Dog Training

"Just wanted to let you know how much we love Family Companions I on Tuesday nights! It has great teachers, a great teacher to dog ratio, and what we're learning is so practical and easy to implement." --Kelly Luxenberg, Manchester, CT

Our Companions offers reward-based training in a variety of forms to address behavior problems and deepen the bond between people and their canine companions. New classes begin every ten weeks. To find out about upcoming class series or for information on private training, please submit the form on our contact page.

Group Training Classes

Our Companions Dog Training Classes offer affordable group training for people and their canine companions.  Classes teach pet owners how to address common behaviors problems through techniques that build and maintain positive and rewarding canine-human relationships.

Classes are small with a high number of instructors, often providing a one-to-one student/instructor ratio. Our Companions classes are unique and specialize in teaching dog behavior rather than just the commands, so that pet owners leave class with a greater understanding of their dogs.

Our Companions classes are designed to be a safe and positive experience for reactive dogs and fearful dogs. 

Classes are $100.00 plus tax for 8 one-hour sessions. A sliding scale is available.

Our Companions offers three levels of training classes: Family Companion I, Family Companions II and our Walking Club.

Family Companion I covers basic obedience skills and dog behavior.  Each week, owners will learn techniques to help them build on their training skills: introduction to positive reinforcement, refocusing techniques, sits, downs, stays, recalls & relaxed heel. The Family Companion course focuses on the relationship between the owner and dog. We hold classes at the Valerie Friedman Program Center, 34C Sanrico Drive in Manchester. The Family Companion I class is offered at a reduced rate to dogs adopted through Our Companions, and to dogs being fostered by any other animal rescue organization.

The next Family Companion I training classes will begin on Saturday, November 22nd, from 10:30 - 11:30 am, and Sunday, December 14th, from 10:00 - 11:00 am. Click on the date to register.

Family Companion II provides a safe environment for owners and dogs to practice skills in real-world environments. This class will help your dog in everyday life not just when in training mode. Dogs with reactivity towards dogs and other life situations are welcome!

Dogs must have taken a basic obedience course prior to attending this class. It is recommended that Family Companion I be completed prior to this class.

Each week owners will learn techniques to help them build on their training skills with more emphasis on control for: sits, downs, stays, recalls & relaxed heel.

The next Family Companion II training class will begin on Saturday, January 3, from 12:30 - 1:30 pm. Click on the date to register.

Trick Training Class
Learning new tricks and games with your dog is a fun way to strengthen your relationship. Dogs love to use their brains and figure out new ways to be rewarded. In this six-week class you will learn trick training methods and use your imagination to teach your dog things you never thought possible. This class is for dogs and owners that have completed Family Companions I & II.

The next Trick Training Class will begin soon.

Puppy Class

Our Companions Puppy Class will get you and your puppy off to a great start. This class will help puppy parents teach their puppy basic manners. The class will include teaching your puppy sit, down, come when called, loose leash walking and polite people interaction. The puppies also will have supervised play time. A weekly training topic will provide you answers to all of your puppy questions.

This class is for puppies 10 weeks to 4 and half months at the start of class. The class runs for seven weeks. The first class is orientation without your dog.

The next Puppy Class will begin soon.

NEW: Focusing on Focus

This six-week class teaches self-control techniques to calm your dog around distractions. Owners will benefit by learning better communication methods and skills to help your dog succeed in everyday life. Learn focus exercises and management tools that will help your dog with loose leash walking, settling in different environments, greeting people and fearful behaviors. This is for dogs that have completed Family Companions I and Family Companions II.

The next Focusing on Focus class begins on Tuesday, December 2, from 5:45 - 6:45 pm. Click on the date to register.

The Walking Club is a much loved class that allows graduates of the Family Companion II class to develop further and put their new and improved social skills to practice outside in the real world.

Owners get to practice and apply the skills they have worked so hard to develop in class, while learning to communicate better with their dogs. The dogs get to take in the smells of a whole new environment, while learning coping skills to overcome their reactivity. Afterwards everyone can go home and relax, because a tired dog is a happy dog!

While there is no set fee for The Walking Club, a donation of $75 or more is appreciated.

Private Training Session

Behavior problems with dogs are a leading reason why dogs are relinquished to shelters and euthanized. The Stay-At-Home program is aimed at preventing pet homelessness by designing a proactive program that helps people solve behavioral problems so pets can stay in their homes.

This program utilizes positive reinforcement trainers who provide one-on-one consultation with people who are seeking help. The trainers assess the situation and then create customized training regimes to solve the problem. In many cases, this service saves the original home and provides people with an enhanced understanding of and respect for their pet.

Cost/Frequency: The initial visit is free, although donations are appreciated. Subsequent training sessions request a $50 donation with a sliding scale rate available. The usual training sessions are one hour in length and occur every other week.