Group Classes & Seminars

Group classes & seminars are held at Ferry Hill Farm in our fenced in fields as well as our indoor training room.

Finished Foundations and ready for the next step? Time for Foundations 2! This class builds on the previous one and uses those building blocks to teach more useful skills. We'll continue to practice leash walking, impulse control, and the rest--but also add more advanced work on stay, go to your mat, coming when called, polite greetings, and other important behaviors. Continue your dog's education with 6 more weeks of the core curriculum!

Duration of class: 6 weeks
Cost: $150
Date & Time: Tuesday at 6:45pm, new class starting April 23, 2019

Prerequisites: None

Can't make the next series? We will have Foundations starting on July 23, October 15, 2019

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Instructor: Connor Grenier, CPDT-KA

Is your dog a good citizen? Show everyone that they have the manners to be polite and respectful while out and about by earning their Canine Good Citizen (CGC) title! The CGC is a 10 item test designed to evaluate your dog in a variety of real life situations, such as loose leash walking and greeting a friendly stranger.  Any dog can be a CGC, and passing the test grants them a title certificate from the American Kennel Club.  Our CGC class is designed to help you prepare for the test.  This class is appropriate for dogs who already have a good grasp of basic obedience and are ready to put it to use!

Duration of class: 6 weeks
Cost: $150 (includes test fee*)
Start Date & Time: Wednesday, 2/27/19 at 6:30pm
Prerequisites: Basic obedience with Connor or an approved trainer

*If your dog is not already registered with the AKC, there will be an additional fee of $19 to submit the Canine Partners form along with their CGC application.

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Curious about agility, nosework, lure coursing, competition obedience or other dog sports? This 6 week course will introduce you to the wide variety of sports out there and help prepare your dog with the necessary foundations to succeed!

Duration of class: 6 weeks
Cost: $150
Date & Time: Wednesday at 6pm, new class starting June 12, 2019

Prerequisites: Foundations I

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There's a lot more to having a well-trained dog than teaching them to sit.  This 6 week course focuses on the foundation skills that make up the base of all future training: teaching your dog to pay attention to you, develop impulse control, and calm down when you ask them to.  We all want a dog that can wait politely instead of stealing food off the coffee table, calmly sit instead of knocking your visitors down, and walk nicely on a leash--to get there, work on your foundations!  Foundations teaches you and your dog how to communicate and work together, making learning any other cue so much easier.  (And yes, we'll still teach them to sit!)

Duration of class: 6 weeks
Cost: $150
Date & Time: Tuesday at 5:30 pm, new class starting March 5th, 2019

Prerequisites: None

Can't make the next series? We will have Foundations starting on April 23, June 11, July 23, September 3, October 15 and November 26, 2019

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Rally Obedience is a super fun way to work on obedience after you and your dog have the basics down. Courses are set up with a series of obedience commands listed on signs. Work your way through the course, performing each command when you reach the sign. For over-achievers, you can even be timed to see how fast you and your dog can get through the course! This class will teach you all of the novice signs (commands), how to navigate a course, and all the necessary information if you are interested in competing. Whether just for the relationship, the practice or because you think you want to compete, Rally is a really fun and engaged way to work with your dog!

Duration of class: 6 weeks
Cost: $150
Date & Time: Tuesday at 6:45 pm, new class starting March 5th, 2019

Prerequisites: Foundations I

Can't make the next series? We will have another Rally class starting on September 3, 2019

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Does your puppy need some buddies?

Bring them to PBC’s Puppy Playgroup! This weekly hourlong meet-up is not a traditional puppy class, but a place where your puppy can play and hang out with other puppies. The playgroup is supervised by Connor, a certified and experienced dog trainer, so puppies are only practicing safe and appropriate play—no bullying allowed! This is a great chance for them to practice those essential dog-dog social skills while they are still young.

Do you have puppy questions?

Bring them to Puppy Playgroup too! Hang out with other puppy owners and enjoy the opportunity to ask Connor about housetraining, what to do about those sharp little teeth, crate training--all the little questions that pile up.

Want to work on a solid foundation for your puppy?

This is not a puppy class—but that doesn’t mean your puppy won’t be learning! An hour is way too long for puppies to be running around wrestling, so the play will be broken up with short sessions practicing essential skills like being held for nail trims, learning that crucial “off switch” so they can relax, or teaching your puppy to check in with you around distractions (like other puppies!).

Enjoy socialization and enrichment opportunities!

Puppies will be provided with a variety of toys and games to explore and encounter, with age-appropriate obstacles to conquer. Depending on availability, specially selected guests may be present to help expose your puppy to a wide range of people.

During October, class meets on Wednesdays at 4pm and starting in November class moves to Tuesdays at 5:15pm. Class includes handling exercises, playtime, and more! Taught by Connor Grenier, certified trainer.

For your convenience, class meets weekly for one hour and registration is on a month-to-month basis. Class tuition varies on how many sessions are in a month. A typical month with 4 sessions is $80.

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Instructor: Elise Gouge, CDBC, CCBC, CPDT-KA

Join us for a weekly class working on you and your dog's skills to handle environmental triggers such as dogs and strangers. This class goes by month by month. After a consultation with Elise, you can sign up for as many months as you like. Have a vacation of holiday plans? No problem, skip that month can join us the next. The month by month set-up ensures that you can come as long as you need to get the practice and skills you and your dog need, without breaking the bank or requiring a huge commitment.

Class format includes relaxation and massage work, focus exercises, impulse control, exposure to triggers in a safe, successful manner, and more.

Duration of class: month by month
Cost: $30/per class, paid monthly at the start of the month
Date & Time: Mondays at 6pm; Mondays at 7:15pm
Prerequisites: Consultation with Elise

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Our Reactive Dog seminar is a great option if you:

  • Want to work on your dog's reactive behavior in a condensed, one day format versus a weekly class
  • Want the most economical option for working on reactive behavior.
  • Want to get a jumpstart on your dog's behavior before joining weekly reactive class.
  • Aren't ready to bring a dog but want to learn how to address your dog's reactive behavior.
  • Need a refresher!
  • Just like to take advantage of every opportunity to practice!

Reactive Seminars meet for 3 hours on a Saturday. The time is a combination of working dogs and lecture. We cover management, dog body language, the human side of dealing with reactive behavior, setting goals, making training plans, and more!

You MUST have worked with Elise or have permission to work a dog in the seminar before signing up for one of the limited working spots. Auditing spots are for people that just want to observe without a dog.

Working Spots are $75 (limited to 8), auditing spots are $25.

Upcoming Seminar Schedule:

  • SEPTEMBER 15th, 2018 1pm-4pm
  • JANUARY 26th, 2019 1pm-4pm

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Is your dog stressed, shy or scared in new places, with new people, or all of the above? Join us for a workshop that will help you understand what your dog is saying, how to be helpful, effective training methods for shy dogs, and special techniques targeted for building bravery and confidence.

Bring your dog for a fun, educational Saturday afternoon workshop!

Presenter: Elise Gouge, CABC, CPDT-KA, CBCC
Cost: $50
Location: PBC Training Center in Granby, MA

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