Training Courses

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Evening Training Courses – Exclusive to Canine Retreat by AKC.

Call 212-696-8364 to register. Choose location option for info on courses at that location.

Each course runs for six weeks and is one hour long – all dogs must provide proof of vaccinations prior to first course.

Cost is $350 per Course – Space is Limited – Book Now!

Course registration is non-refundable and non-transferable to another course.
No more than two make-up courses may be permitted.

Puppy Socialization Course
Runs every Monday at 7:30 pm at UES Retreat
First course free! (if puppy is 12 weeks or under) $35 per course, $120 for four courses

The Puppy Socialization Course is the perfect way to get your pup NYC ready! Each week a puppy topic is covered (i.e., Chewing, nipping, jumping, etc.) followed by a focus cue (look or touch). The remainder of the course is off leash, so the puppy can learn how to play, and owners can learn about their dog’s body language and signals. We end course with desensitization to handling sounds and wheels! Puppy Socialization Course is perfect for puppies ages 8 weeks to eighteen weeks. All puppies must be under 14 weeks for their first course!
Please note, we require proof of negative fecal sample from your local vet for all attendance and RSVP.

Puppy Kindergarten Course
Starting Sunday February 3rd at 12 pm at the Tribeca Retreat

This course is for pups who aren’t quite ready to learn for a whole hour straight in a basic obedience course. This course will split its time between off leash play and teaching the basic cues: Look, Touch, Sit, Down, Stay, Leave it, Walking, and Come! We will also help you with anti-jumping techniques and handling exercises and cover basic puppy topics.
Pups must be:
• Under 5 months old
• Up to date on current vaccinations
• Proof of a negative fecal sample
• Not attending the dog parks or daycare

Basic Obedience Course
Starting Wednesday January 30th at 7:45 pm at the Chelsea Retreat
Starting January 31st at 7:30 pm at the UES Retreat and Starting February 3 at 1:00 pm @ the Tribeca Retreat

Basic Obedience Course is great for dogs of any age who are ready to work on basic commands such as: sit, down, stay, leave-it, come and loose leash walking. We also work on impulse control and anti-jumping exercises. Course is full of natural distractions, so even if you have a few of these cues already, it is a great environment to work in to increase difficulty. This course is also a great way to strengthen the bond between you and your dog!

Mind Your Manners Course – NEW!
Starting Wednesday January 30th at 8:45 pm at the Chelsea Retreat

In this course we will help your dog learn to control their impulses. They will learn to focus on you while being around other dogs and major distractions. Advanced Stays and Leave-it commands will be worked on as well as Place/Mat work to help your dog relax. We also teach no jumping and emergency recalls during the course. Our goal is for your dog to be able to focus their attention while being on the busy streets of NYC, in the elevator, and all other distractions. Your dog must possess Sit/Down/Stay/Leave-it commands. A great course for dog(s) who have completed the Basic Obedience Course.

Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Preparation + Test Course
Starting Thursday January 31st at 8:30pm at the UES Retreat:

This course preps for and administers the CGC test for your dog. The CGC course teaches good manners to dogs and responsible dog ownership to their owners. The 10-step Canine Good Citizen test is a non-competitive test for all dogs, including purebreds and mixed breeds. The CGC award is a prerequisite for many therapy dog groups. Some homeowner’s insurance companies are encouraging CGC testing, and an increasing number of apartments and condos require that resident dogs pass the CGC test. Dogs must be older than 16 weeks and must know basic Sit and Down commands.

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