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Basic Obedience Classes

All classes and workshops are held at our Millersville Location.

Enroll in any class or workshop through the client portal.
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Beginner Group Class / 100 Level Class [$300]

Learn all of the Foundation Exercises in a small group of your peers! The class covers the commands Heel, Sit, Stand, Down, Come, Stay, Place, and teaches you how to use these skills to redirect and replace bad behaviors. Six consecutive weeks at our Millersville location. Dogs do not come to class on the first week.

Thursday, June 20th from 7:00 pm – 7:50 pm

Saturday, July 20th from 9:00 am – 9:50 am

Thursday, August 8th from 7:00 pm – 7:50 pm

Saturday, September 7th from 9:00 am – 9:50 am

Thursday, September 19th from 7:00 pm – 7:50 pm

Saturday, October 26th from 9:00 am – 9:50 am

Thursday, November 7th from 7:00 pm – 7:50 pm

200 Level Class [$270]
Canine Good Citizen Prep

The class is designed to use the basic obedience established in 100 level training to master manners, like sitting politely for petting, walking on a loose leash through a crowd, etc. This is great class for any dog looking to improve their social skills and obedience in public places. Canine Good Citizen testing is included on the last week of class.

2024 START DATES

Saturday, July 20th from 11:00 am – 11:50 am

Saturday, October 26th from 11:00 am – 11:50 am 

300 Level Class [$270]
Companion Dog Class

During this six week course, we will use the obedience skills established in the 100 and 200 level training to turn your dog into the ultimate companion. Dogs will learn off-leash obedience, long distance obedience, new ways to move smoothly through crowded environments and refine impulse control.

2024 START DATES

Wednesday, July 3rd from 7:00 pm – 7:50 pm 

Wednesday, October 2nd from 7:00 pm – 7:50 pm

Intro to E-Collar
$160 / 4 week class

Introduce your dog to the electronic collar. Teach them to come when called, go to place, heel and stop unnecessary behaviors. Dogs should be graduates of our basic obedience program, or get permission to enroll in this class. E-collars are not included in this course. E-mail us for brand recommendations prior to the start of class. This class will meet every Wednesday for 4 weeks.

2024 START DATES

Wednesday, May 15th from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, August 14th from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, November 13th from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Puppy Socialization Class

Weekly socialization class for dogs less than 6 months of age. Class is held every Saturday at 12:00 pm and focuses on proprioception, and socialization skills. Class is sold in 4 week sessions (reservations required), but sessions do not need to be book consecutively.

Combine this class with the Puppy Private Lesson Program for a total of 7 training sessions, and the opportunity to earn you AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Certification.

$160
4 weeks of socialization class

$440
3 Puppy Private Lessons & 4 weeks of socialization class

Upcoming Workshops [$40]

One-hour, one-time training classes so you can reap the benefits of group work without committing to 4-6 weeks of training. All workshops are held at our Millersville locations on Saturdays, from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm. Enroll in workshops through the client portal.

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The Social Dog Workshop

Join us at LFL to practice polite greeting with some of your peers. If your dog is too excited when meeting new dogs or people, nervous around new people or dogs? This workshop is for you! We will go through exercise meant to teach emotional self control, so you can feel confident when you approach distractions our in public, or even at your front door.

2024 EVENT DATES

May 4th,  June 1st, July 13th, August 3rd, September 7th, October 5th, November 2nd, December 7th
Recaller Workshop

Spend an hour with us taking your dog’s recall to the next level. We will work to better define the recall exercise for your dog, give you strong distractions to practice against, and show you how to transition that to off-leash recalls for greater reliability.

2024 EVENT DATES

June 8th, July 20th, August 10th, September 14th, October 12th, November 9th, December 14th

Loose Leash Walking

This workshop is designed to teach owners how to properly handle the leash during heeling exercises – AKA how to teach and maintain loose leash walking! You can enroll online through our client portal!

This is a heeling foundations course, perfect for…

  1.  Dogs who already know how to heel with us but whose owners need to learn still. (any of our day training or tag-along dogs who haven’t also taken a class or lesson).
  2. Dogs that have covered heeling/loose leash walking during a beginner level course and would like a refresher. (Graduates of a 100 level course or private lesson program who need to brush up on their skills).
  3. Dogs who are new to Leash Free Living from other training programs and need to learn some leash handling/refresh their loose leash walking & attention skills before jumping into an advanced or elective class. (Dogs that have learned heeling, but not from us).

2024 EVENT DATES

June 22nd
Nail Care: Trim & Dremel

Get comfortable trimming and grinding your dog’s nails. Nails should be trimmed at minimum once a week, and there is no reason you shouldn’t be able to do them right at home. Short nails can improve your dog’s traction, posture and proprioception. We will have equipment available, but feel free to ask for recommendations as well.

2024 EVENT DATES

August 24th, November 23rd
Play & Train Workshop

Teach your dog to respond to obedience cues with the ultimate distraction – their peers. Learn how we manage multiple dog situations, and high excitement/stress environments. This is perfect for the dog that doesn’t always play well with others, that annoy other dogs, barks at other dogs, is nervous around other dogs, or just not totally obedient when in play mode (in the backyard or at the dog park, etc).

It would be helpful for the dogs to have been introduced to the Place, Sit and Come commands before this workshop, but not necessary.

This workshop is not appropriate for dog-aggressive dogs.

2024 EVENT DATES

May 18th, June 15th, July 27th, August 17th, September 21st, October 26th, November 16th, December 21st

Emergency Stop Workshop

Teach your dog to freeze in a sit or down position when asked. This is a fun way to increase difficulty and interest in your basic obedience commands, and a perfect exercise to use in emergency situations when your recall command might not cut it.

Dogs should be proficient at sit, down and come before attending this workshop.

2024 EVENT DATES

Saturday, September 28th
Trick Dog Workshops

Improve your communication skills with your dog and even start working towards fun and easy Trick Dog titles with the AKC! We have a variety of levels of trick workshops coming up this year.

Novice Trick Dog Workshop – New trick dog students start here! Teach your dog all the foundation training skills needed to learn all kinds of tricks. In this session we will start a nose target, paw target, learn about luring and shaping, and use some basic obedience skills as tricks.

Classic Trick Dog Workshop – For intermediate and above trick dogs: Learn some of these classic dog tricks, like sit pretty, take a bow, play dead, roll over and dance.

Party Trick Dog Workshop – For intermediate and above trick dogs: Learn some target-based tricks (paw target, foot target and chin target) like closing doors, pushing buttons, waving, crossing paws and resting their head on cue!

Agile Trick Dog Workshop – For intermediate and above trick dogs: Learn agility inspired tricks that you can do with or without props like jump, tunnel, weave, go around and spin!

Practical Trick Dog Workshop – For intermediate and above trick dogs: Learn tricks that will help your dog be a more enjoyable companion. Tricks include generalizing place, sending to a kennel, long distance position changes, balancing treats, etc.

Circus Trick Dog Workshop – For intermediate and above trick dogs: Learn tricks that will challenge your dog’s body awareness. Tricks include backing up, pivot, paws up, rolling a barrel, etc.

2024 EVENT DATES

Saturday June 29th
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