DOG TRAINING

COVID Solutions & Classes

You're at home with your dog all day, spend some time bonding with them! We're now VIRTUAL so join our classes on Zoom to train your dog with less distractions and from the comfort of your home.

 

Our group classes offer something for everyone. Virtual classes will allow your dog to learn in a distraction-free environment. This allows the dog to acquire the skill necessary for performing foundation behaviors. This approach maximizes your training and results in a more consistent response. We also offer outdoor group classes to challenge your dog’s already learned skills by providing real-life distractions. Finally, we offer hybrid classes that are part virtual and part in-person.

If you prefer to learn individually or can’t make our classes, we’d be excited to work with you privately. Private training lessons can deal with basic training problems like jumping, pulling, puppy nipping, not coming when called, destruction, barking, housebreaking, counter-surfing, and many more.

We've been excited to host some amazing trainers, vets, and speakers in the past! From Ian Dunbar to Sophia Yin, we've learned amazing things and incorporated them into our own methodology. Find out who's visiting next!

 

GROUP CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Obedience Training

Even dogs need to work on their manners! Take one of our obedience classes so you and your dog can start working on these basics like sit, down, come, and everything in between.

PUPPY KINDERGARTEN 101

$250
One hour class/week for 8 weeks
For puppies 8 weeks to 5 months old

No previous training needed

 

Start your puppy out on the right paw with a Virtual class designed specifically for his needs!  This class is presented on ZOOM and focuses on providing good socialization experiences during a pandemic, teaching attention and focus, bite inhibition, walking on a leash, good manners, sit, down, control yourself and come!  This Virtual Class includes real-time feedback from the instructor, videos to enhance your experience, and three days of Super Puppy Club.

PUPPY JUMPSTART 102

$185
One hour class/week for 6 weeks
For dogs of all ages
Previous Training: Puppy Kindergarten or experience with a formal beginner training class

 

Jumpstart your dog's education this summer with this 4-week class.  To achieve the most reliable behaviors in the best way possible, this class is a hybrid of both virtual and in-person training.  Build a solid foundation for essential behaviors like: stay, wait, come when called, leave-it, and go-to-place for the first 2 weeks of class, all from the non-distracting, safety of your home.  These virtual sessions provide real-Time feedback from the instructor along with Videos to enhance your experience.  Then, for the remaining 2 weeks, join your fellow students in a secure, outdoor classroom where you can perfect the previously learned behaviors with added real-life distractions, along with learning some helpful new ones!  Pre-requisites are Puppy Kindergarten or some experience with a beginner class.  Additionally, this class prepares handlers and dogs who have previously taken punishment=based training methods elsewhere to switch to positive reinforcement training.  This class runs for 4-weeks - 2 weeks (Virtual) on ZOOM and 2 weeks in a secure outdoor classroom.  In order to maintain safe social distancing during the in-person sessions, this class is strictly limited to 4 students at a time.

BEGINNER

$250
One hour class/week for 8 weeks
For dogs 5 months and older

No previous training needed

 

Our Beginner class has been sectioned into two separate 4-week classes.  Beginner 101 will be a virtual class and Beginner 102 will be in-person training in outdoor settings.  The Virtual Beginner 101 class is the perfect start to your dog's formal education.  This class is presented on ZOOM and will provide the perfect foundation for your dog to learn and master the basic behaviors, all at your convenience and with your personal safety in mind.  Once the foundation behaviors (sit, down, stay, wait, come when called, walk nicely on a leash, leave-it, targeting, and go-to-place) are strong, it is time to move on to the addition of distractions in Beginner 102.  This virtual class includes real-time feedback from the instructor and videos to enhance your experience.

WONDER DOG!

$185
One hour class/week for 6 weeks
Previous Training: Beginner or Jumpstart

 

Take your dog to the next level! This class focuses on adding distance and distractions, and we begin working without the use of a leash. Future off-leash success depends on the reliability of your dog’s response to cues despite these changes. Your dog will learn practical tasks and new concepts, such as heeling with his attention focused on you instead of the environment. We will introduce emergency cues so that your dog will respond quickly, even while in motion. Currently taught in our secure outdoor area.

DOG UNLEASHED

$185
One hour class/week for 6 weeks
Previous Training: Wonder Dog!

 

Finally, the off-leash class that you’ve been waiting for! We will work to attain off-leash reliability through fun and fast-paced activities with difficulty increasing by changing distances and distractions. Some activities will take place outside, weather permitting. Currently taught in our secure outdoor area.

Canine Good Citizen

CANINE GOOD CITIZEN PREP CLASS

$125
One hour class/week for 3 weeks

Here is a special clinic to prepare you and your dog for the AKC Canine Good Citizenship Test.

Tricks

*All tricks are currently virtual

TRICKS FOR KICKS! - LEVEL 1

$185
1-hour class/week for 6 weeks

Tricks aren’t a silly pastime; they’re a fun and engaging way to mentally stimulate your dog and avoid boredom which could result in destructive behaviors. They’re also the basis of more advanced and complex behaviors! Whether you want to teach a few cute tricks, increase your dog’s mental stimulation, strengthen your working relationship or prepare your dog to learn more important tasks, this class is for you! Some of the tricks you'll learn include:

Shake

Target

Peek-a-boo

Kisses

Spin

Ring bell

TRICKS FOR KICKS! - LEVEL 2

$185
1-hour class/week for 6 weeks
Previous Training: Tricks for Kicks! - Level 1
 

Time to take it up a level and teach your dog more complex tricks! They may seem impossible at first but combining a couple of behaviors together can result in amazing tricks such some of the ones below:

Open/close door

Say prayers

Jump through arms

Carry something

Climb into suitcase

Roll over

TRICKS FOR KICKS! - LEVEL 3

$185
1-hour class/week for 6 weeks
Previous Training: Tricks for Kicks! - Level 2
 

Now you’re really a top dog! Continue building on the tricks you and your dog have learned in Tricks for Kicks - Levels 1 & 2 to do some amazing things:

Get me a tissue

Distance with cues

Play dead

Go hide

Walk on two legs

Push a ball

TRICKS FOR KICKS! - LEVEL 4

$185
1-hour class/week for 6 weeks
Previous Training: Tricks for Kicks! - Level 3
 

Once you start training tricks with your pup, it's so much fun that you can't stop! Keep going with these fun additions and more:

Fishing with a rope

Roll in a blanket

Jump hoop on my back

Cross paws

Weave poles

Push cart

Reactive Behavior Classes

KRANKY K9s

$350
1-hour class/week for 8 weeks

No Previous Training Needed
 

Is your dog KRANKY or frustrated with other dogs? Dog-to-dog aggression creates serious problems for owners. Owners of “kranky” dogs suffer embarrassment and sometimes even injury as they attempt to control their dog’s outbursts at the sight, sound, or even smell of another dog. Kranky K9s is a specialty class taught by multiple knowledgeable and patient instructors experienced in handling aggression in a classroom setting. We will focus on calming techniques, teaching alternative behaviors, and safe handling methods.

KRANKY K9s: OUT AND ABOUT

$250
1-hour class/week for 6 weeks
Previous Training: Kranky K9s
 

This outdoor class focuses on strengthening the skills learned in Kranky K9s and putting your dog into real-life scenarios. We’ll walk your dog through reproductions of common situations that you struggle with everyday and learn how to handle them successfully!

KRANKY K9s: RALLY

$250
1-hour class/week for 6 weeks
Previous Training: Kranky K9s
 

Rally is an interactive dog sport where the dog and handler move from station to station completing different obedience exercises. The Kranky K9s Rally class will teach the dog and handler the necessary skills needed to participate in the sport while keeping each dog below their reactivity threshold. This introductory level will incorporate skills learned in Level 1 and focus on heeling, attention, proper positioning, stay, wait, and added distractions. The goal of this class is to enhance the bond between dog and handler, while strengthening behaviors that will prevent reactivity in the dog.

Nose Work

K9 NOSE WORK: INTRO TO NOSE WORK

$170
1-hour class/week for 6 weeks

The ultimate mental exercise for your dog! Dogs have an amazing sense of smell and a natural desire to hunt so this exciting sport is designed to develop your dog’s natural scenting abilities. It’s a great way for your dog to have fun, build confidence, and burn lots of mental and physical energy.

K9 NOSE WORK: INTRO TO ODOR

$170
1-hour class/week for 6 weeks
Previous Training: K9 Nose Work - Intro to Nose Work
 

Continue developing your dog’s nose work skills as we introduce the target odors used in this sport.

K9 NOSE WORK: ADVANCED

$170
1-hour class/week for 6 weeks
Previous Training: K9 Nose Work - Intro to Odor
 

Continue developing your dog’s nose work skills in all of the search elements: Interior; Exterior; Vehicle and Containers.  Advanced problem solving; odor obedience and Trial preparation are covered in these on-going classes.

Rally

RALLY FUN-DAMENTALS - LEVEL 1

$185
1-hour class/week for 6 weeks

Rally is an interactive dog sport where the dog and handler move from station to station completing different obedience exercises. It helps practice and advance skills learned in previous training classes, taking them to a whole new level! You and your dog will build a positive relationship while strengthening working behaviors.

RALLY FUN-DAMENTALS - LEVEL 2

$185
1-hour class/week for 6 weeks
Previous Training: Rally Fun-damentals - Level 1
 

Take rally to the next level now that you have the basics down.

FitDog

*All FitDog classes are currently virtual & no equipment purchase required

FITDOG STRENGTH & CONDITIONING - LEVEL 1

$140
45 minute class/week for 4 weeks
 

Strength and conditioning training can keep your dog healthy and promote a longer, better life! Whether you want to set up your young puppy right or help your older dog maintain strength and mobility, we’ll focus on skills we use in our A.C.E. (Academy of Canine Enrichment) program: building muscle strength, conditioning their bodies, stimulating their minds, and enhancing focus.

FITDOG STRENGTH & CONDITIONING - LEVEL 2

$140
45 minute class/week for 4 weeks
Previous Training: FitDog Strength & Conditioning - Level 1
 

Build on the skills that you learned in FitDog - Level 1 to continue increasing your dog’s muscle mass and conditioning. Bond with your dog through more advanced challenges and movements!

Treibball

Treibball (pronounced tribe-ball) originated in Germany more than 10 years ago and means "push ball".  It is a low-impact, herding-type sport that any dog and handler can play. If your dog has a nose or a shoulder, they can play treibball! The game is simple and only requires a few fitness balls, some treats, and a love of working with your dog. At their handler’s cue, a dog goes out into a playing field and pushes a selected ball to you, with direction and control. The game is timed, with only one dog and handler team on the field at one time, so mildly reactive dogs can participate too.

INTRO TO TREIBBALL

$250
45 minute class/week for 8 weeks

You and your dog will learn the basics of treibball including how to target the balls and push them to you.

INTERMEDIATE TREIBBALL

$200
45 minute class/week for 6 weeks

Advance your treibball skills further with this intermediate class! Additional balls and distance will be introduced to keep your dog on their toes.

Fundamental Training Clinics

CLINIC: COME HERE!

$125
One hour class/week for 3 weeks

Having trouble with a dog that just won’t come when called? Want a dog that will come no matter what? Then this class is for you! Focus on the fundamentals of a good recall in this three week clinic.

CLINIC: DON'T JUMP ON ME!

$125
1-hour class/week for 3 weeks

Getting knocked over by a well-intended but overly enthusiastic greeting from your dog? Do you want your dog to greet you and your guests safely and with manners? Take this clinic to focus on the fundamentals of proper greetings and control.

CLINIC: WALK NICELY!

$125
1-hour class/week for 3 weeks

Tired of getting pulled down the street? Want your dog to walk politely at your side? Take this clinic to focus on the fundamentals of loose leash walking!

CLINIC: WALK 'N' TRAIN

$150
45 minute class/week for 4 weeks

Previous Training: Beginner class or higher

Is your dog's training ready for the challenge of real-life distractions?  In this class, you and your dog will walk in several outdoor locations, along with a small group of other owners, dogs and a trainer.  While you walk, you will practice the things your dog needs to learn, like loose-leash walking, stay, wait, come, pay attention and more!

Designed for Kids

HELLO LITTLE DOGGIE

$125
One hour class/week for 3 weeks
For kids ages 3 - 6
Previous Training: Puppy Kindergarten, Jumpstart, or Beginner
 

This class is designed especially for young children!  Parents, take a backseat as we talk through dog behavior, body language, and ways your child can safely interact with the dogs in their life. Families will be asked NOT to bring their dogs to this class and instead, focus on how to set your dogs and children up for a successful and happy life together through stories, activities, and songs. This is information relevant to any dog in your life so it's great for children with dogs in their homes, their extended families, and their neighborhoods. In addition to in-class materials, you’ll receive access to The Family Dog Online Training Portal which includes: the parents program (this covers all the most important skills you will need for raising children and a dog together) and the kids program (a “Special Agent Center” where they’ll have so much fun they won’t even know they’re learning!).

YOUR DOG'S BEST FRIEND

$175
One hour class/week for 6 weeks
For kids ages 7 - 12
Previous Training: Puppy Kindergarten, Jumpstart, or Beginner
 

Children make some of the best dog handlers! Here, we will lead your kid through an introductory training class focusing on behaviors that promote good manners. The skills are presented in an easy-to-learn format and are fun for dogs and kids alike. Parents can stand back, hold the leash, and watch their children bond with their dogs. In addition to in-class materials, you’ll receive access to The Family Dog Online Training Portal which includes: the parents program (this covers all the most important skills you will need for raising children and a dog together) and the kids program (a “Special Agent Center” where they’ll have so much fun they won’t even know they’re learning!).

New Baby Prep

PREPARED PUPS & PRECIOUS BUNDLES

$150
One hour class/week for 4 weeks
For dogs of all ages

Babies come with a variety of new sounds, smells, and movements and dogs don't automatically know what to make of them.  Remove this added stress by preparing your dog on what to expect and how to behave so the experience is happy and safe. This 4-week class for you and your dog will help you prepare for the initial introduction and settling-in period. The first class is an orientation (humans only) to help you understand what will be required and how to plan. The remaining 3-weeks will include your dog and we will work on necessary life skills like stay, go-to-place, leave it, drop it, polite greetings and crating well.

Stir Krazy K9s

Stir Krazy K9s

$160 
45 minute class/week for 5 weeks

Is your dog stressing about the lock down?  This uncertain time affects our dogs as well as us.  They may seek your attention more now than ever, which can be difficult for owners.  Is your dog interrupting your conference calls or video chats?  This class will help you and your dog.  This 5-week class will give you opportunities during the lockdown to brush up on your dog's training, offer guidance on keeping them occupied and exercised, and teach them to relax and settle.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

PRIVATE LESSONS

If you prefer to learn individually or can’t make our classes, we’d be excited to work with you privately. Private training lessons can deal with basic training problems like jumping, pulling, puppy nipping, not coming when called, destruction, barking, housebreaking, counter-surfing, and many more.

Schedule as many or as few lessons as you and your dog need. 1-hour lesson for $125/hr.

We now offer half-hour VIRTUAL private training lessons!

We offer 30-minute virtual training sessions to help you address your specific training needs. Is there a particular training task that you need help with? Do you have questions or problems with an adolescent, like counter surfing, jumping on people, or walking nicely? Do you need guidance with your new puppy on housebreaking, nipping, or crate training? Maybe you just need a followup to your training class? Want to get an idea what virtual training is all about? We can help you in a quick, 30-minute session, that will address your needs and your tight schedule! 

 

(Note: Aggression, fear, and reactive behaviors will require a full behavioral consultation.)

 

UPCOMING SEMINARS & EVENTS

Nose Work and Search Seminar

We are proud to host Simon Prins with exact topics to be determined. Please email vcatalano@thecoventryschool.com to be put on the mailing list.

November 2020
 

CONTACT US

hello@thecoventryschool.com
410-381-1800
7165 Oakland Mills Rd.
Suite KL
Columbia, MD 21046
Day Camp Drop-Off: 7am - 8:30am
Day Camp Pick-Up: 4pm - 6:30pm
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