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Ultimate Puppy Class

Ultimate Puppy Class

Puppies are hard work but a lot of fun!

New puppy? Good for you!  We’ll help you get him started early and set him up for a lifetime of success!
All of our puppy and basic manners classes are held here at the training center and also available on Zoom.

Don't wait, the time is now.If you’ve just gotten a puppy, don’t worry if you feel overwhelmed. Puppies are cute, cuddly and fun. But they’re also a lot of work!  Our unique puppy program holds all of the secrets to calming the chaos and turning your new family member into the Ultimate Puppy.  We offer a variety of puppy training packages that deal with common puppy puzzles like:

  • Housetraining
  • Nipping and biting
  • Chewing inappropriately
  • Not coming when called
  • Jumping on you or your guests

If you want to start your puppy off right – and help him grow into the dog you want him to be – check out our packages to see which is right for you. 

Question? Please call us at 413-527-7364.



Our ability to take classes at It’s PAWSible! was a big factor for my husband and I when we decided to add a third dog to our family. We decided we could do it! Read More

Summit is a 4-month-old German Shorthaired Pointer. We already have two awesome 8-year-old dogs who started in puppy class at It’s PAWSible! and have continued taking agility classes weekly at It’s PAWSible! They also are competing whenever possible in agility!

Beth teaches that every experience a puppy has can be positive and rewarding, whether going to the groomers, the vet’s office or for a walk. Her training focuses on what we are doing and saying which has an overall effect on Summit’s behavior which is extremely helpful. It really is about training the people!

Beth emphasizes having fun when working with your dog and it has been a great time for us to spend together. Summit is learning important skills like “sit”, “down”, “stay” and come when called. It is comforting to know that we can drop something on the floor and not have to race him to it because he now knows “leave it”. Her facility is fantastic and class provides a safe, supervised environment to socialize Summit on how to meet, play and be around other puppies and people.

Thank you It’s PAWSible!

Dawn, Greg, and Summit

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Puppy Head Start Class

Puppy Head Start Class

What:  Puppy Head Start Class + 2 Puppy Booklets in PDF Format + DVD + Treat Carrying Bag
Who:  Puppies 8 weeks to 4 months old at time of registration
When:  Once a week for six weeks
Puppy Classes listed here are live on in the Training Center 
Instructor:  Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA
Fee:    $245. (for 6 weeks)

Below are the start dates available: 
 
Wednesday, September 9 @ 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 16 @ 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 23 @ 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 30 @ 6:00 p.m.


 

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Private Puppy Consultation

Private Puppy Consultation

What: Puppy Consultation + 2 Puppy Booklets (PDF Format)+ DVD + Treat Carrying Bag
Who: Puppies 8 weeks to 5 months old
Instructor:  Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA
When:  At your convenience, book on line!

  • 90 minute private session
  • At a day/time that’s convenient for you!
  • $195.00

Where: At the Training Center or In the Comfort of your home using Zoom (phone is okay if you prefer)
 

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Puppy Kindergarten Package

Puppy Kindergarten Package

What:  Puppy Head Start Class + Puppy Consultation + 2 Puppy Booklets in PDF Format + DVD + Treat Carrying Bag
Who:  Puppies 8 weeks to 4 months old
When:  Puppy Class is held once a week for 6 weeks.
Puppy Classes/Puppy Consultations listed below are live in the Training Center
Instructor:  Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA
Fee:    $395. (save 10% off individual pricing)

Below are the start dates available: 

Wednesday, September 9 @ 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 16 @ 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 23 @ 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 30 @ 6:00 p.m.

 

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Please Read these Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions for Group Classes

     
  • What makes It's PAWSible! different than any other dog training center?

     We would love to tell you.  Here are the three main reasons!

    1)  All three of our Pet Dog trainers that teach the Basic Manners and the Ultimate Puppy Classes are Nationally Certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).  We attain the CPDT-KA Credentials through a very extensive exam that is offered only twice a year.  The test is no joke, it's very difficult as the council wants to be sure that we know what we are doing and also that we understand the science of animal learning.  Beth is also certified through the same council as a Certified Canine Behavior Consultant (CBCC-KA).  Again these credentials took a lot of study to attain.  We all have to take continuing education courses if we want to keep these credentials, too.

    2)  The training center was built for dog training.  Our 5000 square foot training center is clean, beautiful and when you walk in, you would never know it's 20 years old.  You will not even smell a trace of dog smells here.  That takes effort and we put it forth.  Our center is heated in the winter and air conditioned in the summer.

    3)  Probably the most important:  The training you will receive is the best.  It's PAWSible! has been here long before others and we continue to be here when some dog training businesses quit.   

    We care deeply about your success and we are here for you for as much information as you want.  You won't just learn sit, down, stay and the basics.  You will learn how to handle true life issues and concerns.  We understand that the best method of advertisement is to have a great reputation and we know we do.  But we are aware we have to not only earn that, but keep that too!

    As the owner of this business answering these questions, you can see I'm very proud of what we have accomplished here.  I hope I've convinced you which is most important.

  • What is the training method at It’s PAWSible?

    At It’s PAWSible! we use a method called Lure-reward. It is a method that I’ve been using for 20 years and it works really well. All of the instructors have been trained by me so we are all very consistent. The basic idea is to teach behaviors using a lure (treat). This then becomes a hand signal and the treat is “faded”. To see how lures quickly become hand signals, check out  this great video of our one of our trainers demonstrates the technique. The treat then becomes a reward and over time you reward randomly depending on what exercise you are doing. Some rewards can be faded quicker than others. I reward the recall ( “coming when called”) for a long time, if not forever! This skill is the most important "command" we can teach our dogs and sometimes it's the most difficult one for your dog to do.   We need to make this one worth your dog's effort!  

  • Do you use clickers?

    In our Beginner classes (Ultimate Puppy and Basic Manners) we do not use clickers to teach.  I am not opposed to clickers at all, I just feel that many novice dog owners don't want the hassle of one more thing to think about.  If you are clicker savvy and want to use your clicker, I have no problem with that. 

    If you ever want to learn how to effectively use a clicker, we can do a private lesson.   Just understand, you do not need a clicker to effectively train a dog.   We've been teaching here for 20 plus years with lots of successful students without using clickers.

    Keep in mind the trainers here are all very famililar with clicker training and love it, we are just trying to encourage people to train the way they are most comfortable as long as it is positive reinforcement training.   

  • When do classes meet?

    Here is a direct link to our training schedule page. We have many options. We also have some great training package specials that will save you a little money! The dates listed are START DATES. If you choose a particular start date then that is the time your class meets each week. Both the Ultimate Puppy Class and Basic Manners classes are six weeks long. 

  • Who in my family can come to class?

    When we go back to classes AT It's PAWSible!:  We have a 5000 square foot facility that we planned and had built for the purpose of training dogs. We have plenty of room. Before the COVID19, I would encourage large families to come but now I limit the human participation to 2. It's important to understand that your dog doesn't learn here, he learns at home with your family. 

    To help with this, we have two options for an extra helpful training tool.  We have the It's PAWSible! Dog Training DVD that I wrote and produced that has over 3 hours of information on it.  It makes a great tool to help families be consistent.  

    In 2020, I introduced my Online Basic Manners course.    This version also has so much available to you by way of video instruction and PDF files that you can print.  Either of these can be purchased on line or by a simple phone call! 

    But having a tool like this is great for family members to help keep everyone doing the same thing.

    We are always available for private lessons either here or at your home as well.

  • Can my children come to class?

    Please see above for COVID19 requirements.  Only 2 humans per dog allowed at this time.

    If you do bring children to class, please be aware that we are expecting you to have full responsibility for them and that if there is a problem with control, we will ask you to make other arrangements for the rest of the weeks of class.   Thank you for your understanding!

    Also, children need to be told that they cannot go up and visit any of the other dogs in class.   We run a very safe dog training facility at It’s PAWSible! and we are very proud of that. 

    One more thing to keep in mind, this is a GROUP class so there are other people there without kids and they deserve the same amount of attention as you do.  Thank you for your understanding.   

  • How many dogs will be in the class?

    Since COVID19, I am limiting the size of group classes to 6 dogs until further notice

  • What if I think my dog is not quite ready for a group class?

    If you think your dog may not be ready, it’s a good sign that perhaps he or she is not.  Oftentimes, dogs new to families (rescue or shelter dogs) or adolescent dogs who have seemingly suddenly become "out of control", need a consultation before they come to a group class.  This is for safety reasons but also to help you and your dog be set up for success.   This would be in the form of a behavioral consultation.  

    If you want schedule a behavioral consultation which is 90 minutes, we can do that.  I would praise your intuitions and let you know right now, that you are making the right choice!   That way we can work directly on your issues and concerns about yoru dog.  Also your dog gets to be in the training center without the pressure of other dogs or people.  We appreciate your honesty.

  • I have a vacation planned right in the middle of the group classes and I'm going to miss a week, are there any make ups?

    Thank you for asking.  There are no make ups for missed classes.  However, people miss classes all the time.  Life is very busy and also unexplained colds and sickness can sometimes cause someone to miss a class.  We will do everything in our power to make sure you are caught up. 

    However, don't let a vacation cause you to put off training.  Your dog is learning 100% of the time.  The goal is to have him learn only good things!  Good dog training information will help you to attain that goal.

  • I have a young puppy—I see that they are welcome in either Ultimate Puppy or Basic Manners. What is the difference and which should I choose?
    Here is my best answer: 

    We get this question a lot.  If your puppy is 8 to 16 weeks of age, you can sign up for the Ultimate Puppy Class.  If he is older then you would take the Basic Manners Class. 

    Basic Manners classes are for puppies and dogs of all ages so if you cannot make a puppy class then a Basic Manners class will work out fine.  There is no puppy playtime in Basic Manners.  So, If our Ultimate Puppy Schedule works best in your schedule, I would enroll in that class. 
     
    Our Ultimate Puppy Class is so wonderful even for people who know how to raise a puppy.  Even I, a skilled dog trainer, will take puppy classes with my puppies at other facilities.  There is always more to learn AND my puppy needs to be socialized. 
     
    If you cannot make the Ultimate Puppy Class, the Basic Manners is fine.  This class will have puppies and dogs of all ages.  There may even be some puppies that have just graduated from our Ultimate Puppy Class.  No matter what class you choose, your puppy is ready to learn now!  In fact he is always learning whether you are intentionally training him or not.   
     
    Bottom line:  Sign up for what works best in yor schedule! 
  • What are the best treats for class?

    GREAT QUESTION!    This is very important. Your dog could love dog biscuits at home. He could love dog treats at home or his kibble. But when you take your dog into a very distracting atmosphere, which is what a dog training class is, you need something that will get his attention. We sell many healthy soft training treats at It’s PAWSible! but what I recommend that you bring is cut up real meat (any leftovers are fine). You can also buy cooked chicken strips or even beef strips at any grocery store. Get creative! Turkey meatballs, leftover meatloaf!  String cheese is one of my dog's favorites and it's so easy to work with (and inexpensive).

    If your dog never gets anything but kibble and dog cookies and you want to try good healthy soft dog treats, we have plenty available for sale!