For Higher Education, The Palms Pet Resort & Spa offers a wide variety of training classes for every level. Our training goal is to enhance the quality of life for dogs and their owners. Our trainers, Irma Bice - APDT-KA and Colleen Smith, have over 34 years combined experience in canine training. Each of our trainers has participated in various areas of Conformation, AKC Competitive obedience, AKC CGC Canine Good Citizen, and AKC Rally. Our training methods are fun, very simple and easy to understand. They are based on positive reinforcement, repetition, consistency and reward. We also offer Behavior Modification and Aggression Consultations. We are members of APDT the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and understand the importance of continuing education. Classes are small to give you and your dog the personal attention you deserve.
Thank you for your interest in our onsite training program. We hope to see you in one of our classes.
SHAPING YOUR PUPPY - Puppies’ ages 8 weeks to 6 months The perfect class to establish a foundation for shaping your puppy's behavior. This class offers training in situations you will encounter everyday with your new pup: the visit to a vet or groomer, or another dog on leash. You will gain a greater understanding of your pup through fun training and socialization. Course handouts are included. Class Pricing Six Weeks for $135.00
This class is a fun way to enrich your relationship with your new puppy and discover new ways to bond and play with your best friend.
Housetraining Your New Puppy Questions come up frequently in training class regarding housetraining tips for a new puppy. We have found this article to be very helpful in getting a puppy housetrained.
- Dogs over 6 months and older with no prior formal training
This basic companionship class provides you with skills to work
and communicate with your dog. A great class for those who want the basics or those
who need a refresher. Course handouts are included.
- ** Pre-requisite: "PET MANNERS"
Rally is a new dog sport in
which the dog and handler complete a course designed by the Rally judge.
This class will prepare you to compete and complete the required 10 to
15 stations for a title. Scoring is not as rigorous as traditional dog
obedience and communication between the dog and handler is encouraged.
This is an ongoing class.
* Advanced Basic Skills: attention, sit, down, stay, controlled walking, come, and more...
TRICKS CLASS – ** Pre-requisite: “PET MANNERS” This class will build the bond with your dog as you learn to guide and motivate in a fun way. Trick class offers a great way to interact with your dog and teach alternate behaviors. Teach your dog how to learn. Some examples of tricks we will work on are speak, crawl, roll over, jump, beg, shake, spin, pray and more. Class pricing: Six Weeks for $135.
TREIBBALL CLASS - ** Pre-requisite-“Pet Manners” Treibball (pronounced Tribe-ball) is new, positive-reinforcement, competitive sport for dogs of all ages, and sizes, who love to play chase games or who just love to herd. It’s great fun for any energetic dog that works well off-leash and needs a job, or any herding breed that doesn’t have a flock! Treibball consists of the dog working off –leash and obeying the handler’s commands; verbal cues, whistles or hand signals, to use his nose or shoulders to drive eight balls into a goal, within 10 minutes. Class Pricing-Six weeks for $135.00
SCENT WORK CLASS - Scent work, commonly called nose work, is a great way to develop your dog’s natural scenting ability: Dogs are individually challenged to discover hidden treats. This class will provide both physical and mental stimulation for your dog and is a great way to boost their confidence. This class is a great fit for almost any dog! No previous training experience required. It is recommended that you do not feed your dog prior to class. Class Pricing - Six Weeks for $135.00 Pre-requisite - “None”
YOUTH AND THEIR DOGS - This is the perfect class to establish a foundation for shaping your dog’s behavior. This class offers training in situations you’ll encounter everyday with your dog: a visit to the vet or groomer, or another dog on leash. You will gain a greater understanding of your dog through fun training and socialization. Course handouts included. Class Pricing - Five Weeks for $100 Pre-requisite - “None”
This class is a fun way to enrich your relationship with your dog and discover new ways to bond and play with your best friend.
BOARD & TRAIN The Palms offers the Board & Train option; your dog stays at our resort in one of our Cabana Suites and learns his/her basic manners while you are at home or on vacation. When you come to pick up your dog you will be given a detailed lesson by the trainer. She will show you what your dog has learned and also have you practice all the skills until you are comfortable doing them with your dog. You are required to practice with your dog when you return home. The skills your dog has learned need to be transferred to your home and to your family members. Board & Train is personalized to your situation; we can work on some behavioral issues as well as manners training.
CANINE GOOD CITIZEN - CGC is an AKC sponsored program designed to recognize and award the CGC title to dogs that have good manners at home and in the community. This is a two part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and good manners for dogs. This course will prepare you and your dog for the 10 part test. Dogs do not have to be registered with AKC to earn a CGC nor do they have to be pure pred. Owners are instructed to send in one copy of the test form with a recording fee of $8.00 to receive the certificate from AKC. Class Pricing - Six Weeks for $135.00 ** Pre-requisite - “Pet Manners”
Before taking the Canine Good Citizen test, owners will sign the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge. Responsible dog ownership is a key part of the CGC concept. In this pledge owners agree to take care of their dog’s health needs, safety, exercise, training and quality of life.
Test Items on the CGC test are:
All tests must be performed on leash with dogs wearing a well fitting buckle or slip collar.
Vaccination Requirements For All Classes
Puppy Vaccination Requirements:
8 weeks – DAAP(distemper/parvo) &
How To Apply - Call The Palms Pet Resort & Spa at 210-695-1166