Group Classes

Now offering classes in two locations: Pet Spas, 1 Cerone Commercial Drive in Colonie NY and Milton Manor, 612 Route 29 in Middle Grove NY. Each class will have a maximum of five dogs, and new classes begin soon. 

Group classes are appropriate for dogs who are comfortable around other dogs and people. Any dog who displays fearful or reactive behavior (for example lunging, growling, or excessive barking) towards other dogs or people would be better suited to private training sessions. If you’re not sure if group classes are a good fit for your dog, contact me and I’d be happy to discuss it with you.



Proof of distemper/parvo, and bordetella (kennel cough) vaccines are required for all classes. Proof of rabies vaccine is required for all classes except Puppy Preschool.

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These classes use an open enrollment format, which means there is not a set start date for the class. You are able to start any week that there is space available, and then attend for six consecutive weeks. This eliminates lengthy waits for a new class to start. Enrollment includes access to video demonstrations for you to use outside of class.

10% discount for rescue dogs on their first beginner class.

Puppy Preschool

Six consecutive weeks, $159.

For puppies 20 weeks old or younger at their first class. We will set your puppy up to become a friendly, confident, well behaved dog. This class focuses on socialization (exposing puppies to new things and experiences), handling for vet visits and grooming, and an introduction to basic obedience skills. Additional topics covered include housebreaking, crate training, nipping, and chewing.

Basic Manners

Six consecutive weeks, $159.

This the next step after Puppy Preschool, or the first step for dogs who are 20 weeks or older when they begin training. We will focus on the basic obedience skills your dog needs to be a well behaved family member. Topics covered include sit stay, down stay, recall, leave it, loose leash walking, settle on mat, jumping, and counter surfing.


These classes have set start and end dates, and it does not matter which is taken first.

10% discount for Basic Manners graduates.

Intermediate Manners

Six consecutive weeks, $159.

To be taken after Basic Manners, this class will build on those basic skills to help your dog learn to behave politely in a variety of situations. We will practice using trained behaviors to solve real life problems in distracting situations, and also work on reducing food/treats as reinforcement.

Sports and Tricks

Four consecutive weeks, $100.

Each week will focus on a different activity: agility, nosework, rally, or tricks. The goal of this class is for you and your dog to have fun trying out different sports, so you can decide if you’d like to get more involved. This is a great class for dogs who have a lot of energy and need to keep busy to stay out of trouble.


A six week class that puts everything together to showcase the skills you and your dog have worked on..

10% discount for intermediate level graduates.

Advanced Manners/CGC

Six consecutive weeks, $159.

This class will further develop your dog’s obedience skills and prepare you for the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen test. The class will focus on training for real world situations without relying on treats or specific equipment. The CGC test is a 10 item, non-competitive test that will be given during the last week of class. During the test no food/treats may be used, and dogs may not wear corrective harnesses/collars or head halters.



Puppy Preschool

Sundays 11am – Pet Spas Open Enrollment
Tuesdays 7:30pm – Milton Manor Open Enrollment

Basic Manners

Sundays 10am – Pet Spas Open Enrollment
Tuesdays 6:30pm – Milton Manor Open Enrollment

“I have learned how to be a better dog owner.”


~Amanda, completed Basic Manners 1 with Murphy

“We all enjoyed the classes and learned a lot. Shannon is a good teacher and our dog loves her!”


~Joy and Ric, completed Basic Manners 2 with Ziggy

“Tricks and Games was a great opportunity for my dog Pippa to do something fun and challenging. And it provided another way for us to interact with her in an entertaining way.”


~Tom, completed Tricks and Games with Pippa

Loving your dog is easy. Training your dog requires a certain Frame of Mind.

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Loving your dog is easy. Training your dog requires a certain Frame of Mind.