Jean Gauchat Hargis
Our trainer, Jean Gauchat Hargis is here to offer you and your family assistance with any questions or behavior problems you may have. Over 25 years of experience training more than 6,000 dogs in classes, handling, raising and conditioning many different breeds for competitions. If you need advice before you get your puppy, in choosing the right breed from a reputable breeder or if you have your furry friend in hand we can help you achieve your goals. We don’t use pinch collar and choke chain kind of training and instead use all positive reinforcement. We find this training is much less stressful on the dogs as well as your family. Training is a fun, rewarding experience that will strengthen the bond you and your dog share.
Whether you are looking for a well-behaved companion or an event competitor, Jean’s method of positive reinforcement will help you achieve your goal. Our training classes start for puppies as young as 8 weeks old. Below is a description of the classes we currently offer. If you are interested in enrolling in a class we would like to take a moment to thank you for choosing to train your dog with us.
DUE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAKWe have made changes to the size of our classes to accommodate the social distancing requirements. Some of our large attendance classes are temporarily suspended due to the shelter in place order—we are offering online group and private lessons through Zoom, as well as one-on-one in person private lessons.
However, we are still offering private training one-on-one, board and train, remote training classes and private lessons through Zoom. Some of our classes will be conducted live online using Zoom. In order to participate, you will need a high-speed internet connection and a computer or mobile device like a smartphone or tablet. Upon registration and attendance of the first lesson, we will not offer full refunds. This class is $200 for 4 sessions total. Each session is approximately 50 minutes.
In an effort to make the check-in process easier, we need your completed registration form, dog’s vaccine records and payment prior to the start of your training class. You are welcome to email us the form and vaccine records and pay over the phone, or stop by our hospital location at your convenience. For the Puppy Star Class, your dog must be vaccinated with at least one DHPP. For all other classes, your dog must be current on Bordetella, DHPP, and Rabies at 16 weeks and older, that have been administered by a veterinarian. We recommend pets receive these vaccines at least 2 weeks prior for full immunity, when possible.
Please don’t feed your puppy right before class. This is for a number of reasons. Instead, bring their kibble to class in a ziploc bag for use as lures and rewards while training. Also bring a few extra-tasty treats to reward your pup for their best performances. Make sure your treats are in small, bite-sized pieces that won’t fill your pup up or take long for them to eat. We also recommend bringing a small water bowl for personal use.
PLEASE! Bring your puppy’s vaccine documents and the signed copy of the registration form to the first lesson
Reminder: Your first Puppy Preschool, Puppy Star, Basic Manners session is WITHOUT your dog for orientation. All other classes Puppy Kindergarten, Beyond Basic, Agility please bring your dog to the first lesson.
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Group Online Training
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this class will be conducted live online using Zoom. In order to participate, you will need a high-speed internet connection and a computer or mobile device like a smartphone or tablet. Upon registration and attendance of the first lesson, we will not offer refunds. Each session is approximately 50 minutes.
Care, Board and Train
Individual training while you are away. Training only what your puppy or dog needs. We will work on calming, barking, chewing, handling, house manners, playing with other dogs, basic obedience, grooming, greeting while out for socialization. Contact Jean for details. Calendar fills quickly so book dates early. Only accept one canine at a time, payment due in advance to hold reservation.
If you would rather have the privacy of training your dog one on one with Jean working around your schedule or have a behavioral problem that might keep you from coming to a group class this may be an option for you! We cover such issues as running away, digging, barking, nipping, jumping, house soiling, chewing, counter surfing, cat chasing and all basic obedience commands. Please call or email Jean for details and scheduling.
Follow Up – Additional Hour $150
Remote Online – 50 Minutes $80
Puppy Preschool Class
Ages 8-11 weeks. We recommend once puppy vaccines are started, to enroll your puppy in a class with a safe learning environment. Don’t wait until 16 weeks!! Learn how to PREVENT and deal with common puppy problems like house soiling, chewing, nipping, digging, jumping up, and barking. Socialize your puppy with others the same age and with new puppy owners. Lessons are one hour per week for 4 weeks.
Mondays Starting Oct 9 – $200
Puppy Star Class
Ages 8-18 weeks. Learn how to PREVENT and deal with common puppy problems like house soiling, handling attention, chewing, nipping, digging, jumping up, sit, down, stand, tolerating a collar and barking. Socialize your puppy with others the same age and with new puppy owners. Teach your puppy to walk nicely on leash, puppy agility, grooming, recall, sit and down on request. This class also qualifies for the AKC Puppy Star program. Lessons are one hour per week for 7 weeks.
Mondays Starting Sept 14 – $225
Mondays Starting Nov 2 – $225
Puppy Kindergarten Class
Ages 12-18 weeks. Continue puppy education don’t create puppy separation anxiety, working in new environments with a calm and confident attitude! Household training like impulse control, cuddle, exam, boundary training, house soiling, chewing, nipping, digging, jumping up, and barking. Socialize your puppy with others the same age and with new puppy owners. Lessons are one hour per week for 4 weeks.
Basic Manners Class
Ages 16 weeks and older. Just finished the puppy series? Want to start training and bonding with your new companion the right way? Jean will give you general understanding about how a dog thinks. This helps training become easy for the human and, in effect, helps make training easy for the dog to learn. Often, it can be tough trying to control those testing teenagers. Behavior problem solving, impulse control, barking, jumping, counter surfing, obedience such as, come, heel, sit and down stay, watch me, no jumping, go to bed, leave it. Teach your dog to come when called with enthusiasm and no matter the distraction! Lessons are one hour per week for 6 weeks.
Wednesdays Starting Sept 9 – $225
Beyond Basic Manners Class
Ages 32 weeks and older. Additional skills taught include dog to dog or people to dog socialization, Teach your dog to walk politely on-leash and to heel on or off-leash, watch me, no jumping (teach your dog not to jump up on people), stay from a sit or down, moving down on recall, stand still, go to bed, leave it (how to ignore food and other distractions), Take it (how to take things such as food and toys, gently), how to properly play (tug), food games, and sit/down from motion, hide and seek, and more. Lessons are one hour per week for 6 weeks.
Ages 8 weeks and older. Learn from one of the best handlers in Northern California. We hold a drop in conformation class on Monday evenings. If you need to get your puppy out and show them the ropes or looking for some tricks and tips this class will help you become a real top winning handler!
Ages 24 weeks and older. If you are tired of obedience and want to have some fun join our next Intro to agility! Dogs must have completed the puppy star or basic training class. This is one of the best team dog sports around! Teach your dog to learn the tunnel, bar jumps, dog walk, weave poles, A-frame and more! Lessons are one hour per week for 5 weeks. Contact Jean if you are interested in joining!
BEGINNERS – Tuesdays Starting Oct 6 – $225
ADVANCED – Mondays Starting Oct 12 – $225
CONTINUED – Wednesdays Starting Oct 14 – $225
Canine Good Citizen
Ages 6 months and older. The class size is limited to a max of 10 dogs. Dogs must have completed a Puppy or Basic training class. CGC is a ten-skill training program that’s open to all dogs – purebred and mixed breed – that focuses on teaching the basics of good manners and obedience, instilling the values of responsible ownership, and strengthening the bond between you and your dog at home and out in the community. After mastering the ten skills, passing the CGC test together, and taking the Responsible Dog Ownership pledge, you and your pup will join the proud ranks of over 1 million dogs who have earned their Canine Good Citizen award – an accomplishment that’s definitely worthy of extra belly rubs! Lessons are one hour per week for 4 weeks.
Tuesdays Starting Oct 13 – $200