Group Classes

Basic Manners - $100
The basic manners class is designed for dogs with little or no previous training. It focuses on basic, on-leash pet obedience/manners skills including: walking on a loose leash, sit, down, stay, come, place, leave it, etc. It will also cover training concepts like proofing and generalizing behaviors for better reliability.
The class runs 8 weeks, with 1-hour classes each week.

Puppy Kindergarten - $80
The Puppy Kindergarten class is for dogs 8 weeks to 6 months old and focuses mostly on puppy socialization. It also covers problem prevention, problem solving, some basic training, and more.
The class runs 6 weeks, with 45 minute classes.
I have applied to be an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator. If my application is approved, participants in the Puppy Kindergarten class will have the option to test for the AKC S.T.A.R Puppy Award. For more information about the S.T.A.R. Puppy program, click here.

Advanced Manners (Canine Good Citizen) - $100
The advanced manners class builds on skills learned in a basic or beginner manners class. Although dogs are not required to complete the Canine Initiative Basic Manners class, they must be competent in walking on a loose leash, sit, stay, and come on command, in a group setting, prior to joining this class. This class will begin to introduce some off-leash work, greater proofing around distractions, and starting to fade away from relying on treats so much. It is designed to prepare dogs and handlers for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test, which will be offered at the end of the class.
The class runs 8 weeks, with 1-hour classes each week. The final week will be the Canine Good Citizen test for anyone who chooses to take it.

Intro to E-Collar - $100
The Intro to E-Collar class is for dogs who already know some basic on-leash obedience skills, specifically: come when called, place, and loose leash walking. The E-Collar (remote collar) is the most reliable way to get off leash obedience. The e-collar is used as another form of pressure (like we teach leash pressure in Basic Manners class), and can be used to reinforce the dog's good choices even when off leash up to 1/2 mile away. We acknowledge that tools such as the e-collar have the potential to do more harm than good if used improperly. We hold our training to high standards, teaching owners proper, safe, and fair use of the tool, to ensure the training is clear, positive, and effective.
The class is 5 weeks long, with 1.5 hour long classes each week. Week 1 is dedicated to the human end of the training, to ensure that handlers are familiar with how to use their e-collars and have a good understanding of the concepts and timing we will be using in class. All participants will be required to feel the e-collar prior to using it on their dogs.
Class Requirements: Dog must have a basic understanding of come, place, and heel skills on leash. It is helpful if dogs understand following a food lure, or moving with leash pressure, or both. Dogs must be able to settle in a crate or out in a vehicle during the class - dogs will work individually throughout the class. Participants in this class are required to have a high quality e-collar with the following features: (1) the ability to do both momentary and continuous stimulation, (2) a wide range of levels (usually 1-100+), and (3) ability to adjust levels while applying continuous stimulation.
Recommended E-Collar: I recommend the Educator EZ-900 e-collar, an approximately $200 collar. I can order an e-collar for you if you would like. Just select that option on the e-collar registration form and get payment to me at least 5 days before the start of the class.
If you have any questions about e-collar training, please do not hesitate to contact me! Thank you.

4-H Classes - Kids 8-18 (4-H Dog SPIN Club)
4-H is open to enrollment for kids ages 8-18 (as of Sept. 1). The 4-H dog training classes are held through the 4-H Dog Special Interest (SPIN) Club. We have Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions of training to prep 4-Hers for the 4-H Fair Dog Show at the end of July. Kids do not have to be already enrolled in 4-H to join the Dog SPIN Club, but must enroll in the Dog SPIN Club prior to attending 4-H dog training classes.
The SPIN Club offers competitive obedience and competitive agility classes. Classes are free after the $20 fee to enroll in the 4-H program is paid.

Intro to Dog Sports
The Intro to Dog Sports class is a fun way to learn more about some different activities and dog sports, including but not limited to competitive obedience, rally-obedience, and agility. Dogs are not required to have any formal training prior to taking this class, but must be under control of the handler. This class is a great option for anyone looking to get off on the right foot for their competitive career, or for anyone just looking for new, fun things to do with their dog, even if they never plan to compete.

Beginner Agility - $80
Beginner Agility is a fun class that is perfect for anyone interested in competing in agility, or for anyone just looking to have fun with their dog while burning some energy and building some confidence. It will focus primarily on teaching the individual agility obstacles, but will also cover some basic obstacle sequencing and handling skills. The class is open to dogs of any age, but dogs under 1 year old may be restricted on some obstacles due to safety. On the first night of class, before agility training is started, handlers must demonstrate that they have control of the dog both on leash and off leash. This ensures everyone's safety as the class progresses.
Class runs 6 weeks, with 1-hour long classes.

Rally Obedience is a dog sport in which dog and handler complete a course which is composed of numbered signs. Each sign indicates what exercises is to be performed at that sign as the team heels through the course, such as sit, down, stand, call front, turns, serpentines, and other similar obedience behaviors. For more information about Rally, click here.  Beginner Novice is the lowest level of AKC Obedience competition. For more information about competitive Obedience, click here. This class can be used either as preparation for competing in Rally or Obedience, or it can simply be used as a fun activity to do with your dog to keep his mind busy. No previous training is required, but the training will be expedited if the dogs come to class knowing how to walk politely on a leash and motivated for food.
Class is designed to run 8 weeks. The length may be adjusted depending on scheduling. Shorter classes may not cover as much content, so price may be adjusted accordingly.

Competitive Obedience
The Competitive Obedience class is designed for people planning to compete in AKC/UKC Obedience. Classes are kept small so that it can be extremely flexible in order to the needs and skill level of the class participants and build from where they are at.
In accordance with the flexibility of the class, the length of the class may be adjusted as scheduling allows, from as short as 4 weeks to as long as 8 weeks. Some classes may be open to drop-ins paying per week rather than for the whole class.

For class schedules, click here.

Private Training

If you know you want help with your dog, but aren't quite sure what you need (whether private lessons or a class would be better, or what class would be best for you), I can do a brief evaluation to meet you, get a feel for where your dog is at, discuss problems and/or goals, and give you my opinion on what would be most beneficial for you and your dog.

Evaluations are $15 and generally takes about 30 minutes.

Private Lessons
Private lessons are held in our training building. You tell me what your prior experience and future goals for the dog are, and I will provide one-on-one guidance to get you to those goals. Potential topics include: manners training, off leash obedience, Canine Good Citizen or Therapy Dog test preparation, competitive sports (agility, rally, or obedience), problem solving, relationship building, and similar topics. I do offer lessons for dogs displaying reactivity or aggression towards other dogs, however, at this time I do not offer lessons for reactivity or aggression towards human. If you have a dog displaying aggression towards humans, contact me for more information. If I cannot help you, I will refer you to someone who can.

Private lessons are available for $30 for 30 minutes, or $50 for an hour. 1 hour lessons are generally recommended, except for young puppies with short attention spans.

In-Home Private Lessons
Depending on the dog, the training goals, and the location, I may be able to do in-home private lessons for you and your dog. In-home lessons are most useful for dogs who behave well at class or in public, but have problems at home. Before doing a private lesson in-home, I require at least one private lesson at our training facility first to meet you and your dog and get a feel for your situation.

The travel fee for in-home private lessons is $2/mile from the Canine Initiative Training facility.

Private Lesson Packages
If you know you want to do a series of lessons with Canine Initiative, a private lesson package is the best way to do it.

Puppy Package: Six 30-minute lessons - $150 (save $30)
     Ideal for young dogs with short attention spans
Package of 4: One hour lessons - $185 (save $15)
Package of 6: One hour lessons - $270 (save $30)
Package of 8: One hour lessons - $350 (save $50)
Add-On Lessons: $45/hour lessons after purchasing a package! (Save $5/hour)

Special Events and Opportunities

Occasionally Canine Initiative Training will offer special events such as dog training seminars.

No events currently scheduled.