For Teen/Adult Dogs

For dogs 5 months and up

GROUP CLASSES

PRIVATE TRAINING & CONSULTATIONS


Obedience Basics (for dogs 5 months and up)

maxOur Obedience Basics class has started hundreds of dogs on the path to being a well-mannered canine companion. This 6-week course for teen and adult dog teaches you how to teach your dog to:

  • Pay attention to you, even when there are distractions
  • Learn to wait calmly for things he or she wants
  • Greet people calmly (as opposed to jumping on them boisterously) 
  • Perform rock solid “canine calisthenics”: sit, down and stand
  • Walking nicely on a leash
  • Come when called – quickly and reliably
  • Wait for things they want
  • Feel calm, cool, and collected around other dogs and people
  • See learning (your training) as an activity that is rewarding and fun!

Time: Once a week for 6 weeks. The first session, known as our “Training Toolkit Seminar”, is an orientation to canine behavior and training (this session lasts approximately 2½ hours and dogs stay home). Sessions 2-6 include the dogs, of course; these sessions last approximately one hour.

Tuition Includes:

  • Training toolkit seminar (Session 1 – 2.5 hours)
  • Five group sessions (Sessions 2 to 6 – 1 hour)
  • Personal equipment fitting and use session with one of our associate trainers
  • Essential training equipment ($45 retail value): 5 m. recall long line, deluxe treat bag, clicker and wrist band (you are not required to use a clicker but many people like to)
  • Training handouts
  • Grad photos
  • Certificate

Dates/Registration:
Please note on the first class day your dog stays home and class is held from 6:30 – 9:00 PM.

To secure your place in class, payment must be made at time of registration.

Date Time Instructor Cost  
Tuesday 03/07/20177:45 pm Sarah Richardson $295Class is full.
Please contact us to be put on waiting list.
Wednesday 04/05/20177:45 pm Sarah Richardson $295Class is full.
Please contact us to be put on waiting list.
Tuesday 05/02/20177:45 pm Sarah Richardson $295Class is full.
Please contact us to be put on waiting list.
Wednesday 06/07/20177:45 pm Sarah Richardson $295
 

Vaccination Requirements: We require documentation that your dog is current on DHPP (distemper-parvo), rabies, and bordetella to attend this group class AND that vaccinations have been administered through a veterinarian (we do not accept vaccinations that have been purchased through a feed store or online and self-administered). Please note that we MUST receive documentation of vaccinations before your registration will be accepted and your place in class secured. For most people, it is easiest to simply ask your veterinarian to FAX them to us at 530-345-1939. Thank you for your attention to this!

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Small Dog Obedience Basics (for dogs under 25 pounds who are 5 months and older)

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Small dogs are welcomed in our regular Obedience Basics and Puppy Kindergarten classes, but some owners prefer keeping their diminutive dogs in a class tailored just for the smaller set. Our Small Dog Obedience Basics class is a 6-week course (meets weekly) that covers:

  • Your small dog paying attention to you, even when there are distractions
  • “Canine calisthenics” sit, down, and stand
  • Coming when called – quickly and reliably
  • Wait calmly
  • Training challenges and behavior solutions that are unique to small dogs
  • Positive socialization with other dogs and people
  • Games that make learning fun

Time: Once a week for 6 weeks. The first session, known as our “Training Toolkit Seminar”, is an orientation to canine behavior and training (this session lasts approximately 2½ hours and dogs stay home). Sessions 2-6 include the dogs, of course; these sessions last approximately one hour.

Includes personal equipment/supplies session (approx. 30 minutes), 5 m. recall long line, deluxe treat bag, clicker and wrist band (you are not required to use a clicker, but many people like to), access to online training materials, grad photos, certificate.

Dates/Registration:
No classes available at this time

To secure your place in class, payment must be made at time of registration.

Vaccination Requirements: We require documentation that your dog is current on DHPP (distemper-parvo), rabies, and bordetella to attend this group class AND that vaccinations have been administered through a veterinarian (we do not accept vaccinations that have been purchased through a feed store or online and self-administered). Please note that we MUST receive documentation of vaccinations before your registration will be accepted and your place in class secured. For most people, it is easiest to simply ask your veterinarian to FAX them to us at 530-345-1939. Thank you for your attention to this!


Continuing Education Short courses – for Obedience Basics and Puppy Kindergarten Grads

These short courses provide great opportunities for returning dog parents and their dogs to deepen their training with essential skills taught in our Obedience Basics and Intermediate classes . Sessions are once a week for three consecutive weeks. Along with daily practice, these three session short courses will help you make significant progress with your dog’s good manners.

Short Course: Reliable Recall and More
This short course focuses on training a reliable recall (come when called).

Short Course: Leash Manners and More.
This short course focuses on the skills needed to enjoy a pleasant on-leash walk with your dog

No classes available at this time

To secure your place in class, payment must be made at time of registration.

  

Vaccination Requirements: We require documentation that your dog is current on DHPP (distemper-parvo), rabies, and bordetella to attend this group class AND that vaccinations have been administered through a veterinarian (we do NOT accept vaccinations that have been purchased through a feed store or online and self-administered). Please note that we MUST receive documentation of vaccinations before your registration will be accepted and your place in class secured. For most people, it is easiest to simply ask your veterinarian to FAX them to us at 530-345-1939. Thank you for your attention to this!

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Intermediate Obedience (for grads of Puppy Kindergarten or Obedience Basics)

This class is for dogs 6 months and up who have completed our Puppy Kindergarten or Obedience Basics classes. In this class you will take your dog’s manners and skill to a new level by building better attention and behaviors, even with increasing difficulty and distractions.

New Behaviors:

  • Stay
  • Leave It
  • Park It
  • Back Up
  • Chill
  • And much more!

Note: Dogs under 7 months old who have completed our Puppy Kindergarten may attend our Puppy Kindergarten II class. Read about this class here.

Time: Once a week for 6 weeks. There is no orientation for this class – dogs accompany their parents each night.

These classes are for CURRENT or FORMER STUDENTS of the Canine Connection
Date Time Instructor Cost  
Monday 04/03/20177:45 pm Sarah Richardson $210

To secure your place in class, payment must be made at time of registration.

Vaccination Requirements: We require documentation that your dog is current on DHPP (distemper-parvo), rabies, and bordetella to attend this group class AND that vaccinations have been administered through a veterinarian (we do not accept vaccinations that have been purchased through a feed store or online and self-administered). Please note that we MUST receive documentation of vaccinations before your registration will be accepted and your place in class secured. For most people, it is easiest to simply ask your veterinarian to FAX them to us at 530-345-1939. Thank you for your attention to this!

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 Agility

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Dogs jump for joy with agility! Whether you are interested in competition or just taking your dog’s training to a higher level, agility can be enjoyed by dogs of all sizes, ages, and breeds. WIth agility, dogs build confidence in themselves and in you. Plus, agility is great exercise, for the mind and body, for dogs and their people too! 

 

 

 Agility Foundations – Level 1

In Agility Foundations (Level 1),  you and your dog will be introduced to selected agility equipment (A-frame, hurdles, tire, tunnel, and more) in ways that will help develop teamwork and trust between you and your dog. You will learn important handling skills that will help you communicate clearly to your dog and will set the both of you up for success with this fun sport. 

Agility 1 is for CURRENT or FORMER STUDENTS of the Canine Connection who have completed either our Puppy Kindergarten or Obedience Basics Class and can demonstrate their dog has learned important skills. Completion of Puppy Kindergarten II/Intermediate Obedience class is very strongly recommended. Instructor approval may be granted for those who have attended positive reinforcement classes elsewhere, following an evaluation of the handler-dog team.

 Time: Once a week for 6 weeks.

Dates/Registration:
No classes available at this time

To secure your place in class, payment must be made at time of registration.

 

Agility 2

Using the skills gained in Agility Foundations-Level 1, you and your dog will learn how to correctly execute sequences of equipment (tunnel, A-frame, hurdles, and more). Whether you plan on competing in the future or just want to have fun with your dog, this class will help you advance your training and teamwork with your dog! 

Must have completed Agility 1 at the Canine Connection AND be able to demonstrate important prerequisite skills or receive permission of instructor.

Time: Once a week for 6 weeks.

Dates/Registration:
No classes available at this time

To secure your place in class, payment must be made at time of registration.

 

Agility 3

This class is for those dog-person teams that have completed Agility 2 and still want more! Students may take this class as many times as they wish to further their agility skills.

Must have completed Agility 2 at the Canine Connection AND be able to demonstrate important prerequisite skills or receive permission of instructor.

Time: Once a week for 6 weeks.

Dates/Registration:
No classes available at this time

To secure your place in class, payment must be made at time of registration.

Vaccination Requirements: We require documentation that your dog is current on DHPP (distemper-parvo), rabies, and bordetella to attend this group class AND that vaccinations have been administered through a veterinarian (we do not accept vaccinations that have been purchased through a feed store or online and self-administered). Please note that we MUST receive documentation of vaccinations before your registration will be accepted and your place in class secured. For most people, it is easiest to simply ask your veterinarian to FAX them to us at 530-345-1939. Thank you for your attention to this!

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Tricks for Kicks

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Did you know trick training will help your dog become a better learner and help you become a better teacher? This fun-filled class will teach a variety of tricks that include: Roll Over, Crawl, Say your Prayers, Sit Pretty, Paws Up, Take a Bow, Jump through a Hoop, Spin in Circles, and more! Drawing on a curriculum created by Kyra Sundance, nationally known tricks guru, we help you and your dog master a variety of tricks that are fun, impressive, and useful too! At the end of this class you can try out for your Novice Trick Dog titles through Do More With Your Dog the only official sanctioning body for the sport of Dog Tricks! Your Canine Connection instructors are certified through Do More With Your Dog to teach their curriculum and help you and your dog have loads of fun!

Note: This class requires that you have completed our Puppy Kindergarten or Obedience Basics class.

Time: Once a week for 6 weeks

Dates/Registration:

Date Time Instructor Cost  
Thursday 04/06/20177:45 pm Sarah Richardson $210

To secure your place in class, payment must be made at time of registration.

Vaccination Requirements: We require documentation that your dog is current on DHPP (distemper-parvo), rabies, and bordetella to attend this group class AND that vaccinations have been administered through a veterinarian (we do not accept vaccinations that have been purchased through a feed store or online and self-administered). Please note that we MUST receive documentation of vaccinations before your registration will be accepted and your place in class secured. For most people, it is easiest to simply ask your veterinarian to FAX them to us at 530-345-1939. Thank you for your attention to this!

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Canine Musical Freestyle

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Ever wanted to dance with your dog to music? Does your dog enjoy learning new behaviors and having a good time? Canine freestyle allows the dog and handler to create imaginative, inventive and inspired dances, interpreting the theme of your chosen music.

Time: Once a week for 5 weeks.

 Dates/Registration:

No classes available at this time

To secure your place in class, payment must be made at time of registration.

Vaccination Requirements: We require documentation that your dog is current on DHPP (distemper-parvo), rabies, and bordetella to attend this group class AND that vaccinations have been administered through a veterinarian (we do not accept vaccinations that have been purchased through a feed store or online and self-administered). Please note that we MUST receive documentation of vaccinations before your registration will be accepted and your place in class secured. For most people, it is easiest to simply ask your veterinarian to FAX them to us at 530-345-1939. Thank you for your attention to this!

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Treibball

Treibball is a wonderful new dog sport that allows urban herding breeds (and non-herding breeds too!) to express that natural herding desire without the need for barnyard animals. Dogs learn how to control and herd balls across a large field and bring them right to your feet! This is a great activity for you and your dog to expend some pent up energy while having a blast! For those so inclined, competitions (depending on the venue and level ) vary from the relatively easy 3 balls on a flat field in 7 minutes to the very advanced 8 balls over a field full of obstacles in 10 minutes.

Time: Once a week for 5 weeks
Treibball Foundations:
This class will teach you and your dog the vitally important foundation behaviors of stationing, beginning directional control, go ‘around’ and ‘push’.

Dates/Registration:
No classes available at this time

Treibball Continued:
Treibball foundation graduates will further previously learned behaviors and will add the art of ball control to their skill set. You will be instructed in all the basic behaviors needed to participate in this fun new sport.

Dates/Registration:
No classes available at this time

To secure your place in class, payment must be made at time of registration.

Vaccination Requirements: We require documentation that your dog is current on DHPP (distemper-parvo), rabies, and bordetella to attend this group class AND that vaccinations have been administered through a veterinarian (we do not accept vaccinations that have been purchased through a feed store or online and self-administered). Please note that we MUST receive documentation of vaccinations before your registration will be accepted and your place in class secured. For most people, it is easiest to simply ask your veterinarian to FAX them to us at 530-345-1939. Thank you for your attention to this!

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Rally-O

This dog sport encourages fun while performing obedience behaviors and maneuvers. Dog and handler teams traverse a course, usually maintaining an informal “heel” position, of 10 to 20 stations consisting of various obedience behaviors such as Halt-Sit-Stay, Right Turn, 270 degree Turn Left, Finish Left, and many more. Handlers (owners) are allowed and encouraged to communicate in a positive and encouraging way with their dog. This sport enhances teamwork between owner and dog, and reinforces solid leash skills. This course will introduce dog/handler teams to the Rally Level 1 and 2 behaviors/maneuvers, working up to completing courses of 10 to 15 stations. This course is suitable for continuing Canine Connection students.

Note: Rally O will be best enjoyed if your dog is calm around other dogs, does not pull on a leash when walking, and has achieved at least an intermediate level of obedience.

Time: Once a week for 6 weeks.

Dates/Registration:

Date Time Instructor Cost  
Thursday 04/06/20176:30 pm Sarah Richardson $210

To secure your place in class, payment must be made at time of registration.

Vaccination Requirements: We require documentation that your dog is current on DHPP (distemper-parvo), rabies, and bordetella to attend this group class AND that vaccinations have been administered through a veterinarian (we do not accept vaccinations that have been purchased through a feed store or online and self-administered). Please note that we MUST receive documentation of vaccinations before your registration will be accepted and your place in class secured. For most people, it is easiest to simply ask your veterinarian to FAX them to us at 530-345-1939. Thank you for your attention to this!

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Therapy Dog Evaluation Prep Course – Pet Partners

This therapy dog evaluation prep class is designed to help you and your dog prepare for the Pet Partners evaluation (go to PetPartners.org for more information about the Pet Partners organization and evaluation). You and your dog will be introduced to the basics of the evaluation and will have a chance to practice key behaviors and skills necessary for successful completion of the evaluation. It is expected that your dog will already have a solid foundation of obedience skills prior to attending this course. Please note: This class is NOT required prior to your going through the Pet Partner evaluation; you must however have completed the Pet Partners online handler’s course found at the PetPartners.org website. We offer our course simply to improve your understanding of the evaluation requirements and assist you and your dog with becoming excellent pet therapy volunteers. Many of our students have said that this course is a “must!”

Time: Once a week for 4 weeks. Evaluations scheduled the first Sunday of the month, February through June 2017 ($25 fee for evaluation).

Training Class

Date Time Instructor Cost  
Sunday 01/29/201711:30 am Sarah Richardson $140

To secure your place in class, payment must be made at time of registration.

Vaccination Requirements: We require documentation that your dog is current on DHPP (distemper-parvo), rabies, and bordetella to attend this group class AND that vaccinations have been administered through a veterinarian (we do not accept vaccinations that have been purchased through a feed store or online and self-administered). Please note that we MUST receive documentation of vaccinations before your registration will be accepted and your place in class secured. For most people, it is easiest to simply ask your veterinarian to FAX them to us at 530-345-1939. Thank you for your attention to this!

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Feisty Fidos

KerbieSueThis is a small group class that is designed specifically for dogs that lunge and bark when they are on a leash and see other dogs. Using proven behavior approaches, the class will focus on teaching dogs to be calm around other dogs and attentive to you instead of outer-focused on other dogs.

Note: Enrollment in this class is by invitation ONLY to current clients of The Canine Connection who are currently in private training and ready to take their dogs to the next level.

Time: Once a week for 6 weeks. 

No classes available at this time

To secure your place in class, payment must be made at time of registration.

Vaccination Requirements: We require documentation that your dog is current on DHPP (distemper-parvo), rabies, and bordetella to attend this group class AND that vaccinations have been administered through a veterinarian (we do not accept vaccinations that have been purchased through a feed store or online and self-administered). Please note that we MUST receive documentation of vaccinations before your registration will be accepted and your place in class secured. For most people, it is easiest to simply ask your veterinarian to FAX them to us at 530-345-1939. Thank you for your attention to this!

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Consultations and Private Training

Kaya-MurphyConsultations and private training and consultations are appropriate when:

  • You need help with behavior problems such as fear, anxiety, aggression, house soiling, or destruction.
  • Your schedule or situation prevents participation in our group classes.
  • You have specific training goals, such as service dog tasks, that go beyond our group class curriculum.
  • You have very small children who you would like to be involved in the training process.
  • You want to build a foundation with private training before coming into to a group class.
  • Your dog is too young (i.e. under 10 weeks) for group class.
  • You want assistance in selecting the ideal dog to be your new best friend.

All our private training begins with an initial consultation when we assess your dog’s behavior, your needs and wants in terms of your relationship with your dog, and your training goals. Should ongoing private lessons be warranted following a consultation (as is very often the case), we’ll work with you and your dog through private training or you may choose to enroll your dog in one of our group training classes of our Jumpstart Pro Training Program where we do the training for you.

Telephone Consultations
In some cases, a telephone consult with Dr. Sarah Richardson can help you understand your training and behavior options for your dog. Telephone consultations are suitable for people wanting to better understand their dog’s behavior and learn about typical strategies for modifying it. Please note that It is usually not possible, in a telephone consultation, to provide detailed training outlines for your dog. The outcome of these consultations is more modest but highly valuable – you will better understand your dog’s behavior and what is required to modify it so you can decide how to proceed with your dog’s training and behavior plan.

Telephone Consultation: $125 (1 hour)

Behavior Consultations
A private consultation with Dr. Sarah Richardson allows her extensive experience with dog behavior to be applied to your specific situation. This consultation is critical when dealing with aggression, anxiety, and other problem behaviors. During a behavior consultation, a prognosis for improving your dog’s behavior will be provided and first steps for a behavior modification program will be discussed and practiced. Behavior consultations are often followed with private lessons to help you better teach and live with your dog.

Behavior Consultation: $225 (1.5 to 2 hours); may be held at our center or your home*

* Additional rates may apply for travel to Durham, Paradise, Magalia, Hamilton City, and other areas.

Private Lessons
With private lessons you and your dog have our undivided attention. We focus exclusively on your goals and training needs, teaching you and your dog how to effectively communicate and interact together. If you want a personal canine coach to help you become your dog’s best teacher, parent, and friend, this option is for you.

Initial consultation and first lesson: $225 (1.5 to 2 hours)*; sessions may be held at our center or your home*

Subsequent sessions:
$125 (approx.1 hour); sessions may be held at our center or your home*

* Additional rates may apply for travel to Durham, Paradise, Magalia, Hamilton City, and other areas.

Jumpstart Pro Training
This program is for those too busy for training or those dealing with a difficult behavior that they’d just like to turn over to the pros. Our Jumpstart Pro Training program allows us to help get your dog’s training program going for you. Your dog’s training program is developed by Dr. Sarah Richardson with her team of skilled trainers assisting with your dog’s program. Following our initial consultation, the pros work with your dog, at your home, our training center, or around town. After new behaviors are formed, we then coach you on how to maintain and further develop your dog’s new skills.

$1350*
Initial consultation (approx. 1.5 hours), 6 training sessions with your dog, 2 coaching sessions with you and your dog (each approximately 1 hour each)*.

*Additional rates may apply for travel to Durham, Paradise, Magalia, Hamilton City, and other areas outside Chico.

Vaccination Requirements: We require documentation that your dog is current on DHPP (distemper-parvo), rabies, and bordetella to participate in this program AND that vaccinations have been administered through a veterinarian (we do not accept vaccinations that have been purchased through a feed store or online and self-administered). Please note that we MUST receive documentation of vaccinations before your registration will be accepted and your place in this program is secured. For most people, it is easiest to simply ask your veterinarian to FAX them to us at 530-345-1939. Thank you for your attention to this!

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