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Therapy dog Certification

A 7 week session that works on the skills needed to pass the Therapy Dog International evaluation and test which will take place on week 7. TDI dogs visit nursing homes, hospitals and other institutions where therapy dogs are needed. Prerequisite: 1 yr of age, Companion dog Level II

Canine Good Citizen

A 6 week session working toward AKC certification rewarding good dog ownership and well mannered dogs. All dogs who pass the 10 step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club. The certification test will take place on week 7. The AKC's CGC Program provides great benefits:

  • An excellent foundation for training in other activities such as Agility, Obedience and Rally,
  • A well-mannered dog who is a joy to live with.
  • Some therapy dog groups require passing the CGC Test as a prerequisite.
  • Some insurance companies recommend CGC training.
  • Many apartments and condos require CGC training

Prerequisite: Companion Dog Level 1.  Sign up Here

Intro to K9 Nose Work®

This 6 week session uses food hidden in plastic containers, boxes, and under chairs, etc. to develop your dog’s natural hunting abilities. Using your dog’s love of toys, food and exercise, it builds confidence and burns tons of mental and physical energy while you learn to read your dog’s body language to understand when they are “in odor”. This is a great class for dogs who have difficulty working in distracting environments as only one dog at a time will be working. This class works best for dogs that are food or toy motivated.

For all scent work classes dogs must be comfortable crated in the building or in your vehicle when not working.

Prerequisites: Companion Dog Level 1 or Companion Dog Level 2 and must be at least 6 months old. Sign up Here

Intro to K9 Nose Work® II

This 6 week session builds on the previous class and introduces different types of venues/searches. This class continues building hunting behavior using containers, but will also introduce your dog to hunting in cars and outside as well as different interior areas.

 Prerequisites: Introduction to Scent Work, dogs must be comfortable crated in the building or in your vehicle when not working. Sign up Here

Introduction to Odor

This 6 week session follows Scent Work II Introducing your dog to the 3 commonly used odors in competition. Birch, Anise and Clove.

 Prerequisites: Introduction to Scent Work II, dogs must be comfortable crated in the building or in your vehicle when not working. Sign up Here

Advanced K9 Nose Work®

This 6 week session will continue to build your skills as a handler your ability to “read” your dog, and your dogs hunting ability with more complex problems. In addition you will learn more about what odor does in different situations.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Odor, dogs must be comfortable crated in the building or in your vehicle when not working. Sign up Here

Private Instruction

1 hour Private lessons for all classes and levels are available by appointment at a rate of $75-. Please call our office to schedule an appointment.

Behavior Consultations

Our instructors can help you reshape undesirable behaviors using tried and true, positive methods. At SureFire Dogs Inc. we care about who is at both ends of the leash and we treat you and your dog as individuals. We will analyze your unique problem and create a program to meet your needs.  Consultations are available by appointment starting at $90- an hour. Please call the office to schedule.