The Dog Den

Learn and Play...Everyday!

1019 Jonathon Dr. Madison, WI 53713 | 608-278-PLAY (7529)
410 Atlas Ave, Madison, WI 53714 | 608-241-DOGS (3647)

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Training for Fun

Our training philosophy is simple HAVE FUN! We have developed classes that not only combine the latest scientifically-proven, positive training techniques but we also focus on making training simple and fun for the whole family. We use a combination of treats, praise, games and other rewards to teach your pup to be a courteous member of your family and society. We strive to work with you and your dog as individuals to meet your training goals instead of focusing solely on a set curriculum from week to week.

Our training team keeps up with the most recent positive training techniques to help your dog develop into an exceptional pet that is the envy of all your friends! We love dogs and know the importance of a solid training foundation to help make your dog an important part of the family. We understand the ups and downs of training. We are here to celebrate your successes and help you through your rough spots. You and your dog become part of our team as soon as you walk in the door.

While we agree ALL training with your dog is FUN, these classes are specifically designed to put a smile on your face.

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Interested in signing your puppy up for a dog sport class when they are old enough? Looking for a fun new way to train, socialize, and interact with your puppy as they grow older? Join us for a great (and fun!) way to safely introduce your puppy to the foundation skills needed in dog sports like agility, rally, freestyle, and treibball! We will work on building drive, attention skills, body awareness, and confidence by introducing various exercises they may experience if they move on to future dog sport classes!

This 6 week class is for all puppies under 6-months-old.

Class Length: 6 weeks; 45 minutes each week

Cost: $120

Prerequisites: None *vaccines required first night of class

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Treibball (also known as "Drive Ball," or "Urban Bal Herding,") is a new competitive dog sport in which dogs learn to "drive" large inflatable balls into nets with their noses-it's a bit like "doggie soccer!" Treibball is a great activity for dogs of any breed, who love to play games, learn new things and work as a team with their handlers. People with dogs who love to herd (but may not have access to sheep!) and who have dogs who require lots of physical and mental exercise are also highly encouraged to check it out!

In our Treibball Foundations Class, you'll learn the training skills used in Treibball work, including targeting, matwork, impulse control, orientation training, and much more! Please bring a "pilates-type" exercies ball to class.

Class Length: 6 weeks; 45 minutes each week

Cost: $115

Prerequisites: None *vaccines required first night of class

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In this class we build on the skills we learned in Treibball Level 1. Owners/handlers must bring their own "pilates-type" exercise ball to class each week.

Class Length: 4 weeks; 45 minutes each week Cost: $100

Prerequisites: Treibball Level 1 *vaccines required first night of class

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Want to put your dog’s busy nose to work? Your dog's natural desire to hunt and their strong sense of smell can be used to search for their favorite toys and food-...plus, all of that sniffing gives them plenty of mental and physical exercise! This is a beginner-level class which will introduce fun and enticing challenges for your dog. All dog breeds, ages and temperaments are encouraged to join.

If your dog has a history of reactivity/aggression around other dogs, please see information for our Scrappers Class, and consider scheduling a private training session before enrolling in a group class.

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Canine Freestyle is a great activity for you and your dog to enjoy together! In this class, you will be teaching your dog to move with you in fun ways (circles, spins, figure-eights, and more!) to form a choreographed "routine" set to music. You and your dog will have so much fun practicing together! This class is great for dogs who love to learn tricks, and it can be a great confidence booster for more timid dogs also. If you are looking for a fun new activity for your dog, the Freestyle Class is a great choice!

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This class is for dogs 12 months of age or older who have completed an intermediate obedience or focused attention class (such as Positively Focused.) Dogs should have a reliable sit-stay and be ready to begin off-leash work. Agility Foundations centers on crate games, handling, tunnels, and foundation jumping skills. Handling and obstacle skills are taught independently and then brought together towards the end of the session. This course requires minimal at home equipment and most exercises can be completed with every day household items.

***Agility Foundations Class is appropriate for dogs that are dog-friendly and will be comfortable with being off-leash around other dogs (and comfortable with other dogs possibly approaching them.) If your dog has a history of reactivity/aggression around other dogs, please see information for our Scrappers Class, and you may also consider contacting the Dog Den behavior team for a one-on-one private training session before you enroll for a group training class.

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This class focuses on building jumping skills by utilizing jump grids and adding handling maneuvers to jumps with one jump exercises. Teams will be able to run short sequences by the end of the 6 weeks. This course covers jumping (including double, triple and tire jumps), handling and continued tunnel performance.

Prerequisites: Agility Foundations Level 1

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The Rally For Fun class is a six-week course that covers many of the 33 signs currently in use by the AKC for the Novice level. Each week new signs with a similar theme will be taught and then worked into a practice course, using the current and previous weeks learned signs. Teams in the Rally Novice course will also begin to transition to off leash heeling (if ready) in preparation for the Advanced class.

Class Length: 6 weeks; 45 minutes each week

Cost: $115

Prerequisites: None *vaccines required first night of class

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With the transition into the Rally Advanced class comes a new set of skills! The advanced class works on gaining off leash heeling skills, proper jumping as well as all of the advanced signs. This class uses all of the updated AKC Rally Advanced signs.

Class Length: 6 weeks; 45 minutes each week

Cost: $115

Prerequisites: Completion of Rally Novice *vaccines required first night of class

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Does your dog know some fantastic tricks that you would love to show off? Would you love to teach your dogs some fun tricks to show to all your family and friends? Come join our fun filled Tricks and Games class. Dogs will learn all kinds of tricks and you will learn some really fun games to play with your dogs, especially during the long winter months. AKC titling will be available to all who would like to earn a title in novice, intermediate, advanced and performing tricks.

Class Length: 6 weeks; 45 minutes each week

Cost: $100

Prerequisites: None *vaccines required first night of class

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Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?? Here at the Dog Den, we love our gray-faced furry friends & believe that all ages of dogs should have the opportunity to learn fun new ways to provide physical and mental enrichment!

This class includes many activities to engage your dog's mind while being gentle on their body: scent games, trick training, treibball, low-level obstacles, and bodywork will all be included to keep your senior dogs' mind and body active and happy!

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This class is taught at a Beginner-Intermediate level, and it's held entirely outdoors! Dogs who have experience with basic commands such as "Sit," "Down," "Stay," and "Come," will get some practice performing these exercises (and many others,) surrounded by all of the extra distractions that the outdoors provides. We will be incorporating various distractions and games to help achieve reliable commands, and each week, we will work on something different, making this the class not to miss!!

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This class is perfect for dogs who have completed the Outdoor I and/or (indoor) Intermediate Class. This is an Intermediate-Advanced level class, in which we will work on "proofing" the dogs in an outdoor setting-making sure that they can do any command in any circumstance (if a bird is flying above them, a firetruck is heard passing by, etc.) We will include "field trips" to get even more chances to practice in real world settings.

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