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Most basic questions are answered on our "contact us" page  

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Private training - one on one training-  is only offered for specific issues that cannot be addressed in class either due to safety issues or issues that are only associated with the home.  Private sessions are held in your home (we come to you in the Nampa/Boise area) by appointment only and are $105 per hour for appointments.
 We do always recommend our group classes over private training, except for severe aggression or issues that only exist in the home. Our group classes teach the dog to obey- regardless of what is going on around them, regardless of how many other dogs, people and other distraction are there. The entire premise of our classes is to teach our dogs to be obedient in real life, not just at home when only a few distractions are near.

Private appointments are offered Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 9am and 1pm,
evening and weekend appointments are not available at this time.
To schedule text April's personal cell phone at 208-899-7487. 
Do NOT call/text outside of normal business days/hours.

Travel time charged for any travel over 20 minutes. 


 2019 class schedule:

 January 21st, 22nd and 23rd (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday- your choice) Nampa (crossed out dates are no longer available)

January classes have all been filled. Registration is closed for those classes.  

 April 8th, 9th and 10th 
 in Meridian (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday- your choice), April 11th in Nampa (Thursday)

 June 17th, 18th and 19th 
in Meridian (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday- your choice) , June 20th in Nampa (Thursday) 

 August 26th, 27th and 28th in Meridian (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday- your choice), August 29th in Nampa (Thursday)

 These dates may be subject to change (within a one week difference) as the year progresses





   Imagine this: you stroll through a meadow while your dog romps in the sunshine. A rabbit bolts and your dog starts after it. You give a one-word command and he wheels around, bounding cheerfully back to sit expectantly at your feet.
   Another command from you and your dog heels sedately at your left side. You stop. He sits attentively. You tell him to lie down and stay and you walk off to investigate something. You give the release command and he frolics off to continue your companionable outing together. No leash. No shock collar. No food bribes. No panic. You have full confidence that your dog is under control.
   At Scotch Pines Dog Training we believe that true obedience must extend beyond the six foot leash. Because gates get left open and leashes slip. Because real life, even in your backyard, is off leash. Our goal is to instill off-leash reliability whether your dog is walking with you along a mountain trail or a city street, whether there are other dogs or children about, or even whether a cat zips by.
   Our group classes provide the training your dog needs to earn such confidence and freedom.
 Dog training is fun, rewarding and exciting! It can also be a lot of hard work and frustration. You have hired us to guide you through the steps of training your dog. Our goal is well trained dogs and happy owners!

Our training is a foundational method, we begin at the most basic and gradually add on more obedience, more commands, more complex training until the dogs reach off leash obedience and hand signal command reliability!
The class summary by week is as follows:

Week 1: Getting your dog's attention focused on you (the side effect of this is *drumroll please* no more pulling on the leash!) Correcting jumping up. Addressing barking

Week2: Beginning the command and position for heel (left side walking on loose leash). Introducing the automatic sit and the command down. Addressing chewing/destructive behaviors
Week 3: Perfecting the heeling, expecting automatic sit when owner stops. Heeling is now with leash tossed loosely over the shoulder, no hands on leash. Continuing down placement. Introducing command stay! Addressing counter surfing and dumpster diving
Week 4: Dogs are now proficient in sit stay up to 18 feet distance with distractions! Down command is now expected without placement. Heeling is almost flawless at this week. The best command of all starts this night: COME!!

Week 5: Introduction to coming when called with distractions (guinea pigs/bunnies/etc). Long distance sit stays and down stays of 2 and 5 minutes. Dogs are almost ready to begin off leash week!

Week 6: First night of off leash! The dogs now meet "The Goat" and walk the first time off leash around the goat with a safety line (just in case..) and 5 solid weeks of training to keep them right in place. Off leash "come" is first covered this night.

Week 7: Off leash heeling, staying and coming when called is practiced and reviewed. Down from a distance begins this week. Dogs are now coming and going into the heel position without guidance!

Week 8: The safety line starts getting shortened this week. Dogs are now on hand signals completely for heel, stay, down and are learning the hand signal only command for come.

Week 9: Dogs are never going to be robots and that isn't what we want but by graduation our dogs are now trained!!
Dogs learn by repetition, consistency, praise, patience and correction. In class we will teach the balance of these components and the value of each. Please come to class with a strong understanding of patience, kindness and perseverance!

Training collars are used in class. Electrical shock collars ("e-collars/sensation collars") are NOT allowed in our classes. Abuse of any animal is not tolerated and you will be asked to leave immediately with no refund given.
We do not teach treat training for the same reason we don't recommend paying your child to be obedient. Treats are great for parlor tricks (roll over, play dead, etc) so please leave your treats at home for non essential tricks. 

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