Training Classes

Puppy and Small Dog Agility!

Limited to small breed dogs and puppies 12 months and under.
What? Puppies can’t do agility? Yes, your puppy CAN do agility if the equipment and the environment is right. Our “Puppy and Small Dog Agility!” class is held in a riding arena which has sand-based footing. We have nylon equipment with Velcro straps, nothing hard that would bump your puppy or frighten them. This is NOT about competition agility. It’s about something fun to do with your puppy or small dog, building confidence and a better relationship.
By week 5 your puppy will be going through tunnels, leaping tall buildings in a single bound! Well, okay, slight exaggeration there. How about jumping through hoops and weaving through weave poles, all very low to the ground and safe!
More Info Please email the instructor, Annemarie Kaighin (annemarie@mypuppynanny.com
Prerequisite: Kids age 12 to 15 must have prior approval of the instructor and be able to handle their dog.

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K-911 [Help for Kids and Dogs]

Calling all kids! (ages 7 to 13)
Do you have a dog of your own? Are you planning to get one? Do you just love to be around dogs? Then this class is for you! It’s a just-for-kids class that teaches you about dogs by playing games, learning tricks and having fun. Bring your dog or, if you don’t have one yet, practice with one of ours!
Learn the secret language of dogs!
Did you know that dogs have a language all their own? It’s true! Learn how to speak “dog” and help your dog learn how to speak “human”. Our dogs talk to us all the time. With a little help, you can begin to understand what they are saying, and teach them to understand you a little better. You’ll amaze your friends and family with how well you and your dog communicate!
Learn fun games to play with your dog!
Dogs love to play. But not all games are good for your dog. Some teach bad habits or could get you hurt. We’ll teach you games that are great for both you and your dog. You’ll learn fun ways to keep your dog busy, neat things you and your dog can do together, and maybe even a thing or two for your dog to do while you get your homework done!
Teach your old dog a new trick!
Many people think some dogs are too old to learn. But that’s just not true! Whether your dog is a brand new puppy or a seasoned grandpa, we’ll show you how to teach him a trick or two.
Show your parents that you are responsible!
Learn how to handle and care for your dog. Learn the right way to approach strange dogs, how to protect your dog from scary situations, and how to keep yourself safe around dogs. Having the parents put the kids in control for an hour of power with their puppy is sometimes the best lesson for child. Kids without dogs will still be allowed to handle a dog. Yes, we have spare dogs! But no, you can’t keep them. You can borrow them during class.
Prerequisite Kids from 7 to 12 years old must be able to participate without parental involvement. Dogs can be any age. Sorry, no adults allowed – this is for kids only, how fun is that?!? We appreciate the parents support with what we teach and kids tend to take information better when it comes from their puppy coach.
Please Note The tuition for this class is per child. Tuition for additional handlers (siblings) is $100. Students must be able to safely handle their dog.
Shots and Fecal Puppy must be vet checked for wellness prior to class and have a clear fecal to participate in class activities. We encourage you to come with or without your puppy and get the canine educational experience that will help you at home with your puppy.
More Info Please email the instructor, Annemarie Kaighin (annemarie@mypuppynanny.com)

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Pet Therapy, Seattle Style! Class

PLEASE NOTE: Tuition applies to each person attending. That is, one tuition, one person may attend. If you have a second handler for the same (registered) dog, the additional handler fee is $125.
This class will prepare you for the Reading with Rover test and/or Delta Society Pet Partner evaluation. After passing your test and/or evaluation you will be on your way to volunteering in schools, libraries, nursing homes, hospitals and other venues.
Prerequisite: A good “Rover” candidate is nothing more than a friendly well-mannered dog that remains calm when greeting both people and animals. If your dog is at that stage or even close, they are a good candidate for this class.
Dogs under 9 months must have prior approval from the instructor(s).
Prior to enrolling in this class your dog must have good basic obedience skills and be able to perform these skills in a room that is new to them. These basic skills include “sit”, “down”, and a “three-second stay” on leash. Dogs must NOT display aggression toward people or other dogs. Most dogs come into pet therapy class having experienced at least two obedience classes but that is not a requirement. If you’re not sure if your dog is ready for therapy work, or your dog is less than 9 months of age, please email us so we can discuss it further.
We will evaluate you and your dog and identify where to focus your time so you can practice during the weeks to come. If your dog pulls on the leash, we will give you pointers in class to help with the problem. Following this class, you will be well prepared for either test. The in-class sessions are not “real” evaluations – they’re only practice. Information about scheduling your therapy test will be given in class.
Your dog must have lived with you for 6 months and must be at least one year old to take the Reading with Rover D.R.E.A.M. team test and/or the Delta Society Pet Partner therapy evaluation. However this is not a requirement to attend class. If your dog is on a raw diet please contact the instructor prior to registering.
Please check the location of this class as we offer this class at the following locations:
• Cascade Kennels, (20005 178th Ave NE, Woodinville)
• Canterbury Farm (9906 Elliott Rd, Snohomish)
Private Therapy Classes – We also offer private therapy classes for individuals or small groups interested in preparing for the therapy test/evaluation. Please email annemarie@mypuppynanny.com for details and special arrangements.
More Info Please email the instructor, Annemarie Kaighin (annemarie@mypuppynanny.com

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Pet Therapy Seminar

PLEASE NOTE: Tuition applies to each person attending. That is, one tuition, one person may attend. If you have a second handler for the same (registered) dog, the additional handler fee is $125.
This seminar will prepare you for the Reading with Rover test and/or Delta Society Pet Partner evaluation. After passing your test and/or evaluation you will be on your way to volunteering in schools, libraries, nursing homes, hospitals and other venues.
This seminar is basically a 5 week therapy class practicum in a one-day seminar. It’s great for people that feel ready for pet therapy but may not have the time to commit to a 2 or 5 week class. If you have a young dog and you have a future goal of Pet Therapy you might want to audit this class (see below) to help you prepare for the future of pet therapy. You will learn what is expected of you and your dog, what is on the test and real life problem-solving for therapy dog teams.
We will be practicing elements of the therapy dog test throughout the seminar. You and your dog’s skills will be evaluated and training advice will be offered to help fine tune your partnership with your dog. We will identify your weaknesses so you will know where you need to practice prior to taking your test.
Those wishing to join Pet Partners/Delta Society will be required to pass an online test prior to booking their test. Testing will be scheduled two to four weeks after the seminar. The seminar does not include your therapy dog test. The cost of the test is $35.00. If you think you need more practice, testing times may also be scheduled when you feel you are ready. This seminar does not guarantee you will pass your therapy test but you will feel more confident and secure about you and your dog’s skills.
If taking the Pet Partners/Delta Test you may go to their website and test with any Delta Evaluator on their list that is in your area.
More Info Please email the instructor, Annemarie Kaighin (annemarie@mypuppynanny.com

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Pet Therapy AUDIT (no dog)

PLEASE NOTE: Tuition applies to each person attending. That is, one tuition, one person may attend.
This is the same seminar as described above but this option is for people who do not wish to bring their dog or when the seminar has the maximum number of handlers and dogs already signed up. You can still attend, take notes, and receive the materials and instruction just without your dog.
For a full description of this seminar, please see the Pet Therapy Seminar description above.
More Info Please email the instructor, Annemarie Kaighin (annemarie@mypuppynanny

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Reliable Recall

One of the most important lessons you can teach your dog is to Come when it is called, but it is usually the most difficult.
Level 1: You will learn techniques to accomplish this starting indoors and moving out to a completely fenced area. You will learn a stop command and some pointers on loose leash walking. We use praise and toys, as well as food rewards. We have little games and testing at different times. The other part added to going from a small room to the outdoors is the distance we expect the dogs to come from too.
Level 2: In Level 2 you move to an outdoor pasture with only rail fencing. We add longer distances, in-view and out of sight. You will be confronted with dogs, people and other distractions and there is a surprise challenge on the last day – not to be missed!
More Info Please email the instructor, Annemarie Kaighin (annemarie@mypuppynanny.com

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