Group classes are effective and easy, even for those new to training. Only current, science-based, dog-friendly methods are used in class, so classes are always an enjoyable learning experience for both you and your dog (and the whole family - kids can be great trainers too!). Classes are grouped into four-week sessions to better accommodate what individual clients are interested in learning with their dogs and also to make classes more affordable.
Skye's Dog Training is offering in-person training classes (starting in September, please see schedule and availability listed under individual classes below) with extra health safety precautions in place. Only four dogs will be allowed per class with two people maximum per dog attending the class; this will keep each class to an 9 person maximum (including the instructor, Skye). The exception to this rule is Puppy Basics where 8 puppies will be allowed but only one person per puppy to keep to the 9 person maximum in the building.
The instructor will always be wearing a mask throughout class and all clients will be required to wear a mask while walking in to the building and throughout the class. If clients are unable to wear a mask due to medical reasons, virtual training through Zoom is available as a safe alternative.
Hand sanitizer will be available in the training facility. Chairs and doorknobs will be sanitized in between classes.
Take advantage of this prime developmental period! Puppies get to work on developing critical social skills and clients get all their important puppy questions answered! (If your pup is too old for this class, consider starting in Beginning Pet Manners - pups do not need any previous training to start in either Puppy Kindergarten or Beginning Pet Manners).
Puppy Kindergarten give puppies a chance to socialize with other puppies in a safe, controlled, indoor environment. This 45-minute class is fun and educational. Puppies spend the first 25 minutes of class learning appropriate rules and boundaries while interacting with each other. In the last 20 minutes of class puppies can take a break and practice relaxing in a distracting environment as important puppy topics are discussed. There may be up to 8 puppies enrolled in this class for plenty of socialization opportunities! Please note: only one person per puppy will be allowed in class to keep our class size small for health safety precautions. In addition, all clients must wear masks the entire class. If a client is unable to wear a mask due to medical reasons, virtual one on one training through Zoom is a safe alternative.
Class topics will include:
Self-control: Learn how to get more desirable behaviors from your puppy without even asking for them. This important topic will be our very first topic of the class so pups can start training right away during class.
Socialization techniques: You can (and should!) still socialize in a variety of ways during this atypical social distancing time. Our discussion will be focused around ideas for socialization and the importance of positive experiences and associations for pups.
Play biting & chewing everything: Learn humane, effective techniques that dogs understand to curb undesirable play biting and inappropriate chewing, ideas for appropriate (and homemade/cheap!) toys and chew items, and how proper exercise and mental stimulation can play an important role in getting the behaviors you want from your puppy.
House training: Dogs are never too old to house train, but the sooner you start on the best training techniques the faster and more reliable house training can be. We will discuss methods for fastest house training, the use of indoor pee pads (the good and bad side to them), appropriate rewards and consequences and more.
Getting better overall behavior & changing undesirable behavior: Techniques discussed on this topic can be applied to almost any basic behavior issue (such as getting in to the garbage, counter surfing, digging and more!).
Puppies should be current on vaccinations as appropriate for age (having had at least one series of vet-recommended vaccinations). Consider this information written by veterinarian Robert K. Anderson DVM, Diplomat, American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and Diplomat of American College of Veterinary Behaviorist: "Many veterinarians are making this early socialization and learning program part of a total wellness plan for breeders and new owners of puppies during the first 16 weeks of a puppy’s life...To take full advantage of this early special learning period, many veterinarians recommend that new owners take their puppies to puppy socialization classes, beginning at 8 to 9 weeks of age. At this age they should have (and can be required to have) received a minimum of their first series of vaccines for protection against infectious diseases." To read the full page letter visit: HERE
The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (organization of veterinarians that specialize in animal behavior in addition to regular veterinary medicine) suggests that: "In general, puppies can start puppy socialization classes as early as 7-8 weeks of age. Puppies should receive a minimum of one set of vaccines at least 7 days prior to the first class and a first deworming. They should be kept up-to-date on vaccines throughout the class." To read the entire ASVAB official statement on the importance of early socialization visit: HERE
Dogs of any age and any skill level will love learning about training in this fun and effective class. Dogs will benefit from developing their ability to pay attention around distractions and clients will learn valuable training skills that will be useful at home and in public. There are only four dogs maximum allowed per class so that clients get plenty of one on one assistance!
Beginning Pet Manners class is a great starting point for clients interested in service dog, therapy dog, facility dog, emotional support dog and companion (pet) dog training!
Beginning Pet Manners will cover: How dogs learn, training basics (positive reinforcement, changing undesirable behaviors), reward markers for better timing, sit (importance of hand signals and not using "bribes"), automatic eye contact (create a polite dog that "asks" for wanted items and controls impulses), self-control (dogs learn to choose to be calm at home, and later in more distracting environments, without being asked), down, wait (dogs learn the rewards of being patient for wanted items), polite greetings (including not jumping up), stay (with distractions!), reliable recall, walking nicely on leash, and a fun trick/game called targeting.This class can be taken during the same time period as Puppy Kindergarten for those clients who might be interested in attending that class in addition to Beginning Pet Manners. Puppy Kindergarten is not a prerequisite to taking Beginning Pet Manners. Dogs of any age and skill level are welcome.
Intermediate class is an important foundation class that will help teach clients and dogs some of the most useful and challenging skills; clients will also have fun teaching their dogs tricks!
This class builds on the necessary foundation skills for therapy, facility and service dogs with some of the most important concepts for working dogs, but all dogs (working and pet) will benefit from learning the skills taught in this class.
Intermediate class will cover: Leave it (teach your dog to completely disengage with any object/person/dog/etc. when you say "leave it"), heel (pay attention while walking and sit when stopped, much more precise than loose leash walking), focus (check-in on request and focus on handler), wait at the door, wait with distractions, polite greetings practice, settle (very effective long down/stay), using release words, shake, high five & other fun tricks!All dogs who have completed Beginning Pet Manners through Skye's Dog Training are welcome to take the Intermediate class. Dogs do not need to be perfect at topics from the Beginning class to start this class; however, it is recommended that dogs have a solid "sit", "down", and "wait" before starting the Intermediate class to get the most benefit out of the class. Working dogs in training and pet dogs are all welcome in this class!
This Advanced class builds on the skills learned in Beginning and Intermediate classes and puts them to use practicing items on the AKC's Canine Good Citizen test. Of course, other fun and useful topics will be covered as well!
Advanced class will cover: back up, come when called with more distractions (outside on long lines!), polite greeting skills & handling practice, walking calmly by other dogs, stay with distractions & distance, heel practice, new tricks like "take a bow" and more!
This class will help prepare clients to take the Canine Good Citizen test if desired (check out CGC test items by looking up “AKC CGC test items” online). Most clients take this class without actually testing because the test items provide great practice for good public manners.Clients who have met the prerequisites for the class are welcome to join this class at any time after the start date of class at a pro-rated cost if there is still space left available in the class (for example, clients might chose to join this class with only one week left and attend, and pay for, just one week of class). Clients will see this reflected at check-out if registering for the class late.Working dogs in training and pet dogs are all welcome in this class!
This class is for clients working towards achieving the skill sets required for Psychiatric Service Dogs. All clients attending this class must have completed the prerequisite training (group classes or private training) and have instructor approval before signing up. Clients must also obtain, and submit to Skye's Dog Training, the required letter from a licensed mental health care provider.
In this course, dog/handler teams will learn skills and tasks specific for each handler’s individual needs. The class covers commonly used tasks aimed at assisting handlers with anxiety, depression and PTSD such as: Deep Pressure Therapy, Excuse to Leave, Crowd Control and more.
Please see the Service Dog section of this site (under "Training Programs") for detailed information about service dogs, training and requirements before registering for this class.This class is only available to Psychiatric Service Dogs in training and Autism Assistance Service Dogs in training.
This class is for clients working with their service dogs in training to achieve excellent public access skills. In this course, dog/handler teams will learn skills and cues to help the dog improve their behavior in public and increase focus on the handler.
Each week the class will focus on a different set of skills to help dogs have the best possible behavior when out with their handler in public settings. Class topics include: positioning the dog while in waiting rooms and lines (and more), shopping skills, restaurant behavior, handling distractions and more.
The last week of class will include a field trip to a store with a dining area so dogs can practice their public access skills on-location!
Please see the Service Dog section of this site (under "Training Programs") for detailed information about service dogs, training and requirements.
This class is only available to service dogs in training. Dogs must have completed the Advanced class or have instructor approval before joining this class.
This class will prepare handler/dog teams to take the Utah Pet Partners therapy team test (formerly Therapy Animals of Utah) and will provide clients with all the information needed to take the next steps towards certification. The Therapy Prep class can also help clients determine if therapy work is a good fit for their dog. Even if clients decide not to go on to therapy work, this class is helpful for developing canine manners and social skills around a variety of distractions.
Please see the Therapy Dog section of this site for detailed information about therapy work, testing, and certification information.Dogs must have completed Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced classes (or have instructor approval) before registering for or requesting this class. Important: This class is scheduled "on demand", so if clients are interested in signing up for this class, they should submit a request for the class by clicking "request this service" below. Once Skye's Dog Training has received a minimum of three requests for the class, the class will be scheduled based on availability of time for the class.
This field trip class is an opportunity for clients to practice their dog’s skills and public manners in a new location each week with dog-friendly destinations such as department stores, malls and even the airport!
In this indoor field trip class, dogs will work on their public manners by enhancing such skills as: holding stay positions while clients “shop”, leaving store items alone, loose leash walking, and calmly settling down in a new environment.Clients must have completed Beginning Pet Manners, Intermediate and Advanced classes through Skye's Dog Training or have instructor approval (contact Skye's Dog Training by email for approval if required classes haven't been completed) before joining "Out on the Town" field trip class. Clients who have met the prerequisites for the class are welcome to join this class at any time after the start date of class at a pro-rated cost if there is still space left available in the class (for example, clients might chose to join this class with only one week left and attend, and pay for, just one field trip class). Clients will see this reflected at check-out if registering for the class late. Working dogs in training and pet dogs are all welcome in this class!
This fun field trip class is an opportunity for clients to practice their dog’s skills and manners in a different, distracting outdoor location each week with destinations such as parks, farms and shopping areas.
In this outdoor field trip class, dogs will work on their public manners by enhancing such skills as: loose leash walking, calmly settling down in a new environment, advanced leave it practice (with some serious farm animal distractions!), come when called (on a long line), confidence building and stay with distractions.Clients must have completed Beginning Pet Manners and Intermediate classes through Skye's Dog Training or have instructor approval (contact Skye's Dog Training by email for approval) before joining "A Walk in the Park" field trip class. Clients who have met the prerequisites for the class are welcome to join this class at any time after the start date of class at a pro-rated cost if there is still space left available in the class (for example, clients might chose to join this class with only one week left and attend, and pay for, just one field trip class). Clients will see this reflected at check-out if registering for the class late. Working dogs in training and pet dogs are all welcome in this class!
Dogs love participating in this class as they learn how to systematically search for hidden food in a fun and relaxed environment. The level of difficulty increases each week, and it is fascinating to watch the dogs catch the scent and make a find.
Not only is it fun for clients to watch their dogs learn to use their noses more effectively, clients will also learn fun scientific facts about dog's noses and their amazing abilities and the many benefits of engaging a dog's sense of smell.
This class is great for confidence building, lowering anxiety, increasing mental stimulation to reduce boredom and providing a fun, engaging activity for dogs ANY age, any skill level. Dogs will also get to practice their self-control manners while watching other dogs search when taking turns at the activity (a great challenge!).Dogs must first complete Beginning Pet Manners before starting this class.