Etiquette School

Our dog training courses at Four Paws Hotel, Spa & Etiquette School are designed to create stronger human–canine bonds. Whether we are teaching the basics or correcting complicated behaviors, our priority is to give you the tools you need in order to be a successful dog owner and get the results you want with your companion animal.

Behavior Seminars

 

Our behavior consultant, Karen Plescia is going to be conducting monthly seminars that are open to both our clients and the public. For clients, these seminars are $25/person and for non-clients, $35. Please view the calendar below and fill out the accompanying registration form to participate.

 

Our next seminar will be held Wednesday, September 25th from 6:30pm – 7:30 pm and future dates and times will be announced at a later date.

Training Classes

 

Puppy Kindergarten

This class is intended for puppies who are 9 – 18 weeks of age and who have had at least their first round of vaccinations.

You and your puppy need to learn how to communicate and how to learn together so that you can live together happily. The goal of this class is to help you do just this.

  • Our training focus will be on attention training and the foundations of basic behaviors like sit, down, stay, and coming when called.
  • We will cover common puppy issues like housetraining, mouthing, and jumping.
  • You will learn to read dog body language while the puppies play in structured play time and interact with people during each class.
  • You will practice ways to prepare your puppy for handling that he will experience throughout his life (e.g., for grooming and veterinary visits)

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Puppy Kindergarten meets for 6 weeks, 1 hour each week. Cost is $180

The first class is for humans only. Do not bring your puppy to the first class.

Class size is limited to 6 puppies (and their people).

The whole family is encouraged to attend! Children must be accompanied by an adult and cannot be the primary handler of the puppy during the class.

Beginner Class

Beginner Class for Adolescent and Adult Dogs

This class is intended for dogs age 5-months and older, who have not previously participated in training classes. Puppies who attended Puppy Kindergarten but whose humans want to continue to work on basic training may also attend.

The goal of the beginner class is to help you and your dog learn how to communicate safely and effectively. You will learn to read dog body language throughout the class, and if the play styles of the dogs allow, we they will participate in structured play time each class so that you can recognize appropriate and inappropriate interactions. We will discuss behavioral challenges (e.g., counter-surfing, jumping on people, pulling on leash, etc.) based on the needs of the class.

Our training focus will be on attention training and basic manners including sit, down, stay, not jumping on people, walking nicely on leash, and coming when called.

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Beginner Class meets for 6 weeks, 1 hour each week. Cost is $180

The first class is for humans only. Do not bring your dog to the first class.

Class size is limited to 6 dogs (and their people).

The whole family is encouraged to attend! Children must be accompanied by an adult and cannot be the primary handler of the dog during the class.

Intermediate Class

This class is intended for puppies and dogs over 5 months of age who have completed either Puppy Kindergarten OR the Beginner level class.

Our training focus will be to build on attention training and the foundation behaviors that we learned in those classes. We will work on:

  • Distance, duration, and distraction in sit, down and stay positions.
  • Coming when called
  • Walking in Heel or at Side
  • Waiting (at doors, curbs, checking out, etc.)
  • Teaching “leave it” and “drop it”

You will observe and learn to read dog body language while the dogs play in structured play time and interact with people during each class.

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The Intermediate class meets for 6 weeks, 1 hour each week. Cost is $180

Class size is limited to 6 dogs (and their people).

The whole family is encouraged to attend! Children must be accompanied by an adult and cannot be the primary handler of the dog during the class.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more, you can call us at 508-938-6479.