BROCTON - June 9 marks the official start date to the summer training season for Perfect Pooch Dog Training. With on-going drop-in classes as well as 6-week group classes, now is the perfect time to start getting your pooch to be the best it can be.
Perfect Pooch Dog Training offers positive and reward-based training methods that all dogs can benefit from.
"With positive training no puppy is too young to start and no adult dog is ever too old to learn," Owner Kristin Yonkers said.
Perfect Pooch offers unique group lessons where owners and their dogs participate in classes and practice their homework throughout the week. Owners get a better understanding of what their dog is thinking, what drives them and what to do to get the best out of their four-legged family member. Dogs get a trust-based relationship with their owners as well as learning fun tricks, obedience cues and decisions that get them rewarded.
For young puppies the AKC STAR Puppy class is offered. Owners and their puppies will come to six classes and learn valuable techniques to calm a rowdy puppy, have positive interactions with people and other dogs and learn practical cues like sit, down and come.
"This class really helps prevent those scary what-if moments that can happen with an improperly socialized dog," Yonkers said.
This class is on-going Sundays at 6 p.m. Puppies can start coming to class as soon as they are at least eight weeks old and have had their necessary vaccines.
For adolescent and adult dogs there is the Basic Obedience class. Owners and their dogs will attend six classes and learn basic obedience cues and problem solving. The goal with this class is to have all the dogs sit, stay, down, come, and heel on command. Problem areas like jumping, barking, high-energy, diets and exercise are covered too. This class is the next step for STAR Puppies and the first step for dogs that have had no formal training. This class is six weeks long and enrolls every other month; if you miss the start date you can join the waiting list for the next round. The Basic Obedience class is held at 5 p.m. on Sundays.
A unique class for well-trained dogs that just need more practice around distractions is the Social Skills class. This class is for all friendly dogs or for people that need just a little bit of help in certain areas. These classes are held the second Sunday of the month at 8 p.m.
"I love these classes," Yonkers said. "There are a variety of dogs in each one that all work on something a little different."
The newest class to the roster is Agility Fun. This class is the informal introduction to things like weave polls, A-frames, jumps, complex tricks and even scent games. This class is for all Basic Obedience graduates and is aimed for the dogs that love group classes and that have high-energy to exhaust. You can buy a four-pack of classes and attend any Sundays of your choosing until Sept. 8. The class is at 7 p.m.
The Canine Good Citizen Prep class will be starting up later in the summer and private sessions are always available. Yonkers is an Animal Behavior College certified dog trainer and approved mentor trainer and an AKC approved evaluator for the Canine Good Citizen and STAR Puppy tests. Yonkers has been training dogs officially since 2009.
To sign up for classes or for more information visit perfectpoochdogtraining.weebly.com.