Services

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Group Classes

Is your puppy tearing up the house? Relieving himself on your rugs? Jumping all over guests? Then bring him to Puppy Kindergarten!

Puppy Kindergarten covers all the basics so your puppy will get off to a great start as a well-behaved member of your family.

  • Socialize with other pups
  • Learn how to manage digging, jumping up, counter-surfing and other behavior issues
  • Conquer puppy problems like housetraining, chewing and nipping
  • Teach your puppy commands including Sit, Stay, Down, Come, Leave It, Drop It, Wait to Eat and Wait at the Door

Group Classes are held at Best Friends Pet Care in Ashland, MA in the large air-conditioned room or outside in the fenced turf area. See the gallery for photos of class! Classes are limited to 6 dogs to ensure individual attention. Classes fill quickly, so call now to sign up!

Six weeks, $150.

Please email for more information.

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Problem Solving

Sadly, many dogs are in shelters because of preventable, or solvable, behavior problems. Joy for Dogs hopes to reduce the numbers of dogs in shelters by helping them stay with their families in their “forever home”. Joy for Dogs will work with you to achieve your goals and eliminate those annoying behaviors so that you can develop the bond with your dog that you were meant to have and enjoy your best friend!

Solve such problems as:

  • Excessive Barking
  • Digging
  • Chewing
  • Pulling on the Leash
  • Stealing Food from Counters
  • Nipping/Biting
  • Jumping up on People

Polish your Pup’s Manners, such as:

  • Polite Door Greetings
  • Staying Off Furniture
  • Walking Nicely on Leash
  • Housetraining
  • Eliminate Door Dashing
  • Knowing Her Name and Responding to You
  • Eliminate Begging from the Table

 Sessions are tailored to your needs and can also include any training cues such as: Come, Sit, Stay, Down, Leave It, Drop It, Wait to Eat or Wait at the Door. Sessions take place in your home.

  • Single Visit: $95
  • $225/ 3-Lesson package
  • $295/ 4-lesson package
  • $395/ 6-Lesson package

 

Behavior Consulting

Joy for Dogs can help with more complex behavior issues, such as separation anxiety and leash reactivity towards other dogs. Please email for more information and pricing.

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In-Home Training

Puppy Training (puppies 6 months and under):

Don’t wait until your puppy is six months old! The first few months are a critical development time for puppies and building a solid foundation during this time is the best way to prevent your puppy from learning bad habits!

$225/ 3-Lesson Puppy Start package*

The Puppy Start package includes a 1.5-hour initial information session, plus 2 one-hour training sessions. You’ll learn about your new family member and how to build a strong foundation of behaviors for the future. Learn how to properly socialize your new puppy and get tips on housetraining, exercise, bite inhibition and chewing. Your puppy will learn name recognition, coming when called, sit, down, stay, loose leash walking, and door manners. This package is great for young puppies, and puppies who have recently joined their new family. Sessions take place in your home.

$395/ 6-Lesson Puppy Perfect package*

The Puppy Perfect Package includes a 1.5-hour initial information session, plus 5 one-hour training sessions.  You will learn everything you need to get your puppy off to a great start – socialization, exercise, dog body language and communication, and how to manage puppy issues including housetraining, nipping, chewing and jumping up. You will learn and perfect all the cues – name recognition, Sit, Stay, Watch Me, Down, Leave It, Drop It, Come, Loose-Leash Walking, Wait to Eat, Wait to Go Out and Door Manners. You will also get tips and help managing other issues such as digging,  counter-surfing and staying off furniture. This package is great for puppies who are a little older (but still under six months), or who have been with the new family for a while already. Sessions take place in your home.

*puppy lessons only offered as packages to ensure your puppy’s good start

Basic Training (dogs older than six months):

Teach your dog basic obedience cues and doggy manners. Perfect for dogs older than six months or who need additional practice. Your dog will learn: Sit, Stay, Down, Come, Leave It, Drop It, Focus and Walking Nicely On-Leash. Also teach Basic Doggy Manners, including not Jumping, Door Dashing, Stealing Food from Counters, Begging from the Table, Digging or Destroying Property. Sessions take place in your home.

  • Single Visit: $95
  • $225/ 3-Lesson package
  • $295/ 4-lesson package
  • $350/ 5-lesson package
  • $395/ 6-Lesson package
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Canine Good Citizen Training/Testing

Are you interested in earning the AKC Canine Good Citizen certificate for your pup? Joy for Dogs can help you train for the test, and is an approved Evaluator, so can also administer the test.

From AKC’s website:
The AKC’s Canine Good Citizen program is the gold standard of behavior for dogs in our communities. Almost one million dogs, both purebred and mixed breed, have participated in the program since it began in 1989.

Canine Good Citizen is part of the AKC Family Dog Program and many dog owners choose CGC as their first step in training their dogs. It also provides a great foundation for getting started in dog sports.

As you work with your dog to teach the CGC skills, you’ll discover the many benefits and joys of training. You’ll enhance your bond with your dog, and dogs with basic obedience training are a joy to live with—interacting well with other people and dogs and responding well to household routines.

The CGC program offers many practical advantages too. The CGC award is a prerequisite for many therapy dog groups. Some homeowner’s insurance companies encourage CGC testing, and an increasing number of apartments and condos require that resident dogs pass the CGC test. The tagline of the CGC program is, “Responsible Owners, Well-Mannered Dogs,” and that is what CGC is all about.

Contact Joy for Dogs for more information or to set up training or a test!