CHOW BELLA TRAINING PHILOSOPHY
At Chow Bella we strive to create the best possible training experience for you and your pet. We believe training should be fun for you and your furry best friend! We use effective, science-based positive reinforcement training to help you teach and maintain the behaviors you want to see in your dog. Using this type of training creates a strong bond between you and your dog based on love, mutual trust, and cooperation. We do not use or recommend aversive methods or equipment that utilize fear, pain, or intimidation to train your dog. Instead, we use methods that help you learn to communicate effectively with your dog and build a positive working relationship.
Positive reinforcement based training is incredibly powerful. Let us show you what it can do for you and your pet!
Puppy Foundations class is a 6 week class designed for puppies ages 5 months and under. This class will help you get off to the right start with your new family member! Increase your bond, connection, and communication with your puppy while learning basic skills including sit, down, stay, leave it, come when called, and loose-leash walking. Additional topics will include potty training, crate training, and socialization and all pet parents will have the opportunity to troubleshoot problem behaviors with the trainer. Each class puppies will have the opportunity to socialize and play with each other. This class is right for you if you want to build a strong foundation toward having a well-behaved family dog. (Puppies should have their second distemper/parvo booster before attending their first class.)
FAMILY DOG FOUNDATIONS
Family Dog Foundations class is a beginner level 6 week class designed for dogs 6 months or older who have not attended obedience classes in the past. Through positive and trust based training this class will help your dog toward becoming a well-behaved family pet.
This class will also provide the foundation needed for more advanced training classes.
Skills covered in this class include sit, down, stay, leave it, come when called, and loose-leash walking.
FAMILY DOG INTERMEDIATE SKILLS
Family Dog Intermediate Skills class is designed for dogs who have completed our Puppy Foundations or Family Dog Foundations programs. This 6-week course will build on what you and your dog have learned so far, taking you to the next level. Continuing to use positive methods that build a strong bond between owner and dog, this course will help your dog reliably respond to cues despite distraction or distance. Additionally, your dog will have the opportunity to build a longer duration stay and to learn the heel and place cues. This class is ideal for those who want their dogs to listen in more distracting environments and is an important step toward a well-behaved family dog.
Dogs who have completed basic training elsewhere and want to join this class without taking a Foundations Class first should
email Rebecca at Training@ChowBellaSaratoga.com.
All dogs must be up to date on vaccines in order to attend class. Puppies should have their second distemper/parvo booster before attending their first class.
All dogs should be on a six foot leash during class. Extendable/flexi leashes are not permitted in class for safety reasons.
All dogs should be on a flat collar, martingale collar, or harness of the owner’s choosing. Correction collars such as choke chains, prong collars, or electric collars are not permitted.
FAMILY DOG ADVANCED SKILLS - AKC CANINE GOOD CITIZEN
In our Family Dog Advanced Skills class you and your dog will continue to build on the skills you’ve developed through our foundations and intermediate level classes using the same positive methods that build focus and connection between you and your dog. As you continue to build on those skills and work through distractions, you and your dog will also prepare for the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. The CGC is made up of ten items including sitting politely for petting, loose leash walking through a crowd and reaction to another dog in addition to cues like sit, down, stay, and come when called. The CGC test will be administered during our last class session and those that pass will receive an official AKC title. The fee for the test is included in the price for this class.
Dogs who have completed training courses elsewhere and want to join this class without taking foundations and intermediate level classes first should email Rebecca at Training@ChowBellaSaratoga.com.
Private training provides a one-on-one training environment where your dog or puppy is the full focus. Private training is a good option for those looking for a more customized curriculum built to match your personal training goals. Private training is also ideal for dogs that don’t thrive in a group training setting for any reason or who need to work on specific behavior issues such as reactivity. Private training is also a good option for those who wish to remain more isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic.