Group Class Information
At Ashley's Animal Academy, our goal in training is to improve the canine-human bond by helping dog owners understand what their dog is telling them. In a group class setting, this means spending time training both dogs and their humans so everyone can graduate feeling as if they have learned new skills!
We use (and will teach about) a variety of tools and training methods to ensure that each dog-human pair can choose the method that works best for their respective relationship and bond-- no two dogs or humans are alike, and we do not pretend they are!
COVID-19 information: At this time, class sizes will be capped at 6 human-dog pairs in order to properly social distance. We ask that you wear a mask in the building and only bring one family member into class with you per session. The building is cleaned and sanitized during the day and between sessions. If you are feeling unwell, please refrain from coming to class for the safety of the other students and staff. We WILL make arrangements to reschedule any missed sessions! Thank you!
Scroll down to see a description of our classes and click below to register once you've explored our current group class training options! All sessions are hosted at Dawg Day Afternoon in Glenmoore, PA.
Puppy Playtime (8 weeks - 6 months)
10:00-11:00 AM Saturday, TBA
Puppy Playtime is designed with new puppies in mind!
Bring your 8 week to 6 month old puppies for a "social hour" so they can learn appropriate play with other pups their age.
A trainer will supervise and monitor play interactions and help guide your puppy.
He/she will learn proper play etiquette, as well as teach YOU what appropriate play looks like!
We follow the AVSAB statement on puppy socialization. Your puppy does NOT need to have completed ALL shots to participate in social hour.
Puppy Preschool (8 weeks - 6 months)
6:15-7:15 PM Tuesday, March 7th
Puppy Preschool is step ONE of teaching your pup their basic commands, socialization skills and basic manners.
In this 8 week course, we will cover the following commands:
In this course YOU will also learn how to better read your dog's body language and communicate with your pup!
Hound High School (6 months + up)
7:30-8:30 PM Tuesday, March 7th
Hound High School is designed to begin preparing your pup for the real world! While graduating from Puppy Preschool (or a similar obedience course) prior to enrolling in this course is a plus, it is NOT required.
In this 8 week course, we will review the basic obedience commands learned in Puppy Preschool as well as build skills in the following areas:
Sit/Stay and Down/Stay Duration
Duration on Place
Commands from a Distance
This course will also include further socialization tips and adult dog manners!
Canine Good Citizen (CGC) (6 months + up)
6:15-7:15 PM Wednesday, March 8th
Canine Good Citizen will test your pup in real life situations in order to ensure they are able to handle whatever challenges are thrown at them! This course is also good preparation for the Canine Good Citizens Test which can be given at graduation if interested.
In this 8 week course, we will apply the skills learned during Puppy Prep in various real life situations such as:
Walking through crowds.
Calmly meeting strangers and other dogs
Calmly accepting petting
Commands in motion
Foundations of Agility (6 months + up)
6:15-7:15 PM Wednesday, TBA
Foundations of Agility is a basic level agility course designed for you and your dog to work on your relationship, build confidence in your training (and listening) skills, and to have FUN!
This is NOT a competition level agility course, but can help your dog become accustomed to the equipment and skills used in a competition course.
In this 8 week course, we will cover the following skills:
Attention and cue building
Body awareness and flexibility
Confidence with agility equipment
Weaves, tunnels, jumps, pauses and ramps
Intro to Nosework (6 months + up)
6:15-7:15 PM Wednesday, March 8th
Intro to Nosework is designed for dogs of all ages to help develop their natural sense of smell. Dogs have an impeccable sense of smell and in this course we will work on honing that sense so they can find hidden scent articles. This class is for enrichment and a basic foundation of
Nosework— it is not competitive! We recommend you have completed at least one round of obedience before taking this course, but it is not required.
In this class we will cover the following:
We will start with food as our scent and then introduce new scent articles as they develop the skill.
We look forward to getting started!!