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Dog Training

Sign up for a dog training course

The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) offers a variety of dog training courses as part of our commitment to supporting positive relationships between people and their pets. Our certified, experienced, and caring dog trainers will help you teach your dog:

  • Basic manners

  • Advanced commands (Level II and above)

  • Healthy socialization skills

  • Mental enrichment exercises

  • How to channel physical energy into class activities

At the conclusion of each dog training course, your dog will receive a signed certificate of completion. You and your canine companion will benefit from the opportunity to strengthen your bond through interactive group training courses. Our human participants feel more confident about their pet and have a deeper understanding of how to encourage good behavior.

Classes are held at both the Boston Animal Care & Adoption Center and the Dedham Education and Training Center. FREE parking is available at both locations.

ARL Boston

Boston Shelter

10 Chandler Street
Boston, MA 02116

ARL Dedham

ARL Dedham building 10 Anna's Pl

10 Anna’s Place
Dedham, MA 02026


Meet Some Recent Graduates

BODIE
Two people holding a golden retriever with dog training certificate

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Two people holding a black lab puppy with dog training certificate

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Enroll in a Course

You may enroll in a dog training class below either online or over the phone at (617) 426-9170 x227. If you are registering multiple dogs, please be advised that each dog must have its own individual handler.

Sign up for a dog training course

Course Offerings and Details

View ARL’s dog training course descriptions to determine which class best matches your dog’s current level of training and interests.

For six week courses, a reduced rate is offered (first-time use only) to dogs adopted from the ARL within the previous six months, and for Boston Veterinary Care clients. Please contact a dog training representative for details.

Six Week Courses:

Unless otherwise noted, classes are held for one hour per week for six weeks. Our variety of 6-week courses cover a range of options from Basic Good Manners to Agility.

Workshops

Workshops are held for one hour per week for two weeks and range from heeling to loose leash walking.

Private Lesson(s):

ARL is now offering 1.5-hour private lesson(s) at our Boston and Dedham location. These sessions are designed for dogs that may have a hard time in a group class or to focus on specific behavior concerns that they are having. The price per one-time, Private Lesson is $175. Please call (617) 426-9170 for availability.

All proceeds from dog training classes benefit the animals in our care at ARL.


Course Fees

Discount available for repeating clients!

 

  • Beginner Classes
  • $225

    6-week course
  • Puppy Kindergarten (ages 8 weeks – 5 months only)
  • Beginner Obedience Level 1 (Ages 5 months and up)
  • Intro to Rally Obedience (Ages 6 months and up)
  • Intermediate - Advanced Classes
  • $225

    6-week course, for those that have attended a beginner class
  • Beginner Obedience Level 2 (ages 6 months and up)
  • Advanced Obedience Level 3 (ages 6 months and up)
  • Introduction to Nosework (ages 6 months and up)
  • Workshops
  • $100

    2-weeks, 1 hour per week
  • Heeling and Loose Leash Walking
  • Private Lesson(s)
  • $200

    1-hour single session
  • $200 includes a 1-hour behavior consultation, the creation of a personalized training plan delivered through email, and a follow-up phone call or email with a trainer. After the initial session, single or 3-pack lessons are available for purchase through your trainer. No discounts apply.

Contact a Dog Training Representative

To speak with a dog training representative, call (617) 426-9170 x227 or email dogtraining@arlboston.org and please allow 24-48 hours for a response.


Dog Training Course Descriptions

Workshops

Heeling and Loose Leash Walking

Prerequisites: None—However, no dog/human aggressive dogs. This is not a reactive dog-handling workshop. For questions, please contact the Dog Training Manager at (617) 426-9170 x227 or email dogtraining@arlboston.org.  

Course Location: This class is taught in Dedham.

Course Description: During these 2 weeks, you and your dog will master the art of “Heeling” which is a structured loose leash walk. This workshop will help you teach your dog how to walk by your side regardless of distractions. Through the use of positive reinforcement methods, we will teach you how to stop your dog from pulling. Dog training is about fostering a relationship with your pet.  Your dog will learn lifelong leash skills in a fun and productive way.  

 

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Introduction to Rally Obedience

Ages: 6 months and up

Prerequisites: Puppy Kindergarten, Beginner Adolescents, or Good Manners

Course Location: This class is taught in Dedham.

Course Description: Rally-O is a class that takes obedience exercises and skills and improves performance and accuracy. The handler and dog will navigate through a course of 10-20 signs, asking for a specific skill to attempt. You and your dog will strengthen your loose-leash walking, heeling, sit, down stay, tricks and more! This is a spin on traditional obedience by adding challenging fun exercises to build a stronger relationship with your dog while reinforcing your obedience techniques.

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Introduction to Nosework

Ages: 6 months and up

Prerequisites: Puppy Kindergarten, Beginner Obedience, or prior training at another location

Course Location: This class is taught in Dedham and Boston.

Course Description: Nosework is a class that provides you and your dog with a fun companionship activity. The goal of the course is for dogs to sniff out the hidden target odor (birch), having to learn how to ignore distractions in the process. Using fun games, dogs learn to search high and low, around cones, boxes, barriers, and other unique places to find the target odor and alert their owner. This class is an excellent way to learn how to communicate with your dog and foster a stronger relationship. Owners can work their way up to compete for titles in multiple venues or they can just do it for fun.

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Puppy Kindergarten

Ages: Puppies 8 weeks – 5 months

Prerequisites: None

Course Location: This class is taught in both Dedham and Boston.

Course Description:  This class concentrates on the importance of socialization in puppies and how to raise a happy well-adjusted adult dog. This class will also introduce some important skills such as appropriate play with other dogs, name recognition, how to greet people/dogs, how to become more comfortable wearing a harness, collar and leash along with many other fun activities! Puppy play during class is at the trainer’s discretion.

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Beginner Obedience Level 1

Ages: 5 months and up

Prerequisites: None

Course Location: This class is taught in both Boston and Dedham.

Course Description: This course is designed for dogs over 6 months and have little or no previous training. Using positive reinforcement methods, your dog will be introduced to all basic cues such as sit, down, stay, coming when called, loose leash walking with a goal of becoming a well-mannered dog. Some socialization and play will be covered. Positive training leads to positive results.

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Beginner Obedience Level 2

Ages: Puppies 6 months and up

Prerequisites: Beginner Obedience Level 1 or a related course at another facility

Course Location: This class is taught in both Dedham and Boston.

Course Description: This level 2 class will build on the skills learned in the level 1 classes by adding more duration, distance and distractions. New skills will be taught such as ‘Leave it’ ‘Drop it’ ‘go to place’ and ‘heel’. This course will help prepare you and your dog to join other fun classes we offer.

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Advanced Obedience Level 3

Ages: 6 months and up

Prerequisites: Beginner Obedience Level 2 or a related course at another facility

Course Location: This class is taught in both Dedham and Boston.

Course Description: This is a level 3 course that will prepare you for the real world. You will continue to enhance your dog’s loose leash walking, stay, recall, greetings, and go to place behavior. You will learn how to walk pass other dogs, food, toys, people and more. You will continue to learn and understand how to be consistent regardless of location and distractions.

ENROLL IN THIS COURSE 

Private Lesson(s)

Ages: any age

Prerequisites: None

Lesson Location: Lessons are offered in both Boston and Dedham.

Description: These lessons are designed for owners and their dogs that need one on one attention with the trainer focusing on any behavior issue or to improve on skills with less distraction. $200 includes a 1-hour behavior consultation, the creation of a personalized training plan delivered through email, and a follow-up phone call or email with a trainer. After the initial session, single or 3-pack lessons are available for purchase through your trainer. No discounts apply.

Please call (617) 426-9170 for availability.


Have a question about your pet’s behavior?

If you have a question regarding you pet’s behavior, please contact our Pet Behavior Helpline to speak with a knowledgeable staff member or volunteer.