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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! 
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

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. 


Puppy Agility (for puppies under 1 year old)
Instructor: Rebecca Henderson

​This class will introduce young dogs to different surfaces, movement of objects, low obstacles, and beginning handling necessary to build confidence in future agility stars. Limit to 6 dogs. Be prepared to use lots of treats and toys. $100 for 4 weeks.



Shed/Antler Hunting Class
​Instructor: Lois Dimitre

Teach your dog to search for sheds/antlers. White tail deer naturally drop their antlers in the winter and the spring is a perfect time to locate them in the woods. In this 4 week class you will learn how to teach your dog to help you find antlers utilizing clicker training methods. NO Dogs First Class.
Supplies are included. Prerequisite: some familiarity of clicker training.
4 Weeks $125 

Competition Rally Run Throughs

Sundays  9:00 - 10:00 am

June 2nd

Instructor: Mary Davis


Get ready to compete this summer in 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.  Prerequisite: Knowledge of AKC rally signs and rules required.
3 weeks – $60.00

Current Classes​


AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy


Saturdays 3-4 PM

August 3rd (No Class Aug 10th)
Instructor: Lois Dimitre


Sundays 3-4 PM

July 21st FIRST CLASS WILL BE 4:30 - 5:30 PM (No Class Aug 11th)

Sept 15th 

​​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



Beginner Obedience (5 Weeks $100)

Appropriate for Dogs 5 months and older​

Saturdays

​July 27th  4:30 - 5:30 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. 


Sundays 12 - 1 PM

July 21st  (No Class Aug 11th)

Sept 15th

Instructor: Mary Davis


In this class we work on the foundations of solid stays, loose leash walking, recalls with eager enthusiasm, and polite greetings. At the heart of this class is relationship building through fair, kind, and fun positive reinforcement-based training. Food, toys and play are used as reinforcers.


Advanced Obedience

Sundays 10:30 - 11:30 AM 

Sept 15th

Instructor: Mary Davis


We hone the skills developed in beginners obedience to work toward more complex and challenging variations. This includes more distractions, increased distance, and longer duration of behaviors. We will work on Canine Good Citizen test items, beginner rally signs, and competition obedience beginner novice skills. 

Prerequisite:  Successful mastery of the skills in beginner obedience.

5 Weeks $100



Therapy Dog Class

​Monday nights at 6:30 – 7:30PM

June 24th

​August 5th 

6 Weeks $185

Instructor: Lois Dimitre


Therapy dogs are dogs who work with their human partners as a team to improve the lives of the people they meet. They are trained to provide affection and comfort to people outside their family as volunteers in settings such as schools, libraries, hospitals, hospice, and nursing homes. Some also have additional training as responders in disaster response settings.

Training sessions at this level are for dogs that have progressed through intermediate levels of obedience training.  These sessions focus on helping your dog behave appropriately with distractions found in the above-mentioned settings.

We will practice the items on the Therapy Dogs International (TDI) Test so you can get an idea of what the test is like and what skills need to be worked on. A testing opportunity will be available (for a separate fee) shortly after the conclusion of the class.

Please note that this class is NOT for training of Service Dogs or Emotional Support Dogs. This class will not allow you to take your dog on a plane, in a restaurant or a supermarket.



Intro to Agility 1

TBD

Instructor: Rebecca Henderson


This class will introduce dogs and handlers to the fun sport of agility. Emphasis will be on handling skills, jumps, tunnels, table, tire, and weave poles. (We will not be working on contacts in this class. Contacts will be introduced in Intro to Agility 2) This class is suitable for all ages and levels. 

4 weeks $100



Agility 2
TBD

Instructor: Rebecca Henderson

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 or permission of the instructor. 

4 weeks $100


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


CGC Testing

​Sunday July 21st at 9 AM

$15


Trick Dog Testing

Sunday July 28th at 9 AM

$15

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

Sign up for events and classes below!

127 Main Rd, Holden ME 04429

207-989-9977

info@renaissancedogs.com

Maine Kennel License: F839

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