Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, our in-person group classes are undergoing some changes. Classes will be mostly held at outdoor locations for the duration of summer, and will have online support components. We will have restrictions on how many people can attend classes (one adult person per dog), and masks and other social distancing precautions will be required. If we have another “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, ALL classes will immediately be transitioned to an online format.

We also offer private training and virtual training services if you prefer!

Is your dog under nine months old?

“If you get to thinking you’re a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else’s dog around.”

-Will Rogers

Fun Foundation Class

In-Person Orientation + Five Weeks of Class

$175

WHO
Dogs over nine months (puppies 16 weeks or younger should join our Puppy 1 or Puppy 2 classes, and if you have an adolescent dog between under nine months, you can join our Puppy 3 class)

WHEN
Schedule varies, click here to view it.

WHERE
Tumwater Historical Park in Tumwater, Washington
**See below for Fun Foundation series offered in Grays Harbor and Lewis counties**

WHY
Does your dog jump on other people, bark for attention or get into things they’re not supposed to? Are they easily distracted? Do they have a hard time coming when called? Then this class is for you!

WHAT
We’ll help you bring out the best in your dog by showing you how to use positive methods to teach them the basic manners and life skills every dog should have. Best of all, we’ll teach you HOW to train your dog so what you learn will transfer outside of the classroom! You’ll get:

  • Tools to help your dog focus better in the face of distractions.
  • Strategies for getting rid of behaviors you don’t like (jumping on people, play biting, demand barking, running away, etc).
  • Help with training basic manners, including: sit, down, stay, go to your bed, jumping on people, recall, loose leash walking, leave it.
  • Help addressing real-world activities and events with your dog, including: meeting other people and dogs, settling at home, walking in the neighborhood, having guests over, going on an outing and kitchen and mealtime strategies.
  • Access to the Fun Foundation PDF class materials
  • A customized Happy Dog Institute clicker
  • You’ll leave this class knowing HOW to train your dog, not just WHAT to train your dog. We know we already said this but feel it’s worth repeating!

Read the FAQs by clicking here.

Purchase as part of a package and save!

Fun Foundation 2: About Town Class

Six Weeks

$175

WHO
Graduates of Fun Foundation Class.

WHEN
Schedule varies, click here to see it.

WHERE
Olympia & Tumwater, Washington. Specific locations are TBA. Location examples include Marathon Park, Downtown Olympia’s Boardwalk, the PetWorks, Matchless Brewing, etc.

WHY
Feeling like you need some extra practice after Fun Foundation? Still needing additional help with loose leash walking, getting that reliable recall, and working around distractions? Want to keep up your momentum and try some “real world” applications? This class combines our field-trip class, our loose leash walking class (“Walkabout”) and our recall class (“Total Recall”) into one six week course so you get it ALL in one fell swoop.

WHAT
This six-week class will “proof” the skills you learned in our Fun Foundation class. You’ll work on the following skills (field trip locations will depend on the season): loose leash walking, stays, coming when called, meeting other people and dogs appropriately, relaxing in public spaces, handling distractions with ease, and more.

In this class, we will:

  • Learn about the rules of recall and other strategies for helping your dog come in the face of temptation
  • Practice work ing around numerous distractions (think: other dogs, yummy smells, food, etc.).
  • Boost your confidence – and your success rate – in getting your dog to respond to you
  • Help you learn to take your dog for a walk without them walking you
  • Discuss the ins and outs of using – of course! – reward-based training, including reward removal and environmental reinforcers.
  • You’ll also get written class materials in PDF format.

Purchase as part of a package with Fun Foundation and save!

Fun Foundation CLASS
for Grays Harbor County

Online Video Orientation + Four Weeks of Class

$140

Buy Fun Foundation and Fun Foundation 2 together and save. Click here to view our “Grays Harbor Dogs About Town” Package.

WHO
Dogs over 16 weeks who are fully vaccinated (younger dogs should attend our Puppy 1 or Puppy 2 classes)

WHERE
Grays Harbor Veterinary Clinic in Montesano, Wa.

WHEN
Mondays at 6pm. Click here to view the schedule.

WHY
We’ve built our business on helping people communicate more effectively with their dogs, thereby increasing desirable behaviors and extinguishing annoying ones. We use science-based positive reinforcement methods that are also very effective. Let’s get to work!

WHAT
Starting an orientation to set you up for a successful class series and followed by four hour-long weekly sessions, you’ll leave class:

  • Understanding how dogs learn and function, including what motivates their behavior
  • With a solid foundation of behaviors like sit, recall (touch), attention, problem-solving distractions, etc.
  • With a dog who’s more mentally and physically exhausted (and you less so, hopefully!)

You’ll have the opportunity to attend an additional four week “Fun Foundation 2: About Town” session after this one. 👉🏽

You’ll also get a clicker and have access to the online homework portal with PDF versions of class handouts.

Please read the FAQs by clicking here.

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Fun Foundation 2: About Town
for Grays Harbor County

Four Weeks

$140

Buy Fun Foundation and Fun Foundation 2 together and save. Click here to view our “Grays Harbor Dogs About Town” Package.

WHO
Graduates of Fun Foundation Class. 👈🏽

WHERE
Grays Harbor Area, specific locations are TBA.

WHEN
Mondays at 6pm. Click here to see the schedule.

WHY
Feeling like you need some extra practice after Fun Foundation? Still needing additional help with loose leash walking, getting that reliable recall, and working around distractions? Want to keep up your momentum and try some “real world” applications? This is your chance!

WHAT
This four-week class will “proof” the skills you learned in the Grays Harbor Fun Foundation class. You’ll work on the following skills (field trip locations will depend on the season): loose leash walking, stays, coming when called, meeting other people and dogs appropriately, relaxing in public spaces, handling distractions with ease, and more. In this class, we will:

  • Learn about the rules of recall and other strategies for helping your dog come in the face of temptation
  • Practice work ing around numerous distractions (think: other dogs, yummy smells, food, etc.).
  • Boost your confidence – and your success rate – in getting your dog to respond to you
  • Help you learn to take your dog for a walk without them walking you
  • Discuss the ins and outs of using – of course! – reward-based training, including reward removal and environmental reinforcers.
  • You’ll also get written class materials in PDF format.

Purchase as part of a package with Fun Foundation and save!

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Calm, Controlled Dog Class

Four Weeks

$140

WHEN
Schedule varies. Click here for upcoming offerings.

WHERE
Da Paws Place in Rochester, Wa.

WHO & WHY
Leslie McDevitt wrote a book called Control Unleashed: Creating a Focused and Confident Dog. We love it, so we created a class to help you with your anxious, uncomfortable, shut down, easily distracted, easily aroused, impulse-control-lacking, 0ver-excited, over-stimulated or just-about-over-everything dog.

Using some the techniques from Control Unleashed, as well as some of our own, we’ll help them learn to “turn it off” and channel that excitement behavior into things more helpful and productive. And, let’s face it – less likely to drive you crazy! It’s a win-win.

WHAT
You’ll work on the following concepts and behaviors: how dogs learn, what a calm dog looks like; the concept of threshold versus sub-threshold; conditioning emotional responses; mental stimulation and physical activity; reinforcing calm; calming and redirection games; tools to take on the road and working in new spaces.

We hope you’ll join us for this fun class!

Adult Dog Packages

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Fun Foundation Plus Package:
Puppy 3 + Fun Foundation

$300

By popular demand, we’re now offering a package that includes Puppy 3 and Fun Foundation. If you have a puppy over sixteen weeks, this package will get you through the “terrible teens” and into our basic obedience class, Fun Foundation. Please note that this package only applies for our Tumwater location.

What’s included:

More questions? Visit our FAQs page or click here to contact us.

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Dogs About Town Package
Fun FoundationFun Foundation 2

$330

Whether you’re at home, on a walk, at the park or at the vet, it feels great to have a happy, well-mannered pup who listens and responds to you. This package ensures that you and your canine companion will have the  important skills you can use no matter where you go. Please note that this package only applies for our Tumwater location.

What’s included:

  • Fun Foundation: Learn how to teach your dog basic manners and build problem-solving skills.
  • Fun Foundation 2: About Town Class: Proof your skills in real-world contexts with our four-week intermediate manners class.
  • Homework portal & PDF materials for both classes
  • A customized Happy Dog Institute clicker

More questions? Visit our FAQs page or click here to contact us.

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GRAYS HARBOR Dogs About Town Package
Fun FoundationFun Foundation 2

$260

**This package is ONLY for Grays Harbor classes. Please be sure you select the correct package when you click “Purchase a Package” below!

Whether you’re at home, on a walk, at the park or at the vet, it feels great to have a happy, well-mannered pup who listens and responds to you. This package ensures that you and your canine companion will have the important skills you can use no matter where you go. Please note that this package only applies for our Grays Harbor community.

What’s included:

  • Fun Foundation: Learn how to teach your dog basic manners and build problem-solving skills.
  • Fun Foundation 2: About Town Class: Proof your skills in real-world contexts with our four-week intermediate manners class.
  • Homework portal & PDF materials for both classes
  • A customized Happy Dog Institute clicker

Please note: once you purchase this package, you’ll have credits on your account to use for each class. You’ll get an email with details.

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Adult Agility Super Start Package:
Fun Foundation + Agility Fundamentals 1 & 2

$420

If you’re hoping to get your adult dog into our Agility Program, save some money by purchasing the prerequisite – Fun Foundation – in conjunction with our Agility Fundamentals classes.

If you have a dog between 4-9 months, we also offer an “Adolescent Agility Super Start Package” that includes Puppy 3 class instead of Fun Foundation.

What’s included:

  • Fun Foundation: learn about positive reinforcement and clicker training to prepare for your Agility program. Also, develop the skills you’ll need to keep your dog engaged with you in a distracting environment.
  • Agility Fundamentals 1 & 2
  • Homework portals & PDF materials for both classes
  • A customized Happy Dog Institute clicker

Please note: once you purchase this package, you’ll have credits on your account to use for each class. You’ll get an email with details.

“We now can go into stores without any issues. He LOVES Home Depot, mainly b/c everyone there gives him cookies. But he does so, so well, walking right with us and not pulling on his leash or jumping at everyone….Thank you, thank you for all of your help and tips and tricks!! I always recommend you to everyone I meet.”

— Shannon & Zeus