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Group Classes - Millersville

MILLERSVILLE

750C Generals Highway

Millersvile, MD 21108

5,200 square foot, indoor climate controlled space

CDT group classes add another level of depth and experience to our students training plans.  They are designed to practice skills in a distracting, yet controlled environment, to help owners learn how to be the most relevant thing to their dog. Group classes are a fun way for dogs and owners to share their training experiences with fellow students and take their training to the next level.

All group classes are 1 hour. 

Group Class Vaccine Requirements

Canine Flu (Bivalent, H3N2/H3N8)
Bordetella

Distemper
Rabies

 

** Puppies are not required to have the listed vaccines until they are old enough to receive them

 

Puppy Group Class (8-24 weeks)    

* See Puppy Program for details

Beginner Group Class
This class is great for the "teenage" dogs (5mo.-12mo.) or a great place to start with a new adult dog 

 

Designed to introduce dogs and owners to a prong collar and transitioning to 'adult style' training

  • 4 Week Course - $200, includes prong collar 
     

When: 

Wednesdays @ 6pm, November 30th - December 21st - *In progress

Wednesdays @ 7pm, November 30th - December 21st - *In progress

Sundays @ 10am, January 8th - 29th - *Enrolling now!

Week 1 - Into to prong collar/ Heel and Sit

Week 2 - Sit/Stay, Down/Stay, Thresholds

Week 3 - Place

Week 4 - Come/Recall 
 

** Please note: This class does not allow drop-in's and is designed as a 4 week course where owners must attend each week consecutively.  No makeup classes are offered for this course.  Prong collars will be provided and are included in the price.

Nail Trimming

The nail trimming class is designed to demonstrate different methods and equipment used for trimming a dog's nails.  We show the pros and cons of using nail clippers and dremels, the best ways to train a dog to accept the procedure, and various body positions and restraint options.  Our goal is to get the nails trimmed in the class, but of course with some more difficult dogs,or dogs with extra long nails, additional practice will be needed at home.  

  • Individual class - $45

When:

Wednesday @ 6pm, January 11th - *Enrolling now!

*For dogs of any age that meet our group class vaccination requirements

Intro to Nosework

Nosework is the fun search and hunt activity that virtually all dogs love.  Bring out the curiosity, build confidence, mentally and physically exercise your dog with this easy to learn activity and sport; in a safe, positive, and fun way! Young and not so young teams can start the journey of learning to seek, problem solve, and exercise their most complex sense regardless of age or breed.  Watch your dog and your relationship with your dog grow, as you both learn to tap into their ability to hunt for food and novel smells!!

  • 4 Week Course - $160

*For dogs of any age that meet our group class vaccination requirements

When: 

Thursdays @ 6pm, November 10th - 17th and December 1st - 8th - *In progress

Mondays @ 6pm, November 14th - December 5th - *In progress

Thursdays @ 6pm, January 12th - February 2nd - *Enrolling now!

 

Intro to Scentwork

For those who have completed our Intro to Nosework course, you can continue to develop your dog's incredible abilities to identify target odors and build discipline into their favorite new game.  We will begin to work with the three NACSW and AKC target odors of birch, anise, and clove and build upon you and your dog's basic foundation of Nosework.

  • 4 Week Course - $160 introductory supplies will be provided

*For dogs of any age that have completed our Intro to Nosework course and meet our group class vaccination requirements.

When: 

Thursdays @ 7pm, November 10th - 17th and December 1st - 8th - *In progress

Thursdays @ 7pm, January 12th - February 2nd - *Enrolling now!

Obstacle Course

The obstacle course class builds confidence and communication between dog and owner while improving balance and coordination!  Owners will guide and lead dogs over, under, and through different obstacles including the A-frame, tunnel, catwalk, and other fun equipment.  The class is fun and very interactive.  Dogs must be comfortable and well mannered around other dogs and people in close proximity. 

  • Individual class - $45

When:

Sunday @ 11am, December 11th - *Enrolling now!

*For dogs 6 months and older as well as handlers 10 years of age and up.  Group class vaccines required

Pack Walk

Location:  Quiet Waters Park (meet at the parking lot across from the large fountain/ice rink)

Come join the CDT pack as we walk together from the ice rink to the Main Entrance and back.  Dogs must be on a 4 or 6 foot leash and under good control.  Dogs will not meet on a leash since the purpose of the walk is for the dogs to remain calm and focused on their handler.  Trainers will guide owners and dogs as needed, but the pack walks are simply a fun way to meet other CDT dogs and work on leash walking manners in close proximity to other dogs.

  • Individual Pack Walk - FREE

When:

Sunday @ 10am, December 18th - *Enrolling now!

*For dogs 6 months and older.  Rabies and Distemper vaccinations required.

Intermediate Level Group Classes 

Introduction to the Remote Collar - Level 1

This class focuses on e-collar training and how to layer it onto a foundation of basic obedience training, taking your dogs skills to the next level!  Learn how versatile this tool is and how and when to apply it to train your dog for off-leash reliability. 

  • 4 Week Course - $375, includes remote collar 
     

Pre-requisite: Dogs must have done prior training with CDT and completed a 4 lesson private package, Beginner Group Class, Day School or a Board and Train.  Requires dogs to know the prong collar and a foundation of Heel, Sit/Stay, Down/Stay, Place, and Come.

When:

*TBD - Contact us to be placed on our list for future dates!

Week 1 - Intro to e-collar (learn the tool, techniques and your dogs 'working level')  ** 90 Minutes

Week 2 - Place and "stay"

Week 3 - Come

Week 4 - Heel/Leash Walking

** Please note: This class is a 4 week course where owners must attend each week consecutively.  No makeup classes are offered for this course.  E-collars will be provided and are included in the price. CDT specifically uses the Mini-Educator (or Micro-Educator) made by E-Collar Technologies and focuses on teaching this specific tool (Other e-collars are not permitted).

Intermediate Basic Obedience - Level 2

This class focuses on practicing the skills and behaviors learned in previous training (Board and Train, Day School, Private Lessons, or Intro to RC Level 1)  and using a variety of games and exercises to take you and your dogs skills to the next level. This class incorporates remote collar training, so requires pre-requisite training with CDT. 

  • 4 Week Course - $160 (if not included in BT or DS program)

When:

Sundays @ 10am, November 13th - 20th and December 4 - 11th - *In progress

Wednesdays @ 6pm, January 18th - February 8th - *Enrolling now!

Manners Group Class 
Learn about the dog psyche and why so many nuisance behaviors are instinctual for dogs.  This class will teach owners how to plug in basic obedience commands and to effectively correct and manage unwanted behaviors, while teaching dogs new patterns of behavior to adhere to the "Manners" of our crazy human world.

  • 4 Week Course - $160
     

When: 

Sundays @ 11am, January 8th - 29th - *Enrolling now!

Pre-requisite: Dogs must have done prior training with CDT and completed a 4 lesson private package, Beginner Group Class, Day School or a Board and Train. Requires dogs to know the prong collar and a foundation of Heel, Sit/Stay, Down/Stay, Place, and Come.

Basic Obedience for Kids and CDT Dogs

This class is designed for dogs and the kids (ages 9 - 16) who live with them and will practice the 5 basic obedience behaviors in a group class setting.  Each class will also include teaching one trick or piece of agility equipment.  The class is intended to teach kids about dog training, increase communication and understanding between kids and dogs, and be a lot of fun!

* 1 Kid per dog. Parents may stay and watch, wait in the reception area, or drop off and pick up their children.

*Dogs must be comfortable in a group environment around other dogs and kids

  • 4 Week Course - $160
     

When: 
*TBD - Contact us to be placed on our list for future dates!

Pre-requisite: Dogs must have done prior training with CDT and completed a 4 lesson private package, Beginner Group Class, Day School or a Board and Train. Requires dogs to know the prong collar and a foundation of Heel, Sit/Stay, Down/Stay, Place, and Come.

Follow Class

Teaching Your Dog to be a Follower

Over time, dogs may develop impulsive or pushy behaviors that leave the handler feeling challenged or as if there is a leadership imbalance in their relationship. This type of behavior can be addressed by teaching the dog to “follow” the handler, leading to increased engagement and relevance. Naturally, this concept is first introduced in the context of a walk and then can be applied to a variety of other circumstances around the house. 

 

By teaching a dog to “follow” their handler, the position of the dog is behind rather than beside which reinforces a leader/follower relationship while not being overly confining (such as in a traditional heel). This method of walking is especially useful for reactive dogs who consistently push the boundaries during outings or who struggle with being contained to a strict “heel” position around stimuli due to nervousness or fear. 

  • Individual Class - $50
     

When: 
*TBD - Contact us to be placed on our list for future dates!

 

Pre-requisite: Dogs must be at least 6 months of age and have completed some level of training with CDT beyond the Puppy Program.  Please ask your trainer if you are interested and would like more information or to see if this class is a good fit for you and your dog.

Claiming Class 

For dogs who are easily and frequently over excited around new stimuli or have a reinforced pattern of arousal with certain stimuli. The “claiming” exercises encourage leadership and engagement with the handler while counterbalancing an over aroused state of mind. This is especially useful for reactive dogs or dogs who regularly display pushy or assertive behavior when in the presence of stimuli. By teaching dogs to slow down and look to the handler for direction, we strengthen the relationship with the handler and encourage a more passive and less forward state of mind. These exercises begin by using food, and later can be generalized to other stimuli. 

  • Individual Class - $50
     

When: 

*TBD - Contact us to be placed on our list for future dates!

Pre-requisite: Dogs must be at least 6 months of age and have completed some level of training with CDT beyond the Puppy Program.  Please ask your trainer if you are interested and would like more information or to see if this class is a good fit for you and your dog.

Game Night

This class is for CDT students to have fun with their dogs all while using the basic obedience and other training skills they already know.  There will be individual and team oriented games and activities designed to practice training in a more distracting environment.

 

Dogs must be comfortable in a group environment around other dogs and people

  • Individual Class - $45
     

When: 

Wednesday @ 7pm, January 11th - *Enrolling now!

Pre-requisite: Dogs must have done prior training with CDT and completed a 4 lesson private package, Beginner Group Class, Day School or a Board and Train. Requires dogs to know the prong collar and a foundation of Heel, Sit/Stay, Down/Stay, Place, and Come.

Advanced Group Class 

Designed for dogs who have completed the Intermediate Group Class and/or have trainer permission.  Exercises will be geared towards off leash obedience and much higher level distractions.

  • 4 Week Course - $160

  • 1 Class - $45

When: 

Wednesdays @ 7pm, January 18th - Feb 8th- *Enrolling now!

Week 1 - Heel

Week 2 - Sit/Stay, Down/Stay, Break

Week 3 - Place

Week 4 - Come/Recall 

* Group Class size will be strictly enforced to minimize the number of people.
There is a maximum of 2 people per dog and we ask that you do not bring small children. 

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