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

Full-length Classes

 

7-week course

Class fee: $225 - returning students (Use code IMBACK.)

$279 - for new students - includes training kit

Prerequisite: none

Limit 6 dogs

Puppy Kindergarten

 

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 "How Dogs Learn" Seminar/orientation and mandatory for class attendance. It is held without dogs and may start at a different time than the rest of your classes. (Your dogs will begin their attendance the following week at the normal class time.) Please make note of this when checking your availability. If you cannot attend your orientation, you may attend another if one is being offered. Please notify us of this change before registering.

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

Upcoming puppy classes...

Wednesdays, August 24th, 6:00PM   

Thursdays, Oct 6th, 11:00AM - All Ages

Wednesdays, Oct 26th, 6:00PM

No classes September 28th.

Training Club is Back!

Purchase six training days to be used within 3 months. This option provides more flexibility to busy families. Learn More

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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. 

 
Good Manners- Adult

7-week course

Class fee: $225 - returning students (Use code IMBACK.)

$279 - 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 a "How Dogs Learn" Seminar/orientation and mandatory for class attendance. It is held without dogs and may start at a different time than the rest of your classes. (Your dogs will begin their attendance the following week at the normal class time.) Please make note of this when checking your availability. If you cannot attend your orientation, you may attend another if one is being offered. Please notify us of this change before registering.

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

Upcoming adult classes...

Wednesdays, August 24th, 7:30PM*  

Thursdays, Oct 6th, 11:00AM - All Ages

Wednesdays, Oct 26th, 7:30PM*

*Orientation at 6:00PM, no class at 7:30PM

No classes September 28th.

Training Club is Back!

Purchase six training days to be used within 3 months. This option provides more flexibility to busy families. Learn More

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Ruff to Refined

$225 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.

Upcoming classes...

This class is taking a break.

 
Zany to Zen

$225 for 6-week course

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

Limit 6 dogs

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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.

Upcoming classes...

This class is taking a break.

It's Tricky!

$225 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. 

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.

Upcoming classes...

Mondays, September 12th, 7:30PM

 
Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Prep

$225 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 does not include the CGC test or the AKC application fee. You may take this course and test in another location, if you desire.

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.

Upcoming Classes...
Mondays, September 12th, 6:00PM
SynchroPup

$225 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.

Upcoming classes...

This class is on break, but check out It's Tricky!

Fit Fido

$225 for 6-week course

Prerequisites:

None but basic manners skills are recommended

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Are you tired of being cooped up this winter? Is your dog getting a little stir crazy from being inside? Get active with your dog! This class combines physical activities for both dogs and their parents to help everyone loosen up and work those muscles. *Wellness exams for both humans and dogs prior to attendance are suggested.*

Behaviors covered: Sit, down, zen/relax, stay/wait, and more! This class is more about movement than learning behaviors. 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. There is no orientation for this class. Dogs will attend the first week.

Upcoming classes...

This class is on break.

 
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