Muddy Creek offers a variety of dog training programs including group obedience classes, private obedience lessons, and even a program specifically designed for children and their canine companions.
All programs are instructed by our resident dog trainer Katelyn Rollins. Katelyn is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, an Animal Behavior College graduate, an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and a Professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. She also holds a degree in Veterinary Technology and has extensive experience as a dog daycare attendant and supervisor. Katelyn has the experience and knowledge to help you achieve your training goals. All training programs are designed to be an enjoyable experience, and to strengthen the bond between you and your dog.
Class Schedule & Registration
*To enroll, completed form, payment, and proof of up-to-date vaccinations and an annual negative fecal test must be submitted.
Is your puppy or dog ready for class?
Download and print our handy Dog Training Checklist to ensure you (and your dog) are ready to start a training class.
Please feel free to call (978) 948-2345 and speak to our trainer with any additional questions. We look forward to working with you and your dog!
COVID-19 DOG TRAINING GUIDELINES
Muddy Creek is offering group Puppy Kindergarten and Basic Obedience (level 1) Classes which focus on socialization and obedience training. We are not offering any private training or higher level group classes at this time. All training programs are designed to be an enjoyable experience, and to strengthen the bond between you and your dog.
- Classes are held inside in a climate controlled room. Client temperatures to be taken prior to entering the building.
- 6 dog maximum per class, only one person per dog to adhere by social distancing guidelines. All participants will maintain 6 feet of distance from each other.
- All class participants must wear a mask during class.
- If you are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19, you will be asked not to attend class until you have a clean bill of health from your doctor.
Puppy Kindergarten Class
6 week group class. Designed for puppies 8-16 weeks old. Maximum of 6 puppies per class.
This class establishes a foundation for good manners and maximizes your puppy’s socialization during critical periods of early development. The puppies will be introduced to basic obedience commands and owners will receive guidance with housetraining, nipping, chewing and other puppy behaviors. The puppies will participate in a structured play group together during the beginning of each class! Upon graduation of this class you and your puppy will be prepared to move on to a Basic Obedience Class.
Basic Obedience Class (Level 1)
6 week group class. Designed for dogs over 5 months or Puppy Kindergarten graduates. Maximum of 6 dogs per class.
This class teaches the fundamentals of training and builds a cooperative relationship between you and your dog that will last a lifetime. Weekly homework is assigned, and time must be spent practicing techniques outside of class for your dog to be successful. Fun interactive games will be played in class to make practicing techniques fun and to build your dog’s confidence. Upon graduation of this class you and your dog will be prepared to move on to Intermediate Obedience Class.
Intermediate Obedience Class (Level 2)
6 week group class. Must be a Basic Obedience Class graduate. Maximum of 6 dogs per class.
This class builds on the foundation learned in Basic Obedience Class and increases your dog’s responsiveness to commands, even when distractions are present. Weekly homework is assigned and time must be spent practicing techniques outside of class for your dog to be successful. Fun interactive games will be played in class to make practicing techniques fun and to build your dog’s confidence. Upon graduation of this class you and your dog will be prepared to move on to an Advanced Obedience Class.
Advanced Obedience Class (Level 3)
6 week group class. Must be an Intermediate Obedience Class graduate. Maximum of 6 dogs per class.
This class builds on the foundation learned in Intermediate Obedience Class and increases your dog’s speed of response to commands in different environments. Weekly homework is assigned, and time must be spent practicing techniques outside of class for your dog to be successful. Fun interactive games will be played in class to make practicing techniques fun and to build your dog’s confidence.
AKC Canine Good Citizen Prep and Test
4 week group class. Designed for dogs over 6 months. Must be a Basic Obedience Class graduate.
The American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen (AKC CGC) certification is widely recognized for a high standard of dog behavior and is an excellent way to prepare for therapy dog training. This class prepares you and your dog to take the AKC Canine Good Citizen test as well as improve on commands already learned.
The CGC Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test will obtain a certificate from the American Kennel Club. Tests are given throughout the country by approved evaluators. This Prep and Test program is designed to prepare you and your dog for the CGC test. The first 3 weeks of this program prepares for the CGC test items and the final 4th week is when the CGC test is conducted.
The Family Pack: Kids & K9s
Muddy Creek Animal Care Center is now offering a class specifically for Kids and their K9s! Dogs and kids of any age welcome. This private class consists of two 45 minutes sessions.
This class will teach your child how to handle their dog in a safe and positive way. The main objective of this class is to create trust and respect between the participating child and their dog.
The child in the class will be the main handler of their dog with the assistance of the trainer and their parents. They will be taught how to stop and prevent their dog from mouthing, nipping, jumping, and chasing them. In addition they will be shown how to properly feed, brush, train and play with their dog. Parents must be present and participate during both sessions of the class.
Private Obedience Lesson
Do you want to work on your dog’s recall, leash pulling or other obedience skills like sit, down, stay but don’t want to commit to a 6 week class?
Sign up for a private obedience lesson and get the one on one help you need from our trainer.
Tricks & Games Class
Dog must be a Basic Obedience Class graduate.
Maximum of 6 dogs per class.
Learn how to teach your dog to do tricks like wave, crawl, spin, dance, high five and much more in this 6 week group class. Games will also be played as a group to build confidence and to make fun!