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Waltham Dog Training

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Please read the class descriptions, as well as our refund policy, before registering for a class. If you don’t see what you’re looking for here, feel free to check our Jamaica Plain location!

MSPCA-Waltham training classes are held at Angell West, 293 Second Ave., Waltham. 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:

~ Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all in-person classes were suspended from March 16 – October 21, 2020. ~

Upcoming Classes
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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 the class are: sit, stay, lie down, come when called, leave it, go to your mat, and loose-leash walking.

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Loose Leash Walking Clinic

Loose Leash Walking Clinic

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, 4 week, clinic-style class, you will work only on loose-leash walking and related behaviors.

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Disc Dogs

Disc Dogs

Would you like to participate in a dog sport where your dog does all the running and you stay in one spot? Canine disc sport is a great way to exercise your dog while building your relationship as you work together as a team. Come learn how to build your dog’s interest in playing canine disc! We supply the disc, you supply the dog!

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Private Training

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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: $350  Savings: $45
Please note: Puppy Play n’ Learn is held at 12:00pm & 1:15pm on Saturdays in Waltham. 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.

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Puppy Package 2


Puppy Play n’ Learn + Learn to Train Your Dog: Level 1 + Level 2. Cost: $525   Savings: $70
Please note: Puppy Play n’ Learn is held at 12:00pm & 1:15pm on Saturdays in Waltham. 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.

Purchase Puppy Package 2

Puppy Package 3


Puppy Home Start + Puppy Play n’ Learn. Cost: $400  Savings: $25
Please note: Puppy Play n’ Learn is held at 12:00pm & 1:15pm on Saturdays in Waltham.

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Puppy Package 4


Puppy Home Start + Puppy Play n’ Learn + Learn to Train Your Dog: Level 1. Cost: $600  Savings: $70
Please note: Puppy Play n’ Learn is held at 12:00pm & 1:15pm on Saturdays in Waltham. 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.

Purchase Puppy Package 4

Adult Dog Package


Learn to Train Your Dog: Level 1 + Level 2. Cost: $400  Savings: $45

Purchase Adult Dog Package

Canine Good Citizen Package


Learn to Train Your Dog: Level 1 + Level 2 + Canine Good Citizen Prep. Cost: $575  Savings: $70

Purchase Canine Good Citizen Package

Adult Dog Advanced Package


Two advanced (Level 2 Obedience or beyond) classes. Cost: $360  Savings: $40

Purchase Adult Dog Advanced Package

Loyalty Program

Frequent Flyer Program


Clients who have taken five or more class sessions at MSPCA are eligible for ongoing discounts. Known as “Frequent Flyers,” they enjoy a special rate of $150 for each 6-week class session (a savings of $50.) Contact our Training Coordinators to enroll if you are eligible.

Class Descriptions

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Puppy Play n' Learn


Research has shown that the early weeks of a puppy’s life are crucial to social development, both with other dogs and with people; every day that goes by without socializing and training your young pup is a day lost to his or her social future. For that reason, this class is especially for puppies who are 8-20 weeks old. You will pay $150 for four classes and attend for four consecutive weeks — please pick your start date with this in mind! Puppies will get to socialize and spend time learning to learn; you will get training tips and will learn how to teach your puppy to grow up to be a good dog. Your puppy should have been seen by a vet and be deemed healthy before you bring him/her to class. Puppies in class may not have received all of their vaccinations; if you are concerned about this, speak to your vet before enrolling and read this recommendation from the American Veterinary Society of Animal BehaviorAdditional classes can be purchased in blocks of two or four classes as long as your puppy is under five months old at the time of attendance. $150 for four classes. Puppy Play n’ Learn is held at 12:00pm & 1:15pm on Saturdays in Waltham.

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.

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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. $275 for two in-home classes.

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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! $245 for seven classes.

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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 1 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 Waltham Training Coordinator. $200 for six classes.

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Learn to Train Your Dog: Level 3

Looking to strengthen your dog’s basic training even more, and learn how to teach them some new behaviors? Learn to Train Your Dog: Level 3 continues to enhance your dog’s loose leash walking, stay, recall, greetings, and mat behaviors. We also introduce some new behaviors to work on your dog’s core strength (tuck sit, kick back stand, back up) as well as ones that are useful in an emergency (come front, stop on recall, moving stand.) Prerequisite: Level 2 or; if your dog has been trained using rewards and can sit, lie down, and stand in heel position; walk on a loose leash past other dogs; and walk on a loose leash past a container of food, you may enroll in this course. If you have any questions about these requirements, email Waltham Training Coordinator. $200 for six classes.

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Canine Good Citizen Prep


If your dog is very social and you want them to visit nursing homes or hospitals, they should get their American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen certification. This involves being able to be well-behaved while being handled by strangers, sitting quietly near other dogs, staying calm when there are loud noises, walking through crowds quietly, and six other requirements. You can see all ten exercises here. The CGC test is given several times a year; email the Training Coordinator if you would like to be notified when the next CGC test is scheduled. Prerequisite: Level 2 or permission of the Training Coordinator. $200 for six classes.

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Loose Leash Walking Clinic

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. Prerequisite: None.Please note that this is NOT a reactive dog class; dogs who lunge and bark at others will be referred for a consult with a behaviorist. $140 for four classes.

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Disc Dogs

Would you like to participate in a dog sport where your dog does all the running and you stay in one spot? Canine disc sport is a great way to exercise your dog while building your relationship as you work together as a team. Come learn how to build your dog’s interest in playing canine disc! We supply the disc, you supply the dog! Prerequisite: basic Obedience skills of sit, down, and coming when called. If you and your dog have not taken a class at the MSPCA before, please email our Waltham Training Coordinator for permission to enroll. $200 for six classes.

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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. The class is taught indoors in a comfortable, climate-controlled space. Classes run for 6 weeks.

Prerequisite: 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 head halter, 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.) You must send your dog’s training history to request permission to enroll in this class if you have not previously taken classes at the MSPCA. $200 for six classes.

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Beyond Intro to Agility

If you’ve already completed Intro to Agility, this class is your next step! Prerequisite: In order to enroll in this class you must have permission from the Behavior office, as continuing students have the right of first refusal to all upcoming sessions. 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. $200 for six classes.

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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/Disc training. A smorgasbord of training fun! Prerequisite: Learn to Train Your Dog: Level 1 or permission from the Training Coordinator. $140 for four classes.

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Tricks for Treats

Enhance your relationship with your dog, enrich his or her intellect, entertain your friends and even earn a title after teaching your dog some fun tricks. In this class you’ll learn the fundamentals needed to teach tricks like jump through a hoop, high five, crawl, find it, hand signals and many more. For a complete list of tricks go to http://www.akc.org/trick-Dog/trick-dog-applications/. You and your dog will move at your own pace. This class is designed to flow from one six week session to the next, to learn additional tricks as you continue. Prerequisite: Learn to Train Your Dog: Level 1 or an equivalent rewards-based class; email us to request permission to register if you’ve been training elsewhere. $200 for six classes.

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

Canine Freestyle

Nosework

Rally Obedience

Enrollment

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 that dogs attending classes are up-to-date on their rabies vaccine and current on all other vaccines per their vet’s recommendation. All family members are welcome in class, however, please email the Director for permission for children under the age of 7 whom you want to bring to class.

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. Sorry, no exceptions! There will be no tuition refund once class has started. If you must miss a class, please notify the instructor beforehand, so you may be given make-up homework, but we are unable to offer make-up classes.

A Note from the Director of Behavior Services

Welcome! If you have scrolled down to here, and did not find the class you hoped for, please call the Behavior Department (contact info below) to let me know what you would like to learn with your dog! I am also quite pleased to share the MSPCA-Angell’s position on training.

~Dr. Terri Bright

Meet our Director of Behavior Services, Dr. Terri Bright

For more information, call the Behavior Department 617-989-1520.

Please join us at Dr. Bright's Behavior and Training Facebook Group!

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