Puppy Kindergarten & Basic Dog Obedience* -Choose from two types of classes,
*Note: We will make a CASH DONATION, to help support Gastineau Humane Society, for every GHS adopted dog (within six months of adoption) that you register for our Obedience classes.Testimonials
"I'm really happy with everything she has learned so far and I enjoy learning from you! ...going to your class has made life much easier. I have some friends who recently got a yellow lab pup and I highly recommended your class to them. It's really helpful to learn how to mentally connect with the dog and cooperate with them. I'm able to keep her healing at my side without a leash for miles! Thanks again!" - K.S., Juneau
Rating our classes as "Excellent", Sabrina Nelson said the greatest benefit of our training was "that the dog listens and obeys commands."
Lorraine Stickel found our class "Excellent", really liked the Flexible format and appreciated the numerous alternative techniques we offered, to resolving issues. "Keep up the individual dog answers to problems!"
This is "low/no impact" work as there is no jumping, and obstacles are done at a walk.
Beginning puppy/dog obedience/learning class in basic (positive) training techniques to achieve a cooperative, healthy, happy, balanced dog, who will respond to basic cues, alone or around other people or dogs. Appropriate dog-to-dog meeting, interactive play and handler response is introduced. Whether your goals are for an enjoyable, well-behaved family pet, a working dog or agility or show, getting started on the right "paw" sets the stage for a lifetime of wonderful relationships and activities. This course gives the handler/owner the tools to achieve this end, and provide a safe environment to work in. This class is not for dog/people reactive/aggressive dogs-check with us for other options.
Dogs and humans learn at different rates and in different ways. Because of our background in many types and styles of training, we are able to provide many different ways of approaching an issue, and personalize it as needed. The Flexible schedule allows great opportunity for introducing other techniques and methods, as needed, for individual dog/handler issues. Students should be prepared to practice at home with their dog.
Flexible, eight classes (six group classes plus two private classes) including Quick Start personal orientation class to be completed within five months. This flexible schedule accommodates the needs of many students for the days when they need to be out of town, or are unable to attend class for other reasons. Skip/miss a week or two (or more), without penalty or loosing time or money, as would be the case in the consecutive week format (where if you miss a class and you can never totally make it up.)
Group with-dog classes are held once a week, at the Dojo, on Fridays (except certain Holidays or as announced). Classes are 6:00-7:00pm. Additional sections added as called for to meet registration needs. Class sections may change so be sure to call us at 790-DOGS (3647) prior to attending to find out which section you and your dog will be in.
Because of the personalized, flexible nature of the training course, your dog may be able to enter at a higher level, or quickly move to higher levels if able to perform the skills. If needed, they can also remain at a skill level until achieving success at those skills, avoiding a situation of having to try skills they are not ready for, just because that is what the instructor has to cover that particular week. This builds a strong foundation of self-confidence, thoroughly deals with individual challenges and does not create confusion because the dog is not ready for advancement. Expect homework each week.
9447 LaPerouse (valley), Shotokan Karate Do Club Dojo, (see map below) just down the street from the City Wastewater Treatment plant, on Radcliffe. The (former) Craft Carousel was at the other end of the street. Layered dress recommended. Street shoes not allowed on Dojo floor. Extra socks available at class. See map below.
Martha Fischbach, a National Award Winning trainer, Certified T Touch Practitioner and Certified Professional Groomer, Healing Touch Practitioner Apprentice, Eden Energy Medicine Practitioner-in-training, holds numerous awards, dog titles, state and local recognition, additional training in holistic methods (canine acupressure, aromatherapy, reflexology, massage, Healing Touch, homeopathics, flower essences, etc.) 30+ years experience, national conference presenter. Please see our Credentials, for more information.
Course--12 classes (10 Group + 2 Private classes), 5 months to complete:
Payment by cash, check (to "Canines Unlimited",) VISA or MASTER CARD. Registrations will not be considered complete without payment.
Sorry no refunds, credits or transfers on training classes.
Flexible PuppyK/Basic Obedience: Classes are to be completed within three/five months from Quick Start Private orientation/registration. Because of the flexible schedule, we cannot predict the number of students at any given session. Be sure to arrive by class starting time to ensure your space in class. Student expiration date will be extended one week for any skip week that falls within their course dates.
All Classes: Classes may be added, combined, canceled or changed, subject to enrollment, at our discretion. Proof of necessary immunization/titers/veterinary recommendation required. First come, first served. Classes to be completed within the time frame specified at registration. Skip weeks for holidays or other reasons (such as instructor training) will be announced, and listed on our "Contact" page.
Registering for class(es) constitutes attestment that your canine is age appropriate current on his/her vaccinations/titers or veterinary recommendation and can produce written proof of such. Proof of vaccination/titers/veterinary recommendation-should accompany registration form, or be presented at first class. Veterinarians may fax a copy to us at 907-789-WOOF (9663).
Note: Due to significant (non-contagious) health conditions (severe arthritis, disk/bone degeneration, allergies, weakened/compromised immune systems, etc.), and numerous direct and ongoing veterinary recommendations, our (demo) dogs are no longer being annually vaccinated, and are on whole food diets, so that we may prolong the quality and life of these wonderful companions to the fullest. There may be students' dogs in class with similar circumstances. If you are uncomfortable with this in any way, you should either contact me or simply not take class.
For further information on the vaccination issue see these related links:
Vaccination and Early Socialization:
Easy Ways to Send Registration Form/Information:
You are REQUIRED to complete the Private Quick Start registration/personal orientation lesson prior to attending group classes (get your handouts and materials, sign/complete any paperwork, check vaccination records, learn beginning TTouch, beginning exercises, get dog fitted for possible additional recommended equipment, etc.). You must schedule your Orientation prior to the Friday you want to start group class. We will contact you upon receiving your registration form, to set up this first lesson. This first lesson is at our shop, 4191 Taku Blvd. It is recommended that you also call us at 790-DOGS (3647) to advise us of your intention to start classes, to be sure we received your registration..
Registration is considered complete when we actually receive your completed registration form with payment (VISA, MASTER CARD, check [to "Canines Unlimited"] or cash).
Please use separate registration form for each class or dog.
If you are unable to complete the Registration Form On-line, please click here to download PDF registration form (54 KB), complete and fax to us at 907-789-WOOF (9663). (You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader version 3.0 or higher to view this file.)
Free Juneau Dog Wash: A free half hour appointment for your dog at the do-it-yourself Juneau Dog Wash is included with each Puppy Kindergarten/Basic Obedience eight or ten session course registration. Appointments available at our shop, during regular shop hours. Your free Juneau Dog Wash is available throughout the length of your course.
Second Private class is done at your convenience, after the completion of all of your group classes and by your course expiration date, to follow-up and recap your progress, draw up a plan of following action, and receive your certificate of completion.
Sign up now. Class registrations are on a first come, first served basis.
We will DONATE $ to Gastineau Humane Society (GHS) if you adopted your puppy/dog from them. Just provide proof of adoption when you register for any Puppy Kindergarten or Basic Obedience class and present coupon (from GHS). Must start class within three months (90 days) of adoption of puppy or dog and have coupon from GHS.
Puppy Kindergarten - Foundations (Puppies 8-24 weeks)
During this all important time in your puppy's life, it is important to build solid Foundation experiences and skills. This class will give you the opportunity to provide safe socialization experiences with people, dogs, and new environments, teach you skills to build your puppy's self confidence (including TTouch), (avoid fear reactiveness when they are older), and build a trusting bond between you. Loose leash walking, sit, down, stay, come, "listening", basic grooming, (avoiding) common "problems", health and food/treat considerations, calming, and more, will be discussed. This class will build the foundation skills and information for a well behaved dog. Course includes handouts on class materials and our free e-newsletter (reminding people of weeks when there will be no class, as well as news on training/grooming/products and subjects that affect you or your dog-you may opt out at any time).
This is our Basic Obedience class to achieve a well-mannered older dog (six months or older), for dogs with a little training (class or home), needing to tune up or "proof" (gain reliability). This class trains loose leash walk and heel, maintaining position, even with distractions, TTouch, exercises for calming and focus, basic commands (come, sit, down, stay, etc.), hand signals, and issues such as jumping on people, chewing (inappropriate objects), leave it, politely meeting other people/dogs, handling techniques and more. Course includes handouts on class materials and our free e-newsletter (reminding people of weeks when there will be no class, as well as news on training/grooming/products and subjects that affect you or your dog-you may opt out at any time).
Open play time for Puppies, 8-20 weeks, under 30 lbs. (small-medium)*, Fridays, 5:40pm-6:00pm.
Open play time for Dogs, over 20 weeks, 30 lbs. and over (large)*, Fridays, 7:00pm-7:20pm.
*Subject to change, per instructor recommendation on size/temperament of individual dog
Note: If you are former Canines Unlimited student, and would like to participate in Open Play Time, please contact us at 907-790-3647.
Location: Shotokan Karate Do Club, 9447 LaPerouse, Juneau
Classes (4 additional weeks) to Flexible class PuppyK/Basic Obedience:
Our Specialty Classes are offered at various times, throughout the year. If you are interested in one or more, and they are not currently on the Schedule of Current Classes, please contact us at 907-790-3647, for information on the next time it will be offered.
Map to Dojo
Private consultations for obedience or specialized training and problem solving issues such as separation anxiety, nipping, barking/howling, digging, aggression, fear of loud noises, pulling on a leash, etc., are available. Call us at 907-790-DOGS (3647) for information and appointments. These consultations are held at our shop, 4191 Taku Blvd. Register On-line
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Martha Fischbach, Owner
P.O. Box 34496, Juneau, Alaska 99803
Phone: 907-790-3647: Fax: 907-789-9663