K9 Kaos Training
K9 Kaos offers group classes as well as dog day school. Our group classes are held every Sunday with basic and advanced options. Our dog school is a 12-week program where dogs attend two times per week and spend the day at K9 Kaos with our trainer.
The process for getting started with any of our training programs is as follows: Registration, proof of vaccines, payment in full for group classes and payment arrangements for dog day school which is charged weekly.
Basic Obedience Class
A new set of training classes will be coming in October. The classes are level 1 obedience and will take place starting October 15th. There will be 2 class times, one at 10 am and the other at 11 am. Both classes are an hour long.
Perfect for all Dogs & Puppies
All supplies available on sale at K9 Kaos (except for the mat) before the first class
A six week long course for puppies and dogs over 4 months of age. Class will cover basic manners and build positive reinforcement techniques, focusing on advancing communication and improving the relationship between owner and dog.
Class will cover the following behaviors:
Advanced Obedience Class
Perfect for all dogs that have completed the Basic Obedience Class
A six week long class for dogs and puppies over 6 months in age. Class will expand on the techniques established in the Basic course, including behaviors that are expected and assessed as part of the Canine Good Citizen certification.
What type of training is offered?
Our trainer promotes positive reinforcement and body language techniques as well as hybridized “traditional” training methods. This type of training involves reinforcing a good decision with praise and other positive rewards to increase the desired behavior, which in the end weeds out the undesired behaviors.
Who can come to class?
Anyone in the home that would be interacting with the dog. Up to two handlers per dog are permitted to attend. Children may attend if they are of appropriate age to follow instructions without distraction. We recommend at least seven years old and up.
What age can my dog come to class?
The Puppy Social is for puppies between 8 weeks and 6 months of age. Basic Training is recommended for dogs and puppies 10 weeks and up. No dog is too old to train!
How many dogs are in each class?
Basic obedience sessions will be limited to six dogs per class. If the class is comprised of mostly puppies under six months we may opt to have a session of up to eight puppies.
What is the best way to register for class?
It is best to come in or call K9 Kaos Monday through Friday between 10:00am and 3:00pm. We are not able to schedule training outside of those published hours. If it is not convenient for you to stop by, you can fax or email us your registration and we can take payment over the phone during the above mentioned business hours.
What is covered in the class?
Take a look at the above class descriptions or stop by for a training handout. We plan to cover all basic behaviors including sit, stay, walk on a leash, come and more.
K9 Kaos Dog School
Stay and train at K9 Kaos!
In our 12-week Dog School program, your dog will come to K9 Kaos for training 2 days per week, on Mondays and Thursdays. We will emphasize basic manners, offer brain-stimulating enrichment, and work with your pup on any other behaviors you outline during the application process. To get started, please submit your registration form here. Once you are registered, please download our questionnaire here, fill it out, and email it to our trainer at [email protected].
There will be a maximum of 4 dogs per day at Dog School, so you know your dog will be getting the individual care and training he or she needs!
Dog School drop off hours are 6:30am–8:30am. Pick up hours are between 4:30pm-6:30pm. Dogs should stay for the entire day to receive the full benefit of Dog School and truly make an impact on your dog’s behavior.
The Dog School rate is $180 per week, billed weekly for 12 weeks. This includes two full days of care, enrichment, and training.
You can join our K9 Kaos Dog School Facebook page for daily progress videos and updates on your dog’s training. Halfway through your “semester”, your dog will be sent home with a midterm report card. At graduation, you will receive a commemorative photo and certificate of completion!
A Typical Day at Dog School
Dogs will go right from drop-off into a boarding suite until Dog School begins, and then they will be fed his or her breakfast (which you must provide) using a canine enrichment toy.
At approximately 9am, your dog will enjoy some dog-on-dog playtime in small groups outdoors (contingent on weather). If your dog is not group-appropriate, he or she will play one-on-one with a trainer.
Other activities throughout the day will include place work, agility work, and scent games. There will be breaks for your dog to return to his or her suite between play times to ensure no one gets overstimulated.
We incorporate training into all our activities at Dog School, so there’s no specific number of hours of training because there’s training in everything we do.
Dog School FAQS
What behaviors do you teach in dog school?
Skills covered in Dog School can include sit, stay, target, no jumping, loose leash walking, dog reactivity, noises and phobias, come when called, reinforcing dog name, and muzzle training (if required for your dog’s vet, groomer, etc.). We are also happy to add to the curriculum based on your dog’s specific needs.
What do I need to bring for dog school?
Join our Dog School Facebook group! We will post a minimum of two training videos or photos per day, per dog. We will also send home a “midterm” writeup report at the six-week mark.
My dog got kicked out of daycare. Can they do dog school?
Yes! Dog School is a wonderful alternative for dogs that aren’t a good fit for daycare. This is a great option to keep your dog active, engaged, and entertained while away from home. Important to note that we do not offer Dog School as a way to get your dog back into daycare and we don’t accept dogs that might be aggressive.
What happens if my dog is absent?
If you miss a day of dog school without notice, you will forfeit that day of your package. Exceptions are made in the case of extreme weather, holidays, and other extenuating circumstances. If the trainer is absent for any reason, you will be given notice in advance, and your semester package will be extended to accommodate the change.
Our Head Trainer: Ashe Preston
Ashe Preston is a graduate of Unity College and has earned her BA in Wildlife Care and Education. She is a current member of APDT (the Association of Professional Dog Trainers) and has earned her CPDT-KA certification for companion dog training. She has worked as a trainer’s assistant to Brian Ahearn, owner, and accredited trainer of Four Your Paws Only, for several years. Ashe has also successfully participated in a training and behavior modification program for local shelter dogs and has also had the great fortune to volunteer as a caretaker at the Loki Clan Wolf Refuge and Rescue. She currently works full time at K9 Kaos, and has earned everyday hands-on experience managing doggie playgroups, helping as a groomer’s assistant, and caring for the canine companions that stay with us in overnight boarding.
Ashe is extremely passionate about canine behavior and training, and her experience in the pet retail field has also made her familiar with various aspects of pet nutrition, animal husbandry, and domestic enrichment. She firmly believes that every dog is an individual, and as such, that training and behavioral therapy should be tailored to each individual family. Ashe currently shares her home with her husband Tristan, as well as several four-legged family members: Luca, a German Shepherd Mix, Alto, a Short-Haired Chihuahua, and Five & Ten, two domestic ferrets. And yes, the ferrets are clicker-trained too!