Boston Dog Training Options

At Canine College, we know you have dozens of options to choose from when it comes to finding the right dog training company for you and your dog’s needs. However, many Boston dog trainers don’t offer as a wide a selection of courses as we have available here. The bottom line is: every dog and owner are different — there are different breeds, different ages, different temperaments of dogs and both owners and their pets learn at different rates. Due to these varying differences, our Boston dog training facility offers the following training options. Puppy Kindergarten Puppy kindergarten is a great option for puppies 9 to 16 weeks old. The 5 week course exposes your new puppy to basic commands while on leash. This class, held at our Holbrook facility, is great to just introduce your pup to simple rules and will also expose your dog to other dogs and humans. Elementary Dog Training Great for dogs of all ages, Canine College offers two levels: Elementary I and Elementary II training. The first covers the basic commands such as sit, stay and heel all done in a group setting. Elementary II builds upon the basic commands and goes through the course at a faster pace. Group Training Aside from puppy kindergarten and elementary dog training, additional group training classes include advanced elementary, beyond advanced and off leash, competition training, aggression and protection training, and tracking courses. Read more here for more information about these courses. Private Dog Training What really makes our Boston area dog training company unique is that almost all of our classes we offer allow dog...

New Canine Good Citizen Class Scheduled for March 19th

Canine College is gearing up to start another Canine Good Citizen class starting this Sunday, March 19th. The class will be held at our spacious Holbrook MA site located at 70 White Rock Spring Road. Canine Good Citizen was established in 1989 by the American Kennel Club in order to encourage dog owners to improve their dog’s behavior and in turn promote the idea of well-behaved dogs. This multi-step test lasts about an hour and, if your dog passes, they receive a coveted CGC Certificate. This certificate states that your dog is well-behaved and is a model dog for other dog owners in your community. Click here for more information about what the CGC test entails. SIGN UP NOW FOR CANINE GOOD CITIZEN...

When to Consider Private Dog Training Classes

When asked, most dog owners will say that training their dog is important to them. Having a well-behaved dog will not only earn you compliments from friends and family, but also improve the relationship you have with your dog. However, not all dogs are created equal when it comes to training. At Canine College, we understand that each dog has their own unique personality, which is why there are different training classes available for you and your pup. When to Choose Private Dog Training. Although it may be cheaper to opt for group dog training lessons at our Holbrook MA facility, private dog training should not be ruled out, especially if your dog is prone to the following behaviors: Aggression. If your dog is aggressive towards other dogs, animals or humans, then it’s probably a good idea to hire a private dog trainer who can come to your home. Dogs are territorial, and having a training session in a place where they feel comfortable may be the best option. Shyness. On the flip side, if your dog is shy and scared of strangers and being around other dogs, private dog training is a better option. Again, your dog will feel safe learning new tricks in your own home. You can also request your private, in-home dog trainer to help your pup become more accustomed to strangers and other animals by taking them for walks around the neighborhood or taking them to a local dog park. Old Age. Although this is not a behavioral issue, sometimes older dogs have a harder time keeping up with learning new tricks at the pace puppies might....

Live in Boston and Have a Dog? Make Sure It’s Trained!

Boston and greater Boston area residents are outdoorsy people, and there’s no better way to share an evening stroll or morning run around the city than with your dog. However, we do live in a city, and that means there will be other people out an about at all hours of the day — and these people will either not have a dog or will have a dog with them. Either way, it’s important to make sure your dog is well behaved and can handle being around other people and dogs in Boston. Reasons to Train Your Dog for City Life Having a well behaved dog isn’t just so you can garner compliments from neighbors, friends and passerby — it’s a safety thing in the city. Imagine running along the Charles River with your chocolate lab and the leash slips from your fingers. Not what? A well behaved dog would notice something was wrong and would stop immediately at a “heel” or “stay” command. A dog that’s not trained will go after the closest goose, runner, or fellow canine. In most instances these accidental interactions are harmless, but you never want to take that chance! The city is full of thousands of delicious and interesting smells for dogs, but if you’re on a mission and need to log miles or simply want to get your walk in the bitter cold over with, it can be a huge benefit to have a trained dog who won’t stop every 5 feet to “smell the roses.” A command like “come” or “heel” will tell your dog that you mean business and they...

New Years Resolutions for You and Your Dog

Don’t have a New Years resolution yet? Why not have a combined list of resolutions for you and your dog. Over half of all Americans make a resolution that’s exercise or health related, so why not have your dog hold you accountable to those goals? Here are a few 2017 resolutions for you and your dog: Stay active. It’s recommended that we exercise for at least 30-45 minutes three days a week. You can easily put some miles on your running or walking shoes this year by taking your dog out for a walk every day. Be sure to set a schedule for yourself. If you’re a morning person, set aside an extra 20 or 30 minutes to walk your dog in the morning. Better yet, get your whole family involved and take the dog out for a walk after dinner. Making healthy meal choices. Saying “I’m going to lose weight” is a difficult goal to achieve. Instead, it’s better to tell yourself that you’ll make healthier meal choices this year. This should also include your dog! Many Americans are often told by their veterinarian that their pet is overweight. At Canine College, our professional dog trainers are also very knowledgeable about what food is best for your pet. Think organic-based dry food, or consider making a healthy meal for your pet yourself. Learn a new skill. We’re sure you’ve always heard that it’s a good idea to have a hobby. Perhaps 2017 is the year you’ll pick up painting again, or woodworking or clock building. If you’re looking for a more interactive hobby that’s easy to learn and master, Canine College...
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