Register for Best Buddies Puppy Kindergarten Classes

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Carolyn Wilki at Raspberry Ridge Sheep Farm, 2167 Lake Minsi Drive, Bangor, PA, 18013
And Fran Dickenshied Kramer, owner, Common Sense Canine Behavioral Training
(570) 424-2219
610-LUV-LAMB (610 588-5262) Fax: 610-588-6527

Call to schedule 2020 classes. Fran at 973-953-7592 or

1st Class will be an Orientation. This is the only meeting during the 1st week.
You can attend the 1st week Orientation during one of the times below:
* Monday Evening at 7-9:30 pm (or)
* Wednesday Evening at 7-9:30 pm (or)
* Saturday Morning at 8:45-11:30 am
-- Dogs should not attend orientation. Dog parents attend only.

*** The remaining five (5) classes will meet at the day and time of the session for which you sign up.

BEST BUDDIES PUPPY KINDERGARTEN CLASSES are open to a limited number of dogs (maximum of 8). The whole family can attend. Positive reinforcement is emphasized in all training. We use positive reinforcement training at Raspberry Ridge because it works & because it's fun. It is used to train killer whales and grizzly bears. It works on puppies, too!

Fact & Aims: The number one cause of pre-mature dog death in the U.S. is euthanasia for behavior problems. Puppy Kindergarten helps to inoculate your dog from this pitiful end! The main focus is to give your pup an opportunity to acquire important social skills, which he/she can learn only by playing and interacting normally with other dogs. This is fun! During play, if necessary, we will initially group the puppies by size and social abilities, with the hope of eventually and safely integrating all puppies together. Simple obedience is introduced. Basic house manner issues will be covered, including topics such as grooming, playing, exercising, handling, feeding & sleeping. The method of "L.E.T.S." to prevent and solve problem behaviors is explained and used.

Facilities include an indoor obedience barn (40 foot x 60 foot room, heated), an indoor lecture living room, 65 acres of pasture fields, fenced and non-fenced. Puppies are given barriers to hide/run under and behind (as well as lots of Positive Reinforcement.)

Ages/Breeds/Health: 2-6 months - all breeds-- dog must be healthy, up-to-date on all vaccinations appropriate to age and has not been in contact with any dogs with communicable diseases within the previous 30 days.

ALSO AVAILABLE AT RASPBERRY RIDGE: "Basic" Pet Obedience, "Advanced Basic," AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Classes, Aggressive Dog/Difficult Dog Rehabilitation, Private Obedience Lessons, Herding Training, Flyball, Competition Obedience, Tracking, & Agility Practice. Group classes, private classes, seminars, clinics, camps for you and your dog, Chase Class, and "fun days."

About Carolyn Wilki ... attended Cornell University, graduate of Bryn Mawr College, cum laude, psychology major. Has been herding and training dogs since 1987, teaching and writing since 1989. In 1992, her column "So You'd Like to Try Herding" won a Maxwell Award for Best Column from the Dog Writers Association of America. APDT Conference Speaker and member. Besides being a nationally recognized author, Carolyn also gives seminars, clinics, demonstrations, and private classes. Trains all breeds of dogs, has trained over 100 dogs and owners to AKC herding titles, multiple high in trial winners. Lives with sheep, Border Collies and German Shepherd Dogs.

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Select a Session:

Fees: Main Dog & Main Handler Registration ($175) per session.
2nd Dog Same Handler ($175) per session.
Payment due for all classes, events and seminars 2 weeks before beginning of session.
All payments for classes, events and seminars are non-refundable within 2 weeks of beginning of the class, event or seminar, with exception of cancellation of the class, event or seminar by organizer.

Bed and Breakfast payment is due one week prior to check-in and is non-refundable within one week of check-in.


Please select when you will attend the orientation day during the first week.
Reminder: During the first week of class, you meet only for the orientation not at the regularly scheduled class time.

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