Classes Start April 2nd!!
Please read the class descriptions, as well as our refund policy, before registering for a class.
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.
Buy More, Save More…
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:
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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, and is a drop-in format. You will pay $150 for four classes and come at your convenience until your pup is five months old. 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 Behavior. Additional 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.
Purchase Puppy Play n’ Learn
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.
Purchase Puppy Home Start
Beginner Pet Obedience
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. $245 for seven classes.
Purchase Beginner Pet Obedience
Level 2 Obedience
Longer stays, better recalls, better attention to you, and adding distractions so your dogs (and you) can continue to be challenged. Prerequisite: Beginner Pet Obedience 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 Michalla Bishop. $200 for six classes.
Purchase Level 2 Obedience
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. Prerequisite: Level 2 Obedience. $200 for six classes.
Purchase CGC Prep
Rally Obedience is a fun sport that combines the precision of Competition Obedience with the fun of Agility. In “Rally O” the dog and handler learn 13-20 behaviors that are standard Obedience behaviors: come, sit, heel, down, stay, along with different turns, and jumps are added for fun! The challenge is that the signs are laid out in a course (see the signs here) and the dog and handler complete the timed course in a specific manner with as few “faults” as possible. The owners are encouraged to talk to their dogs and make the experience a lot of fun for all. Rally is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country. Sign up and give it a try! Prerequisite: Your dog must, at minimum, be able to sit and walk at your left side to take this class. If you and your dog have not taken a class at the MSPCA before, please email Michalla Bishop for permission to enroll. $200 for six classes.
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Intro to Scentwork
Scentwork or “Nosework” is the next big thing in dog training! It is a fun sport that involves teaching your dog to follow his or her nose to find different scents. Based upon the work that police and bomb- and airport-sniffing dogs do, your dog learns first to find the box that has food in it. Over repeated lessons, the food is then paired with an odor, and the dog continues the hunt! The result is a dog who can search a space for that particular smell. Dogs LOVE this sport, as sniffing is something they were born to do! You will smile with pride as you watch your dog learn how to, well…be such a DOG! $200 for six classes.
Our homeless dogs are learning too! Here they are at their first lesson: One box has a bowl of food in it, and the dogs are following their noses! Dogs from Adoption Center learning to find food in a box
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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 in the great outdoors. The class is taught in a safe, fenced-in yard. Classes run for 6 weeks. Start dates are tentative depending on the weather!
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 Training Coordinator Michalla Bishop. 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.
Purchase Intro to Agility
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
For more information, call the Behavior Department 617-989-1520.