Charlie Brown Terroux
what we offer
Puppy Building Blocks class
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. 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
Puppy Building Blocks consists of five 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.
A combination of online learning plus in-person (onsite) learning, every week.
Any time Online on-demand
View instructional pre-recorded videos of puppy training foundational topics at your convenience.
AND attend socialization classes:
Saturdays at 9:45AM, or 10:30AM
**Onsite (at our facility)**
Supervised off-leash socialization, then on-leash socialization and exercises. 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. 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 , 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.
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).
Onsite (at facility) Safety Protocol during COVID-19 Pandemic:
All puppy class students visiting our facility agree to the following:
Only one person per puppy allowed in the facility; family members must remain in their vehicle or outside of the building during class and maintain a distance of at least 6' from one another at all times
All staff and students inside of the facility must wear a face mask and maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet or more from one another at all times; use hand sanitizer as needed
You are welcome to record the in-person class portion (i.e., using your phone) so you can share with your immediate family member(s) who could not attend the live session; however, please do not post class video to social media.
You agree that if you are feeling ill and/or have a fever, or are caring for someone who is ill, or have recently been exposed to someone who has or has come into contact with COVID-19, or you have recently traveled from somewhere outside the U.S. or on a cruise ship or river boat – that you will not come to class. If it is observed that you may be ill we reserve the right to send you home!
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! 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 our 340-page book)
Online Only: (available anywhere in the USA) 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: $125 (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: $285 (includes book) ● Qualified Rescues: $265 ● Second Dog: $245 (no book)
Example "Online Plus Onsite" schedule:
On your class start date (week 1), you will receive by email links to all 6 video recordings.
PLEASE NOTE! NO CLASS AT THE FACILITY FOR WEEK 1; you only need to view the Week 1 Orientation video recording (~2hrs in duration)
Weeks 2 thru 6:
If your class start date is on a Saturday, then your onsite classes will be held every Saturday, at the same time, through week 7. Each week, view that week's video recording AND appear with your dog for class at our facility.
Your final class at our facility; there is no video recording for week 7.
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.
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.
Shelby, registered therapy dog
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 will be evaluation modifications to accommodate pandemic safety.
When: Saturdays and Tuesdays, weekly
Time: Saturdays, 10:00AM to 11:15AM; or Tuesdays 5:00PM to 6:15PM
Cost: $165 new students; refresher drop-ins encouraged, $10 per visit (per dog, per class for life)
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: $35 per visit
pre-screen and registration required
If you need immediate help with a behavior problem or training issues(s) or your schedule doesn't allow you to attend a class, call us to schedule a private instruction package. We will 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.
Please call or email us before registering; we will provide you with a password to access the private, online questionnaire.
Private Instruction Packages:
Online only via Zoom (visual & audio) meeting between you and Ted Terroux. Meeting will be recorded so you are able to go back and review as needed. This private session will be for two hours and includes book, "The Complete Family Dog" which will be mailed to you upon registration.
Online-only Instruction, 2 hours, $125
Online + Onsite at our facility. A 100-minute online meeting with Ted followed by an in-person meeting with one of our trainers at our facility for 50 minutes. Includes book, "The Complete Family Dog" which will be given to you at the conclusion of your in-person session.
Online + Onsite Instruction (total 2 and 1/2 hours), $195
Follow-up online private instruction sessions, 50 minutes:
$75 per onsite session; or $50 per online-only session
Board & Train
Going out of town? 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.