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

Every Saturday (Starting April 29th)
12:30-1:00pm

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: 30 minutes

Get in touch to RSVP

 

Pinot For Pups

Friday, April 28th
6:30 - 8:30pm

Join us for wine, appetizers and lawn games (can you say giant Jenga?). $25 gets you a free glass of wine, appetizers & raffle entry. All additional glasses & bottles can be won by playing our Wine Bottle Ring Toss game at the event. Percentage of proceeds to benefit PAWS

Price:  $25

Length: 2 hours

Register by clicking here 

 

Cinco De Painto - Paint Your Pet Night

Thursday, May 4th
7:00 - 9:00pm

Come out to the studio for a BYOT (Tequila or your choice of beverage) fiesta! It will be a night of painting, snacks & fun where we will be painting portraits of our own pups, and all in the name of charity! Just register at the link below and email a photo of your pet to uncorkedartiststaff@gmail.com - with the subject as "Opportunity Barks" - (no later than 4/28/17). When you get here, we will have a prepared canvas with your pets image ready to go, margarita mixers, fiesta snacks, paint, easels, and aprons ready to go.

Price:  $50

Length: 2 hours

Register by clicking here 

 

Puppy Starter Program

5-week class
Tuesdays, 6:30pm

Start dates:

• May 23rd 

• June 27th

 

OR

Saturdays, 9:00am

Start dates:

 
• May 13th

• June 17th

 

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, 6:30pm

Start dates:

• May 1st 

• June 5th

 

OR

5-week class
Saturdays, 11:00am

Start dates: 

• May 13th 

• June 17th

 

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, 7:30pm

Start dates:

• May 23rd 

• June 27th

 

OR

4-week practice sessions
Saturdays, 10:00am

Start dates:

• May 13th 

• June 17th

 

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: Therapy & Obedience Prep 

4-week practice sessions

Thursdays, 7:30pm

Start date:

• May 11th 

 

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

 

 

Rock Solid Recall

3-week class
Mondays, 7:30pm

Start date:

• June 12th
 

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

Teaching a reliable recall or coming when called can be a LIFESAVER for your dog.  We'll spend three weeks fine tuning this skill.
 

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 

 

 

Leash Walking Intensive

3-week class
Mondays, 7:30pm

Start date:

• TBA

 

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

Spending some concentrated time working on a real deal "heel" or loose leash walking can hugely impact your day to day doggie enjoyment factor. Leash walking is one of those skills that always can use a little 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 begin the registration process 

 

 

Agility 1: Intro to Agility

4-week class

Sundays, 10:00am

Start date:

• May 14th 

 

Thursdays, 7:30pm

Start date:

• June 8th

 

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

 

 

Agility 2: Intermediate 

4-week class

Sundays, 11:00am

Start date:

• TBA

 

For friendly dogs over 5 months who have completed Agility 1 or are pre-approved by our staff.

For those dogs who have completed Agility 1 and have been introduced to the equipment. We will work on putting together series and front and back crosses. This is a great class to expand and practice the skills you learned in Agility 1 and engage your dog's brain. 
 

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 be notified when we run this again

 

 

Reactive Rover Class

5-week class

Sundays, 1:00pm

Start date: 

• May 21st 

• June 25th

 

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

 

Sniffer Dog 2

4-week class

 

Start date:

• TBA

 

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 be notified when we run this again

 

Dog Sports & Games 

On-going class

Wednesdays, 6:30pm

Start date:

• April 26th

 

For friendly dogs over 5 months who have completed Agility 1 or are pre-approved by our staff.

Looking for a mental outlet to tire your dog and get a little silly? Dog Sports & Games is a laid back class, where dogs and handlers can practice a variety of skills. This ongoing class is for graduates of Agility 1 and will feature a rotation of different dog sports each week. Running agility obstacles, working those sniffers, free style tricks, and games that have both dog and handlers working as a team. 

Length: 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

 

Obedience Games 

On-going class

Wednesdays, 7:30pm

Start date:

• April 26th

 

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

Put your dog's obedience skills to the ultimate test using team games that replicate real-world challenges. We'll be fine tuning your dog's focus, leash manners, and holding positions with loads of distraction so that you two can prepare for life outside the studio. Prerequisite: B-Dog 1.

Length: 1-hour classesf

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

 

Greeting Manners 

3-week class
Mondays, 7:30pm

Start dates:

• May 1st

 

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

This course will build on the skills learned in B-Dog 1 and will focus on how to help your dog relax and chill and maintain polite behaviors around visitors and guests at your home or when passing by strangers on the street.

 

Get in touch to begin the registration process

 

Targeting Training 

3-week class
Mondays, 7:30pm

Start dates:

• May 22nd

 

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

Targeting training can be useful for improving your dog's skills- from a recall to leash walking or teaching your dog to go to a bed. And an intro to tricks or brain games? Yes, targeting is great for to teaching dogs to pick up objects and for training tricks. Learn how to apply this technique for more fun with your dog.

 Get in touch to begin the registration process

 

 

Dog & Baby Prep Workshop

• Saturday June 10th, 10:00 - 11:00am

• Saturday October 7th, 10:00 - 11:00am

• Saturday March 3rd, 10:00 - 11:00am

 

People Only. 

This workshop is designed for you to 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. 

Price: $35

Length: 60 minutes

Get in touch to RSVP

 

Alternatives to Class

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

Contact us

 

 

Not sure what class is right or have questions about anything above?

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Dog Training & Behavior Problem Solving in the Greater Philadelphia Area

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