Dog Training Class Descriptions

Puppy Pre-School- $150

This program is designed for puppies 12 weeks of age to 5 months. The ideal time to start training is before bad habits are formed, and when dogs are more receptive to learning new and different things. With the help of our socialization exercises, obstacle course, basic obedience exercises and training games, puppies learn to be friendly, well mannered members of your family. Preventive health advice and common puppy behaviors are also discussed during each session. Class size is limited, with all household members encouraged to attend classes for the 7 weeks of training. Puppy Pre-School is an investment that will surely be rewarded with years of companionship with your special pet. Classes currently being offered on Monday evenings through The Family Companion.  First week is orientation and registration without the dog, then the puppy is present for the remaining 6 weeks.

Family Companion Class– $150

This program is designed for the adolescent dog (5 months to 2-3 years of age), however any age dog may attend. Although a portion of our classes are set aside for traditional obedience training, what makes our program unique is the way we apply these exercises to practical household use. With fun, innovative lessons, we teach you to make the most of our classes while your dog is at home with your family. Problem behaviors commonly encountered with dogs of this age are also addressed. We cover such exercises as how to get your dogs attention, the sit stay & the down stay, each week adding time & distance. We work a lot with coming when called. Polite leash walking is also covered, as the dogs learn to focus on their handlers instead of the distractions in the environment. A greeting routine, to help prevent jumping on in-coming guests, is also established. We teach the “wait” for better control around doorways, stairs and while crossing the street. It is the ideal class for establishing good manners and building a positive relationship with the family pet. The program runs a total of 7 classes. Although the class size is limited, there is no limit on the amount of household members that attend. This class is currently being offered through The Family Companion. First week is orientation and registration without the dog, then the dog is present for the remaining 6 weeks.

Graduate Family Companion Class (Canine Good Citizen Prep Course) – $150

This program is designed for dogs that have successfully completed our Family Companion Class or similar approved program. The purpose of this class is to ensure that your dog is a respected member of the community who is trained and conditioned to act mannerly in the home, in public places and also in the presence of other dogs. During this class we will prepare your dog to take the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test, which is periodically offered at different locations in WNY. Class exercises will focus on accepting a friendly stranger, sitting politely for petting, appearance & grooming, walking on a loose lead, walking through a crowd, sit, down & stay, coming when called, reaction to another dog, reaction to distraction,and supervised isolation. A CGC certification is a prerequisite prior to enrolling in the Pet Therapy Prep class. This program is 7 weeks in length, approximately 45 minutes each week. This class is currently being offered through The Family Companion. The dog is present for all 7weeks, including the first week of registration.

Urban CGC dog training Buffalo NY

AKC Community Canine - $150

6 week course

 AKC Community Canine is the advanced level of AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program. As with CGC, AKC Community Canine has a 10-step test of skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Community Canine title. This is a title that appears on the dog's title record at AKC.

While Canine Good Citizen tests are simulations of real world skills, (e.g., dog/handler walks through a "crowd" of evaluators in a ring), the goal of AKC Community Canine is to test the dog's skills in a natural setting. For example, rather than the dog being tested in a ring, in AKC Community Canine, the "walks through a crowd" test item will involve the dog walking through a real crowd at a dog show, on a busy sidewalk, in a therapy dog setting, or at a training club. We will be practicing and improving your skills, whatever level you are at to achieve these goals.

AKC Urban Canine Good Citizen - $200

Urban CGC

6 week course

AKC Urban CGC is a title in the Canine Good Citizen family of awards and titles that also include AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, Canine Good Citizen and AKC Community Canine. AKC Urban CGC requires that the dog demonstrate CGC skills and beyond in an urban setting. As with Canine Good Citizen, AKC Urban CGC has a 10-step test of skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Urban CGC title. This is a title that appears on the dog’s title record at AKC.

Each week will be at a new public location. Once you register you will receive an email informing you where each weeks lesson will be!

Puppergarden (Playgroup)

Ongoing- $5 per class or FREE if you are currently enrolled in a SNS or Family Ccompanion training program.

One hour each week. Puppies must be 6 months or younger as of the first day of class. Puppies adopted from the Erie County SPCA may take this class at a special rate. Non-SPCA puppies must have been seen by a veterinarian and have been started on a vaccination schedule including canine cough (bordatella vaccine). Basic commands will be covered (sit, down, recall and beginning of loose leash walking), in addition to confidence and relationship builder activities that will vary from week to week based on the needs of the students and dogs. Puppy playtime is also included!

Clicker Fun - $75

4 week class

Introduction to using a clicker with your dog while having fun learning new skills. All ability-levels welcome in this challenging but entertaining class. No prior clicker experience needed. Dogs are included for all sessions. Please bring a clicker and some small, yummy treats.

Reactive Dog Class - $150

5 week class

Does your dog lunge, bark, growl and embarrass you around other dogs or people? If so, this class is for you! This class will use a positive training method called BAT (Behavior Adjustment Training) which will teach dogs coping skills to build confidence and social skills and teach owner’s management tools to reduce stress.

  • Only 4 dogs per class – class is held outdoors
  • First class is orientation without dogs
  • Trainer approval needed

 Private Training for Reactive, Fearful or Aggressive Dogs using BAT - $490

One on one training lessons to help your dog with fear, reactivity or aggression. We use a positive training method called BAT (Behavior Adjustment Training) to teach your dog coping skills to build confidence and empower your dog to make better choices around triggers that stress them. We start in your home evaluating what is stressing your dog then we teach your dog new skills of coping with the stress. We arrange safe scenarios inside and outside your home where your dog can practice under low stress and learn to move away or become more comfortable with what is stressing them.

6 hours private training – 2 hour initial visit, 4-1 hour training sessions

Cat Behavior/Training In-Home Visits - $90

We can help you with common cat behavior issues that owners run into – litter box issues, destructive scratching in home, aggression to people, marking in home, inter cat issues, play biting. We also can teach you how to use a clicker to use positive reinforcement to teach your cat such behaviors as sit, come when called, high five and targeting to provide your cat mental enrichment.

1 – 1 ½ hour visit in your home