2020 Class Descriptions and Price List

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Sunny Lane Canine Academy offers dog-friendly classes, using positive reinforcement methods. Classes are offered at different locations in the Skagit Valley. All training classes are fun, affordable. and effective. For the health and safety of all dogs, proof of vaccinations is required. Dogs attending classes must be healthy and on a flea control program. Obedience certificates will be given to each dog that successfully completes each course. NOTE: Classes may be postponed to a later date to reach a minimum registration requirement of 5 dogs.

Children 10 years and older may attend classes. Children over 12 years may attend the Doggie Social Club. Younger children may attend private and family lessons.

For proposed dates and times of the next class, please see our Calendar.

Payments can be made using PayPal with a debit card, credit card, or a PayPal account anytime before the day of class. A PayPal account is not required. See Make a Payment. Payments made on the day of class should be made by check or cash. For information and payment for a phone consultation, see Phone Consultations.
If you need to cancel, please call 1-360-856-5631 at least 24 hours in advance to be eligible for a refund.
Please click on the links below to see the details of each class.

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Preschool - Baby Dog Class
This workshop is offered for young puppies 8 - 14 weeks whose owners seek information on early puppy development. Your puppy will get a jump start on socialization in a safe, controlled, environment with other dog babies. You will learn how to address early puppy issues such as potty training, biting, nipping, and “puppy ADD.” Your puppy's early play style may be indicative of future training issues. We will touch on nutrition, puppy maintenance, and crate training.

All of your questions will be answered. If you decide to continue on with Puppy Boot Camp, you will receive a $10 discount on the class! Puppies that are not fully vaccinated cannot be included in the playtime. Please check with your veterinarian before joining this class.

One 90 minute class, $25

Beginner - Puppy Boot Camp and Support Group
Puppies 12 weeks to 8 months will learn doggie social skills, good manners, and basic commands including: sit, down, stay, leave it, give it, take it, wait at door, come when called, leash walking, and much more. Hand signals and verbal commands will be taught.

Owners will learn how to handle jumping, nipping, and biting. Learn the best potty training techniques as well as the most effective and humane ways to stop bad habits from setting in. Puppies will have fun doing confidence building exercises like tunnel runs and “walking the plank.” There are puppy social sessions before and at the end of each class. Clicker use is optional.

Class size limited to 10 puppies. 5 weeks, $120

Beginner - Basic Training
Doggies 8 months and older, with no prior obedience training, will be taught basic skills like sit, down, leave-it, stay, come when called, wait at door, loose-leash walking, and heel. Hand signals and verbal commands are taught. We will also work on any existing behavioral problems like barking, digging, and jumping. This is a good class for the adopted shelter dog or older dog who needs some stimulation or a refresher course. This class is not appropriate for severely reactive or aggressive dogs. Clicker use is optional.

Class size limited to 8 dogs, 5 weeks, $120

Intermediate - Doggie Middle School
Does your dog school graduate need a little more “polish”? If your once well-behaved dog has become sloppy in his behavior, this 3-week refresher course may get your both back on track again. This class is perfect for adolescent dogs, or even older dogs that need some extra stimulation in their lives. We will review how to get dog and owner to work together as a team. There will be practice on recall, leash walking, focus and handling techniques. We will introduce target stick training and demonstrate non-verbal ways to communicate with your best friend. Your dog wants to come back to school!

3 weeks, $65

Senior or Intermediate - Young at Heart
This 3-week course was designed for previously trained dogs, 7 years or older, who need a little refresher and some one-on-one time with their beloved owners. We all need a little bit of stimulation and excitement in our lives. We sometimes forget that our older trained dogs still love to work with us and learn new things. We will work with games, music, and movement to rekindle that old relationship. You will see a new bounce in the step of your older best friend.

3 weeks, $65.00

Advanced - Beyond Basic Training
This class is offered for well-socialized dogs that have completed at least one obedience class. Your dog will improve existing skills and learn some new ones through a series of fun and stimulating exercises. This class focuses on distance, duration, distraction, and teamwork. Most exercises are conducted off-leash and with multiple dogs. Learn advanced clicker techniques and how to use a target stick. There will be a little agility, some new tricks and games, a little dancing, and a lot of fun in this class. Clicker optional, but encouraged.

5 weeks, $120

All Stages - Doggie Tune-Up
Doggie Tune-Up is offered for all levels of Sunny Lane Alumni. This monthly workshop is designed as a “refresher” course for dog owners who have taken their dogs through a basic dog obedience class. The focus will be on improving existing skills and keeping up on doggie social skills. There will be group exercises and always a few surprises.

90 minutes, $25

Private Lessons • Troubleshooting
Private and family lessons are normally offered on Fridays; however, other days may be arranged. If your pooch is dog aggressive, people shy, or excitable, you may choose private lessons over a training course.

In home, private visits are $85. There is a $10 travel charge for visits over 10 miles from my business in Sedro Woolley.

The lessons include a follow-up in writing or phone call if you prefer

Phone Consultations (Pre-scheduled)
For information and instructions regarding phone consultations, please see Phone Consultations.

Up to 30 minutes $25.00 (no prorate)
31 minutes-60 minutes $50.00 (no prorate)

Doggie Social Clubs • Sundays (Reservations Suggested)
The popular Doggie Social Clubs will be held at both Doggy Come Play in Burlington and Sunny Lane Canine Academy in Sedro Woolley. Dates and times for these events will be available on the Sunny Lane Calendar. Dogs must be approved by the trainer or a client of Doggy Come Play in order to attend. See also, Doggie Social Clubs.

NOTE: Dogs 1 year and over must be spayed or neutered in order to participate in the socials. Special exceptions may be made at the discretion of the trainer.

Socials at Doggy Come Play will be held rain or shine. Big Dog Socials at Sunny Lane will be canceled in case of rain or when the temperature is over 85 degrees. Confirmation will be on Sunny Lane voicemail: 1-360-856-5631.

Little Dogs, 20 lbs. and under
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Make a Reservation for Little Dog Social by email or text to 1-360-856-5631. Please include date.

Big Dogs, 20 lbs. and over
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Make a reservation for the Big Dog Social by email or text to 1-360-856-5631. Please include date.

$10 per doggie household

Other Offerings
Mango CGCIn addition to the classes and events listed above, we also offer a number of workshops, seminars, and theme parties during the year. The Doggie Social Club begins in April. Other events that may be scheduled include: Canine Good Citizenship (CGC) Testing, Dancing with Dogs, and more. Classes are held in Sedro Woolley, Burlington, and Mt Vernon. Venue information is included on the Sunny Lane Calendar.

Check out Upcoming Events or call (360) 336-6215 for more information.