Boom Towne Training Arena
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Our Family Dog Training classes are taught by Diane Gardner CPDT-KA, and Paula Lightfoote KPA-CTP, Mary Wieand, and Karen Young. Training classes teach you how to best communicate with your dog. Organized training classes also provide an opportunity for your dog to socialize with other dogs. In our Obedience Classes you’ll be able to get information on all of your puppy-raising & adult dog questions including house training, chewing, and the most effective way to teach skills such as coming when called, politely greeting people, sit, down, and stay. Dogs learn basic manners, start shaping skills, & are socialized with dogs & people. You will learn all the skills needed to ensure that your puppy grows up to be a healthy, happy member of your family or to help ease the transition for an older dog into a new family.
Our obedience trainers have extensive knowledge of animal behavior along with many years of experience teaching We believe that using consistency along with motivational methods is the best way to form a lasting bond with your dog. All of our Basic Obedience & Puppy classes are taught using science-based, positive reinforcement methods. We offer classes taught using clicker training. Clicker training is an animal training method based on learning theory that relies on marking and rewarding desirable behavior. This method is an internationally recognized relationship focused method of training. Our instructors pursue professional development and continuing education so that they can learn and share the most up-to-date information on how dogs learn and how best to teach them. They believe strongly in using only those methods that are humane and dog-friendly. We do not allow any choke chains, prong collars, or shock collars to be used in our training classes at Boom Towne.
Puppy Pre-K is a 6-week class for 8-16 week old puppies. This class is continuing enrollment, so you can start right away. Each week we focus on providing positive play, handling and socialization experiences to help build solid foundations for a well-adjusted dog. We give you the tools to build a positive and long-lasting relationship with your puppy.
During class we cover socialization strategies, manners for well-behaved puppies, handling for puppies that love the vet and groomer and basic obedience skills to carry over into our family dog levels classes. Boom Towne's obedience training programs are based on current scientific research on animal behavior and the recommendations from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviorists, www.avsabonline.org . Our training methods are Positive Reinforcement based, and focused on Relationship building, force-free training for a happy, engaged puppy that is eager to learn.
Note: Puppy Socialization is now being held on Monday nights. Owners must call or email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance each week to reserve a spot for the following Monday class). Spaces for each session will be limited to 8 puppies. Current vaccination records must be provided in order for the puppy to participate in play.
Session 1: 6:00pm-6:45pm (ages 8-12 weeks) $5/puppy
Session 2: 7:00pm-7:45pm (ages 13-16 weeks) $5/puppy
Each group is monitored by training assistants with a certified trainer to work with puppies and answer questions from the parents. At puppy socialization we help give you the tools to observe and manage play interactions for your puppy. The sessions are run in a fun and informal manner. It is a great way for you and your puppy to have a great time with other puppies while learning about play. Please bring your puppy on a flat collar or harness and bring a large number of small (pea-sized), soft treats to use during the play sessions.
The Canine Good Citizen Class is an 8-week prep class for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test. Started in 1989, the CGC Program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.
In this class we will focus on advanced work with stays, adding duration, distractions, and distance to build fluency with established behaviors, fading reinforcement for some exercises and the last night of class will be the Canine Good Citizen test where each dog will individually be tested by an AKC approved evaluator on the skills needed to receive the Canine Good Citizen Certification from the AKC.
Boomtowne offers one-on-one lessons for dog behavior problems in a private setting. We can come right to your home or you can bring your dog to Boom Towne. Some dogs are more comfortable and better able to learn in a quiet, stress-free environment. Private lessons allow us to focus on the specific needs of our clients and develop a training plan tailored to those needs. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Nancy and Marco work on Proofing Downs in Boom Towne's Pet Therapy class
Classes with Gail Furst CPDT-KA will prepare your dog for the TDI certification exam. On the last night of class you will have an opportunity to take the certification exam and have your dog officially recognized as a therapy dog. The class runs for 8 weeks.
Pet therapy is a service that is provided by people and their certified animals. Studies have shown that a patient's blood pressure is lowered and the immune system is strengthened when interacting with companion animal. Residents in long term care facilities become bored and lonely. Animal visits lift the spirits and in some cases eliminate or reduce the need for psychotropic drugs.
Therapy animals are also useful in physical therapy. Grooming, petting or throwing a ball can increase range of motion and provide low impact exercise for the residents.
Animals are certified through Therapy Dog International (TDI). Certifying your animal is very important because it insures the pet owner in case of an incident. It is important for the facility to know that an animal is tested and determined to be safe to visit residents.
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Agility is a fun, fast paced sport where dogs compete in a timed run through an obstacle course of jumps, tires, teeter- totters, A-frames, dog walks, tunnels, & weave poles. Our Agility track teaches you what agility is and gets your dog off to the right start in this fun sport! Instruction includes teaching a fast reliable recall, following your direction & body language, safe & controlled introduction to agility equipment, getting used to being on things that move & different surfaces, getting used to relaxing in a crate, building a relationship with your dog, and basic obedience commands needed for agility. We focus on building a solid foundation from the beginning that will give your dog the skills needed to have a successful, rewarding agility career.
Agility is great for any active, healthy dog regardless of breed or size. Boom Towne students compete with everything from Border Collies, Shelties & Labs to less traditional breeds like Basset Hounds, Bull Terriers, and Keeshonds. Agility helps to build a strong, lasting partnership with your dog while also improving physical stamina and enriching your dog's life.
At Boom Towne we pride ourselves in offering classes taught by a highly skilled group of agility instructors who are also top competitors in their venue of choice. They include 6 time USA Agility World Team Member Mary Jo Johnson, 2011 NADAC 20" Championship winner Tina Power, Darryl Power, Susan Clickner, Marian Jones and Bonnie Stagg.
Rally is a fun dog sport that combines elements of agility with traditional obedience. In Rally a dog and handler team navigate a course of signs that have various obedience exercises on them. Unlike traditional obedience, in rally the handler can talk to the dog and praise it during competition. Rally training leads to a happy, working teammate since the emphasis is on fun and a true working partnership between you and your dog while providing a more natural and interactive approach than traditional competitive obedience.
Our Rally classes at Boom Towne are taught by Susan Clickner.
Conformation shows showcase and evaluate purebred dogs. Judging is done based on each dogs individual breed standard. The most famous Conformation shows are the televised Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in February and the Philadelphia Kennel Club Dog Show that's shown in November on Thanksgiving.
Our Drop in Practice Sessions are run in Fun Match format (without formal awards) both indoors and outdoors depending on the season. The person who is facilitating the session goes over the dogs like a judge and introduces real life scenarios that might occur in an actual show setting. Sessions are open to dogs of all ages from puppies just getting started in their show careers to finished Champions that need a refresher before going back out on the show circuit. We also welcome handlers of any age and experience level. 4-H Members and Junior Handlers are welcome at a reduced price.
We are proud to be able to say that our some of our regular participants dogs have won Best in Shows, Best of Breed, Group Placements, Specialty Placements, Specialty Winners Bitch, & Specialty Sweeps Wins on their way to finishing their dogs Championships in both AKC & UKC. We've also had several successful junior handlers compete in AKC & UKC juniors, 4-H, and in the breed ring with their own dogs.
Our conformation classes are taught by Jessica Caster of Casanova Cane Corso Kennels.
"2Fast Fur U" Flyball Team Dog running at Santa Paws Tournament. (Mikenney Photography)
Flyball is a fast paced timed relay race in which two teams comprised of four dogs each compete against each other and against the clock. Competing teams line up in their lanes; the dogs eager to run the course. The barks of excited dogs can be deafening. As the starting lights count down, each handler releases a member of the canine team in perfect sequence. Each dog sprints a 102 foot course over jumps and performs a perfectly timed swimmers turn against a spring loaded box. They catch a tennis ball as it is released and sprint back to the start, hurdling the jumps with the tennis ball firmly gripped before the next member of their team crosses the start line. Like Olympic Swimmers, they pass each other at the starting block in milliseconds.
Our Flyball program is run by Kathy Allen and Eleanor Rideout. In the fall of 2006 Kathy Allen started the 2 Fast Fur U Flyball Team, which she now captains in competitions across the Northeast. Kathy has attended several seminars focusing on all aspects of flyball training. As the owner and captain of 2 Fast Fur U, her philosophy focuses on a “team” approach to flyball training with emphasis on foundations & safety for the canine athletes.
The 2 Fast Fur U Flyball Team has had many successes running in tournaments in Canada, Pennsylvania, and New York State. In October 2013, 2 Fast Fur U won the Regular Division 9 championships a the NAFA CanAm Classic. 2014 has also been an exciting year as the team has broken their personal record with a 16.826 second run. We are so proud to be the home of 2 Fast Fur U Flyball!
The team practice is at 7pm on Friday nights in Boom Towne's training arena.