A four-week group class designed for puppies between the ages of 9 and 16 weeks with a focus on socialization and positive reinforcement behavior modeling.
The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) recommends classes of this type and that puppies have their first series of vaccinations at least one week prior to attending their first class. Please do not allow puppies to have access to any unknown dogs or places where the stool and urine of inadequately vaccinated dogs may be present. Your puppy must be healthy and has had their first series of vaccinations one week prior to first class attendance.
Puppy Building Blocks consists of 4 blocks (each block representing one class; one class per week). We designed our program this way so that you can begin at any block at any time, so you can get your puppy started right away. Every week, constructive one-on-one socialization with other puppies and people, on and off-leash play (supervised, on occasion off-leash play may be limited depending on class dynamic), walking on leash, tricks & tools, beginning obedience (sit-down-stand-come), over-stimulation recovery, and impulse control. Approaches to successful learning include consideration of reward methods, timing and proxemics. Each week (block) features the following:
Follow along on loose leash with me; impulse control; leave-it; and energy, play, exercise & toys
Enrichment (fun activity course); reward methods and timing; addressing common behavior issues; and house-training
Touch then treat; collar desensitization; generalizing, fear management; and managing oral behaviors
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Class size is limited
When: Class meets once each week, for a total of 4 weeks
On the registration form, select the date you wish to start. Meet every week (the same day of week), at the same time.
You will be meeting on one of the following weekly tracks:
SAT 9:15AM schedule: 9:10AM - 9:20AM supervised off-leash puppy play, followed by 9:20AM - 10:15AM puppy class
TUE 5:15PM schedule: 5:15PM - 5:25PM supervised off-leash puppy play, followed by 5:25PM - 6:15PM puppy class
Cost: $95 for all 4 classes; or $30 for any 1 class, or $10 to repeat any 1 class
What to bring: Your adorable puppy! wearing a simple buckle collar (or front-ring harness), a standard 6-foot leash, and latest vaccination records. Bring a variety of small, easy to chew, tasty bite-sized treats (bring more variety than just dry kibble). If your puppy is not real excited about food treats, try cutting back on or delaying their regular breakfast before coming to class and select a variety of yummy, odoriferous treats; and/or bring a favorite toy.
Vaccinations: REQUIRED! The first series of vaccinations must have been administered at least one week prior to your puppy's first class. Please bring vaccination record to your first class. If you have any concerns about your puppy's health, please consult with your veterinarian before registering.
Exposure: please restrict your puppy's contact with any unknown, unhealthy or otherwise "exposed" dog outside of class and avoid any area where the stool or urine from unknown dogs may be present.
Past and current registered students may access our online literature for this class by selecting the button below, Class Literature. (A password will be provided upon registration acceptance).
Basic Obedience and behavior class
A seven-week group class designed for dogs age 4 months or older, focusing on socialization, obedience, good manners and self-control around distractions.
Our most popular course! This class provides the right atmosphere for socializing and training dogs of all ages to learn consistent obedience, good manners and self control around distractions. Teach your dog to walk politely on a loose lead, walk and sit at heel, come when called, sit stay, down stay, stand stay, kennel, respect boundaries, yield, and enjoy tricks. Discover how to address and prevent behavior problems such as chewing, mouthing, jumping up, soiling, stealing, scavenging, barking, bolting, pulling, digging, over-stimulation, aggression and fear.
Dogs do not attend the first class (week 1 Orientation). This class includes Ted's book, "The Complete Family Dog." Discover the various changes that you can make in your dog’s environment, routine and your family’s relationship with the dog that will help him/her become more responsive, content and well-mannered. Learn to use numerous training exercises, playtime methods, psychology, behavior modification, tricks and reward systems that help in those situations that would normally cause your dog to be over-stimulated, fearful, aggressive, or indifferent. Learn about the various types of collars, leashes, harnesses and their specific applications to determine which tools are best suited for your dog’s temperament, needs and your individual abilities. One tool does not fit all! Learn how to control and prevent the most common behavior issues such as pulling, jumping up, chewing, mouthing, chasing, barking, soiling, aggression, separation anxiety, and hyper-activity.
When: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday (meets once every week for 7 weeks)
(weekday classes may be split if demand requires; please check Class Schedule
Saturdays: 10:30AM-12:30PM and 1:00PM-3:00PM
Cost: $275 (or $255 for recognized rescue organization dogs, $235 for 2nd household dog enrolled in the same class).
If your dog is currently or has demonstrated"aggression" toward other dogs or people, please contact us first
(do not register) for consultation as to which class or private instruction would be appropriate.
Please read our Make-ups and Transfer Policy for this class before registering.
Canine Good Citizen (CGC) class
A six-week group class designed for dogs age 6 months or older that have accomplished basic obedience skills. Any breed of dog may earn the CGC Certificate.
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Shelby, registered therapy dog
We have fun in this class! This six-week advanced training course is designed around a wide variety of fun and challenging real life situations that usually drive dogs to distraction. Bouncing balls, Frisbees, fetching dogs, canes, crutches, wheelchairs, hospital gurneys, vacuum cleaners, total food control, loud noises, musical instruments, remote control devices, wind up devices, big hats, costumes, bicycles, scooters, skateboards, noisy kids, kids' toys, and small animals are some of the featured elements. Many of you will be happy to hear that there are no lectures in this course! We do long distance and extended term exercises to increase your dog's capabilities and reliability. This training prepares your dog for the AKC Good Citizen evaluation for certification that is given in the sixth week of class. Click the CGC icon on the left to view test particulars.
Some insurance companies, apartment management, homeowner and condominium associations are requiring CGC certification or offering discounts to those who have dogs that have earned it. All dogs entering this class are required to have completed our beginning obedience course or an equivalent.
CGC class meets once every week for 6 weeks (evaluation in week 6). We try to use as many distraction themes as possible, but if your dogs needs training around something not on this list, please ask us about it.
Distraction themes featured each week:
Week 1 General obedience overview; and bouncing balls, Frisbees
Week 2 Hospital: canes, crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, gurney, surgical masks and wear, etc.
Week 3 Sights-sounds-scents: food distraction, hats, umbrellas, musical instruments, whistles & wildlife calls, wind-up toys, remote control devices, and loud noises
Week 4 Kids: children ages 2 to 10+ (toddlers must have a dedicate adult handler); noisy toys, skate boards, bicycles, scooters, fast moving objects and activity
Week 5 Animal : remote control [life-like] animals, client cat, other dog, bird, pony, reptile, etc.
Week 6 CGC evaluation
When: Saturdays, Mondays
Time: Saturdays, 3:30PM - 4:45PM, or
Mondays, 5:00PM - 6:15PM
Cost: $165 new students; refresher drop-ins encouraged, $10 per visit
Reactive Dog class
A one-time, or as many times as needed, class designed for dogs that have moderate aggression and/or reactive issues towards people or other dogs; focusing on control, counter-conditioning and desensitization.
This class is designed for dogs that have moderate aggression and/or reactive issues towards people or other dogs. We work dogs through exercises that are designed to counter-condition, control, desensitize, substantially reduce, and work to identify and remove the triggers that cause aggression. By the end of the class, we should be able to determine what else your dog may need.
A pre-screening call is required prior to registration. Call us at 303-232-1034
Class size is limited.
Time: Thursdays, 5:00PM - 6:15PM
Cost: $35 per visit
pre-screen and registration required
A private 2-hour session at our facility; tell us your concerns and observations in our private, online questionnaire, and let us help you reach your goal(s).
If you need immediate help with a behavior problem or training issues(s), call us to schedule a private session with your dog(s) at our facility. We'll help you identify the specific causes of the issue(s) and then give you the tools and know-how you'll need to address them. It may be recommended that follow-up sessions be scheduled. Please call or email us, first, before registering; we will provide you with a password to access the private, online questionnaire.
Board & Train (a la carte)
Going on vacation? Tell us your training goals and we'll work with your dog while boarding at Action Kennel. This service is only available for current or previous clients of Terroux Dog Training.
If you are a current or previous client of Terroux Dog Training, you may arrange for your dog to be worked with while you are away. This will help your dog remain up to speed with a current class or polish up on commands and behaviors. At Action Kennels, located in Arvada, where we can train your dog(s) three times per week at a rate of $40 per session. Set up and pay for boarding and any playtime or grooming services directly with Action Kennels in Arvada, CO. We'll work with your dog for 30 to 40 minutes per visit and you'll receive a training report shortly after your return.
Once you've made your reservation with Action Kennels, please complete our online Board and Train á la carte registration form, telling us what your dog needs the most help with and we'll go to work! Reservations for popular holiday-travel dates should be booked well in advance.
When: Mon - Fri
Cost: $40 per training session (30 - 40 minutes)
Please allow at least 48-72 hours notice (we need time to schedule/coordinate a trainer; thank you)