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Current Classes​


AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy

Start dates: 

FULL Sunday Dec 10th (No class Dec 24th) 3:00 - 4:00 PM

Sunday Dec 31st 4:30 -5:30 PM

​Instructor: Mary Davis

 
This is a puppy skills and responsible dog ownership class. The class will cover Come, Sit, Down, Wait, Leave it, Bite Inhibition, and Socialization skills as well as the exercises necessary to take the AKC S.T.A.R. puppy test. 
Puppies ages 10 weeks to 20 weeks old (on the first day of class)
6 weeks - $100.00



Extraordinary Pups - Introduction to Puppy Training

Monday Dec 11th 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Saturday Dec 30th 3:00 - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Lois Dimitre

In this class, your instructor will introduce you and your puppy to the positive reinforcement, clicker training method. We will cover the same foundation skills and topics taught in our traditional puppy class in preparation for the AKC S.T.A.R. puppy test. Come have some fun with your pup and learn how to "Click and Treat" for good behaviors! 6 Weeks $100 


Extraordinary Dogs - Training Foundations 
Mondays Dec 11th 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Thursdays Dec 14th 6:30 - 7:30 PM
​Instructor: Lois Dimitre

Join us for our basic level training course designed to teach you and your dog foundation skills and behaviors.  We will explore the use of positive reinforcement clicker training. Your dog will learn skills such as giving attention to its handler, offering a behavior, responding to a cue, self-control and targeting. As the owner, you will learn skills for successful training to include clicker mechanics, the power of positive reinforcement, observation, cueing and shaping. This class will cover basic behaviors such as Sit, Down, Settle, Wait, Mine/Take It (Leave It), Name Game, Polite Walking, Recall, Targeting, Capturing & Shaping Games. First week - Orientation. Students only; no dogs. 6 Weeks $100 



Levels Basic Obedience
Sundays
Full Through Jan 14th Waitlist Started
Instructor: Mary Davis

Our version of basic obedience that includes working at your own pace. The class will cover come when called, sit, down, wait, leave it, keeping a dog from jumping up, and lots more. This class is the perfect place to start with a dog older than 20 weeks. This class is taught using positive reinforcement techniques. Clicker training is supported and encouraged, but clickers are not required. This class is taught on Sundays and requires some flexibility of timing on Sundays. As you progress (at your own pace) your class times will change to accommodate the level you are training. 5 weeks - $100



Be Brave! 
Thursday Dec 14th 7:30 - 8:30 PM

Instructor: Lois Dimitre

An enjoyable bridging experience from Puppy Training to all future skill-focused classes. Learn how to build your dog's focus and impulse control as well as increase body awareness and sensory confidence. Learn about training techniques such as capturing, shaping and cueing. Ideal for creating confident companions as well as dog/handler teams working towards competition. Dogs will experience through, on, over, under, around and in objects, sounds, and smells. Suitable for dogs over 20 weeks old. All breeds and mixes are welcome. 4 Weeks $75 



Shape It! - Tricks Class 
Saturday Jan 13th 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Instructor: Lois Dimitre


Come have some fun and learn the science and art of clicker training tricks and behavior chains to your dog. We will explore how dogs learn and the capturing and shaping techniques used to train simple and complex tricks like Paw Targeting, Ring a Bell, 101 Things to Do With a Box, Down on a Business Card, Play Dead, Army Crawl, Sit Pretty and so much more! This class will prepare for the student for the AKC Trick Dog Title. We will offer an opportunity to test for the title at the end of the course. First week - Orientation. Students only; no dogs. Pre-requisite - Training Foundations class or pre-approval by instructor. 6 Weeks $100 ​

ONLINE TRAINING APPLICATION

Past Classes

Canine Good Citizen
This is a preparation class for those interested in testing for the AKC Canine Good Citizen title.  Canine Good Citizens are counted on to present good manners at home, in public and around other dogs.  The CGC test assesses the handler and dog's relationship, together with the handler's ability to control the dog.  The test is non-competitive and allows dog and handler to demonstrate confidence and control in 10 steps. All breeds and mixes are welcome and eligible to earn the American Kennel Club’s “CGC” title! 
 
Test 1: Accepting a friendly stranger
Test 2: Sitting politely for petting
Test 3: Appearance and Grooming
Test 4: Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)
Test 5: Walking through a crowd
Test 6: Sit and down on command and Staying in place
Test 7: Coming when called
Test 8: Reaction to another dog
Test 9: Reaction to distraction
Test 10: Supervised separation
 
Dogs ages 5 months and up
Not appropriate for fearful or aggressive dogs
6 weeks - $100.00

No Start Date Scheduled



​Focused, Fearless, and Fun!
An enjoyable ‘first class’ experience or as a bridging experience from STAR Puppy Class to all future skill-focused classes.  Class will offer opportunities to build focus and impulse control as well as increase body awareness and sensory confidence.  Ideal for creating confident companions as well as dog/handler teams that are working toward competition. All breeds and mixes are welcome. Not suitable for aggressive dogs. 
Dogs & Puppies ages 10 weeks and up.
6 weeks - $100.00  
No Start Date Scheduled



Beginner's Rally
Rally is a sport where human/canine teams work to perform obedience skills along a predetermined course marked with signs. Unlike traditional obedience, teams are encouraged to talk, praise, and encourage their canine partner throughout the course. Rally is a fun sport for all ages and breeds.
Dogs ages 5 months and up​
4 weeks – $75.00 
No Start Date Scheduled

Print the registration form above and drop it off at Renaissance Dogs, or complete the online version below. 

APPLICATION:

Applications can be

  • downloaded and printed from above
  • submitted online with the form to the right
  • picked up in person at Renaissance Dogs


VACCINATIONS:

Proof of age-appropriate rabies and distemper vaccines required.

  • puppy classes are exempt from rabies requirement
  • the Bordetella vaccine is suggested but not required
  • proof of vaccines due on first day of class


PAYMENT

A 50% deposit is required to hold your place in any class.


The remainder of the class fee is due on the first day of class.

Payments can be made via cash, check, or credit card at Renaissance Dogs.


Payments can also be mailed to: Renaissance Dogs

127 Main Road

​Holden, ME 04429



Sign up for events and classes below!

Competition Agility


Rebecca has been competing in agility for 6 years and now offers a competition class. We work on handling skills, contacts, obstacle discrimination, and many more skills to get one ready for the competition ring. New students are welcome with permission of the instructor. Wednesdays at 6:30pm.

Maine Kennel License: F839

Renaissance Dogs

127 Main Rd, Holden ME 04429

207-989-9977

info@renaissancedogs.com