Group Classes

We offer classes to fit every training need while building a community of support among the best-informed puppy parents in Connecticut. In addition, our group classes are perfect for puppies, new owners, and dogs who need socialization.
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More About Our Group & Speciality Classes

At Rhodes Collar, you will find puppy, intermediate, and advanced group classes. We offer group classes at highly competitive rates so that all dogs may benefit from the most evidence-based ethical training in Connecticut. We continuously offer these throughout the year, as well as Agility, Scent/Nose Work, and AKC-sponsored courses such as CGC, URBAN, RALLY, and more!

All group classes are held at, The Hounds, 769 Stonington Rd., Stonington, CT

When you download our app, you will receive a 10% discount on your first lesson in the following Rhodes Collar services;

  • Private Training
  • Day Training
  • Day School Prep
  • When you book your 2nd group class, you will also receive a 10% discount.

Puppy Class

Classes begin, Thursday, July 11th

Give your puppy the knowledge needed to grow into a smart, confident family member by starting with the core foundations in our puppy obedience class. Over six weeks, our puppy obedience class will cover using lures, place, sit, down, stay, puppy push-ups, stand, loose leash walking, friendly greetings’ and more! Puppies in the class must have had their first round of vaccinations to attend.


Puppy Kindergarten

Saturday, beginning June 8th at 9:00 AM

Prerequisite – Admissions Consultation

Classes run for six consecutive weeks.

Give your puppy the knowledge needed to grow into a smart, confident family member by starting with the core foundations in our puppy obedience class. For six weeks, our puppy obedience class will cover using lures, place, sit, down, stay, puppy push-ups, stand, loose leash walking, friendly greetings’ and more!  This class is for 3-6 months and have had their first round of vaccinations.

Instructors, Michele Longo and Grace Hardy

Cost – $180.

Basic Obedience 1

Saturday, beginning June 8th @10:15

This class follows Puppy Kindergarten and builds on skills learned in that class. You and your pup will continue working on recalls, longer sit stays, down stays, sharpened heeling, and attention skills. This class is for dog owners who want more freedom for their dogs and themselves.  All dogs must be current on vaccinations.

If your pup attends our puppy kindergarten class, you will receive a 10% discount.

Admissions Consultation is a prerequisite for this class if you did not attend our puppy kindergarten.

Instructors, Michele Longo and Grace Hardy

Cost – $180.

Agility Foundations

Wednesday’s beginning June 5th, 5:30 – 6:30

Agility Foundations: Your dog should have done a basic obedience class and know a good sit, down, and recall. This six-week class focuses on agility foundation skills including body awareness, impulse control, distraction training, and obstacle commitment. Obstacles include tunnels, tire jumps, seesaws, pause tables, small A-frame, and weave poles. This class is not focused on speed or competition, but rather on helping dogs gain confidence in their ability to overcome obstacles and work closely with their handlers. This class includes several key elements, such as positive reinforcement, gradual progression, handler-dog bonding, socialization, confidence building, safety precautions, and plenty of fun and enjoyment!

This class is held outdoors in Stonington on Barnes Road.

There are no refunds so please be sure you can attend all six weeks.

Instructors, Michele Longo and Grace Hardy

Brainiac School

Monday’s, beginning July 1st, 2:00 – 4:00

BRAINIAC SCHOOL is a 2-hour, six-week, intensive, non-stop, circuit-style brain-work skill working for smart, bored, under-challenged dogs who are, “A LOTTA DOG!”

Program Director, TERRI MARINIER is a veteran professional LEMA/positive reinforcement dog trainer and an AKC/UKC JUDGE! 

She draws on her forty-plus years working and competing. Her specialties include obedience and sport, hunting, tracking, trailing, scent, rally, Fit Dog, and more.

Trainers working with your dog in BRAINIAC SCHOOL under Terri’s passionate tutelage in this intensive engagement program is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You have the option to take your dog through the program or drop your dog off and have one of our professional trainers work with your dog for 2-hours each week. There will only be three available spots in this program.

  • Includes rotations of;
    • Obedience
    • Rally
    • Precision Heeling
    • Fetch
    • Obstacles
    • Leading to the development of tasks, such as; get it, pick it up, bring it, and take to your place.

Owner with their dog / $360.

Rhodes Collar Trainer / $750. 

Positive Only

Monday, July 1st, 3:30 – 4:30

Tuesday, July 2nd, 6:00 – 7:00

This popular and fun-filled class is suitable for all dogs, whether they are pets or show dogs! This class is all about positivity and covers a wide range of skills. From improving leash walking to engaging in “Fit Dog” exercises that strengthen your dog’s muscles and fun games! Imagine your pup picking up toys, bringing you items, and much more!  Additionally, we’ll introduce simple obstacles for your dog to navigate, including going up, over, and through, and who knows, we might even teach you how to have your dog ride a skateboard! Join us and let the adventure begin!

Instructor / Terri Marinier

Scent Detection

Monday, July 1st, 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Tuesday, July 2nd, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

This class will team you & your dog to search for Birch and Anise in a variety of interiors, staging, and elements (containers, 3D, elevated hides, with accessible and inaccessible odor targeting and dive into the fine points of interpreting your dogs’ body language.

K9 Scent & Nose Work Sport Groups use target odors (e.g. Birch, Anise, Clove, Cypress, etc.) to provide dogs with a sport for their natural scenting skills using a process-based game that involves the dog and owner, builds on their ability to imprint on an odor, search/hunt for the odor, provide unique body language to inform the handler that they have scent recognition and ultimately find the source odor and communicate the find.  This sport is a fantastic way to foster a rich engaged relationship with your dog! 

Scent and Nose work sports are virtually barrier-free and are excellent for all dogs, e.g. high energy; cautious; physically challenged, etc. One dog works at a time in the training ring.

Instructor / Terri Marinier; AKC Scent Work/UKC Nose Work Judge.

Advanced Scent Detection

Tuesday, July 2nd 2:30 – 4:30 pm

This class would progress to more complex scenarios, simulating real-life situations where dogs detect scents in challenging environments, such as buildings, vehicles, or outdoor spaces. You must have completed the beginner scent to advance to this class or have approval from the instructor.

Instructor / Terri Marinier

Obedience Heeling

Begins Monday, July 1st, 6:15 – 7:15 pm

For competition or fun, in this Obedience Heeling class you’ll develop a strong partnership and master clear cues for precise and effective heeling.  We understand that there are various heeling and handler styles, which is why we’ll focus on teaching you the correct foundational behaviors to ensure seamless teamwork. Additionally, we’ll work on refining heeling components and cultivating better handler habits. Get ready to take your training to the next level!

Instructor – Terri Marinier

Rally Obedience Classes (all levels)

Tuesday’s starting July 2nd, 4:30 – 5:30

Rally is a perfect starting point for those who are new to canine sports.  Rally obedience is a sport in which the dog and handler move through a numbered course.  Depending on the level, there can be anywhere from 12 to 24 stations.  Each station consists of a pace change and a stationary skill such as a sit, down, or stand. This class introduces you to the sport of rally and the skills needed to succeed! Even if you aren’t interested in competition, it is a nice class to take for perfecting basic obedience and heeling skills.

Prerequisites – basic obedience or instructor approval.

Instructor, Terri Marinier

Dog Training Group Class

Your Dog Can Reach Their Full Potential

We have the training and classes to fit their needs.