Specialty classes and workshops

Specialty classes focus on building specific skills so that your dog can master things like remaining calm while around other dogs, scent detection, and so much more. All specialty classes are held at the Golden Valley shelter location.

To register for any of the classes you see below, email our trainers or call 763-489-2217.

Rally Obedience

Rally Obedience is a fun, engaging activity you can do with your dog that doesn’t require lots of equipment. Plus, it can be practiced both inside and outside of class. Rally is a sport in which dog and handler navigate through a numbered course of designated stations (“Halt-Down” and “About Turn” are examples).  Rally is not as rigorous as traditional obedience, and can be great fun for dogs and humans alike!

Prerequisite: Level 3 Obedience or CGC certified
Fee: $110
Date/time: TBD
Location: Golden Valley

Registration for the next Rally Obedience class is not yet available. Check back soon!

Tricks 101

Have you ever wondered how to tire out your dog without tiring yourself out in the process?  Mental exercise is key, and Tricks 101 is here to help! Learn a variety of skills (such as Shake, Bow, Spin, Sit Pretty, etc.) that will engage your dog’s brain as well as his body. Each week will provide a different theme:  paw tricks, “party” tricks, scent tricks, “movie” tricks, and more!

Prerequisite: Level 3 Obedience or CGC certified
Fee: $110
Date/time: TBD
Location: Golden Valley

Registration for the next Tricks 101 class is not yet available. Check back soon!

Reactive Rovers

Reactive Rovers is designed for dogs that bark, snark or growl at other dogs while on leash. We will help you learn to walk your dog past other dogs and teach your dog to react to other dogs calmly. Reactive Rovers focuses on dog's behavior while on leash and does not address off leash behavior. Reactive Rovers is not appropriate for dogs who react fearfully or aggressively to people.

Prerequisite: None
Fee: $250
Date/time: Thursdays at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Fridays at 6 p.m.
Location: Golden Valley

If you're interested in Reactive Rovers, please tell us about your dog by completing this online form. Once your information is received, we will contact you to discuss how our class may work for you and your dog.

The Nose Knows I and II

Inspired by the work of scent detection dogs, The Nose Knows allows your dog to use his most natural training tool — his nose! Practice fun canine scent games that will teach your dog to find hidden “prizes” and provide mental as well as physical stimulation. Scent work is not only fun, but also a great confidence builder for all dogs.

Prerequisite: None
Fee: $110 for Nose Knows
Location: Golden Valley

Registration for the next Nose Knows class is not yet available. Check back soon!

Control Yourself!

Adolescence can be a trying time for dog owners, especially in winter when all their energy is cooped inside! This workshop will cover a variety of topics intended not only to challenge your dog’s brain, but to increase their own self-control. We will cover:

  • Tug-of-war (yes, you can play this!)
  • Teaching dogs to give up items in their mouths
  • Games that get dogs excited, then teach them to calm down
  • Easy solutions for pulling on leash
  • How to settle on cue

Prerequisite: None
Fee: $20 per dog
Date/time: TBD
Location: Golden Valley

Registration for the next Control Yourself! class is not yet available. Check back soon!

Rocket Recalls

“Fido, come. Come! COME!” Does this sound familiar? If so, Rocket Recalls may be able to help! Many owners have what they think is a solid “come” command until their dog starts having selective hearing or simply finds something in its environment more interesting than coming to their owner.

This four-week seminar will focus exclusively on teaching your dog to come when called, starting with the basics and working up to higher and higher distractions. Each week will build on the previous session, and individual feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Prerequisite: None
Fee: $75
Date/time: TBD
Location: Golden Valley

Registration for the next Rocket Recalls class is not yet available. Check back soon!

Therapy Dogs

Our Therapy Dog class covers common animal-assisted therapy scenarios and will set you and your dog up for success in a public setting. 

Loose-Leash Walking

Does your dog drag you down the street when you try to walk her? Does she walk beautifully in training classes but struggle when facing “real world” challenges? Does she try to meet every dog she sees (when you would rather not)? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, our Loose-Leash Walking workshop is for you! This four-week class covers basic leash-walking mechanical skills, moving attention, coping with distractions and — weather permitting — outdoor practice. Come and join us!

Prerequisite: None
Fee: $75
Date/time: TBD
Location: Golden Valley

This class is not intended for dogs with a history of reacting aggressively to dogs or humans.

Registration for the next Loose-Leash Walking class is not yet available. Check back soon!

Questions?

Review our Training School FAQ, call us at 763-489-2217, or send an email.