GROUP CLASSES

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.

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. 

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 Tuesday, August 10 at 4:15pm with Sam

Starts Tuesday, August 10 at 5:30pm with Sam

Starts Wednesday, August 11 at 3:00pm with Sam 

Starts Wednesday, August 11 at 6:45pm with Sam

Starts Monday, September 13 at 1:45pm with Virginia(Gin)

Starts Monday, September 13 at 3:00pm with Virginia(Gin)

Starts Thursday, September 16 at 9:45am with Virginia(Gin)

Starts Friday, September 17 at 9:30am  with Virginia(Gin)

Starts Saturday, September 18 at 11:15am  with Virginia(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 Saturday, August 7 at 10:00am with Tara

Starts Tuesday, August 10 at 3:00pm with Sam

Starts Tuesday, August 10 at 6:45pm with Sam

Starts Wednesday, August 11 at 5:30pm with Sam

Starts Tuesday, September 7 at 6:00pm with Alex

Starts Thursday, September 16 at 2:45pm  with Virginia(Gin)

Starts Friday, September 17 at 10:45am  with Virginia(Gin)




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.
Playtimes are limited to Five (5) dogs.
Cost is $25 per session.
CONTACT US TO LEARN MORE

*Wednesday, August 4 at 1:30pm(small breed only)
*Friday, August 6 at 4:15pm
*Wednesday, August 11 at 12:30pm(small breed only)
*Wednesday, August 11 at 3:30pm
*Friday, August 13 at 4:15pm
*Wednesday, August 18 at 12:30pm(small breed only)
*Friday, August 20 at 4:15pm
*Thursday, August 26 at 9:15am(small breed only)
*Friday, August 27 at 4:15pm
*Tuesday, August 31 at 9:15am(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 five (5) dogs per session
CONTACT US TO LEARN MORE

*Monday, August 2 at 2:15pm
*Friday, August 6 at 9:15am
*Monday, August 9 at 2:15pm
*Friday, August 13 at 9:15am
*Monday, August 16 at 2:15pm
*Friday, August 20 at 9:15am
*Monday, August 23 at 2:15pm
*Friday, August 27 at 9:15am
*Monday, August 30 at 2:15pm


quick links

⟶ advanced placement

⟶ for reactive dogs

⟶ agility

⟶ sport + fun

⟶ special events + workshops

intermediate skills

akc canine good citizen class

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.
$250 for six 1-hour sessions 

CGC 1: 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.  

Starts Thursday, September 16 at 1:30pm with Virginia(Gin)

Starts Saturday, September 18 at 12:30pm with Virginia(Gin) 

CGC 2:Focuses on the process of fading out food, Week 6 the dogs will take the official Canine Good Citizen test.

Starts Monday, September 13 at 4:15pm with Virginia(Gin)


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 Monday, September 13 at 5:30pm with Virginia(Gin)

Starts Friday, September 17 at 12:00pm with Virginia(Gin)

AP STUDENTS

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, August 23 at 6:00pm with Tara and Roxanne

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

Starts Wednesday, July 28 at 8:00pm
with trainers Tara and Pat.


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


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.

Starts Thursday, August 5 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.

Starts Wednesday, August 4 at 4:00pm

Starts Wednesday, August 4 at 6:45pm

Starts Thursday, August 5 at 2:00pm

Starts Thursday, August 5 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 Thursday, August 5 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, August 4 at 2:45pm 

Starts Wednesday, August 4 at 5:30pm

sport + fun

use your nose

akc novice tricks class

rally 101

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, September 7 at 7:15pm with Alex

Starts Friday, September 10 at 4:15 with Alex

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 Monday, July 26 at 5:30 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, September 13 at 1:30pm with Virginia(Gin)

SPECIAL EVENTS + WORKSHOPS

Does your dog struggle with being in their crate? Just not sure how to start the crate training process? In this six week course, we'll walk through the steps of teaching your pup to relax in their crate, build confidence in the crate, and discuss topics related to crating and separation.
$225 for six 1-hour sessions

Starts Saturday, September 18 at 10:00am with Virginia(Gin)

 

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