Covid Friendly Programs Updated January 2021
Dog Only Classes - Drop Off Programs at Our Center
Zero contact program emphasizing safety and cleanliness.
Drop off and pick up your dog - intensive programs to accelerate learning
Harmony School is an intensive training program ideal for puppies under 4 month of age. Our goal is to create the best possible family dog. We take full advantage of the critical socialization period (first 4 months of life). This is a unique time in a dog's life where they can adjust quickly to new things and can use that information later on in life. Most behavioral problems that arise in adult dogs are due to lack of socialization. At Harmony School we positively associate puppies to dogs, people, objects, sounds, textures and handling. Giving puppies the best possible start in life. Families with dogs in our day school need to continue working with their dogs at home. We offer a special rate for virtual group classes while dogs attend our school.
Dogs over the age of 4 months must be evaluated and approved to attend Harmony School. School Hours are Monday - Friday, 9 am - 2 pm. Our daily schedule will depend on the needs of the dogs in our care, but will always include the following:
Solo play time
Because this is a school and consistency is most important for any training. We require that dogs spend 3 consecutive weeks (12 days) with us when first starting out. After that, and as long as they continue coming to dog only group classes at the center, dogs may be scheduled at will.
Learn & Play
Learn & Play is primarily focused on socialization, both to other dogs/puppy as well as important different sights/sounds/textures so that they can build positive associations early, and generally grow to be dogs who see the world as an exciting opportunity to experience new, fun things, rather than seeing it as something potentially frightening. In addition to the socialization, they receive a foundation of training, including handler (human) focus, basic obedience, appropriate play behavior, etc. It is not as intensive or in depth a program as Harmony School, but it can be a great way to fill the void left when Covid forced us to socialize less with each other (and, as a result, not bring our puppies along for the fun).
Learn and Play is booked by the month, in packages of either 8 or 12 lessons. Play dates are Tuesdays and Thursdays or Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 12:00-12:45.
A new program in the New Year! Building upon the relationship training and foundations provided in our Harmony School Program, Harmony Academy is the next step in family dog training. Harmony Academy focuses on the continuing education needs of your dog or puppy in a private or small group class setting. Harmony Academy emphasizes real-life skill building, such as impulse control, leash walking, and foundations of obedience and appropriate behavior to help make the experience of living with a pet in the city enjoyable for everyone!
In the small group setting, dogs have the opportunity to concentrate on impulse control and parallel work with other dogs-- providing the ultimate experience of working through distraction and continuing your dog's education of body language and safe and appropriate interactions with other dogs. In private lessons, dogs with specific needs will work one-on-one with or Professional Trainer. Private lessons might focus on grooming desensitization, impulse control, behavior shaping, and work on desensitization to triggers, depending on the needs of the dog.
This is a recurring monthly plan for the number of classes selected each month. Selected plan can be applied to either small group classes or private lessons, depending on the needs of your dog.
Harmony Academy is Monday through Friday, with lessons available:
3:00 to 3:50 - Small Group
4:00 to 4:50 - Small Group
5:00 to 5:30 - Private Lesson
This program is intended for graduates of Harmony School or Learn & Play programs. If your dog is new to Dogs In Harmony, we will need to set up assessment sessions to determine if they are appropriate for the program.
Virtual Classes From the Comfort and Safety of Your Home
Level Specific Classes to suit your individual needs and provide training from basic to advanced behaviors.
Puppy Classes to help new puppy owners navigate raising a puppy in a Covid world, including a full array of socialization tools that help you prepare your puppy for city life, while allowing you to maintain social distancing.
Virtual Private Lessons to address your needs as an owner and trainer, and the individual needs of your puppy or dog.
Virtual Group Lessons allow you to work with others with similar needs while learning from your trainer and your classmates.