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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 behavior consult.

Please review this CIRDC statement regarding “mystery” dog illness (Nov’23.)

Upcoming Classes
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Check out our calendar to view START DATES of our upcoming classes!

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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Learn to Train Your Dog: Level 1

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.

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Learn to Train Your Dog: Level Two

Learn to Train Your Dog: Level Two

Longer stays, better recalls, better attention to you, and adding distractions so your dogs (and you) can continue to be challenged. Prerequisite: Level One

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Loose Leash Walking

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.

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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 $30-60. Please refer to the individual class descriptions below for more information on each class. Progression through the classes is at your own pace and refunds are not available for unused classes in a package. Your package choices are:

Puppy Package 1


Puppy Play n’ Learn + Learn to Train Your Dog: Level 1. Cost: $375  Savings: $40
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 11:45am & 1:00pm on Saturdays 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: $560   Savings: $60
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 11:45am & 1:00pm on Saturdays 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 two classes concurrently, please email our Training Coordinator.

Purchase Puppy Package 2

Puppy Package 3


Puppy Home Start + Puppy Play n’ Learn. Cost: $415  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 11:45am & 1:00pm on Saturdays in Methuen.

Purchase Puppy Package 3

Puppy Package 4


Puppy Home Start + Puppy Play n’ Learn + Learn to Train Your Dog: Level 1. Cost: $630  Savings: $80
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 11:45am & 1:00pm on Saturdays 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 two classes concurrently, please email our Training Coordinator.

Purchase Puppy Package 4

Puppy Package 5


Teen Class + Learn to Train Your Dog: Level 1. Cost: $375  Savings: $40
Please note that space must be available in an upcoming Teen Class session for you to purchase this package. To be notified via email when space is available, please email your request! If you would like to take these two classes concurrently, please email our Training Coordinator.

Purchase Puppy Package 5

Puppy Package 6


Puppy Play n’ Learn + Teen Class + Learn to Train Your Dog: Level 1. Cost: $520  Savings: $60
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 11:45am & 1:00pm on Saturdays 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 6

Adult Dog Package


Learn to Train Your Dog: Level 1 + Level 2 . Cost: $410  Savings: $45

Purchase Adult Dog Package

Adult Dog Advanced Package


Any two 6-week classes. Cost: $370  Savings: $40

Purchase Adult Dog Advanced Package

Canine Good Citizen Package


Learn to Train Your Dog: Level 1 + Level 2 + Canine Good Citizen Prep. Cost: $625 (includes exam fee)  Savings: $70

Purchase Canine Good Citizen Package

Loyalty Program

Frequent Flyer Program

Clients who have taken five or more class sessions at MSPCA are eligible for ongoing discounts. For example, if you have taken Puppy Play n’ Learn and Learn to Train Your Dog: Level 1, you have completed two class sessions. Known as “Frequent Flyers,” they enjoy 25% off each future class session. Contact our Training Coordinator to enroll if you are eligible.

Learn to Train Your Dog!

Puppy Play & Learn

Research has shown that the early weeks of a puppy’s life are crucial to social development, with other dogs and with people. For that reason, this class is especially for puppies who are 8-16 weeks old. You will pay $165 for four classes and attend for four consecutive weeks following your selected start date. Your puppy is eligible to attend classes as soon as it has been seen and declared to be healthy by a vet, until it is 20 weeks old. Therefore, please plan ahead to to find the consecutive four weeks when you and your puppy can attend class. Puppies will get to socialize and spend time learning to learn; you will get puppy-training tips and will learn how to teach your puppy to grow up to be a more confident dog. Read more about what to expect in puppy class and watch this video! Puppies in class may not have received all of their vaccinations. If you are concerned about this, speak to your vet. Every day that goes by without socializing and training your young pup is a day lost to his or her social future – register today!

What to bring to Puppy Play n’ Learn:

  • A hungry puppy
  • A flat buckle collar
  • A normal leash (no flexi’s please!)
  • Enough soft, tasty treats to feed your pup every minute or so!

Classes are on Saturdays at 11:45am & 1:00pm. Some sections are designated for the bigger/older/bolder puppies and others are for the smaller/younger/shyer puppies. If you are not sure which class your pup belongs in, email our Training Coordinator.

Please note: Unless you have a note from your vet showing a medical reason your puppy could not attend, we do not give refunds for PPNL classes if you do not bring your puppy to class. Make up classes in the event of an illness will be accommodated if possible.

(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: $165 for 4 weeks

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Teen Class

Teen Class 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 Learn to Train Your Dog: Level 1 class.)

Cost: $165 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: $250 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: $205 for 6 weeks

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Puppy Home Start

Need a little extra help at home with your new puppy? Whether you’re a first-time puppy raiser, or it’s just been a long time since you had a puppy, we can help! This series of two one-hour, in-home sessions provides hands-on guidance for puppy management, housetraining, and more with one of our experienced puppy trainers. Decisions such as where to put the crate and how to puppy-proof your home are enhanced by having the on-site trainer’s help. This training is for puppies under six months of age; click here for other options. Please note that service area and availability are limited; to see if you are within the service area, please email our Training Coordinator.

Cost: $295 for two, 60-minute, in-home training sessions

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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. In the 7th week, you’ll take the CGC Test. 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: $240 for 7 weeks, includes test fee

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**Please contact the Dog Training Office for the next testing date. trainingnevins@mspca.org**


Training Fun & Games

 

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.

Prerequisite: Learn to Train Your Dog: Level 1. In order to enroll in this class your dog must be able to eat treats while training and not bark at other dogs, and you must be able to control them without the use of a chain or prong collar — a  martingale or flat 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 the Training Coordinator.) If you have not taken Learn to Train Your Dog: Level 1 at an MSPCA location, you must send your dog’s training history to request permission to enroll in this class. $205 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. $205 for six classes. 

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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: $205 for 6 weeks

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Try It

Looking for something fun to learn with your dog but not sure what, exactly? Come and try a little Agility, a little Nosework, a little Rally Obedience, and some Trick training, in an indoor classroom. A smorgasbord of training fun! Prerequisite: Learn to Train Your Dog: Level 1 or permission from the  Training Coordinator. $145 for four classes.

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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: $205 per dog and handler for 6 weeks

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Specialized Support

Reducing Dog Reactivity

“Reactive” dogs bark and lunge when they see other dogs/people/bicycles or other stimulating things when they are on walks. They may be well-behaved in other contexts, but are out of control at these times.

This package of four 30-minute private training sessions with our certified trainer will teach you the needed skills to improve your dog’s behavior when they see another dog. To decrease stress on dogs and make learning more reliable, “model” (stuffed) dogs may be used for practice. This offering replaces the group class formerly called Ruff Diamonds.

This training is not for dogs that have a bite history or that are deemed aggressive. Your dog will be assessed as to their appropriateness for the training, and may be referred to one of our behaviorists for a private consult instead.

If you have any questions about whether your dog would be a candidate for this training, please email the Training Coordinator.

If you need help addressing your dog’s aggressive behavior, a private consult with a behaviorist is recommended.

Cost: $365 for a 15-20 min. assessment & four 30-min. private training sessions at our facility

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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: $275 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: $150 for 1 hour lesson or $95 for a half hour at the MSPCA at 400 Broadway, Methuen. Home visits are $185 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: $145 for 4 weeks

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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