OpBarks' Sweet Sport Farm, Quakertown PA: Schedule

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OpBarks' Sweet Spot Farm, Quakertown

Our 5-acre headquarters near Route 309.
• Private Lessons
• Behavior Evaluations
• Classes and Workshops
• Boarding School
• Country Adventure Days
• Off-Leash Hiking
• Agility
• Woods & Creek
• Swimming Pool

 

 

2590 Schukraft Rd., Quakertown, Bucks County, PA

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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

One Saturday a month, 9 am

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

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Therapy Dog Workshop

Start date:

• TBD


For friendly dogs over 5 months.

Think your dog has the makings of a therapy dog? Then this is the opportunity for you!  Not only will you meet with key members of Comfort Caring Canines, you will have time with Opportunity Barks trainers to see how your dog handles interactions with medical equipment and their ability to perform key obedience behaviors which you will be tested on.  We will work together to set a path for success for you and your dog in this very rewarding world of pet therapy. it!

Length: 90 minutes

Price: $35

Get in touch and we'll  let you know when we schedule this

 


Puppy Socials

Saturdays, 9 am

For puppies under 6 months old. Prerequisite:  Proof of first round of vaccines

Socials are a great supplement to classes or one on one lessons with us. This is structured on and off leash socialization with breaks from play and a focus on educating and guiding owners on how to read dog body language.

Length: 45 minutes

Price: $15


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Puppy Starter

5-week class

Start dates:
• Tuesdays at 6:30 pm

 

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

 

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Dog Starter

5-week class

Start dates:

• Tuesdays and Thursdays  at 7:30 pm

 

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

4-week class

Start dates:
• Thursdays at 6:30 pm
• Tuesday at 7:30 pm

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 or you’re now qualified to take part in any of our dog fun or dog sports classes.

 

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B-Dog™ 2: Manners Mojo

Thursdays 7:30 pm


Dog- and people-friendly dogs over 5 months old. Prerequisites: Up-to-date on vaccinations. Completion of B-Dog 1: Focus and Control Fundamentals or an Evaluation to phase into this program.

Manners Mojo was created to give our B-Dog 1, Day School  and Board & Train Grads an ongoing way to keep practicing intermediate skills and work your handling mojo and your dog's training mojo. Come join us and keep your mojo working, purchase a class pass and join us any week.

Examples of what we’ll teach and practice:

  • Advanced leash walking and movement skills
  • How to remain calm around strong distractions
  • Enhanced focus on you the owner
  • How to hold positions and chill (developing a strong “stay”)
  • Distance recalls

Length: 50 min. classes, come weekly

Price:
• $135/4 classes
• $255/8 classes
• $360/12 classes

Next Step: Its up to you! You can keep working your mojo weekly or switch to a maintenance program, where we see you twice a month. Or check out Therapy Dog Prep, Off Leash Hiking or Dog Sports for fun.

 

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Agility for Fun 1

4-week class

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.

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

Price: $135

 

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Super Sniffer

4-week class

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.

You probably know that a dog's nose is very powerful and is invaluable in search and rescue and police work. Canine nose work has also become a competitive dog sport. Our version, Super Sniffer, is just for fun but is a great introduction to scent work. We turn your dog's natural desire to hunt and forage into an enjoyable game and mental workout by teaching your dog to use their nose to search for hidden items. The game you learn in class can also be played at home or anywhere—often with things you have laying around the house. As dog sports go, this one isn't very physical but it's a great way to exercise your dog's brain and just have a good time with your pup.

Length: (4) 1-hour classes

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

Price: $135

 

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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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