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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



Offered Quarterly

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 



Agility 2

Instructor: Rebecca Henderson
4 weeks $100
Starts April 25th at 8:00 PM

In this class we will continue to work on agility handling skills and introduce new obstacles such as the weaves poles, teeter, low dog walk, and double jump. Students will have the opportunity to run short sequences. This class is only open to Agility 1 graduates. 

Full New Dates Coming Soon

How do I sign up for a training class?

ONLINE TRAINING APPLICATION

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



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

A $50 deposit is required to hold your spot in our classes. You will not be considered enrolled until the deposit is received. We accept cash, check or credit card in person or you may mail in a check.

Renaissance Dogs

Maine Kennel License: F839

127 Main Rd, Holden ME 04429

207-989-9977

info@renaissancedogs.com

Current Classes​


AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy

Sundays

January 13th (no class February 3rd) 3:00 - 4:00 pm

March 3rd 3:00 - 4:00 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 Puppy Training

Saturdays

December 1st 3:00 - 4:00 PM

January 12th 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 Star puppy class. Come have some fun with your pup and learn how to "Click and Treat" for good behaviors! 

Puppies ages 10 weeks to 20 weeks old (on the first day of class)

6 Weeks $100 


Extraordinary Dog Foundations 

Mondays

December 3rd 6:00 - 7:00 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. Dogs welcome all classes.

6 Weeks $100 


Rally Obedience
Sundays​
Instructor: Mary Davis


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.
5 weeks $100.00


Levels Basic Obedience
Levels Orientation

Come find out about our unique approach to this "move at your own pace" class.
September 23 1:30-2:30 PM
(Orientation is free and unlimited students)
Instructor: Mary Davis

Existing Levels Students or students who have been through orientation can sign up for a 5 week session immediately.

Only 10 spots for each session
5 weeks $100.00
1st Session: November 11th - December 9th


Level 2 12:00-1:00 PM
Level 3 10:30-11:30 AM
Level 4 9:00 - 10:00 AM


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



Circus Dog

Thursdays

​(Coming soon)

Advanced skills including scent work, tricks and advanced obedience.

Instructor: Lois Dimitre



Private Lessons
Instructor: Lois Dimitre

Do you know what you want to work on with your dog? Are you having trouble with basic obedience but would like to work at your own pace? Lois is available to guide you through the basics in a private lesson. The cost is  $50 per hour or 2 lessons for $80, 4 lessons $150. Contact us for more information or to set up a time. Lessons available Saturdays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.



Behavior Consults

Instructor: Lois Dimitre

Not sure where to begin on training your dog? Are you having an issue with reactivity or aggression? Lois can meet with you for a 1/2 hour to get to know you and your dog, develop a training plan, and help you decide the best way to move forward in your training. Consults appointments are available most evenings and weekends. Contact us to set a time. $30