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Specialty Dog Training Classes

Specialty Dog Training Classes and Events

Specialty Dog Training Classes and Events are a wonderful way to explore new and innovative areas of training. They are a great way to enhance your relationship with your pet. You will find below a list of the classes and events we offer. Please join our mailing list to stay informed of Specialty Dog Training Classes and other Unique Events at Misty Pines Pet Company.

Pre-registration is required.

Visit our Online Class Registration page to Pre-Register for Agility and other Specialty Classes!

Check out Misty Pines' Events and Classes Calendar!

  • Agility, All levels
  • Cafe DownStay
  • CGC Prep Class
  • CGC Test
  • Kids Camp
  • North Park Class
  • Nuisance Behaviors
  • TDI Prep Class
  • TDI Test
  • Classes and Events yet to be Scheduled

  • All Levels Field Trip
  • Conformation Class
  • Dock Diving
  • Dock Diving 101
  • Kids Class
  • Ladies Night Out
  • Manners
  • Reliable Retrieve
  • Scent Work
  • Swimming
  • Treadmill
  • Warm Up and Practice Dock Diving Trial
  • Currently Scheduled Classes and Events


    Agility, All Levels - $17

    Second and Fourth Saturday of every month | 8 - 9 AM

    Misty Pines teaches and uses obstacles in our training classes as motivational aids for your dog as a fun way to learn. Schooling your dog in agility obstacles will also strengthen communication between you and your dog. It promotes teamwcork and builds your dog's respect and trust in you as its leader. While this sport can be very competitive, this class will be taught as a recreational activity to enhance your relationship with your dog. In this monthly agility class, you and your dog will communicate, bond, and have fun! You and your dog can practice any obstacle for as long as you'd like in this class. Agility Class is held the second Saturday of each month from 8 to 9 a.m. Please pre-register.


    13th Annual Café DownStay at the Southside BBQ Company

    Saturday, December 10th, 2016 | 12:00-3:00

    Location: The South Side BBQ Company on 17th Street on the South Side of Pittsburgh.

    For the past 12 years the 17th Street Cafe (now The South Side BBQ Company) has been partnering with us in our endeavors to raise money for great causes while providing a high quality dog-friendly dining experience for many of our clients.

    • Beneficiary is TBA
    • Tickets are $50 ($21 for lunch & gratuity, $29 for the beneficiary)
    • R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, December 7th to Misty Pines.

    CGC (Canine Good Citizen), TDI (Therapy Dog International), Public Access Test and Service Dog Preparation Class - $17

    First & Third Saturday of each month | 8 - 9 AM

    This class will prepare you for both tests. We will actually go through all of the exercises so you will know exactly what you need to work on with your dog. You will have the opportunity to practice the exercises required in these tests. Practice makes perfect! Please pre-register.

    Canine Good Citizen Test (CGC) The Canine Good Citizen Test is a titling through the American Kennel Club (AKC) that is designed to recognize dogs that have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test will receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.

    Read this article for more information about the Canine Good Citizen Title and to learn the requirements to achieve it.

    Therapy Dog International Test (TDI) The Primary objective of the TDI dog and handler is to provide comfort and companionship by sharing the dog with the patients in hospitals, nursing homes and other institutions and wherever else the Therapy Dog is needed. This is done in a way that increases emotional well being, promotes healing, and improves the quality of life for the people being visited and the staff that cares for these people.

    The CGC and TDI also lays the foundation for the Public Access Test for the Misty Pines Certified Service Dogs.

    Read this article for more information about the Therapy Dog International Title and to learn the requirements to achieve it.


    Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test - $25

    TBA | tests begin at 5:30 PM

    The Canine Good Citizen Test is a certification program that is designed to recognize dogs that have good manners at home and in the community. The CGC is a two part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test will receive a frameable certificate from the American Kennel Club. Pre-registration required.

    Read this article for more information about the Canine Good Citizen Title and to learn the requirements to achieve it.


    Customer Appreciation Day

    Saturday, October 1st, 2016
    All Day Event

    Misty Pines would like to invite everyone to help us celebrate our 41st anniversary by spending the day with us, having lunch, and raising funds for the Ambridge Borough Police Dog Fund. We will have spectacular raffle baskets sponsored by local businesses, a 50/50 raffle, and other donation opportunities that will benefit local police K9s through the Ambridge Borough Police Dog Fund.

    While most cities and boroughs will pay for the dog and training, any day-to-day care will usually come out of the handler’s pocket. Even food, safety vests, and health care will not be covered unless the handler provides it. The K-9 community is tightknit, and handlers in different boroughs will often help each other out to provide proper care and tools for their partners. Ambridge Borough has pledged to provide assistance to any K-9 teams in the region that may need it with help from our fundraiser.

    Come spend your afternoon with us to see the elite skills of our local police dogs! Ambridge Borough will be organizing a K-9 demo with their handling team at 2:15pm, while the rest of our training schedule will remain the same. The raffle winners will be drawn following the demonstration.

    Please come out and join us as we say "Thank You" to all of you who help make Misty Pines such a great place and raise money for a great team that help to keep our community safe.

      Schedule
    • 8:00am - 9:00am | Agility Class
    • 9:15am - 10:00am | Puppy Class
    • 10:15am - 11:00am | Puppy Class and Puppy Preschool
    • 11:15am - 11:45am | Toy Breed
    • 12:00pm - 1:00pm | Level II Class
    • 1:15pm - 2:15 pm | Level III
    • 2:15pm - 3:30pm | Police K9 Demo
    • 3:45pm - 4:30pm | Level I

    Kids Dog Training Camp 2017 - $99/$89

    July 10th, 11th, & 12th, 2016 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    & July 24th, 25th & 26th, 2016 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Cost - $99 for first child, $89 for subsequent children in the same family.

    Yes, we are having TWO Kids Camps this year! Spaces are limited for each week so sign up for your preferred dates now. Don't miss out!

    Kids Camp is the perfect way for your child to enjoy their pet and learn proper handling skills and dog safety. Help your child have a great relationship with their canine best friend. The kids enjoy games, dog obedience, agility obstacles, trail hikes, and pond time. Kids Camp is available for kids ages 7-13 years of age.

    Pre-registration is required. Call 412.364.4122 or sign up online.


    North Park Class - $15

    Tuesday, September 13th | 6:30 - 7:30 PM

    Misty Pines Pet Company will be holding a special location dog training class in North Park. Class will be meeting at the North Park Swimming Pool parking lot at 6:30 PM. Please bring all of your usual tools needed for class and be sure to have a treat bag filled with your dog’s most favorite treats. You may want to skip feeding your dog lunch this day to ensure you have your dog’s full attention. Please sign up and prepay in advance. This class is open to students from all levels of classes.

    Location
    At Misty Pines we work towards building solid obedience and behavior throughout any distraction that we may come across. To solidify these behaviors we work through four variables of dog training; Distance, Distraction, Duration, and Location. Location is perhaps one of the most important variables of training a dog to cope with everyday situations such as someone coming to your door or taking your dog to the park on a sunny afternoon. As a general rule, a dog will only work where it has been taught to do so. Therefore, if the only place that you ever practice obedience such as heeling and stays is here in training class or at home in your living room, it is likely that your dog will find it difficult to hold their focus while faced with the unique distractions present in a new location. Keep in mind that when we change a criteria or variable in training, we make a command new again. Remember that you may need to take a step back and teach the sit command with lure and reward techniques the first time in a new location so that the dog learns to “listen” at this new place with unique distractions.


    Nuisance Behaviors Class - $18

    Saturday, October 29th | 8:00 - 9:00 AM

    This open forum class focuses on how to correct and inhibit common nuisance behaviors of dogs and how to train the dog for a more desirable behavior. Some of the behaviors we address are pulling on the leash, jumping up, digging, barking, counter surfing, mouthing and play-biting and more. Please join us if you would like help in training your dog to be a better housemate and companion. Classes will be held on the 5th Saturday of each eligible month. Please pre-register.


    Therapy Dog International (TDI) Test - $25

    TBA | tests begin at 5:30 PM

    The Primary objective of the TDI dog and handler is to provide comfort and companionship by sharing the dog with the patients in hospitals, nursing homes and other institutions and wherever else the Therapy Dog is needed. This is done in a way that increases emotional well being, promotes healing, and improves the quality of life for the people being visited and the staff that cares for these people. Pre-registration is required.

    Read this article for more information about the Therapy Dog International Title and learn the requirements to achieve it.


     

    Classes and Events Not Currently Scheduled


    All Levels Field Trip to Cranberry Commons - $15

    TBA

    Attention Dogs and Owners...

    We invite you to The Cranberry Commons to work your canine in a different location full of new distractions!

    What: Extreme Location Change - (Time to test our training out on the road)
    Where: Lowe's at the Cranberry Commons
    Why: Real Life Distractions make for the best training

    All class participants please meet us at the Lowe's parking lot in the Cranberry Commons. Advanced Class will not be held at Misty Pines!

    *Hope to see you there*


    Conformation Handling Class - $12, $5 for second dog

    Sundays beginning February 7th through March 20th

    1:00 – 1:45 PM | small breeds, need to be examined on a table
    2:00 – 3:00 PM | large breeds, examined on floor

    Learn how to handle your dog for the show ring. Learn how to stack, gait and to have proper etiquette in the sport of show dog handling. Enter a sport that will bring many hours of enjoyment and education to every member of your family.

    Classes will be taught by Mick McCormick with Gary Nestor assisting. Mick has been breeding and showing Alaskan Malamutes since 1968. He is the current President and previous Show Chair of the Butler County Kennel Club. He has taught conformation classes for numerous years, and several of his students have won conformation classes against professional handlers.

    Pre-registration required.


    Dock Diving 101 - $15
    Workshop at Misty Pines

    TBA 2017 | 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Paul Leabhart, President of the 3Rivers DockDogs club, will conduct an intro to Dock Diving. This workshop will include demonstrations on how to begin training for dock diving. The class will visit the Dog Pond for demos and to get the dogs in the water.

    If you are interested in dockdiving with your dog, this is one class you don't want to miss, learn the facts about techniques, rules and getting yourself prepared for when you do your first event.

    Bring your dogs and their favorite toy, there will be experienced Three Rivers Dockdog members, ready to help you and your dog at the pond.

    Click here to register and pre-pay.


    Dock Diving - $15

    TBA

    Visit our Sign-up page to get registered!

    This class will be primarily for beginners who want to start jumping off the dock.

    Registration is limited to 15 so sign up soon.

    *Pre-requesite: Your dog must know how to swim. If you would like to work on your dog's swimming skills, please attend our swimming classes.


    Kids and Family Dog Training Class - $15

    TBA

    Kids Class is an all levels dog training class for kids ages 7-12 years old. The Kids Class is designed to teach kids with their dogs handling skills, dog safety, games, obedience and agility. Kids will learn to safely and properly handle their dog. This is a fun, informative, and entertaining class for both humans and dogs. Friendly dogs can be supplied for your child. Please pre-register.

    Holiday Kids and Family Dog Training Class

    Ladies Night Out - $40

    TBA | 6:00 - 9:00 PM


    Manners In The Home - $17

    TBA

    Misty Pines is offering a class to teach dogs appropriate manners when greeting people and while in the house. Jumping up on guests is one of the most common nuisance behaviors that dog owners deal with. Similar problems include climbing on furniture, counter-surfing and begging at the table. Our manners class will address these topics and more. This class will prepare owners for Trick or Treaters and the approaching holiday season through realistic training scenarios designed for use at home.


    Reliable Retrieve Class - $17

    TBA | 8:00 - 9:00 AM

    All Levels Welcome

    Teaching owners and their dogs how to master their retrieves utilizing both negative and positive reinforcement. This class will teach your dog to "fetch," "hold" and "give" consistently.


    Scent Work: Intro - $99

    TBA

    Call 412.364.4122 to register

    Every dog is equipped with an amazing tool: their nose! Olfaction, the act or process of smelling, is a dog’s primary special sense. Dogs have more than 220 million olfactory receptors in their nose, while humans have only 5 million! Teaching dogs to use their nose to identify a target odor offers many benefits.

      WHY SCENT WORK?
    • Dogs of any age, breed, or temperament may participate and excel
    • Owners of any experience level or physical ability may participate
    • Fun, stimulating activity for dogs and owners
    • Can be practiced inside in small areas; great for winter or foul-weather training
    • Practical value in real-life
      EXAMPLES OF TARGET ODORS:
    • Birch, clove, and aniseed oil (used in scent work trials)
    • Deer antlers
    • Illicit drugs
    • Plants or mushrooms
    • The missing sock
    • Favorite toy
    • Your kids

    In level 1 ("Intro"), tasks are kept simple and this is the phase where the dogs are taught how to properly search for a scent (treat or toys only are used during this phase) and how to properly cue the handler that the scent has been targeted. Handlers will learn how to teach their dogs to be independent in their searches and not look for cues from the handler. Initially, searches are limited in area and boxes or other containers are used for scent. Over the course of several sessions we will increase the search area, add environmental objects, and change locations within the facility, all the while ensuring that the dog’s desire to hunt or search is triggered and increased. By the end of this level, dogs will be searching on cue and targeting the containers.


    Scent Work Level 2 - $99

    TBA

    Call 412.364.4122 to register

    In level 2, we will repeat the basics of box/container searches while pairing the search odor (birch, clove, aniseed) with their rewards. By allowing the dogs to find their own reward, dogs do not look to their handler for cues or help in finding the odor or try to please their handler. We want the dogs to trust their noses and believe that the reward will come from the source of the odor. This creates dogs that are highly motivated to pursue the odor. By returning to the basics, the dogs’ focus and drive will remain high because the new scent is paired with the familiar search game. After the basics have been repeated, we will add elevation and begin considering situations that handlers might face in real-world environments, including tempting distractions.

    **Prerequisite: Dog must be trained to birch.


    Scent Work: Containers - $99

    TBA | 2:30 - 3:30 PM

    This 3 week course is dedicated to scent working containers. In competition, dogs odor finding skills are tested in 4 elements: interior, exterior, vehicle and containers. In container searches scent will be hidden exclusively within a container such as a box, suitcase, bucket or backpack. Container searches are great for building confidence in dogs new to scent work as most already associate boxes with rewards.

    **Prerequisite: Dogs must have attended an intro scent work course and be trained to find birch oil.

    Call 412.364.4122 to register


    Swimming Class, All Levels - $15

    TBA

    Does your dog need a swimming lesson? Is your dog a good swimmer but wants to have friends to swim with? We offer a Summer Swimming Class! This helpful class will be sure to get your dog in the water at our dog pond in no time. Be sure to bring a water toy, enticing dog treats, a long leash, your bathing suit or old clothes and water shoes. You Will Get Wet! Please pre-register.


    Treadmill Class - $17

    TBA

    Learn how to teach your dog the treadmill to help keep them mentally and physically stimulated. Our most fit and athletic dogs can run on the treadmill at 8 -10 mph for twenty to thirty minutes!

    We will also have out GoPet Treadwheels available for use at this class. They are circular treadwheels which dogs can run on at their own speed. Those who have used them have really enjoyed them.


    Warm Up and Practice Dock Diving Trial - $15

    TBA

    On Sunday, July 31st, Misty Pines Pet Company will host a Warm Up and Practice Dock Diving Trial. This will be a competition for practice, fun, ribbons and prizes.

    There will be 2 rounds of jumps. One will be at 9:30, and one at 12:30. Each dog entered will get 2 jumps off the dock. The better of the two jumps will determine the dog’s division and place in that division. When the 12:30 jumps are over the top 6 dogs of each division will jump for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in their division. The top three places will receive a ribbon and prizes.

    Novice Division: 1 inch to 9 feet 11 inches.
    Junior Division: 10 feet to 14 feet 11 inches.
    Senior Division: 15 feet to 19 feet 11 inches.
    Master Division: 20 feet to 22 feet 11 inches.
    Elite Division: 23 feet to 24 feet 11 inches.
    Super Elite Division: 25 feet and above.

    An open practice for beginner and non-jumping dogs with the Three Rivers Dockdog members will take place from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM. This practice is limited to 15 dogs.

    You may register for the July 31st Dock Diving Practice online by clicking here.

    No parking will be permitted along the driveway. All parking will be in the parking lots at the top of the driveway. Participants and spectators are asked to bring lawn chairs to sit along the hillside, which will provide a spectacular view of the event.

    Each round of jumps, at 9:30am and 12:30pm, will have a 50 dog maximum, so be sure to get your spot soon. Participants will be organized into groups of 10 and each group will be assigned a jump time.

    Each handler/dog team needs to be here at least 30 minutes before their dock dive slot, which would be 9:00a or 12:00p.

    $15 per entry. Pay at event. Cash or check only. No credit cards.

    Click here for Official Rules.

    You may register for the July 31st Warm Up and Practice Dock Diving Trial online by clicking here.

         

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