Friday, July 15, 2011

Summer Classes and Workshops! Filling fast! Enroll TODAY

Our Summer Schedule

Our Classes::

Manners 101: This is the foundation training for all ages. How are your dog's manners? This 8-week class covers basic commands including sit, come when called, and stay, among others. Skills covered include polite greetings, no begging, and no jumping, among others. This jam packed class is full of helpful information and participating in it will help you build a better relationship with your dog. It is just $160 for 8 weeks. It meets both Tuesdays and Saturdays. You can attend one day or both or alternate. It’s all up to you. Tuesdays 6-7pm and Saturdays 9:30-10:30am.

Skill Builder with the Experienced Handler: This class is ideal for the handler and dog with some experience under their collar that want to take their skills to the next level and improve their relationship. This group class covers relationship building skills. Many other things are covered, including improving your off-leash walking; come when called with intense distractions; distance work; advanced sits and downs and other commands; playing with the agility equipment. This wonderful class meets for 10 weeks. Fee is only $190. Limited to 8 handlers. Weds. 6-7pm, Saturdays 9:30-10:30am.

Therapy Dog Class: The focus of this class is on preparing the handler and dog for the therapy environment. This class is ideal for both the novice and experienced handler and will include field trips into the community to gain skills. Skills include working around medical equipment, loud noises, food, toys, and other distractions. Topics covered include stress and calming signals in dogs, infection control, medical ethics, general liability, and handling difficult visitation situations. This 12 week class is limited to 6 students. Fee is $ 210, Weds 7-8pm.

Agility for Beginner and Intermediate: This class will allow you to explore the fastest growing dog sport and take you and your dog’s skills to the next level. You and your dog will learn trust and teamwork as you progress in your skills with sequencing obstacles and learn the footwork needed to be successful in the sport of agility. Your dog will jump through tires, tunnels, and weave poles, walk up ramps and much more. This 5 week class is limited to 8 dogs. Fee is just $160. Meets on Thurs 6:45-7:45pm NOTE!! This class meets in SOUTH DEERFIELD. NOT FLORENCE Beginning Aug 4, 6:45-7:45! Only 3 spots remaining!!!!

Trick, Targets and Games Oh My!: This class will cover tricks such as roll over, play dead, wipe your nose and yes, READ! This is an on-going class and a collaborative effort type class. Class fee for 3 months is $150. Fridays 6:00-6:45 pm. Come join the fun! Open to all LEVELS & Dog Ages!!!!

Graduate Handling and Training: This class is for the most experienced handlers. It will focus on advanced skill building; ultimate distractions while maintaining focus; social skills and so much more. This wonderful class will explore a variety of training skills, theories and sports, including drill team, free style, Rally-O and agility. This class is open to students with the desire to improve and bond more with their dog, The fee is $600 for 6 months. Limited to 8 students. Meets on Sundays, 9:30-10:30am.

Off-Leash & Other Advanced Skills Extravaganza: This is truly an off –leash class. In fact, you will leave your leashes at the door. This class provides all the skills needed for off-leash handling and control. It is ideal for graduates of Graduate Handling or Experienced Handler. This full 12 week class is just $225 and meets on Sat 10:30-11:15 am. Beginning Aug 6, 2011 We meet in various locations in community. First class meets in Florence.


Canine Massage
: discover the benefits and bonding of canine massage. This relaxing class teaches both beginning and advanced techniques. Ideal for all ages of dogs. Especially beneficial to shy and older dogs.

We are excited to welcome Linda Jackson back for another great workshop!

Aug 14 11:30-1, light snacks provided. FREE! our gift to you. Limited to 20 handlers.

Private massage sessions will also be available after the workshop for a small fee for both dogs and CHAIR massages for the humans. Just $25 for 20 glorious minutes... Of pure relaxation.

Linda Jackson, is a licensed acupuncturist with Master’s Degrees in both Education & Oriental Medicine. At The Centre for Acupuncture in Gt. Barrington, MA., she offers services in acupuncture, massage, herbal medicine to both people and their dogs. She also offers lifestyle coaching in exercise such as yoga & Qi Gong, meditation, breath and nutrition according to Oriental Medicine principles.

Linda has been in the holistic health field for over 30 years with an extensive background in holistic health, including Kripalu Center in Lenox, MA where she was a founding member, developer and instructor of programs in yoga, massage and health.
Linda has published, with co-author Jody Chiquoine, a popular book, "A Dog Lover’s Guide to Canine Massage". This book is a thorough workbook for dog lover’s to learn massage and stretching for their canine companions to keep them healthy and stress free. This book is a must for every dog owner and dog lover.

In her personal life, she continues her regular practice of meditation, yoga, Qi Gong and healthy lifestyle choices in order to continue to offer her services from personal experience. Linda’s interests are writing, photography and being outdoors as much as possible throughout the year. She enjoys kayaking, hiking, scuba diving and exploring nature with her dogs!

AKC Canine Good Citizenship Earning the CGC award will ensure that your dog is a well-respected member of your community. The Canine Good Citizen award is one of the first AKC certificates your dog can own and CGC provides an excellent foundation for all other training. Canine Good Citizen training is fun and useful. You’ll find that training for the CGC award will help you establish a closer bond with your dog. This workshop will include ample practice before the test at the conclusion of the workshop. Aug 20 11:00-1:00pm Fee is $35 (for current students just $20)

Focus, Control and Recall EVERYTIME™ On or Off Leash
This workshop is like two workshops in one. Learn to keep your dog's focus in any situation, including dog parks, around those pesky squirrels, learn come when called EVERYTIME ™and so much more. Fee is $55 and includes lunch and workbook. Limited to 5 students.
Sat Aug 27 11:00-2:00 Light refreshments served

Polite Greetings and Leash Walking Does your dog's pulling or jumping embarrass you? Or maybe you just want your arm back in its socket and the scratches on your legs to heal. Whatever your reasons for teaching your dog not to jump up during greetings, and to walk politely on leash, it's a great idea! Fee is $55
Sat Aug 27 2:15-4:15 Light refreshments served

All access pass is just $725, a savings of $225!

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Leading the Way offers doggie daycare and all types of training, including private, group classes and a residential training program. Behavior assessment and modification is done using ONLY positive methods focused on shaping behavior.

We have over 25 years of professional experience, dedicated to enhancing the relationship of both ends of the leash, through knowledge, compassion, and building long term relationships with our clients, both two and four legged.