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. 

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

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

Starts Tuesday, September 21 at 12:00pm with Tara(full)

Starts Tuesday, September 21 at 3:00pm with Tara(full)

Starts Tuesday, September 21 at 5:30pm with Sam (full)

Starts Wednesday, September 22 at 6:45pm with Sam(full)

Starts Monday, October 18 at 7:15pm with Tara (full)


 








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

Starts Tuesday, September 21 at 1:45pm with Tara(full)

Start Tuesday, September 21 at 4:15pm with Sam(full)

Starts Tuesday, September 21 at 6:45pm with Sam(full)

Starts Wednesday, September 22 at 1:45pm with Tara

Starts Wednesday, September 22 at 3:00pm with Tara

Starts Wednesday, September 22 at 4:15pm with Sam(full)

Starts Wednesday, September 22 at 5:30pm with Sam(full)




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

*Thursday, September 16 at 9:00am(small breed only)
*Tuesday, September 21 at 1:00pm(small breed only)
*Thursday, September 30 at 4:00pm(small breed only)
*Saturday, October 2 at 2:25pm
*Monday, October 4 at 1:00pm (small breed only)
*Wednesday, October 6 at 9:45am (small breed only)
*Thursday, October 7 at 9:00am
*Saturday, October 9 at 2:15pm
*Monday, October 11 at 12:30pm (small breed only)
*Monday, October 18 at 1:00pm
*Tuesday, October 19 at 9:15am (small breed only)
*Saturday, October 23 at 2:15pm
*Wednesday, October 27 at 1:15pm (small breed only)

Special Halloween Event:
*Puppy Playtime on Friday, October 29 at 12:15pm (small breed only)
*Puppy Playtime on Friday, October 29 at 1:00pm
**Dress up your pup and we will run a quick costume contest before we start playtime!  


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

*Saturday, September 18 at 2:00pm
*Wednesday, September 22 at 1:30pm
*Friday, October 1 at 2:45pm
*Wednesday, October 6 at 9:00am
*Saturday, October 9 at 10:30am
*Wednesday, October 13 at 9:15am
*Friday, October 15 at 2:45pm
*Saturday, October 23 at 2:15pm
*Wednesday, October 27 at 9:15am

Special Halloween Event:
*Social Club on Friday, October 29 at 1:45pm
**Dress up your pup and we will run a quick costume contest before we start playtime!  

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



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




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 an evaluation if you are transferring from another facility. Evaluations are 20 minutes for $25.
$225 for six 1-hour sessions

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

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

Starts Tuesday, September 21 at 10:45am with Tara

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, October 18 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 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.


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.
*September classes are a four(4) week class. Total class cost is $100

Starts Thursday, September 23 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.
 *September classes are a four(4) week      class. Total class cost is $100

Starts Thursday, September 23 at 2:00pm(full)

Starts Thursday, September 23 at 7:00pm(full)

Starts Wednesday, September 29 at 4:00pm

Starts Wednesday, September 29 at 7:00pm(full)

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.
*September classes are a four(4) week class. Total class cost is $100

Starts Thursday, September 23 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.
*September classes are a four(4) week class. Total class cost is $100

Starts Wednesday, September 29 at 2:45pm

Starts Wednesday, September 29 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 (full)

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

Start Thursday, September 16 at 1:30pm 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 17 at 1:30pm with Virginia(Gin)

SPECIAL EVENTS + WORKSHOPS

Come paint a Halloween themed design with your pup! Enjoy a fun project with none of the cleanup, and take your dog's artwork home to display. Each dog and owner will get an individual 20 minute session to create their masterpiece with the help of a trainer. We will also have a seasonal photo area available to take a cute picture of your dog before you go; bring a costume if you would like to for pictures. Cost is $25 for a time slot. You may book one time slot for multiple dogs, at a cost of $15 per additional dog. This event is reactive dog friendly, since you will have the room all to yourself during your slot! Please just let us know if your dog is reactive so we can take extra care to make sure they feel safe and comfortable during their visit. 

Time slots available
Friday, October 29 at:
9:00AM
9:20AM
9:40AM
10:00AM
10:20AM
10:40AM
11:00AM
11:20AM
11:40AM


 

Halloween event