classes over 6 weeks

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Agility Foundations

This 6 week class will introduce you to basic agility fundamental skills such as working your dog on the right and left sides; crosses; distance work as well as introduce equipment. A great class for the beginner or someone still developing basic agility skills. Dog Requirements:  Your dog should be able to reliably stay (sit or down), come when called and be comfortable training around other dogs.  Handler Requirements:  Prerequisite of Better Manners (L2) or equivalent.  Must have clicker training experience; handler enthusiasm and a sense of humor a big plus!

Cost: $120 for 6 weeks

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Agility Intermediate

This 6 week class will help you continue to build upon the basic agility fundamental skills you started in Agility Foundations I and begin to play with more challenging exercises and equipment while improving your dogs confidence, focus and self-control and starting to run sequences.  Prerequisite of Agility Foundations or equivalent.  Must have clicker training experience; handler enthusiasm and a sense of humor a big plus!

Cost: $120 for 6 weeks

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Agility 30 Minute Private Lesson/Assessment

Begin or advance your and your dog’s agility skills with customized one-on-one attention in a Private Lesson format. This ½ hour format is an economical and enjoyable option for you if a once-a-week group class doesn’t fit your schedule or your dog’s ideal learning environment. This is also a helpful option if you aren’t sure you and your dog are quite ready for the Agility Foundations class and would like an Instructor’s Assessment and to leave with some skills to build.

Cost:  $30 for 30 minutes

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Control Unleashed!

The ‘Control Unleashed’ class and at-home activities will build your dog’s ability to relax, focus and work off-leash reliably in either stimulating or stressful situations through the use of training games that increase attention, reduce the power of stressors and the pull of distractions while you and your dog have fun in a friendly, safe and supportive environment. Prerequisite: Manners and More! or equivalent Level 2 class.

Cost: $150.00 for 6 weeks

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Control Unleashed! – Advanced

The ‘Control Unleashed’ class and at-home activities will build your dog’s ability to relax, focus and work off-leash reliably in either stimulating or stressful situations through the use of training games that increase attention, reduce the power of stressors and the pull of distractions while you and your dog have fun in a friendly, safe and supportive environment.

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Ruff Diamonds (Level 1)

Does your dog react the way you want when you are out on walks, at the vet’s office or at a park? If not, then this may be the class for you! This special class is for our “diamond in the rough” dogs who react to other dogs. It is limited to 4 dogs so we can provide individualized attention and assistance. Our goal is to give each dog and owner team strategies to build calm behavior around other dogs and improve training.

 

Cost: $275 for 8 weeks

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Ruff Diamonds 2 (Level 2)

This next level class for dogs who have completed Ruff Diamonds 1 will explore teaching skills used in agility to improve dog and handler confidence as well as building on the training learned in level 1. The class is limited to 4 dogs. Prerequisite: Ruff Diamonds 1

Cost: $200 for 6 weeks

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Ruff Diamonds Agility (Level 3)

This class is for dogs who have at least completed Ruff Diamonds 2. You will continue to advance your dog and handler agility skills building on the previous foundation. The class is limited to 5 dogs. Prerequisite: Ruff Diamonds 2

Cost: $265 for 8 weeks

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Wag It! Games Class – Introduction

Introduction to games involving hoops, ladders, boards and tunnels, teach our dogs how to shadow our movements including flips, turns and spins, play with turning on/off lights, racing to mats and riding on scooters as well as using their nose to push balls to us as well as find hidden scents. These activities will mentally stimulate your dogs while enhancing your bond and team-work. To learn more about the individual Wag It Games check out the originator’s website at http://wagitgames.com/.Prerequisite: Puppy Play & Learn or Basic Manners or equivalent (students and dogs must be familiar with clicker training)

Cost: $130 for 6 weeks

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Wag It! Games Class – Intermediate

Continue building on the fun games started in Level 1 and gain speed and reliabilty in performing games involving hoops, ladders, boards and tunnels, teach our dogs how to shadow our movements including flips, turns and spins, play with turning on/off lights, racing to mats and riding on scooters as well as using their nose to push balls to us as well as find hidden scents. These activities will mentally stimulate your dogs while enhancing your bond and team-work. To learn more about the individual Wag It Games check out the originator’s website at http://wagitgames.com/.

Prerequisite: Wag It! Games Level 1 or equivalent (students and dogs must be familiar with clicker training)

Cost: $120 per dog and handler for 6 weeks

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Wag It! Games Class – Advanced

Even more fun as you increase your dog’s mastery of the great games started in Level 2 and gain speed and reliabilty in performing games involving hoops, ladders, tippyboards, teeters, and tunnels, teach our dogs how to shadow our movements including flips, turns and spins, and play with racing to mats, riding on scooters, distance work, and fancy footwork on buckets . These activities will mentally stimulate your dogs while enhancing your bond and team-work. To learn more about the individual Wag It Games check out the originator’s website at http://wagitgames.com/.

Prerequisite: Wag It! Games Level 2 or equivalent (students and dogs must be familiar with clicker training)

Cost: $120 per dog and handler for 6 weeks

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One-on-One Training

Behavior Consultations

If your dog is not able to tolerate learning in a classroom setting, or has other behavioral issues such as extreme fear, separation anxiety, or aggression, you may see a behaviorist here. Please email dogtraining_methuen@mspca.org for information and an appointment.

Private Lessons — At the MSPCA

Private lessons are a great way to get an introduction to clicker training or receive one-on-one coaching and a customized training plan for making progress with behaviors like keeping paws on the ground when guests visit, coming when called, settling down, playing without getting overaroused or walking nicely on a leash.

Lesson Schedule by Appointment:

We will coordinate an appropriate Instructor with your availability.

Cost: $60 for 1 hour lesson here at the MSPCA at 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA

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Private Lessons — At Your Home

Enjoy the convenience of personalized support in the comfort of your own home! While training topics like those listed above can easily be covered here at the MSPCA, sometimes owners find it helpful to have a Trainer come to their home to further customize the training to the home environment and/or make it easier for the entire family to participate in a Private Lesson. We are happy to accommodate you!

Lesson Schedule by Appointment:

We will coordinate an appropriate Instructor with your availability.

Cost: $90 for 1 hour lesson at your home (if location is more than 20 minutes drive from MSPCA rate may need to increase depending on Trainer’s travel distance)

Testimonials:

“Because my puppy Otis needed more training (he was and still is a very energetic, zany pit bull), I decided to take private lessons with Mary Ann. I found this to be a terrific way to zero in on specific issues that I was having with him while building on the foundation from puppy classes. Mary Ann temporarily became my therapist as I tried to analyze what I could do better and how I could outwit Otis. We talked about dog breeds, books on dog training, how to work with a clicker (yes, it really is effective): I could and did ask anything and everything. We worked inside and out, on and off leash; we had other dogs come into the room for Otis to meet appropriately. These classes were invaluable, all because Mary Ann is super: compassionate, intelligent, easy going, and fun.” – Susan T., PhD & Otis the Pit Bull

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Seminars and Workshops

There are no seminars currently scheduled. Please check back often.

* Full Classes & Wait Lists *

If you would like to be added to a ‘Wait List’ in the event that a full class has a cancellation, please complete your Registration form and indicate in the last block the class you are interested in taking and that you wish to be wait listed. Please be sure to include daytime phone numbers as we may need to reach you last minute.

Important Information:

We require any dog attending class to be free from contagious disease and parasites, up to date on their rabies vaccine and current on all other vaccines per their veterinarian’s recommendation. Should your dog show symptoms of illness (such as coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, extreme lethargy or inappetence) within 48 hours of your class, please leave him/her at home to avoid spreading anything to your classmates’ dogs. Even if your dog is unable to attend class, you can still come to see the material presented and potentially ‘borrow’ the Instructor’s demo dog. This will allow you to keep up with the exercises and jump right back in once your dog is feeling better.

Please note: All classes are on a first-come first-served basis. If the class you were interested in has filled, you will be contacted about alternate class availability. If you find you are unable to take this class after registering for it, you must notify the office 10 days prior to the start of the class. Notification after 10 days will result in you forfeiting 50% of your registration fee. Sorry, no exceptions! There will be no tuition refund once class has started.

**Message from the Training Coordinator, Calli Towne**

Thank you for considering the MSPCA to help you accomplish your dog training goals. If you did not find the class you hoped for on this site, please e-mail or telephone (contact info below) to let us know what you would like to learn with your dog. Our goal is to help you have fun while learning (and laughing!) with your dear dog and we are happy to add new classes or bring back past ones based on the demand from our students.

For more information:

Phone: 978-687-7453 Ext. 6121

E-mail: dogtraining_methuen@mspca.org

Training Office Hours:

Monday thru Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Saturday: Office Closed

Sunday: Office Closed