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Waltham Dog Training

COVID-19 UPDATE:  In-person training classes resume October 27th! Puppy Play n’ Learn resumes on Nov 7th. Registration is now open.

We also continue to offer online classes, webinars, and private lessons to support you & your pup during this time. Classes are also available in our Jamaica Plain location.

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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.

COVID-19 Accommodations for Health & Safety:

~ Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all in-person classes were suspended from March 16th – October 21st. Classes will be added to the schedule as soon as possible. To be notified about a particular class listing, please send an email request for notification. ~

Upcoming Classes
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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, You select your start date, and attend for four consecutive weeks. 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, come when called, leave it, go to your mat, and loose-leash walking.

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Online Training

Online 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 + Beginner Pet Obedience. Cost: $350  Savings: $45
Please note: Puppy Play n’ Learn 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 Play n’ Learn 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.

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 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 Play n’ Learn 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.

Purchase Puppy Package 4

Adult Dog Package


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

Purchase Adult Dog Package

Canine Good Citizen Package


Beginner Pet Obedience + Level 2 Obedience + 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 on Saturdays in Waltham, beginning 11/7/20.

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


We are offering “virtual” Puppy Home Start visits with our trainers during this time of social distancing! If a trainer is able to travel to your home, the sessions would need to be held outdoors, with social distancing and masks. 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 Waltham Training Coordinators. $200 for six classes.

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Canine Freestyle


Do you love teaching your dog tricks? Do you enjoy listening to music? Have you always wanted to dance…with your dog?? Canine Freestyle is a creative canine sport where you and your dog work as a team to learn choreographed tricks and obedience to create a routine you can perform together. In addition to being fun, it’s a great way to work on improving your handling and training skills while providing your dog valuable mental stimulation. Prerequisite: Beginner Pet Obedience. $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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Intermediate 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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Advanced Agility

If you have taken multiple rewards-based Agility class at the MSPCA or elsewhere and your dog can perform ALL of the equipment in class, you may qualify for Advanced Agility. 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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Low Impact Agility

In this class, dogs will learn the fun, active sport of Agility with modifications to provide only low-impact exercise while training. The class is held indoors, in our large, climate-controlled classroom. A Rehab vet will also review the course each week to ensure it is appropriate.

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

Level 3 Pet Obedience

Canine Good Citizen Prep

Disc Dogs

Nosework

Rally Obedience

RehOB

Tricks for Treats

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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