The group class environment adds an important dimension to your dog’s socialization skills as he learns self-control and focus in the presence of other dogs and people.  All classes are held at our indoor, climate-controlled facility in Hamburg (get Directions) unless otherwise indicated.  Groups are small and intimate, allowing us to provide you and your dog with the personal service and attention you both deserve.   See FAQs for more information.  Please register early to ensure your spot!

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The AKC Canine Good Citizen Program offers several great ways to mark your training achievements as you and your dog grow together - The S.T.A.R. Puppy, CANINE GOOD CITIZEN (CGC) and COMMUNITY CANINE (CGCA). Successful completion of any or all of levels is an accomplishment to aspire to and be proud of and can even earn your dog an AKC Title!  Programs are open to  both mix-breed and purebred.  Interested in your dog becoming a therapy dog?  The Canine Good Citizen test closely mirrors the testing provided through therapy dog agencies.

Our CGC and CGCA preparation courses prepare you for all components of the tests. Testing is optional so these classes are also great refresher/advanced training courses.

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AKC Star Puppy

The AKC STAR Puppy evaluation is open to students in our Tuesday 6:45pm Basic 1 Family Manners class under 1-year of ageMust attend all 6 sessions to be eligible.  STAR Puppies earn an AKC Certificate and gold medal.  Click here to learn more! 

Evaluation Fee:  $25
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An AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluation is an excellent way to commemorate training achievements as you and your dog grow together as a team. Open to all breeds, including mix-breeds, over 1-year of age, successful completion is an accomplishment to be proud of and earns your dog an official title with the AKC!  Interested in becoming a therapy dog?  The Canine Good Citizen criteria closely mirrors many therapy dog evaluations.  Our CANINE GOOD CITIZEN PREP COURSE prepares you and your dog, step by step, for all components of the CGC evaluation as we take you thru the nuances of the 10 test-points. The course is open to all dogs with an ability to demonstrate a reliable level of basic obedience skills.  Please note, we no longer offer testing at our facility.  Click here to locate a testing site near you.

Prep Course Fee:  $169 for 5 Sessions
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(Walk Politely on Leash)

This course is dedicated to the most allusive of all...walking politely on leash. This workshop is designed to help you develop more proficient leash-handling skills so you and your dog can be on your way to more enjoyable walks. No More Pulling = More Frequent & Longer Walks = More Exercise = Better Behaved Dog! This class is held INDOOR/OUTDOOR, as weather permits.

Prerequisite: Group class experience is recommended but not required

$149 for 4 Weeks


(Come When I Call You)

Coming when called is the single most important behavior you can teach your dog..... having a reliable recall can SAVE YOUR DOG'S LIFE!  During this workshop we focus on establishing a reliable recall to two different cues (verbal and whistle).  We work in a variety of scenarios that present challenging distractions, including calling our dogs away from other dogs in play. If your dog's recall response is not what it should be, this is the course for you! This course is also recommended for Hunting Dog Enthusiasts. See Buddy's testimonial. This class is held INDOOR/OUTDOOR, as weather permits during the SPRING, SUMMER and FALL months.

Prerequisite: Group class experience is recommended but not required

$149 for 4 Weeks



RALLY-O ("O" for Obedience) is best described as a LIFE-SIZED, EVER-CHANGING BOARD GAME in which you and your dog perform a variety of stationary and moving exercises while navigating a course and negotiating obstacles.  Rally-O exercises incorporate a combination of on-leash obedience skills such as sit, down, stand, stay, wait, come front, return to heel and polite walking. If you want to continue to take your dog's attention and leash walking skills to a whole new level, our RALLY MOVES and RALLY COURSEWORK classes as for YOU!  Classes are held indoor/outdoor.

WHY you'll love Rally-O....

  • A foundation in Rally-O has real world benefits for your dog such as improved focus and leash walking skills.
  • You will learn to communicate more efficiently with your dog and have FUN doing it!
  • You may even decide to earn a title on your dog.

Prerequisite:  Ability to demonstrate a reliable level of basic obedience skill.

Rally Moves
4 Weeks
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Rally Coursework

4 Weeks
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Learning to navigate an obstacle course safely and correctly is a great way to build your dog’s CONFIDENCE and FOCUS and to bond with your dog while you work as a team. Our LEVEL I course introduces you and your dog to a variety of obstacles - tunnel, teeter, jumps, weave poles, ladder, pause table and tire - in a manner that supports your dog’s individual needs as he becomes comfortable. Modified obstacles provide for a low impact experience - perfect for puppies and older dogs. Performing the obstacles perfectly is NOT the goal of this class - watching your dog’s confidence blossom as he discovers his own ability IS.Whatever your training goals may be, this class will provide you with an excellent foundation to build upon while you discover your dog’s potential. LEVEL II builds on what we learned in MTO I and introduces handling techniques and communication skills to navigate your dog thru single obstacles and sequences. LEVEL III uses the techniques you've learned to navigate sequences of obstacles (indoor/outdoor as weather may permit).

PREREQ: Ability to demonstrate a reliable level of basic obedience skill.

$169 for 5 Weeks

Level I
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Level II
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Level III
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Structured 1-hour sessions are held in a variety of public places, offering valuable socialization and opportunities to apply good manners in the real world. Groups are small to provide for focused training experiences individualized to the needs of the students. Venues include shopping malls, town centers, trails, parks and other dog-friendly establishments.

Prerequisite:  Basic 3 or permission of instructor.  Dog and people-friendly dogs only.


 Back in SPRING/SUMMER 2022!
Sundays at 10:00am
 ♦ $35 per session ♦

Northern NJ Dog Training

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