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Puppy Manners group training classes are designed for people just like you! We have been raising the bar for the family dog for over a decade. You probably don't really want a show dog—but a "show off" dog would be great! We offer free-play sessions in Puppaccino and Star-Barks which helps the dogs "get their beans out" and after free-play we get to work! These are great opportunities for you to put your dog in "real-world" situations while remaining in a controlled environment, allowing you to train your dog and establish the relationship and leadership you'll need with your dog when you go out in public... Did someone mention Starbucks!?! With your well-behaved dog, you can order a latté, sit relaxed at the café table without having your dog embarrass you!
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Current Class Schedule
Training Classes
ClassDayTimeDateWeeksPriceInstructorLocationStatus
Puppaccino
[Puppy Kindergarten]
We10:00 AM - 11:00 AMJan 7, 20155$165Heather Rush
Nate Benjamin
Crystal Creek
Farms
Open
Puppaccino
[Puppy Kindergarten]
We6:00 PM - 7:00 PMJan 7, 20155$165Becky Bishop
David Bishop
Crystal Creek
Farms
Open
Puppaccino
[Puppy Kindergarten]
Fr10:00 AM - 11:00 AMJan 9, 20155$165Becky Bishop
David Bishop
Crystal Creek
Farms
Open
Puppaccino
[Puppy Kindergarten]
Sa10:00 AM - 11:00 AMJan 10, 20155$165Becky Bishop
David Bishop
Crystal Creek
Farms
Hurry
Star-Barks 101
[Beyond Puppyhood]
We11:30 AM - 12:30 PMJan 7, 20156$175Heather Rush
Nate Benjamin
Crystal Creek
Farms
Wait List
Star-Barks 101
[Beyond Puppyhood]
We7:30 PM - 8:30 PMJan 7, 20156$175Becky Bishop
David Bishop
Crystal Creek
Farms
Wait List
Star-Barks 101
[Beyond Puppyhood]
Th10:30 AM - 11:30 AMJan 8, 20156$175Heather Rush
Nate Benjamin
Crystal Creek
Farms
Hurry
Star-Barks 101
[Beyond Puppyhood]
Fr11:30 AM - 12:30 PMJan 9, 20156$175Becky Bishop
David Bishop
Crystal Creek
Farms
Wait List
Star-Barks 101
[Beyond Puppyhood]
Sa11:30 AM - 12:30 PMJan 10, 20156$175Becky Bishop
David Bishop
Crystal Creek
Farms
Wait List
Seattle's Best Dogs
[Real World Applications]
Th6:00 PM - 7:00 PMJan 8, 20156$175Heather Rush
Nate Benjamin
Crystal Creek
Farms
Wait List
Seminars
ClassDayTimeDateWeeksPriceInstructorLocationStatus
There are no events or seminars scheduled at this time.
Specialty
ClassDayTimeDateWeeksPriceInstructorLocationStatus
Get Along LITTLE DoggiesSu2:00 PM - 3:15 PMNov 16, 20141$20Becky Bishop
David Bishop
Crystal Creek
Farms
Open
HOLIDAY BREAK: There will be no classes from November 23 through November 29 inclusive. The session will extend one week to allow for observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
You may register ONLINE or via US POST. You may pay ONLINE via PayPal. You may also pay via PERSONAL CHECK. If you choose to pay via credit card, you may use PayPal. When you register for a group class online, you will see a link to PayPal. If you wish to use PayPal to pay your tuition, simply follow the instructions to use your credit card. We also accept credit cards in class. Thank you! The "Online" registration link on the left of this page will take you to our registration page. NOTE: A $5.00 charge is assessed for all cancellations. Receipt of payment assures your reservation for the class. Class registration fees are not refundable, transferable or pro-rated.
Puppy Manners training classes are much like college classes at a university. Your tuition reserves a seat for you in a specific class held on a specific set of days and at specific times. If you do not attend, no matter what the reason, you are not entitled to any refund or transfer of tuition to another class or day. We have very limited space and have a very tightly held classroom limit for students and dogs. Once a class session begins, that is, once the first class day has passed, we are unable to fairly sell your seat to someone else. No exceptions are possible. If you have questions about this policy, please contact us BEFORE you sign up to make sure you agree with and can abide by our policy. Thank you.
Here are some Very Special Pictures from one of our play times! A special THANKS to Mark Parris for his photo-journalistic contribution to our site!
For more advanced obedience and specialty classes we network with Katie Morrell at www.dogsinprogress.com.
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Cascade Kennels
20005 178th Ave NE
Woodinville, WA 98072-7098
425.483.9333

Crystal Creek Farms
8902 222nd St SE
Woodinville, WA 98077-8049
425.482.1057

Make your tuition checks out to:

Puppy Manners

and mail to:

PO Box 2569
Woodinville, WA 98072-2569


Please Note: Regarding directions to Cascade Kennels, we have had reports from customers that some of the online mapping sites (MapQuest, Expedia, etc.) have mistakenly indicated that NE 195th Street connects 156th Ave NE to 176th Ave NE. It does NOT! You must continue east on Woodinville/Duvall Road to 176th Ave NE where you then turn north. Below is a simple hand-drawn map that makes the directions to Cascade Kennels very simple. We hope it clears up any mistakes and/or confusion.


We do not accept intact (non-neutered) male dogs over the age of 9 months into group training classes without prior approval from the instructor. If your male dog is not neutered, we will be happy to work with you privately or refer you to other group training classes offered at Cascade Kennels that may accept intact males. Male dogs that mark in class may be withheld from free play.
We do not accept aggressive dogs into group training classes. If your dog has aggression issues, we will be happy to work with you and your dog outside of our group training classes to get you the help you need. Please contact us prior to class with aggression issues so we won't be forced to dismiss your dog from group class.

GROUP CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:
K-911 [Help for kids and dogs]
Calling all kids! (ages 7 to 13)
Do you have a dog of your own? Are you planning to get one? Do you just love to be around dogs? Then this class is for you! It’s a just-for-kids class that teaches you about dogs by playing games, learning tricks and having fun. Bring your dog or, if you don’t have one yet, practice with one of ours!
Learn the secret language of dogs!
Did you know that dogs have a language all their own? It's true! Learn how to speak "dog" and help your dog learn how to speak "human". Our dogs talk to us all the time. With a little help, you can begin to understand what they are saying, and teach them to understand you a little better. You'll amaze your friends and family with how well you and your dog communicate!
Learn fun games to play with your dog!
Dogs love to play. But not all games are good for your dog. Some teach bad habits or could get you hurt. We'll teach you games that are great for both you and your dog. You'll learn fun ways to keep your dog busy, neat things you and your dog can do together, and maybe even a thing or two for your dog to do while you get your homework done!
Teach your old dog a new trick!
Many people think some dogs are too old to learn. But that's just not true! Whether your dog is a brand new puppy or a seasoned grandpa, we'll show you how to teach him a trick or two.
Show your parents that you are responsible!
Learn how to handle and care for your dog. Learn the right way to approach strange dogs, how to protect your dog from scary situations, and how to keep yourself safe around dogs. Having the parents put the kids in control for an hour of power with their puppy is sometimes the best lesson for child. Kids without dogs will still be allowed to handle a dog. Yes, we have spare dogs! But no, you can't keep them. You can borrow them during class.
K-911 For kids and dogs come join the fun! No big people allowed, how fun is that!
Please note: The tuition for this class is per child. Students must be able to safely handle their dog. Certain types of training collars will be recommended as appropriate.
Puppy must be vet checked for wellness prior to class. Puppy must be at least seven days out from his first vaccine (DHPP). Puppy must have a recent fecal test (within the last 60 days) with proof of results (the report) and be on treatment if the test is positive for parasites in order to participate in class activities. If your vet agrees, we would prefer that your puppy has a Bordetella vaccine prior to class but this is optional and the decision is up to you and your vet. Some vets like to give the Bordatella vaccine to pups AFTER 16 weeks of age. If your puppy has a parasite or giardia, you may still come to class without your puppy. Alternatively you may bring your puppy and crate him during the socialized play period which is only about 10 minutes of the class time. In the latter case, your puppy would be permitted attendance after socialized play concluded.
Once your puppy has a clear fecal and the report has been submitted, he may participate in the socialized play portion of the class. If puppy is positive for parasites, some students prefer to leave puppy at home and come to class without puppy, then bring puppy after he receives his second vaccine. It's up to you. We feel our protocol is safe and it's what our animal health care provider recommends. Many people come to class without the puppy week one and that is fine as well. After all, it's your lesson too!
Please email the instructor, Annemarie Kaighin (annemarie@mypuppynanny.com for more information.
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Puppy Express-O! [Building a Better Bond with Your Puppy]
This is a class designed for new puppy dog owners and their puppies that are 8 – 20 weeks. If you just brought your puppy home - or even if you do not have your puppy yet - this seminar will put you in the right Express Lane with your pup!
Your whole pack is invited to come and enjoy watching your newest pack addition play and socialize with other puppies while learning how to best deal with the important things in life including housebreaking, biting, chewing, digging, and how to make it all stop! You will also learn how to pet your puppy in a way that will calm him. Yes, there are better ways to pet a dog! Come learn our secrets! During the seminar there will be a safe social play session. Even the way your puppy plays can tell you a lot about their personality. This is an issues-oriented class geared toward demonstrating all the benefits of crate training, potty bell training, establishing positive relationship and building a better bond with your puppy, soon to be a dog! We will also teach you good games and bad games as well as an exercise that will build an amazing trust with your puppy. We will also throw in a puppy trick or two!
It is very important to socialize your puppy as early as possible and this class will get you and your pup well on your way to being a first-rate "Star-Barks" team! Isn’t it the dream of all who live here in the Northwest to have a dog you can take to Starbucks confident he/she won’t embarrass you? This espresso, oops, I mean Express-O seminar has the added benefit of a compressed schedule for those who prefer a compact timeframe.
You have a new puppy, you have questions, and you will get all the answers to your questions in this informative and fun class.
Children attending class: Kids age 6 and older are welcome in class if they are not disruptive. Every person attending our classes has paid tuition to be there and it is not fair to them if a child is making it difficult to concentrate or listen to the lesson. We appreciate your consideration very much.
Puppy must be vet checked for wellness prior to class. Puppy must be at least seven days out from his first vaccine (DHPP). Puppy must have a recent fecal test (within the last 60 days) with proof of results (the report) and be on treatment if the test is positive for parasites in order to participate in class activities. If your vet agrees, we would prefer that your puppy has a Bordetella vaccine prior to class but this is optional and the decision is up to you and your vet. Some vets like to give the Bordatella vaccine to pups AFTER 16 weeks of age. If your puppy has a parasite or giardia, you may still come to class without your puppy. Alternatively you may bring your puppy and crate him during the socialized play period which is only about 10 minutes of the class time. In the latter case, your puppy would be permitted attendance after socialized play concluded.
Once your puppy has a clear fecal and the report has been submitted, he may participate in the socialized play portion of the class. If puppy is positive for parasites, some students prefer to leave puppy at home and come to class without puppy, then bring puppy after he receives his second vaccine. It's up to you. We feel our protocol is safe and it's what our animal health care provider recommends. Many people come to class without the puppy week one and that is fine as well. After all, it's your lesson too!
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Puppaccino [Puppy Kindergarten] (otherwise known as Mommy and me! Dads welcome of course!)
*No prerequisite classes required. If your dog is the right age, you may attend Puppaccino.
This is a class designed for puppies 8 - 20 weeks, (small and toy breeds up to 24 weeks). If your puppy is on the "border" age-wise, feel free to drop us an email so we can guide you into the right class. What? Your vet said your dog shouldn't be around other dogs? The unsafe things your vet is referring to include dog parks, public parks, the beach and other "unsafe" doggie areas where we don't have control of the dogs they meet or the environment to which they are exposed. All puppies in our classes have been vet checked and are current on their shots; it is a requirement for admission.
Puppy socialization is vital to your dog's overall healthy attitude. There is a prime "window of opportunity" to socialize a puppy and that window is prior to 16 weeks of age. So don't miss out! Many dogs end up in shelters due to the lack of socialization. Lack of socialization can cause many other issues such as aggression. So embrace every chance you see to socialize your pup!
Along with teaching your puppy sit, down and wait, you will learn how to handle your puppy's interaction with children - I call it "Good Games and Bad Games." You will be cautioned about games that children play which foster aggression. You will be encouraged to play alternative games that teach your dog good manners and build confidence. Of all the classes that are most important we think this class is it. You can't turn back the clock and socialize a puppy. Plus it's great fun for the whole family! It helps for families to hear the advice and coaching come from our experienced and humorous puppy coaches.
Children attending class: Kids age 6 and older are welcome in class if they are not disruptive. Every person attending our classes has paid tuition to be there and it is not fair to them if a child is making it difficult to concentrate or listen to the lesson. We appreciate your consideration very much.
Puppy must be vet checked for wellness prior to class. Puppy must be at least seven days out from his first vaccine (DHPP). Puppy must have a recent fecal test (within the last 60 days) with proof of results (the report) and be on treatment if the test is positive for parasites in order to participate in class activities. If your vet agrees, we would prefer that your puppy has a Bordetella vaccine prior to class but this is optional and the decision is up to you and your vet. Some vets like to give the Bordatella vaccine to pups AFTER 16 weeks of age. If your puppy has a parasite or giardia, you may still come to class without your puppy. Alternatively you may bring your puppy and crate him during the socialized play period which is only about 10 minutes of the class time. In the latter case, your puppy would be permitted attendance after socialized play concluded.
Once your puppy has a clear fecal and the report has been submitted, he may participate in the socialized play portion of the class. If puppy is positive for parasites, some students prefer to leave puppy at home and come to class without puppy, then bring puppy after he receives his second vaccine. It's up to you. We feel our protocol is safe and it's what our animal health care provider recommends. Many people come to class without the puppy week one and that is fine as well. After all, it's your lesson too!
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Star-Barks 101 [Beyond Puppyhood] (Family dog obedience, aka: The Teenage Years and Beyond)
There is no prerequisite for this class. All friendly and sociable dogs over the age of 4 months are welcome to enroll in Star-Barks 101; toy breeds over 5 months. (Toy breeds may take the Puppaccino class up to six months of age.) This class will help get you and your dog on the path to being a "Star-Barks Dog."
Isn't it the goal of all Seattle-ites to have a "Star-Barks" dog? It's the wonderful, well-behaved dog you see once in a while lying by a café table outside Starbucks, hangin' out with his family and not embarrassing them! You say to yourself, "I'd bring my dog if he were that good!" In this class, we will address all "family" dog issues such as jumping and mouthing along with basic commands such as sit, down, wait, stay, loose leash walking and last but not least good Café Star-Barks manners! Don't ever think that having a "Star-Barks Dog" is setting the bar too high for you and your best buddy!
Of course all work and no play makes for a stressed pup so there will be some free play for those dogs that enjoy a good romp! The added benefits are socialization for your dog and entertainment for you and your family! It's so fun to see our dogs have fun; we could all take a lesson from just watching dogs play!
This class is so fun, many people repeat it and continue to "polish" their dog's obedience. This class includes work on responding to your first command, dealing with "problem behaviors," proper placement on sits and downs, improving focus and attitude - plus, we coach YOU and build up YOUR skills and confidence as a handler. All Star-Barks dogs will be invited to attend a field trip to Starbucks at the conclusion of this class. Lattés are free, compliments of Invisible Fence Northwest! This field trip is in ADDITION to your regular classes. It's free and most of all it's fun. So plan to make this date with your Star-Barks Canine Companion and us!
If you are considering doing therapy dog work down the road this class would be of great benefit and we are happy to help you achieve that goal.
NOTE: Dogs with aggression issues must have prior permission from the instructor to attend.
NOTE: Certain breeds (examples: Pit Bulls, Akitas, Chow Chows) are not appropriate for our classes due to the socialized play. Some dogs are not social with other dogs so those dogs would not be a good fit as well. We want what is best for these dogs and we recommend Katie Morrell at Dogs In Progress for basic obedience for known aggressive breeds and dogs with aggression toward other dogs.
Children attending class: Kids age 6 and older are welcome in class if they are not disruptive. Every person attending our classes has paid tuition to be there and it is not fair to them if a child is making it difficult to concentrate or listen to the lesson. We appreciate your consideration very much.
All dogs must be current on their vaccines including bordetella (kennel cough) and have a recent fecal (within the last 6 months) with proof of results (the report). No intact dogs over the age of 9 months.
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Seattle's Best Dogs [Real World Applications]
Ready to take the next step with your dog? Seattle's Best Dogs is specifically for students who have already taken Star-Barks 101 and are looking to work on more advanced subject matter. Our instructors individually tailor each session to meet the needs and skill levels of the dogs in that class, so each session is different. Through a series of games and exercises, we'll focus on things like leash work, distracted stays, faster responses and better recalls. Socialized playtime is held at the end of class, helping dogs to learn to work before play and how to handle frustration.
A local field trip will help us practice out in the real world, amid real-life distractions. Bring your sense of humor and a willingness to do your homework. By the end, you're sure to find that your dog is one of "Seattle's Best Dogs!"
All dogs must be current on their vaccines including bordetella (kennel cough) and have a recent fecal (within the last 60 days) with proof of results (the report). No intact dogs over the age of 9 months.
Children attending class: Kids age 6 and older are welcome in class if they are not disruptive. Every person attending our classes has paid tuition to be there and it is not fair to them if a child is making it difficult to concentrate or listen to the lesson. We appreciate your consideration very much.
Prerequisite: Dogs must have completed Star-Barks 101 with Puppy Manners or have instructor approval.
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Get Along LITTLE Doggies (Socialized play for little puppies at the Puppy Manners Ranch!)
Being a student at Puppy Manners does have its privileges! If you are currently attending a Puppaccino class or you are currently enrolled in a future Puppaccino class you are eligible to attend the "Get Along LITTLE Doggies" events at the Puppy Manners Ranch. We prefer that you register and reserve your play spot but it's okay to pay as you play. Puppies must be less than 20 weeks of age to attend.
Ever hear of a "speakeasy?" That's what this is - well sort of! A "speakeasy" is an informal event where people gather and just talk, learn, and compare the good, the bad and the ugly with other puppy parents! That's the people part of this event. It's nice to get to know other puppy parents.
The puppy socializing is what's REALLY important. This is a chance for your puppy to become socialized so s/he will learn to get along with other puppies while being exposed to nice people and children. They may even have a chance to say “hi!” to our miniature horse, Mazie, or have a chance encounter with our two wonderful dog-friendly barn cats Hum and Bug! This great opportunity is for our currently enrolled students to get additional play time in a controlled environment. Trainers will be on hand to answer your questions about your puppy but, for the most part, this is all about fun for the puppies and their families.
Snacks are provided for people and pooches!
Puppies that are not in the Puppy Manners program may attend this event if they provide the proper vaccine records and clearance on fecal exam within the last 60 days.
This event is held at our Puppy Manners Ranch in Woodinville. Click here for directions to the Puppy Manners Ranch.
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Seattle's Pet Therapy Express-O Seminar [Learn a latté in a single shot!]
PLEASE NOTE: The tuition for this class applies to each person. That is, one tuition, one person may attend. This is a seminar and the information is supplied to each person and for that, tuition must be paid.
This seminar is taught pet therapy evaluators. Many people have expressed a desire for a pet therapy seminar. This seminar is basically our 4 week therapy class practicum in a one-day seminar. It's great for people that feel ready for pet therapy but may not have the time to commit to a 4 week class. Or, if you feel your dog is ready but you can use some coaching to help prepare you for the therapy test so you can become a pet therapy team. THIS is for you! Many people who are looking to get into pet therapy audit this seminar just to see what is involved. If you have a young dog and this is your goal, it's a great educational experience and will help you prepare for the future of pet therapy. You will learn what is expected of you and your dog, what is on the test and real life problem-solving for therapy dog teams.
You are more than welcome to bring your dog to this seminar as long as s/he does not mind lying on a rug and can be a good listener. We will be practicing elements of the therapy dog test throughout the seminar. You and your dog’s skills will be evaluated and training advice will be offered to help fine tune your partnership with your dog. We will identify your weaknesses so you will know where you need to practice prior to taking your test. This test is not just about the dog, there are separate scores for you as the handler.
Those wishing to join Delta Society will be required to go through their online workbook prior to booking their test.
Testing will be scheduled a week or two after the seminar. This will give you just enough time to hit the road and get out there and practice your skills with your dog. The seminar does not include your therapy dog test. The cost of the test is $30.00. If you think you need more practice, testing times may also be scheduled when you feel you are ready. This seminar does not guarantee you will pass your therapy test but you will feel more confident and secure about you and your dog's skills. Most teams do take and pass their test the first time. If for some reason you are scored "Not Ready" we will re-test you at no additional cost.
We are very excited for you and your dog to share the joy of pet therapy. Your relationship and bond with your dog will become stronger and better by taking this journey. We have great ideas to share with you in the seminar, from reading dog programs to volunteering with special needs children and in hospitals. It really is a lot of information in a single shot and well worth it.
Please email the instructor, Annemarie Kaighin (annemarie@mypuppynanny.com) for more information.
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Seattle's Pet Therapy Express-O Seminar - AUDIT (no dog) [Learn a latté in a single shot!]
PLEASE NOTE: The tuition for this class applies to each person. That is, one tuition, one person may attend. This is a seminar and the information is supplied to each person and for that, tuition must be paid.
This is the same seminar as described above but this option is for people who do not wish to bring their dog or in the case when the seminar has the maximum number of handlers and dogs already signed up. You can still attend, take notes, receive the materials and instruction. Just without your dog.
Because you aren't bringing your dog with you to this seminar, this option costs less.
For a full description of this seminar, please see the description above.
Please email the instructor, Annemarie Kaighin (annemarie@mypuppynanny.com) for more information.
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Pet Therapy [Seattle Style!]
PLEASE NOTE: The tuition for this class applies to each person. That is, one tuition, one person may attend. If you have a second handler for the same (registered) dog, the additional handler fee is due.
Class size is limited to 10 dogs. Dogs under 9 months must have prior approval from the instructor(s).
Prior to enrolling in this class your dog must meet a minimum obedience standard. They must have good basic obedience skills and be able to perform these skills in a room that is new to them. The basic obedience skills include "sit", "down", a "three-second stay" on leash, and dogs must display NO aggression toward people or other dogs. You are expected to maintain control of your dog at all times. Most dogs come into pet therapy class having experienced at least two obedience classes but that is not a requirement. Many people have older dogs or they trained their own dogs without attending formal training classes. If you have questions about your dog's ability to succeed in this program, you're just not sure if he is ready for therapy work or your dog is less than 9 months of age, please email us so we can discuss it further. If your dog pulls on the leash, we will give you pointers on that issue in class as well as direct you on how to perform the "meet and greet" with a neutral dog.
The course instructors are all registered Reading with Rover D.R.E.A.M. team members and Delta Society Pet Partners with their own dogs. They have extensive histories of volunteer time and have participated in pet therapy for many years. Several of our instructors are pet therapy evaluators as well. This course will help you prepare for the Reading with Rover D.R.E.A.M. test (and the Delta Society Pet Partner evaluation). Each week we will practice the elements of the therapy dog evaluation. For example, we will practice one of the test's most difficult elements each week: the "meet and greet" with a neutral dog. (Meeting another person who has their dog at their side while your dog is at your side. You shake the person’s hand while your dog stays by your side, remaining neutral.) Beginning with the first day of class, we will evaluate you and your dog so we can uncover your team's (you and your dog's) weakest skill which, once identified, will give you a better idea of where to focus your time so you can practice during the weeks to come. We will go over the exercises required by both organizations, Reading with Rover and Delta Society, so you will be well prepared for your test. Our in-class sessions are not "real" evaluations - they're just practice. So don't get nervous. Just relax and have fun with this class!
Your dog must be at least one year old to take the Reading with Rover D.R.E.A.M. team test (and the Delta Society Pet Partner evaluation) - that's a Reading with Rover requirement (and a Delta Society requirement), but not a requirement to attend class. We will offer evaluation dates at the conclusion of the class session. You are encouraged to go out on your own and put your dog in social situations, practicing what you learn in class in environments new to your dog. That will simulate actual therapy visits and help your dog to become accustomed to new environments.
You will have opportunities to test with Reading with Rover at a discounted rate of $30.00 (Normal charge $35.00) You have up to 60 days to test following the completion of your training class to receive your discounted rate. We find it best if you're evaluated right away (soon after the conclusion of class) but we realize some people or dogs just aren't ready and want more time to practice. If you wish to schedule an evaluation time that is outside the offered evaluation times, you may do so. We will do our best to accommodate your special scheduling needs but it’s not always possible. If the 60 day period (after your class ends) expires, the cost of evaluating with Reading with Rover is $35.00.
Please email the instructor, Annemarie Kaighin (annemarie@mypuppynanny.com) for more information.
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One Puppy To Go! [Agility!]
Limited to puppies up to one year old.
What? Puppies can't do agility? Yes, your puppy CAN do agility if the equipment and the environment is right. Our "One Puppy To Go! Agility!" class is held in our riding arena which has sand-based footing. We have all nylon equipment with Velcro straps, nothing hard that would bump your puppy or frighten them. After years of having puppy socials here and letting our student pups play with our agility equipment in the arena and seeing how much fun they have, we thought, "Why not offer an agility class for puppies?" This is NOT about competition agility. It's about something fun to do with your puppy, building confidence and a better relationship with your dog. It's something the whole family can be a part of.
By week 5 your puppy will be going through tunnels, leaping tall buildings in a single bound! Well, okay, slight exaggeration there. How about jumping through hoops and weaving through weave poles, all very low to the ground and safe!
Annemarie Kaighin always hit a home run with our students! You will love her and so will your puppy!
Please email the instructor, Annemarie Kaighin (annemarie@mypuppynanny.com) for more information.
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Small Dogs, Big World [Star-Barks for Small Fries]
Limited to 12 dogs, 5 months or older, maximum weight: 25 lbs.
Our small dogs have begged us for years to have a class for small dogs so here it is folks!
This class is designed for toy/small breeds, under 25 pounds. It’s a Star-Barks class for little ones only. This is an appropriate class for any puppy/dog under 25 pounds and over 5 months of age. It is great to let small dogs play with other small dogs without fear of larger dogs pouncing on them. Even in friendly play, a small dog could get injured so rest easy little ones. This class is all about you, designed for you. We may have a field trip so be ready to hit the road and work in real life social situations.
All dogs must be current on their vaccines including bordetella (kennel cough) and have a recent fecal (within the last 60 days) with proof of results (the report). No intact dogs over the age of 9 months.
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Seattle's Best Dogs 2 Go [On Location]
Take your obedience skills out of the classroom and up to the next level. This follow-up course to Seattle's Best Dogs applies what you have learned in the classroom to real life situations. Each class takes place at a different local location, including parks, trails and malls, giving us the chance to practice our skills out among real distractions. We'll be working on loose leash walking, recall, meet and greets, and what to do when things don't go as planned.
Our local area boasts some of the most dog friendly places in the country. This course is designed to help make sure you and your dog are prepared to take advantage of that safely and with confidence. Classroom learning is an excellent tool for learning obedience skills but, as many of us can attest, the way our dogs behave can change dramatically from one situation to another. Practice in real world situations is critical to proofing a solid stay, teaching a joyous and consistent recall, and having an enjoyable and relaxing loose leash walk. That's why on location training can be such a huge benefit.Come hit the trails (and parks and shopping malls) with us!
All dogs must be current on their vaccines including bordetella (kennel cough) and have a recent fecal (within the last 60 days) with proof of results (the report). No intact dogs over the age of 9 months.
Prerequisite: Dogs must have completed Seattle's Best Dogs class or have instructor approval.
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Healthy Paws Seminar [Nail Trimming Made Easier]
Trimming a dog's nails makes a lot of people nervous which can make a lot of dogs nervous. So many of us avoid it altogether or we often pay someone else to "do the deed" and we want to help take some of the pain out of trimming your dog's toenails. Our goal is to help you be more comfortable by sharing the tools available and the methods that will help you be more comfortable and have more confidence trimming dog's nails. While paying someone else to do the job is a fine alternative, rarely are the nails trimmed often enough or short enough. Many times just the tips of the nails are cut and much more could have been taken off. Educating yourself about your your dog's feet and the benefit of keeping his nails trimmed is so important. It's a necessary evil that needs to be addressed so your dog does not have to live with painful feet due to the lack of nail trimming.
The fear of cutting into the nail bed (the quick) causing some bleeding is the average dog owner's worst nightmare. So many dogs go to the vet or the groomer instead. But the truth is, even the professionals can cut the quick and cause the nail to bleed now and then. The difference between a pro nicking too far and a dog owner is that the pros don't worry about it. Dogs need to have their nails trimmed every 3 to 4 weeks. Some dogs, like some people, have nails that grow longer and faster so each dog is different. Dogs need to be handled differently depending on their fear level and we will help you with the different techniques we have with our live demonstrations. We've been trimming our own dogs and our clients' dogs' toenails for over 20 years and we want to pass the valuable tips and tricks that we have learned on to you by offering this seminar.
There will be hands-on practice as well as videos. The goal of this seminar is to help build your confidence and take the fear out of this experience for you and for your dog. Being able to trim your dog's toenails also saves you time and money as well but the real benefit is that this also builds trust in your dog once they realize you know what you are doing and are comfortable with this exercise in nail trimming. We've had old dogs come into our kennel limping and the owners don't know why. And the remedy was a simple nail trim. The dogs actually thank us when we make walking less painful with proper nail trims and they do appreciate it. And so will you when you understand the importance of keeping your dog's feet fit and healthy!
After the seminar if you would like to book a private session for you and your dog feel free to talk to our instructors.
Free tote bag for each student as well as go home tips for proper nail trimming.
This is a one-day seminar. Because it is a seminar, the tuition applies to EACH PERSON. That is, tuition must be paid for each person attending this seminar.
NO DOGS. We will have dogs here for demonstration purposes. Please do NOT bring your dog to this seminar. We are collecting your dog's information when you register for this seminar so we can address all of the various issues presented by different breeds.
Children attending class: Kids age 6 and older are welcome in class if they are not disruptive. Every person attending our classes has paid tuition to be there and it is not fair to them if a child is making it difficult to concentrate or listen to the lesson. We appreciate your consideration very much.
Prerequisite: None.
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Pet CPR & First Aid [Seminar]
Limited to 30 people, no dogs.
Would you know what to do if your dog suddenly choked on a bone or if your pet ate a toxic substance, like chocolate? Do you have a plan for your pet in the event you need to evacuate your family from your home? These topics, and many more, will be discussed in our Pet CPR and First Aid course as we discuss how to apply appropriate techniques when caring for dogs and cats. This comprehensive program is ideal for pet owners and also for anyone working in an occupation that requires pet supervision or services. Students receive a 40-page manual as well as a two-year certification card.
Other topics include:
- Restraining an injured animal
- Checking vitals
- Treating serious bleeding and shock
- Care for injuries and wounds
- Medical emergencies
- Environmental emergencies (animal bites, snake bites, ticks and more)
- Common Pet Illness and Conditions
Cancellations & Refunds:
Cancellations received more than 48 hours before class start time will receive a full refund less $10 service fee. Requests received after the stated deadline will not be eligible for a refund or transfer.
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Seattle's Best Dogs II [The Rarest Blend]
Polish your skills and timing while perfecting your dog's cooperation with your requests. This follow-up course to Seattle's Best Dogs applies what you have learned in the classroom and challenges you to push both you and your dog to new levels of communication.
This won't be easy for either of you but when you achieve, you learn, grow and build confidence. We want you to have the ability and the confidence to take your dog anywhere you like and know he will do as he is asked, when he is asked, and it won't be a struggle for either of you. This is truly The Rarest Blend of dog and handler!
All dogs must be current on their vaccines including bordetella (kennel cough) and have a recent fecal (within the last 60 days) with proof of results (the report). No intact dogs over the age of 9 months.
Children attending class: Kids age 6 and older are welcome in class if they are not disruptive. Every person attending our classes has paid tuition to be there and it is not fair to them if a child is making it difficult to concentrate or listen to the lesson. We appreciate your consideration very much.
Prerequisite: Dogs must have completed Seattle's Best Dogs class or have instructor approval.
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One Puppy To Go, Please [Take Your Puppy Anywhere!]
Puppy ages 8 to 20 weeks. (Toy breeds up to 24 weeks.)
This is an issues focused seminar meant to help you with your new puppy in his new environment. It is designed to help you cohabitate with this new young dog in your house, on your schedule, with your family and with your lifestyle. Bring your questions and all issues.
Having a puppy doesn't have to mean staying home. We'll cover steps that will make you and your puppy comfortable traveling together, whether it's out for coffee or visiting relatives. We'll show how to socialize your puppy with a variety of different sights and sounds-without scaring them. We'll work on meeting and greeting strangers while maintaining control of your puppy and the situation. We'll also start teaching your puppy to "hang out" nearby. We'll supply some ideas where to go, where to avoid and what to take with you. And then we'll go! This three week class features one classroom day and two field trips, where we practice our learning hands-on. This is real life training for real life situations you will encounter either in public or in your home.
We will also include housebreaking tips, and address issues such as biting, jumping and how to handle the puppy with children in tow.
Many times we leave our puppies home when running errands or visiting friends because we lack confidence at our end of the leash. At Puppy Manners we build your confidence and coach you on puppy etiquette so you will feel more comfortable going places with your puppy. Being able to take your dog with you to a variety of places is rewarding for both of you. Many people leave their dogs at home because they are not sure where they can take them or what to do if there is a problem. Many dogs are overwhelmed by the sights and sounds of everyday life on-the-go. So start your puppy off on the right paw and gain a traveling companion for life. Join us for "One Puppy To Go, Please" and, of course, bring your puppy with you!
Puppy must be vet checked for wellness prior to class. Puppy must be at least seven days out from his first vaccine (DHPP). Puppy must have a recent fecal test (within the last 60 days) with proof of results (the report) and be on treatment if the test is positive for parasites in order to participate in class activities. If your vet agrees, we would prefer that your puppy has a Bordetella vaccine prior to class but this is optional and the decision is up to you and your vet. Some vets like to give the Bordatella vaccine to pups AFTER 16 weeks of age. If your puppy has a parasite or giardia, you may still come to class without your puppy. Alternatively you may bring your puppy and crate him during the socialized play period which is only about 10 minutes of the class time. In the latter case, your puppy would be permitted attendance after socialized play concluded.
Once your puppy has a clear fecal and the report has been submitted, he may participate in the socialized play portion of the class. If puppy is positive for parasites, some students prefer to leave puppy at home and come to class without puppy, then bring puppy after he receives his second vaccine. It's up to you. We feel our protocol is safe and it's what our animal health care provider recommends. Many people come to class without the puppy week one and that is fine as well. After all, it's your lesson too!
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K-912 [Advanced help for kids and dogs]
K-912 for kids and dogs is for kids and puppies who have completed K911 or are involved in 4H club with their dog and have worked in a beginning obedience class.
This class picks up where the kids left off with more advanced agility skills, some scent work for the puppies, and more positive games for the students and their puppies to learn. These classes are great for kids and puppy/dogs as they form a bond, set goals and gain in confidence with their skills.
Prerequisite: Kids from 7 to 12 years old who have taken Puppy Manners' K-911 class -- dogs: any age. No adults.
Please email the instructor, Annemarie Kaighin (annemarie@mypuppynanny.com) for more information.
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FAQ's
What are your classes like?
Well, lets start with what our classes are NOT like. They are not like any training classes you have ever been to! First, no guilt trips here. If you are not getting anywhere with your dog, we will not make you feel guilty about it nor give up on you! We'll help you! (Unless guilt works for you—then we can do that.) We consider ourselves your canine or puppy coaches. We will also be your biggest cheerleaders and support team. Many clients take our classes three times—the same class! Why is that? We think it’s because we try to not cookie-cut our classes. So each session is different and that keeps learning and working with your dog more interesting. Of course you and your dog will learn the basics like sit, down, stay. But in our classes, you will learn about your dog! What floats his boat! You will teach your dog how to lie down while you are sitting down having a cup of java, reading a book, and living your life! That’s what you want isn’t it? You will learn to communicate in a way that your dog will understand. You will have a better relationship with your dog when your dog is well trained and we know that, so that is our goal. We help you and your dog develop a healthy relationship. Dogs that have good relationships with their families get to do more things with their families like field trips, little league games, and lets not forget soccer! You may not have a show dog but you certainly can have a show off dog! And that’s the dog you see in front of all the coffee shops in Seattle—the dog that just lies there, waits patiently for his best friend to finish his latte’, excepts petting without embarrassing his owner by jumping all around. He’s the cool dog that everyone wants and the best part is…he’s your dog! Hey, here’s a perk! At the end of every Star-Barks 101 class, we go on a field trip to Starbucks—dogs included! And it’s our treat too! Can’t just talk the talk and not walk the walk! So walk with your dog and follow us to Starbucks for a sit, down, stay and have a latte' night!
We try to have a relaxed attitude in our classes and we want our clients to relax and have fun! Learn all the unique and wonderful things your dog has to offer. No dog will fail any class and there is no "test" at the end of the session. We are firm believers that only you can fail your dog and our goal is to not let that happen. The fact that you come to use for six weekly sessions shows commitment to your dog and makes you a winner! We have had dogs all our lives and we have raised three kids (we're still raising them!). We know the ups and downs of raising a puppy and training a dog, potty training a child while potty training a puppy (very similar by the way!) all the while trying to live your life and manage your household. We have a unique and humorous take on dog training and raising our families with dogs.
Because of time constraints during classes, some of your questions may not be addressed so we offer free email support to all our currently enrolled students. Your emails will usually be answered on the same day or within 24 hours. We also except phone calls but email seems to be more convenient and quicker.
*You will enjoy the classes you attend with us. All classes except for therapy evaluation preparation classes have free play. If a dog is too shy or aggressive, We will find something positive for that dog to do during free play so it is still a positive experience. We reserve the right to ask any owner of an overly aggressive or disruptive dog to remove themselves from class. Private lessons are available and we will refer you or help you in any way we can should your dog not be suitable for group classes. During many of our classes, there will be a second and sometimes a third trainer to help you and answer questions. We find this provides significant benefit to the whole group. We try to keep our class sizes down to no more than 10 - 14 dogs, depending on the class. Some classes will have less than ten. Class size is limited. Registering early is advisable.
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Can children come to class?
If your children behave better than your puppy, then sure; why not? We can not have toddlers attend for obvious safety reasons but I have no problem with children over the age of 6 as long as they are not disruptive. I will provide some "kiddy" distraction toys should they get bored. We do not want you to miss out on training your dog because you don't have a babysitter. We do reserve the right to ask that you leave your children at home should they become a distraction to the rest of the class. NO children under age 6 in class. We are a family friendly environment and we totally understand the need to train the puppy and work with small children. This is best served with a private in-home lesson if you have toddlers. Dave and I raised three children, and dogs together. We understand your struggles. The group class will best serve you if you can leave the younger children at home and apply what you learn in class once you get home. We are happy to provide you with a family private visit if you feel your family needs some "one-on-one" with a family dog trainer.
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What do I need to bring?
Puppaccino Students: Your dog should wear a flat buckle collar to class. We prefer the flat nylon type with the plastic quick release; not the metal buckle type. Bring choke chains or pinch collars to class and we will check to make sure they are fitted properly and used correctly. No chain leashes or retractable leads. You need a 4-foot to 6-foot nylon or leather leash. We prefer leather leashes and we have an assortment available should you wish to purchase one.
Star-Barks Students: Please bring any collar, harness or head halter that you have been using on your dog. We prefer to see what you have been using and we may make suggestions for you try something else. Again, no flexi leashes or chain leashes. Please consider bringing along the following:
A small rug or towel for your dog to lie on.
A chew bone (rawhide) or toy as long as it doesn't squeak!
Plastic bag for clean up. Hope you won't need them but always come prepared!
Soft treats, not crunchy ones. We have some samples of the treats we use.
Vaccination records. We accept either a current vaccine history or a current titers test for rabies. All dogs also need current fecal test results. Please have these records with you the first day of class or send a copy in the mail or by fax (425.984.0249) to avoid taking up class time.
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Notes:
Special training collars will be provided for sale should your dog require an alternative, along with other helpful training tools.
We have cool "interactive" toys that we use for playing and training and we will show you how to use these toys to actually teach your dog good behaviors like "drop."
Please do not feed your dog before you come to class. We want them hungry because a hungry puppy is a more attentive puppy!
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To contact us:   Phone: 425.482.1057
Fax: 425.984.0249
Email: becky@puppymanners.com
Mail: PO Box 2569, Woodinville, WA 98072
"we long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults.
heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment."
- george eliot
"if you talk to a man in language he understands it goes to his head,
if you talk to him in his language it goes to his heart."
- nelson mandela
"if you want to build a ship,
don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work,
but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
"we are what we repeatedly do. excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
- aristotle