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Group Classes

When your dog is rewarded for his successful efforts rather than punished for his mistakes, learning is a quick and enjoyable process for both of you.

All Foranimals classes are structured for real life skill building and emphasize relationship/reward based training techniques including clicker or marker training. Leea loves to train new groups of students and welcomes families to participate in the fun of learning with your dog.

All Classes Include:

  • Step-by-step training instructions and a take-home manual
  • Learning how to understand and communicate clearly with your dog
  • Understanding how to effectively change unwanted behavior without force or harsh punishment
  • A full hour of instruction and working time
  • Ample time before and after each class for questions and socialization

You will graduate from any class knowing you have made good progress, have been supported in achieving your goals, and have a practical understanding of how to continue the training process at home.

Check the calendar for next available class dates and location information.


Puppy Kindergarten

Ages 8-15 weeks • 4 classes • $85

Start Out on the Right Paw with Your New Puppy

  • Learn gentle techniques for addressing: house training, biting, jumping, barking, chewing, crating
  • Socialization, play skills, handling and grooming, understanding canine body language
  • Puppy Manners: Trade, Gotya, Come, Sit, Down, Leave it, Starting on the leash

Beginners Skills & Manners 1

Ages 4 months and up • 6 classes • $125

Build a Strong Foundation—Skills and Good Manners for Daily Life

  • Step-by-step instruction in positive reinforcement/marker training methods
  • Obedience skills: Touch, Sit, Down, Watch, Stand, Come, Stay, Polite Walking, and Go to Bed
  • How to change unwanted behavior without force or fear
  • Building trust and good communication by understanding how your dog thinks

Beginners Skills & Manners 2

Ages 6 months and up • 6 classes • $125
(Prerequisite: Beginners Skills 1 or equivalent)

Focus When You Need It—Distraction Training for a Calm & Well Behaved Companion

  • Continuation of skill building from Level 1 with emphasis on distractions
  • New/more challenging skills: Leave it, Wait, Emergency/Distance Downs, Relax
  • At home projects to strengthen Polite Greetings to people and dogs

Greetings! & Take the Lead!

Greetings: Ages 6 months and up • 3 classes • $65
Take the Lead: Ages 6 months and up • 3 classes • $65
Save and take both classes for $120
(Prerequisite: Beginners Skills 1 or equivalent)

Greet the World with a Well Mannered Dog

Learn polite and safe behavior techniques for greeting people or dogs at your front door, in your yard, in the car, on a walk, at the park, on and off leash. Turn the barking, lunging, jumping bad habits into calm, focused and controlled behavior. We touch upon these greeting situations in several different classes, but this is a chance to give full attention to these must-have skills for daily social interactions.

Improve Your Leash Skills for More Enjoyable Walks

This training is exclusively for improving your leash walking experience. Topics include: choosing/using the best equipment for you, heeling made easy, proper leash handling and balancing techniques, how, when and what to reward on a walk and more. NOTE: All skill levels invited, but sorry this clinic is NOT designed for leash reactive/aggressive dogs.


Happy Trails Outdoor Training

Ages 6 months and up • 5 classes • $110
(Prerequisite: Beginners Skills 2 or equivalent)

Bring Classroom Skills into Real Life Settings

Each class meets in a different location: in town, at a shopping mall, in fields and walking trails. Skills appropriate to each location, such as heeling, polite greetings, strong recalls and stays, are emphasized. Gain confidence and skill so taking your dog new places is fun and safe.


Agility for Fun

Agility for Fun: Ages 11 months and up • 5 classes • $110
(Prerequisite: Beginners Skills 1 or equivalent)

Agility is a great way to have fun with your dog while building confidence, focus and getting good exercise. In Agility for Fun you will learn how to safely use each piece of equipment—including, tunnels, jumps, A-frame, tire, weave poles, and dog walk—and how to get your dog moving from one station to the next with cues and body language. As your skills grow we will work on short and longer courses.


Tricks Training

Ages 6 months and up • 5 classes • $110
(Prerequisite: Beginners Skills 1 or equivalent)

Learn the step-by-step method of teaching tricks, from planning to full execution, and how to combine tricks into mini-routines. Tricks include: crawl, bow, wave, spin, sit pretty, roll over, weave, hoop work, retrieve and much more.


AKC Canine Good Citizen & Community Canine
Classes & Tests

Ages 6 months and up • 4 classes • $85
(Prerequisite: Beginners Skills 2 or equivalent)

The Canine Good Citizen program is an opportunity for you to have your dog evaluated in ten areas that represent a well mannered dog that will be a respected member of the community. Three classes prepare you for the test which is administered during the fourth class. A required first step for Therapy Dog training (see below). The Advanced Community Canine class and test is also available to all who have successfully earned their CGC title.


Therapy Dog Training Program

Ages 1 year and up • 5 classes plus onsite test • $150
(Prerequisite: Beginners Skills 2 or equivalent and AKC Canine Good Citizen Certification)

The Therapy Dog Training Program will prepare you and your dog to become a well qualified team for volunteer visits to area nursing homes, residential facilities, schools, etc. Classes will cover all team skills required to pass your onsite tests. Additionally you will receive guidance in handling communications with staff and residents, stress awareness and reduction tools, and everything you need to plan a well organized first visit. Those who successsfully pass their tests will be registered through the K9 to 5 National Therapy Dog Registry.


Register

To register, contact Leea for date availability, then download a registration form for any of the above classes.

Foranimals, LLC is a professional dog training and behavior consulting service based in Lenox, MA serving all of Berkshire County, from Williamstown to Pittsfield and Great Barrington, and the surrounding areas of Western Massachusetts and Eastern New York.