Classes & Specialty Programs

Our training programs are held at our large West Seattle Studio (Delridge exit with free parking) and/or our ranch in Issaquah. Training with us is hands on, personal and tailored to the individual needs of each four-legged student. Our class size is limited to 6-8 dogs with 2 certified dog trainers working with you and your dog. Field trips are part of all advanced programs.

We apply cutting edge, science based training methods. The canine/human relationship is at the core of our training methodology, services and programs, with focus on force free behavioral modification. Our team consists of certified dog trainers by the Northwest School of Canine Studies (CCS) and we all have many years of experience. CCS graduates hold a nationally recognized certification in dog behavioral studies and training. Common sense, respect, fun and consistency also play a major role in our approach to dog training.

Specialized in Puppy Socialization & Behavior: The critical period for proper socialization of a puppy is between 8-20 weeks of age. The time window is fluid, but exposure to every imaginable new situation, noise, person, animal during these first months is the best foundation you can offer your puppy. Most veterinarians acknowledge the need for early “dog on dog” socialization, but they worry because puppies are not fully vaccinated yet. This concern is justified with regard to uncontrolled environments such as a dog parks. However, precious time goes by to form bite inhibition, jaw prudence and learning from each other. Our Kindergarten closes this gap in a safe environment under professional supervision. Our service is backed by the most influential group of veterinarians and animal behaviorists in the USA, the Purdue University.

Puppy Kindergarten

Age: Puppies 8-20 weeks

Cost: $200/10sessions, $105/5sessions, $22/1session

Under close supervision by 2 certified dog trainers in a small class setting, Kindergarten provides puppy socialization, play, building of bite inhibition and confidence, as well as instilling the willingness to learn in your puppy. Play with their own kind is both physically and mentally stimulating for your puppy. It is scientifically proven as foundation for a well adjusted dog. You are present, and we promote an active exchange of puppy related information, answers and sharing of experiences. The most comprehensive program at the most crucial stage in your puppy’s life!

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Savvy Puppy I

Age: 1 year or younger, or dogs needing a refresher

Cost: $200

Strengthen the relationship with your dog/puppy! This foundational class establishes a strong bond between you and your dog. Focus work, improving owner relevance and impulse control for your dog are the core messages. A good dog is more than an obedient dog. We teach ‘Sit, Down, Stay, Wait, Recall, Watch, Loose leash walking, ‘go on bed’, leave it’ & much more in a fun mix of play and formal learning. The program also addresses behavioral issues such as proper greeting, jumping, mouthing and crate training. With a science based approach to dog training, we are pioneers in introducing ‘connected walking’ as a tool for ‘loose leash walking’. Sign up now, as this class fills up fast. Woof…

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Savvy Puppy II

Age: Every dog; Basic skills or instructor approval required

Cost: $220

Ready to take the relationship with your dog/puppy to the next level? This is the most useful class to solidify good manners, and reinforce your relevance to your dog. Enjoy the stronger bond, and the all around improved skills and behavior of your dog! This class is an intermediate class that will boost your level of confidence as a handler/dog parent, and strengthen the trust your dog has in you. The class includes 2 field trips in ‘the real world’; at Lincoln Park on long leads for recall and connected walking and at the West Seattle junction for impulse control work and loose leash walking. The dates for the field trips are agreed upon with all students during our first session. Session#3 and 5 are field trips.

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Beyond Savvy Puppy

Age: Dogs 6 months and older; intermediate skills required

Cost: $220

Take your foundational skills to the next level! As your puppy grows so must your training program. In this advanced class, you will learn tricks, how to shape and proof behavior, and the difference between management and training in every day situations. From greeting manners to ringing a door bell to go potty. Your dog will improve in recall and leash walking skills with distractions. Further strengthen your bond and relevance which will lead us into off leash heels, turns, walks and recalls. Body language, hand signals and commands on distance are introduced. This class dives into what motivates your dog to learn and gives you the tools to build a lasting respectful relationship.

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Canine Good Citizen

Age: Dogs 6 months and older, basic skills required

Cost: $220

The Canine Good Citizen (CGC) class is a fantastic way to work with your dog toward a common goal; the certification and official title ‘Canine Good Citizen’ provided by the American Kennel Club. Your dog will be tested for greeting a stranger, a stranger with dog, staying with a stranger while you leave and much more. The class is very structured and builds towards the 10 element certification. It is based on the strong bond you have with your dog in every day situations. Class, test and certification included. The CGC certification is a requirement in the field of therapy dogs or competition sports/training. It is a pledge the owner takes for life!

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Agility Foundation

Age: Every dog; basic skills required

Cost: $220

Agility is fun, mentally stimulating and a great way to strengthen owner relevance and bond. Agility gives your dog a healthy energy outlet, and dramatically improves your handling skills. Special attention is given to young dogs for joint protection. Once your dog has learned the basics, level 2 courses and ‘Agility Fun Days’ to practice will be offered outdoors at our ranch in Issaquah.

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Master off-leash skills – Building Great Recalls

Age: Every dog; high dog/dog social skills required

Cost: $200

Do you trust your dog to come when called in any situation and with distractions? You will, following our specialty program focused on formal and informal recall. A solid recall can save your dog’s life! Recall is one of the most challenging skill to teach a dog. We will address the most commonly made mistakes in our everyday routines and teach the rules that will bring solid and consistent results. The program is intense and taught in a ‘real life’ setting with safe off leash practice. Class size is limited to 4-6 dogs. Dogs must be social with other dogs and humans!

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Leash Reactivity – First Aid

Age: Every dog

Cost: $250

Is your dog showing signs of “leash reactivity”, barking or lunging at other dogs or people? This class will help you develop a clear training strategy, and understand the behavior from your dog’s perspective. Our own stress level about the situation has a direct impact on our dog. You will learn to recognize the triggers, the subtle behavior changes PRIOR to signs of reactivity and replace them with tools you need to enjoy a walk with your dog. Safe exposure to other dogs will be part of our class work. This is NOT a class for dogs with serious aggression issues (bite history dog or human). In this case, please contact us for a one/one session.

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Board & Train

Age: Every dog; social dog/dog skills required

Cost: $150/day, $2,100/14 days, $2,900/21 days (discounted)

This specialty program is tailor-made to your dog’s needs during boarding. Includes socializing during daycare, obedience and behavioral training on a daily basis while you are on vacation. 2 private sessions included: a) intake interview prior to boarding to set expectations, b) transfer of skills meeting after boarding for consistency at home. A minimum stay of 14 days is recommended.

Please call 206.472.2946 or email to pascale.fortmann@live.com to book.


Puppy Play Party

Age: Puppies 8-20 weeks

Cost: $20/1hr session, $60/Half day session

Do you want to run errands while your puppy gets the socialization it needs? This specialty program is similar to Puppy Kindergarten, with the difference that parents are not present. It combines puppy socialization, building of bite inhibition and confidence, willingness to learn and basic manners. The focus is on impulse control, patience and addressing behavioral issues by redirecting the puppy’s attention.

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Kick Start to a Happy Puppy Life

Age: Newly adopted puppies

Cost: $350

This specialty program offers hands on training, tips and tools, and addresses every question you might have. It boosts your pups ability to unleash his potential to become a good dog. The best time to sign up is during the first two weeks after adoption.

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Private Lesson/ In-home consultation

Cost:  $120 / hour

Training is tailored to you & your dog’s needs. Private training sessions are either held at the training studio, as a field trip in the real world or at your home. Contact us for information and registration.

Please call 206.446.7403 or email to pascale.fortmann@live.com to book.