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Basic Obedience Course Descriptions

To download a PDF with a flowchart of recommended obedience and agility training classes, see Class Flowchart.

Course Name Weeks Length Prerequisites Description
Puppy Kindergarten 6 55 mins Puppy must be between 10 weeks and 4 months old when the class begins. If you have a larger breed puppy the younger you can start the better! Please email info@northfielddogtraining.com with questions. Teach obedience commands (come, sit, down, stay, basic controlled walking) and socialize your puppy (puppies get to play with each other during class, how many weeks depends on the makeup of each class) Discussion topics include spaying and neutering, how to handle children and puppies, multi pet households and solving chewing, housebreaking and jumping problems. Please check with your vet as some vets recommend the young puppies to have had the second in the series of distemper vaccinations before attending a group training class but some are fine with them attending after the initial vaccine depending on age, breed and other factors. Children are welcome, in PK class if under 7 the child must have a dedicated adult with them, plan on bringing some quiet toys in case they get bored. Children must be seated during the loose play time and please ask owners permission before petting other puppies.
Jumpstart Obedience 6 55 mins Puppy Kindergarten or dog must be older than 4.5 months .Teach obedience commands (come, sit, down, stay, basic controlled walking). Class focuses on basic control needed for everyday life with your dog and on basic problem solving.
Jumpstart Obedience/Evening 6 55 mins For these sessions of Jump Start obedience the puppy/dog can be any age. There is no play time for the dogs in this class. Teach obedience commands (come, sit, down, stay, basic controlled walking). Class focuses on basic control needed for everyday life with your dog and on basic problem solving. This session of Jump Start is held for a shorter period of time for each class and is taught by Terry Jacobus and is held in the smaller training building.
Advanced Jumpstart 6 55 mins Our Jump Start or Puppy Kindergarten class or any basic household obedience class or 6 week puppy training class elsewhere. This class will build on the foundation covered in basic obedience or Puppy Kindergarten class. Continued work on the basic commands, loose leash walking, stays with distractions. learning to pass other dogs politely, polite greetings of people.
Puppy Quickstart 4 55 mins Puppy must be between 10 weeks and 4 months old when the class begins. Puppies should have a minimum of two of their series of shots. We will work on a subset of the usual PK exercises, especially socialization, basic commands and problem solving. This class is rarely offered and usually around the holidays where there is not time for a 6 week class.