We’re committed to providing you and your dog with the tools you need to develop a strong and lasting relationship. All of our instructors teach using humane and effective positive reinforcement techniques. Family members (including well-behaved children) are encouraged to attend our training classes with their dogs!

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Our group dog training classes are best suited for pups who are both people- and dog-friendly. If you have concerns about whether one of our course offerings is suitable for your dog, contact our trainers at 412.847.7035 or BGrosch@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.

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Puppy Training

AF 301 – Kinderpuppy

For puppies who have had their 2nd DHP vaccination and are 20 weeks of age or younger. Small breed and/or shy puppies may attend until 24 weeks of age. All classes include puppy playtime and teach foundation cues – sit, down, stand, touch. In addition, each class has a specific theme. Exercises, behavior talks and homework relate to the theme of the class.

Tuition: $20 per dog/per class

Instructors: Lori Caruso and Barb Grosch, CPDT-KA

Kinderpuppy – Puppies Learn Polite Manners

For puppies who have had their 2nd DHP vaccination and are 20 weeks of age or younger. Small breed and/or shy puppies may attend until 24 weeks of age. Your puppy will learn to “come,” pay attention to their people when asked and we will share ideas to cope with puppy chewing and mouthing.

Date: Wednesday, June 17 –  registration closed

Date: Wednesday, July 22   Register

Time: 7:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

Tuition: $20 per dog – humans free!

Kinderpuppy – Puppies Around the Household

For puppies who have had their 2nd DHP vaccination and are 20 weeks of age or younger. Small breed and/or shy puppies may attend until 24 weeks of age. This class includes ideas for puppy management (i.e. crating and tethering) and housetraining tips. Puppies will learn “sit to say please” and we will practice ways to discourage jumping.

Date: Wednesday, June 24 – Sold Out!

Date: Wednesday, July 29   Register

Time: 7:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

Tuition: $20 per dog – humans free!

Kinderpuppy – Puppies Out in the World

For puppies who have had their 2nd DHP vaccination and are 20 weeks of age or younger. Small breed and/or shy puppies may attend until 24 weeks of age. This class presents socialization ideas and manners when interacting outdoors. This will include introduction to loose leash walking and jumping prevention.

Date: Wednesday, July 1 – Sold Out!

Date: Wednesday, August 5   Register

Time: 7:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

Tuition: $20 per dog – humans free!

Kinderpuppy – Puppies Learn to Share

For puppies who have had their 2nd DHP vaccination and are 20 weeks of age or younger. Small breed and/or shy puppies may attend until 24 weeks of age. This class focuses on resource guarding prevention. Puppies learn “drop it” and “leave it” and “wait for the food bowl.” We will discuss ideas to prevent possessive behavior of food and toys.

Date: Wednesday, July 8 – Sold Out!

Date: Wednesday, August 12   Register

Time: 7:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

Tuition: $20 per dog – humans free!

Kinderpuppy – Puppies Learn through Fun

For puppies who have had their 2nd DHP vaccination and are 20 weeks of age or younger. Small breed and/or shy puppies may attend until 24 weeks of age. Puppies gain confidence by working on the beginner agility obstacles and learn some fun tricks. We will share some game ideas to exercise your pup both mentally and physically.

Date: Wednesday, July 15 – Sold Out!

Date: Wednesday, August 19   Register

Time: 7:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

Tuition: $20 per dog – humans free!

Puppy Playschool

Puppies ages 12-20 weeks are invited to join us for organized play time at Puppy Playschool!

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AF 302 – Puppy Manners

For puppies ages 5 months to 9 months. Basic training for the older puppy will include household manners, manners for interacting with new people and places and playtime to increase dog-dog social skills. Cues to be taught include: sit, down, come, walk nicely on leash, wait politely, drop it and leave it. This is a 5-week class, please plan to bring your dog to all sessions.

Instructors:  Michael Cunningham, Barb Grosch, CPDT-KA

Dates: Thursdays, June 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23 – Sold Out!

Dates: Thursdays, July 30, August 6, 13, 20, 27 – Sold Out!

Time: 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Tuition: $90 per pup (humans free!)

 

Adult Dog Training

AF 304 – Companion Dog Manners

For dogs that are both people and dog-friendly and 9 months or older. Not recommended for dogs under 25 pounds

This first level class gets your dog started with the cues of sit, down, stay, coming when called and loose leash walking. Laying a solid foundation with these skills is the key to living happily with your four-legged friend. As well as good manners, class discussions will give you an understanding of why dogs do the things they do to and how to build a strong relationship with your dog.

Note:  this is a five-week class. Please bring your dog to ALL five classes!

Instructors:  Michael Cunningham, Barb Grosch, CPDT-KA

Dates: Thursdays, June 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23 – Sold Out!

Dates: Thursdays, July 30, August 6, 13, 20, 27  – Sold Out!

Time:  6:15-7:15 p.m.

Tuition:  $90 per dog (humans free!)

AF 308 – Companion Dog Manners for Small Dogs

For dogs 35 pounds or less and six months or older.

Positive reinforcement techniques are used to teach your dog basic cues like sit, down, stay, come and to walk comfortably on a loose leash. Behavior issues common to smaller breeds will be discussed. This is a 6-week class. Please plan to bring your dog to all class sessions.
Instructor: Lori Caruso

Dates: Saturdays,  Please check back for future classes!

Time: 12:45-1:45 p.m.

Tuition: $120 per dog (humans free!)

 

Dog Sports for Fun!

AF 411 The Nose Knows 1

For dogs 6 months and older that are both people and dog friendly. Dogs should be comfortable and non- reactive in a group class setting.

Looking for sport that can be done indoors with dogs of all ages?  Want to exercise your dog mentally and physically? Come and find a fun way to channel your dog’s natural talent for sniffing!  Scent games are a great way to stimulate your dog while working together as a team. Watch and learn as your dog detects an odor and hunts to locate its source.  Have a good time while building skills through new search activities each week. Instructors:  Gayle Bair, CPDT-KA, Missy Marzolf

Dates: Sundays,  Please check back for future classes!

Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.    

Tuition:  $80 per dog (humans free!)

AF 412 The Nose Knows Continues

For dogs 6 months and older who have completed The Nose Knows 1 classes (or equivalent) and are both people and dog friendly.  Dogs should be comfortable and non- reactive in a group class setting.

Have fun and build on your scent work foundation skills with challenging new sniffing activities each week.  You and your dog will work as a team doing container, exterior, interior and vehicle searches to locate target odors.  Instructors:  Gayle Bair, CPDT-KA, Missy Marzolf

Dates:   Sundays,  Please check back for future classes!

Time:   6:30-7:30 p.m.    

Tuition:  $80 per dog (humans free!)

AF 414 Tracking 101

For dogs 6 months and older who are people and dog friendly. No previous nose work experience needed!

Dogs will put their natural sniffing talents to work tracking human scent. Come out this Spring and learn the basics of this fun sport with your canine companion!  Humans and dogs should be in condition to hike several hundred yards over field terrainInstructor:  Gayle Bair, CPDT-KA

Location: Hartwood Acres Park, Hampton Township

Dates:  Saturdays,  Please check back for future classes!

Time:  9-10:30 a.m. 

Tuition:  $80 per dog (humans free!)

The Nose Knows – Single Sessions

Instructors:  Gayle Bair, CPDT-KA, Marcy Fenell, CPDT-KA, Missy Marzolf

Give Nose Work a Try!

For Beginners – those new to nose work classes.

-Dogs must be at least 6 months old and be both people and dog-friendly.

-Dogs must feel comfortable working in close proximity to new people/dogs; this class is not appropriate for reactive dogs.

Come join us and give your dog’s nose a work out!  This class is for beginners who would like to try the sport of nose work in a fun setting.  No pressure . . . just sniffing!

Date: Sunday, July 5 – Sold Out!

Time: 7-8 p.m. 

Tuition: $20 per dog

Let the Nose Lead

Pre-req: for teams that have completed at least one 4-week session of The Nose Knows or equivalent.

-Dogs must be at least 6 months old and be both people and dog-friendly.

-Dogs must feel comfortable working in close proximity to new people/dogs; this class is not appropriate for reactive dogs.

Increase your dog’s confidence and independence.  In this session, you will be using a long line to search anywhere from 7-10 feet away from your dog.  Long lines will be provided for class.  Don’t worry, the nose knows!

Date: Sunday, July 19 – Sold Out!

Time: 7-8 p.m. 

Tuition: $20 per dog

Beach Party!

Pre-req: for teams that have completed at least one 4-week session of The Nose Knows or equivalent.

-Dogs must be at least 6 months old and be both people and dog-friendly.

-Dogs must feel comfortable working in close proximity to new people/dogs; this class is not appropriate for reactive dogs.

Celebrate the dog days of summer working through challenging themed searches.  There will be plenty of sniffing at this party!

Date: Sunday, August 2 – Sold Out!

Time: 7-8 p.m. 

Tuition: $20 per dog

Let’s Play Games!

Pre-req: for teams that have completed at least one 4-week session of The Nose Knows or equivalent.

-Dogs must be at least 6 months old and be both people and dog-friendly.

-Dogs must feel comfortable working in close proximity to new people/dogs; this class is not appropriate for reactive dogs.

Games, games, games!  Fun nose games that will work on building drive, motivation and handler skills all while having fun as a team.

Date: Sunday, August 16 – Sold Out!

Time: 7-8 p.m. 

Tuition: $20 per dog

Containers, Containers, Containers! 

Pre-req: for teams that have completed at least one 4-week session of The Nose Knows or equivalent.

-Dogs must be at least 6 months old and be both people and dog-friendly.

-Dogs must feel comfortable working in close proximity to new people/dogs; this class is not appropriate for reactive dogs.

Where could the scent be . . . it might be a basket, a ball or a shoe.  Your dog’s nose will know exactly where it is!  Letting us know, well, that’s up to you.

Date: Sunday, June 21 – registration closed

Time: 7-8 p.m. 

Tuition: $20 per dog

That’s It!

Pre-req: for teams that have completed at least one 4-week session of The Nose Knows or equivalent.

-Dogs must be at least 6 months old and be both people and dog-friendly.

-Dogs must feel comfortable working in close proximity to new people/dogs; this class is not appropriate for reactive dogs.

Is it clear to you when your dog is on the odor? Work on a strong indication so you’ll never doubt your dog.  Remember the Nose Knows! Dogs should be fluent in hand targeting (touch) and sit or down with a verbal cue. The usage of birch, cypress, anise and clove scents will be tailored to students’ experience.

Date: Sunday,  Check back for future classes!

Time: 

Tuition: $20 per dog

Using Patterning to Your Advantage 

Pre-req: for teams that have completed at least one 4-week session of The Nose Knows or equivalent.

-Dogs must be at least 6 months old and be both people and dog-friendly.

-Dogs must feel comfortable working in close proximity to new people/dogs; this class is not appropriate for reactive dogs.

Circle, Square, Straight Line? How to strategically approach a search area. The usage of birch, cypress, anise and clove scents will be tailored to students’ experience.

Date: Sunday,  Check back for future classes!

Time: 

Tuition: $20 per dog

AF 410 Beginners Agility for Fun!

For dogs 1 year or older that are both people and dog friendly. Dogs should be comfortable and non- reactive in a group class setting.

This course will help the dog and handler to build a strong relationship based on positive reinforcement training and fun!  A dog with basic obedience skills will be comfortable in this class. Obstacles introduced in this beginning course will include jumps, tire jump, tunnel, dog walk, a- frame and pause table.   This class will be held in the Animal Friends lower grass fenced play yard.  Instructor: Elaine Mayowski

Dates: Thursdays, June 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23 – registration closed

Time: 7-8 p.m.

Tuition:  $120.00 per dog (humans free!)

AF 413 Rodeo Dog

For dogs 6 months or older that are both people and dog friendly. Dogs should be comfortable and non- reactive in a group class setting.

The purpose of Rodeo Dog is to form a bond (teamwork) with your dog and compete in a safe environment.  The dog enjoys moving around barrels and the owners find it challenging to decide the best way to work the dog.  The team starts at an easy level and works their way to harder and more challenging levels. 

Rodeo Dog results in rounded and conditioned dogs.  It demonstrates training and good teamwork. Rodeo Dog does not discriminate against any dog or handler because of a disability, accommodations can be made.  Good team work can develop with any dog and handler team. Instructors: Elaine Mayowski and Colleen Woods.

Class will be held outdoors in the lower, grassy play yard.

Date:  Thursday, August 20   Register

Time:  6:30-8 p.m.

Tuition:  $20 per dog (humans free!)

AF 415 Connecting with Your Canine

For teams that have basic foundation skills including walking on a loose leash, sit, down, come, stay.  Dogs must be dog and human friendly and at least six months old. This class is a fun option for therapy teams!

Come polish your teamwork skills in a fun and relaxed setting.  Move through courses challenging your dog to do things like sits, turns and downs.  There will also be surprise tasks for you, the handler, to do along the way. Practice skills in creative ways to strengthen your relationship!  Instructors:  Gayle Bair, CPDT-KA and Missy Marzolf

Date: Sunday, August 30 – Sold Out!

Time:  7-8 p.m.

Tuition:  $20 per dog (humans free!)

AF 408 Hiking Hounds

Grab a leash and hit the trail!  Join us with your canine companion for a Sunday morning hike through one of the area’s beautiful parks.  Hiking is a great way to exercise, relieve stress, and strengthen the bond between you and your dog. Come out and explore a different park each month with your best friend.  Dogs and people must be in condition to hike up to three miles on unpaved trails. You will receive details the week prior to the scheduled hike. Trip Leader:  Gayle Bair,CPDT-KA

Dates:  Sunday, June 21 – Riverview Park, North Side, Pittsburgh – registration closed

Time: 10 a.m.- noon

Tuition: $10 per dog – humans free!

Please note: maximum two dogs per handler.