Classes & Specialty Programs

Our training programs are held at our large West Seattle Studio and/or our fenced in, safe outdoor space. We are centrally located at 2414 SW Andover Street SW, right next to the West Seattle Health Club. Easy access for West Seattleites and via Delridge exit of off the West Seattle bridge. We offer free parking. Grassy areas for easy, safe potty time with your puppy before and after class. 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. Agility and Recall classes are exclusively held outdoors. 

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 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 from birth until 20 weeks of age. The time window is fluid, but appropriate 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 8-24 weeks

Days & Times:

Up to 3 sessions/week; separate groups for small and large dogs to keep groups safe and for lots of indivual attention!

Tiny Kids (up to 15 pounds or by trainer recommendation): Monday, 6:15pm and/or Wednesday, 7:30pm and/or Saturday, 10am

Big Kids-Newbies & Shy Dogs (15+ pounds, 1st time students): Monday, 7:30pm and/or Wednesday, 6:15pm and/or Saturday, 8:45am

Tweens (Newbies graduates): Tuesday, 6:15pm and/or Thursday, 6:15pm and/or Sunday 8:45am

Cost: $220/10sessions, $120/5sessions, $25/each 1-4sessions

3 weekly sessions are recommended, but not a must. You sign up for a ‘punch card’ system and can use the sessions whenever your schedule allows. Under close supervision by 2 certified dog trainers in a small class setting, your puppy will enjoy a structured class with socialization, play, potty training, exposure, as well as obedience & behavioral training. Kindergarten is both physically and mentally stimulating for your puppy and instills the willingness to learn. The combination of our signature programs, Kindergarten and Savvy Puppy I, is the best foundation for a healthy and well-adjusted puppy. We promote an active exchange of puppy related information, answers and sharing of experiences between puppy parents. Kindergarten is the most comprehensive program at the most crucial stage in your puppy’s life!

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Savvy Puppy I

Dog Age: Puppies 16-18 weeks, or 1 year or younger, or older dogs needing a refresher

5 Week course, same day weekly, duration 1 hour

Next Session Start Dates: October 12th, October 13th, October 15th and October 17th.

Cost: $220

This foundational class is structured and hands on. You will learn how to build a strong relationship with your puppy, and how to handle every day challenges from chewing, jumping to mouthing. Core messages are focus work, owner relevance and impulse control. 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 manners, potty training, and barking. With a science based approach to dog training, we are pioneers in introducing ‘connected walking’ as a tool for loose leash walk training. Ideal for Kindergarten graduates. Sign up now, as this class fills up fast. Woof…

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Savvy Puppy II

Dog Age: 6 months and older; Savvy Puppy I or instructor approval required

5 week course, same day weekly, duration 1 hour

Next Session Start Date: September 29th 11:15am

Cost: $250

Ready to take the relationship with your dog/puppy to the next level? At the core of this class are leash manners and recall. We introduce more skills to solidify good manners, and increase 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. Two field trips in ‘the real world‘ make this class one of its kind; 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.

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Beyond Savvy Puppy

Dog Age: 6 months and older; Savvy Puppy I and II or instructor approval required

5 week course, same day weekly, duration 1 hour

Day & Time: Weekday & Weekend classes available (please press ‘register now’ for next available date & time)

Cost: $250

Take your foundational skills to the next level! As your puppy grows so must your training program. In this advanced class, you will learn Distance & Distraction  work, how to capture, shape and proof behavior, and the difference between management and training in every day situations. Whether or not you plan to hike with your dog off leash, controlling your dog from a distance is the ultimate level of a strong relationship and can be a life saver.  Further strengthen your bond and relevance which lead us into off leash heels, turns, walks and recalls. This class dives into the advanced dog training method of classical conditioning and what motivates your dog to learn for a lasting respectful canine/human relationship. We work in part outdoors, in the ‘real world’.

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Canine Good Citizen

Dog Age: 6 months and older, basic skills required

5 week course plus test day, same day weekly, duration 1 hour

Day & Time: Weekday & Weekend classes available (please press ‘register now’ for next available date & time)

Cost: $280

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. Regardless of the test, this class is structured and significantly improves your bond and skills to on leash greet a stranger, a stranger with dog, stay with a stranger while you leave, stay in place and much more. The class builds the skills towards the 10 elements 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. At its core the CGC class is your pledge to care for your dog for life!

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Agility Foundation

Dog Age: All Dogs; basic skills required; level will be adjusted to age of dog for joint health

5 week course, same day weekly, duration 1 hour; first session without dogs

Days & Times: Weekday & Weekend classes available (please press ‘register now’ for next available date & time); held outdoors in safe off leash setting (rain or shine)

Cost: $280

Our Agility programs are held outdoors in a safe, fenced in space on professional, new equipment. Agility is fun, mentally and physically stimulating, and a great way to strengthen owner relevance and bond. Agility gives your dog a healthy energy outlet and ‘a job’. Ideal for high energy dogs and dogs who love to work. Agility dramatically improves your handling skills. This class is also recommended for underconfident, fearful dogs. Agility reduces stress, reactivity and demand behaviors. We will assess with you whether your dog benefits from a group Agility class or is better suited for a 1:1 Agility program. Special attention is given to young dogs for joint protection. Please contact us to book a private Agility session. Coming soon: Advanced ‘Agility Parcour’!

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Master off-leash skills – Building Great Recalls

Dog Age: 6 months and older; high dog/dog social skills required

4 week course, same day weekly, duration 1 hour

Days & Times: Weekday & Weekend classes available (please press ‘register now’ for next available date & time); held outdoors in safe off leash setting (rain or shine)

Cost: $250

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 dogs. Dogs must be social with other dogs and humans!

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Connected Walking aka Walking with Regard

Dog Age: 6 months or older; Savvy Puppy I or instructor approval required

5 weeks, same day weekly, duration 1 hour

Day & Time: Weekday & Weekend classes available (please press ‘register now’ for next available date & time); mainly held outdoors, gradually increasing the level of distractions (rain or shine)

Cost: $250

Introducing a revolutionary way of walking your dog! Walking your dog will become the most rewarding and healthy experience. No more pulling, no more ill fitting harness, no more bald spots from harness…A loose leash will naturally happen, prey drive will be minimized and over excitement on leash lowered. We will teach you how to connect to your dog for an enjoyable daily leash walk. This class is suitable for strong pullers, dogs distracted by the environment, dogs chasing after squirrels and birds and dogs who are ‘all over the place’ on leash. This class cannot address highly reactive behaviors such as barking, lunging, growling and snarling. In this case, please consider our specialty program Leash Reactivity – First Aid.

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Leash Reactivity – First Aid

Dog Age: All Dogs (not suitable for aggressive dogs with bite history)

5 weeks, same day weekly, duration 1 hour, first session without dogs

Days & Times: Weekday & Weekend classes available (please press ‘register now’ for next available date & time); mainly held outdoors, slowly increasing the level of distractions and triggers (rain or shine)

Cost: $300

Is your dog showing signs of “leash reactivity”, either barking, lunging, over excitement or hiding, shaking, getting upset at the sight of other dogs, people or items such as cars, trucks? 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, build awareness for your dog’s subtle behavior changes PRIOR to signs of reactivity and develop the tools and skills to help your dog overcome his/her reactivity. A relaxed, enjoyable walk is the result of this class. We work outdoors where the triggers are. Can you imagine walking Lincoln Park with your dog and he isn’t reactive? Sign up for this class and we will help you achieve this goal! This is NOT a class for dogs with serious aggression issues (bite history dog or human). In this case, please contact us for a private session.

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Urban Day Training

Age: Puppies 16 weeks and older

Days & Times: Monday through Friday; flexible days and times according to your schedule

Cost: $150/day; minimum of 7 week days

This specialty program is tailor-made to your puppy’s needs while you are at work. It includes socialization, exposure, alone & behavioral training to name just a few. A comprehensive document is available. Please check for more information on this website and contact us for details and to sign up!

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


Play&Train

Age: Puppies 20+ weeks, adult dogs all ages, small to medium dogs only (up to 25-30 pounds)

Day & Time: Tuesday & Thursday 12pm to 4pm

Cost: $800/10 days, 4 hours each session (subject to what is best for your dog, time increases over the course of the program)

A combination of Socialization, Behavioral and Skills Training make this program unique! Is your dog under-socialized or overexcited in a social setting with other dogs? Does your dog hide or run zoomies? Does your dog ‘forget’ all her skills when other dogs are around? Is your dog a ‘velcro dog’ who follows you around and barks/whines when you are out of sight? Our Play&Train program addresses all areas and your dog will learn to enjoy social dog/dog time calmly, improve play skills, be called out of play and settle, ‘go to bed’ on cue and settle while other dogs play. The program also includes independence and alone training, addresses demand behaviors such as whining and barking. Your dog will build self confidence and overcome mild separation anxiety. The curriculum of our comprehensive program allows room to include your individual lifestyle and goals. It includes a temperament test, intake interview and video updates after each session. Please contact us for more information and to receive our handout.

Please call 206.472.2946  book.

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Kick Start to a Happy Puppy Life

Age: Newly adopted puppies; rescue puppies

Days & Times: Flexible, according to your schedule

Cost: $380

This specialty program offers hands on training, tips and tools, and addresses every question you might have around life with a new puppy. 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, but the program also works at a later point in time. It includes 2 in-home sessions of variable duration. We don’t leave until every aspect or question is addressed. We help assess the set up in your home, yard or apartment building. Potty and crate training, alone and independence training, sleep & play time, mouthing & biting, jumping and general impulse control, to name just a few, are all elements of this program. The second private session can also be used in form of a training walk, a bus ride, a visit at your office or in any way that helps YOUR lifestyle. After the first session, you will receive a comprehensive written reference guide, tailormade to your family. 

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Private Lesson/ In-home consultation

Cost:  $150 / 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.