Canine Life Skills Training

Puppy Training

Mount Carmel Animal Hospital is pleased to offer Canine Life Skills Courses for all ages. With multiple levels, we have a course that is right for you and your canine companion. Whether your furry friend is a new puppy, an adult addition to your family, or an old familiar friend, we can help. You CAN teach old dogs new tricks!

We believe that all dogs deserve training and a responsible owner. Basic training courses are an important component of responsible pet ownership. Training classes for your new puppy or your new adult dog teach you how to communicate with your new addition most effectively. They also provide an opportunity for your dog to socialize with other dogs and learn basic skills. Organized classes also provide an opportunity to learn about housetraining, addressing unwanted behaviors, and learning and executing basic commands in every day situations.

All courses will consist of 6 one-hour sessions. The courses are designed to teach the handler a wide range of skills needed to foster a good relationship with the dog. Our goal is to create a well-behaved canine companion and a well-socialized pet able to engage positively with other dogs. Emphasis is placed on developing trust and communication between handler and dog. We welcome an additional family member to attend training with your pet. The more members of the household who are familiar with handling techniques, the better. We welcome children to participate in training alongside an adult handler.

The goals for each training course are general. The ability for handler and dog to reach these goals can be dependent upon the maturity and distractibility of the dog. Additionally, the owner’s ability and willingness to work with their dog at home is a significant factor in skill development. Each dog will be treated as an individual with his or her own unique personality. We will do our best to help each and every dog (and handler) achieve their goals!




Class Descriptions:


Level 1: Puppy Life Skills $150 (6 weeks)-For puppies 3-6 months of age

  • Learn basic heeling and control commands such as sit, stay, come.
  • Mondays 3:00 – 4:00 PM with Kathy. START DATES Jan 29, Mar 19, May 7
  • Tuesdays 12:30 – 1:30 PM with Kathy. START DATES  Feb 27, April 10, May 22
  • Fridays 5:30 – 6:30 PM with Chris. START DATES Feb 16, Mar 30, May 11

Level 2: Beginner Life Skills $150 (6 weeks)-For puppies 6-12 months of age

  • Continue to learn skills introduced in Level 1, introduce off-leash training and dealing with distractions such as unfamiliar dogs, situations, and noises. Dog and handler learn increased focus and control.
  • Mondays 1:30 – 2:30 PM with Kathy START DATES: May 7, June 25, August 6
  • Tuesdays 5:30 – 6:30 PM with Chris. START DATES May 22, July 10, August 28
  • Wednesdays 11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon with Kathy. START DATES May 9, June 20, August 8
  • Saturdays 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM. START DATES with Kathy May 12, August 4. START DATES with Chris June 23, Sept 22.

Level 3: Novice Life Skills $150 (6 weeks)-For dogs ages 1 year and older.

  • Develop mastery of control commands, enabling confidence in off-leash situations and from a distance.
  • Mondays 6:45 – 7:45 PM with Chris. START DATES May 21, July 9, August 27
  • Thursdays 11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon with Kathy. START DATES May 10, August 2

Advanced Life Skills $150 (6 weeks) -For dogs who have completed Level 3 looking for advanced training

  • Graduate school for dogs! Focus on refining and mastering the skills needed for AKC Canine Good Citizen and Novice titles. Continue with off-leash training.
  • Tuesdays 6:45 – 7:45 PM with Chris. START DATES May 22, July 10, August 28
  • Wednesdays 12:30 – 1:30 PM with Kathy. START DATES May 16, July 18, Sept 5. No class 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Adult Beginner Life Skills $150 - (6 weeks)For adult dogs with little or no previous training

  • This is the ideal class for adult dogs who were recently adopted or who did not receive training as puppies. All handler skill levels welcome – owners who have trained other dogs and owners who have never been pet parents before.
  • Wednesdays 5:30 – 6:30 PM START DATES with Chris May 9, August 1. START DATES with Kathy June 20, Sept 19.
  • Fridays 12:00 – 1:00 PM START DATES with Chris May 11, August 3. START DATES with Kathy June 22.
  • Saturdays 10:15 – 11:15 AM. START DATES with Kathy May 12, August 4. START DATES with Chris June 23, Sept 22.

NEW - Rally Obedience! $150 (6 weeks) For dogs who know the basics and are ready for fun!

  • You and your dog are a team that follows a course laid out with signs for different obedience commands. Rally helps build confidence by discouraging corrections and encouraging positive direction. Perfection not required, but dogs do need to understand basic commands including Come, Heel, Sit, Down, and Stay.
  • Wednesdays 6:45 – 7:45 PM with Chris. START DATES May 9, August 1.
  • Thursdays 5:30 – 6:30 PM with Chris START DATES: May 10, June 21, August 2
  • Saturdays 1:00 – 2:00 PM with Chris START DATES: June 23, September 22

Individual Training Sessions $50 per one-hour session -For dogs of all ages

  • Work one-on-one with one of our experienced trainers regarding your dog’s specific needs
  • This is a great option for handlers with very specific and unique concerns or goals

Puppy Club $40 for 4 one-hour sessions -For puppies aged 3 to 9 months

  • Remember recess? This is recess for puppies! Open play and socialization time for puppies aged 3 to 9 months. Non-instructional, monitored by our training staff. This is an opportunity for puppies to get some exercise, burn up some energy, socialize with other puppies, and practice what they have been learning in class.
  • Pass is good for 4 sessions of your choice – call 410-343-0200 or email Receptionist@MCAHonline.com to reserve your spot. Limit 8 puppies per session.
  • Mondays 5:30 – 6:30 PM with Chris AND Thursdays 12:30 – 1:30 PM with Kathy

Puppy Open House $25*-For puppies aged 3 – 12 months and under 60 lbs

  • New puppies and puppy parents are invited to our monthly Open House. Dates vary, call for details. Limit 10 puppies per session. Call ahead or email Receptionist@MCAHonline.com to reserve your spot.
  • Meet our training staff and learn about Life Skills training at MCAH.
  • Q&A with our trainers and technicians. Get answers to your questions on housetraining, common puppy behavior concerns such as biting, chewing, separation anxiety, MCAH preventative care recommendations, and much more.
  • * Receive a $15 credit towards the purchase of Life Skills training course.
All prices per student. Additional handlers are welcome. Children are welcome to participate alongside an adult handler.

Health Condition – participants in ALL programs must provide proof of the following:

  • Vaccinations: Rabies (by age 4 months), DHPP or DHLPP (Canine Distemper), Bordetella (Kennel Cough)
  • Fecal testing with negative results (free of parasites) within last 12 months

Class Schedule - Winter 2018 ˆ TOP ˆ

Please contact a member of our Reception Team to confirm availability and register. Call 410-343-0200 or email Receptionist@MCAHonline.com

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Level 1
Puppy Life Skills
Ages 3-6 mo 

3:00 – 4:00 PM
Kathy - Start Dates:

  • May 7
  • June 25
  • Aug 6

12:30 – 1:30 PM
Kathy - Start Dates:

  • May 22
  • July 10
  • Aug 21

 

 

5:30 – 6:30 PM
Chris - Start Dates:

  • May 11
  • June 22
  • Aug 3

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Kathy - Start Dates:

  • May 12
  • Aug 4

Level 2
Beginner Life Skills
Ages 6-12 mo

1:30 – 2:30 PM
Kathy - Start Dates:

  • May 7
  • June 25
  • Aug 6

5:30 – 6:30 PM
Chris - Start Dates:

  • May 22
  • July10
  • Aug 28

11:00 – 12:00 Noon
Kathy - Start Dates:

  • May 91
  • June 20
  • Aug 8

 

 

9:00 – 10:00 AM
Chris - Start Dates:

  • June 23
  • Sept 22

Kathy Start Dates

  • May 12
  • Aug 4

Level 3
Novice Life Skills
Ages 1 yr & up

6:45 – 7:45 PM
Chris - Start Dates:

  • May 21
  • July 9
  • Aug 27

 

 

11:00 – 12:00 noon
Kathy - Start Dates:

  • May 10
  • Aug 2

 

 

Advanced Life Skills
Complete Level 3 and looking for advanced training

 

6:45 – 7:45 PM
Chris - Start Dates:

  • May 22
  • July 10
  • Aug 28

12:30 – 1:30 PM
Kathy - Start Dates:

  • May 16
  • July 18
  • Sept 5

 

 

 

Adult Beginner
Ages 1 yr & up with no prior training

 

 

5:30 – 6:30 PM
Kathy- Start Dates:

  • June 20
  • Sept 19

Chris -  Start Dates

  • May 9
  • Aug 1

 

12:00 – 1:00 PM
Kathy- Start Dates:

  • June 22

Chris -  Start Dates

  • May 11
  • Aug 3

10:15 – 11:15 AM
Chris - Start Dates:

  • May 12
  • Aug 4

Kathy Start Dates

  • June 23
  • Sept 22

Rally

 

 

6:45 - 7:45 PM
Chris - Start Dates:

  • May 9
  • Aug 1

5:30 - 6:30 PM
Chris - Start Dates:

  • May 10
  • June 21
  • Aug 2

 

1-00 - 2:00 PM
Chris - Start Dates:

  • June 23
  • Sept 22

 

Puppy Club
Ages 3-9 mo
Non-instructional play & socialization time

5:30 - 6:30 PM
Chris

 

 

12:30 – 1:30 PM
Kathy

 

 

 


Class Policies: ˆ TOP ˆ

  • Health Condition – participants must provide proof of the following:
    • Rabies vaccination - For dogs younger than 4 months, please discuss with an MCAH team member
    • DHPP or DHLPP (Canine Distemper) vaccination
    • Bordetella (Kennel Cough) vaccination
    • Fecal testing with negative results (free of parasites)
      - within last 6 months for puppies under 1 year of age
      - within last 12 months for adult dogs 1 year of age or older
  • Please enter and check in at the side entrance upon arrival each week.
  • Please allow enough time to walk your dog outside before entering for class so that you dog has sufficient time to take care of elimination needs before entering the training space.
  • We welcome an additional handler with each pet. It is a terrific idea for more than one household member to learn proper handling skills and techniques. The more members of the household who are familiar with handling techniques, the better.
  • Children are welcome to participate as handlers alongside an adult handler. Children who are not actively participating in training should not tagalong.
  • Cell phones will not be allowed during class sessions. It is important to minimize distractions and interruptions for the benefit and courtesy of all participants.
  • Please be on time for class. We have a lot to cover each session and lots of enthusiastic dogs ready to go!
  • There will be homework! You and your furry friend will need to practice what you learn each week. Expect to practice 10-15 minutes, two times per day.
  • Questions are welcomed! Chances are someone else is wondering the same thing. We LOVE questions and the good discussions that often come out of them. Don’t be shy!

 


Materials Needed: ˆ TOP ˆ

  • Collar – American Choke or Martingale preferred. Buckle collars acceptable. Shock collars not permitted.
  • Soft lead, 4-6 feet long. Retractable leashes not suitable for class.
  • For practice at home, a small, non-slip rug or yoga mat and treats easy to break into smaller pieces.
  • A positive and enthusiastic attitude!