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 and Riverview Animal Hospital. Puppies up to one year of age are welcome. Class space is limited so visit the Parks and Recreation department of to register for the Rec Center class. To register for the class held at Riverview Animal Hospital please call or text us.  (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.

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. This class is $50 per team, we keep these groups small, we recommend reserving your spot soon!

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.

Leash Skills Class

Our new Leash Skills program is a great way to work on leash skills, recall and training your dog to be your adventure partner. This course helps with pulling, and lunging dogs. The purpose of this course is to teach you the training skill set to teach your dog how to walk with you, and work for you through all distractions. 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.

Class Dates- Please Call or Text to Register (970)946-2551

S.T.A.R. Puppy- 6 week

Saturdays- June 3rd 10am- July 8th

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

Saturdays- July 22nd 10am- September 2nd (skipping Aug 12th)

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


AKC CGC Prep– 4 week

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

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


Leash Skills- 3 week

Saturdays- June 3rd 2pm- June 17th

Saturdays- June 24th 2pm- July 8th

Saturdays- July 22nd 2pm- August 5th

Saturdays- August 19th 2pm- September 2nd

Trek & Train– 2-3 hours

Sunday June 4th at 9am

Friday June 9th at 5:30pm

Friday June 16th at 5:30pm

Sunday June 18th at 9am

Sunday July 2nd at 9am

Friday July 7th at 5:30pm

Saturday July 15th at 9am

Sunday July 16th at 9am


Sup with your Pup– 2-3 hours

Sunday June 3rd at 2pm

Saturday June 17th 10am

Sunday June 18th at 2pm

Sunday July 2nd at 2pm

Saturday July 15th at 2pm

Sunday July 16th at 2pm

Saturday July 29th at 2pm

Sunday July 30th at 10am

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