Local Dog Training Classes

Learn with local dog people in a fun classroom setting.

Our local dog training classes, taught by professional dog trainer Joan Hunter Mayer, are designed to be a rewarding experience for both you and your dog, where you’ll learn pawsitive and nurturing ways to reinforce the behaviors you want more of, while limiting the ones you don’t.

Classes range from pet parents only — like Pawsitive Parenting and Before You Adopt — to those you attend with your canine companion to develop skills for everyday situations in a fun way.

Our classes include:

  • Easy-to-replicate techniques to motivate dogs to want to learn
  • Intimate classes that allow personal attention to individual needs
  • Complimentary take-home materials custom to your training goals
  • Customizable lessons for beginners and those building on skills
  • Surefire problem-solving takeaways for everyday situations

Our public classes are currently being offered through The Center For Lifelong Learning. Check our Events calendar for course listings and details. You may contact us with immediate questions.

Check the event calendar to see what classes are currently available!

Custom Group Classes

What makes dog training even more fun? Your friends!

If you and your inquisitive canine are social butterflies but can’t attend a specific class, then create one — gather friends, co-workers or the regulars at the dog park who are wishing to learn together, and work with certified professional dog trainer Joan Hunter Mayer on topics of your choice. In addition to problem-solving, custom classes can also be a fun way to spend time with your dog, focusing on tricks or enrichment activities.

How It Works

Think of custom classes like planning a party! After you assemble a group of people you’d like to train alongside you, consult with Joan to discuss the needs of your group and set up a training schedule and location that works for everyone. You can rotate hosting duties in classmates’ homes and backyards, or even train at the local beach or park, and you can split the cost of training among the group. The timeline is also flexible: Classes can be for any number of weeks, or we offer single-session custom workshops that pack a punch in one day!

Typical custom classes include:

  • Canine Good Manners & Life Skills
  • Puppy Classes
  • Puppy and Dog Socials/Showers
  • Leash-Walking
  • How Dogs Play
  • Enrichment Activities
  • Coming When Called
  • Greeting People Politely
  • Interpreting Canine Body Language
  • Tricks and Clicks

Ready to plan a fun and engaging class for you and your friends?

Contact us to get started!