July 8, 2018
21 years ago today Barking Hills Country Club opened for classes. We’ve had the privilege of working with great students and their terrific dogs. Many of our students have come back with their second, third, and fourth dogs. We have had game nights, dog camps, Halloween and Christmas parties, dog birthdays, and much more. We have had a wonderful time with all of you.
I have been given an amazing opportunity to expand the work I do with hospitalized children and dogs. It is an exciting time. Unfortunately, there are not enough hours in the day to work at the hospital and continue to teach classes. With much sadness we announce that Barking Hills will close training classes at the beginning of September. Until then, all classes are as scheduled.
We will continue to offer boarding as well as private training and will always be available to our students for help and advice. Perhaps, in the future, we will be able to offer classes one day a week in another location. Thank you all for your friendship and please keep in touch. Send us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you. Susan D. Greenbaum
You’ve gotten though basic training for the family pet. What’s the next challenge?
It’s time for fun with your dog.
AKC Tricks Titles
Every dog should have a few “stupid pet tricks” in his/her repertoire! Counting, shaking hands, jumping through hoops, dog bowling, find the treat, and wipe your nose are just some of the tricks your dog can learn. Fun stuff for you and your dog! Great for dogs interested in Animal Assisted Therapy. There are four levels of American Kennel Club titles which are open to all dogs of any breed or mix. We recommend taking a Shaping Class prior to taking these classes but do not require it. You’ll have everything you need to get your title! Each student will be working on a group of individual tricks so you may take a tricks class at any level, at any time. We offer titling opportunities at then end of each series of classes! You need not take class with us to try for your title – please call to schedule if you are not currently enrolled in the Tricks class.
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Tricks include: Balance Beam, Crawl, Find it, Get in, Get on, Jump, Kennel up, Kiss, and more!
Four Class SessionsIntermediate:
Tricks include: Balance a treat, Interactive Games, Find your owner, Leg Weave, Paws Up, Wobble Board, Shell Game, and more!
Four Class SessionsAdvanced:
Tricks include: Bow, Circle right and left, Head Down, Turn on a pressure operated light, Sit/Down at a distance, Back up, Wipe your Nose, and more!
Four Class Sessions
Have kids and a big dog? Do you do Animal Assisted Therapy? How about gardening? Any size dog can learn to pull a cart or wagon – from Newfoundlands to Yorkshire Terriers! A great, fun way to spend time with your dog and develop a useful skill. Have your large dog pull the kids, garden stuff, groceries or firewood. Have your smaller dog entertain at nursing homes or hospitals. Any size dog may enjoy parades and exhibitions! A fun and unique activity for your dog. Please give a call, at least two weeks in advance, so we can arrange a time to measure your dog for a harness.
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4 class sessions
A fun, exciting new game for your dog! Does your dog have lots of energy? Or does your dog have a physical disability (temporary or permanent)? The mental, physical, and play benefits of using the nose part of your dog’s brain is available to all dogs – regardless of breed or physical status. Your dog needs no prior training and even puppies can play! A fun bad weather class which gives you both something to do on a snowy, rainy or extremely hot day. You don’t need a lot of equipment or a lot of space to have a great time with your dog!
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3 class sessions
Treibball is a new way to play with your dog! It’s a competitive sport for dogs of all ages and sizes (but, of course, you don’t ever have to compete!). It promotes improved teamwork and communication between dog and handler. It’s great fun for any energetic dog who works off leash and needs a job … or any dog who likes to herd and doesn’t have sheep.
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6 class sessions
Seminars are $25 each. Scheduled by appointment-days, evenings, weekends. Call to schedule.
Lights, Camera, Action!
Have you ever wondered if your dog could be a star? Find out what it is really like to have a working “show biz” dog. The Barking Hills Canine All Stars have been seen for seven seasons on Saturday Night Live as well as Conan O’Brien and One Life to Live as well as numerous commercials including Home Depot, Claritin, Citizen’s Bank, Lowe’s, Pedigree, Subway and Verizon. You may have seen them on the cover of US News and World Report or on the Purina Beneful Bag.
Courses not currently offered
They will be back soon…
Rally classes are listed with other competition classes, but can also be a fun activity, even if you never compete.
Fun and fast for all sizes. Lure Coursing is letting your dog do what comes naturally – chase stuff. The area is completely fenced and dogs who have never tried coursing are invited. Lure coursing is lots of fun but the dogs run hard so please check with your veterinarian.
Introduction to Flyball
For dogs who LOVE their tennis balls – fast and fun! Dogs of all sizes and breeds will love the fast pace and a chance to play with their favorite toy! Your dog needs to have taken a beginning obedience class. Indoors. Six Sessions
Introduction to Agility
One of the fastest growing sports in the United States. Not only fun and healthy for your dog – but for you too! For dogs and handlers who have never tried agility and for started dogs. Your dog needs to have taken a beginning level obedience class. We’ll start running courses at the very first class! At the Frenchtown location – all classes will be held outdoors so please dress appropriately.
Private lessons are scheduled by appointment-days, evenings, weekends. Call to schedule.
Special rates for current students.