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Methuen Animal Training

Welcome

Please read the class descriptions, as well as our refund policy, before registering for a class.

MSPCA-Angell training classes are held at the MSPCA’s Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen. Please note that we are unable to accommodate overly reactive or aggressive dogs in our classes at this time. If you have a reactive or aggressive dog and need training help, please contact the Behavior Office or call 617-989-1520. We can arrange for you to see one of our behaviorists in a private behavioral consult.

COVID-19 Accommodations for Health & Safety, updated 6/14/21:

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

Meet the Behavior and Training Team    Frequently Asked Questions

Puppy Play n' Learn

Puppy Play n' Learn

Puppy Play and Learn is a great way to get your 8 to 16 week old puppy started on fun learning while contributing to the positive early socialization experiences that are so critical for your puppy’s development.

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Intro to Agility

Intro to Agility

Agility is a dog-training sport where your dog learns how to fly through tunnels and over jumps, and run up and down see-saws!  It is the highest level of Obedience training and fun for any dog and handler, whether they want a little exercise with their dog or if their dog needs better responses to training or added confidence in a novel environment.  The class is taught under a large tent.

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Learn to Train Your Dog: Level One

Learn to Train Your Dog: Level One

In this class, you will learn how to teach your dog to work for you for fun rewards, and the behaviors that will be taught in class are:  sit, stay, lie down, come when called, leave it, go to your mat, and loose-leash walking. These are the foundation behaviors that make your dog a good and well-behaved family member. (formerly Manners I)

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Beyond Intro to Agility

Beyond Intro to Agility

Is your dog “fluent” on all the Agility equipment except, perhaps, the weaves? Do you have a start-line stay and leadout? Front and rear cross? Are you ready to take it to the next level and learn some speed, handling and control? Do you hope to compete someday?

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Class Packages

We believe in preschool and grad school for dogs! If you purchase multiple classes together, you can save between $25-70. Please refer to the individual class descriptions below for more information on each class. Your package choices are:

Puppy Package 1


Puppy Play n’ Learn + Learn to Train Your Dog: Level 1. Cost: $300  Savings: $30
Please note that space must be available in an upcoming Puppy Play n’ Learn session for you to purchase a Puppy Package. To be notified via email when space is available, please email your request! Puppy Play n’ Learn is held at 8:00am on Saturdays and 4:00pm on Sundays in Methuen. Most students start with Puppy Play n’ Learn, and then move on to Level 1 so you do not need to select your Level 1 class at this time. If you would like to take these two classes concurrently, please email our Training Coordinator.

Purchase Puppy Package 1

Puppy Package 2


Puppy Play n’ Learn + Learn to Train Your Dog: Level 1 + Level 2. Cost: $460   Savings: $50
Please note that space must be available in an upcoming Puppy Play n’ Learn session for you to purchase a Puppy Package. To be notified via email when space is available, please email your request! Puppy Play n’ Learn is held at 8:00am on Saturdays and 4:00pm on Sundays in Methuen. Most students start with Puppy Play n’ Learn, and then move on to Learn to Train Your Dog: Level 1 so you do not need to select your Level 1 class at this time. If you would like to take these two classes concurrently, please email our Training Coordinator.

Purchase Puppy Package 2

Puppy Package 3


Puppy Play n’ Learn + Teen Class. Cost: $215  Savings: $25
Please note that space must be available in an upcoming Puppy Play n’ Learn session for you to purchase a Puppy Package. To be notified via email when space is available, please email your request! Puppy Play n’ Learn is held at 8:00am on Saturdays and 4:00pm on Sundays in Methuen.

Purchase Puppy Package 3

Puppy Package 4


Puppy Play n’ Learn + Teen Class + Learn to Train Your Dog: Level 1. Cost: $405  Savings: $45
Please note that space must be available in an upcoming Puppy Play n’ Learn session for you to purchase a Puppy Package. To be notified via email when space is available, please email your request! Puppy Play n’ Learn is held at 8:00am on Saturdays and 4:00pm on Sundays in Methuen. Most students start with Puppy Play n’ Learn, and then move on to Teen Class so you do not need to select your Teen Class at this time. If you would like to take these two classes concurrently, please email our Training Coordinator.

Purchase Puppy Package 4

Adult Dog Package


Learn to Train Your Dog: Level 1 + Level 2 . Cost: $350  Savings: $40

Purchase Adult Dog Package

Canine Good Citizen Package


Learn to Train Your Dog: Level 1 + Level 2 + Canine Good Citizen Prep. Cost: $525  Savings: $55

Purchase Canine Good Citizen Package

Learn to Train Your Dog!

Puppy Play & Learn

Puppy Play & Learn is a great way to get your 8 to 16 week old puppy started on fun learning while contributing to the positive early socialization experiences that are so critical for your puppy’s development.

Read the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior’s position statement on the importance of positive early socialization here.

Your Puppy must have been seen by your vet prior to enrolling in this class.

(If your puppy is over 16 weeks of age, please enroll in our Teen Class or Learn to Train Your Dog: Level 1 class.)

Cost: $120 for 4 weeks

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Teen Class

Teen Class is for puppies aged 5-7 months with a goal of getting you started on fun learning and positive early socialization experiences which 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 Learn to Train Your Dog: Level 1 class.)

Cost: $120 for 4 weeks

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Learn to Train Your Dog: Level 1

In this class, you will learn how to teach your dog to work for you for fun rewards, and the behaviors that will be taught in class are:  sit, stay, lie down, come when called, leave it, go to your mat, and loose-leash walking. These are the foundation behaviors that make your dog a good and well-behaved family member. Please note that dogs do not attend the first week of class, it is orientation, for humans only! (formerly Manners I.)

Cost: $180 for 7 weeks

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Learn to Train Your Dog: Level 2

Longer stays, better recalls, better attention to you, and adding distractions so your dogs (and you) can continue to be challenged. Prerequisite: Level One or; if your dog has been trained using rewards and can sit or lie down on a verbal cue only, hold the position while you walk around them, and take ten consecutive steps in heel position at your left side in the presence of other dogs, you may enroll in this course. If you have any questions about these requirements, email our Training Coordinator.

Cost: $180 for 6 weeks

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Canine Good Citizen Prep

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 6 weeks of classes.  The last week (week 7) 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/

Prerequisite: Level Two or permission of the Training Coordinator.

Cost: $190 for 7 weeks (includes CGC test fee)

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


Training Fun & Games

K9 Nose Work – All Levels

This fun 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.

Cost: $180 per dog and handler for 6 weeks

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Control Unleashed - All Levels

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: Level 2 class or prior approval from Training Coordinator.

Cost: $180 for 6 weeks

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Intro to Agility

Agility is a dog-training sport where your dog learns how to fly through tunnels and over jumps, and run up and down see-saws!  It is the highest level of Obedience training and fun for any dog and handler, whether they want a little exercise with their dog or if their dog needs better responses to training or added confidence in a novel environment.  The class is taught under a large tent.

Prerequisites: In order to enroll in this class your dog must be able to eat treats while training and refrain from barking at other dogs, and you must be able to control them without the use of a chain or prong collar – a head halter or regular collar is fine. (If you have relied on equipment such as a pinch collar or leash corrections and are interested in taking Agility, please email our Training Coordinator.) If you have not previously taken classes at the MSPCA, please send your dog’s training history to the Training Coordinator to request permission to enroll in this class. $180 for six classes.

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Beyond Intro to Agility

Is your dog “fluent” on all the Agility equipment except, perhaps, the weaves? Do you have a start-line stay and leadout? Front and rear cross? Are you ready to take it to the next level and learn some speed, handling and control? Do you hope to compete someday?

Prerequisites: In order to enroll in this class you must have permission from the Behavior office. Please email your dog’s agility training history to our Training Coordinator.  If you have not previously taken classes at the MSPCA, please send your dog’s entire training history to the Training Coordinator to request permission to enroll in this class. $180 for six classes. 

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Specialized Support

Ruff Diamonds – All Levels

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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Shy Dog Class

shy1 (SHī/) adj. Being reserved or nervous and uncomfortable with other people [dogs]; easily frightened away; timid; reluctant; wary.

If this definition describes your dog, then our Shy Dog class can help. The 6 week class is limited to 4 dog/owner teams and will focus on helping you achieve personalized training goals and building a trusting partnership. The class is tailored to help dogs who are nervous or overwhelmed in new situations or environments such as loud noises, new people, other dogs or unfamiliar places or objects. Our goal is to teach you how to identify signs of stress in your dog while helping your dog become more confident and resilient in a calm, safe classroom environment.

Cost: $200 for 6 weeks

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Private Lessons

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 over aroused or walking nicely on a leash.

Lessons Scheduled by Appointment: We will coordinate an appropriate Instructor with your availability. Please note that geographic coverage is limited, and travel fees may apply.

Cost: $125 for 1 hour lesson or $80 for a half hour at the MSPCA at 400 Broadway, Methuen. Home visits are $155 per hour. Discounted packages of four lessons are available for cost savings.

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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 wish to book an appointment with a member of our behavior team.

Please call (617)989-1520 or email behavior@angell.org for information or an appointment

Loose Leash Walking

Does your dog pull more than you’d like? For some people, this pulling is more than an annoyance, it is causing injury to themselves and/or their dogs. In this focused, clinic-style class, you will work only on loose-leash walking and related behaviors.

Prerequisites: All dogs must be people and dog-friendly!  This means they cannot show signs of reactivity or aggression such as barking, growling or lunging at humans or other dogs.  Instead, we encourage you to check out our Ruff Diamonds class, sign up for a private lesson or behavior consult or contact the office for more assistance if you are unsure.  

Cost: $120 for 4 weeks

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These classes are not currently offered, but are expected to resume at a future date:

Targeted Mini Sessions

Interested in polishing up some of the tougher behaviors to teach? We have 3 week mini sessions for you to dive in deeper to the top behaviors that people come to training to address – polite greetings, loose leash walking and recalls. Dogs who have taken a manners class, puppy class or our Teen class are encouraged to try one of our mini sessions. If you have done training elsewhere, please contact the office about eligibility – trainingnevins@mspca.org.

No reactive (barking, lunging, growling) dogs in this class, please! We can support your training goals through our other programs.

Cost: $90 for 3 week session

Love Your Leash Walks

Have a dog who loves to walk, but pulls? Have leash walks become something you dread rather that love? In the Love Your Leash Walks class we will explore various strategies to help make your dog a pleasure to walk. We will work on behaviors such as attention, recalls, walking calmly toward distractions such as food, how to leave things on the ground and how to walk by people and dog calmly.

Prerequisites: All dogs must be people and dog-friendly. If your barks, growls or lunges at other dogs, please see our Ruff Diamonds class. If your dog barks, growls or lunges at people, please contact the office about private training.

Cost: $180 for 6 weeks

Therapy Dog Class


The Therapy Dog Prep class is a 6 week preparation class for students and their dogs to practice skills on the Alliance of Therapy Dog certification test. These dogs visit nursing homes, hospitals, schools and also offer support and comfort to people in disaster situations. Testing will be done on week 6 for dogs who are ready to take the test. For more information about the testing and membership requirements, please visit: www.therapydogs.com

Prerequisite: All dogs must have proof of having achieved a Canine Good Citizen title via the AKC. In addition, per the Alliance Therapy Dog International website: “we are an international registry of certified therapy dog teams. At Alliance Therapy Dogs, we provide testing, certification, registration, support, and insurance for members who volunteer with their dogs in animal-assisted activities. Our objective is to form a network of caring individuals and their special dogs are willing to share smiles and joy with people, young and old alike.”

Cost: $180 for 6 weeks

 

Tricks Class


This 4 weeks class will help you hone your training skills while having fun with your dog. Each dog/owner team will work on 3 tricks over the 4 weeks. Additional shaping games, attention and focus drills will be taught. During the last class, you will have an opportunity to participate in the Tricks Class Got Talent Show! and potentially earn your dog’s AKC Novice Tricks Title.

Prerequisite: Manners II or equivalent training.

Cost: $100 for 4 weeks

Games and More!


Interested in continuing your dog’s training and want to have some fun doing it? This enjoyable class will appeal to both the pet owner who is looking to get their dog out for some fun as well as those folks who like the idea of potentially competing and earning titles with their canine best friend. We will learn a variety of 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.

Prerequisite: Manners II or equivalent or with permission of the Instructor.

Cost: $180 for 6 weeks

Sports Sampler Daytime Class


In this class you can try one week of all the fun stuff we offer at MSPCA. This is the perfect class to figure out which sport or activity your dog would like before committing to a full 6-week class! Week 1: Agility; Week 2: Nosework; Week 3: Freestyle; Week 4: Rally O

Prerequisite: Manners I or equivalent or with permission of the Instructor.

Cost: $100 for 4 weeks


Testimonial:

“We would like to thank you all so much for the session that we had with Lucy. Your clear understanding of dogs and people has helped immensely. Lucy has responded to the focus exercises and we have had successful walks where I could actually stop and talk to someone.  She is getting her exercise and she too seems like a happier dog.”  ~ Hazelle and John & Lucy

“Fiona was given a great start with all the behaviors covered, and the instructor also did an incredible job with us, as owners, to understand how to support and reinforce what we would like to see with Fiona. She was incredibly knowledgeable, observant, and kind-hearted, and has a true gift for what she does.” ~ Michael and Fiona

“Brady is highly energetic and will probably need agility training and to learn other doggie games in the future. I look forward to some of the other classes as well as the manners classes (which he really needs and benefits from). Thank you for all you do.” ~ Mary & Brady

“I was thrilled with the class and found the training of the owners to be extremely helpful.”  ~ Joanna & Sampson

“First, let me tell you how much we have enjoyed our classes with Melissa!  I have taken two with her, and although I have been training dogs for eight years now, she always makes her classes fun and interesting, and comes up with something brand new for us to try.  She is wonderful and I have already signed up for her Control  Unleashed class.” ~ Donna & Henry

Enrollment:

To secure a spot in our classes, you must pay for the class in full AND complete a registration form.

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.

Refund Policy: 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 a 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. We are unable to refund tuition once class has started. Sorry, no exceptions! Your support of the training programs helps the thousands of animals we care for each year.

**Message from the Training Coordinator**

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 contact us to let us know what you would like to learn with your dog. Our goal is to help you have fun while learning 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: trainingnevins@mspca.org

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