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 Obedience Training Classes


Group Classes

In Your Home Service

AKC Canine Good Citizen Certification

Basic Obedience is not only the starting point in Dog Training and on the journey to a well adjusted and well mannered dog, it is also a critical aspect of the deep and respectful bond we all aspire to have with our family pets. Here at The Academy we show you step by step, exactly how to achieve the reliable obedience that fosters that loving & respectful bond.

We offer private "in-your-home" lessons throughout the Pioneer Valley as well as small group classes at Wagging Tails Pet Resort in Hadley MA. Our classes also include the coveted AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy and Canine Good Citizen certifications.

All Basic Obedience Training packages result in the establishment of a life-long communication system, an unparalleled education in dog training protocols and Behaviorology, and your dog learning the skills requisite to having a happy life in our human dominated world.

Dog Training Classes

Below is a list of dog training classes offered with The Academy at Wagging Tails Pet Resort. Classes meet once each week for one hour. Classes are offered in a group format at Wagging Tails Pet Resort, 220 Russell Street, Suite #500, Hadley, MA 01035 or can also be arranged as private in-your-home classes for aggressive, fearful or timid dogs or simply for your convenience.

If you would like to register for a class please call 413-322-3333 or send an email to our Director of Training at


This is a unique FUN! Game-Based approach to training

For Pups from 2 - 6 months old

From socialization to bonding and foundational concepts, this unique and fun information packed class is for puppies.  Get an early start on training and relationship building and learn to inspire your new pup to be a happy and an integral part of your family! Pups learn their name, as well as focus and orientation skills; we play confidence building games and games that inpire calmness and optimism and that develop a deep and abiding bond; and we work on some basic obedience skills too! Puppy handlers learn about crate training, house-training, bite inhibition, dog handling and the importance of proper play behavior, socialization and more! 

The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy poertion of the program focuses on all the things every puppy and owner needs to have a great start together.


STAR stands for Socialization, Training, Activity and a Responsible owner and in addition to teaching and testing a variety of owner and puppy behaviors this six week long STAR puppy class, teach the following puppy behaviors and skills:




Allows (in any position) petting by a person other than the owner

Grooming-Allows owner handling and brief exam (ears, feet)

Walks on a Leash-Follows owner on lead in a straight line (15 steps)

Walks by other people-Walks on leash past other people 5-ft away

Sits on command-Owner may use a food lure

Down on command-Owner may use a food lure

Comes to owner from 5-ft when name is called

Reacts well to Distractions-distractions are presented 15-ft away

Stay on leash with another person (owner walks 10 steps and returns)

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy prepares pups to move on to Canine Good Citizen training. For example, in STAR, puppies must walk on a leash in a straight line. In CGC, the task becomes more advanced with dogs walking in a pattern that includes right and left turns and stops.

The skills in AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy classes are practical and functional. Teaching puppies to tolerate grooming, handling, and basic exams of the ears, feet, and mouth will result in well-mannered puppies that veterinarians are happy to see.


This class meets once each week for 6 consecutive weeks, from 7pm to 8pm for one hour. And you can bring the kids too as long as they are over 12 years of age, but NO CELL PHONE USE PLEASE!

Tuition: $185/Puppy

In-Your-Home Tuition: $500/6 Lessons


Upcoming Course Dates:

Wednesdays, Beginning February 26th 2020, and

Wednesdays, Beginning March 15th 2020


Call to schedule today at 413-322-3333 or to speak directly with your trainer call 401-332-8669


AKC Canine Good Citizen PLUS

This class focuses on improving the bond between you and your dog through effective communication and basic obedience. Through an understanding of K9 Learning Theory and correct and consistent communication, you will learn why dogs do what they do and how best to inspire them to do what you want them to do! And your dog will learn to be a well-behaved member of the family through the use of basic to intermediate commands which will engender confidence, impulse control, focus and proper socialization. For pups with the requisite temperament this class also earns the coveted AKC Canine Good Citizen certification! Bring the whole family, including children over 12 years of age, but NO CELL PHONE USE PLEASE.


The AKC Canine Good Citizen Program teaches good manners to dogs and responsible dog ownership to their owners. The 10-step CGC test is a non-competitive test for all dogs, including purebreds and mixed breeds. It is a prerequisite for many therapy dog groups and some homeowner’s insurance companies encourage CGC testing. There are also an increasing number of apartments and condos that require resident dogs to pass the CGC test.

Per the Canine Good Citizen curriculum, this course teaches and tests:


Test 1: Accepting a friendly stranger

Test 2: Sitting politely for petting

Test 3: Good appearance and grooming

Test 4: Out for a walk (walking on a loose leash)

Test 5: Walking through a crowd


Test 6: Sit and down on command and Staying in place


Test 7: Coming when called


Test 8: Good reaction to another dog


Test 9: Good reaction to distraction


Test 10: Supervised separation


In addition to the above mandated commands (Sit, Down, Stay, Come and Walk on a leash) we will add Touch, The name game or Look, Off, Leave-It, and Go-To-Place!


This class meets once each week for 6 consecutive weeks, evenings from 7pm to 8pm for one hour.

Tuition: $185/dog

In-Your-Home Tuition: $500/6 Lessons                                                                                     


Upcoming Course Dates:

Thursdays, Beginning February 27th 2020, and

Thursdays, Beginning March 16th 2020

Call to schedule today at 413-322-3333 or to speak directly with your trainer call 401-332-8669



Advanced Obedience

Bringing you and your pup beyond the Canine Good Citizen PLUS course this class takes it to the next level, deepening the relationship between you and your dog while adding more distractions and allowing for obedience at a distance.

In-Your-Home Tuition: $500/5 Lessons                                                                                     


Upcoming Course Dates:  

Scheduled by appointment only

Call to schedule today at 413-322-3333 or to speak directly with your trainer call 401-332-8669







Canine Good Citizen Certification Test (CGC) 

Any dog/handler team can schedule and take the CGC test, if you believe you are ready.

For details on the test please follow this link:


Testing is scheduled directly through the Evaluator at 401-332-8669, takes place at Wagging Tails Pet Resort, 220 Russell Street, Suite #500, Hadley, MA 01035,  and the cost for the test is $50


Schedule your pup's training now by hitting the "Contact Me Today" button above or by calling Greg directly at 401-332-8669.


You may also schedule online at 

or by calling the resort directly at 413-322-3333.

Demand for group classes runs high and there is limited space available so call today!