Group classes run weekly for six weeks and total class cost is $199.

Class size is limited to provide as much individual attention as possible. Classes are held at A Pleasant Dog unless otherwise indicated.
Any changes to class roster need to be made one week prior to class starting. Our refund policy is 1 week prior to the start date of your class. 

Scholarships are available for the underserved population, contact us for more information.

adult 101

These classes are designed to help puppies up to 5 months of age learn basic manners and also resolve problem behaviors, like jumping, mouthing, and potty accidents. We also include play time for puppies to work on good social skills. If your puppy has an intestinal parasite, even if they are receiving treatment, your puppy must wait to attend puppy class until the stool is clear of parasites. 
$199 for six 1-hour sessions

Starts Tuesday, July 6 at 7:30pm with Alex(full)

Starts Thursday, July 22 at 1:45pm With Gin

Starts Thursday, July 22 at 3:00pm with Gin (full)

Starts Friday, July 23 at 11:15am with Gin (full)

Starts Monday, July 26 at 3:00pm with Gin

puppy 101

This class is for puppies, adolescent dogs, and adult dogs having completed our puppy 101 class and dogs over 5 months of age with no previous training. Adult 101 teaches basic obedience in a fun and positive setting. We also help work on problem behaviors like countersurfing, chewing, and jumping up.
$199 for six 1-hour sessions

Starts Tuesday, July 6 at 6:15pm with Alex(full) 

Starts Thursday, July 22 at 12:30pm with Gin (full)

Starts Friday, July 23 at 1:45pm with Gin (full)

Starts Monday, July 26 at 1:00pm with Gin

puppy playtime

30 minute sessions where you can bring your puppy to play specifically with other similarly aged puppies! Your puppy will be able to learn polite interaction with other dogs, body language and so much more while interacting with other dogs! Please note, all puppies that attend must be up to date on vaccines and have a clean fecal sample on file with your vet.


sport + fun

quick links

⟶ advanced placement

⟶ for reactive dogs

⟶ agility

⟶ sport + fun

⟶ special events + workshops

intermediate skills

akc canine good citizen class

This class is an intermediate level, preparatory class for participants seeking Canine Good Citizen certification for their dogs. Clients wishing to take this course must have gone through Adult 101 and Intermediate Skills with us before taking this course. The CGC certification is an AKC title that demonstrates a dog has good manners in public, and is for many therapy dog clubs the first step toward therapy work. This class will meet for six weeks, and the CGC test will be offered at the end of the class.  

$250 for six 1-hour sessions

CGC certification exams are also available to the general public at a cost of $25

This is for dogs having already completed Adult 101 with A Pleasant Dog. This class expands upon the behaviors of 101 and adds good manners in crowds, with strangers, around distractions, and more advanced obedience. This class is the equivalent of advanced training at other facilities. Students having transferred from another facility may take Intermediate Skills with faculty approval. Please call to schedule a free 15 minute evaluation if you are transferring from another facility.
$225 for six 1-hour sessions

Starts Friday, July 23 at 10:00am with Virginia(Gin)


reactive dog class

This class is for dogs who are not comfortable (aggressive or reactive) in the presence of other dogs. This is a six week class in which we teach dogs and their owners how to cope with the presence of other dogs. Week one is attended solely by owners. A 4-6 foot flat lead; Walk and Train or Halti brand head collar (not a Gentle Leader); and a buckle collar, martingale collar, slip collar, or body harness are requirements for this class. A free pre-class phone consult with A Pleasant Dog trainer is available to confirm suitability. Class size is limited and is taught by two instructors
$250 for six 1-hour sessions

Starts Monday, July 12 at 6:15 with Tara and Roxanne. (full)

agility for reactive dogs

Agility class for dogs who don’t like other dogs or people. Yeah, it exists.

$250 for six 1-hour sessions

for our reactive STUDENTS

Agility is a sport for you and your dog. Like any sport agility can be trained and competed at different levels. It can be a nice shared hobby for you and your dog in your free time, or you can compete more seriously at top-level international competitions, still not forgetting having fun!

It is a dog sport, where the dog is handled through an obstacle course. Agility can be practiced with all kinds of dogs, no matter what the size. It doesn’t matter if your dog is a puppy or adult. Contrary to common belief, old dogs can learn new tricks! Agility is also for all types of handlers, from young people to older. It is a fun way to do an activity with your dog.

All classes are taught by Pat Parker and are held at: Cedar Animal Hospital
3705 Gentle Way, Cedar Springs, MI 49319




advanced beginner


This class builds on skills leading to proficiency, but not yet proficient, especially with weaves, teeter and contacts. We work on beginning of independent obstacle performance. Teams will be working on more advanced handling, including crosses as we continue to work to develop teamwork and have fun.

Prerequisite: Must know most obstacles, but not yet be proficient. Beginning handling skills. Dogs should have fairly solid recall and a short stay.
Starts Thursday, June 17 at 2:00pm
starts Thursday, June 17 at 3:15pm

This foundation class is the first class for learning agility no matter your dog’s age. Students will work on developing teamwork, and understanding communication between you and your dog. Skills learned will lead to work on obstacles. Learning will always be done in a positive manner to encourage confidence in both handler and dog. Dogs should have passed A Pleasant Dog’s Puppy or Adult 101 class or have permission of the instructor prior to enrollment. Students get the most out of the class when they have basic skills like recall, sit, down, stay, and focus on owner, but these don’t need to be perfect. Emphasis in this class is on having fun with your dog.
Start Wednesday, June 16 at 4:00pm 
Starts Wednesday, June 16 at 7:00pm 
Starts Thursday, June 17 at 7:00pm 

This class is for dogs competing or getting ready to compete in agility, though teams not interested in competing are also welcome. Prerequisite: Familiar with all obstacles, though weaves and teeter can be a work in progress. Class participants will improve obstacle performance with more distractions; improve timing and add more advanced handling skills. Teams will learn more advanced crosses, longer sends, independent obstacle performance. Class aims to problem solve individual concerns while continuing to encourage handlers to keep having fun with their dogs.
Starts Wednesday, June 16 at 2:45pm
Starts Thursday, June 17 at 5:45pm

This class is for dogs and their handles working to compete or already competing in agility. Prerequisite: should be familiar with all obstacles. Goals include improving obstacle performance with more distractions; learning more advanced crosses, longer sends, and independent obstacle performance. We improve advanced handling skills and timing with your agility team mate. Problem solve individual concerns.
Starts Wednesday, June 16 at 5:45pm

sport + fun

use your nose

trick class

This class will teach your dog about nose and scent work. This is a great class to take to teach your dog a fun activity that doesn’t require any equipment!

$225 for six 1-hour sessions
Starts Friday July 9 at 4:15pm with Alex

This is a six week class will introduce students to some fun tricks, as well as the concepts of shaping and luring to get your dog to perform!

$225 for six 1-hour sessions


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