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Methuen Animal Training

Additional classes held at Ruff ‘n Tumble Playcare in North Andover.

Our family friendly classes are structured using evidence-based methods of training to ensure an effective and enjoyable learning experience for you and your dog.

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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Kitten Kindergarten

Kitten Kindergarten

The early weeks of a kitten’s life are crucial to social development with other cats and people. Kittens will learn to socialize with other kittens and people (and possibly cat friendly adult dogs and cats!), as well as learn some training skills.

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Puppy Play & Learn

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.

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Teen Puppy

Teen Puppy

Teen Puppy is for puppies aged 4-7 months with a goal of getting you started on fun learning and positive early socialization experiences which are important for your puppy’s development.

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Basic Manners

Basic Manners

This class is designed to give owners and their dogs aged 4 months and older a foundation of training essential skills to create a well-loved and enjoyed companion.

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Manners & More!

Puppy Play & Learn

for 8 to 16 week old puppies

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.

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: $85 for 4 weeks

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Teen Puppy

for 4 to 7 month old puppies

Teen Puppy is for puppies aged 4-7 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 Basic Manners class.)

Class Schedule: Weekly Enrollment 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: $85 for 4 weeks

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Basic Manners (Level 1)*

for dogs 4 months and older

This class is designed to give owners and their dogs aged 4 months and older a foundation of training essential skills to create a well-loved and enjoyed companion. We will provide you with information about how to train your dog to do a variety of core behaviors such as sit, down, come when called, walking on a loose leash, leave it, and greeting people with 4 feet on the ground.

Cost: $185 for 8 weeks

This class is available at Nevins Farm AND 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)*

In Beyond Manners, you will be polishing the most popular (and important) Basic Manners skills of gracious greetings, loose leash walking, reliable recalls, and more. You will also work on your choice of trick/behavior with a final week 6 “Dogs Got Talent” Show.

Prerequisite: Basic Manners or equivalent or permission from Instructor.

Cost: $140 for 6 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/

Prerequisite: Dogs must have completed all vaccines and be able to work around other dogs.

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. trainingnevins@mspca.org** (Melissa Zilembo, CPDT-KA)

Cost: $25 for Test

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Kitten Kindergarten

The early weeks of a kitten’s life are crucial to social development with other cats and people. The MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen is providing this opportunity to kittens in our community through our “Kitten Kindergarten” classes. Kittens will learn to socialize with other kittens and people (and possibly cat friendly adult dogs and cats!), as well as learn some training skills. You will also learn great enrichment ideas, day-to-day care, and problem behavior prevention that no kitten owner should be without. Class enrollment is limited to kittens ages 7-15 weeks only who have been seen once by your veterinarian for initial vaccines.

Class Schedule: Saturday at 11:45 a.m. in Methuen

Cost: 2 classes, $40 or 4 classes $75

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Social Dog

Our “Social Dog” class is perfect for students who would love for their people- and dog-friendly dogs to learn and practice the good manners that make socializing that much more enjoyable for all involved.  Classes will focus on building a few self-control behaviors to greater reliability and include opportunities for safe and structured social interactions.  Whether you have goals to earn your dog’s Canine Good Citizen certification, participate in therapy dog activities or simply want your dog to be a welcome addition at family events and in public settings, this class will be a fun way for you to practice and polish your pup’s social skills in a friendly setting designed to maximize progress.

Class Schedule: Saturday 10:30 a.m. in Methuen

Cost: $140

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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: $140 for 6 weeks

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Training Fun & Games

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.

Prerequisite: Beyond Manners or equivalent or prior approval from Instructor.

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: Agility Foundations or equivalent or prior approval from Instructor.

Cost: $140 for 6 weeks

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Agility Advanced

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: Agility Intermediate or prior approval from Instructor.

Cost: $140 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 or prior approval from Instructor.

Cost: $140.00 for 6 weeks

This class is now available at Nevins Farm AND 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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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: $140 for 6 weeks

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K9 Nose Work – Introduction

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.

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. This class progresses through neutral scent detection training in more complex environments. Participate for fun or get ready to compete in this upcoming sport.

Prerequisite:  Nose Work Level 1-2 or prior approval from Instructor.

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. 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 or prior approval from Instructor.

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 trainingnevins@mspca.org for more information before you purchase.

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Good Dog Games

Interested in continuing your dog’s training and want to have some fun doing it? This is the class for you. In Good Dog Games, you will be introduced to several well-known dog sports by way of teaching your dog some new behaviors. These will include new ways to teach your dog impulse control and better focus.

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

Class Schedule: Wednesdays in North Andover

Cost: $140 for 6 weeks

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Rally Obedience

The sport of Rally Obedience or “Rally-O” is a great way to teach your dog new skills and behaviors. You can compete in this sport with any dog, but you don’t have to compete to have fun learning these exercises.

As you teach your dog to spin, walk backwards next to you, drop into a down while you keep moving forward and the like, your dog will develop greater responsiveness as you build your dog’s repertoire of behaviors. From your dog’s point of view, any behavior you teach is a trick. With Rally you’ll increase your dog’s training and have fun in the process.

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

Class Schedule: Wednesdays in North Andover

Cost: $140 for 6 weeks

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Specialized Support

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 (Level 2)

This next level class for dogs who have completed Ruff Diamonds 1 will explore teaching skills 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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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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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 trainingnevins@mspca.org for information and an appointment.

Bird Behavior Consultations

Our Bird Behavior Consults offer one-on-one coaching to assist you on understanding the bird’s behavior.  During your appointment, your bird’s behavior will be reviewed along with your goals.  A customized behavior plan will aid you in improving your bird’s behaviors. Our aim is to create confidence, enrichment, and wonderful cohabitation for the bird and human.

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:

“Thank you so much for all of your kindness and support in working with Zelda. The past two times we’ve left from seeing you guys we have both felt so thrilled and so much more comfortable and confident than we did at the beginning of this whole process. It’s awesome and we’re excited.” – Chelsea & Zelda

“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

* 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 lack of appetite) 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.

**Message from the Training Coordinators**

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

Training Office Hours:

Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday: Office Closed

Sunday: Office Closed

 

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