Training Courses & Seminars

IMG_3608The Coventry School, Inc. is the proud recipient of the:

2014-2016 BEST OF COLUMBIA AWARD FOR PET TRAINING!!!

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GOOD DOGS START HERE!

 

Bob Bailey Seminar – November 11/12;  See Seminars Below.

We no longer offer SOCIALS. Instead, register for 1/2 day of camp! More time, more fun!!!

 

PET TRAINING CLASSES:

In recent years, dog training has moved beyond the out-dated concepts of being “alpha” and thinking in terms of “wolf pack theory”. Educated professionals no longer encourage the need to ‘dominate’ an animal to train them. Efficient training techniques follow the lead of animal and marine mammal trainers. Coventry’s classes are designed with this in mind, to effectively and efficiently train you and your dog, improve your relationship and let you have fun! Is your dog able to do all the things you dreamed he would? Walk nicely on a leash? Sit for greeting? Come when called? Respond to his name? We can help you with that! Let’s get started!!! SCROLL DOWN AND SIGN UP NOW! *REFUNDS are given only if requested one week prior to the class start date.

Puppy Kindergarten

Start your puppy out on the right paw with a class designed for his needs! This class focuses on providing good socialization experiences and teaching attention and focus, bite inhibition, walking on a leash, good manners, sit, down, control yourself and come! For puppies from 8 weeks to up to 5 months of age. Age appropriate vaccinations only.  This class runs for 8-weeks. All classes are one hour.  Tuition = $225.  The start date for each available session is listed below.  

Thursday6:30 pmNovember 2Book now
Saturday12:45 pmNovember 4Book now
Tuesday6:30 pmNovember 14Book now
Saturday12:45 pmDecember 9Book now

Beginner

The beginner class is the perfect start to your dog’s formal education! This class will teach sit, down, stay, wait, come, walk nicely on leash, leave-it, targeting and go-to- mat. In addition, basic manners will be covered and you will introduce both hand signals and voice commands. As the class progresses, distraction training will be added. For dogs 5 months and older. This class runs for 8-weeks. All classes are one hour.  Tuition = $225. The start date for each available session is listed below.  

Monday6:30 pmNovember27Book now
Saturday11:30 amDecember 2Book now
Thursday6:30 pmDecember 7Book now

Jumpstart

Are you ready to Jumpstart your dog’s education? Whether your puppy needs to master the basics or your older dog needs to polish up a few things before moving on with his education, this 5-week class is perfect! Work on the essentials like: stay, wait come, leave-it, go-to-mat and walk nicely. Pre-requisites are Puppy Kindergarten or some experience with a beginner class. Additionally, this class prepares handlers and dogs who have previously taken punishment-based training methods elsewhere to switch to positive reinforcement training. This class runs for 5-weeks. All classes are one hour.  Tuition = $150.  The start date for each available session is listed below.  

Saturday11:30 amNovember 4Book now
Sunday8:30 amNovember 5Book now
Thursday7:45 pmNovember 9Book now
Wednesday7:45 pmNovember 15Book now

Wonder Dog!

Did you think your training was complete? Not yet! The next big step in your dog’s education is making him a Wonder Dog! This class focuses on adding distance and distractions and increases your dog’s abilities. Your dog will learn new concepts such as ‘heel’ while focusing his attention on you instead of the environment as well as other practical tasks. We will introduce emergency cues that will have your dog responding quickly, even while in motion. Future off-leash success depends on the reliability of your dog’s response to cues (i.e., sit, down, stay, wait and here) despite increasing distance and distractions.Wonder Dog! is open to dogs who have completed Beginner or Jumpstart classes. Evaluations for class readiness will be provided for graduates of other programs. This class runs for 6-weeks. All classes are one hour.  Tuition = $175.  The start date for each available session is listed below.  

Saturday10:15 amOctober 28Book now
Sunday11:00 amNovember 19Book now

Dogs Unleashed!!

“We don’t need no stinkin’ leashes!!!” Finally! This is the class that you have been waiting for! Your dog is going to earn his/her college degree! Did you dream that one day you would be able to walk with your dog without having to use a leash confident that he would be safe? Imagine your dog coming when called, even if there is another animal outside and the front door was accidentally left open. Picture yourself being able to stop your dog with a single word, even if he is running across a street! In this six week course, we will help you attain on off-leash reliability. Fun and fast paced exercises that increase difficulty by increasing distance and distraction will get you the Super Dog that you always dreamed of! Some exercises will be outside, weather permitting. Registering dogs must be Wonder Dog! graduates. This class runs for 6-weeks. All classes are one hour.  Tuition = $175.  The start date for each available session is listed below.  

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Thursday6:30 pmOctober 19Book now

CLINICS

 

Clinic: Come Here!

Having trouble with a dog that just won’t come when called? Want a dog that will come no matter what? Then this class is for you! Take our 3-week clinic that focuses on the fundamentals of a good recall.  All classes are one hour. Tuition = $125.   The start date for each available session is listed below.  

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Clinic: Don’t Jump on Me!

Troubled by an overly enthusiastic greeting from your dog?  Do you want a dog that will greet you and your guests safely and with manners?  Then this class is for you! Take our 3-week clinic that focuses on the fundamentals of proper greetings and control. All classes are one hour.  Tuition = $125.  The start date for each available session is listed below.  

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Clinic: Walk Nicely!

Tired of getting pulled down the street? Want your dog to walk politely at your side? Then this class is for you! Take our 3-week clinic that focuses on the fundamentals of a loose leash walking. All classes are one hour.  Tuition = $125.  The start date for each available session is listed below.  

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SPORTS AND SPECIALTY TRAINING

 

INTRODUCING: UPWARD DOG 

UPWARD DOG

Dogs benefit from stretching just like humans do. Whether your dog is a weekend warrior, a day camp jock or a couch potato, stretching and stabilizing exercises are great for mind and body. This class will teach exercises that will not only build the body, but will build confidence and strengthen the bond between dog and handler. Increase your dog’s core strength and stretch out their muscles to prevent injuries that easily occur during play. The exercises double as fun behaviors to teach and have your dog perform! Come spend a fun hour relaxing and doing something that will benefit your dog in so many ways! The class runs for six consecutive weeks. All classes are one hour.  Tuition = $175.  The start date for each available session is listed below.  
Saturday9:00 amOctober 28Book now

Kranky K9s

Is your dog KRANKY with other dogs? Dog to dog aggression creates serious problems for owners. Owners of “Kranky” dogs suffer embarrassment and sometimes even physical injury as they attempt to control their dog’s outbursts at the sight, sound or even smell of another dog. Kranky K9s is a specialty class that is taught by multiple knowledgeable and patient instructors experienced in handling aggression in a classroom setting. The classes will focus on calming techniques, teaching alternative behaviors and handling methods. This class is limited to 6-dogs and runs for 8-weeks. All classes are one hour.  Tuition = $350. The start date for each available session is listed below.  

Monday8:00pmNovember 6Book now

Kranky K9s: Out and About

Graduates of Kranky K9s can move on to our new Out and About class. This outdoor class focuses on strengthening all of skills learned in Kranky K9s and putting them into real life practice. Walk your Kranky K9 through our reproduction of the common situations that you struggle with everyday, and learn how to handle them successfully! This class is limited to 10-dogs and runs for 6-weeks. All classes are one hour.  Tuition = $250. The start date for each available session is listed below.  

 
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NoseWork

The ultimate mental exercise for your dog! Dogs have an amazing sense of smell and a natural desire to hunt. This new and exciting sport is designed to develop your dog’s natural scenting abilities by using their desire to hunt and their love of toys, food and exercise. It’s a great way for your dog to have fun, build confidence, and burn lots of mental and physical energy. All your dog needs is a nose! Levels 1, 2 and 3 run 6-weeks. All classes are one hour.  Tuition = $160.  The start date for each available session is listed below.

Intro to Nosework 1

Tuesday11:00 amNovember 28Book now
Nosework 2 – Intro to Odor
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Nosework 3 – Advanced
Tuesday6:30 pmOctober 31Book now
Tuesday7:45 pmOctober 31Book now
Wednesday6:30 pmNovember 1Book now
Saturday9:15 amNovember 4Book now
Saturday10:30 amNovember 4Book now
Saturday11:45 amNovember 4Book now
Saturday1:00 pmNovember 4Book now
Saturday2:30 pmNovember 4Book now

TRICKS FOR KICKS! (LEVEL 1)

What can your dog do? Tricks aren’t a silly pastime, they are a great and fun way to stimulate your dog mentally and avoid destructive behaviors that are the result of boredom. Did you know that many assistance dog tasks start with a trick as the foundation behavior? Teaching your dog to do tricks develops his ability to learn more complex behaviors. Whether you want to teach your dog a few cute tricks, increase their mental stimulation, strengthen your working relationship or prepare your dog to learn to perform important tasks, this class is for you! This class runs for 6-weeks. All classes are one hour.  Tuition = $175.  The start date for each available session is listed below.  

Saturday10:15 amOctober 7Book now

Rally FUN-damentals!

Rally is an interactive dog sport where the dog and handler move from station to station completing obedience exercises. Rally will help you to practice and advance the skills learned in your previous pet training classes. Teamwork and fun is emphasized! The goal of this class is to introduce Level 1 Rally exercises and build a positive working relationship between dog and handler.  Dogs that have completed a minimum of Wonderdogs! are invited. Rally FUN-damentals II is open to all students who have completed FUN-damentals I and wish to improve their course skills.  These classes run for 6-weeks.   All classes are one hour.  Tuition = $175. The start date for each available session is listed below.

Rally FUN-damentals I

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Rally FUN-damentals II

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PRIVATE TRAINING

If you can’t make our classes, or you prefer to learn privately, we’ll be glad to accommodate you. A private training session deals with basic training problems like jumping, pulling, puppy nipping, not coming when called, destruction, barking, housebreaking, counter-surfing and a host of others. Sessions are an hour in duration = $125/hr.

BEHAVIORAL CONSULTATIONS

A behavioral consult is a private session that focuses on specific behavior problems related to fear, anxiety, aggression (to humans and/or dogs) or compulsive disorder. If you are experiencing this type of a behavioral problem with your dog, a private behavior consultation is the appropriate option.  These types of behavior problems go beyond traditional training and require the expertise of a qualified behavior professional. A consult is usually between 1.5 and 2 hours in length and includes collecting a very detailed history of all aspects of a dog’s behavior, assessing the dog, implementing training and developing a plan. Consultation cost = $225; follow-up visits = $150.

When reserving a behavioral consultation or private training session, a credit card is required to secure your appointment. Should you need to cancel, you must notify us 48 hours prior to your appointment, or a $50 cancellation fee will be charged to your card. Your card will only be charged if you fail to notify us. 

PUPPY PREP SCHOOL  and DAY TRAINING

Please go to the Puppy Prep & Day Training Page.

 

UPCOMING SEMINARS!

November 11/12, 2017

The Coventry School, Inc. Presents:

Training Dogs and People Efficiently with

Bob Bailey, Sc.D. and Elisabeth Catalano, M.A.

RESCHEDULED!: Increase your training efficiency with DOGS and people.

The unavoidably delayed June 2017 Bob Bailey-Liz Catalano seminar/workshop is
now re-scheduled for November 11-12, 2017! Additionally a NEW format has been created to include greater audience participation!

During this unique, 2-day seminar, you will observe the teaching and coaching methods mastered by trainers who were preselected during a previous workshop. The training will be conducted in short and continuous rotation of exercises. Those trainers will then work with seminar attendees to achieve behaviors new to the assigned dogs. The trainers will coach the students in the preparation and efficient implementation of their training plans. Bob and Liz will also be providing coaching and feedback to all training teams. This is a rare and wonderful opportunity to work with Bob, since he seldom gives public training programs.

Seminar attendees will apply in advance for hands-on training sessions conducted by Bob and Liz with no extra charge! Dogs will be provided.

Participation in this seminar will help you understand how to increase your training efficiency and improve your coaching/teaching skills. You will learn to create a training plan, understand criteria shifts, and effectively communicate that plan to a student all while allowing the student to enhance their own training ability.

Location: Dates: Cost:

To Register :

The Coventry School, Inc. 7165 Oakland Mills Rd., Columbia, MD 21046 Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12
(for Saturday and Sunday, no partial attendance)
Early registration by Oct. 15, 2017 is $375, thereafter $425

  1. Please submit a check to: The Coventry School, Inc., 7165 Oakland Mills Rd. Suite H, Columbia, MD 21046
  2. Be sure to include your name, address, email and contact phone number with your check.
  3. All checks must be received by November 1, 2017.
  4. To request a hands-on training spot, please email: lizcatalano@thecoventryschool.com
  5. All other inquiries can be directed to: lizcatalano@thecoventryschool.com