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.

More About Our Group and 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, AKC-sponsored courses such as Puppy STAR, CGC, URBAN and more.

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

Please note, when you download our app, you will receive a 10% discount on your first Rhodes Collar service, which include – Admissions Consultation, Private Training, Puppy / Intermediate Group Class, Day Training, Day School Prep, Behavioral Consultation or Custom Care.

Puppy Class

Classes begin Saturday June 10th from 9:00 – 10:00 AM – Cost is $180.00

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 the course of six weeks, 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. 

Intermediate Group Class for 7 Months and UP

Begins Saturday, June 10th from 10:15 – 11:15 AM / $180.00

This class is for dog owners who want more freedom for both their dog and themselves.  You will be working on tightening up your obedience handling skills with your dog while adding in a few more advanced commands such as heel, longer durations and distance for sit-stays and more! All dogs must be current on vaccinations. 

Classes run for six consecutive weeks.

Intro to Rally

Begins Tuesday, May 23rd from 7:00 – 8:00pm / $180. (6 weeks)

Rally is a perfect starting point for those who are new to canine sports.  Rally obedience is a sport in which 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 your 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.

Canine Good Citizen

Begins Monday, May 15th from 5:45 to 6:45pm/ $180. (6 weeks)

This fun and very popular CGC class promotes responsible dog-human relationships to allow you to demonstrate that your dog should be welcomed everywhere. Open to all dogs (mixed and purebred) who have a solid foundation in loose leash walking, comes when called, stay and good greeting behaviors with people and other dogs.

Gear requirements: no choke chains or electric collars – flat or martingale collars preferred or harness, 5-6 foot leash, easy access bag with small high value treats (non crumbly to prevent excessive good drop), toy (a non-squeaky tug, ball etc) for reinforcement if your dog enjoys engaged play.

Tricks Class

Begins Monday, May 15th from 7:00 to 8:00pm/ $180. (6 weeks)

Looking for something fun and interesting to do together with your dog? This class you will learn how to teach your dog specific tricks. More importantly, you will learn the foundation of how to train your dog tricks and how to put individual pieces together to complete a trick. This is a fun and empowering class for both you and your dog! Some of the tricks that may be covered are, High five, crawl, speak, paws up, spin and more!


Class begins Tuesday, March 28th from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. $175.  Class runs for six weeks.

Come and join our 6-week course in Treibball (pronounced Try-Ball)

This fairly new dog sport, for any breed, will learn to herd large exercise balls into an area or net that combines herding, obedience and focus in a way that is not only fun, but mentally and physically challenging.  Bring some enthusiasm and treats to our new Treibball class!

Fit Dog I

Class begins Wednesday, May 17th from 9:30 – 10:30 AM. $190.

This fun six week fitness class, taught by AKC Fit Dog Certified Instructor, Jen Anderson, is designed to inspire you to engage in fitness related activities with your dog. This is a great class for pre-agility as well as during agility core conditioning programs to mitigate potential injury. Fit Dog is outstanding for preconditioning your pup for events such as fly ball, dock diving and lure coursing! You will learn proper form and safety while learning various fitness exercises to improve your dog’s balance, flexibility, stamina and overall body fitness. This class is for healthy dogs with no significant prior injuries.

Introduction to Scent Detection with Jen Anderson

Class begins Wednesday, May 17th from 11:15 – 12:30 / $175.

This six week introductory course taught by Jen Anderson, that is designed for the dog and handler who are new to the Scent and Nose Work sport. Scent training provides mental stimulation which is another great way to burn your dog’s energy indoors. Scent training is perfect for dogs of all breeds and ages and especially great for dogs who always have their nose to the ground!

Introduction to Scent Detection with Theresa Marinier

Class begins Tuesday, May 16th from 7:00 – 8:00 pm / $175.

This six week introductory course is designed for the dog and handler who are new to the Scent and Nose Work sport. Scent training provides mental stimulation which is another great way to burn your dog’s energy indoors. Scent training is perfect for dogs of all breeds and ages and especially great for dogs who always have their nose to the ground!

AKC Urban CGC - This class is Full

Class begins Wednesday, May 17th from 1:00 – 2:00 / $180.

Prerequisite – CGC Certificate or Title from AKC.

This six week class with Jen Anderson is another step beyond the basic CGC class. Urban CGC will test your CGC skills in an active city or town setting.  There is no age limit for dogs taking this class.  The Urban test is performed on leash. Special equipment such as pinch collars or head halter are not permitted.

Dog Training Group Class

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