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Classes will take place inside Central Dawgma located at 13402 Pennsylvania Ave, Hagerstown, MD 21742.

Full-length Classes

Puppy GM
Puppy Kindergarten

 

7-week course

Class fee: $235 - returning students (Use code IMBACK.)

$295 - for new students - includes training kit

Prerequisite: none

Limit 6 dogs

The first 16 weeks of life are very important to a young dog's socialization. We're not just talking about meeting other dogs, though. They're figuring out what is safe or scary. New, happy experiences are key. This class will help you introduce your puppy to a lot of new things, as well as have adequate playtime and cover many basic manners.

 

Behaviors covered: Sit, down, come (recall), nose targeting, loose leash walking, polite greetings, and more! Class runs ~1 hr 15 mins.

 

Appropriate for: Puppies aged 8 to 20 weeks who have received their first set of parvo vaccinations and/or titer before attending class and rabies if old enough. Please allow at least one week between a vaccination and class attendance.

 

Please note, your first class is our "How Dogs Learn" Seminar/orientation and mandatory for class attendance. It is held without dogs during the first class of the seven weeks. This special orientation will always start at the first class period of that day. This means if you are in the second class (usually 7:00p/7:30p) your orientation is at the earlier class (at 5:30p/6:00p) for that first week only. Please make note of this when checking your availability and reach out if you have questions. If you cannot attend your orientation, you may attend another if one is being offered, but we must be notified first.

All seven-week beginner class students will receive a graduation gift upon course completion and a trial of our exclusive "Ask the Trainer" Webinar subscription.

Upcoming puppy classes...

Wednesdays - January 17th - 6:00P

No class on Valentine's Day

*Tuesdays - February 13th - 11:30A

Mondays - March 4th - 5:30P

*All ages daytime class with special considerations for age groups.

Specialty Mommy and Me Class - For Moms (or Dads) with a little one 2-5 years old. Parent must attend an orientation from one of the other classes. Dogs may be any age.

Tuesdays - February 27th - 1:00P

Class runs 30-40 minutes for 4 weeks. Fee $200.

Should your puppy attend classes before they've

completed their vaccinations?

The first several months of a puppy's life are a critical period for learning about the world. The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior states that, "puppies can start socialization classes as early as 7-8 weeks of age,"

and that "...it should be the standard of care for puppies to receive socialization before they are fully vaccinated." 

 

We request that your puppy receive at least the first round of their parvo vaccine or titer before their first class and that they receive their rabies vaccine/titer at the age recommended by their veterinarian. If this time falls during the class series, we recommend getting the vaccination the day after a class. That gives the body a week to adjust before the next week's class date.

 

If your puppy is on a nosode schedule instead of vaccinations, please contact us.

 

Read the AVSAB position statement below and discuss what's best

for your puppy with your veterinarian. 

Adult GM
Good Manners- Adult

7-week course

Class fee: $235 - returning students (Use code IMBACK.)

$295 - new students - includes training kit

Prerequisite: none

Limit 6 dogs

It’s not too late to teach your adolescent, adult, or senior dog new skills! Improve your relationship and communication skills while learning practical behaviors and fun tricks.

 

Behaviors covered: Sit, down, come (recall), nose targeting, loose leash walking, polite greetings, and more. Discussion topics include working to eat, appropriate play and exercise, and addressing behavior issues. Class runs ~1 hr 15 mins.

 

Appropriate for: Dogs aged 20 weeks or older who need to learn basic skills and owners who are new to clicker training. Dogs must be up-to-date on rabies and parvo vaccinations or titers before attending class.  Not appropriate for dogs who are fearful of or reactive towards other dogs or people.

 

Please note, your first class is our "How Dogs Learn" Seminar/orientation and mandatory for class attendance. It is held without dogs during the first class of the seven weeks. This special orientation will always start at the first class period of that day. This means if you are in the second class (usually 7:00p/7:30p) your orientation is at the earlier class (at 5:30p/6:00p) for that first week only. Please make note of this when checking your availability and reach out if you have questions. If you cannot attend your orientation, you may attend another if one is being offered, but we must be notified first.

All seven-week beginner class students will receive a graduation gift upon course completion and a trial of our exclusive "Ask the Trainer" Webinar subscription.

Upcoming adult classes...

Wednesdays - January 17th - 7:30P

No class on Valentine's Day

*Tuesdays - February 13th - 11:30A

Mondays - March 4th - 7:00P

*All ages daytime class with special considerations for age groups.

Specialty Mommy and Me Class - For Moms (or Dads) with a little one 2-5 years old. Parent must attend an orientation from one of the other classes. Dogs may be any age.

Tuesdays - February 27th - 1:00P

Class runs 30-40 minutes for 4 weeks. Fee $200.

Specialty classes
Ruff to Refined

$235 for 6-week course

Prerequisite: Graduation from Beginner Good Manners or an equivalent with prior permission

Limit 6 dogs

Napoleon Dog

You mastered the basics at home. Now, let's master them in the community! This class will take your basic skills to the next level, working your dog's brain along the way. This class takes field trips, depending on the weather.

Behaviors covered: Wait, place, advanced polite greetings and loose leash walking, recalls with distraction, and more! Class runs ~1 hr -1 hr 15min
 

Appropriate for: Dogs who have graduated from Beginner Good Manners or an equivalent with prior permission. Dogs show proof of rabies and parvo vaccinations or titers before attending class.  Not appropriate for dogs who are fearful of or reactive towards other dogs or people. There is no orientation for this class. Dogs will attend the first week.

All in-person class students will receive a graduation gift upon course completion.

Upcoming classes...

This class is on break.

 

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Zany to Zen

$235 for 6-week course

Prerequisite: Graduation from Beginner Good Manners or an equivalent with prior permission

Limit 6 dogs

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Client Favorite!

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Is your dog great when it's just the two of you but a little cray-cray when he's around others? Have you ever uttered the words, "Oh, my gosh! You're so embarrassing!"? If so, this class is your dream! Zany to Zen is our most popular intermediate class. We cover all sorts of impulse control activities and games to help your pup gain some self-control and give you back a little sanity!

Behaviors covered: Relax, meditation, leave it,  advanced polite greetings and loose leash walking, and more! Class runs ~1 hr -1 hr 15min
 

Appropriate for: Dogs who have graduated from Beginner Good Manners or an equivalent with prior permission. Dogs show proof of rabies and parvo vaccinations or titers before attending class.  Not appropriate for dogs who are fearful of or reactive towards other dogs or people. There is no orientation for this class. Dogs will attend the first week.

All class students will receive a graduation gift upon course completion.

Upcoming classes...

Tuesdays - January 23rd - 6:00P

It's Tricky!
It's Quite Tricky!

$235 for 6-week course

Prerequisite: Graduation from Beginner Good Manners or an equivalent with prior permission

Limit 6 dogs

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Teaching your dog tricks is fun, rewarding, and surprisingly practical! Improve your bond an your training while teaching you dog fun, silly, and sometimes handy skills. AKC trick titling now offered but not required to attend.

Behaviors covered:

Tricks 1 - Spin, roll over, sit pretty, weave, shaping, and more!

Tricks 2 - Toy discrimination, how to file your own nails, put an item away, and more!

Class runs ~1 hr -1 hr 15min

 

Appropriate for: Tricks 1 - Dogs who have graduated from Beginner Good Manners or an equivalent with prior permission. Tricks 2 - Dogs who have graduated from Tricks 1 or SynchroPup.

Dogs must show proof of rabies and parvo vaccinations or titers before attending class.  Not appropriate for dogs who are fearful of or reactive towards other dogs or people. There is no orientation for this class. Dogs will attend the first week.

All class students will receive a graduation gift upon course completion.

Upcoming classes...

Coming in 2024!

Teens
Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Prep

$235 for six week course

(testing and certificate application are optional and will be additional fees)

Prerequisites: Puppy or Adult Good Manners

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The Canine Good Citizen title is often prized among pet parents, breeders, and therapy dog handlers. Unfortunately, the test only requires a dog be judged in one situation, in one place, at one time. This class is a practical learning and application class. We'll cover every skill on the CGC test, but we'll be applying them to real situations. Weather permitting, we'll even be going on field trips! Note: This class fee does not include the CGC test or the AKC application fee. You may take this course and test in another location, if you desire, or tell us upon registration that you would like to be tested with us.

Behaviors covered: For a list of the CGC requirements, click here.

 

Appropriate for: Dogs or puppies who have graduated from Beginner Good Manners or an equivalent with prior permission. Not appropriate for dogs who are fearful of or reactive towards other dogs or people.

All class students will receive a graduation gift upon course completion.

Upcoming Classes...
This class is on break.

SynchroPup

$235 for 6-week course

Prerequisites:

Adult or Puppy Good Manners

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What do you get when you combine your dog with manners, tricks, impulse control, and music? You get your best friend after SynchroPup class! This class is exclusive to Atta Pup and will work your dog's brain to the max. We take all of the above and work them into fun routines that challenge the dog and human brain alike!

Bonus! This class is a prerequisite for Tricks II and the Atta Pup Drill Team!

Topics covered: Basic manners, focus, tricks, shaping, etc. Class runs ~1 hr -1 hr 15min

 

Appropriate for: All ages. Dogs should be up-to-date on rabies and parvo vaccinations or titers before attending class.  Not appropriate for dogs who are fearful of or reactive towards other dogs or people. If your dog has severe impulse control issues, we suggest taking Zany to Zen first. There is no orientation for this class. Dogs will attend the first week.

All class students will receive a graduation gift upon course completion.

Upcoming classes...

This class is on break.

Mini Classes
Cardio Canine

$235 for 6-week course

Prerequisites:

Graduate of a basic manners class or equivalent with permission

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Are you tired of the "Get Fit" New Year's resolutions? Up your motivation by getting active with your dog! This class combines physical activities for both dogs and their parents to help everyone loosen up and work those muscles. Physical activity can be confidence boosting for both dogs and people. Let's those muscles moving, and have some fun!

 

*Wellness exams for both humans and dogs prior to attendance are suggested. Pet parents should be aware of any physical limitations for themselves and their dogs and make the instructor aware of any necessary information. This class is not designed to diagnose, treat, cure, rehabilitate, provide therapy, or personal training.

Behaviors covered: This class is more about movement than learning behaviors. We will be doing a lot of activities in a circuit-style format, and some movements will naturally include skills like sit/down, settle, etc. Class runs ~ 45-60 minutes.

 

Appropriate for: All ages, but you may need to adjust the expectation for growing puppies. Dogs should be up-to-date on rabies and parvo vaccinations or titers before attending class.  Not appropriate for dogs who are fearful of or reactive towards other dogs or people. There is no orientation for this class. Dogs will attend the first week.

All class students will receive a graduation gift upon course completion.

Upcoming classes...

Tuesdays - January 23rd - 7:30P

Nosey Dog Beta

$215 for 6-week course

Prerequisites:

Basic Manners Adult or Puppy Kindergarten

Highly Recommended But Not Required

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A new class for 2023! Foster your dog’s natural scenting instincts! We’ll play fun nose games and start learning to sniff specific scents. We’ll even talk about practical applications, such as helping you find your keys! Some activities require that your dog can sit quietly and observe others in class. Manners skills are preferred, but bringing a crate is allowed. Appropriate for ALL breeds!

 

NOTE - This class is a trial and being offered at a reduced rate. Please have patience as we may make curriculum adjustments along the way.

Behaviors covered: We don't know, but we expect to practice good focus skills, sit/down, nose targeting, name and attention, and zen/relax. Class runs ~1 hr

 

Appropriate for: All ages and breeds. This class is especially great for special needs and senior dogs who have different abilities than other dogs. Dogs should be up-to-date on rabies and parvo vaccinations or titers before attending class.  Not appropriate for dogs who are fearful of or reactive towards other dogs or people. There is no orientation for this class. Dogs will attend the first week.

Upcoming classes...

This class is on break.

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