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

Welcome to Rhodes Collar! Whether you have a playful pup or a seasoned canine, our group classes are designed to cater to all your training needs at our highly competitive rates.   Puppy classes are ideal for young dogs to socialize and learn basic obedience in a fun, safe, and supportive environment. Intermediate classes are perfect for reinforcing basic commands and introducing more complex skills.  We continuously offer these throughout the year so all dogs may benefit from the most evidence-based ethical training in Connecticut. 

AKC-sponsored courses such as CGC, URBAN, and RALLY, classes for those aiming to compete in American Kennel Club events, (or just for fun), offer the training and skills needed to excel. We also offer Agility, Scent/Nose Work, Heeling, and Positive Only!

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

Puppy Class

Classes begin Thursday, July 11th from 5:00 to 6:00 pm

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.

This is a six-week session.

 

Puppy Kindergarten

Saturday, beginning July 27th 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.

Instructor, Michele Longo

Basic Obedience 1

Saturday, beginning July 27th @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.

Admissions Consultation is a prerequisite for this class if you did not attend our Puppy Kindergarten.

If your pup attended our Puppy Kindergarten class, you would receive a 10% discount.

Instructor, Michele Longo

AKC Canine Good Citizen

Saturday, beginning July 27th @11:30 – 12:30

The AKC’s Canine Good Citizen program is the gold standard of behavior for dogs in our communities. Almost one million dogs, both purebred and mixed breed, have participated in the program since it began in 1989.

Canine Good Citizen is part of the AKC Family Dog Program and many dog owners choose CGC as their first step in training their dogs. It also provides a great foundation for getting started in dog sports.

You’ll discover the many benefits and joys of training. You’ll enhance your bond with your dog, and dogs with basic obedience training are a joy to live with—interacting well with other people and dogs and responding well to household routines.

The CGC program offers many practical advantages too. The CGC award is a prerequisite for many therapy dog groups. Some homeowner’s insurance companies encourage CGC testing, and an increasing number of apartments and condos require that resident dogs pass the CGC test. The tagline of the CGC program is, “Responsible Owners, Well-Mannered Dogs,” and that is what CGC is all about.

Admissions Consultation is a prerequisite for this class if you did not attend our Puppy Kindergarten or Basic Manners class.

Instructor, Michele Longo

Cost – $185.

Agility Foundations

Wednesday’s beginning August 7th, 5:30 – 6:30pm

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 overcoming obstacles and working closely with their handlers. This class includes several key elements: positive reinforcement, gradual progression, handler-dog bonding, socialization, confidence building, safety precautions, and plenty of fun and enjoyment!

This class is held outdoors on Barnes Road in Stonington.

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

Instructors, Michele Longo

Brainiac School

Monday’s, beginning August 12th, 2:00 – 4:00

BRAINIAC SCHOOL is a 2-hour, six-week, 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.

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.

Positive Only

Tuesday, August 13th, 5:30 – 6:30

This engaging class will focus on reinforcing your dog’s physical abilities and cognitive skills through exclusively positive training methods. Terri will guide you through various exercises designed to improve agility, strength, and coordination, all the while ensuring your dog has fun and stays motivated.

Whether your dog is a beginner or has some experience, this class provides a nurturing environment to boost their fitness and brain power. Join us to help your dog stay fit, happy, and mentally stimulated.

Sign up today and give your dog the gift of fitness and fun!

Instructor / Terri Marinier

Scent Detection

Monday, August 12th, 6:00 – 7:00pm

Discover the hidden talents of your dog with our popular scent work class led by the expert Terri Marinier!

Dive into the fascinating world of canine scent detection. This class is designed to enhance your dog’s natural abilities in odor identification, boosting their confidence and keeping them mentally stimulated. Whether you’re a hobbyist or looking to compete in scent work trials, Terri’s expert guidance will provide you with the knowledge and skills to excel.

Classes fill up quickly, so don’t miss the chance to embark on this exciting adventure with your dog. Sign up now and watch your dog’s nose lead the way!

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

Advanced Scent Detection

Tuesday, August 13th, 2:30 – 3:30 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

Advanced Heeling

Begins Monday, August 12th, 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Take your dog’s walking skills to the next level with our Advanced Heeling Class, led by Terri Marinier.

In this advanced course, Terri will introduce sophisticated techniques to perfect y our dog’s heel work. Expect to cover complex -maneuvers, seamless transitions, and impeccable off-leash control. This class is ideal for those who have mastered basic heeling and are eager to refine their dog’s precision and responsiveness.

Throughout the sessions, Terri will provide personalized tips and insightful feedback to ensure you and your dog reach peak performance. Elevate your training experience and join us for this challenging and rewarding class!

Enroll today and strive towards excellence in heeling!

Heeling / Manners

Begins Monday, August 12th, 3:00 – 4:00pm

Enhance your dog’s walking skills and etiquette with our Heeling and Manners class, taught by Terri Marinier.

In this comprehensive class, Terri will guide you and your dog through the essentials of heeling and proper manners. Learn effective techniques to achieve flawless heel position, improve leash walking, and instill good behavior at home and in public. Terri’s expert guidance ensures a positive and productive learning experience for you and your dog. 

Classes are designed to be engaging and fun, which make training an enjoyable activity for you and your furry friend. Reserve your spot today and take the first step towards a well-mannered, perfectly heeling dog!

We look forward to seeing you in class!

Positive / Fit Dog

Begins Monday, August 12th, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Positive Only Fit Dog Class with Terri Marinier.

Elevate your dog’s fitness and mental sharpness in our Positive-Only Fit Dog class, led by Terri Marinier.

This engaging class focuses on reinforcing your dog’s physical abilities and cognitive skills through exclusively positive training methods. Terri will guide you through various exercises designed t improve agility, strength, and coordination all while ensuring your dog has fun and stays motivated.

Whether your dog is a beginner or has some experience, this class provides a nurturing environment to boost their fitness and brain power. join us to help your dog stay fit, happy, and mentally stimulated.

Sign up today and give your dog the gift of fitness and fun!

Rally Obedience (all levels)

Tuesday’s starting August 13th, 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Rally is a perfect starting point for those who are new to canine sports. https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/sports/get-started-in-dog-sports-and-events/ 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

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