GROUP CLASSES

Group classes run weekly for six weeks.

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.

We require all dogs coming to classes to be up to date on the following vaccines (for their age): Distemper, Leptospirosis, Canine Influenza, Bordetella, Rabies and a clean fecal sample on file with your vet, done within the past 6 months. 

You like us. You really like us!  Our classes fill very quickly. If you do not see a class that fits your schedule here, or if the class time that you would like is full, please contact us by completing our contact form to be added to our notification list.  In the meantime, please feel free to checkout our private sessions, camps and also our stay and train options!


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. For puppies ages 5 months and younger.
$199 for six 1-hour sessions


Starts Monday, December 13 at 4:30pm with Gineva (full)

Starts Monday, December 13 at 5:45pm with Gineva (full)

Starts Monday, December 13 at 7:15pm with Tara (full)

Starts Tuesday, January 4 at 10:45am with Tara

Starts Tuesday, January 4 at 1:45pm with Tara

Starts Wednesday, January 5 at 1:45pm with Tara

Starts Tuesday, January 4 at 5:30pm with Sam

Starts Tuesday, January 4 at 6:45pm with Sam

Starts Wednesday, January 5 at 4:15pm with Sam









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 Monday, December 13 at 3:15pm with Gineva 

Starts Monday, December 13 at 7:00pm with Gineva (full)

Starts Monday, December 13 at 6:00pm with Tara (full)

Starts Tuesday, January 4 at 12:00pm with Tara

Starts Tuesday, January 4 at 3:00pm with Tara

Starts Wednesday, January 5 at 3:00pm with Tara

Starts Tuesday, January 4 at 4:15pm with Sam

Starts Wednesday, January 5 at 5:30pm with Sam

Starts Wednesday, January 5 at 6:45pm with Sam


puppy playtime

social club

30 minute sessions where you can bring your puppy to play specifically with other similarly aged puppies(under six months of age)! 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.

Cost is $25 per session.
CONTACT US TO LEARN MORE

December

*Saturday, December 4 at 10:30am(Small breed only)
*Wednesday, December 8 at 9:15am(Small breed only)
*Monday, December 13 at 9:15am(Small breed only)
*Monday, December 13 at 10:00am
*Friday, December 17 at 1:45pm
*Monday, December 20 at 12:00pm(Small breed only)
*Tuesday, December 21 at 10:00am
*Wednesday, December 22 at 9:45am
*Thursday, December 30 at 2:00pm
*Friday, December 31 at 9:15am(Small breed only)

January

*Thursday, January 6 at 12:00pm(Small breed only)
*Thursday, January 6 at 12:45pm
*Wednesday, January 12 at 9:45am(Small breed only)
*Thursday, January 13 at 12:15pm
*Monday, January 17 at 10:45am
Monday, January 17 at 12:15pm(Small breed only)
*Wednesday, January 26 at 10:30am
*Thursday, January 27 at 12:30pm(Small breed only)


Has your puppy aged out of our Puppy Playtime? Have you graduated from one of our classes and want some more time to be social? Join us in our Social clubs. This 30 minute play session is designed for our fur friends that are over six months old. This is a great opportunity to have your dog play with other dogs in a small group setting. Each session will be supervised by one of our trainers while you and your dog get social. Prior to joining you will need pre-approval from your class trainer or at your private session. If you have never been with A Pleasant Dog before, no problem! We can schedule a play consultation to see if this would be a good fit.
$25 for each session
Limited to four (4) dogs per session
CONTACT US TO LEARN MORE
 
December

*Saturday, December 11 at 10:30am
*Monday, December 13 at 10:45am
*Friday, December 17 at 1:00pm
*Monday, December 20 at 12:45pm
*Wednesday, December 22 at 10:30am
*Friday, December 31 at 10:00am

January

*Friday, January 7 at 10:15am
*Wednesday, January 12 at 10:30am
*Monday, January 17 at 11:30am
*Monday, January 24 at 1:15pm

quick links

⟶ advanced placement

⟶ for reactive dogs

⟶ agility

⟶ sport + fun

⟶ special events + workshops

intermediate 201

intermediate 202

akc canine good citizen class

cgc 1

cgc 2

advanced skills

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

Focuses on honing the skills so that your dog has a great understanding of the behaviors expected. This class concludes in Week 6 with a practice test to check in on your progress. 
$250 for six 1-hour sessions 




Now that your dog has learned the skills required for the CGC test, we'll begin the process of fading out treats to prepare for the real deal. Students will take the official Canine Good Citizen test with their instructor in Week 6. 
$250 for six 1-hour sessions 




Please read carefully, as the classes listed below all have prerequisite requirements. If you're new to A Pleasant Dog, we usually recommend starting at the beginning so you don't miss out on crucial foundation steps that may not be covered in classes at other facilities. Our advanced classes will continue to build on these skills started in our 101 classes. However, if your dog already has extensive training and you think they may qualify for advanced placement, please begin by filling out our contact form here. Our team will get back to you with an individualized recommendation as soon as we can. Private lessons are available to supplement previous training to get your dog ready for advanced placement classes if needed. 

Our first Intermediate level class expands on the behaviors from our beginner level classes. We'll continue increasing the difficulty level for skills like Stay, Leash Walking, Leave It, and Place, and introduce new behaviors like sitting politely to greet a stranger. We'll walk through some of the next steps to getting more consistent behaviors in real life settings, too.
Prerequisite: Adult 102  
$225 for six 1-hour sessions


Join us to continue taking your dog's skills to the next level, and to begin discussing the process of fading out treats more in depth. We'll continue practicing sitting for petting, leash walking with distractions, more difficult versions of stay and leave it, and start working on a few new skills as we gear up to go into more advanced training.
Prerequisite: Intermediate 201
$225 for six 1-hour sessions 



Take it to the next level with our advanced class! We'll introduce more distraction work and continue to increase the difficulty of the behaviors your dog has started in previous classes. Learn creative ways to challenge your dog and continue the journey of fading out treats and transferring your dog's skills from training sessions to real life.
Prerequisite: Intermediate 202 
$225 for six 1-hour sessions 





AP STUDENTS

reactive dog class

reactive nosework 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, October 18 at 6:00pm with Tara and Roxanne

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! This class is for dogs who are not comfortable (aggressive or reactive) in the presence of other dogs. 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
$299 for six 1-hour sessions

Starts Saturday, November 13 at 2:00pm with Alex and Tara

agility for reactive dogs

Agility class for dogs who don’t like other dogs or people. Yeah, it exists. This class will be held at:
Cedar Animal Hospital
3705 Gentle Way, Cedar Springs, MI 49319
$299 for six 1-hour sessions

*We are in the process of securing an indoor facility for our agility classes. Outdoor agility classes at Cedar Animal Hospital will resume in April 2022. If you are interested in agility please let us know so we can place you on our notification list for future classes. 

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 outdoors at: Cedar Animal Hospital
3705 Gentle Way, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. Class may be postponed due to weather. We will make up the missed class by adding an additional week from the last date of class.

*We are in the process of securing an indoor facility for our agility classes. Outdoor agility classes at Cedar Animal Hospital will resume in April 2022. If you are interested in agility please let us know so we can place you on our notification list for future classes.

AGILITY

beginner

intermediate

advanced beginner

advanced

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.


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.
 



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.




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.


sport + fun

use your nose/ nosework

akc novice tricks class

introduction to sports

rally 101

rally 102

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 Tuesday, October 19 at 6:00pm with Alex (full)

Starts Friday, October 22 at 4:30 with Alex (full)

Rally is a great way to enjoy heelwork with your dog, while also practicing other behaviors such as sit, down, stay, come, and more advanced leash work. Join us to get started at the introductory Novice level. We will use the AKC Rally format and signs. 
$225 for six 1-hour sessions

Starts Thursday, January 13 at 7:00pm with Virginia(Gin) (full)

Let's keep building on the skills that we started in Rally 101! We'll do more coursework, focus on higher precision, and work toward reducing reinforcers for dogs who are ready. We will be using AKC format and signs, at the Novice level.

Starts Friday, January 14 at 11:45am with Virginia(Gin)


In this class, your dog will learn a variety of fun tricks, and have the opportunity to earn the Novice Trick Dog title if your dog is AKC registered. If your dog isn't AKC registered, you can still enjoy the class and have fun learning some new skills! Trick training provides mental enrichment, and is a wonderful way to bond with your dog. It can also be a great confidence booster! This class is open to students who have completed Puppy 101 or Adult 101, or with trainer approval.
$225 for six 1-hour sessions

starts Friday, January 14 at 10:15am with Virginia(Gin)

Interested in dog sports but not sure where to start? This is the perfect class for you! We'll sample trick training, agility, nosework, freestyle, rally, and parkour. You and your dog will learn some fun new skills each week. Find out what your dog excels in and head into one of our sport classes with a little bit of a head start. $225 for six 1-hour sessions

Starts Monday, January 24 at 4:30pm with Virginia(Gin) (full)

Starts Monday, January 24 at 5:45pm with Virginia(Gin)


SPECIAL EVENTS + WORKSHOPS

we are currently working on fun events for you and your pup!