Best Buddies Group Classes

WEEKLY GROUP DOG TRAINING CLASSES

Our goal at Raspberry Ridge Sheep Farm is to offer the best possible training foundation for you and your dog.

All group training classes are limited in size to 6 dogs.

There are six classes in each session of group training classes.

Start and projected end dates are listed. If there is bad winter weather, we will notify students, postpone the class, and extend the session as necessary.

The first class is a private evaluation and training session for your dog, which lasts about a half hour.

After signing in and paying for a session of group training classes, contact Carolyn Wilki at carolyn@raspberryridgesheepfarm.com to arrange an appointment for your dog’s private evaluation, which should occur before the 2nd scheduled class in a session.

Classes 2-6 are each one hour in length. We are positive reinforcement trainers and emphasize the correct use of positive reinforcement in all our training because it works best.



Weekly Puppy Kindergarten Classes

Pre-requisite: All healthy puppies 2 months to 6 months of age can attend. Completed vaccination schedules are not necessary.

Puppy K is a great starting point to begin the socialization process so important in creating a balanced adult dog. We allow for a lot of appropriate puppy play which is necessary to build the pup’s dog-dog tolerance and socialization skills.

We conduct these classes with pups off-leash so that pups can learn how to socialize with other pups and so that they do not have to unlearn leash aggression and bad emotions caused by straining against their own leashes. We will also be teaching your pups how to follow you willingly, on or off leash.

Puppy Kindergarten helps to prevent food aggression, dog aggression, and fear issues, and encourages the puppy to pay attention to its human family (instead of everything else!). We also teach human family members how to gain their pup’s willing attention and what to do when pup is not behaving like a perfect angel. We cover housebreaking and puppy management. Instructors will answer any question you might have about puppy behavior.

By the end of a session, we hope that you and your pup have learned the basics of how to pay attention to YOU by learning: a positive marker, pup’s name recognition & response, how to make voluntary calm eye contact between you and pup, how to follow your hand signals and directional signals (without biting you), how to follow your body as you move (without pup jumping up on you or running past you), how to follow sit & lie down hand signals, how to come when you call (or whoop!), how to accept gentle human touch without biting or shying away, how to play with toys and with you (play with rules and structure), how to politely allow other dogs to get food or attention from others, how to introduce “new” situations and things, how to recognize pup’s limits and what to do when pup signals his/her unease or tiredness.

We cannot overemphasize the importance of Puppy Kindergarten. It is extremely important for pups to attend a class at very young ages because, just like human children, learning important developmental skills cannot be postponed.

For those puppies starting Weekly Puppy Kindergarten at an early age, we encourage attending a second Kindergarten session before moving onto Weekly Pet Obedience Classes. Especially if you want your pup to become a therapy dog, we encourage you and your pup to take two Puppy Kindergarten sessions before graduating onto one or two sessions of pet obedience classes

Best Buddies Puppy Kindergarten Classes
Session Dates 2022 (recent)
Session XXV. Oct 24 - Dec 5, 2022 (skip 11/21). Mon evenings, 6 Classes. 7:00 - 8:00 pm ($260)
Session XXVI. Oct 26 - Dec 7, 2022 (skip 11/23). Wed afternoon, 6 Classes. 12:45 - 1:45 pm ($260)
Session XXVII. Oct 26 - Dec 7, 2022 (skip 11/23). Wed evenings, 6 Classes. 7:00 - 8:00 pm ($260)
Session XXVIII. Oct 29 - Dec 10, 2022 (skip 11/26). Sat mornings, 6 Classes. 10:30 - 11:30 am ($260)
A la carte registration available within each session.



Weekly Pet Obedience Classes

Pre-requisite: Healthy dog, aged 6 months or older.

Dogs will be leashed when attending and working in this group class. Dogs who have a foundation from Puppy K will ease right in to learning the more advanced skills older dogs should master. However, dogs who have not yet taken any other puppy or obedience classes are also welcomed and will benefit from taking this training class.

Again, as in Weekly Puppy Kindergarten classes, we teach the “7 Training Samurai + 2” as our foundation obedience behaviors, but dogs and owners are taught with a higher level of detail in the instructions, with longer durations of behavior required of the dogs, and with greater distractions introduced than the training experienced in Puppy K class. Heeling on- and off-leash and for longer durations is practiced so that you can experience pleasant walks in public with your dog. Teaching dogs how to stay alone comfortably for increasingly longer durations of time will help prevent and cure canine separation anxiety.

Dogs who master the training taught in Weekly Pet Obedience Classes can then go onto being successful, happily-adjusted, well-behaved pet dogs.

Dogs that successfully complete our Weekly Pet Obedience classes also can go on to more advanced training options such as Herding, Rally Obedience, Competition Obedience, Agility, Nosework, Tracking, Search and Rescue, Freestyle, Earthdog, Barndog, Trick Dog, Therapy Dog Work, CGC, FDC— in other words, your dog can go on to participate in any endeavor where willing partnership and understanding between dog and human is valued.

Best Buddies Pet Obedience Classes
Session Dates 2022 (recent)
Session XX. Oct 24 - Dec 5, 2022. Mon evenings, 6 Classes. 5:45 - 6:45 pm ($260)
Session XXI. Oct 26 - Dec 7, 2022 (skip 11/23). Wed afternoon, 6 Classes. 3:15 - 4:15 pm ($260)
Session XXII. Oct 26 - Dec 7, 2022 (skip 11/23). Wed afternoon, 6 Classes. 4:30 - 5:30 pm ($260)
Session XXIII. Oct 29 - Dec 10, 2022 (skip 11/26). Sat mornings, 6 Classes. 9:15 - 10:15 am ($260)
A la carte registration available within each session.



Re-active Dog Rally Obedience Classes (ReD ROC)

If you have a dog who is reactive to other dogs or people, or simply does not pay good attention to you, and you want to re-introduce your dog successfully and gradually to dog and human distractions, this class might be useful to you as you re-hab your dog.

Rally Obedience is a fun activity that emphasizes a lot of trained heeling behavior and stopping behavior from the dog.

We offer our ReD ROC to teach you and your reactive dog how to cope and to relax in controlled training situations. We try to help you train your dog so that instead of signaling “stranger danger,” the dog can scan and glance briefly at other people and other dogs, regarding them as positive stimuli and as no threat, and then the dog continues on with normal business.

Pre-requisite: Healthy dog. Evaluation by instructor.

Other suggested alternatives might be either Weekly Pet Obedience Class or a series of private lessons so that we can then build a foundation to successfully mainstream your dog into ReD ROC.

Reactive Dog Rally Obedience Classes (ReD ROC)
Session Dates 2022 (recent)
Session X. Oct 26 - Dec 7, 2022 (skip 11/23). Wed afternoon, 6 Classes. 2:00 - 3:00 pm ($260)
Session XI. Oct 26 - Dec 7, 2022 (skip 11/23). Wed evenings, 6 Classes. 5:45 - 6:45 pm ($260)
Session XII. Oct 29 - Dec 10, 2022 (skip 11/26). Sat evenings, 6 Classes. 6:30 - 7:30 ($260)
A la carte registration available within each session.



Competition Rally Obedience Classes

Try this relatively young dog sport which allows you to talk to and praise your dog as you work together!

Pre-requisite: Healthy dog, aged 6 months or older with normal eyesight, hearing, and gait. Evaluation by Instructor.

Dog must have fairly reliable loose-leash heeling behavior and an automatic (or an immediate sit on a verbal command) sit while informal heel position on left side of owner, and a “down” on command mastered before being allowed to participate in this class.

Other suggested alternatives to this class might be attendance at Weekly Obedience Class or a series of private lessons.

Competition Rally Obedience Classes
Session Dates 2022 (recent)
Session IX. Oct 26 - Dec 7, 2022 (skip 11/23). Wed afternoon, 6 Classes. 4:30 - 5:30 pm ($260)
A la carte registration available within each session.



Beginner Herding Concepts

In this group class we introduce dog and handler to foundational herding obedience skills which you can practice here at the farm, both on and off stock. Handlers with herding breeds-- as well as handlers with non-herding breeds—who wish to gain control over their dog’s predatory or instinctual herding behaviors should join this Friday noon group.

This class will introduce you and your dog to the concept of split-attention focus which is a learned skill necessary to teach a dog in order for the dog to stay under your control when around stock. Basic obedience using positive reinforcement training techniques is reviewed with emphasis on proofing behaviors to high reliability while dog is not looking at handler.

Dogs will learn willing obedience and how to perform stops and recalls under predatory distractions. The class will teach handlers to read their dogs and reinforce effectively. Handlers will also receive useful training exercises to practice at home.

Please bring a hungry dog, food rewards, toy rewards, long leash, and gloves if desired.

Prerequisite: Dogs will benefit from first having attended the equivalent of Puppy Kindergarten and Pet Obedience Classes here at Raspberry Ridge Sheep Farm, but admission is open to all dogs and handlers.

Beginner Herding Concepts
Session Dates 2022 (recent)
Session I. Nov 4 - Dec 16, 2022 (skip 11/25). Fri evenings, 6 Classes. 12:00 - 1:00 pm ($260)



Puppy Hikes

A series of 4 half-hour hikes. Designed for pups aged 6 months or under. Individual hike can be attended for $30 with approval from instructor.

Hikes are off-leash, in a 12 acre fenced-in field, and we use a lot of food reinforcement! We often have instructor-owned, very stable, friendly adult dogs who also participate. Maximum of 6 pups. Dress for the weather!

Pre-requisite: Healthy dog. Only people and dogs who are participating in other Raspberry Ridge Sheep Farm training activities are eligible to participate. Must be approved by instructor.

Best Buddies Puppy Hike
Session Dates 2022 (recent)
Session IX. Nov 13 - Dec 11, 2022 (skip 11/27). Sun mornings, 6 Classes. 8:00 - 8:30am
Session X. Nov 16 - Dec 14, 2022 (skip 11/23). Wed afternoons, 6 Classes. 2:00 - 8:30am
A la carte registration available within each session.


Adult Dog Field Hikes

A series of 4 half-hour hikes on Wednesday afternoons designed for dogs 6 months old and older. Best Buddies Pet Obedience classes immediate follow the hikes. Individual hike can be attended for $30 with approval from instructor. Maximum of 6 dogs.

Hikes are off-leash, in a 12 acre fenced-in field, and we use a lot of food reinforcement! We have instructor-owned, very stable, friendly adult dogs who also participate. Dress for the weather!

Pre-requisite: Healthy dog. Dog must be approved by instructor.

Adult Dog Field Hike
Session Dates 2022 (recent)
Session I. Nov 13 - Dec 11, 2022 (skip 11/27). Sun mornings, 6 Classes. 7:15 - 7:45am
Session II. Nov 16 - Dec 14, 2022 (skip 11/23). Wed afternoons, 6 Classes. 2:45 - 3:15pm
A la carte registration available within each session.