OpBarks at Scotts Mills in East Falls (Northwest Philadelphia)

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OpBarks at Scotts Mills

We offer:
• Private Lessons
• Behavior Consults
• Day School Programs
• Classes and Workshops
• Agility

Class and Workshop Pricing

4-week classes $135

5-week classes $165-$225

Workshops $35-$45
Play and Learn Socials $25
Meet & Greet FREE

Alternatives to classIf none of the classes below fit your schedule or training needs, talk to us about private lessons or a behavior consultation.

 

 

 

 

Meet & Greet — FREE

First Saturday of every month
12:00-12:45 pm

• February 4th

 

Be our guest. We'll serve up complimentary coffee while we introduce you to our facility, approach and programs. We'll help you figure out the best place to begin with your new pup, new dog or to get thing back on track and also allow time for Q&A. Humans only, no dogs at this event.

Price: FREE

Length: 45 minutes

 

Get in touch to RSVP

 



Play and Learn Social (PALS) Club

First Saturday of every month
1:00 pm

  • None on February 4th — see Fuzz Butt Bowl below
  • March 4th

 

Dog- and people-friendly dogs over 5 months old. Prerequisites: Up-to-date on vaccinations. Completion of B-Dog 1: Focus and Control Fundamentals.

Join us to have some fun, do a bit of learning and enjoy off leash play on our fenced 3 acre HQ in Quakertown. Exclusively for OpB clients, bring your pups, dress for the weather and bring training treats. Coffee and refreshments provided.

Price: $25

Length: 1 hour

 

Get in touch to RSVP

 



Fuzz Butt Bowl

Saturday, February 4
1:00-3:00 pm

 

Dog- and people-friendly. Prerequisites: Up-to-date on vaccinations.

Puppy Bowl anyone? Yes! Come join us for this cute fest and FUNdraisers for some of our local animal rescue groups we love. Off leash play referee'd by pro trainers and did we mention...PUPPIES?? BYOPup and refreshments provided, raffles and more.

Price: $10 for pups and one handler. $10 at the door for additional people or peeps without pups that want to come cheer and get their puppy fix.

Length: 2 hours

 

Get in touch to RSVP

 

 

 

Puppy Starter Program

5-week class
Tuesdays, 6:30 pm

Start dates:
• January 31
• March 7

 

OR

Saturdays, 9:00 am

Start dates:
• February 18

 

For puppies under 5 months old. Prerequisite: Proof of first round of vaccines

This is where it all begins! Forget about “sit, down, stay” – our Puppy Starter Program digs deeper and the results last a lifetime. If you want your puppy to become a well-socialized dog that succeeds in our human world, and learn human words/commands, you must first learn to speak some dog. Your puppy will better understand all you have to teach him/her if you begin by communicating in a manner that he/she already understands.

We’ll teach YOU how to:

  • properly be your puppy’s leader
  • effectively communicate with your him/her
  • help your puppy deal with this demanding human world

Our program focuses on basic foundation behaviors, handling skills, and will help you boost your effectiveness as a trainer.

This class is the prerequisite for ALL future training you’d do with us at OpBarks. Everything we’ll teach will have a natural flow of progress once you and your dog have mastered these foundations of dog training.

Examples of what we will teach you to teach your puppy:

  • how to sit still when being held/handed
  • how to maintain being calm around new people
  • how to stay calm and mannerly around other dogs
  • to look to you for guidance and leadership in EVERY situation rather than making poor decisions

This program meets for 5 weeks but the first class is humans only since most of the work this first week will be for you. Then for classes 2-5, we'll work with you and your puppy to build skills, confidence and set you up with a game plan for a great journey together. Solid work here in these early weeks will pay off more than you know throughout your lives together.

Length: (5) 1-hour classes

Class size: Limited to 6 puppies to allow for a good teacher-to-student ratio

Includes: Digital handbook and support via email for duration of the class

Price: $165

Next Step: B-Dog 1: Focus & Control Fundamentals

 

Get in touch to begin the registration process

 

 

 

Dog Starter Program

5-week class
Mondays, 6:30 pm

Start dates:

• February 13

• March 20

 

OR

5-week class
Saturdays, 11:00 am

Start dates:

• February 18

 

Dog- and people-friendly dogs over 5 months old. Prerequisites: Up-to-date on vaccinations.

Whether your dog is young or old, new to you, or simply new to professional dog training, the beginnings are the same. Even if you missed out on a “puppy class”, don’t fret. It’s never too late get your dog started off on the right paw.  Successful training should always begin with solid communication, and that needs to begin with you learning some dog language. Your dogs will better understand all you have to teach them if you begin by communicating in a manner that they already understand. And this is where it all begins.

Forget about “sit, down, stay” even if your dogs knows these basics–our Dog Starter Program digs deeper and results last a lifetime. Too often we rush into what is commonly known as “basic training” for our dogs. In doing so we skip over some very fundamental learning; not just for our dogs, but also for ourselves.  Sure, we all want our dog to learn some tricks and have fun, but what about teaching our dogs to be calm, to relax and settle, to focus on you, to learn to follow your lead? That’s where we start, because foundations are essential to preventing bad habits and teaching our dogs how to be safe and secure in our human world.

We’ll teach YOU how to:

  • properly be your dog’s leader
  • effectively communicate with your him/her
  • help your dog deal with this demanding human world

Our program focuses on basic foundation behaviors, handling skills, and will help you boost your effectiveness as a trainer.

This class is the prerequisite for ALL future training you’d do with us at OpBarks. Everything we’ll teach will have a natural flow of progress once you and your dog have mastered these foundations of dog training.

Examples of what we will teach you to teach your dog:

  • how to sit still when being held/handled
  • how to maintain being calm around new people
  • how to stay calm and mannerly around other dogs
  • to look to you for guidance and leadership in EVERY situation rather than making poor decisions

This program meets for 5 weeks but the first class is humans only since most of the work this first week will be for you. Then for classes 2-5, we'll work with you and your dog to build skills, confidence and set you up with a game plan for a great journey together. Solid work on foundation behaviors will pay off more than you know throughout your lives together.

Length: (5) 1-hour classes

Class size: Limited to 6 dogs to allow for a good teacher-to-student ratio

Includes: Digital handbook and support via email for duration of the class

Price: $165

Next Step: B-Dog 1: Focus & Control Fundamentals

 

Get in touch to begin the registration process

 

 

 

 

B-Dog™ 1: Focus & Control

Fundamentals

4-week practice sessions
Tuesdays, 7:30 pm

Start dates:
• January 31
• March 7

 

OR

4-week practice sessions
Saturdays, 10:00 am

Start dates:

• February 18

 

Dog- and people-friendly dogs over 5 months old. Prerequisites: Up-to-date on vaccinations. Completion of the OpBarks' Puppy or Dog Starter Program.

In the Starter Program you learned to speak some dog and started to build a good connection with your canine companion. Here in B-Dog 1, it’s time to build on those foundations and enhance your training skills.

While “sit” & “down” will play their parts, they are not the main attractions. In this class, we teach dogs the attention, focus and self-control that dogs need to have in order to be successful in our world.

Examples of what we’ll cover:

  • How to practice impulse control
  • Proper greeting manners at home
  • How to deal with a dog who jumps
  • How to improve your dog’s leash walking
  • How to increase your dog’s responsiveness to you
  • How to get your dog to ignore distractions

At week 4 of this class, we’ll assess your skills. If you pass with flying colors, you are approved to go on to intermediate practice sessions in B-Dog 2: Making it Stick. If there is more work to do, then come back for another round of B-Dog 1—use the (4) classes as practice sessions to keep working on the foundations needed for focus and control.

Length: (4) 1-hour classes

Class size: Limited to 6 dogs to allow for a good teacher-to-student ratio

Includes: Digital handbook and support via email for duration of the class

Price: $135

Next Step: B-Dog 2: Making It Stick or you’re now qualified to take part in any of our dog fun or dog sports classes.

 

Get in touch to begin the registration process

 

 

 

 

B-Dog 2: Making it Stick

4-week practice sessions
Sundays, 11 am

Start date:

• February 5

 

Dog- and people-friendly dogs over 5 months old. Prerequisites: Up-to-date on vaccinations. Completion of B-Dog 1: Focus and Control Fundamentals.

Now that you and your dog have proven you have some serious talent, let’s put it to work and start to turn those good skills into a really good dog!

In our previous classes we have laid the groundwork for a strong canine companionship and now it’s time to put what you’ve learned to the test. Building off your current skill set we’ll help you to make things stick for the long haul.

In B-Dog 2 we get more into the subtleties of manners with the goal of having good habits become automatic, natural reflexes. We do this by upping the ante and focusing on real-word situations of greater intensity than previously practiced as well as teaching new skills. We also begin to fade out any food rewards so you and your dog are less dependent on such a basic “give & take” structure.

 

Examples of what we’ll teach and practice:

  • How to remain calm around strong distractions
  • Enhanced focus on you the owner
  • How to hold positions and chill (developing a strong “stay”)
  • How to have your dog come when called
  • “Drop it”
  • Advanced leash walking skills

Length: (4) 1-hour classes

Class size: Limited to 6 dogs to allow for a good teacher-to-student ratio

Includes: Digital handbook and support via email for duration of the class

Price: $135

Next Step: At week 4 of class, we'll assess your dog's intermediate skills and if they are looking good, you'll be approved for B-Dog 3: Advanced Maneuvers. If there is more work to do, then come back for a round of B-Dog 2 practice sessions to keep working on the skills needed to make it stick.

 

Get in touch to begin the registration process

 

 

 

 

Leash Walking Intensive

3-week class
Mondays, 7:30 pm

Start date:

• TBD

 

For friendly dogs over 5 months who have completed B-Dog 1 Focus and Control or are pre-approved by our staff.

In 2017 we're launching a new curriculum track that allows you to focus on house manners. Spending some concentrated time working on a real deal "heel" or loose leash walking is one of those skills that always can use a little tweaking or coaching, so it made sense to dedicate some learning for all the OpB pooches too!

Length: (3) 1-hour classes

Class size: Limited to 6 dogs to allow for a good teacher-to-student ratio

Includes: Support via email for duration of the class

Price: $99

Next Step: Keep moving through the B-Dog series or watch for another fun class to be offered

Get in touch to be notified when we run this again

 

 

 

 

Intro to Retrieving

3-week class
Mondays, 7:30 pm

Start date:

• January 30

 

For friendly dogs over 5 months who have completed B-Dog 1 Focus and Control or are pre-approved by our staff.

Wouldn't it be cool if your dog could pick up items—your keys, fetch a toy or even get better at bringing things back to you? Come out for this three week intensive where we'll mess with items, your dog's favorite toys and maybe even work towards fetching a beer from the fridge.

Length: (3) 1-hour classes

Class size: Limited to 6 dogs to allow for a good teacher-to-student ratio

Includes: Support via email for duration of the class

Price: $99

Next Step: Keep moving through the B-Dog series or watch for another fun class to be offered

 

Get in touch to begin the registration process

 

 

 

 

Intro to Herding

4-week class
Mondays, 7:30 pm

Start date:

• February 20

 

For friendly dogs over 5 months who have completed B-Dog 1 Focus and Control or are pre-approved by our staff.

Have a herding breed, mix or a dog that simply would have a good time moving things around, but coming up short on sheep? Jump in! In this 4-week "for fun" class, we introduce the concepts of treibball -aka- moving a large exercise ball as a stand in for sheep. Think soccer for dogs that requires impulse control, focus, concentration and is a great brain game.

Length: (4) 1-hour classes

Class size: Limited to 6 dogs to allow for a good teacher-to-student ratio

Includes: Support via email for duration of the class

Price: $135

Next Step: Keep moving through the B-Dog series or watch for another fun class to be offered

 

Get in touch to begin the registration process

 

 

 

 

Intro to Agility

4-week class

Start date:

• Wednesday, January 18, 7:30 pm

• Sunday, February 5, 10 am

 

 

For friendly dogs over 5 months who have completed B-Dog 1 Focus and Control or are pre-approved by our staff.

Agility is arguably the most popular and fastest-growing dog sport out there. We offer a fun, non-competitive introduction to this sport where your dog learns to maneuver a course of obstacles -- jumping, running and tunneling through equipment. This is a perfect step for pet owners who are looking to get goofy, and try something new and to stretch their dog's brain a bit!

Length: (4) 1-hour classes

Class size: Limited to 6 dogs to allow for a good teacher-to-student ratio

Includes: Support via email for duration of the class

Price: $135

Next Step: Keep moving through the B-Dog series or watch for another fun class to be offered

 

Get in touch to begin the registration process

 

 

 

 

Reactive Rover Class

5-week class

Start date:

• Wednesday, January 18, 6:30 pm

• Sunday, February 5th, 12:15pm

 

For dogs that have done private training and have instructor approval.

Whether your dog is easily frustrated and friendly, anxious and uncertain, or fearful it's easy for dogs to come undone and react. Our goal is to help you get a handle on your dog's reactivity while working in a small group with the foundation behaviors you have begun training in private lessons. Dogs that have already taken a Reactive Rover class are welcome to join us weeks 2-5, for 4 practice sessions.

Length: (5) 1-hour classes

Class size: Limited to 4 dogs to allow for a good teacher-to-student ratio

Includes: Support via email for duration of the class

Price: $225

Next Step: Keep practicing on your own, join this class again (reactives tend to need lots of work), or if you make enough progress, we'll clear you to attend the B-Dog series and other fun classes.

 

Get in touch to begin the registration process

 

 

 

Tugging for Impulse Control Workshop

1-hour workshop

Saturday, February 11, 10:00-11:00 am

For friendly dogs that have completed Starter or B-Dog 1.

This workshop is designed to you understand how to get your dog to engage in a game of tug, with an appropriate toy, while learning how to structure play so that you are training calm manners while you also have breaks in tugging. Learn how to tug to build focus and impulse control.

Length: (1) 1-hour workshop

Price: $35

 

Get in touch to begin the registration process

 

 

 

 

Dog & Baby Prep Workshop

1-hour workshop

Wednesday, February 15  7:30-8:30 pm

 

People only.

This workshop is designed to you understand how to prepare the dog for baby. Learn how to introduce the dog to baby, 3 essential skills to revisit before baby arrives and how to triage things if your pup is stressed with the change. We'll also have Q&A time to coach you on any specifics for your own dog.

Length: (1) 1-hour workshop

Price: $35

 

Get in touch to begin the registration process

 

 

 

Sniffer Dog

4-week class
Wednesdays, 6:30 pm

Start date:

February 22

 

For friendly dogs over 5 months who have completed B-Dog 1: Focus and Control or are pre-approved by our staff.

Sniffer dog is all about having fun with Scent. Dogs love to sniff and use their noses- in this class we'll introduce how to do "box work" and how to do scent/search work. This is also an awesome game that you can easily implement at home for maximum fun and minimal winter boredom!

Length: (4) 1-hour classes

Class size: Limited to 6 dogs to allow for a good teacher-to-student ratio

Includes: Support via email for duration of the class

Price: $135

 

Get in touch to begin the registration process

 

 

 

Go to your Bed & Chill

3-week class
Wednesdays, 7:30 pm

Start date:
• February 22

 

For friendly dogs over 5 months who have completed B-Dog 1 Focus and Control or are pre-approved by our staff.

In 2017 we're launching a new curriculum track that allows you to focus on house manners. Teaching your dog to go to a bed and hang out is a great life skill to give your dog a spot to chew, to go lay down while you eat or prepare food or to have extra couch space when your have guests. This 3-week intensive is a skill that we use daily in our own homes, so it made sense to dedicate some learning for all the OpB pooches too!

Length: (3) 1-hour classes

Class size: Limited to 6 dogs to allow for a good teacher-to-student ratio

Includes: support via email for duration of the class

Price: $99

Next Step: keep moving through the B-Dog series or watch for another fun class to be offered

 

Get in touch to begin the registration process

 

 

 

Vet Ready Pooch Workshop

1-hour workshop

Tuesday, February 28, 7:30-8:30 pm

For friendly dogs that have completed Starter or B-Dog 1.

This workshop is designed to help you prep your dog for  the essentials for grooming, restraint, basic at home care for your dog and to learn how to prepare your dog for Vet visits. Having a dog that is relaxed and able to cope with stress of handling and restraint is essential for high quality of life through old age!

Length: (1) 1-hour workshop

Price: $35

 

Get in touch to begin the registration process

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alternatives to Class

If nothing above fits your schedule or training needs, talk to us about private lessons or a behavior consultation.

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Training & Behavior Consults: Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery Counties and select NJ locations

Classes: Held in the East Falls neighborhood of Philadelphia and at our headquarters in Quakertown, PA