Nevins 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.

Now offering MSPCA Dog Training Classes at Ruff ‘n Tumble Playcare in North Andover! Scroll down to see our full list of classes available.

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!

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Available Classes

Please read the class descriptions below before registering for class. *Asterisk indicates classes are offered at Nevins Farm and our new second class location at Ruff ‘n Tumble Playcare in North Andover.

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.

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.

NOTE: Enrollment must be received by Thursday noon for starting Saturday. All later enrollments will be processed for the following week.

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

Class Schedule: Weekly Enrollment!

Cost: $80 for 4 weeks

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Teen Puppy

If you have a puppy between 4-7 months old, we look forward to having you 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) or Saturdays at 9:15 a.m. (You must be registered by Thursday at 12 noon and receive a confirmation from the office for your class)

Cost: $80 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: $180 for 8 weeks

This class is now available at our Nevins Farm location AND our new second class location at Ruff ‘n Tumble Playcare in North Andover.

*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: $140 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.

Class Schedule: Weekly Enrollment Mondays at 7:30 p.m. (You must be registered by Friday at 12 noon and receive a confirmation from the office for your class)

Cost: $140 for 6 classes over 8 weeks

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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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Canine Good Citizen Testing

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

Open to the public.

**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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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: $140 for 6 weeks

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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 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 Beyond Manners (L2) or equivalent.  Must have clicker training experience; handler enthusiasm and a sense of humor a big plus!

Cost: $140 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. You will begin to play with more challenging exercises and equipment, starting to run sequences while improving your dog’s confidence, focus and self-control. Prerequisite of Agility Foundations or equivalent.  Must have clicker training experience; handler enthusiasm and a sense of humor a big plus!

Cost: $140 for 6 weeks

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Agility Advanced: On Your Time

This rolling enrollment class will help you continue to build upon your agility skills with short sequencing, course work and building more complex handler skills. Dogs will continue to proof obstacles and develop better discrimination for classes such as Snooker and Gamblers. Prerequisite of Agility Intermediate or prior approval from Instructor.

Cost: $130 for 6 classes over 8 weeks

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Control Unleashed! – Introduction (level 1)

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: Beyond Manners or equivalent Level 2 class.

Cost: $140.00 for 6 weeks

This class is now available at our Nevins Farm location AND our new second class location at Ruff ‘n Tumble Playcare in North Andover.

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Control Unleashed! – Intermediate (level 2)

Continue to practice and reinforce the foundation behaviors you and your dog learned in Control Unleashed! – Level 1! This class will arm you with new games and strategies, while continuing to work on relaxed and focused behavior around other dogs and people.

Prerequisite: Control Unleashed! – Level 1

Cost: $140.00 for 6 weeks

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Control Unleashed! – Advanced (level 3)

Take your training to the next level in this advanced class! Utilizing the Control Unleashed games taught in Control Unleashed! – Levels 1 and 2, this class will continue to work on building calm, focused, reliable behavior in more challenging situations, helping your dog to be super successful anywhere and everywhere you go!

Prerequisites: Control Unleashed! Levels 1 and 2.

Cost: $140.00 for 6 weeks

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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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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: $140 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: $140 per dog and handler for 6 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 special 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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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.

Bird Behavior Consultations

Our Private lessons are one-on-one coaching to assist you on understanding the bird’s behavior.  During the lesson, we will review the concerning behavior or start new behavior depending on the designated goal.  A customized training plan with the introduction clicker training will aid you to reach each planned target. These valuable skills will create confidence, enrichment, and wonderful cohabitation for the bird and human.

Lesson Schedule by Appointment, with Sheila Blanchette, CPBC

Cost: $60/hour

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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: $45 for a half hour and $75 for 1 hour lesson here at the MSPCA at 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA

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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

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 – Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Friday: Office Closed

Saturday: Office Closed

Sunday: Office Closed