School’s in Session!

Whether its puppy building blocks, real world manners, how to come when called or classes just for learning how to walk politely on leash, Faithful Friends offers people- and dog-friendly opportunities for learning. Effective, FUN! easy to understand exercises help you establish an appreciation for your dog and all that he or she brings to your world.

Sign Me Up! Group Class Registration

Ready to get started? Choose a class and fill out the registration form – a link to the form is located at the end of each class description. Don’t forget to hit the submit button! Class registration fees may be paid via cash, check or credit card at the orientation.

Group training classes may be cancelled or rescheduled due to low enrollments or for reasons deemed necessary by Faithful Friends Dog Training. Students enrolled in group training classes will be contacted via email a minimum of 48 hours in advance to the start of the class to confirm that the class will meet, is cancelled, or will be rescheduled at a later date.

As a general rule, make-up classes are not automatically available. Absences/emergencies will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Please call 505-660-9097 or email dmoody28@comcast.net today regarding questions on class content, schedules, and what class is right for you and your dog.

Faithful Friends Dog Training, LLC. shares a bright, clean and spacious training studio with Deborah Tolar of Santa Fe Dog, LLC., bringing you innovative and fun group classes, private training sessions, special topics classes, and events. While we function as our own dog training businesses, it makes sense to offer our services in one easily accessible location!

For a listing of current classes and services with Deborah Tolar of Santa Fe Dog, LLC., please visit her website at www.santafedog.com or call 505-983-4632.

Location

The training studio is located at Second Street Studios, 1807 Second St., #42.  

Go past Back Road Pizza; turn right into the next entrance at Cloud 5 (the old Cloud Cliff Bakery); we are #42 on the left just before the large parking lot. Look for three large blue pots out front, and a blue sign with a metal dog and #42 on it to the right of the front door. Our business signs are located on the front, back and side of the building. If you come to Lena Street, you’ve gone one entrance too far – please turn around! Click here for a handy Google Map.

WAIT! I need a class!

If the class you are interested in is marked full or isn’t scheduled yet, please indicate your preference in the Wait List section of the registration form, fill it out completely and click on the submit button. We’ll contact you as soon as that class is scheduled. Hope to see you and your dog soon!

Check back for topics classes & short workshops, too!

 

Leash Dragging

Current Class Offerings with Faithful Friends Dog Training:

 

P1 – Puppy Building Blocks 6 weeks; class is limited to 6 puppies; Wednesday’s, 5:30-6:30 pm; *10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15 & 11/22

For puppies 8 – 16 weeks at start of class on 10/25; small breed puppies over 4 months in age may attend with instructor approval. If your puppy will be older than 16 weeks at the start of class, then we recommend the Puppy Elementary class instead. *First class (10/18) is orientation without your puppy. $195 includes tax.  *3 spots left!

Start here! This fun, play-and-learn class for you and your puppy focuses on off-leash socialization and training time in a safe and supervised environment. Research has shown that a puppy’s developmental period is the most sensitive and impressionable before 16 weeks of age. Each and every minute, your puppy is learning whether you like it or not! This kindergarten-style class will help you understand common puppy challenges such as nipping, inappropriate play, chewing, barking, and jumping up. Puppies will be exposed to novel stimuli, through sounds, sight, and surfaces. Discussions will include tips for managing your puppy’s environment while you are away from home, crate training, bite inhibition, house training, and the importance of early socialization. Through rewards-based techniques, your puppy will be introduced to basic manners such as name recognition, sit, down, polite greetings, puppy zen (handling), vet visit prep, and beginning leash walking. A great way to lay the foundation for you and your pup to develop good habits together! Age appropriate vaccination schedules will be discussed and reviewed at orientation. Click here to register or to fill out a wait list form.

P2 – Puppy Elementary 6 weeks; class is limited to 6 puppies; Thursday’s, 5:30-6:30 pm; *10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, (skip 11/23 Thanksgiving) & 11/30

For pups 4 – 6 months at start of class on 10/26. This class is also a good choice for pups who missed Puppy Building Blocks (kindergarten) and/or for those who still need age-appropriate socialization. *First class (10/19) is orientation without your pup. $195 includes tax. 

The next step after Puppy Building Blocks! The goals for Puppy Elementary class are continued focus on socialization, management of arousal biting and nipping, settling and handling, preventing attention seeking behaviors, incorporating age-appropriate exercise, and everyday home challenges (house training; jumping; crate training; chewing). Expand your puppy’s basic manners skills and focus (sit, down, wait, leave it/drop it, recall and leash walking) through exposure to more distractions in a fun and challenging environment. After evaluating group dynamics, there may be off-leash time for play. If your puppy doesn’t yet know how to play well with other pups, please consider one-on-one private coaching sessions for tips and exercises in helping your pup become more proficient at play. Proof of current vaccinations or titer testing must be shown at orientation. Click here to register or to fill out a wait list form.

P3 – The Tweens – 6 weeks; class is limited to 5 participants; Wednesday’s, 12:30-1:30 pm, *10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15 & 11/22 *CLASS IS FULL!

For dogs 6 – 18 months at start of class on 10/25. *First class (10/18) is orientation without your dog. $195 includes tax. 

Don’t skip this step! NOW is the time to enroll your teenager in a training class – learning doesn’t end with puppy kindergarten. While the age that your dog will enter adolescence and come out the other end as an adult depends on the breed and his own individuality, what is abundantly clear is that you have a “Tween” on your hands! No longer a puppy and not quite an adult, your Tween seems to have the attention span of a gnat and is forever busy barking, digging, chewing, marking, and playing. Tweens may now be cautious or fearful of seemingly benign people, places and things. NOW is the time for real world guidance, patience and relationship-building!

This class will emphasize the importance of continued socialization, learning how to build attention and focus, improving your verbal and visual cues, and understanding how to make distractions work for you. Basic manners will be re-energized through fun games and exercises. Impulse control behaviors such as Leave It, Wait/Stay, Drop It, Polite Greetings, and Relax On Mat will help your Tween make good choices. Restore your faith in your pup! Proof of current vaccinations or titer testing must be shown at orientation. Click here to register or to fill out a wait list form.

Real World Manners I 6 weeks; class is limited to 6 participants; Thursday’s, 2:30-3:30 pm; *10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, (skip 11/23 Thanksgiving), 11/30 & 12/7

For dogs 6 months and older. Dogs who have not taken Puppy Elementary or Tweens; or are younger than 6 months in age may enroll in Real World Manners I if neither class is available or if you have a scheduling conflict. *First class (10/26) is orientation without your dog. $195 includes tax. *CLASS IS FULL!

Through fun training games and exercises, learn how to use behaviors such as sit, down, go to your mat, eye contact, wait, polite greetings, recall (come), and loose leash walking, so that your dog can be successful at home and out in the real world. Recognize how to prevent jumping up on guests, leash reactivity, destructive chewing, counter-surfing, excessive barking, and more. Learn what motivates your dog and how to use it to train for the behaviors you want! This valuable, on-leash class is for dogs with no previous training experience or for those needing a real world manners review. Pet guardians must show proof of current vaccinations or titer testing results at orientation. Click here to register or to fill out a wait list form.

Beyond the Back Yard (Real World Manners II) – 6 weeks; class is limited to 6 participants; Thursday’s, 12:30-1:30 pm; *10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, (skip 11/23 Thanksgiving), 11/30 & 12/7

For dogs 10 months and older. *First class (10/26) is orientation without your dog. $225 includes tax; class also includes the book Beyond The Back Yard: Train Your Dog to Listen Anytime, Anywhere!, by Denise Fenzi.

Prerequisites: Dog/handler team must have successfully completed a Real World Manners I class or similar basic obedience class. Class is not recommended for fearful dogs or leash reactive dogs – those who lunge, snap or bark at people or other dogs. Your dog must be people- and dog-friendly.

Improve your dog’s impulse control, focus and reliability through fast, fun and rewarding exercises and games, based on the curriculum designed by Denise Fenzi. Learn how to achieve a greater level of training success by utilizing “life rewards” – control your dog’s resources instead of trying to control your dog! Build on the foundation skills you learned in Real World Manners I, so that you can have more opportunities for fun adventures with your four-legged friend! Practice wait/stay, relax on the mat, sit/down, leave it/drop it, leash walking and come when called with a greater emphasis on duration, distractions, and distance. Focus will be on rate of reinforcement and improving handler cueing and communication skills. Weather permitting, we will put the 3-D’s to the test in the great outdoors! If a new student, pet guardian must show proof of current vaccinations or titer testing results at orientation. Click here to register or to fill out a wait list form.

Recall – COME! 6 weeks; class is limited to 6 participants; time/day TBD

For dogs 5 months and older. Dogs younger than 5 months with permission of instructor. *First class is orientation without your dog. $210 includes tax.

Does your dog think her name is COMEBELLACOME? Do you want your dog to come when you call her name the first time? Would you like to learn ways of getting her attention even when there are distractions nearby?  Does repeating her name over and over not seem to work? This class is based on games and exercises that lay the foundation for fun and motivation for both you and your dog! Orientation and the first two classes with your dog will be held in the training facility to learn about and practice the fundamentals of recall. Remaining three classes will be held around town at city parks and/or the individual use parks at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter. When at city parks,we will utilize long lines for safety and security. This is a homework intensive class! At-home exercises will require off-leash practice. Pet guardians must show proof of current vaccinations or titer testing results prior to the first class. Class is not recommended for leash reactive dogs – those who lunge, snap or bark at people or other dogs. Your dog must be people- and dog-friendly. This class is not the best option for reactive rovers! Click here to register or to fill out a wait list form.

CGC: Canine Good Citizen – 7 weeks; class is limited to 6 participants; time/day TBD.

For dogs 6 months and older. *First class is orientation without your dog. $235 includes tax. 

Prerequisites: Your dog must already have participated in a manners/obedience class prior to enrolling in CGC, whether or not you take the test on week 7.

The Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certification program was developed by the American Kennel Club to recognize those dogs who demonstrate good manners and behavior, both in the home and out in the community.

Please note – Dogs who have passed the CGC Test should not be confused with service dogs. Service dogs help people who have disabilities. While CGC dogs do not have the same access to public places as service dogs, CGC training is a good first step for teaching your dog to be a therapy dog. Therapy dog programs can certify you and your dog to volunteer in nursing homes, schools and hospitals. Passing the CGC test lays the foundation for other activities such as competition obedience, agility, tracking, and performance events.

Most of all, training for the Canine Good Citizen test is fun, useful, and will help you and your dog establish a closer bond and understanding!

Week 1 – Orientation

 Week 2

  • Accepting a Friendly Stranger – Test Item #1
  • Sitting Politely For Petting – Test Item #2
  • Appearance and Grooming – Test Item #3
  • Out For a Walk (Walking On a Loose Lead) – Test Item #4

Week 3

  • Sit and Down on Cue & Staying In Place -Test Item #6
  • Coming When Called – Test Item #7

Week 4

  • Walking Through a Crowd – Test Item #5
  • Reaction To Another Dog  – Test Item #8
  • Reaction To a Distraction – Test Item #9

Week 5

  • Supervised Separation – Test Item #10

Week 6

  • Review/Practice

Week 7

  • Test

PLEASE NOTE: Dog/handler teams may participate in the class just for fun and practice, and choose not to take the test on week 7. This class would not be a good fit for dogs who are not people- and dog-friendly.

Pet guardians must show proof of current vaccinations or titer testing results at orientation. Click here to register or to fill out a wait list form.

Advanced CGC: Community Canine – 7 weeks; class is limited to 6 participants; dates/time TBA. $235 includes tax.

AKC Community Canine is the advanced level of AKC’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program. As with CGC, Community Canine has a 10-step test of skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Community Canine title. All skills on the test are tested on leash.

While Canine Good Citizen tests are simulations of real world skills, the goal of AKC Community Canine is to test the dog’s skills in a natural setting. For example, rather than the dog being tested in a show ring, in AKC Community Canine, the “walks through a crowd” test item will involve the dog walking through a real crowd on a busy sidewalk.

Test items include:

  1. Dog stands, sits or lies down and waits under control while the owner sits and has a snack or visits with another person (e.g., at a park).
  2. Walks on a loose leash in a natural situation and does not pull. Demonstrates a left turn; right turn; stop & fast and slow pace.
  3. Walks on loose leash through a crowd.
  4. Dog walks past distraction dogs present; does not pull.
  5. Sit-stay in small group (3 other people with dogs).
  6. Dog allows person who is carrying something (backpack, computer bag, etc.) to approach and be petted.
  7. Dog walks by food and follows owner instructions, “Leave it.”
  8. Down or sit stay — distance (owner’s choice).
  9. Recall with distractions present (coming when called).
  10. Dog will sit- or stand-stay (owner’s choice) while owner enters/exits a doorway or narrow passageway. Owner calls dog through door when ready.

Prerequisites: To earn the AKC Community Canine title, dogs must already have a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) award or title on record at AKC, and must have an AKC number of one of 3 types (AKC registration number, PAL number, or AKC Canine Partners number). All dogs, including mixed breeds, can get an AKC number. Your dog must already have participated in a manners/obedience class prior to enrolling in Community Canine, whether or not you take the test on week 7.

PLEASE NOTE: Dog/handler teams may participate in the class just for fun and practice, and choose not to take the test on week 7. This class would not be a good fit for dogs who are not people- and dog-friendly.

Pet guardians must show proof of current vaccinations or titer testing results at orientation. Click here to register or to fill out a wait list form.

Reactive Rover I – 6 weeks; class is limited to 4 participants; Friday’s, dates/times TBA; *First class is a mandatory orientation without your dog. $250.00 includes tax. 

Prerequisite: This class is for dogs who are leash reactive (fear and/or frustration towards other dogs while on leash), but not for dogs who are aggressive towards people. This class is also not appropriate for those dogs who have seriously injured another dog while on- or off-leash. Please contact Faithful Friends for an behavior assessment and private one-on-one training if your dog displays aggressive behavior towards people.

Your dog harmoniously lives with other dogs. Your dog goes to doggie daycare and has lots of friends. Clip on a leash, and enter the world of barking, lunging, whining, spinning, pulling, and a plethora of other -ing words when your dog spies another dog. What gives?! Whether it’s fear, frustration or a combination of the two, leash reactivity is stressful and downright exhausting for you and your dog. Maybe you’ve toyed with the idea of not walking your dog; you already spend your time together trying to circumvent any sightings of – or doG forbid – interactions with other dogs.  How many times have you experienced a dog pulling it’s person from across the park, while hearing the ubiquitous, “My dog is friendly!” Sigh… You just want to walk your dog in peace!

Reactive Rover I focuses on foundation handling, timing and mechanical skills for you and your dog, in a calm, controlled, stress-free environment. Learn how to gain your dog’s focus and reinforce alternate behaviors – be proactive, not reactive!

This class can help you:

  • Gain an understanding your dog’s limitations and preferences – and respect them.
  • Show your dog how to make appropriate choices and decisions that earn reinforcement.
  • Learn how over-managing your dog is not helpful.
  • Remove “Band-Aids” so that the reactivity can heal.
  • Attain peace at both ends of the leash – why is the leash such a lightning rod?
  • Set your dog – and you – up for success.
  • Choose the right equipment for the right mindset – human and canine.
  • Understand triggers, thresholds and body language.
  • Make micro-adjustments in your dogs reactivity. “Less is more” will be your new motto!
  • Administer behavior “vaccinations” for dogs and their people.
  • Recognize that your dog’s reactivity doesn’t define him/her.

Click here to register or to fill out a wait list form.

Let’s GO! Leash Walking – 6 weeks; class is limited to 6 participants; dates/times TBA

For dogs 4 months and older; dogs younger than 4 months with permission of instructor. *First class is orientation without your dog. $205 includes tax. 

Does walking your four-legged friend feel more like a drag than a walk? This six-week class will concentrate on the best walking management practices so that you and your dog have FUN! Which equipment to use; how to reinforce calm and polite behaviors before and during walks; focus and attention skills when passing people, dogs, and other enticing distractions; and how to reward and reinforce your dog’s good leash walking behaviors. Orientation and two sessions will be held inside the training facility to polish our foundation skills. The last three classes will be held at locations around town to practice the skills you learned in class – we will coordinate meet-up times for the outdoor practice sessions. Class is not recommended for leash reactive dogs – those who lunge, snap or bark at people or other dogs. Pet guardians must show proof of current vaccinations or titer testing results prior to the first class. Your dog must be people- and dog-friendly. This class is not the best option for reactive rovers! Click here to register or to fill out a wait list form.

Reactive Rover III – 6 weeks; class is limited to 4 participants; dates/time TBA.

This is an on-going class – participants must have successfully passed the class requirements for Reactive Rover I & Reactive Rover II.

Out On The Town Hounds™ – 6 weeks; class is limited to 6 participants; dates/time TBA.

$205 includes tax. For dogs 4 months and older; dogs must have already completed a puppy or basic manners class, or with permission of instructor; *First class is orientation without your dog.

It’s time to take your training on the road – literally! Let’s get out-and-about in the greater Santa Fe area and practice your dog’s polite social skills and manners in the real world. Yikes…that woman wants to pet my dog and I know he’ll jump on her…. Uh-oh, there’s a squirrel! Hmmm…here comes a bicyclist on the sidewalk… Is that an off-leash dog headed right towards us? Learn how to set your dog – and you – up for success in a variety of environments and real-life distractions. Leash handling skills and techniques as well as safety, management and prevention tips will be discussed and applied during the weekly outings.  Practice leave it, wait, and polite greeting skills; learn how to exit the car calmly, focus on you while moving through crowds, and pass by barking dogs in their yards. We’ll visit local parks and hiking trails, downtown neighborhoods and streets, and dog-friendly businesses and restaurants. Pet guardians must show proof of current vaccinations or titer testing results prior to the first class. Your dog  must be people- and dog-friendly. This class is not the best option for reactive rovers! Click here to register or to fill out a wait list form.

Small Group Semi-Private Training Classes

Are you interested in a group class setting but cannot find the time to commit to numerous weeks in a row? Are you and your dog not quite ready for a regular class environment? Does your dog have a few BFF’s – best four-legged friends – that could also use a refresher or learn some new manners? Small group semi-private training classes are an alternative to traditional group training classes.

Train on your schedule rather than waiting for that perfect class to materialize. Small group semi-private training classes are customized to your group’s goals. Real-life exercises are designed to help your dog achieve the desired skills quicker, and easily show you how to integrate training into your daily life. Your friends and their dogs provide just the right amount of socialization and distraction without overloading your own dog or wearing you out after a busy day. Training in the comfort of a familiar home setting or at the training studio are great options for dogs and their people! Small group semi-private training classes are not recommended for dogs who are not friendly toward people or other dogs. Please consider private in-home coaching or day training options for your reactive rover – Faithful Friends can help! Get your friends together and we’ll create a class that is fun and innovative. Size is limited to 3 handler/dog teams but must have 2 teams in order for it to be considered a class. Because this is a customized, semi-private class, there is more time for dog and people socialization! From bothersome behaviors to basic manners, you and your friends can choose from topics for your customized class such as:

  • Jumping on guests
  • Stay off the furniture!
  • Bark!Bark!Bark!
  • Walk around the block – leash walking
  • Coming when called
  • Sit/Down/Stay
  • Leave It/Drop It/Take It
  • Wait!
  • Go to your mat/bed/place
  • Home alone
  • Dog park etiquette
  • Fun tricks!
  • Housetraining tips where you need them the most – your home!

Call your friends and then call 505-660-9097 or email dmoody28@comcast.net to schedule an orientation held at a location of your group’s choice.

  • A mandatory orientation is required before classes begin with your dog. As this is a customized class, there are no refunds after registration.

Don’t see a behavior you’d like to cover? Hold that thought and bring it to the mandatory, one-hour orientation where we’ll customize the class to your group’s needs! Class length is with your dog included. Rotate classes between friends houses, our training studio, or keep it at one or two locations. Can’t meet the same day or time each week? Let’s make the schedule work for you!

Class length and pricing:

  • 4 week class: $160 (incl. tax)
  • 5 week class: $200 (incl. tax)
  • 6 week class: $240 (incl. tax)

Not finding a class that fits your needs? Consider private in-home or in-studio coaching or day training with Faithful Friends Dog Training.

On The Spot Location Dog Training & Thinkshops©

Faithful Friends Dog Training is on the move! We’re coming to a spot near you for short, fun, fast, and effective training sessions for you and your dog. A dog park; a parking lot; a sidewalk; a hiking trail; the rail yard; an elevator! On The Spot Location Dog Training© is a great way to get your dog out-and-about, using easy to learn, rewards-based exercises and games. Can’t make it to a traditional multiple-week class? On The Spot Location Dog Training© fits into your busy lifestyle!

On The Spot also offers informative, topic-specific “thinkshops” – there’s no work involved! Join us for for the next On The Spot thinkshop.