First week of Saturday Small Groups!

March 1, 2009

Yesterday was our first “Saturday Small Group” meeting at Best Friends Fun Farm, and it was a blast. Crystal and her Aussie Beacon and Mark and his Standard Schnauzer Baron came out to work on specific issues in a slightly different setting from our laid-back CU classes or a full-on agility class or match. Beacon worked on remaining calm with dogs moving and doing jumps,  and returning to a calm state after running himself. Baron and Mark worked mostly on remaining connected when there were other dogs on the perimeter of the working area, blocked off by gates.

Meredith, our new assistant trainer, brought her miniature schnauzers Kiba and Stryder and worked on quiet in the crate and building a bit of speed for Kiba, and jumping with Stryder.

I brought Kaylee and Lizzie along and worked on jumping with both of them. Lizzie also worked a little bit on distance and going to a jump from further away.

This is going to be a regular feature for our CU students and we think it will be lots of fun. 🙂


Class schedule: February 2009

January 30, 2009

Unleashed – Based on Control Unleashed by Leslie McDervitt
Monday afternoon ‘studio’ class: 2:30-3:30PM – email for details. Lancaster location.
Friday nights: Session II (currently going on in McKinney) 8-9PM – Session III starts the first Friday in March, Email for details. I’m not sure how many spaces we’ll have in this class as current students get first crack at the available spots. Email early – this class WILL fill.

Obedience Basics – beginner obedience, including the usual sit, down, loose leash walking and coming when called, along with general manners and focusing through distractions. Lancaster, TX
6 weeks – $75 – $55 to dogs from a shelter or rescue. This class begins Feb 14th, 2009.
Saturday morning – 10-11AM

Puppy Playschool – Puppy playtime and obedience basics for puppies from 10 weeks to 5 months. This is a drop-in class focused on providing socialization and basic manners to puppies, as well as an opportunity to play off leash with other puppies and carefully selected adult dogs in a safe setting. Lancaster, TX. This class is ongoing- call to reserve a spot. $10/week.
Sunday afternoon – 2-3PM

January Classes – Dogstar Academy

December 14, 2008

January 5th (Saturdays at 11) – Obedience 101 Mini-class (7 weeks, half price for shelter dogs!) – $100- $50  for shelter dogs with proof of adoption from a local shelter or rescue group.
January 7th (Mondays at 2)- UNLEASHED. Focus/desensitization/counterconditioning class based on the book by Leslie McDervitt. 7 weeks, $100
Jan 22nd (Tuesdays at 7:30) – UNLEASHED Focus/desensitization/counterconditioning class based on the book by Leslie McDervitt. 7 Weeks, $100

To sign up for any of these classes, please email for more information!

Dogstar Academy Classes, Fall 2008

November 6, 2008

I’ll be posting updates about classes here, including information about upcoming classes. So, if you just read cause you’re a friend, oops, sorry. 😛 But I figure you probably won’t unlink for just a post a month. 😛


Ongoing Classes:
Because of the nature of the CU curriculum and it’s focus on dog-oriented rather than exercise-oriented training, students may continue to attend the next session of class at no additional cost (and additional sessions as space allows.)
Control Unleashed- Based on the curriculum in Leslie McDervitt’s AWESOME book.
Session I, Tuesday nights, began on October 21st. The Tuesday night class cycle will start over on December 9th – there are still spaces available in this class. This class runs from 7:30-9PM.
Session II – Monday afternoon, began on November 3rd. This class cycle will end on December 15th and a new session will begin on December 22nd. This class runs from 2-3:30 and there are currently available slots in the next session.

New Classes:
Obedience 101 – beginner obedience for teenaged and adult dogs. We’ll cover the basics here- sit, down, body handling, loose leash walking, attention, a recall, and leave it. Familiarity with clicker training is great but not required. This class runs on Wednesday nights from 8-9PM and the next session starts on November 26th. 7 weeks, $90 per dog/handler team.
Puppy K – Beginner obedience for puppies, with an emphasis on socialization and habituation. This class runs Wednesday nights from 7-8PM and the next session begins November 12th. $90 per dog/handler team.

If you’re interested in any of these, please email