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Class Schedule & Fees
All classes have limited enrollment to ensure personal attention and require advance registration. Click here to Print the "Basic Class Enrollment/Agreement Form." Complete and mail form to Betsy Newman, 101 Fernald Rd, Newport, ME 04953. Call for class details and directions: 207-368-2442
*You cannot enroll online*
Basic Obedience - 7wks - $140
Intermediate Obedience - 6wks - $120
Advanced Obedience - 5wks - $100
Pittsfield Location: Pittsfield Driftbusters Snowmobile Club
Newport Location: outside at Moosehead Trail Boarding Kennel (weather permitting - rain location will be indoors in Pittsfield at the Driftbusters Snowmobile Club)
ALL ADVANCED GRADUATES WHO ARE DROPPING IN TO ANY CLASS PLEASE CHECK WITH BETSY FOR POTENTIAL SCHEDULE CHANGES AND AVAILABILITY. A $5.00/CLASS DROP IN FEE APPLIES.
Current Class: Wednesday 2/6/19 @ 6:30pm - Pittsfield (*Orientation will be held on 2/6/19 followed by a splitting of this class into 2 Basic classes at two different times on Wednesday evenings)
Upcoming Classes: Wednesday 04/03/19 @ 6:30pm - Pittsfield
Wednesday 05/22/19 @ 7:30pm - Wet weather: indoors in Pittsfield, dry weather: outside in Newport
Upcoming Class: Wednesday 04/10/19 @ 7:45pm - Pittsfield
Basic Obedience - 7wks - $140.00
The general benefits from Basic Obedience are on lead group socialization with other dogs; owners learning the language, techniques and timing necessary to train any size dog with any type personality and ultimately control of the dog no matter how many distraction are present.
All dog ages from 8wks to geriatric are integrated in Basic Obedience. It has been observed that puppies who attend "puppy only" classes learn that they can rush up to any age dog with no regard to that dog's personality. From this we see puppies being seriously injured when encountering a dominant aggressive dog for the first time. By integrating the ages the older dogs in the class will teach the puppies about different personalities allowing them to learn that there is a right way and a wrong way to approach an unknown dog.
All persons joining Back to Basics training must first attend Basic Obedience with Betsy regardless of prior training. There are no treats or "clickers" allowed in class which will be discussed at greater length during orientation.
Despite an obvious interest in dog obedience competition all classes are taught for pet ownership with refined instruction after class for anyone interested in perusing competition.
Week 1 - Orientation. This class is mandatory attendance and is done without the dog. All questions about training philosophies, equipment used and what to expect the following week will be discussed. This class frequently runs over an hour due to open style discussion.
Week 2 - Collar fitting (included in the cost of the class) and beginning Heel and Sit.
Week 3 - Recall
Week 4 - Stay
Week 5 - Down
Week 6 - Stand
Week 7 - introduction to Intermediate off lead heeling. "Pull tabs" are supplied (included in the cost of the class) as the intermediate tool between on lead and off lead heeling.
Intermediate Obedience - 6wks - $120.00
This course may only be attended after completing Basic with Betsy. The focus here will be expanded exercises to practice Basic skills; beginning off lead heeling; beginning off lead recalls (group and individual); increasing the distance of separation on stays and hand signal work.
**CGC (Canine Good Citizen) evaluations can be done at the completion of Intermediate 1 for those interested.