Group
Classes

Group Classes

Group Classes

We host weekly classes at our Training Lab and at local public spaces, such as parks and public transit hubs, to work on training in real world environments! Below is a list of some of the classes we offer. To view our complete list of currently available classes, click Class Schedule and Booking.

Please note: With the exception of Social Puppy 101, all dogs attending group classes must have a 1:1 lesson and be approved by a member of the training team before signing up.

Social Puppy 101

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Social Puppy 101 Series

This 4-week program is for puppies under 6 months of age and lays the foundation for obedience and socialization. It covers all the basics, including feeding schedule, crate training, leash pressure, clicker training, luring, puppy obedience, and confidence building. Each class ends with a puppy socialization session to help you and your puppy learn appropriate play.

Note: New clients with puppies do not need to book a new client discovery call before signing up for puppy classes. Please go ahead and sign up for class so you’re guaranteed a spot!

Prerequisites:

  • None

Junior Paws

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Junior Paws

Junior Paws is for pups under a year old where we work on building engagement, obedience, and confidence while strengthening your bond with your pup. We also work on real world exposure and socialization!

We play fun games that teach your dog that you are the most interesting and fun part of their environment, which will help build a strong foundation for recall and other obedience. This class will enhance your leadership skills while working around other dogs and people and will teach your puppy how to have social neutrality wherever you go! This class will also set you on track for getting your pup their AKC Canine Good Citizen.

Prerequisites:

  • Social Puppy 101 Class Series or 1:1 Training Lesson with BFTD

Practice in the Park (PitP)

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Practice in the Park (PitP)

Practice in the Park (PitP) is a cornerstone of the BFTD training model and is for dogs over one year old. This class takes your training into the real world to practice around distractions and find new and fun ways to engage with your dog. You and your dog will have the opportunity to work on your skills in a controlled environment in the company of other dogs and people at different training levels.

Prerequisites:

  • 1:1 Training Lesson with BFTD

CGC Prep Class and AKC Tests

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CGC Prep Class and AKC Tests

CGC, CGCA, CGCU, Tricks

Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Prep Class

CGC prep and testing is highly encouraged for all dogs at BFTD, and this class is designed to prepare your dogs for successful testing. The CGC is a 10-skill training program and test open to all dogs (purebred and mixed) that focuses on teaching the basics of good manners and obedience, instilling the values of responsible ownership, and strengthening the bond between you and your dogs at home and in the community.

American Kennel Club (AKC) Testing

In addition to the CGC Prep Class, we offer testing times for BFTD dogs on our class schedule! In addition to the CGC, we also test for the CGCA (advanced test), the CGCU (for dogs in urban settings), and all levels of AKC Trick Dog testing.

For dogs who want to take the AKC trick tests, this can be done in person or virtually. Please reach out to training@boston for the dogs to request information on how to submit a video for virtual trick testing.

Prerequisites:

  • 1:1 Training Lesson with BFTD

    Social Puppy 101

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    Pump Up Pups

    Taught by our resident vet tech and trainer Katie Shea, this class incorporates fun and fitness into training and proofing obedience. You and your dog will have the opportunity to work on a number of exercises to engage your dog mentally and physically as you rotate through a circuit of exercise stations.

    Prerequisites:

    • 1:1 Training Lesson with BFTD

    Pack and Play

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    Pack and Play

    This class is an opportunity to reinforce your relationship with your dog through the power of play. We incorporate games, pack walks, conditioning work, new tricks, and more into this class. Each class is a little different, and you will have a chance to improve skills you have been working on or are interested in teaching your dog, all while playing and having fun!

    Prerequisites:

    • 1:1 Training Lesson with BFTD

      Intro to Recall

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      Intro to Recall

      Have you ever had your dog run off and not come back? Or want to take your pup on an off leash hike? If the answer is yes, you should sign up for Intro to Recall! This class series introduces you to the foundations needed for strong recall, playing recall games, and learning how to add distance, distractions, and duration to proof your dog’s recall. Each week you will learn a new skill to help your dog achieve off leash freedom!

      Prerequisites:

      • 1:1 Training Lesson with BFTD

      Rally Prep

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      Rally Prep

      Rally is an obedience based sport that involves coordination and communication between dog and handler and is a great way to take your dog’s skills to the next level! Rally involves following a set of 15-20 signs that requires your dog to perform a different skill each step of the way. This drop in class will focus on building your relationship with your dog, as well as proper handling and how to teach your dog the skills required in Rally. No prior knowledge is needed.

      Prerequisites:

      • 1:1 Training Lesson with BFTD

      Intro to Disc and Disc Dog Drop-Ins

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      Intro to Disc and Disc Dog Drop-Ins

      Intro to Disc Mini Course

      This class provides a structured way to have fun with your dog while building skills for disc sports and increasing value in your relationship! We cover the fundamentals to help you and your dog become a successful team. The topics covered can be applied to dogs of any age who are just learning disc.

      Prerequisites:

      • 1:1 Training Lesson with BFTD

      Disc Dog Drop-Ins

      This drop-in class is for any of our clients and their dogs who have completed the Intro to Disc Mini Series. We troubleshoot any issues you are having, work on important cool down exercises, practice skills for disc games, and just have fun!

      Prerequisites:

      • 1:1 Training Lesson with BFTD

      • Intro to Disc Mini Course

      Paws on the Ground

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      Paws on the Ground: Advanced Real World Obedience

      This is an advanced class for dogs who have passed their AKC Canine Good Citizen test and are ready for a new challenge! This class includes urban adventures in a variety of pet friendly locations to practice and proof real world obedience.

      Prerequisites:

      • 1:1 Training Lesson with BFTD

      • AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC)

      Task and Travel

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      Task and Travel

      This class is specifically designed for our service dogs and service dogs in training and will cover public access training, generalizing task performance, advanced obedience skills, and neutrality around distractions and other dogs in real world locations in the greater Boston area. This class is being offered only to dogs that are enrolled in or graduated from Boston for the Dogs Service Dog Program.

      Prerequisites:

      • Currently enrolled in or graduated from BFTD’s Service Dog Program

      • 1:1 Training Lesson with BFTD

      • AKC Canine Good Citizen

      AKC Tests

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      Other Classes

      We periodically update our class offerings, so check back often for new classes! Some classes we have offered in the past have included:

      • Therapy Dog Class, an advanced class for dogs who have passed their AKC Canine Good Citizen, this 2-part series prepared dogs and their owners for therapy dog certification.

      • Get Tricky, a virtual class for dogs of all levels, is great for relationship and confidence building, strength training, mental engagement, and as an introduction to tasking for service dogs in training.

      • Winter Wednesdays, a virtual class where clients are guided in training their dogs from the comfort of their living room, focusing on canine enrichment, obedience, and trick work using items found in the home.