Uplifting Paws operates under a positive reinforcement training philosophy. This philosophy has been scientifically proven to be the most effective, and will help improve the bond between you and your dog. This method allows your dog to make choices and figure out exactly what you as the owner are asking of them. Communication and consistency are key to positive reinforcement training. All of our service dogs, therapy teams and obedience clients are trained this way. By purchasing an obedience class from us, you are directly supporting our service and therapy dog programs. All revenue from our obedience classes goes towards helping our service dog program!
We offer 8 different group obedience classes for all ages, breeds, and abilities of both dog and handler. All obedience classes run for 4 weeks and 45 minutes each week. The Canine Good Citizen and Community Canine classes have an additional 5th week for testing. Group classes are also limited to 6 dogs per session to provide optimal time for all clients with the trainer. Each 4 week session of classes is $100 + tax.
If you are struggling with behavioral issues or aren't ready for a group class setting, please contact us directly to set up a consultation and private training lessons.
Group Obedience Classes
For our safety and yours, group classes are being shortened to 50 minutes so we can sanitize in between lessons. All clients and staff will be required to wear a mask; if you do not have one, one will be provided for you. We appreciate your continued support and flexibility during this time. Click here for more information on our COVID-19 protocols.
Puppy level classes are aimed at properly socializing puppies and giving them opportunities to gain confidence through training. Training with a puppy helps create a lifelong bond, and will also help get through some of the new situations that you will encounter with a new puppy at home. Puppy manners includes obedience basics such as sit, down, come when called, and loose leash walking.
Advanced Puppy classes are aimed at continuing obedience from Puppy Manners and continuing to encourage confidence through training. This class also serves as a chance for slightly older puppies to begin basic obedience if they haven’t had prior training. Advanced Puppy students will be prepared to take the S.T.A.R. puppy test, a pretest for the Canine Good Citizen.
Teenagers! Even the most well trained puppy or dog will go through a teenage phase. This class is structured specifically around working through these difficult times and preparing your teenage dog for working in real world situations. This class serves as an intermediate between Advanced Puppy and the Canine Good Citizen classes.
This beginning class encourages the bond between owner and dog, and covers the basics. Dogs taking this class will learn how to sit, lay down, stand, heel, and stay, with more commands along the way.
This course is meant to proof known commands learned in Adult Basics, and help prepare clients for the Canine Good Citizen class. Clients will learn how to work through additional distractions, improve loose leash walking skills, and includes more impulse control training needed for dogs to work in different places.
Are you thinking about doing therapy work with your pup, but unsure if you're ready to take the Canine Good Citizen, or the Community Canine test? This is the class for you! This course is designed to help refine skills needed for our future therapy teams. We will work on important skills such as a solid stay, loose leash walking, focus, and generalizing behavior to prepare for Canine Good Citizen and/or Community Canine.
This 6 week course is designed specifically for our future therapy teams. We will cover the material for the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen and Community Canine tests. Both tests will be taken as a part of this course. Additionally, clients can expect to learn about how therapy visits are conducted and prepared for those future visits. Testing is covered in a separate session from the course.
Puppy Life Skills
Have questions about your new puppy? Come join us for our newest course, Puppy Life Skills! Unlike our traditional puppy obedience course, Puppy Life Skills is set up to help you learn the ins and outs of your new puppy. This is a rotating class, and a new topic is discussed weekly! Each class will meet for one hour. Course fee is $30 plus tax.
There are currently four rotating topics for Puppy Life Skills:
Happy at Home
Out and About
The Vet and the Groomer: Best Friends for Life
Each week contains vital information to help you adjust to life at home with your puppy. Plus, your puppy can enjoy some socialization while you learn! Stop in on Sundays beginning December 6th to join the fun! First time participants please join us at 1:00pm on Sundays, and returning guests please join us at 1:30pm on Sundays.