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400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844
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Methuen Animal Training

COVID-19 UPDATE: Our training staff is ready to support you and your dog in a variety of flexible ways. We offer online/virtual classes and private lessons as well as in person inside and outside group classes for puppies and adult dogs as well as private lessons for more specific training needs. See our upcoming schedules for classes below.

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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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Puppy Package

Puppy Package

This package consists of three classes - Puppy Play & Learn and Teen Class (both 4 weeks) and Manners I (6 weeks). Click the enrollment button for days and times. Cost: $370 (Savings =$50)

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Teen Package

Teen Package

This package consists of two classes - Teen Class (4 weeks) and then Manners I (6 weeks). Click the enrollment button for days and times. Cost: $260 (Savings =$40)

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Adult Manners Package

Adult Manners Package

This package consists of two classes – Manners I and then Manners II. Both Manners I & II are 6 week classes. Please review time offerings. Once you complete the first course, email the Training Office to pick your next Manners I course. Cost: $320 (Savings =$40)

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Virtual Training

Virtual Training

We offer virtual classes, webinars and private lessons to support your learning goals in the comfort of your own home.

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Manners & More!

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 Puppy or Manners I class.)

Class Schedule: Weekly Enrollment!

Cost: $120 for 4 weeks

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Teen Class

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 Manners I class.)

Class Schedule: Weekly Enrollment!

Cost: $120 for 4 weeks

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Manners I (Obedience Level 1)

This class is designed to give owners and their dogs aged 5 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: $180 for 6 weeks

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Manners II (Obedience Level 2)

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

Prerequisite: Manners I or equivalent or permission from Instructor.

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:

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

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

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**Please contact the Dog Training Office for the next testing date.** (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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Drop-in option available for existing clients: $35 per dog

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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: Beyond Manners or equivalent Level 2 class or prior approval from Instructor.

Cost: $180 for 6 weeks

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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.

Lesson Schedule by Appointment:

We will coordinate an appropriate Instructor with your availability.

Cost: $125 for 1 hour lesson and $80 for a half hour online OR here at the MSPCA at 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA

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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 for information or an appointment

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 –

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:

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

Agility – All Levels

Agility is a fun sport built on teamwork between handlers and their dog covering jumps, tunnels, and other obstacles. We offer beginner through advanced agility instruction working on fundamental skills such as right and left sides; crosses; distance work as well as introducing and perfecting use of equipment. 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: $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


“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


To secure a spot in our classes, you must pay for the class in full and complete a registration form. Once we have received your information and payment, we will send you a confirmation.

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.

All family members are welcome in class, however, children under the age of 7 must be supervised by another adult.

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


Training Office Hours:

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

Friday: Office Closed

Saturday: Office Closed

Sunday: Office Closed


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