PLEASE READ CLASS DESCRIPTIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE DECIDING WHICH CLASS IS BEST SUITED FOR YOUR TEAM. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR SPECIFIC DOG, PLEASE CALL FOR A FREE CONSULTATION BEFORE SIGNING UP.

TO RESERVE A SPACE IN A CLASS, PAYMENT IS DUE AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION. REGISTRATION FEES ARE NOT REFUNDABLE UNLESS THERE IS A DOG ON THE WAITING LIST AND YOU CANCEL BEFORE THE FIRST NIGHT OF CLASS.

 

Puppy Class


Meets Thursdays  5:15  6:15 pm at the Veteran's Memorial Building in Nevada City starting May 7, 2020

He's a S.T.A.R. puppy!

 

Puppy Training and Socialization Class

American Kennel Club's S.T.A.R. Puppy Program

This is a unique combination of puppy socialization and training. In this class, puppies will be gently exposed to different people, other dogs and items they will encounter in their daily life in a safe environment under the watchful eye of a professional trainer. Each week you will also learn how to teach your puppy a new obedience behavior using rewards based, positive methods. 

At the end of each class puppies can explore age appropriate agility equipment to increase their confidence and physical ability, or play with each other to gain social skills.  We will also discuss common puppy training issues such as barking, nipping and house training.  The puppies will learn to accept handling from both family members and strangers so they will later be relaxed when restrained and examined at the vet's office, handled by the groomer or petted by a child.

Your puppy will learn "sit", "down", "touch", "come" and "drop it". You will also learn how to teach your puppy good pet manners, such as sitting to greet instead of jumping up and walking on a loose leash. Your puppy will get used to a variety of items in the safe class environment so he can be comfortable with distractions such as people carrying umbrellas and kids on bikes as an adult dog.

  • Meets: Tuesdays 5:15-6:15 pm at Veteran's Memorial Building in Nevada City

  • Start date: May 7, 2020

  • Age: Puppies between 2 and 4.5 months old at the start of class.

  • Maximum group size: eight puppies

  • Requirements: All puppies must have at least two DHPP vaccinations (proof of immunization required).

  • Registration fee: $140 for six lessons

  • Location: Veteran's Memorial Building, 415 N. Pine Street, Nevada City

  • Class dates: May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11

 
Susanna’s puppy class was so helpful to us. We learned so much, and our pup did, too! Our goal is to have a well-behaved and obedient dog. The puppy class helped us to build a good foundation of skills. We highly recommend this class.
— Suzanne Koliche
Susanna is a skilled instructor, very patient with the humans as well as the puppies! I really enjoyed seeing how she worked one-on-one with the puppies. If you have a puppy and want to develop the best relationship, so that your dog is responsive to you, take this class!
— David McKay, former mayor of Nevada City

Advanced Puppy Class

 

 

Meets Thursdays 5:15  6:15pm at the Veteran's Memorial Building in Nevada City starting August 20, 2020

 

Advanced Puppy Class for Adolescent Dogs

This new class offers continued learning, fun games and tricks for puppy class graduates. We will cover all the new skills taught in the regular beginner's class, including "Stand","Leave It", "Wait" and "Go to Your Mat". Since all the puppies will already be familiar with the basics, we will have time to add new topics and behaviors to the agenda. Behavior issues typically starting in adolescence will be discussed. Learning games and fun dog tricks will also be included. We will practice loose leash walking and "Come" with "Touch" around distractions. The "Stay" will be covered more formally now that the puppies have been introduced to the concept in the puppy class.

  • Meets: Tuesdays 5:15-6:15 pm at the Veteran's Memorial Building in Nevada City

  • Start date: August 20, 2020

  • Age: puppies 4.5-7.5 months at the start of class

  • Maximum group size: eight puppies

  • Requirements: All puppies must have had at least two DHPP vaccinations and a rabies vaccination (proof of immunization required). All puppies must have completed the STAR puppy class or a similar puppy class. Some puppies who have not attended a puppy class may also have the appropriate foundation obedience and social skills as a result of training and socialization done at home by an experienced handler.

  • Registration fee: $140 for six lessons

  • Location: The Veteran's Memorial Building, 415 N. Pine Street, Nevada City

  • Class dates: August 20, 27, September 3, 10, 17, 24

 

Good Dog!


Meets Mondays 5:15 6:15 pm at Seaman's Lodge starting October 14, 2019

The Good Dog Class starting on October 14 is now full and has one dog on the waiting list.




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good Dog: Basic Training for Dogs

In this class, we will focus on pet manners as well as foundation obedience skills. Your dog will learn "Sit," "Down,"Stand","Stay," "Come," "Drop It" and "Leave it." Your dog will learn to greet people politely instead of jumping up. We will also cover walking on a loose leash and waiting on cue.  The "Touch" hand targeting and "Go to your mat" cues are also covered in the Good Dog Class.

  • Meets: Six weeks; 5:15 – 6:15 pm Mondays at Seaman's Lodge

  • Start date: October 14, 2019

  • Age: Dogs over five months

  • Maximum group size: nine dogs

  • Requirements: All dogs must be current on DHPP and rabies vaccinations (proof of immunization required)

  • Registration fee: $140 for six lessons

  • Location: Seaman's Lodge in Pioneer Park, 423 Nimrod Street, Nevada City

  • Class dates: October 14, 28, November 4, 18, 25, Dec 2

 
Watching Susanna handle her personal dogs and student’s dogs says it all. The dogs are attentive, enthusiastic and obedient, which is a lovely combination and a great example for her students.
— Erin Murphy

Better Dog!


Meets Tuesdays 6:30  7:30 pm at the Veteran's Memorial Building  starting October 8, 2019

The intermediate class starting on October 8 has one space available due to a cancellation.




 

Better Dog:  Intermediate Training for Dogs

Do you want to take your dog camping and hiking? Would you like to enjoy a relaxing lunch at a dog-friendly café? Get your dog ready for off leash control with the Better Dog Class. We will work on strengthening skills gained in the Good Dog Class so your dog learns to reliably respond to cues around distractions. The Better Dog Class agenda includes practicing the exercises from the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen test. You will also learn two very useful ways to teach your dog to ignore things he gets excited or anxious around. These self-control exercises will help your dog focus on you and remain calmer around distractions.

  • Meets: Six weeks 6:30-7:30 pm Tuesdays at the Veteran's Memorial Building

  • Start date: October 8, 2019

  • Age: Dogs over six months

  • Maximum group size: seven dogs

  • Requirements: Dogs must have completed the Good Dog Class, or a similar basic training class. All dogs must be current on DHPP and rabies vaccinations (proof of immunization required).

  • Registration fee: $140 for six lessons

  • Location: Veteran's Memorial Building, 415 N. Pine Street, Nevada City

  • Class dates: October 8, 15, 29, November 5, 12, 19

 
Susanna as a coach is kind and fair and adjusts well to the dogs and people that are in her classes.
— Kim

Advanced Class


Community Canine and Introduction to Rally Class

 

Meets Mondays 6:30  7:30 pm at Seaman's Lodge in Nevada City starting February 3, 2020

 

Adrian R. Hyman Photography

Community Canine: Advanced Training for Dogs

This advanced class prepares teams for the American Kennel Club’s Community Canine title, also known as the Advanced Canine Good Citizen (CGCA) test. The dogs learn to remains calm and responds to the handler’s cues around distractions. This class also introduces handlers to exercises from the AKC’s Rally Novice program. Rally encourages communication between the handler and dog and can be a natural link between the CGC program and more formal obedience or agility competition. Rally is fun for people and dogs and a good way to enjoy teamwork with your pet in a relaxing and supportive environment. Even if you do not want to compete and get your dog titled in rally, the skills learned in this class are useful for pets.

  • Meets: Six weeks 6:30 – 7:30 pm Mondays at Seaman's Lodge; all classes are held indoors

  • Start date: February 3, 2020

  • Age: Dogs over seven months

  • Maximum group size: seven dogs

  • Requirements: Dogs must have completed the Better Dog Class, or a similar intermediate training class. All dogs must be current on DHPP and rabies vaccinations (proof of immunization required).

  • Registration fee: $140 for six lessons

  • Location: Seaman's Lodge in Pioneer Park, 423 Nimrod Street, Nevada City

  • Class dates: February 3, 10, 24, March 2, 9, 16 (backup date in case of weather related class cancellation: March 23)

 
We are return customers and we really enjoy Susanna’s classes. They are a great balance of positive training, fun and obedience.
— Erin Murphy

Rally Novice Class

 

 

Meets Mondays 6:30  7:30 pm at Seaman’s Lodge in Nevada City starting October 14, 2019

The Rally Class starting on October 14 is now full. Please contact us if you would like to be on the waiting list.

 
 
 

Rally Novice Class

The goal of the training at The Canine Coach is clear communication between the person and the dog. The AKC Rally rules allow unlimited communication between the person and his or her canine partner. The handler may use both physical and verbal cues and praise the dog. In the novice level of rally, all exercises are performed on leash. This sport is an excellent way to strengthen the bond with your dog. With practice, person and dog become better at moving together as a team.

This class offers teams the chance to practice complete AKC Rally Novice courses. This is important for those teams getting ready for Rally trials, but also fun for people who just want to try the sport with their dog. The small class size allows for every dog to run each course twice, as well as practice the more challenging skills separately. The class is a friendly and safe environment to enjoy spending time with our dogs, support and encourage each other, make new friends, and laugh and learn together.

  • Meets: six weeks 6:30–7:30 pm Mondays at Seaman’s Lodge

  • Start date: October 14, 2019

  • Age: Dogs over eight months

  • Maximum group size: six dogs

  • Requirements: Dogs must have competed the Community Canine and Introduction to Rally Class, or completed similar training elsewhere, and earned the CGCA title.

  • Registration fee: $160 for six sessions

  • Location: Seaman’s Lodge in Pioneer Park, 423 Nimrod Street, Nevada City

  • Class dates: October 14, 28, November 4, 18, 25, December 2

 

Therapy Dog Class


Meets Tuesdays 5:15  6:15 pm at the Veteran’s Building in Nevada City starting October 8, 2019

The Therapy Dog Class starting on October 8 has one space available due to a cancellation.

 
 
 

Therapy Dog Class

Would you like to volunteer with your dog to share your pet’s affection and make the day of a person living in an assisted living facility? Would your dog love to be petted by people who may be ill or lonely? How about volunteering as a Therapy Dog team at an airport to offer stress relief and smiles to busy passengers who may miss their own dog? Our new Therapy Dog Class will get your team ready to bring smiles to people’s faces. Your dog will get ready to calmly meet people using wheelchairs, walkers and canes. Your team will become accustomed to working around different people, dogs and distractions.

The Therapy Dog Class will prepare your team for evaluation by Alliance Therapy Dogs, an organization with local volunteer opportunities. We will practice the most challenging exercises from both the Canine Good Citizen test and the Advanced Canine Good Citizen test. These tests are starting points for dog evaluations for many therapy dog organizations. Dog and handler teams will become familiar with common situations encountered during facility visits.

An exciting part of the class will be visits from graduates of this class who are now already working as local therapy dog teams, or preparing to do so by undergoing evaluations with Alliance Therapy Dogs. These handlers will come tell our new class about what to expect and how to handle some situations such as how to politely say your dog has had enough treats.  They will share some insight and inspiring stories from their therapy dog visits.

  • Meets: six weeks 5:15–6:15 pm Tuesdays at the Veteran’s Building

  • Start date: October 8, 2019

  • Age: Dogs over ten months

  • Maximum group size: six dogs

  • Requirements: Pre-evaluation by trainer to assess for suitable temperament and foundation training at the Canine Good Citizen level.

  • Registration fee: $160 for six sessions

  • Location: Veteran’s Memorial Building, 415 N. Pine Street, Nevada City

  • Class dates: October 8, 15, 29, November 5, 12, 19

 

Disclaimer: Dogs will not be interacting with each other in the basic training, intermediate or advanced training classes. While we do our best to keep the distance between dogs at a maximum and the distractions to all dogs at a minimum, group classes can be a stressful environment for some dogs.  Group classes are not an appropriate training venue for dogs that are very uncomfortable with or reactive towards other dogs. Some dogs may be able to join a group class after they and their handler have gained some additional skills with private training. If you have questions about your specific dog and the best training environment for him, please contact us.


Bowie and Goose, Good Dog Class graduates

Bowie and Goose, Good Dog Class graduates

Susanna provides the communication bridge between humans and dogs. I take my dogs (retired racing greyhounds) to Susanna so we can deepen our relationship and make learning easy and fun. My dogs love the classes so much that I return with my fully trained Greyhound simply because it brings him joy. What a great way to strengthen the relationship with my best friends. I recommend Susanna to everyone with a dog of any age or ability.
— Darby Davenport