About

About

Our classes focus on teaching you how to train your dog through positive reinforcement. You will learn to teach your dog to pay attention when asked, greet politely, come when called, walk on a loose leash and lie down and stay. More advanced classes offer more advanced skills. Management skills, socialization and problem solving will also be emphasized. Classes are small in size and fun for you and your dog.

Instructors

Dog TrainerBecky Gagnon CPDT

Becky is one of the most kind-hearted people we know. Becky volunteered for the Hawaii Island Humane Society and after moving to Kauai, in 2001, she worked for the Kauai Humane Society for over a decade.

Becky was inspired to educate herself about training after her shelter dog, Greta, was unable to graduate to the next level of training in a compulsion-based class. Becky found that the relatively new positive reinforcement techniques were much more successful. She and Greta went on to win an agility award and became “Pet Visitation” volunteers for Mahelona Hospital and ARC.

Becky earned her CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed) and is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). She has been helping others train their dogs since 2006.

Becky lives with her husband of 26 years and a heeler mix.

Classes

Zip

Zip classes feature tiny class sizes (a maximum size of approximately 4). They also have an accelerated class schedule and are held twice a week.

This class allows dog owners to get the fundamentals of training with a shorter class commitment and more one on one input from the trainer. Please do not bring your dogs to the first class unless you are taking intermediate level (or higher) classes.

Group Classes

These classes have a maximum class size of around ten. There is one class a week for six weeks. Please do not bring your dogs to the first class unless you are taking intermediate level (or higher) classes.

Basic Manners

This class is for owners of dogs over 4 months-old. We will teach you how to teach your dog to walk politely, sit and lie down, come when called, and to start to resist temptation. More importantly, we will teach you how to better communicate with your dog, so that not only does your dog understand your requests and expectations, but you can understand the important things your dog is trying to tell you. The first class is for people only, please do not bring your dogs.

Puppies

Puppies under 3 months are 0nly eligible for classes that say “Puppy.” Puppy training focuses on socialization & manners training for puppies 8 weeks to 4 months old.

Intermediate

The intermediate class focuses on strengthening basic commands by adding distance, duration and mild distraction training at each dog and handler’s individual level.  We’ll teach your dog to relax on a mat, a few fun tricks and introduce some agility obstacles.  We’ll practice using different kinds of positive reinforcement – toys and play, praise and life rewards.  An introduction to the ten tests of the AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluation will be included if students are interested.

Guidelines

Doggy Dress Code

Your dog needs:  A flat or martingale (limited slip) collar or front clip walking harness or Gentle Leader or Halti head collar and a leash 4’ – 6’ long made of cotton, nylon, or leather (no prong, pinch or choke collars and no retractable leashes).

Health & Vaccinations

Please provide a copy of your dog’s current vaccination records when registering for a class.  Puppies are required to have at least two sets of vaccinations. Dogs should be flea and tick free. If your dog has a contagious illness or pests they cannot attend our classes nor should dogs that are in heat.We recommend that owners attend class without their dog in these scenarios.

Safety

Please take care around other dogs, since some become overly excited.  If your dog is excitable please do not enter the class without the assistance of one of our trainers.  Some dogs (including your own) may not be friendly or comfortable around people or other dogs they do not know.  Please ask permission before approaching or petting other dogs in class. Safety is of the utmost importance to us! If you have a dog that has been aggressive towards other dogs, please call us to make sure your dog is eligible to attend class before signing up. We may recommend private sessions.

Disruptive dogs

For protection of all canine and human participants, we reserve the right to decline admission, or remove from class, any dog who presents behavior issues that may be considered dangerous, disruptive, or that may be exacerbated by the class setting.

Guests

Your guests (without pets) are welcome to observe from the sitting area only.

We encourage children to share in training the family dog with the following guidelines:

  • Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or have permission to attend with another adult.
  • Children must be supervised at all times and remain with you and your dog during training exercises. If you feel your child may become restless, please bring quiet activities they would enjoy.
  •  “Indoor voices” are used in the training area.
  • Children should always walk in the training area.

Cell Phones

Please make sure your cell phone is turned off during class.

Payment

Payment is due when you register for class. If the class you have registered for is canceled you will be offered credit toward a future class or a full refund. Due to our small class sizes, after the class starts the class is nonrefundable.

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