Puppy Building Blocks
A four-week group class designed for puppies between the ages of 9 and 17 weeks with a focus on socialization and positive reinforcement behavior modeling. We would like to see you and your puppy no sooner than one-week after you have started living with and bonding together.
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. Puppies should not 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 have their first series of vaccinations one week prior to first class attendance.
WHY choose our program over "drop-off and play" programs?
Introduction to the program
A closer look at socialization, enrichment and game ideas, fundamentals (sit, down, stand, come), learning methods, and house-training
Follow along on loose leash with me; impulse control (leave-it); energy, play, exercise & toys; and addressing common behavior issues
The recall (coming when called), positive name association, place training, containment & supervision
Touch desensitization (getting puppy ready for life), the sensitive periods, canine body language and chewing & mouthing
An opportunity to learn along with and bond with your puppy. . .
Every week, professionally supervised off-leash and on-leash group play and socialization.
Learn HOW we set up our puppies for constructive socialization, and WHY the trainers make the choices they do to keep puppies balanced, safe and healthy.
Weekly video recording instruction for convenient online learning. Your puppy's development and social skills rely heavily on YOUR ability to make knowledgeable calls about what is constructive, and what is not. Learn how to live with and train your puppy, setting a positive and solid foundation for a less frustrating and enjoyable adolescence and adulthood.
Learn HOW to train your dog: create, manage and eliminate behaviors; the basics like sit, down, stand and come; how to walk politely on leash and basic manners.
A one-stop course for puppyhood rather than multiple levels ($$) of puppy classes.
Ongoing trainer support for your questions.
Puppy Building Blocks consists of 5 blocks. The first (Heart) block is an introduction to the course, and the remaining blocks represent one class per week; though it does not matter the order you view the videos. We designed our program this way so that you can begin at any time, so you can get your puppy started right away and get answers to your questions when you need them. Every week, constructive one-on-one socialization with other puppies, people, places and things; and on and off-leash supervised play. Walking politely on leash, tricks & tools, beginning obedience (sit-down-stand-come), stimulation recovery and impulse control are a few of the many topics touched within this course. Approaches to successful learning include consideration of reward methods, timing and proxemics.
When you sign up for Puppy Building Blocks you get. . .
A combination of online learning plus in-person (onsite) learning, every week.
View instructional pre-recorded videos of puppy training foundational topics at your convenience; AND attend weekly (Saturdays) socialization classes at our facility at either 9:45AM or 10:30AM (if these classes fill up we may offer a 9:00AM option). Socialization classes consist of supervised off-leash socialization, then on-leash socialization and exercises and include opportunity for in-person Q&A with trainers.
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Class size limited.
When: Each week, link to an instructional video recording of our puppy foundational training topics (at your convenience), AND come see us onsite at our facility, each Saturday, for a total of 4 weeks for puppy socialization. Saturday classes at 9:45AM or 10:30AM (we may offer a 9:00AM option if the other classes fill up). On the registration form, select the date you wish to start. Class meets every Saturday, same time. Once you register, you do Not need to re-register for the remaining three socialization classes.
$95 for all 4 online + onsite classes, or
$55 for all 4 online only, or
$30 for 1 class only ($30 per class)
(Kindly let us know in advance if you have a schedule change. No-shows will be advanced to the next week, forfeiting that week of onsite class time. In a limited size class environment, no-shows prevent new puppies from joining.)
What to bring to onsite class: 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. You have the following options for providing proof: 1) upload on your class registration form, or 2) email a copy to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 3) 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.
Flat-coated retriever | 4 mos
Basic Obedience and behavior
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! For dogs over 4 months of age, this course provides you with all the information you’ll need to help your dog become the best they can be by covering all of the essential foundations. You’ll learn how to manage your dog’s environment; maintain constructive interactions 24/7; play with and exercise your dog constructively; establish single command obedience structure; modify your dog’s behavior; properly socialize your dog and offer the best in physical care.
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.
Learn how to achieve consistent obedience, good manners and self-control around distractions. Teach your dog how to post with you or 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 doing multiple tricks.
Discover how to prevent and address behavior issues such as chewing, mouthing, jumping up, soiling, stealing, scavenging, barking, bolting, pulling, digging, over-stimulation, fears and light aggression.
Offered in Two Formats:
Online Only and Online Plus Onsite
(both options include book)
Online Only: Over 8 hours of comprehensive video instruction recordings (pre-recorded) are offered through 6 weekly online sessions that you and your family may watch at your convenience. These instructional video recordings offer detailed segments on all foundations and videos of training exercises, living skills and tricks. Free lifetime follow-up briefs by phone or email. Total Fee: $145 (includes book)
Online Plus Onsite: This option includes the 8 hours of instructional video recordings (pre-recorded) described above along with 7 more hours of instruction and handling with your dog through 6 weekly onsite classes at our facility in Lakewood, Colorado. (See example schedule, below.) This will give you an opportunity to put your tools into practice in a controlled multiple-distraction atmosphere under the close supervision of our instructors who make sure you are doing everything just right - all the way to graduation. Free lifetime follow-up briefs by phone or email. Total Fee: $325 (includes book) ● Qualified Rescues: $305 ● Second Dog: $285 (no book)
Example "Online Plus Onsite" schedule:
Flat-coated retriever | 6 mos
If your dog has demonstrated aggression toward other dogs or people, please contact us first for a free phone consultation first to determine if this class would be appropriate for your dog.
Please read our Make-ups and Transfer Policy for this class before registering. Choose your class schedule carefully to ensure that you can attend all of the classes in the series you select. Opportunities to make up missed classes or transfer are extremely limited at this time.
Canine Good Citizen (CGC)
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.
Shelby Terroux, retired therapy dog
Loved and handled by Tiffany Terroux
Want to learn more about how you and your dog can become a therapy team?
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
There may be evaluation modifications to accommodate pandemic safety.
When: Saturdays and Thursdays, weekly
Time: Saturdays, 2:15PM; or Thursdays 4:30PM
Cost: $195 new students
Students who did not graduate from their first course are welcome to return for another class at no charge. If student does not graduate from second course, the third course fee is $20 per each 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
Registration password required; call first!
Class size is limited.
Time: 4:30PM - 5:45PM
Cost: $50 per visit
pre-screen and registration required
If you need immediate help with behavior issues and/or training challenges, or you live out of town or have a schedule that doesn't allow you to attend our public classes, contact us to schedule a private instruction package. Our in-depth online questionnaire will help us identify the specifics we need to know about those issues to give you the tools and know-how you'll need to address them.
Call us to discuss your goals and concerns to help us determine if this would be an appropriate direction for you. We will then provide you with a password to access the detailed and private online registration and questionnaire.
Private Instruction Packages:
Our 2-hour Online Orientation included in these packages is a recorded presentation that covers foundations and living skills that every dog owner needs to help their dog become the best they can be and an enjoyable dog to live with 24/7. This education is an essential supplement to the training structures and behavior modification processes that you’ll be learning about elsewhere in this program.
Online Only (3 hours) $175: Includes our recorded 2-hour Online Orientation that you view at your convenience plus a live 1-hour Online Private Consultation via Zoom (visual & audio). This live meeting will be recorded so that you can go back and review it as needed. This package also includes our 340-page book, "The Complete Family Dog" which will be mailed to you after we receive your registration.
Follow-up Online Session (1 hour) $85
Online + Onsite (4 hours) $255: Includes our recorded 2-hour Online Orientation that you view at your convenience plus a live 1-hour Online Consultation via Zoom (visual & audio), plus a 1-hour private session with your family and your dog at our facility. (The Online Consultation will be recorded live so you and other household members can view or review as needed.) This package also includes our 340-page book, "The Complete Family Dog" which will be given to you at the conclusion of your Onsite Session.
Follow-up Online or Onsite Session (1 hour) $85
Board & Train
Going out of town? Would you like a professional to do the training for you? Tell us your training goals and we'll work with your dog while boarding at our own kennel located in Arvada; introducing, Ralston Valley Canine (owned and operated by Terroux Dog Training).
Offering Day-Boarding (with training) and a
4-week Board & Train program.
Boarding with Training (a la carte)
Choose what you need! 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 obedience skills. Board for the day at our kennel, Ralston Valley Canine, for $35/day and add $45 per 40min training session. Set up and pay for boarding and any playtime or grooming services directly with the kennel by visiting our website www.ralstonvalleycanine.com or call at 303-423-2243. We'll work with your dog for 40 minutes per visit and you will receive a training report shortly after your return.
Once you've made your reservation with our kennel, please complete our online Board and Train á la carte registration form (registration link will take you to Ralston Valley Canine website), 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. Please allow at least 48-72 hours notice (we need time to schedule/coordinate a trainer; thank you).
Board & Train (4 week program)
Our specialty! Board your dog for four weeks with us and let us do the training. We will work to establish trust, familiarity with basics, then work to strengthen those skills with the immediate and longer term goal of building reliability in the following: sit, down, stand, stay, walking on leash (politely), heel, recall (coming when called), boundary training, place training, containment training, socialization, manners and special requests. Learn more about our 4-week Board & Train program by visiting our kennel's website at ralstonvalleycanine.com, or call us at 303-232-1034 or email email@example.com.
$2,295 for 4 weeks (A 50% deposit required at registration; balance due at pick-up)
At our facility, our trainers will work with your dog within a pre-discussed and approved by you training plan, we will schedule private sessions with you and your dog (including a follow-up session), and after completion of the program, discounted entrance into our AKC Canine Good Citizen group class. Please call us at 303-232-1034 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started!
We recommend that dogs be 6 months or older to board with us.