Abby Hill, CPDT-KA

We emphasize positive, reward-based methods to make dog training fun for both dogs and owners.

Register for Training

Signing up for group classes means that you are wanting to do the training and build a special bond with your dog. We will give you the skills to last a lifetime. You will learn how to train, how to read your dog's body language, how to be an advocate for your dog, and how to have fun in the process!

 

Our hope is that we inspire you enough to training your dog until it can pass either the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test (well known) or the APDT C.L.A.S.S. Test (more suited for the real world) so that you will have a lifetime of fun with your dog. We as humans never stop learning and neither should your dog.

How to Sign Up

 

1)  Create an account  or Log In

2)  Click here for our class schedule

3)  If you are unsure about which class to sign up for email us at

info@theexceptionalpet.com for guidance

4)  Start having fun with your dog!

 

 


Your puppy will learn basic obedience and manners as well as complete the AKC Star Puppy Program. Open to all puppies 12 weeks - 5 months.

 


Do you have a new dog in your home? How about a dog who's been there a while but could use a refresher course? Well then we have the class for you! Our Elementary School is a class for both dogs who need a beginner course in manners, and for dogs who have been around the block and might need some help remembering.

 


Once you and your dog have learned the basics it's time to put these skills into real life situations.  This class will get you on the right track to having your dog well behaved in public.  The opportunity to take the AKC Canine Good Citizen test is available after this class is completed.

 


For an Exceptional Pet, a High School diploma is a must.

We will teach Rally skills as well as advanced behaviors such as: Moving Sit, Moving Down, Recall through Distractions, Heel passed Distractions, Stand for Exam/Grooming, Heel through Crowd, Reverse Heeling, Finish Heels and Extended Stays. All of these behaviors are useful in everyday life. The opportunity to take the AKC Canine Good Citizen or the AKC Canine Good Citizen Advanced test is available after this class is completed.

 

 


A Reliable Recall is the most important skill you can teach your dog. One in three pets will become lost at some point during their life.  Don't let your dog become a statistic.  Join us for fun and games to teach a Reliable Recall to your dog.  All students and dogs should go through this class before finishing your dogs schooling. Preregistration Required

 


Don't be the passenger on your dogs journey through the neighborhood.  Take back your walks with a special class just for loose leash walking. Preregistration Required

 

Confidence Building Classes

 


Does your dog loose their cool when there is another dog around?  Get stressed out easily?  Do you get embarrassed by your dogs behavior and feel judged by everyone you meet?  Welcome to the Reactive Dog Support Group.  Everyone will know exactly what the other person is going through as we work through your handling skills and your dogs stressors. All dogs MUST be approved by one of our instructors before signing up.  This is set up to keep a safe, encouraging and productive environment. We will follow much of Leslie McDevitt's Control Unleashed Program. For more information at 203-994-7678.

 


Does your dog get stressed out easily?  Is he scared of everything that moves?  Are there Boogeymen around every corner.  Welcome to the Scaredy Dog Support Group.  All dogs MUST be approved by one of our instructors before signing up.  This is to keep a safe, encouraging and productive environment.  For more information at 203-994-7678.

 

Dog Sports


Want to train your dog while they are having the time of their lives?  Agility is a fantastic mental and physical exercise for just about every dog.  Prerequisite:  Sit, Down, Stay, Polite Leash Skills and Reliable Recall.


Nosework is a fascinating sport that uses your dogs natural ability to smell in order to search out scents.  Think drug detection minus the drugs.  Open to all dogs.

 

3 Simm Lane, Newtown, CT  06470

Certified Dog Traininer and Aggression Specialist for Fairfield County, Connecticut:  Newtown, Brookfield, Bethel, Danbury, New Fairfield, Wilton, Ridgefield

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