Good Dog Rising

Training & Behavior in Carlisle, PA

 Services

Looking for Dog Training in Carlisle, PA and surrounding areas?  You've come to the right place. 

A listing of Good Dog Rising's full range of services (descriptions below):

Group Dog Training Classes

Great value for your time and money with strategies proven to work with hundreds of dogs each year.

To view the schedule and register online for group classes, click here. 

 

Foundation classes
New dogs start here!

At GDR, we focus on foundation skills for great family dogs:

* Puppy class
- Pups under 5 months start here
- AKA "Puppy Kindergarten"
- Start NOW! You'll thank us later.
- We've trained 350+ pups in our 
Puppy Class over the last 4 years!

* Basic Manners class
- Dogs over 5 months start here
- WAY beyond just teaching "sit!"
- We've trained 700+ dogs in our
Basic Manners over the last 4 years!

 

Advanced Level Classes
Prerequisite: GDR Basic Manners 


* Advanced Manners
- The natural follow-on to Basic
- Mastery of basic cues and focus
- Learn with a sample of dog sports

* Trick Dog Class
* Intro to Scentwork
* Multi-sport sampler classes


 

Graduate Level Classes

Prerequisites:
  GDR Advanced Manners
  "Level 1" class before any level 2

* Agility For Fun
* Scentwork
* Rally-Obedience
* Trick Dog (w/ optional Tricks Titling)
* IMPROV Advanced Obedience


 

Mini Series classes
Prerequisite: GDR Basic Manners 


* Super Stays
* Loose Leash Walking
* Reliable Recall Games
* CGC Practice
* Intro to Advanced Shaping Techniques

Other Services

Individualized attention, specialized formats, and a wide array of varied canine activities and training.

Click on the headings below for details and sign-up for each of the following:

 

Private Training
Work one on one with an instructor

- Focus on a specific issue or task
- Individualized attention
- Great for problem solving

 

Day Training
Let us train your dog!

- Drop off your dog with us for part of the day
- Package includes private training sessions with you to set goals and then demonstrate your dogs new behaviors and teach you how to cue and maintain them

 

Special Events and Activities

- AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) testing
- AKC STAR Puppy testing
- Rally-Obedience Run-throughs
- Practice ORTs and scentwork searches
- "Yappy Hour" open house events
- Seminars
- Canine Care & Nutrition 
- Living with a Reactive Dog
- etc.

 

Reactive Dog Classes
Prerequisite: initial screening done via email


- For dogs that over-react in social situations
- Issues with dogs, people, or both
- Be calm in the presence of other dogs/people
- Calmly walk by other dogs/people
- Issues beyond leash walking / obedience issues

* Reactive Dog Level One class
* Reactive Dog Level Two class
* "Feisty Fun" and "Feisty Agility" classes


A variety of classes are offered, every weeknight, some weekdays, and on weekends.  At any one time, we generally offer 12-20  weekday/weeknight classes and 10-12 weekend classes, with offerings in each of the categories above.






DETAILED CLASS DESCRIPTIONS: 
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All group dog training classes are held at our location in Carlisle, PA.  

You may find specialty classes added to our schedule beyond those found here -- if so, just click on the class title in our online registration system to see details, and/or email to ask us any questions.

                                                                            
 
START HERE: 
Foundation classes

We start dogs by age group (under/over 5 months.) We promise that these classes will have challenging, unique, useful exercises for your dog, whether they have no experience, or if they have a good grasp of some of the basics. We put a lot of effort into ensuring our Foundation classes are a worthwhile investment of your time and money - and positive feedback from hundreds of families says we're doing a pretty good job!

Questions? Look at our FAQ page for immediate answers at your fingertips.



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Puppy Socialization & Manners ("Puppy Kindergarten"): 

Class Fee:   $130 for seven weeks of class
Prerequisites:      
- Pup is 8 weeks to 5 months old at start of class (why so young?)
- Minimum to start: initial vaccination for Distemper/Parvo (that's all?
- Pup continues vaccinations according to your vet's recommendations
You get: 
- Seven week group class, one hour each week
- Class handbook
- Class sizes over 5 dogs have two instructors (limit of 9 pups)

Sign up:
View schedule of available classes, and register online HERE.

This class is a MUST to help your puppy grow up into a friendly, well-mannered adult dog. Ideally, start this class as soon as you get your pup to take full advantage of the critical socialization period between 2-4 months (though we allow pups up to 5 months.)
 
The primary emphasis of this class will be to provide safe, supervised interaction with other puppies and people which is essential to your dog's future behavioral health. Your puppy will also begin the foundations of basic obedience and learn cues like sit, lie down, stay, and recall (come when called). Most of all, your puppy will learn to focus on you, even around distractions.
 
Each week will have a theme, covering real-life situations like going to the vet, visiting an outdoor cafe, or being in the kitchen. You'll practice practical obedience skills in the types of situations where you'll actually use them.


Question: When should I begin puppy class?  
Answer: As soon as possible!  We're not kidding. Do it!  You'll be glad you did.

In the first months of life, your puppy is in a critical developmental period.  The experiences your pup has during this time will last a lifetime.  Take advantage of this impressionable time to build a confident dog that loves new people, dogs, and places - and to build a pup that loves learning and following your direction.  Check out the information at this link for more detail.

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Basic Manners & Obedience: 

Class Fee:   $130 for seven weeks of class
Prerequisites:  
- For all adolescents/adults over 5 months
- Up to date on vaccinations per your vet's recommendations
- Vaccinated for rabies in accordance with PA law
- One initial Disptemper/Parvo vaccination series at minimum
You get: 
- Seven week group class, one hour each week
- Class handbook
- Class sizes over 5 dogs have two instructors (limit of 7 dogs)

Sign up:
View schedule of available classes, and register online HERE.



For adult dogs (older than 5 months) who have had no previous formal training, or a great next step after Puppy class for greater obedience focus and getting through that tough adolescent stage.

Your dog will learn to follow basic cues such as sit, down, stay, come, leave-it (manners around food), and loose leash walking - all among the distractions of other dogs and people.  There are special focus weeks on weaning off of treats, dog-dog interactions and manners, and good manners around food, and we add in weekly challenges and tricks.  We emphasize practical manners and your dog's ability to be a calm, well-mannered member of your household and great companion when out and about.  Your dog will learn that it's fun and rewarding to pay attention to you, even in the face of distractions.

This class will give you and your dog all of the foundation skills you need to get started right, and you'll learn how to better communicate with your dog and get them to do what you'd like them to do.  This is a great class both for newly adopted dogs, and for adult dogs you've shared your home with for years.

Question:  If my dog already knows sit and some other things, is Basic still a good fit?  
Answer:  Yes! If this is the first class you and your dog have attended together at Good Dog Rising, Basic is the perfect place to be!
Because we limit class size at each Basic Manners class, we can make sure each dog is working at just the right challenge level. Because many dogs come to class already knowing some things, we move quickly to integrate distractions and more challenging versions of each exercise for dogs who are ready. We cover lots of life skills that help your dog be a more enjoyable companion overall - beyond just teaching basic obedience cues. We promise you won't be bored! 

Question:  Can you really teach an old dog new tricks?  
Answer:  Yes!

Dogs, being the successful species that they are, are able to learn and change their behavior throughout their lives.  Our training methods not only teach your dog the meaning of specific useful cues like sit and stay - they also help your dog learn that if they choose behaviors you like, life is good for everyone!  No dog is "too old" to benefit from Basic Manners & Obedience class.  You'll both be glad you made time for training, and you'll enjoy the time you spent together.

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BEYOND BASICS CLASSES: 
The next step after completing GDR Basic Manners class.

Class Fee:   $105 for seven weeks of class
Prerequisites:   GDR Basic Manners
You get:  Seven week group class, one hour each week

Sign up:
View schedule of available classes, and register online HERE.




Advanced Manners: 
The natural follow-on to GDR Basic. 

Come learn the skills the GDR instructor team teaches to our own dogs after Basic.
 
Advanced Manners class includes a sampling of fun things that will also help take your dog's obedience & manners to the next level. Try Rally-Obedience to get your dog working for longer periods (and this class satisfies the prerequisite to join our Rally Level 2 class). Work stays and off-leash control with our Agility jump theme week. Learn how to get your dog to come when called in our popular and fun Recalls focus week. Build your dog's self control to be able to walk by food on the floor with a loose leash with a solid Leave-It cue. Find out how awesome your dog is when you work for an entire hour of class with no treats in your hands or on your person!

This class provides an excellent foundation for anything you'd like to do with your dog - from just being a great companion in the house and on walks, to the manners and self-control needed for therapy dog work, to the focus and attention you'll need in agility, rally-obedience, freestyle, IMPROV obedience, or any other canine sport.  
 
Many students have found Advanced Manners to be key preparation for taking Canine Good Citizen or TDI Therapy Dog tests (and we can also help tailor training plans to prepare your individual dog.)
 
This class is tailored to meet the needs of the dogs in the class.  Your dog will build focus, attention, and self-control.  Your dog will gain mastery of the basics in the presence of serious distractions.  
 
This is a repeatable class, and we can adjust the challenge level to each individual dog.

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Trick Dog Classes (with optional Trick Dog Titling):  
WAY more than shake and roll over! Tricks classes will be 7-week courses where you'll get to work on cool tricks of all kinds, from basic ones to really advanced ones. If you wish, you can work toward "Do More WIth Your Dog" Trick Dog Titles at the beginner through champion levels with our Certified Trick Dog Instructor, Carleen. Prerequisite is at least one other class taken at Good Dog Rising. Advanced Manners class is recommended but not required before this class.

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Sports Sampler Classes:  
Sports Sampler classes will be 7-week courses where you'll get to try multiple canine sports. Prerequisite is at least one other class taken at Good Dog Rising (Advanced Manners is recommended, but not required). There are three different ones, each with a different sampling of sports: 
  • Sports Sampler 1 - Agilty, Flyball, Freestyle
  • Sports Sampler 2 - Agility, Scentwork, Rally-Obedience
  • Sports Sampler 3 - Scentwork, IMPROV/Tricks, Rally FrEe
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Intro to Rally-Obedience (level 1): 
Rally-Obedience is a K9 sport that combines obedience and fun.  Build a great working relationship.  Increase focus and attention.  Your dog will learn more formal heeling and precise obedience moves while you have fun together learning a new sport.  Exercises move to being off leash as your dog progresses to higher levels. In lieu of Intro to Rally Obedience class, many dogs are able to move into ongoing Level Two Rally-O classes after completion of Advanced Manners Class.

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Intro to Flyball (level 1):  
Learn this fast-paced sport for canine athletes.  In competition, teams of 4 dogs complete a lightening-fast relay race where each dog must race over jumps, trigger the release of a ball, and bring the ball back over the jumps before the next dog is released to do the same.  We also have several flyball teams that practice at the Good Dog Rising facility, and we can help when you're ready to join a team. Advanced Manners class is recommended but not required before this class, as long as you've completed at least one class at Good Dog Rising.

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Intro to Scentwork (level 1):   
Dogs have a great ability to learn about their environment through their sense of smell. Dogs have been used for their scenting capabilities, in various capacities, to help humans. Dogs have been used to detect bombs, gun powder, natural gas, fruit being imported illegally, drugs, cancers, bed bugs, and people, both lost and deceased. Unleash this amazing talent in your own dog!

Scent Work class is designed to help owners teach dogs how to associate a specific odor with a reward. Your dog already knows how to smell. The target odor is placed in different locations for your dog to find. You, as the owner, need to learn how to identify when you dog has found the desired odor. Scent Work allows our dog to guide us through this fun activity. Level 1 will start with Sweet Birch odor (the same odor used in beginning level competition) and the basic skills of 
scent work, including interior and exterior searches, and searches of vehicles.  Advanced Manners class is recommended but not required before this class, as long as you've completed at least one class at Good Dog Rising.




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GRADUATE LEVEL CLASSES: 
For the awesome dogs who have completed GDR Basic and Advanced Manners Classes


Class Fee:   $105 for seven weeks of class
Prerequisites:   GDR Basic and Advanced Manners
You get:  Seven week group class, one hour each week

Sign up:
View schedule of available classes, and register online HERE.



Email or talk to your instructor to discuss placement in an appropriate level class.


Rally-Obedience (levels 2 and 3): 
Continue work on more reliable obedience, learn more formal obedience work, and have fun at the same time.  In Rally-Obedience, dogs complete a course comprised of a sequence of numbered stations (like in agility), completing various obedience exercises as described at each station.  
  • Rally-O Level 2 - for handlers and dogs who have completed level 1 class.  Handlers and dogs will be familiar with all of the basic Rally signs and moves, and be completing longer sequences.
  • Rally-O Level 3 - for handlers and dogs who have completed multiple Rally classes. Handlers and dogs will be familiar with all of the novice/level one Rally signs and moves, be learning additional advanced level signs, and be at competition level.
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IMPROV (Advanced Outside-the-Box) Obedience:   
Advanced obedience with a twist.  Work on a variety of advanced skills, including everything you need to compete in the sport of IMPROV. Distance work, versatility, retrieving, etc.  This is where dogs come to be awesome.  IMPROV class often includes all levels of training, and difficultly level is matched to each dog.


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Agility for Fun: 
The Good Dog Rising agility program is fun-oriented (versus competition oriented.)  Our goals are for the dog and handler to have fun, to teach confidence and off leash control, and to contribute to the fitness of both dog and handler.  We will teach appropriate and safe techniques which would lay a foundation for future competition if the handler wishes to do so, and can refer you to another local agility program at any point if you wish for more competition focus.  

  • AFF Level 1 - Our Intro course (prerequisite: Basic class or PK). In this class, dogs will be introduced to a fun selection of agility obstacles that are the quickest for dogs to learn, and that will help students to progress quickly to working on off leash control on short sequences of obstacles. We will emphasize the following obstacles in level 1: jumps, tunnels, table, chute. Handlers will learn to direct the dog on short sequences, and learn basic handling skills. This is a beneficial, confidence-building, and fun class for any dog, even if there is no interest in ongoing agility training. Dogs should remain in the Level 1 class until they are comfortable performing short sequences of obstacles off leash (often accomplished in one class)
  • AFF Level 2 - Before proceeding to Level 2, dogs will be ready to do short sequences off leash.  At this level, dogs will move on to other obstacles such as weave poles and the dogwalk.  Previous knowledge of handling skills (such as front and rear crosses) is not required, and will be covered at this level.  Students will continue to work on directing their dogs on longer sequences without leashes or food lures, moving more quickly, and gaining confidence and off leash obedience skills.  
  • AFF Level 3 - At this level, dogs should be able to perform longer sequences of obstacles with good off leash control.  Work on weaves, teeter, A-frame, and dogwalk will continue, and be integrated into longer sequences.  Handlers should already have some basic knowledge of handling skills such as crosses, and be ready to work on more complex sequences. 

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Scentwork:  
Dogs have a great ability to learn about their environment through their sense of smell. Dogs have been used for their scenting capabilities, in various capacities, to help humans. Dogs have been used to detect bombs, gun powder, natural gas, fruit being imported illegally, drugs, cancers, bed bugs, and people, both lost and deceased. Unleash this amazing talent in your own dog!

Scent Work class is designed to help owners teach dogs how to associate a specific odor with a reward. Your dog already knows how to smell. The target odor is placed in different locations for your dog to find. You, as the owner, need to learn how to identify when you dog has found the desired odor. Scent Work allows our dog to guide us through this fun activity. Level 1 will start with Sweet Birch odor (the same odor used in beginning level competition) and the basic skills of 
scent work, including interior and exterior searches, and searches of vehicles. 

  • Scentwork Level 2 - dogs will learn to recognize additional odors: Clove and Anise (required for upper levels of competion in Nosework and Scent Detection), and their own handler's human scent.  Searches will be more complex, including more difficult blind searches, hides at different heights, and multiple hides.
  • Scentwork Level 3 - dogs and handlers should progress to level 3 after the dog and handler have experience successfully finding Birch, Clove, and Anise, and searches in a variety of contexts.  Level 3 will continue to challenge dogs and handlers with more complex searches, and work to prepare teams to excel in competition.
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Sports Sampler Classes:  
Sports Sampler classes will be 7-week courses where you'll get to try multiple canine sports. Prerequisite is at least one other class taken at Good Dog Rising. There are three different ones, each with a different sampling of sports: 
  • Sports Sampler 1 - Agilty, Flyball, Freestyle
  • Sports Sampler 2 - Agility, Scentwork, Rally-Obedience
  • Sports Sampler 3 - Scentwork, IMPROV/Tricks, Rally FrEe




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MINI-SERIES 
Three 45-minute sessions on a focused topic.  

Class Fee:   $45 for three weeks of class
Prerequisites:   GDR Puppy and/or Basic Manners Class
You get:  Three week group class, one hour each week

Sign up:
View schedule of available classes, and register online HERE.




Work on a specific goal, without needing to commit to a full seven week class.


Topics Such As:

   
Super Stays - amazing stays in 3 weeks
   
Tricks 101 - learn and have fun, work toward Trick Dog titles
   Recall Mini - our favorite and most effective training exercises for a great come-when-called
  
 CGC Practice - practice on the specific exercises of the CGC test with coaching
   Crate Games - build drive and enthusiastic self control, as well as love for the crate- a dog sports must
   
IMPROV Games - fun and challenging IMPROV challenges each week
   
Clicker Shaping - 3 weeks to a "clicker savvy" dog, and a new tool for your trainer's toolbox
   
Tooth & Nail  - learn how to help your dog tolerate tasks like nail trimming and tooth brushing willingly, with no fuss!
   ...and more!
 
PRIVATE TRAINING: 

Consider private training for:
  • Individualized attention
  • Creative scheduling
  • Specific problem-solving
  • Targeting a specific issue such as leash walking, reliable stays, darting out doors, counter surfing, stealing items and playing keep-a-way, housetraining, etc.
  • Common behavior issues such as shyness, staying calm in social settings / low-level reactive behavior toward people and/or dogs, crate training issues, etc.
  • One-on-one lessons in agility, obedience, etc.
Please see the About Us page for our qualifications, experience, and independent certifications in canine training and behavior. We have experience working on everything from common "obnoxious" behaviors to complex behavior modification cases with an excellent success rate, but we also do not hesitate to involve your veterinarian or work in conjunction with a board-certified veterinary behaviorist if it would help to achieve resolution of your issues. You can expect only the most professional behavior modification services at Good Dog Rising.

We are currently accepting private training clients for obedience, house manners and life skills issues, sports, CGC preparation, common behavior problems, minor resource guarding, and common dog-dog reactivity. 

Due to a large volume of inquiries, we are currently working with excellent local partners with qualifications and experience that meet our high Good Dog Rising standards for more serious aggression issues - contact us, and we can help match you with behavior modification services that meet your needs. For major aggression, fear, or separation issues, please consider an appointment with a board-certified veterinary behaviorist. **** 


Private Training Fees*: 

New Client Package, $300:  one detailed initial consultation (1hr), plus two 45min. follow-ups 
Follow-up Package, $200:   three 45-minute follow-ups (for existing private training clients only).
Follow-up Single Session, $90:   single 45-minute follow-up (for existing private training clients only.)

  • Private training fees may vary depending upon complexity of issues.
  • In-home training:  There is an additional charge for in-home sessions, plus $30/hr travel charge.     **In-home training is only offered for our current private clients and current/former students
  • Other custom packages available.
    
How to Schedule Private Training:

You can self-schedule individual training on the Private Training tabs of the online registration system. 

1) Purchase a New Client Package on the "Purchase Private Packages" tab. After paying for your package, you will have credits to "spend" when you schedule your initial and follow-up sessions.

2) Schedule your first session on the "Schedule Private Training" tab. Each time you schedule private training, you will use one of your private training credits from your package to "pay."   


 
DAY TRAINING 
Let us train your dog!


- VIP Individualized Attention
- Puppy Day Camp for socialization, manners, and housetraining work
- Drop off your dog with us, and pick them up later that day
- Perfect for busy professionals and parents!


More details and online signup coming soon. To book this unique all inclusive service NOW, email GDRCarleen@yahoo.com with questions or to schedule.


 
REACTIVE DOG CLASSES: 
For dogs that over-react in social situations. 

- Help your dog remain calm in social settings around other dogs and/or people.
- This class focuses on being able to be calm and quiet in proximity to other dogs/people, or walk by calmly.
- This class addresses issues beyond common overexcitement, jumping up, and pulling -- RD is for dogs who cower, growl, bark/lunge, etc.
- Dogs are not in physical contact with one another during the scope of this class (i.e. we do not practice greetings or play in this class.)


Reactive Dog Level One:
 
Class Fee:   $200 for six extended-time weeks of class
Prerequisites:   Initial screening done via email.
All students MUST be present for 1st two weeks of class.
Sign Up:
We only do a few RD groups per year. Sign up for "notify me about the next Reactive Dog Level One Class" HERE, and we'll contact you via email when enrollment begins.  


We show you how to help your barking, lunging, or cowering dog remain calm in social situations around other people and dogs. $200 for 6 weeks of extended-time sessions, with comprehensive individual support.

Prerequisite:  There are no class prerequisites for this class.  We recommend at least one hour of private training completed prior to beginning the class, to provide individual assistance, and to help you assess how Reactive Dog fits into addressing your dog's individual needs.  

RD class is designed to be an 
efficient way to work through behavior modification for dog-dog or dog-human reactivity, while being less costly than the equivalent number of hours of Private Training. 


This specialized class consists of:
  1. Two-hour Orientation Seminar (without dogs) where you'll learn about why this might be happening, and what to do about it.
  2. Week Two is a Transition Class, with dogs.  The focus for this class is preparation for Week Three where all class dogs and people will be in the same room working at the same time.  We also go into depth on canine body language to help you read your dog.
  3. Weeks Three through Six are Working Sessions, with dogs.  


Reactive Dog Level Two: 
Class Fee:   $175 for six working sessions
Prerequisites:   Reactive Dog Level One




Feisty Fun / Feisty Agility:  
Class Fee:   $130 for seven weeks of class
Prerequisites:   Reactive Dog Level One


Group class just for RD grads.  Games, tricks, K9 sports, and other activities will be included, and students will have input on what you'd like to work on.  Feisty Fun classes are $130.


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Professional dog training classes & canine behavior services in Carlisle, PA.
Also serving Mechanicsburg, Shippensburg, and surrounding areas.

Contact us today via email: info@GoodDogRising.com
or sign up online for a group class, event, or private session.

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