See The Classes

Please Note: All classes allow a maximum number of 6 dogs per class. Registration for the class will be closed when the classes are at full capacity.

Puppy Head Start

This class establishes a strong foundation for success in future obedience classes. The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior {AVSAB) strongly recommends the benefits of attending puppy class. Experiences and learning during this sensitive developmental and socialization period will impact dogs the rest of their lives. Key benefits include the prevention of environmental anxiety and reactivity challenges as well as developing healthy social skills, bite inhibition, appropriate play, and acceptance of handling and grooming.

Primary topics consist of crate training, structured socialization, basic training cues, house training, and prevention of common behavior issues such as jumping. Most importantly, this class supports the development and strengthening of the human-animal bond. This is one of only two classes that includes structured playtime during class attendance.

AVSAB position statement on puppy socialization: https:/ /avsab.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Puppy-Socialization­Position-Statement-FINAL.pdf

Provided text: Yin, Dr. Sophia (2011).  Perfect Puppy in 7 Days: how to start your puppy off right.  Cattledog Publishing, CA.

Prerequisites: Limited to puppies between 8-16 weeks of age. Puppies between the ages of 16-23 weeks of age should attend Puppy Kindergarten.  Please contact the instructor if you are unsure of which level is appropriate for your new family member.

Vaccination & Health Requirements: Rabies (12 weeks or older), Canine Distemper, Bordetella. Veterinary approved flea and tick prevention. Best immunization practices dictate puppies should receive the first round of vaccinations at least seven days prior to attending public classes. 

Required Equipment: 5-6’ leash, flat buckle or martingale collar, various, pea-size soft training treats. Optional Recommended Equipment: A training bag, hands free dog leash or carbineer to attach current leash to a belt loop.

Class Specifics: This is a five-week course that meets once a week for 45 minutes. Class attendance is limited to two handlers 16 years or older. 

Location: Community Room, Pope Memorial Humane Society, Dover, NH

Instructor: Allison Powers

Instructor’s Contact Information: [email protected]

Puppy Kindergarten

This class establishes a strong foundation for success in future obedience classes.  Kindergarten is broken into two categories of classes. One is for self-confident, cheeky, or larger puppies while the other is for timid, shy, or small dogs. Sometimes small terriers should be placed in the large puppy class while a newfoundland puppy may be best suited for the small dog class. It is important to note that smaller breeds mature faster than larger breeds. If your small breed dog is close to the six month mark it may be better to proceed to Level One Obedience instead. Please contact the instructor if you are unsure which class your puppy would do best in.

While this class builds upon the topics learned in Head Start it is a standalone class for puppies that missed the early window of structured socialization. This class provides instruction and practice that readies puppies for formal obedience classes. It stresses impulse control methods that are needed to achieve success as your dog moves into the difficult period of adolescence. Most importantly, this class supports the development and strengthening of the human-animal bond. This is one of only two classes that includes structured playtime during class attendance.

Prerequisites: Limited to puppies between 16-23 weeks of age.  Please contact the instructor if you are unsure of which level is appropriate for your new family member.

Vaccination & Health Requirements: Rabies, Canine Distemper, Bordetella. Veterinary approved flea and tick prevention. 

Required Equipment: 5-6’ leash, flat buckle or martingale collar, various, pea-size soft training treats. Optional Recommended Equipment: A training bag, hands free dog leash or carbineer to attach current leash to a belt loop.

Class Specifics: This is a five-week course that meets once a week for 50 minutes. Class attendance is limited to two handlers 16 years or older. 

Location: Community Room, Pope Memorial Humane Society, Dover, NH

Instructor: Allison Powers

Instructor’s Contact Information: [email protected] 

Level One Obedience 

Learn through play! Skill building and reliability are the focus of Level One Obedience. Your dog is on its way to becoming a well-mannered canine citizen.  This is the last class in the series that includes some basic manners instruction before moving into advance obedience classes. Recall, loose leash walking, focus, and impulse control are emphasized to ready dogs for off-lead work in the upper levels.

Prerequisites: Open to dogs to 24 weeks – adult. This is not a class for dogs presenting with aggressive behavior, clinical levels of reactivity or anxiety. Please contact the instructor if you are unsure of which service is appropriate for your dog.

Dogs should be able to perform at least sit and down, look when their name is used, and be comfortable while on a leash. They may not stay or have poor focus and attention, but the foundation cues are present.

Vaccination & Health Requirements: Rabies, Canine Distemper, Bordetella. Veterinary approved flea and tick prevention. 

Required Equipment: 5-6’ leash, flat buckle or martingale collar, various, pea-size soft training treats. Optional Recommended Equipment: A training bag, hands free dog leash or carbineer to attach current leash to a belt loop.

Class Specifics: This is a 6-week course that meets once a week for one hour. Class attendance is limited to two handlers 16 years or older. 

Location: Community Room, Pope Memorial Humane Society, Dover, NH

Instructor: Allison Powers

Instructor’s Contact Information: [email protected]

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