Group Classes

Group classes are a very affordable and highly effective way to socialize your dog and teach them obedience at the same time. You will learn the how and why of each training exercise as they are broken down step by step and related to real-life situations. Training in a group setting allows your dog to have exposure to other dogs, distractions, and people in a structured environment. This is especially helpful for anxious and reactive dogs.

We publish upcoming class dates in our monthly newsletter, so keep an eye out there to see what’s coming up! If you haven’t yet, subscribe to our newsletter!

Essentials Group Classes:  

We are offering Adult/Adolescent, and Puppy Essentials Group Classes. To sign up, please fill out our Sign-up Form.

The Puppy Essentials Group Class covers the basics of husbandry: socialization, name games, confidence-building exercises, shaping leash behaviors with a clicker and food, and so much more! The Adolescent/Adult Group Class covers similar topics, but scaled in complexity and method to its older students.

AKC Rally Novice Group Class

To sign up, please fill out our Sign-Up Form.

Owners will work on developing a relationship with their dogs and take it to the next level by becoming a competitive team! Dogs and owners move through a course side-by-side, with owners guiding dogs to complete the challenge. The focus will be on furthering strong communication between dog and owner that will be as useful on the course as in the home. For more details about what AKC Rally is, check out the official AKC site.

Genetic Enrichment

To sign up, please fill out our Sign-Up Form.

At Brookside, we value treating dogs like what they are: animals. This has implications for how we train dogs and the expectations we place on them in the home and beyond. It also means that we aim to help them lead full lives by creating experiences that they will deeply enjoy. These classes are designed to enrich dogs’ lives by giving them a space to lean into the activities they’re genetically driven to do. Keep an eye out for Retrieving classes for your retrievers, Herding for your terriers, and Scentwork for your hounds!

Up and coming classes!

We are excited to announce several happenings at Brookside! Stay tuned or feel free to contact us for more information! In the meantime, here’s what’s coming soon:

Lecture Series: These will be held both by Brookside’s trainers and teachers, and also by guest trainers! These are a great way to get educated on the latest in dog training pedagogy, whether you’re a professional or the average pet owner.

Barks and Babes Class: Expecting parents will prepare for creating a home that is as safe and enjoyable as possible for both dog and baby. Dogs will have their training reinforced in order to behave respectfully around pregnant people and newborns. 

Pups and Parents Class: Parents of young children will build upon existing knowledge of dog-and-child relationships and safety. In doing so, young kids will also gain dog handling skills! 

 Kids Canine Camp: Kids who love dogs spend part of their summer vacation working hands-on with pups of all ages, building confidence in their handling skills and hanging out with fellow dog-people! We will have one program for kids aged 6-10 years old, and another for kids aged 11-15 years old. Check back here for more details as summer approaches!