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Canine Life Skills 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 Schedule Summer – Fall 2019


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 August 19, October 7
  • Tuesdays 12:30 – 1:30 PM with Kathy. START DATES August 27, October 15
  • Fridays 5:30 – 6:30 PM with Chris. START DATES August 9, October 4

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: August 19, October 7
  • Tuesdays 5:30 – 6:30 PM with Chris. START DATES August 20, October 15
  • Wednesdays 11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon with Kathy. START DATES August 14, September 25
  • Saturdays 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM. START DATES with Kathy August 10. START DATES with Chris October 5

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 August 19, October 14
  • Thursdays 11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon with Kathy. START DATES August 15, September 26
  • Saturdays 1:00PM – 2:00 PM with Kathy. START DATE: August 10

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 August 20, October 15

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
    • 6:45 – 7:45 PM with Chris START DATE August 7
    • 5:30 – 6:30 PM with Kathy START DATES October TBD
  • Fridays 12:00 – 1:00 PM START DATES with Chris August 9. START DATES with Kathy October TBD

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 3:00 – 4:00 PM with Chris START DATES August 7
  • Thursdays 3:00 – 4:00 PM with Chris START DATES August 15, October 10
  • Saturdays 1:00 – 2:00 PM with Chris START DATES: October 5

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

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 – Summer – Fall 2019

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

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Level 1
Puppy Life Skills
Ages 3-6 mo 
3:00 – 4:00 PM
Kathy – Start Dates:

  • Aug 19
  • Oct 7
12:30 – 1:30 PM
Kathy – Start Dates:

  • Augt 27
  • Oct 15
5:30 – 6:30 PM
Chris- Start Dates:

  • Aug 9
  • Oct 4
Level 2
Beginner Life Skills
Ages 6-12 mo
1:30 – 2:30 PM
Kathy – Start Dates:

  • Aug 19
  • Oct 7
5:30 – 6:30 PM
Chris- Start Dates:

  • Aug 20
  • Oct 15
11:00 – 12:00 Noon
Kathy – Start Dates:

  • Aug 14
  • Sept 25
9:00 – 10:00 AM
Kathy Start Dates

  • Aug 10

Chris – Start Dates:

  • Octo 5
Level 3
Novice Life Skills
Ages 1 yr & up
6:45 – 7:45 PM
Chris – Start Dates:

  • Aug 19
  • Oct 14
11:00 – 12:00 noon
Kathy – Start Dates:

  • Aug 15
  • Sept 26
1:00 – 2:00 PM
Kathy Start Dates

  • Aug 10
Advanced Life Skills
Complete Level 3 and looking for advanced training
6:45 – 7:45 PM
Chris – Start Dates:

  • Aug 20
  • Oct 15
Adult Beginner
Ages 1 yr & up with no prior training
5:30 – 6:30 PM
Kathy – Start Dates:

  • Oct TBD

6:45 – 7:45 PM
Chris – Start Dates:

  • Aug 7
12:00 – 1:00 PM
Chris – Start Dates:

  • Aug 9

Kathy- Start Dates:

  • TBD
Rally3:00 – 4:00 PM
Chris – Start Dates:

  • Aug 7
3:00 – 4:00 PM
Chris – Start Dates:

  • Aug 15
  • Oct 10
 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Chris – Start Dates:

  • Oct 5

Class Policies:

  • 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 your 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 tag along.
  • 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:

  • 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!