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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.

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.

Puppy Play n' Learn

Puppy Play n' 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 8-20 weeks old, and is a drop-in format. Puppies will get to socialize and spend time learning to learn; you will get puppy tips and will learn how to teach your puppy to grow up to be a good dog.

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Beginner Pet Obedience

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 the class are: sit, stay, lie down, coming when called, “Leave it,” go to your mat, and loose-leash walking.

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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 + Beginner Pet Obedience. Cost: $350  Savings: $45
Please note: Puppy class is held at 11:00am on Saturdays in Waltham. Most students start with Puppy Play n’ Learn, and then move on to Beginner Pet Obedience so you do not need to select your Beginner Obedience class at this time. If you would like to take these two classes concurrently, please email our Waltham Training Coordinators.

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Puppy Package 2


Puppy Play n’ Learn + Beginner Pet Obedience + Level 2 Obedience. Cost: $525   Savings: $70
Please note: Puppy class is held at 11:00am on Saturdays in Waltham. Most students start with Puppy Play n’ Learn, and then move on to Beginner Pet Obedience so you do not need to select your Beginner Obedience class at this time. If you would like to take these two classes concurrently, please email our Waltham Training Coordinators.

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Puppy Package 3


Puppy Home Start + Puppy Play n’ Learn. Cost: $400  Savings: $25
Please note: Puppy class is held at 11:00am on Saturdays in Waltham.

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Puppy Package 4


Puppy Home Start + Puppy Play n’ Learn + Beginner Pet Obedience. Cost: $600  Savings: $70
Please note: Puppy class is held at 11:00am on Saturdays in Waltham. Most students start with Puppy Play n’ Learn, and then move on to Beginner Pet Obedience so you do not need to select your Beginner Obedience class at this time. If you would like to take these two classes concurrently, please email our Waltham Training Coordinators.

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Adult Dog Package


Beginner Pet Obedience + Level 2 Obedience. Cost: $400  Savings: $45

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Canine Good Citizen Package


Beginner Pet Obedience + Level 2 Obedience + Canine Good Citizen Prep. Cost: $575  Savings: $70

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Adult Dog Advanced Package


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

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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 Training Coordinator Michalla Bishop 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, 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 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 11:00am on Saturdays in Waltham.

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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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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.

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Level 2 Pet 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.

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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. Prerequisite: Level 2 Obedience. $200 for six classes.

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Rally Obedience

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. 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 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.

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Puppy Agility

Agility is the sport where dogs and their handlers work as a team as the dog goes over jumps, through tunnels, and over obstacles like a see-saw.  When puppies do Agility, we use low-impact methods for safety, and puppies learn confidence as they traverse the course, and Obedience as they learn that working with you is fun! The class is taught indoors in a comfortable, climate-controlled space. Classes run for 6 weeks. Limited to puppies ages 3-6 months. Prerequisite: Your puppy must have been seen by a vet and deemed healthy to attend this class. $200 for six classes.

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Obedience/Nosework Hybrid for Rehab Patients

In this class, dogs will learn behavior and enrichment skills that will help them both prepare for and recover from veterinary physical rehabilitation. The Obedience skills will include: sit, lie down, go to your mat, stay, come when called, hand-targeting, and leave it. “Nosework” is a way to train your dog to find things with their nose in exactly the same way as police dogs, and the intellectual stimulation of directed sniffing can help your dog relax as they might after a long walk! These combined skills are low-impact, and are recommended by our vets for their patients. A Rehab vet will help with dogs in class who are painful and may need extra help. Classes run for 7 weeks. Limited to patients of Angell West Rehabilitation Services. Prerequisite: Email physicalrehab@angell.org if you think your dog is a candidate for this class. $300 for seven classes.

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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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