Dog Training Classes/Options Overview
Foundations, AKC Canine Good Citizen
This class is the foundation for which we build on everything else. You must take this class if you are new, unless you have a puppy or have proof of a passed AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC). CGC will be assessed at the end of this class, by Master Trainer, Julie Hughes. This class is also a gateway to earning additional AKC titles.
AKC Trick Dog
This class is a blast and will strengthen your bond with your dog. AKC Trick titles and awards will be assessed at the end of the class. So much FUN! Titles and video movies of your tricky canine are available featuring Fido as the star of the show! This class is open to all who have previously completed one of our basic classes, or their dog has earned CGC.
Manners and Obedience, AKC Community Canine/Urban Canine Good Citizen
Out and about, walk about and obedience with your pup. This class is offered off-campus as we will go to different locations for group practice in novel situations. A lot of fun outside, while at a good distance from crowds. Earn your AKC Community Canine (AKC Urban) with these lessons. Help your canine work on Public Access while they learn calming behavior in stressful environments.
Beginner, Intensive, & Private Consult
This is the cornerstone of who we are at Dog’s Play. Complete task training and help with the legalities and obedience required to get the very best out of your service dog team. Dozens of happy service dog teams working around the country in a beautiful partnership. Psychiatric tasking is my specialty along with mobility work.
Board and Train
Puppy Kindergarten, Obedience, Service Dog, & More!
We now have board and train capabilities! We can work on any kind of training including sports, basic obedience, socialization, service dogs and behavior modification. Our field trips and day camps are usually sold out so please plan to book in advance.
Get one on one help with training in or out of the show ring. Sharpen your skills while all the attention is on you and your pup! These sessions can be done in your home or at our facility. All reactive dogs are asked to take a private first so we can properly access behavior and what kind of help your dog will need.
Contact Us for More Info
Master Trainer, Julie, is the only board-certified dog behavior consultant within 100 miles of Gainesville, Florida.
She has worked with thousands of dogs and felines in and out of the shelter. Her passion has always been focused on the broken, neglected, and under-socialized dogs in shelters. All of her master agility and trick dogs were once shelter dogs.
Handler & Canine Fitness
Tuck sit, Nose touch, Front paw targeting, Shake a paw, Cookie stretch, Kick back stand, Spin left/right, Fold back down, Cavaletti poles, & Pivot rear legs. Do all of these things sound like fun? In the handler and canine fitness class, you will learn all of these behaviors with your canine as well as some parkour moves with your dog. Lastly, we will discuss nutrition and conditioning for the canine athlete.
Tiny Dog Social
Hang out with some Tiny Dogs!
Bring your tiny dog to socialize with other small dogs! This class is perfect for those who feel overwhelmed by classes where their tiny dog is much smaller than those around them. This class is held on campus at Dog's Play, and times vary weekly.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What Do I Bring For Class?
Bring a treat pouch or apron with room for different proteins. Use Ziploc bags to separate your proteins. You can prepackage and freeze during the week. Lots of soft treats, such as: Hotdog cut into bite-size pieces, soft commercial treats in small pieces, fresh protein like beef or chicken, or soft commercial food cut into small squares. You should also have a six-foot leather, biothane, rope, or nylon leash in good repair. Absolutely NO "Flexi-Leads" or poo bags hanging from your leash on campus.
Where's the Class Schedule?
Each week, we publish our class schedule in our Weekly Newsletter. You can subscribe to our Newsletter HERE.
Do I Need to Schedule to Attend Classes?
It's preferred that you schedule in advance by emailing us at [email protected]
However, we do offer some "drop-in" classes throughout the week. Those classes are listed in our Weekly Newsletter.
What Last Minute Things Should I Know Prior to Class?
Do not feed your dog a meal right before class. They need to be a little hungry for all the tasty treats! Do not bring any female dogs who are in-season to class. Please check with Julie for rescheduling. This is for the safety of all of our students, including yours! For nervous dogs, bring a towel or blanket from home. For pulling dogs, a Martingale collar and front closing harness work well. Clip the collar and martingale together in the front to give you more control. Bring your "YES"to reward your dog. "YES" is a marker word we use to let your dog know they performed the correct behavior.
Absolutely NO open-toed shoes. No flip flops sandals, or heels. This is for everyone's safety.
What Payments Do We Accept?
Paypal: [email protected]
Venmo: @Julie-Hughes-121 (0160)
Exact cash in an envelope upon arrival. Please label with handler's name and canine's name, along with class name.
What's Required to Get Started?
Print and complete the Dog Training Services Contract and bring with you to class.
Print and complete the Hold Harmless, Wavier, and Assumption of Risk Contract
Email [email protected] or text 772-631-0160 to confirm the day/time you'll attend group classes, a private consult, or other boarding/training services.
**If requesting a Board and Train, please complete the additional Board and Train Form and Medication Forms.
On-Campus Class Rates
ᐅ Drop-in classes $25 - Additional class in the same week $20
ᐅ Six-week class package $135
ᐅ Five-week Public Access class for Service Dogs $199
ᐅ Private sessions: Please inquire for pricing
Excellent option for people who want to have a behavior plan for your dog whether you have a puppy or reactive canine, the training session lets you leave with a plan and start to a journey with your dog's wellness, wholeness and integrating into your family. We are here to help you build a safe, happy, and trusting relationship with your canine, regardless of your ability.
ᐅ Prep School Field Trip $60
Permission slip required.
ᐅ Puppy Class Workbook $10
ᐅ Dog's Play Tee Shirts $25
ᐅ New Title Ribbons $10 (must be earned! 😉)
ᐅ AKC Titles, ribbons, and medals are purchased and paid for separately through AKC. Dog's Play does not collect payment for these rewards, and they are optional.
ᐅ Paypal: [email protected]
ᐅ Venmo: @Julie-Hughes-121 (0160)
ᐅ Exact cash in an envelope