Welcome to K9 Training Camp!
View our calendar of current classes below. To sign up for a class, click on the “Register for a Class” button.
Unless otherwise notified, please NO DOGS TO THE FIRST CLASS!
Classes Offered (click titles below for full class descriptions)
Puppy Socialization & Etiquette Playtime
- Gives you a great start with your new “family” member.
- Puppy Training classes are an excellent opportunity for socialization.
- Class teaches family members the reasons for the puppy behavior and important handling skills.
- Puppy classes are a vital part in the developmental stages of your growing dog.
- It also helps your puppy bond with it’s new family and other puppies in the class.
Basic Obedience Class
Basic Obedience Class teaches dogs of all ages the basic techniques/commands below. There are other skills taught as well as plenty of open discussions.
- Leave it
- Take it
- Loose leash walking
Canine Good Citizen
The CGC Program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.
Training/Testing: CGC Test Items
Before taking the Canine Good Citizen test, owners will sign the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge. We believe that responsible dog ownership is a key part of the CGC concept and by signing the pledge, owners agree to take care of their dog’s health needs, safety, exercise, training and quality of life. Owners also agree to show responsibility by doing things such as cleaning up after their dogs in public places and never letting dogs infringe on the rights of others.
After signing the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge, owners and their dogs are ready to take the CGC Test. Items on the Canine Good Citizen Test include: Accepting a friendly stranger, Sitting politely for petting, Appearance and grooming, Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead), Walking through a crowd, Sit and down on command and Staying in place, Coming when called, Reaction to another dog, Reaction to distraction, Supervised separation.
All tests must be performed on leash. For collars, dogs should wear well-fitting buckle or slip collars made of leather, fabric, or chain. Special training collars such as pinch collars, head halters, and electronic collars are not permitted in the CGC test.
As of November 4, 2010, body harnesses may be used in the CGC test. The evaluator should check to make sure the harness is not of a type that completely restricts the dog’s movement such that it could not pull or jump up if it tried.
The evaluator supplies a 20-foot lead for the test. The owner/handler should bring the dog’s brush or comb to the test.
Intermediate Obedience Class
The Intermediate Class is designed for those canine companions that have been through the Basic Obedience Class. The class is one step closer to obtaining a Canine Good Citizen certification. The following commands are taught:
- Loose Leash Walking with Distractions
- Sit, Down, Stay from a Distance
- Leash Free Heel with Watch Me
Building Relationships and Team Work
Tired of the same ole training class? Join our Building Relationships and Team Work Class, during this six week class you will build a bond of team work, partnership and communication skills with your canine.
The course will take you to the extreme and back again through an obstacle coarse in six short weeks. Are you ready for the challenge? Does your dog walk on leash? Is your dog friendly with Humans and Dogs? Does your dog know sit and down with distractions? Come along on the journey of Communication and Team Work.
Private In-Home Lessons
Call 585-429-0320 for a price quote
Private lessons are offered in your home and conducted one on one with you and your family members. The class will also help to develop a bond and the safe zones in your home for your new member. Once the safe zones have been established other commands in Basic Obedience will be taught in the home.
These Lessons are available to residents of Monroe, Wayne, and Ontario Counties in NY
Games & Tricks
Does your dog have an abundance of energy? Our Games and Tricks class is designed to burn off some of the energy as well as building the bond between the human and their canine companion with a focus on the handler. This class is not for dogs that have leash reactivity concerns. There will be some quick movement and turns for both the dogs and the handlers. This class is limited to five participants.
Retrieve, Recall and Rest
Is your dog overly excited on a walk? Are you having trouble getting them to come to when you call them? Do you have a dog that is go, go, go with no resting? The 3R’s class is for you, in this class you will teach your canine companion “home” to a mat. The “home” is a place to relax after the game of retrieve and recall. It is a place when company comes to visit. This is class is a great opportunity for dogs with fear and or are lacking social skills.
Fearful - Reactive to Best Buddy
$225/7 weeks – No Dogs to First Class
Do things in everyday life seem to scare your dog? Does he/she react or cower to new people or shy away from petting or meeting new dogs? Does your dog run away and hide from noises and sounds? Does your dog bark, whine, lunge, scream, get their hackles up or embarrass you in public? The Best Buddy Class will give you the necessary tools and techniques to begin behavior modification that will help change your dog from a “fearful fido” to a “Brave Buddy” or a “reactive rover” to a “Best Buddy” by building up their confidence using gentle and effective techniques. We know how sweet and cuddly our dogs can be, sometimes they just make bad choices. These bad choices could be from many things, frustration, being scared, overexcited or reactive and they might find it difficult to calm down in certain situations. You might have heard that your dog is aggressive, angry or overly fearful but you know that is not how your dog is all the time. In the Best Buddy Class, your dog will learn how to make better choices in many different situations and be happier about things going on around them in their day to day lives and most importantly, have fun while learning. You will practice and be coached on strategies using scientifically based reward – based training, use of behavior markers, dog and human body language, relaxation techniques and appropriate use of space. The small class size will be an advantage so more specialized worked and handling can be done with each dog because as we know each dog is different. The Best Buddy Class is a set schedule(non-flexible) class specifically designed to teach handlers how to manage and retrain appropriate behaviors for dogs that lunge, bark, growl, are reactive, aggressive, fearful or anxious while on leash. Class will include:
- Homework each week for both human and canine
- Understanding canine body language and canine communication
- Dealing with fearful and/or reactive behaviors of approaching strangers and scary movements
- Learning how to interact with fearful, reactive and anxious dogs
- How and when to reward confidant and brave behaviors
- How to work with noises and other common phobias
- Helpful Friendly Strangers will be coming in to assist
- and much more
Please Bring to Class
- Six foot leather or nylon leash (the thickness and size of the leash depends on the size of the dog). Retractable leashes are not acceptable for training.
- Training collar properly fitted for the dog. Head collars are typically recommended for dogs that pull on the leash. A head collar has a strap that goes around the dog’s neck right behind the ears and has a loop or strap that goes over the nose. The leash is attached where these two straps come together usually at the base of the dogs lower jaw near the neck. Flat buckle collars are great for calm and shy dogs. The collar must be in good condition.
- A 30 foot nylon training lead (dogs under 10 pounds may use a 15 foot lead). The training lead is used for long distance work during class. The lead must be in good condition.
- Approximately 150 pea sized soft treat that your dog really likes. You will need a training pouch or a pant/shirt pocket to house the treats. Make sure your dog has a good appetite for class. Food should be withheld for approximately six to eight hours before class depending on the age of your dog.
- All dogs should have identification. Micro-chipping, tattooing, or a simple to read ID tag stating the owner’s name and phone number should be attached to each dogs collar.
- Proper shoes prevent injury. No open-toed shoes or sandals.
- A pooper scooper or similar type of waste disposal tool.
- Children attending or watching the class must be supervised by another adult that is NOT participating in the class.
- A COPY of the immunizations must be brought to the first class.
- Oh and don’t forget the DOG!
About Trainer Rich Allen
Rich started working with dog many years ago, in the days when dominance theory prevailed and using fear, force, intimidation and painful punishment was the supposedly the only way it could be done. He worked in many different avenues from obedience to protection training, but for him it was always to stressful (for both the handler and the dog) to be waiting for the dog to make a “mistake” so the human could “correct” it. After years of using prong and shock collars, Rich wanted a better way to communicate with his furry family members so he began learning more modern and scientific ways to communicate with his canine companions, when he noticed he and his dogs enjoyed the time together much more, and he was very impressed with the speed at which the dogs learned and retained the teachings.
Some of Rich’s education includes:
- Advanced K9 Detection Seminar- 2 day Seminar March 2008
- Personal Protection k-9 Obedience and Protection 2 day Workshop April 2008
- Working Dog- Bite Work -2 day Workshop February 2009
- Handler and Tactical Seminar – 3 day Workshop June 2010
- Kathy Sdao “Get SMART about Training” – 2 day seminar, Sept 2010
- Suzanne Clothier “Relationship Assessment” and “Working with Fearful & Reactive Dogs” – 2 day seminar Nov 2010
- Suzanne Clothier “Working with Fearful and Reactive Dogs” – 2 day seminar, Nov 2011
- Malena Dimartini-Price and Gina Phairas “Fixing the Unfixable: Separation Anxiety” – 2 day seminar, April 2012
- Pat Miller “Real Solutions to Canine Behavior Problems” – 2 day seminar, April 2012
- Grisha Stewart “BAT: Behavior Adjustment Training for Fearful and Reactive Dogs” – 2 day seminar, July 2012
- Kathy Sdao “I-Cue: The Science of Signals” – 2 day seminar, November 2012
- Paula Kelman “Training Dogs, Training People” – February 2013
- Diane Gardner “Understanding Canine Communication” – March 2013
- Dr. Sophia Yin ” Learning, Behavior, and Dog Training” – August 2013
- Paula Goss “Agility: Novice through Masters” – 2 day seminar, November 2013
- Steve and Jennifer White “Raising the Bar – Taking Training to the Next Level” – April 2014
- Dr. Ian Dunbar “New Concepts for the Treatment of Dog Aggression” – April 2014
About Trainer Joe Lancia
Joe is a certified Dog Trainer in Hilton, New York and graduated with honors from the Animal Behavioral College, an internationally recognized training and certification program. He recognizes the importance of the relationship between the person and their canine companion. His primary focus is on forming a mutually respectful and trusting relationship. Each dog and their human companion have their unique potential that is uncovered in the training encounter.
The approach is based on the current and ever evolving scientific understanding of both psychology and behavior. Positive reinforcement, counter conditioning and motivation are the primary techniques used to look at shaping behavioral change. Joe’s approach does not limit the relationship to shaping behavior alone. It also focuses on building a sense of resilience and emotional confidence in the dog and encourages this to be brought to the relationship with its human companion. Aspects of the training encounter include establishing clear communication, setting clear and consistent boundaries and limits, fostering a sense of trust and respect and looking at reciprocity between both the dog and its human partner. An ongoing dialogue between the two is explored offering appropriate compromise and respect on both sides of the relationship. Not every person has the same talents and abilities and this is true for dogs too. The diversity and unique abilities of each dog will be explored and valued.
Joe teaches and speaks nationally and internationally on human animal bond and partners with animals in his medical practice.
We do NOT allow the following devices to be used in our training classes and or facility: E-Collars (shock or electronic), prong collars, choke chains.
Due to allergies, we are a peanut-free facility. Please do not bring peanut products into our building.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.