Group Dog Training Classes in Durango, CO | Group Dog Training
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Durango Dog Training – Group Classes

Durango Group Dog Training Classes Now Available

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Class

Gentle Canine dog training is now offering a six week AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy class. The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy certificate is a great way to start your puppy off right with manners and social skills.

Our approach to puppy training helps you not only build your foundation skill set, we also focus on novel stimuli, as recommended by veterinary behaviorists. We will be covering puppy basics such as sits, downs, and walking on leash, as well as social manners including being approached by a stranger, meeting other dogs on leash, sitting to be pet and more. You and your puppy will have the opportunity to test for your AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy certificate on the last class of the six week course.

Classes are an hour long and are held in the Twilight room at the Durango Rec Center. Puppies up to one year of age are welcome. Class space is limited so visit the Parks and Recreation department of to register or call or text with any questions
(970) 903-5794.

AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Preparation Class

We are now offering a four week AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Preparation class for dogs of all ages! This class will help you and your pup build up and fine tune appropriate manners at home and in public while working toward a CGC certificate.

We will focus on skills that your dog will need to use in the real world such as meeting dogs and people on leash, sit stays and down stays, and working through noises and distractions. Click here to learn more about Canine Good Citizen Training.

Classes are in the Twilight Room at the Rec Center in Durango. The class is $125 with limited available space, so reserve your spot by visiting  or call or text us with any questions at (970) 903-5794.

Puppy Manners Class

This manners class covers all your basics in 4 weeks. This class is perfect for dogs of all ages and skill sets, and will cover obedience basics such as sit, down and leave it, while also building up puppy confidence and impulse control through focus work and appropriate socialization. This class space is very limited, please contact GentleCanine with any questions and to reserve your spot.

Trek & Train

Our Trek & Train program is designed to help you and your dog learn how to navigate the back country safely. In a group setting we work on proper socialization, recall off of all distractions, staying close when off leash and how to safely navigate potential obstacles (bridges, creeks, boulder fields, etc.)

We will share our extensive knowledge of exploring the back country. With years of experience on our local search and rescue team, tons of personal experience hiking, climbing and long distance running around all the beautiful mountains our area has to offer. Theres nothing better than having your dog as your outdoor companion, we will help get you there.

SUP with your Pup

SUP with your pup is a great program if you want to learn the basics of stand up paddle boarding and how to teach to your dog to join you. We not only help you get more comfortable on a SUP we help you start your dog off on the right paw, to become your SUPing buddy.

SUPing is great for dogs of all ages, puppies learn a lot of impulse control while working for and focusing on you in a really fun and stimulating environment. Adult dogs will enjoy learning a new skill, its a physical and mental challenge. SUPing is great way for older dogs to get low impact activity, the balancing is a great way to strengthen all those muscle groups, especially the antagonist muscles that don’t get activated often. These classes are offered once its warm enough outside. We offer private lessons and group classes, all lessons and class prices include the paddle board gear.

Tricks Class

Our tricks class is a great way to expand your training skill set. We teach you the learning theory behind teaching your dog complex tricks. Tricks training is a great way to mentally challenge your dog, and give them more tools in their training tool box. You would be surprised with how handy tricks training can be, you teach your dog to offer non-typical behaviors when presented with different challenges. This class is great for dogs off all ages, general manners are preferred for all dogs attending class.

Jog with your Dog

Our new Jog with your Dog program is a great way to work on leash skills, recall and training your dog to be your running/hiking partner. Ever see those runners who’s dog runs in a heel with them? We will show you how to get that behavior. The purpose of this course is to teach you the training skill set to teach your dog to run/hike with you. Now, we understand that not everyone is going to need the same skill set, so we teach you to do everything and more, so you can tweak your training protocol to fit your needs and your lifestyle. This is a 3 week course meeting once a week for an hour, the cost is $100 for the course. To keep everyone safe and healthy, if your not sure about your dog being able to run (too young or old) please consult with your veterinarian.

Class Dates

S.T.A.R. Puppy- 6 week

Fridays- Starting April 28th 6:15pm- June 2nd

Fridays- Starting June 23rd 6:15pm- July 28th

Fridays- Starting August 18th 6:15pm- September 22nd


Puppy Manners– 4 week

Saturdays- Starting April 29th 10am- May 20th

Saturdays- Starting June 24th 10am-July 15th

Saturdays- Starting August 19th 10am- September 9th


AKC CGC Prep– 4 week

Saturdays- Starting April 29 11:45am- May 20th

Saturdays- Staring June 24th 11:45am- July 15th

Saturdays- Starting August 19th 11:45am- September 9th

Jog with your Dog– 3 week

Saturdays- Starting April 1st at 3pm- April 15th

Saturdays- Starting May 6th 3pm-May 20th


Trek & Train– Day Class

April 1st 9am

April 22nd 9am


Sup with your Pup– TBA

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