Schedule 2021

AKC Good citizen 10 amPriv
Skijoring 11 am
AKC Star Puppy 1 pm
3pm Social skills Clicker Tricks (zoom!) 4 pm
Winter 2021 schedule, classes begin Jan. 17, 2021

Canine Good Citizens Class: Master the foundations of dog stewardship. We’ll go over self control around distractions, how to build sit and down stays, loose leash walking skills, recalls, basic pet health and grooming skills and how to get off to a great partnership during your puppy’s first year! Free for members, $150 for 6 classes for non members. Next session begins Sunday Jan. 17 at 10am at Whole Dog Camp

Social Skills! Teach your dog to come when called away from other dogs and other people, help your dog practice coping with surprises. This class will be mostly outside at Bliss Woods Farm.

Agility! Winter session is for members only! I’ll set up cone, jump and sometimes tunnel and weave training stations and exercises, you can drop in and play when the weather in right for you! Want to train with me? I’ll be out there training with you if the ground is bare, Tuesdays mornings 10 am and Saturdays 3 pm

Star Puppy Class! You asked and now we offer the AKC Star Puppy program! Learn how dogs learn, and help your pup grow into a smart, creative and responsible young canine! Foundations for great social skills, off leash control, and clear communication with your furry friend. Please contact us for more information. Our next STAR puppy session begins Sunday January 17, 1 pm and runs for 6 weeks $150 (free for members) Limited to 4 puppy teams. Even though it’s free for Members, make sure you sign up. I will run another session on Saturday if Sunday fills up.

Amazing Recalls and Off-Leash Control Around Distractions: Practice games that grow your relationship with your dog! Meet up near the entrance to East End Beach in Portland, Winslow Park or LLBean in Freeport, and other dog friendly locations, and put environmental distractions to work for you! Practice habituation and safer handling in more challenging environments. Free for WDC members, or $150/6

Skijoring: Picture going on a sleigh ride, but without the sleigh and with your dog! Learn the skills you need to know to skijor, before it snows! Sundays 11:30 pm beginning Jan 17 and continues for 6 weeks. At Whole Dog Camp, S. Freeport Maine

Tracking! Join us in building your dog’s ability to solve problems without your help! Schedule TBD For members only.

Clicker Tricks : Want to get clicking? Baby it’s cold outside but we will light the woodstove and in the greenhouse barn, you might need your sunglasses as well as your mask! Join us for some fun thinking games for your dog! Thursdays 4 pm begins last Thursday of January

Color Coded Training Levels

Discounts: Dogs earn the following membership, boarding, daycare and training fee discounts for training achievements: Green -10%   Blue -20%,   Purple/black -25%.

Orange dogs are typically newbies to training, and may need their space. Provide 6 feet of space around orange dogs and handlers. Newbies are on-leash except when training alone in a fenced training yard, or with instructor permission.

Green dogs have passed a Canine Good Citizen test  and they may play and train off-leash during dog park hours and on-leash around other dogs and people. Green dogs can use areas marked for enjoying green dog privileges. Green dogs and handlers should understand a RMS and a Release signal, and practice their dog’s ability to able to rest calmly in an open or closed crate while the handler is nearby. Handlers’ should understand and practice safer and  humane ways of handling their dog. Green dogs should be reinforced for “dropping” something when asked. Green dogs are learning to balance, rear end awareness, heeling, shadow handling, and cone work.

Navy Dogs In addition to passing Green level response to cues,a navy dog understands  hand and mat targeting, release and reward marker signals, conditioned encouragement, discouragement and NRM. Navy level handlers know how to teach their dogs to play two toy games, to target, tug, drop it, find it, retrieve, deliver, and one alert. Handlers understand safe dog handling and training  on five basic agility obstacles (a-frame, dog walk, tunnels,  jumps, table, tire, and weaves),  they may independently train on all camp agility equipment and in our training fields.  Navy bandana dogs should be able to walk nicely on a flat collar, and handlers should be proficient in handling their dogs. Navy dogs are able to relax quietly in a covered crate. Navy dogs handlers receive a 20% discount on Whole Dog Camp services and membership fee!

IN ADDITION TO PASSING LOWER LEVELS, black dogs have entered a clearly defined “career,” and can remain down around moving distractions, recall through moderate distractions, settle, wait alone quietly for 3 minutes, crate quietly for one hour, respond to 5 cues from a distance of 30 feet. These dogs are mentally healthy, happy and eager to learn with no severe behavior problems, they are conditioned to understand and use all four of the basic signals (RM, NRM, KGS, release cue)  and as such they have full Whole Dog Camp privileges and 25% discounts for boarding, daycare, classes and seminars. Trainers achieving “black” status dogs may earn additional Camp credits and privileges by volunteering as training assistants.

Purple Dogs: Got a sweet old dog who really has no problems (and no big ambitions) beyond the need for a soft place to sleep in the sun? Sweet old dogs get a 25% discount at Whole Dog Camp. Dogs must be 9 years or older, and have approval of our head trainer to qualify.

Red dogs may have potentially dangerous behavior problems. Dogs that are evaluated as “red” level dogs must enter our muzzle training program, wear a wire basket muzzle, and remain leashed and under an individualized training program. Please speak with Jenny for details.
 We aspire to create a healthy and inclusive training environment where diverse trainers are supported in growing and sharing their experiences with each other.