Dec
9
9:00 AM09:00

FREE Separation Anxiety Lecture

As the guardian of two of my own rescue dogs who came to me with severe separation anxiety, I know how hard it is to manage and live with this condition. Thankfully, Kuma and Ringo both learned to feel safe during my absences with careful desensitization and counter conditioning. If you're struggling with your own dog, check this out! --Jenn

This lecture is by the well-known Malena DeMartini

FREE FOR PET OWNERS. 

Don't miss this!!  

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Feb
4
3:30 PM15:30

Freestyle for Fun Workshop in Brooklyn--FULL

If you like music and love your dog, you’ll enjoy this introduction to the amazing canine sport of musical freestyle. It’s joyful, creative platform for enhancing the bond with your dog and showing off your teamwork. It can be a great mental and physical workout, but it always results in smiles at both ends of the leash.

This workshop is designed for dogs of all ages and abilities to have fun with their favorite person in a relaxed musical atmosphere. You’ll learn how to combine new tricks with simple heeling exercises and transitional moves. Then we’ll bring these skills together to create a simple routine to the music you choose! No dancing required!

$115 per team. Sign Up Here: http://www.doggieacademy.com/book-online/

Here are some of our freestyle routines, and great examples of the tricks and moves you can learn in the workshop! 

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Jan
21
2:00 PM14:00

Musical Freestyle Workshop: Choreography and Prep for Competition

Come with a song and an idea...

 ...Leave with a complete, performance-ready freestyle routine!!

This workshop builds on the teamwork, focus and moves taught in previous classes and workshops. Any previous freestyle experience is accepted. Did you know you can create a very beautiful routine using only three freestyle moves? 

Students will be shown how to design and polish brief off-leash routines and set them to music that showcases the unique strengths of their individual dogs.

Overt prompts for learned behaviors will be faded, moves will be combined with transitions to create interesting combination moves, and strategies for reward will be discussed. Learn how to select music, cue behaviors to the music, and teach dogs signature poses. Basic requirements for entry-level competition via different freestyle venues will be discussed. 

BROOKLYN DOG TRAINING CENTER 

SATURDAY, January 21st 2PM-4PM

Book Online Here  UPDATE: Only 3 working spots still available

213 21st Street between 4th Avenue and 5th Avenue. (Closest subway is the R at Prospect Avenue or 25th Street)

See Some of STCA's Freestyle Students!

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Sep
2
to Sep 5

Camp Unleashed! Just around the corner...

Believe it or not, summer is coming to an end! Ringo and I CAN'T WAIT to see all our human and canine friends at Camp Unleashed!!

Come join us Labor Day weekend in the Berkshires, Massachusetts for a fabulous weekend of outdoors, dogs, and friendly people! We will be teaching freestyle, tricks, dog parkour, games, and more! There are great instructors there also offering scent work, dock diving, swimming and agility! You can even swim, hike or canoe with your dog! 

The food is amazing, the camp quiet and relaxing. Ringo loves being completely off-leash for the entire weekend, free to stretch his legs and run and play! 

The days are filled with activities, and the nights have great food, social time, and sometimes even a dog-related movie! There are great learning activities, like canine massage, senior dog care, and even arts and crafts. 

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Aug
14
4:30 PM16:30

Rookie Freestyle Workshop in Brooklyn, only 3 spots left!

This workshop will be directly following our Freestyle for Fun workshop and is perfect for anyone with previous freestyle experience. Teams will learn how to add new moves and tricks to their repertoire, work with props, improve their attention and heelwork, and use the ring space effectively. Appropriate transitions and clever choreography will also be emphasized.

$115 per team. Sign Up Here: http://www.doggieacademy.com/book-online/

This workshop builds on the teamwork, focus and moves taught in previous classes and workshops. Any previous freestyle experience is accepted. Did you know you can create a very beautiful routine using only three freestyle moves? 

Students will be shown how to design and polish brief off-leash routines and set them to music that showcases the unique strengths of their individual dogs.

Overt prompts for learned behaviors will be faded, moves will be combined with transitions to create interesting combination moves, and strategies for reward will be discussed. We will also learn how to select music, cue behaviors to the music, and teach dogs signature poses. Basic requirements for entry-level competition via different freestyle venues will be discussed. 

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Aug
14
1:30 PM13:30

Freestyle for Fun Workshop in Brooklyn, only two spots left!

If you like music and love your dog, you’ll enjoy this introduction to the amazing canine sport of musical freestyle. It’s joyful, creative platform for enhancing the bond with your dog and showing off your teamwork. It can be a great mental and physical workout, but it always results in smiles at both ends of the leash.

This workshop is designed for dogs of all ages and abilities to have fun with their favorite person in a relaxed musical atmosphere. You’ll learn how to combine new tricks with simple heeling exercises and transitional moves. Then we’ll bring these skills together to create a simple routine to the music you choose! No dancing required!

$115 per team. Sign Up Here: http://www.doggieacademy.com/book-online/

Here are some of our freestyle routines, and great examples of the tricks and moves you can learn in the workshop! 

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May
27
to May 30

Camp Unleashed in Berkshires!

Come join Ringo and I at Camp Unleashed in the Berkshires, Massachusetts for a fabulous weekend of freestyle, tricks, games, canoeing, and more! Ringo loves being completely off-leash for the entire weekend, free to stretch his legs and play! 

The days are filled with activities, and the nights have great food, social time, and sometimes even a dog-related movie! There are great learning activities, like canine massage, senior dog care, and training. 

Ringo and I have taught at Camp Unleashed for the past two years. We LOVE it!!! 

Ringo and I have taught at Camp Unleashed for the past two years. We LOVE it!!! 

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Jan
30
to Feb 6

Freestyle for Fun Workshop planned for 2016 in Brooklyn!!

We have TWO freestyle workshops planned at The Doggie Academy in Brooklyn!

January 30th @ 1:30pm  Freestyle for Fun!

February 6th @ 1:30pm   Creating a Rookie Routine!

For more info: contact Jenn 

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Jan
30
1:30 PM13:30

Freestyle for Fun Workshop in Brooklyn

If you like music and love your dog, you’ll enjoy this introduction to the amazing canine sport of musical freestyle. 

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It’s a joyful, creative platform for enhancing the bond with your dog and showing off your teamwork. It can be a great mental and physical workout, but it always results in smiles at both ends of the leash.

This workshop is designed for dogs of all ages and abilities to have fun with their favorite person in a relaxed musical atmosphere. You’ll learn how to combine new tricks with simple heeling exercises and transitional moves. Then we’ll bring these skills together to create a simple routine to the music you choose! No dancing required!

 $100 per team. Sign Up Here: http://www.doggieacademy.com/book-online/ 

BROOKLYN DOG TRAINING CENTER 

SATURDAY, Jan 30th 1:30pm-3:30pm

213 21st Street between 4th Avenue and 5th Avenue

(Closest subway is the R at Prospect Avenue or 25th Street)

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Remedial Socialization Dog Training Walks
Jun
5
to Jun 26

Remedial Socialization Dog Training Walks

Fridays @ 9:30am. Starting June 5th.

The goal of these walks will specifically be for remedial positive socialization, and desensitization in a controlled setting for shy, fearful, or reactive dogs. We will start with helping them relax around other dogs and people, teaching them to check-in with you, and working on decreasing each individual dog's threshold. Glen Island provides lots of space, and a relaxing setting to help the dogs feel more comfortable.

The class will run every Friday in June and offered as a package of 4 training walks for $175. It will be advantageous for your dog to get exposed to a variety of dogs and people each week, with me helping coach you and your dog through each interaction, so that you will feel more prepared to help your dog through real-life situations at home. 

They will get to safely spend more time around other dogs, allowing everyone to relax and desensitize. We will always start with the dogs under threshold, where they have enough space to observe but not react. Then we will walk them together (almost like parallel play for children!), work on pass-bys, relaxing as a group, meet-and-greets, and practice emergency situations.

Here is more information about the park:

http://parks.westchestergov.com/glen-island-park

    We will meet in the main parking lot where there is plenty of space to accommodate thresholds of all sizes. (parking is $5 once the park is officially "open" for the year, but you can also park before the drawbridge and walk in, about 10 mins of walking. Just be careful of stressing your dog with extra stimulus!)

To save your spot:

Email Jenn or Pay Online

 

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Apr
18
3:00 PM15:00

Musical Freestyle, Rookie Division Workshop

You've taught your dog some freestyle moves...now what? 

Let's create a Rookie Routine! 

This workshop builds on the teamwork, focus and moves taught in previous classes and workshops. Any previous freestyle experience is accepted. Did you know you can create a very beautiful routine using only three freestyle moves? 

Students will be shown how to design and polish brief off-leash routines and set them to music that showcases the unique strengths of their individual dogs.

 Overt prompts for learned behaviors will be faded, moves will be combined with transitions to create interesting combination moves, and strategies for reward will be discussed. We will also learn how to select music, cue behaviors to the music, and teach dogs signature poses. Basic requirements for entry-level competition via different freestyle venues will be discussed. 

BROOKLYN DOG TRAINING CENTER 

SATURDAY, April 18th 3pm-6pm

Book Online Here

UPDATE: Only 5 working spots still available

213 21st Street between 4th Avenue and 5th Avenue

(Closest subway is the R at Prospect Avenue or 25th Street)

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Apr
18
11:00 AM11:00

Freestyle for Fun Workshop in Brooklyn--Encore

Polish your obedience, learn new tricks and have fun moving to the music! 

If you like music and love your dog, you’ll enjoy this introduction to the amazing canine sport of musical freestyle. 

It’s joyful, creative platform for enhancing the bond with your dog and showing off your teamwork. It can be a great mental and physical workout, but it always results in smiles at both ends of the leash.

This workshop is designed for dogs of all ages and abilities to have fun with their favorite person in a relaxed musical atmosphere. You’ll learn how to combine new tricks with simple heeling exercises and transitional moves. Then we’ll bring these skills together to create a simple routine to the music you choose! No dancing required!

 $115 per team. Sign Up Here: http://www.doggieacademy.com/book-online/ 

BROOKLYN DOG TRAINING CENTER 

SATURDAY, April 18th 11am-2pm

213 21st Street between 4th Avenue and 5th Avenue

(Closest subway is the R at Prospect Avenue or 25th Street)

 

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Mar
21
3:00 PM15:00

Freestyle for Fun Workshop---FULL, See April Workshops in Brooklyn

Polish your obedience, learn new tricks and have fun moving to the music! 

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If you like music and love your dog, you’ll enjoy this introduction to the amazing canine sport of musical freestyle. It’s joyful, creative platform for enhancing the bond with your dog and showing off your teamwork. It can be a great mental and physical workout, but it always results in smiles at both ends of the leash.

This workshop is designed for dogs of all ages and abilities to have fun with their favorite person in a relaxed musical atmosphere. You’ll learn how to combine new tricks with simple heeling exercises and transitional moves. Then we’ll bring these skills together to create a simple routine to the music you choose! No dancing required!

Brooklyn Dog Training Center 

Saturday, March 21st 3-6pm

Book Online Here

UPDATE: Working spots are now FULL, but auditors are welcome! 

213 21st Street between 4th Avenue and 5th Avenue

(Closest subway is the R at Prospect Avenue or 25th Street)

 

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Oct
8
to Oct 27

Registration for group classes at Port Chester Obedience Training Club in White Plains

Classes start every two months at Westchester County's premier dog training facility.

www.teachrover.com

Registration opens Oct 8th for 7 and 8-week classes starting October 30th.

Go to http://www.pcotc.org/registration to sign up! 

Classes taught by Jenn Michaelis run MONDAYS 10am-2:30pm and THURSDAYS 10am-2:30pm

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May
31
to Jun 1

Ken Ramirez Seminar "Training from Core to Complex: The Many Faces of the Modern Trainer"

Join noted author, behaviorist and international lecture Ken Ramirez for a full weekend seminar at Port Chester Obedience Training Club in White Plains NY. The seminar will examine core training principles that are often forgotten or overlooked, including some practical skills games that help build trainers! For more information about the seminar or about Ken Ramirez, or to register, go to Dogs of Course. CEUs expected from CCPDT, IAABC, and KPA. Early bird registration for one or two days up to April 1.

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May
31
7:00 AM07:00

Freestyle for Fun Workshop!

Camp Unleashed in Berkshires, MA  

May 29-June 1   AND  Aug 29-Sept 1

If you like music and love your dog, you’ll enjoy this introduction to the amazing canine sport of musical freestyle. It’s joyful, creative platform for enhancing the bond with your dog and showing off your teamwork. It can be a great mental and physical workout, but it always results in smiles at both ends of the leash. This workshop is designed for dogs of all ages and abilities to have fun with their favorite person in a relaxed musical atmosphere. You’ll learn how to combine new tricks with simple heeling exercises and transitional moves. Then we’ll bring these skills together to create a simple routine to the music you choose! No dancing required! REGISTER NOW

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Apr
27
9:30 AM09:30

Off-Leash Reliability and Games Workshop

Off-Leash Reliability & Games
with Dr. Ian Dunbar 


Dr. Dunbar’s Reliability & Games Workshops have brought back some sparkle, some excitement, and some razzle-dazzle to pet dog training. The workshops are just so much fun for dogs and handlers and they are especially exciting and informative for observers, who can sit back and revel in laughter and tail wags as dogs learn at the speed of light.

Games are extremely enjoyable for dogs, owners and observers alike and they generally bring out extraordinary performances and accelerate training by motivating dogs and owners to perform even better. Games often bring out best performances. Dogs are highly motivated because their owners are highly motivated, happy, excited and animated. The prospect of playing games motivates owners to practice. For some owners, heeling and sit-stay homework is not very exciting, but many will stay up to the wee hours to practice for Doggy Dancing or Musical Chairs. 

All tricks/games are designed to improve the quality of the relationship between dogs and their people and each individual game is specifically designed to fine-tune essential ingredients of your dog’s training repertoire. For example, with tricks as simple as Biscuit Balance and Playing Possum, you end up with rock-solid Sit-Stays and Down-Stays. 

In addition, playing games is an enjoyable and non-threatening way to objectively quantify performance and fine-tune all basic obedience skills, including attention, position changes, stays, following, heeling, and precision work. For example, there will be only one fastest recall and only one longest sit stay. However, regardless of comparative rank of performance (compared with other competitors), the most worthwhile reason to play games is to establish a personal best, to set personal goals and above all, to strive to progressively better your best with each training session. 

The reliability-testing procedures are fascinating to the extreme. No false impressions, no misguided illusions, no excuses, the various tests simply offer objective proof of what dogs understand and what they don’t understand by quantitatively assessing response-reliability to verbal instructions and hand-signals. Moreover, the tests (games) reveal how quickly the dog is learning from session to session and from week to week. Quantifying your dog’s responses allows you to prove whether or not your training methods are working, exactly how well they are working and when you surpass a personal best performance (and need to congratulate yourself and your dog).

Dogs are fine discriminators and learn very differently from people; if you train them indoors, they behave indoors but often fail to respond to commands on walks and when off-leash. However, reliability problems that occur in real life (at home or on walks), or in competition, may be detected and resolved in a workshop format. Response-Reliability depends very much on comprehension, motivation and reinforcement. Owners may assess what their dog does or does not understand and how quickly it is learning by repeatedly quantifying the reliability, speed and precision of their dog’s responses. The dog’s actual level of training or reliability is not that important. What is important though, is that owners know the precise degree of control that they have over their dogs. Knowing your dog’s level of comprehension is important so that you do not become frustrated (and blame your dog) for poor performance. Instead, poor responses should prompt owners to re-evaluate their training techniques and maximize improvement via a three-step Test – Train – Test process. 

Registration: https://www.jamesandkenneth.com/store/show/WNY-01
Handlers (with a dog): $100 Early Bird (before March 26th)
$125 Standard (after Mar 26th)
Observers (without a dog): $80 Early Bird / $100 Standard

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Apr
26
9:30 AM09:30

Dr Ian Dunbar is coming to PCOTC in White Plains!

Crucial, Common-Sense & Cutting-Edge Concepts in Dog Behavior & Training
with Dr. Ian Dunbar


This seminar comprises a collection of diverse concepts and topics that Dr. Dunbar considers to be crucially important for raising and training dogs to be good-natured, well-behaved and reliable off-leash. Much of the syllabus comprises the highlights of Dr. Dunbar’s “Science-Based Dog Training (with Feeling)” seminar series as it evolved over the course of three years. The greater part of the seminar will describe how to motivate dogs for reliability, speed, precision & panache — when off-leash, at a distance and without the continued need for training aids. This is the area of dog training that has welcomed numerous innovative developments over the past few years, especially including, motivation for on-demand, extreme off-leash reliability in an otherwise happy-go-lucky (off-duty) dog, plus techniques for eliminating lack of compliance and undesirable behavior without having to resort to aversive means.

A short part of the seminar will touch on the most important aspect of dog training — raising dogs to thoroughly enjoy the company and actions of people, especially children, men and strangers, i.e., raising “bomb-proof” dogs. All young puppies are friendly to people but if not adequately socialized (prior to three months of age), they will start to become fearful at about five-and-a-half to eight months of age. Unfortunately, by the time the owner notices that their young adolescent is starting to become fearful or reactive, the Critical Period of Socialization will be long gone and now rehabilitation will take much (MUCH) longer.

Developing fear of the unfamiliar later in life is a normal and adaptive development process. Early socialization prevents these fears from developing later on. Preventing fearfulness and aggression is as simple and easy as it is enjoyable and hence, takes very little time to explain. For dogs that have already developed fearfulness and aggression towards other people or other dogs, there are a number of new techniques to accelerate rehabilitation, including differential classical conditioning (DCC) and using kibble (a low-value primary reinforcer) empowered as the highest-value secondary reinforcer.

TO REGISTER: https://www.jamesandkenneth.com/store/show/WNY-010 

Registration: 
$90 Early Bird (until March 26th) 

$120 Standard (after March 26th)
Lunch is not included
Full Refunds for cancellations made 2 or more weeks in advance. 50% refund for cancellations made 1-2 weeks in advance. No refunds will be given in the week before the event. 
 

Group Discounts available: 10% discount for 5 or more; 25% discount for 10 or more.
Email info@jk-pub.com to set up a group discount.

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