The Canine Connection Dog Training, LLC
194 Bridgeport Ave., Milford, CT 06460
(203) 876-2441

The Canine Connection offers private lessons in addition to Family Pet Classes and Competition Classes. If you are interested in private lessons feel free to contact us!

Very small classes ensure plenty of individual attention. Some classes include the introduction of Agility obstacles to build confidence and teamwork.

Puppy Play & Train is a 1.5 hour session for puppies 8 to 16 weeks focusing on socialization and bad habit prevention. We teach the puppy's people how to manage the puppy and his environment to keep the puppy out of trouble and give him the desire to learn from and work with his people. We introduce the puppy to some of our foundation exercises, including eye contact, following, settle and leave it.

Family Manners is a 6 week class for dogs over 12 weeks who have had little or no training. This class focuses on relationship and teaching the dog polite behavior including the basic 7 commands(sit, down, stand, stay, come, settle and leave it) and loose-leash walking. The last 10 minutes of each class is devoted to resolving common behavior problems and teaching people how to provide appropriate outlets for their dog's energy.

Intermediate is a 6 week class that builds on the skills learned in the Puppy Preschool or Family Manners class by challenging the dog with distraction and adding some new skills. This class prepares most dogs to pass the AKC's Canine Good Citizen test. Common behavior problems will also be addressed.

Advanced + Intro to Agility is a 6 week class that strengthens the skills learned in the previous levels for increased reliability. In addition, Agility obstacles are introduced, increasing the dog's confidence and strengthening the bond between the dog and handler. An Outward Hound field trip is included Spring through Fall. Graduates of this class are invited to attend field trips at no charge.

Canine Good Citizen/Therapy Dog is a 4 week class open to graduates of the Intermediate Class. Confidence, polite greeting behavior and prompt response to commands are our focus. A practice AKC Canine Good Citizen test and/or Therapy Dog evaluation is included. Certification tests are available several times per year at  our Open House/fundraiser  events.

Outward Hound (seasonal) is a drop in (by reservation) class for members and graduates of the Advanced class. Classes will meet at various locations (hiking, dog parks, pet stores) for a "real world" training experience.

Competition Basics is a 6 week class that teaches Novice handlers footwork, ring procedure and the Novice class requirements. Attention exercises will also be introduced.                                 

Mixer is a 6 week class that introduces Rally-O and tracking, along with strengthening obedience and Agility skills.

Specialized Classes are available on a rotating schedule, depending on demand. Some of the classes offered include: Competition Basics, Focused Attention, Rally-O, and Competing with a Small Dog. Contact us for details.

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