Private sessions optimize teaching and learning opportunities, allowing for customized training tailored to meet the specific needs of you and your dog. Dog Training is available on-site at Good Foundations, or can be provided in your home or out in the community, as determined in your free personalized consultation. Services available include Puppy classes, Basic obedience, agility, and customized training to fit the needs of your dog.
Training is individualized. Because each dog and the relationship with its owner is different, each program will be tailored to that dog and owner. No one method works for all dogs. Training addresses basic obedience as well as the behavioral expectations that you have for your dog living in your home, and may include such issues as leash pulling, jumping up, destructive behavior, and aggression.
The priority and focus of training is that you be able to enjoy a good relationship with your dog in your home. The goal is to help you and your dog have fun together and have the best relationship you can.
Training begins with a series of private lessons in a controlled environment, adding controlled distractions as you progress through the program. You will then move into a group class with other dogs in which you learn to train in a more challenging environment. This is where you and your dog apply training to more real-life situations. Good Foundations offers a variety of programs for puppies to well-behaved dogs that are ready for the next step.
For puppies up to 16 weeks old, any breed
Price: $175 for four private classes (puppies do not attend group class)
The puppy program provides a foundation for obedience training including:
- Emphasis on training the whole family to work with the new puppy
- Building confidence
- Crate training
- Addressing negative behaviors such as:
- Destructive chewing
- Other puppy problems
Price: $300 for four private classes and four group classes.
The basic program focuses on behavioral expectations and establishing structure and control for real life situations, including:
- Stop/Leave It
- Leash Pulling
- other issues with which you are concerned
Additional modifications can be made to the basic program for additional fees on an individualized basis upon consultation. Examples of such modifications would include training sessions in the owner’s home, sessions out in the community, additional training content such as sit, stand, and down in motion and at a distance, or more intensive training for dogs with more intensive needs.
Individual Refresher Classes
Price: $80 per session
Individual refresher classes are available to those who have already gone through an obedience program to review or fine tune.
This is the opportunity for graduates of the training program to hone their skills in a more challenging setting. Once dogs and their owners have mastered the basics of heel, sit, down, etc, they can come to Group Class to work around each other and improve their level of control by working together in this structured group setting.
5 Group Classes – $85
10 Group Classes – $140
Dog Trainer Christine Kozlek, a board certified behavior analyst with a Masters degree in Education, has worked for 15 years in the field of behavior modification. She has worked with a wide range of behavior issues and can help you problem solve and strategize any concerns that may present themselves. Apprenticing at John P. Jones Canine Training, she honed her skills working side by side with a mentor who understood the passion for pursuing an understanding of our canine companions. She is dedicated to giving every four-legged friend their best chance at a full and happy life with their humans.
Her first experience in the canine world was a graduation present to herself, a shepherd mix named Sebastian. He was a great introduction to the joys & rewards of raising a pet and lived to the ripe old age of 15. In mid-2013, Christine welcomed two new members into her family: Gracie, a 5-year old boxer mix and Mojo, a 4-year old St. Bernard, both grateful rescue dogs.
Selina and her three Papillons have been training and competing in agility as well as other various dog sports for over five years. She has a natural gift for communicating with animals and intuitively understands both the art and science of dog training. She has competed in three national agility competitions and has put two agility championships and multiple Masters Titles on her dogs over the years. In addition to conformation, agility, and rally-o, Selina is also very passionate about trick training her dogs. She has successfully taught dogs to do various complicated tricks that are amazing to watch. When not training, Selina attends Penn State where she is studying Criminology, Psychology, and behavior modification.
Price: $300 for six private classes.
Introduction to agility training, with emphasis on foundation training and flatwork. We will focus on building motivation and attention, while introducing your dog to the basics of agility. Skills will include distance work, tunnel work, attention work, jump work, left and right directional cues, targeting, and sequencing.
We will continue to build familiarity and independence on all the agility obstacles, and start to sequence obstacles together while learning to handle your dog with simplicity and clarity.
In this level we move onto advanced flat work, advanced jump, beginning box work, advanced pinwheels, board work for contacts, and sequencing with the table, along with introducing the weaves, teeter, chute and handling techniques.
Advanced 1 Program
We finish the basic training for contacts, weaves, teeter, more elaborate jump sequences and other equipment and begin to focus on obstacle independence, handling maneuvers and advances sequences with front cross, rear cross, 270 work, serpentines, threadles and more.
Advanced 2 Program
The focus of these classes is the improvement of existing handler and dog skills. Lesson plans include advance course strategies, learning to minimize your dog’s path, obstacle discrimination, layering, fine tuning acquired skills and problem solving.