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Group Classes / Puppy through Advanced Obedience

People Training For Dogs(sm) Course Descriptions and Schedule

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People Training For Dogs offers small group obedience classes and private lessons held at my training studio in Valley Cottage, NY. This location offers easy assess  with parking right at the entrance to the lower level. The studio is heated & air conditioned.

After looking at the group class schedule below, please call me….days, times & start dates sometimes change or additional classes are added so I may be able to  accommodate your schedule.

Nancy Strouss


Charlee in tunnel 9 weeks cropped
Socialization….calm, safe exposure to dogs, new people & places is important for all dogs.  This class will provide an environment for your dog to make new friends and learn obedience skills at the same time to teach you the importance of dog training. Puppy/Beginner classes  focus on teaching your dog how to act in the presence of other dogs and new people and be attentive to you while learning to respond to obedience commands.  All family members including children (7 years +) are welcome at classes.

Course includes:
***6 one hour & 15 minute classes, limited to 3 dogs per class ~
***Lessons include the commands watch (eye contact), sit, down, stand & be examined, let’s go (attentive walking on the leash), come (with distractions), wait at doors, give (remove something from mouth), get it & give (retrieve), switch (spit it out!), off  (no jumping) & beginning sit & down stay ~
***AKC STAR Puppy training & testing for puppies up to 1 year, on 6th lesson ~
***Advice on management of normal, though challenging, puppy, adolescent & adult dog behaviors ~
*** Information on housebreaking, nutrition, destructive chewing, stealing, nipping and mouthing, grooming, crate training and management of excessive barking and jumping will be discussed if needed.
***Calm socialization around new people and other dogs.
***Lesson handouts emailed to you after each class.
***Phone/email/text contact when you have questions.
…or during bad weather ~ If class has to be canceled due to weather, the makeup class will be the following week.


This course is open to any friendly dog.  Classes are divided between puppies 3 to 6 months and 6 months & up when possible. Screening is done during initial telephone interview to determine if this is the right class for you and your dog.

Dogs with problematic aggressive behavior are not permitted in group classes…..private lessons are recommended and may lead to joining a group class in the future.

Schedule:6 week course, limited to 3 or 4 dogs per class.

  • Mondays from 7:00 to 8:15pm beginning TBD
  • Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:15pm beginning TBD
  • Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:15pm beginning TBD
  • Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:15pm beginning April 9th
  • Saturdays ~ Private lessons only

ADVANCED PUPPY/ADVANCED BEGINNER OBEDIENCE CLASSES: May include AKC Canine Good Citizen Training and Therapy Dog Preparation

Charlee 7 and a half months water bowl

Course will be designed according to the goals of the students and may include the AKC Canine Good Citizen training & test; and preparation for the obedience part of the Therapy Dog test.


This is an intermediate level class for dogs and handlers that have completed Puppy/Beginner Obedience.  Students will continue to work on the basic training that was started in the previous lessons and gradually increase the skill level of those commands. Some new commands will be introduced and will likely include the exercises needed to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen test and the obedience part of the Therapy Dog test. If CGC training is completed the test will be given at the end of the course or sometime in the near future  for those who are ready.

This course is open to any friendly dog that has passed the beginning level training program.

6 week course, limited to 3 dogs per class

  • Mondays from 7:00 to 8:15pm beginning February 24th
  • Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:15pm beginning TBD
  • Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:45pm beginning March 4th
  • Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:15pm February 27th
  • Saturdays ~ Private lessons only


Devin front

Novice, Open, Utility & Rally Obedience & Agility basics.  Continued work on heeling, stays, recalls, beginning jumping and lots of new exercises!

Course will be designed according to goals of the students.

Training for competition or everyday life ~

New Classes!  AKC Community Canine, Urban Canine & Novice, Intermediate & Advanced Trick Dog…will be scheduled when there’s interest.



6 week courses, limited to 3 dogs per class or 2 dogs (semi-private) ~ These classes sometimes have a start date & others are ‘on going’. Each session is 6 one & a half hour lessons. Ongoing classes will occasionally have an opening….just give me a call to inquire ~

  • Mondays from 7:00 to 8:30pm TBD
  • Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:30pm Ongoing
  • Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:00pm TBD
  • Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:30pm TBD
  • Saturdays from 4:00 to 5:30pm Ongoing
  • More days/times may be available….Call me!

Call today and let’s talk about your dog!


If the above schedule doesn’t work with yours, consider doing a series of private lessons. One on one training is particularly helpful if you’re having behavior issues with your dog. Private lessons are also excellent for an accelerated obedience program. Click on ‘Private Lesson’ Link for more information….call for pricing.


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