Dogs love to learn!
SmartyPups takes pride in bringing the “fun” back into the lives of clients and their dogs by making training enjoyable and engaging. We take the mystery out of behavior issues by explaining how the behaviors may have developed and what owners can do to help their dogs overcome them, as well as teaching owners how to effectively understand canine body language and vocalizations.
Private In-home Training
Do you prefer individual instruction? Our private training teaches your dog basic obedience skills and addresses problem behaviors where they occur: in your home or in their environment. We understand that every home and every dog is different. We will customize a training plan using the most current scientific methods available to help your dog. Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT) is one of the methods we use, along with classical conditioning (creating new positive associations), desensitization (gradual introduction to stimuli) to change your dog's emotional response, and operant conditioning to give him a new set of skills so he learns to choose alternate, more appropriate behaviors.
Not enough time to train? We know life gets hectic and there isn’t always enough time to do what it takes to make progress with your dog. We can visit your home and practice any training or behavior modification plan exercises we set for you and your dog — in other words, we will do your homework for you! Let SmartyPups design a custom, in-home program that is perfect for your unique situation.
Puppy Start Right Preschool
Prerequisite: Dogs must be 7-12 weeks of age, veterinarian examined and considered healthy for puppy class, current on vaccinations and parasite prevention, and have been in their current home for at least 10 days.
Unlike other puppy classes, Puppy Start Right's curriculum was created by a Veterinarian in collaboration with a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner and Veterinary Behavior Specialist. Puppy Start Right provides a comprehensive and positive approach to socialization, problem-solving, prevention, and training. The foundation training exercises are perfect for the household companion dog or the future star in competitive dog sports. Exercises include teaching your dog to focus and offer attention, targeting behaviors such as "place" or "bed" cue, the recall, sits and downs (with stay cues), loose-leash walking, and the "bring it," "drop it," and "leave it" cues. Topics include:
  • domestication
  • developmental stages
  • vaccine guidelines
  • canine communication
  • socialization
  • problem-solving and prevention
  • house-training
  • introduction to training
  • foundation training exercises
C.L.A.S.S. (Canine Life and Social Skills) - BA
Prerequisite: Dog must be at least 4 months of age and current on vaccinations.
The Association of Pet Dog Trainers' Canine Life and Social Skills program is a three- level course of classes (BA, MA, & PhD) that enables dogs to demonstrate real-life skills. Each level introduces a new set of behaviors and increased challenges that reinforce lessons from the previous class. The C.L.A.S.S. curriculum is designed to be fun and interactive, using stimulating and educational games and exercises for teaching the behaviors required at each level.
At the BA level, we learn the following skills/behaviors:
  • wait at the door
  • come and leash up manners
  • loose leash walking and attention to handler
  • meet and greet (optional: give paw to unfamiliar person / "shake")
  • leave it
  • wait for food bowl
  • stay
  • settle on mat
  • give it and take it
  • trick of student's choice
C.L.A.S.S. (Canine Life and Social Skills) - MA
Prerequisite: Dog must have completed C.L.A.S.S. BA and be current on vaccinations.
At the MA level, we learn the following skills/behaviors:
  • wait in the car
  • pass by other dogs
  • come and leash up manners review
  • sit, down, stand
  • stay
  • handling
  • loose leash walking with distractions / leave it
  • targeting
  • trick of student's choice
C.L.A.S.S. (Canine Life and Social Skills) - PhD
Prerequisite: Dog must have completed C.L.A.S.S. MA and be current on vaccinations.
At the PhD level, we learn the following skills/behaviors:
  • attention to handler review
  • come and leash up manners review
  • loose leash walking / meet & greet review
  • back-up
  • sit, stand, down, stay for distance and duration
  • table manners
  • targeting with unfamiliar person
  • trick of student's choice
Prerequisite: Dog must be at least 4 months of age and current on vaccinations.
Dogs of all shapes and sizes can compete in Agility, so it's no wonder this sport has become so popular. In a dog agility competition, the handler guides the dog through an obstacle course without touching the dog or the obstacles. Common obstacles include A-frames, jumps, weave poles, and tunnels. Great physical and mental stimulation for the high energy dog.
Scent Detection (Nose work)
Prerequisite: Dog must be at least 4 months of age and current on vaccinations.
This is a great confidence builder for the shy dog, and also a good choice for the reactive dog because it is a solo activity. This sport was inspired by the training methodology of detection canines and borrows elements of that training for recreation. The terms nose work, scent work, and search work are all commonly used references to describe any activity where the dog is using his nose to locate a target scent or odor. Scent detection is not only fun, it can be lifesaving: for example, service dogs have been trained to alert diabetics when their blood sugar levels rise or drop beyond a safe level. "Can my dog do that?" Of course! If your dog has a nose, you need only find what truly motivates your dog to start you down the nose work path.
Canine Freestyle
Prerequisite: Dog must be at least 4 months of age and current on vaccinations.
Canine Freestyle is a choreographed performance organized with music, illustrating the training and joyful relationship between dog and handler. Freestyle is an excellent discipline, and the reach, drive, and beauty of an athletic trained dog moving to music can take one's breath away!