DIAMOND IN THE RUFF DOG TRAINING
Greater Burlington, VT
Need help with training?
 Call 1-802-540-0219 or email diamonddogtraining@gmail.com

Committed to helping you and your dog enjoy life together.
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CURRENT TRAINING CLASSES

*Classes are kept small for more individual attention*

Note: Holly is offering occasional group manners and puppy classes, 
but is putting most of her class efforts into growing the sport of K9Nosework in VT. 
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NEW!!!                                           PUPPY PLAYGROUP                                       NEW!!!
For puppies 8 to ~20 wks old (must be 17 weeks or less at class start)
45 mins.    5 weeks.     $50      Limit 10 pups.

Is your pup begging you for more play time? This 45-minute playgroup is perfect for playful puppies. Come and join us in the big yard (or inside during inclement weather) to exercise and socialize your pup, connect with other puppy owners, and get your weekly dose of canine cuteness. Dogs attending each session will be grouped by temperament and play-style, and/or by size/weight if appropriate. A professional dog trainer will be on hand to supervise the group and answer any dog play questions you might have. This playgroup is appropriate for most puppies, but please contact the instructor if your puppy has any special considerations or if you are unsure about whether this group is a good fit for your puppy. 
Offered twice per week--please do not sign up for a playgroup on a day that your pup has a training class--they will be too tired to get full benefit from both.

​None scheduled at present.  If you would be interested in this, please contact Holly.

Held at Humane Society of Chittenden Co.               Register at:  http://www.chittendenhumane.org/Dog-Training

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PUPPY KINDERGARTEN!
For puppies 4 mos and younger at start of class
1 hr        6weeks     $155       Limit 6 puppies
No classes scheduled at this time.

This may be the most important class you'll ever take with your dog.  Learn the foundations of science-based training for basic manners, how to avoid future problems and deal with common puppy issues like house-training and puppy-as-shark, and get in some important socialization time.  This is where you start to build a great relationship with your pup for life!


Held at Humane Society of Chittenden Co.                  Register at:  http://www.chittendenhumane.org/Dog-Training


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NEW!!!                         SMALL-DOG PLAYGROUP                        NEW!!!
For dogs 25 lbs. or less, 5 mos and older
45 mins.     5 weeks.     $50     Limit 6 dogs.

Looking for a fun and safe play group environment for your active small dog? This 45-minute, playgroup for small dogs (25 lbs. and under) may be just the thing! Come join us in the big yard to exercise and socialize your dog, connect with other petite-pup owners, and watch the playtime fun unfold! Dogs attending each session will be grouped by temperament and play-style, and/or by size/weight if appropriate. A professional dog trainer will be on hand to supervise the group and answer any dog play questions you might have.  We require that your dog has been living in your home for at least a week prior to attending playgroup. This playgroup is designed for dogs who are known to be social with other dogs. Aggressive, frail, or overly fearful dogs are not appropriate for this group. If you are unsure about whether this group is a good fit for your dog, please contact the instructor.

None scheduled at present.  If you would be interested in this, please contact Holly.              

Held at Humane Society of Chittenden Co.             Register at:  http://www.chittendenhumane.org/Dog-Training


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NOSEWORK--WHAT IS IT?

Using the amazing equipment (nose) and hunting instinct that every dog has, we train your dog to do a focused search for food or essential oils. Nosework has become an international competitive dog sport, where dogs do timed searches of four different elements: containers (boxes, luggage, etc), interiors (within buildings), exteriors (the great outdoors), and vehicles (exterior only). Any dog with a nose and at least 2 legs can play (incl. blind, deaf, and senior dogs), and it requires minimum physical exertion from handlers. One dog searches at a time, so even dogs who are mild to moderately reactive can play.  This sport builds confidence in shy or fearful dogs, provides mental and physical stimulation for busy dogs, and builds your relationship as you and your dog learn to communicate with each other during the search.  
Dogs need to be able to wait in your car, or quietly in a crate with other dogs nearby, between searches.

For a nosework demo see:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkXtAup14Sg
To see the benefits of nosework for a timid dog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5ddss9bfR0



INTRO TO NOSEWORK - INTERIORS/CONTAINERS

Limited to 5 dogs, age 4 months and older.   $125 for 5 weeks.  

This intro course will teach the basic concepts of scent work, including how canine noses work, how odor moves, and how to read your dog. Students will have an opportunity to provide their dogs with experience figuring out scent puzzles and will focus mainly on the first two elements: containers and interiors. Due to the structure of the class--one dog searching at a time--dogs who are not working need to be comfortable in a crate in an adjoining room, resting quietly near their owner, or waiting alone in their vehicle between their turns to search.  In this way, we can accommodate mild to moderately reactive dogs. Contact Holly directly if your dog has reactivity issues or for questions about the class.  NOTE NEW VENUE BELOW.

No classes scheduled at this time.

Held at Vermont Dog Club in Essex.     Register at:   http://vermontdogclub.com/calendar2/


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INTRO TO ODOR--Levels 1 & 2

Limited to 4 dogs, age 4 months and older. $155 for 6 weeks.  

A combined intermediate nosework class for students who have completed the Introduction to Nosework- Interiors and Containers course, and/or those who have completed Introductions to Odor, Level I. During the course, we will introduce Level I dogs to the first of 3 odor oils used in competition and teach them that finding this odor means a big reward! Level I students will learn how to properly handle the oils and how to begin switching your dog over from food to odor. Level II teams will work on more difficult scent puzzles and prepare for the Odor Recognition Test, which is required to enter competition. All teams (Level I and II) will perform searches on containers and interiors.  Due to the structure of the class--one dog searching at a time--dogs who are not working need to be comfortable in a crate in an adjoining room, sitting very quietly near their owner, or waiting alone in their vehicle between their turns to search. We can accommodate mild to moderately reactive dogs. Contact Holly directly if your dog has reactivity issues or for questions about the class. 

​No classes scheduled at this time.


Held at Vermont Dog Club in Essex Jct.                Register at http://vermontdogclub.com/calendar2/

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NOSEWORK: EXTERIORS AND VEHICLES   (OFFERED IN WARMER WEATHER​).

Limited to 5 dogs, age 4 months and older.          6 weeks

This class will introduce dogs to focused searches outdoors. They will be searching building exteriors, lawns and fields, and wooded areas. They will also begin searching vehicle exteriors.  Due to the structure of the class--one dog searching at a time--dogs who are not working need to be comfortable in a crate nearby, or waiting alone in their vehicle between their turns to search.  We can accommodate mild to moderately reactive dogs. Contact Holly directly if your dog has reactivity issues or for questions about the class.

Prerequisite: Intro to Nosework: Interiors, or permission of instructor. Dogs who are just beginning the Nosework game should start with the Interior class as there are fewer distractions indoors so they learn the game faster. However, if your dog has significant practice finding things outdoors it may be OK to start with this class and take Interiors later. Please contact Holly to discuss this possibility. 

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Questions ???????

Q: Why does only one dog search at a time?  Can't my quiet dog stay next to me while another dog searches?
A:  It is important that only one dog be in the search area at a time, and is one of the rules of the sport. This allows the searching dog to focus completely on the search and not be distracted (through fear, food guarding, or curiosity) by the presence of other dogs.  This allows dogs with fear/reactivity issues to play the game, and often helps them get past these issues.  It is also important that handlers watch as others search, as observation of other dogs and handlers is part of the learning process.


We can accommodate dogs with mild to moderate reactivity to dogs or people if:
                                                    1) they have never bitten any person or dog  
                                                    2) they can safely be within 6 feet of people who are seated
                                                    3) they can stay safely in your vehicle when they are not searching
If you think your dog may be able to do this but are not sure, please contact Holly at 540-0219.

All dogs will need proof of current vaccinations.

​Here's what recent students say about the class:

"Tabitha is afraid of a lot of things; it takes a lot of effort to get her used to new situations without stressing her out. We wondered 
if she could deal with a class. The nosework class has been the perfect activity for her--she gets to socialize with people and 
dogs from a safe distance, learn new skills, and best of all, build confidence. Every time she conquers a fear, she walks 
a little taller, and that means the world to both of us. We are excited to keep progressing to the next levels 
of nosework, and see how much more she can grow!" - M.L.

"My dog Jasper, who is typically a fearful guy, shows so much joy and focus when involved in nosework. He starts 
jumping with anticipation as soon as he sees the building where class is held." - M.S.

Update: Wanted to let you know I've discovered a new (wonderful) side effect of nosework...
Now that's it's summer, Jasper has been extra stressed out due to thunderstorms, firecrackers, and construction in the basement below my apartment. But I discovered that no matter how scared he is, he's always up for nosework. After a couple rounds of "Find It," he goes from cowering/trembling/heavy panting to happy with tail held high. This is so awesome!!!  I'm sure I'll be using this technique all summer to calm him down.
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COMING UP!

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Occasionally offered


*Crate Games--dogs learn self-control while learning to really love their crate!
(sneak peek:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebjBo_spqG0  )

*Dogs and Storks/Dogs and Toddlers presentations:  how to prepare your dog for a new baby, or newly mobile toddler, and how to keep young children and dogs safe and happy with each other.
http://www.youtube.com/user/familypaws


If you are interested in knowing more about any of these classes, registering, or to be contacted once the classes are scheduled, please get in touch (info above).

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