Dakota Canine Academy

Thank you for your interest in Dakota Canine Academy, dog training classes taught by Allison Lamminen CTC, CSAT and Stephanie Kubes CVT. Classes are held at Dakota Pet Hospital in Lakeville, MN. If you are interested in signing your dog up for class, send in a contact form or call the clinic at 952-469-1525 today!

 
 

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You watched us as we were teaching commands and gave really good course correction. You also taught us a command that allowed Daisy to not pull on her leash for the first time in her life. Thank you for your dedication to teaching well-behaved puppies!
— Daisy's parents
We can’t wait til the next one we can take!
— Jersey's mom

Puppy Classes

Join one of our three puppy classes! 

  • Puppy Kindergarten (ages 8-16 weeks on the first day of class)
    • Introduction to obedience skills such as recalls, sit, down, stay and leave it.
    • Body handling exercises build confidence and teach your dog to be comfortable in his own fur!
    • We positively and non-invasively introduce your dog to the exam rooms, treatment tables and commonly used equipment at the vet clinic.
    • Off-leash play sessions are worked into the curriculum to promote appropriate and balanced play and to provide socialization with other puppies as well as other people!
    • Price: $150
    • November 13-January 8 (no class NovemDecember 25): Mondays from 7-8 pm
    • January 13-February 17: Saturdays from 3-4 pm
  • Adolescent Manners (ages 4-12 months on the first day of class)
    • Introduce or continue building on basic behaviors such as recalls, sit, down, stay and leave it.
    • Introduce or continue building up your dog's confidence in a clinic setting in a fun and non-invasive manner.
    • Off-leash play sessions are worked into the curriculum to promote appropriate and balanced play and to provide socialization with other puppies as well as other people!
    • Price: $150
    • January 6-February 10: Saturdays from 4:30-5:30 pm
  • Puppy Intermediate (any puppy under 12 months who has been through a basic puppy class)
    • Continue to solidify the behaviors your puppy learned in kindergarten or manners
    • Introduce additional behaviors to help set your puppy up for a successful life
    • Off-leash play sessions are worked into the curriculum to promote appropriate and balanced play and to provide socialization with other puppies as well as other people!
    • Price: $150
    • November 28-January 9 (no class 12/26): Tuesdays from 7-8 pm

Basic Life Skills

It is never too late to enroll your dog in class! In our adult basic class, we will positively reinforce basic behaviors such as recall, sit, down, stay and leave it.

No matter where your dog is at, we can help you and your dog learn behaviors that will set him up for success and will provide you with some relief from those "naughty" behaviors your dog may be practicing.

Dogs older than 7 months of age are welcome to join class. They must have a good history with dogs and people. If you are unsure if your dog would thrive in a class setting, contact the clinic and ask to speak with Allison or Stephanie.

Price: $150

  • December 30-February 3: Saturdays from 6-7 pm
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Intermediate Life Skills

Continuing education is so important not only for our dogs but for us! You and your dog can only continue to grow if you take more classes. In Adult Intermediate, we will build on the behaviors that were introduced in the Adult Basic Manners class and introduce a couple more, like stand-stay for a vet exam.

Dogs older than 7 months of age who have taken a basic training class are eligible to join this this class. Dogs must be good with other dogs and people. They must also be up to date on rabies, distemper and bordetella vaccines.

Contact the clinic today to get your dog enrolled!

Price: $150

 


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Tricks Class

Do you often have company over? Would you love to be able to entertain by showing off what your dog can do? Sign up for this six-week class and learn 8-12 tricks!

Some tricks we will be teaching are:

  • Bow
  • Army crawl
  • Spin
  • Wave
  • and more!

Next class: November 29-January 3: Wednesdays 7:15-8:15 pm

Price: $150


Reactive Rover

Does your dog go crazy when he sees another dog? Do you avoid taking your dog on walks because he is too difficult to manage when another dog is in sight?  If you answered yes, this class is for you!

In this 6-week class, we will introduce other behaviors for your dog to perform during those stressful times when another dog dared to come into sight. We will also focus on building your dog's comfort level when he sees a dog.

This class is for dog-reactive dogs only. If your dog is reactive toward people, the private training route is best for you.

Price: $200

  • December 30-February 3: Saturdays 1:30-2:30 pm

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Loose-Leash Walking Mini Class

This mini training class will focus solely on loose-leash walking. If your dog is a manic on leash because there are so many wonderful things to smell and suddenly run to on a walk, this class is perfect for you! In this two-session class, we will introduce two ways to practice loose-leash walking as well as a couple of behaviors to help with manners while on a walk.

Prong, chain and shock collars are not needed in this class. If you would like to bring with a training aid, a no-pull harness is best. Freedom No-Pull and Easy Walk are great brands!

Dogs must be good with other dogs and people as well as up to date on their rabies, distemper and bordetella vaccines.

Price: $75

Class dates TBD

 


Class Packages

Take advantage of discounted classes and the extras in our training class packages!

  • Puppy Package: $475

    • Puppy Kindergarten or Adolescent Manners- depending on age
    • Puppy Intermediate
    • Tricks
    • Freedom No-Pull Harness
    • Two bags of Zukes training treats
    • Training treat pouch
  • Adult Package: $475

    • Adult Basic
    • Adult Intermediate
    • Tricks
    • Freedom No-Pull Harness
    • Two bags of Zukes training treats
    • Training treat pouch
  • Superstar Package: $325

    • Tricks
    • Dance
    • Freedom No-Pull Harness
    • Two bags of Zukes training treats
    • Training treat pouch

Interested in signing up for class? Fill out the contact form below!

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