Group Classes - Fort Collins
Group classes are a great way to learn new skills with your puppy or dog in a fun environment with other dogs and their owners. Our Level 1 classes are taught at Bentley's Pet Stuff & Kriser's Natural Pet in Fort Collins, Colorado and our Level 2 and Level 3 classes are taught around town with real-life distractions and adventures; we also offer a few classes at Bentley's Pet Stuff in Greeley, Colorado. Check out our Sign Up page for class start dates - if you are interested in a class but don't see it listed on the sign up page, contact us to let us know you are interested and you'll be the first to know when the next class is added to the schedule! If you aren't sure where to start with your dog, contact us and we're happy to help point you in the right direction!
PUPPY BASICS - For Puppies 16 weeks to 6 months - 6 Weeks - $140
Get your relationship with your new puppy off to a great start with this foundation class! This course focuses on teaching your puppy foundation skills such as giving attention to you, offering good behavior, and responding to cues, as well as all of the necessary skills for a lifetime of adventures with you! All of the class concepts are practiced with games that both you and your puppy will enjoy! First class is without puppies.
Family Dog - For Dogs Over 6 months - 6 Weeks - $140
Polish up your relationship with your older puppy or dog with this foundation class! This course focuses on teaching good behavior in the home and getting ready to get out in the community for your dog. You and your dog will learn specific skills like sit, down, stay, come, loose leash walking, greeting people and dogs calmly, and more! All of the lessons will be reinforced with games that both you and your dog will enjoy! This class is ideal for dogs and puppies over 6 months of age that have no prior training class experience and are not reactive or aggressive towards people or dogs. First class is without dogs.
Optional level to give you and your dog more focused learning and practice opportunities on essential skills!
LOOSE LEASH WALKING: Distractions & Games - 4 Weeks - $100
Do you and your dog need some help with polite leash walking and working around distractions? This class incorporates basic leash walking skills as well as more advanced exercises to fine-tune your walk with your dog. The course is great for those looking to improve their teamwork and focus for dog sports, as well as those simply looking for a more enjoyable walk in the park with their dog.
RECALLS & STAYS: Distractions & Games - 4 Weeks - $100
Solid recall and stay behaviors are essential safety skills for your dog to know, as well as foundational to a lot of fun adventures you and your dog could enjoy together! This class focuses exclusively on training these two behaviors and practicing them around different distractions.
PUPPY CONFIDENCE - FOR PUPPIES < 1 YEAR OLD - 4 Weeks - $100
If you and your pup have graduated from a puppy basics class and are ready for your next challenge, this class is for you! This class focuses on building your puppy's foundation learning skills around greater distractions and novel situations. This class uses shaping and capturing games to grow your puppy's confidence and keep them excited about learning new things! Specific behaviors covered in this class: walking on novel (and potentially scary) surfaces, advanced nose and paw targeting, intro to basic agility skills, interacting with unusual objects, crate games, and more!
Canine Good Citizen & Therapy Dog Prep - 6 weeks - $140
Do you want a dog that is a model citizen out and about? Do you have dreams of brightening someone's day with a visit from your well-behaved dog? The AKC CGC program is the gold standard for good dog behavior, and a stepping stone in therapy dog certification. This course will teach and polish the skills necessary for your dog to pass the CGC evaluation, with advanced applications to therapy dog work! Dogs and handlers who are ready have the option to take the evaluation after the last class session.
Adventure Dog - 4 weeks - $100
We all love a good adventure, and it's always better with our dogs by our side! This class is all about getting out into the real and natural world with our dogs and fine-tuning their skills to these highly distracting environments! Each week of class is held at a different location around Fort Collins, including (but not limited to!) parks, natural areas, breweries, and hiking trails (budgeting a few extra dollars for any parking fees and/or beer expenditures isn't a bad idea!). Locations are determined after class registration is closed based on number and skill level of participants.
Sport, Fitness & Fun Classes
Puppy Playtimes - FREE!
This Playtime is for puppies aged 4 - 8 months old who are up-to-date on their vaccines and ready to play! Come get some quality socialization practice in this small group play environment, monitored by a certified trainer. This isn't an instructional class, but is a great playtime supplement to your puppy class! Playtime is free but pre-registration is required so that we know how many puppies to plan for (minimum of two puppies needed). Puppies must be up-to-date on their veterinarian-recommended vaccines; bring your puppy's vaccine records to your first Playtime! Check schedules & register through our sign-up page.
Canine Parkour - 6 Weeks - $150
Parkour for dogs is a fun sport that encourages you and your dog to get outside and play together, with objects you might find in your natural environment! The sport combines canine conditioning and the skills of body awareness, balancing, crawling, paw targeting, and more! This class is open to dogs of all ages who have completed a basic training class or equivalent.
Rally Obedience - 6 weeks - $150
Rally is a dog sport that requires you and your dog to navigate a course of various exercises that you complete together. Training for Rally, whether you plan to compete or not, can build communication, teamwork, and a spirit of fun between you and your dog. It is a great way to strengthen your dog’s basic skills and cue responses while having fun together! Check out this video to see our Rally-O students in action!
Level 1: Novice - This is the first level, and a great place to start for dogs and their handlers looking to get into Rally competitions or just have fun together! You and your dog will learn the foundations of the sport as well as the exercises that make up the first level!
Level 2: Advanced - Graduates of our Novice class, or dog & handlers who have earned their Rally Novice title, are ready to move on to Advanced!
Level 3: Excellent - Graduates of our Advanced class, or dogs & handlers who have earned their Rally Advanced title, are ready to move on to Excellent!
Drop-In Practices - This drop-in class is a great opportunity to fine tune your Rally skills in preparation for a trial or just to have some extra fun with your dog! An instructor will be on-site to facilitate and answer questions, but otherwise this is not an instructional class. Pre-registration is required so that the instructor can design an appropriate course for all participants! Tuition is $15 per spot in the rotation for each drop-in.
Behavior classes are added to the schedule as interest demands. If you have a dog that might be a good candidate for a behavior class but don't see it on the schedule, please contact us and let us know that you are interested so we can add you to the prospective student list and keep you updated when the class has enough interest to take place.
Grumpy Growlers - for reactive dogs of all ages - 6 weeks - $200
This class is for dogs who bark, growl or lunge when on-leash and in the presence of other dogs. Training is done in a safe, low-stress classroom environment to teach you and your dog the skills to manage and modify your dog's current reaction to the presence of other dogs. Class is taught by two instructors so you and your dog get the attention that you need! The first night of class is without dogs and is mandatory to participate in the rest of the classes. Preparation for this class is crucial to your success, so please leave your dogs home the first night of class.
Details coming soon!