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Update: all classes for this evening have been cancelled.

Due to the questionable weather, handling class is cancelled for this evening.

See everyone next week!

Canine Good Citizen Evaluation

We will be hosting a Canine Good Citizen evaluation this Friday Jan. 25 beginning at 5:30 pm.

The CGC evaluation is open to all dogs both purebred and mixed breed, of all ages. Dogs should be trained enough to assure reasonable expectation of passing the tests which include greeting a stranger, sit, down, stay, and coming when called, and remaining calm around distraction.

Please call the school to reserve your spot. 717-509-5652

Please bring your dogs brush or comb. Dogs may be tested on a regular collar, slip collar, or harness. no head halberd or anti-pull harnesses or pinch/prong collars allowed.

Cost is $10 to test. If your dog passes, you have an option of ordering a certificate from the AKC for $8 or having the test count as a title on your dogs record with the AKC (if dog is either registered or has an ILP or PAL number) for $20.

FMI on the CGC program visit

I apologize for the lack of blogging this summer. Most of our updates now get posted on Facebook. However, it’s been brought to my attention that some people are still a bit uncertain about Facebook and even though you don’t have to be a Facebook member to see our page, I have heard that you are reluctant or unsure as to how to about viewing it. I plan to make a concentrated effort to return to posting updates by blog too so that we don’t miss anyone in our announcements!

To bring everyone up-to-date; we are now offering a Stay and Train Daycare option on Saturdays. No, this is not a day where you remain at daycare with your dog! We simply assigned it a separate title as the Saturday program is different from our regular daycare options. We are open Saturdays from 7:30pm until 2:00 pm. the Saturday program is limited to a smaller number of dogs than usual, due to the individualized attention they are given during the day. Saturday Daycare dogs have the option of receiving obedience training, extra exercise, and agility training. FMI call us at (717)509-5652 or email us at Wendy@

We have also welcomed back Drop In Pet Agility on Saturdays at 11:30. Pet agility is an open enrollment class,with a drop in run through style format. You may come when you want, pay as you go!

Finally, our newest and exciting program is an Ala Carte Beginners program. This program is available to any age dog, 12 weeks and up, who’s owner desires to teach or improve upon certain behavior skills. Our Ala Carte classes offer the convenience of attending class when it’s convenient for you, paying as you go and the opportunity to repeat a lesson that your dog needs extra help with. However, for a money saving option we also offer punch cards at a reduced rate. Rates are $20 per lesson, or a punch card for 6 lessons/$98. If you’re just starting out training your dog, you won’t want to miss week 1 on Sept. 22 at 9:30 am! The lesson that week will be; Sit, Down, and learning theory. Classes rotate on a four week schedule. A Graduation certificate is achieved after attending six classes. Graduates from our Beginner Manners or Puppy Kindergarden classes are welcome to join us on any week for a refresher of the exercise. Our upcoming schedule is as follows:

9/22 lesson 1- Sit, Down, and Learning theory
9/29 lesson 2- Attention and Manners
10/6 lesson 3- Leash Walking/Heel
10/13 lesson 4- Come when called and the Whistle recall
10/20 lesson 1 (see aforementioned lesson)
10/27 lesson 2
11/3 lesson 3
11/10 lesson 4
11/17 lesson 1
11/24 No Class
12/1 lesson 2
12/8 lesson 3
12/15 lesson 4
12/22 No class Holiday break
12/29 No class Holiday break

Flyball Classes!

Flyball begins this evening at 6:00! Flyball is suitable for all dogs, small and large. Recalls, interest in the ball, and jumping skills will all be introduced and are not needed to join the class! Dogs off all ages are welcome, training will be tempered to the age of the dog for safety. We still have a few openings. If you’d like to join us, call today! 718-509-5652

Dog Sports are fun, They provide both you and your dog with physical exercise and mental challenges that result in relaxation and a healthier state of mind and body. We are offering several sports options form your consideration. One is sure to be suitable for you and your dog!

Disc Dog clinic (frisbee) –
For fun or competition, our Disc Clinics will teach you and your dog how to throw, catch,and play the game safely. Our first clinic is with Alisha West and is open to handlers and dogs of all ages and abilities. Sunday April 1st. Our Morning session covers throwing, catching, and distance events. The afternoon session will cover disc freestyle. Attend one or both sessions. Space is limited, reserve your spot today! $45 per session or $60 for both! Continental breakfast, lunch, snacks included.

Flyball Class – our Flyball classes will begin Thursday April 12 th at 6:00 pm with Kim Foster. Learn how to safely condition and train your dog for The fast paced, fun sport of Flyball! Beginner Flyball training is open to dogs of all ages. Six week session $90

Treibball – Calling all Herding dogs ( and others!) Treibball (Ball Herding) will begin again at Dog Sense on Thursday April 19 th at 8:15 pm. Treibball is great for many different breeds of dogs, and will help to develop their off leash control and handler focus. Six week session $90

K9 Nosework- If your looking for a slower, more relaxed sport to train in, but one that is equally challenging for your dog Nosework may be the class for you! Dogs learn to identify and indicate particular odors when hidden, much like drug and bomb detection dogs do. We have heard Nosework is now being developed by the American Kennel club so we expect to see the sport grow in the next few years. Start your dog today and be the first of it’s breed to be titled in this new dog sport. Or simply use the training to provide an outlet for your dogs working desire in the comfort of your own home. Nosework can be done in restricted spaces and requires minimal financial or physical investment. Six weeks $90. Class begins Sunday April 15 th.

Musical Canine Freestyle – Dance with your dog! Learn to train the skills needed and develop a routine to compete in freestyle events or just to entertain crowds. A popular activity for therapy dogs as well as those with a creative side! Our next Freestyle class begins Monday April 2nd at 3:00. A waiting list for an evening class is being developed for those not available during the day.

The following video example is of a highly skilled freestyle routine. Simpler routines and levels are available, including heel work to music that doesn’t include the same skills as freestyle.

And finally coming in May….K9 Weight Pull! Weight Pull is an activity offered by various breed clubs and the United Kennel Club and believe it or not, weight pull in the UKC is open to all breeds of all sizes!

Snow Cancellations!

Due to the road conditions and the forecast for more snow and freezing rain this morning, all of our classes for Sat. Jan. 21st have been cancelled. We will resume class next Saturday and will add a makeup class to your session. We hope everyone stays warm and safe today! If you are A current student and are having any problems with your dog or questions about the training you’ve started, feel free to email us and we will be happy to advise.

Also please be aware that our Sunday session (agility and Nosework) are also cancelled for this week. See you next week!

If you haven’t yet looked it over, go to our Calendar and see what’s on the lineup for this year!

Our next Canine Good Citizen class begins Thursday evening at 8:15. We still have opening in this class for three students. Consider taking this class to further your dogs skills, prepare them to take the Canine Good Citizen
evaluation, and as a lead-in to our Therapy dog class and program.

Finally We currently have requests for a daytime Novice Obedience class and a daytime conformation Handling class. If you are interested in such a class, email Wendy for details!

Hi Everyone,

We hope the New Year is looking bright for all of our students and clients! On that note, our best wishes go out to our freestyle instructor Joanne Warrick, who’s recovery from surgery is taking a little longer than anticipated. We are hopeful that our Freestyle Dance class can be added to the schedule for February. We will be offering both a daytime class (Monday’s at 1:00 pm) and an evening class. Our wishes for a speedy recovery to our student Pat, as she recovers from an ankle injury. We are also looking forward to welcome back Roberta, after her recovery from her knee injury! We hope everyone stays healthy and sound in 2012!
Many of you have been calling about our 2012 schedule. Our dates have been set through the first half of the year, and we’ve been hoping to have them posted on our website by now. However, our webmaster seems to be MIA. In the meantime, feel free to call or email and we will provide you with the dates for the classes you are interested in. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Speaking of this years schedule, we have several classes beginning soon that are not typically offered year round. We have a Canine Good Citizen class on the schedule and will follow this class with a Canine Good Citizen Evaluation. Our Just For Fun Pet Agility is also back on the schedule and offers three options for classes based on your dogs size and ability. We also have a Therapy Class scheduled. Finally we will have two sessions of our Controlled Canines class, with the first one starting January 12 th. If you’ve been interested in one of these classes now is the time to sign up!
Our popular Annual Membership Programs are back and are now being offered to our Family Dg Students as well. An Annual membership allows you to train here year round for one reasonable price. Please email Wendy for details.
Finally, for our conformation students and breeder friends the Mason-Dixon Bernese Mt Dog Club is nice again holding their annual Health Clinic at our school this Sunday Jan. 8 th beginning at 9:00 am. They are offering CERF eye exams, Cardio exams, Microchipping, AKC DNA, and Vet Gen VWD testing. FMI contact Christine Vlassis or (717) 293-0901

I’m borrowing a quote from the Cowboy Magic company and rewriting it to be applicable to the dog world. “The wellbeing of tomorrows DOGS and the DOG FANCY (showing, performance events, etc) rests in the hands of TODAYS YOUTH. If you love DOGS, do all you can to teach the YOUTH about DOGS!”.

Many of us, myself included, share an affinity for dogs that began at a young age. For me it was a fascination with their skills in learning and their unconditional love. I was lucky to drive ahead and learn more on my own without the guidance of a parent involved in the Fancy. However with all of the activities being presented to our youth today, dog related activities aren’t usually front and center. Still I know that kids love dogs and if Given the opportunity to learn more and get involved many probably would. Think about the above quote, and then consider how you might be able to make a difference for the continuation of Dog related sports and activities as well as in the life of a child!

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