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, AKC-sponsored courses such as  CGC, URBAN, FIT DOG 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.

Precision Heeling

Starting Monday, January 8th @3:00PM

This six week course is more than having your dog walk next to you on your left side and sit when you stop. It’s really a precise performance with many components.  In this class both you and your dog will learn to walk together and you learning to give your dog clear ques for better and more accurate heeling. The heel command is a frequently misunderstood but incredibly helpful skill for any dog and handler team to have. Taking the time to teach your pup proper handling technique will not only make walks a breeze, it will strengthen your bond and solidify your dog-handler bond.

Cost is $185.

Instructor / Terri Marinier

Canine Good Citizen (Prep & Test)

Tuesday’s starting January 9th @5:00PM

In this class, you will be training and learning the tasks required to pass the CGC test. This is an AKC certification program designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may obtain a certificate from the AKC. This six week course teaches the basic obedience skills needed to pass the test, which will be given on the last (6th) class.

Classes meet for one hour per week for six weeks.

Cost: $185.

Instructor / Terri Marinier


Scent Detection / Nose Work

Monday’s, starting January 8th @4:30pm

Wednesday’s starting January 10th @5:45pm

This six week course provides mental stimulation which is another great way to burn your dog’s energy indoors and outdoors! Scent training is perfect for dogs of all breeds and ages and especially great for dogs who always have their nose to the ground! Your instructor teaches you how to encourage and develop your dog’s natural scenting abilities by using their desire to hunt and their love of toys, food and exercise. This is a very popular class, so sign up early!

Cost is $185.

Instructor / Terri Marinier

Rally Obedience

Saturday, starting January 6th @12:30 – Instructor, Michele Longo

Monday, starting January 8th @6:00pm – Instructor, Terri Marinier

Tuesday’s starting January 9th @6:15PM – Instructor, Terri Marinier

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.

Classes run for six weeks.

Prerequisites – basic obedience or instructor approval.


Puppy Kindergarten

Wednesday’s starting January 3rd @5:30PM

Saturday’s, starting January 6th @9:00AM

Prerequisite – Admissions Consultation

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, 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.

Cost – $180.00

Basic Obedience 1

Saturday’s, starting January 6th @10:15AM

This class follows Puppy Kindergarten and builds on skills learned in that class. You and your pup will continue working on recalls, longer sit stay, down stays, sharpen heeling and attention skills. This class is for dog owners who want more freedom for both their dog and themselves.  All dogs must be current on vaccinations. Six week course / $180.

If your pup attended 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.

Sociable Pup-Tail Hour

Thursday’s, starting January 4th and continuing every Thursday for the month of January.

Time: 5:15 – 6:15

Connect and reconnect with puppies, their friends and other parents at, The Hounds during our Sociable Pup-Tail Hour, and the first round is on us!

If you have a new puppy, getting started with their education and real world socialization ASAP is one of the best ways to set them up for success, so don’t wait!

You and your puppy can join this program as early as 10wks old (2 weeks after their first round of shots). Younger puppies may be permitted earlier in strollers or puppy backpacks. We highly encourage you to come even before getting your puppy to get a jumpstart on your education. Starting early takes advantage of puppies’ critical socialization period, and we want to get them to learn skills to navigate the world in a safe, positive way as soon as possible. This social hour runs for four consecutive weeks.

Dog Training Group Class

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We have the training and classes to fit their needs.