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Dog Training at Misty Eyes

 

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Click HERE to join a dog training class @ Misty Eyes!

Meet the Trainers

LUANN KEYTON, KPACTP # 99380

LuAnn has been a Certified Training Partner of the Karen Pryor Academy since January of 2008. She has since been heavily involved in animal rescue for more than 25 years and saw a need to prepare animals for their new homes. She is also a STAR Puppy, Trick Dog, and Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for the AKC. 

 

LIZ STRINGER, KPA Student

Liz was accepted into the Karen Pryor Academy and is working toward her certification. She is a former Elementary Educator of 10 years who shifted to dog training in 2019. She is also a STAR Puppy, Trick Dog, and Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for the AKC.

 

KATIE FOX, RVT

Katie has been a registered vet tech since 2016 with 10 years experience in veterinary medicine. She has a passion for animal behavior and training which led her to working with the trainers at Misty Eyes in 2022. Katie provides medical evaluation and medical care and testing for new intakes and fosters with Misty Eyes. She is also a STAR Puppy, Trick Dog, and Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for the AKC.

 

LAUREN GARGANO, KPACTP #85220

Lauren has worked in veterinary clinics for the past 7 years and became interested in animal behavior. She became a Certified Training Partner of Karen Pryor Academy in April 2022. She is also a Fear Free Certified Professional and a STAR Puppy, Trick Dog, and Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for the AKC.

 

SANDY NOGLE, Service & Therapy Dog Student

Sandy successfully started a therapy dog program at Indiana University School of Medicine in 2020.  Sandy actively trains and shows her personal dogs for AKC competitive obedience. She has been a student at the Center for Medical Assistance Canines since July 2021 where she is learning to become a service dog trainer. 

Puppy Play

STAR Puppy Class - Sundays at 2:30pm & 4:00pm

Please email Liz Stringer at LizStringer@theproperpups.org for upcoming

STAR Puppy class information.

 

Canine Good Manners Classes - Saturdays, Sundays, & Mondays at 6:00pm

Canine Good Citizens and/or Trick Dog Classes - Saturdays at 4:00pm 

Please email LuAnn Keyton at LuAnn@mistyeyes.org for upcoming

Canine Good Manners, Citizens, or Trick Dog class information.

Please indicate which class and day of the week you prefer in your initial email.

Positive Reinforcement Training 

We understand the history and use of punishments in training; however, science has proven positive reinforcement is more effective in every meaningful dimension.​  Positive reinforcement teaching techniques use non-confrontational methods of training to work a dog's brain. The focus is on rewarding positive behavior, establishing rituals and training actions that are incompatible with negative behavior - lessening a dog's anger and frustration while enabling the dog to feel good inside. If you reinforce a dog's desirable behaviors, there is less of a chance that he/she will indulge in other undesirable behaviors. Decision-making is influenced without use of force, all while strengthening the trust between owner and dog through this non-threatening treatment. 

Classes Offered:

STAR Puppy Class (SPC)

For puppies 8 to 20 weeks old. Ensures a confident, happy, well-socialized dog.

Comprehensive course covering puppy socialization, growth and development, basic training, problem-solving and problem prevention. Class concludes with the AKC S.T.A.R Puppy Test and Certification. Your dog does NOT have to be an AKC registered dog to earn this award.

 

Most dog owners have no doubt heard about the importance of socializing their puppies. Proper socialization means providing positive experiences with as many new people, dogs and situations as possible. It is essential for developing a confident and well-adjusted adult dog that is comfortable with all life has to offer. Unfortunately, despite the significance, many people aren't providing enough socialization for their young canine companions. Playing with litter mates or other dogs in your household does not provide appropriate socializing to ensure a confident dog.  Only seeing people in your home does not ensure a dog that is confident and not reactive around other people.

BEHAVIORS COVERED:

  • Sit                   

  • Down     

  • Touch (recall)

  • Watch Me    

  • Go to Mat

  • Stay                     

  • Loose Leash Walking 

  • Leave It

  • Drop It

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K-9 Good Manners (CGM)

For dogs over 6 months of age.  Ensures a confident canine with necessary foundation behaviors. 

This class picks up where puppy class leaves off or can be the initial training program for an adult dog. It is never too late to begin training and build a strong relationship between you and your dog.  This class concludes with the AKC Virtual Home Manners test and certification.  If your dog is unable to perform all the skills in class on the test, you’ll be able to video those skills at home and submit the video.  

BEHAVIORS COVERED:

  • Sit                   

  • Down     

  • Touch (recall)

  • Watch Me    

  • Go to Mat (adding distance work)

  • Stay (adding distractions and duration)                  

  • Loose Leash Walking 

  • Leave It

  • Drop It

  • Target Stick Work

  • Reaction to a Door Knock or Doorbell

MANNERS & PROBLEM RESOLUTION:

  • Jumping

  • Nipping

  • Greeting People

  • Barking

  • Counter Surfing

  • Lunging at Other Dogs

FUN STUFF:

  • Spin

  • Tunnels

  • Jumps

  • Press a button

  • Identify Blue from Yellow

  • Working with Food Puzzles

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AKC K-9 Good Citizen (CGC) & Therapy Dog Training

For dogs approaching 1 year of age with previous training or completion of CGM listed above.

This class gets your K9 team ready to certify excellent manners in public. This certificate is usually a prerequisite for therapy work.  Your team will also pursue the pre-requirements for therapy dog status.  

 

BEHAVIORS COVERED:

  •  Accepting Friendly Strangers

  •  Sitting Politely For Petting

  •  Appearance & Grooming

  •  Loose Leash Walking

  •  Walking Nicely Through A Crowd

  •  Sit & Down (on cue)

  •  Stay

  •  Calm Reaction To Other Dogs

  •  Calm Reaction To Strangers

  •  Supervised Separation Without Anxiety

  •  Recall To Owner

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AKC Trick Dog (TDC)

For dogs over 6 months of age with previous training or completion of CGM listed above.

This class builds on your dog’s foundation behaviors in a fun way as you build your relationship as a team. Class concludes with the AKC Trick Dog Test and Certification. Your dog does NOT have to be an AKC registered dog to earn this award. If your dog has already earned their AKC Canine Good Citizen Certification, you may use 5 of those behaviors plus 5 more behaviors below.

 

BEHAVIORS COVERED:

  • Balance Beam

  • Bark On Cue (“Speak”)

  • Crawl

  • Fetch it 

  • Find it 

  • Get Your ____ (toy, ball, bone, etc)

  • Get In Box

  • Sits In box

  • Get On Platform 

  • High Five 

  • Jump Through Hoop

  • Jump Over Obstacle 

  • Kennel Up

  • Kiss

  • Paws Up

  • Push-ups 

  • Shake 

  • Spin 

  • Tunnel 

  • More…

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Class Fees

 

Classes are each 6 weeks/6 classes long unless otherwise specified by the trainer before class begins. Classes are typically 60-75 minutes long and held at Misty Eyes Animal Center. Full payment is required within 24 hours of signing up/filling out the Google form to hold your place in the class. You will receive a welcome email with a lot of information the week before class begins.

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PRICES:

 

$150 - General Public

 

$110 - Misty Eyes Foster Family (for personal pets)

$110 - New Adopters (must sign up within 60 days of adoption from Misty Eyes)

$60 - 1-Hour Private Lesson (in-home or needed location)

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