BEST BUDDIES GROUP TRAINING SESSIONS
Our goal is to offer the best possible training foundation for you and your
dog. All classes are limited in size to 6 dogs. There are six classes in each
session. The first class is a special orientation of two hours because you need
to understand how your dog learns and the reasoning behind the training methods
we recommend. All other classes are one hour in length. We are positive
reinforcement trainers and emphasize the correct use of
in all our classes because it works best.
Currently we offer group classes for behavioral obedience, puppy kindergarten, puppy
hikes, and agility on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings as well as Saturday
Classes are two hours in
length and are offered in 8 classes or 4 class per session options.
Classes are also limited in size to 6 dogs.
Best Buddies group classes (except Growler
taught by Diane Thompson
at Raspberry Ridge Sheep Farm
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We highly recommend our Puppy Kindergarten session for puppies under six months
of age—any healthy puppy from two to six months of age can attend. It is a
great starting point to begin the socialization process so important in
creating a well-grounded puppy - one ready for life’s adventures and
misadventures. Puppy Kindergarten also helps prevent food and dog aggression,
fear issues, and encourages the puppy to pay attention to its family rather
than everything but. Puppy Kindergarten skills cannot be “made up” down the
road, and it is important that the puppy attend a Kindergarten class at the
right age (just like our human children).
Occasionally, we will make an exception to the six-months of age cut off point.
Some smaller breed puppies that haven’t had Kindergarten are best placed into
that class but must first be qualified by the training professional.
For those puppies starting Puppy Kindergarten at an early age we encourage
attending a second Kindergarten session before moving on to Obedience. For
those dogs looking to become Therapy Dogs we especially recommend starting
early and having two Kindergarten sessions (12 classes), then moving on to the
For the first class (orientation), we have the puppies stay at home. Only the
Puppy Parents attend. Orientation is extremely important. You need to
understand why your puppy is doing what it is doing and the reasoning behind
the training methods we recommend.
Puppy Kindergarten group classes taught by Diane Thompson at Raspberry Ridge Sheep Farm