2024 Classes

Sunny Lane Canine Academy offers Dog-Friendly classes, using positive reinforcement methods. Classes and events 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 vaccination 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. Classes may be pushed to a later date to reach a minimum registration requirement of 6 dogs. Children 10 years and older may attend classes and social events.

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



If you need to cancel, please call 1-360-856-5631 at least 24 hours in advance to be eligible for a refund.


Class Descriptions and Pricing

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PRE-SCHOOL Puppy Quick Start • 90 minutes, $30, (offered occasionally)
This workshop is offered for young puppies up to 4 weeks* whose owners seek info 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 puppies 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, the cost of this workshop will be credited to that class!

Note: Puppies that are not fully vaccinated cannot be included in the playtime. Please check with your veterinarian before joining this class.

*Some classes are designated for small breed puppies and other large breed puppies. There will also be some classes for older, larger pups between 8 and 12 months.

Class size limited to 5 puppies.

Beginner • Puppy Boot Camp and Support Group • 5 weeks, $130
Puppies 12 weeks to 8 months will learn doggie social skills, good manners, and basic commands including: sit, down, stay, leave it, give 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 5 puppies.

Beginner • Basic Training • 5 weeks, $140
Doggies 8 months and older, with no prior obedience training, will be taught basic skills like sit, down, leave-it, stay, coming 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 5 dogs.

Intermediate • Doggie Middle School • 3 weeks, $80
Does your dog school graduate need a little more “polish”? If your once well-behaved dog has become sloppy in his behavior or is just ready to learn some new skills, this 3-week course may be right for you. This class is perfect for adolescent dogs, or even older dogs that need some extra stimulation in their lives. You and your dog will work together as a team. There will be review on recall, leash walking, focus and handling techniques. We will introduce target stick training and demonstrate non-verbal ways communicate with your best friend. Practice for taking the AKC CGC test. Plus there is dancing!!! Your dog wants to come back to school!

Puppy Finishing School • 2 classes • $60 each
This 2-part class was designed for puppies up to 18 months old that had previously completed a puppy class. The class will help owners learn how to manage the dreaded puppy adolescence and tighten up on previously learned doggie obedience skills. Although we will be practicing all basic commands, we will concentrate on Walking, Heeling, and Recall.

Advanced • Beyond Basic Training • 5 weeks, $150 (offered once yearly)
This class is offered for well-socialized dogs that have completed at least one obedience class and ready to learn special new skills. This class offers new challenges to dogs that have excelled in previous training. 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.

Class size limited to 5 dogs.

Doggie Tune-Up • 90 minutes, $30
The Doggie Tune-Up is offered for all levels of Sunny Lane Alumni or other dog schools. This bi-monthly workshop is designed as a “refresher” course for dog owners that have taken their dogs through a basic dog obedience class. The focus will be on improvement of existing skills and keeping up on doggie social skills. There will be group exercises and always a few surprises.

Class size limited to 5 dogs.

ALL STAGES • Private Lessons • Troubleshooting • $75
Private and family lessons are available with Carmen. If you need help correcting behaviors like leash reactivity, poor recall or leash pulling, a private lesson may be your best choice. If your pooch is dog aggressive, people shy, or excitable, private lessons are best. A follow up is included after the private lesson.

Phone Consultations (Pre-scheduled)
You may set up a phone consultation with Carmen Williams. Please email consultation form and pre-pay on PayPal prior to call. Please see consultation for instructions.

Up to 30 minutes $25.00 USD (no prorate)
31 minutes-60 minutes $40.00 USD (no prorate)

Doggie Social Clubs • Reservations Required, $12 per doggie household
The popular Doggie Social Clubs will be held at Sunny Lane Canine Academy in Sedro Woolley. Dates and times for these events will be available on our Sunny Lane Calendar. Social events will be offered between May and October. Because of the popularity of this event, reservations are required. You can find reservation request form on the website calendar. Dogs must be pre- approved by the trainer or other representative of Sunny Lane in order to attend the socials. See also, Doggie Social Clubs.

Events are held at Sunny Lane are “weather permitting.” Events may be cancelled for rain or when the playground is too wet. You may call the business line for an update on the day of the event at: 1-360-856-5631.

Playgroup Categories
  • Littles: Small breed dogs and puppies 20 lbs and under
  • Party Animals: Medium and Large breed puppies up to 18 months
  • Mixed Bag: All Stable and socialized dogs, small and large, young and old
Note: Dogs 1 year and over should be spayed or neutered in order to attend the socials. Special exceptions may be made at the discretion of the trainer

Other Offerings
Mango CGC In addition to the classes and events listed above, we also offer a number of workshops, seminars, and theme parties during the year. These events will be posted on the Sunny Lane Calendar. Please check out Sunny Lane Canine Academy on Facebook too! There is always something fun going on at Sunny Lane! Your dog wants to come!

The grounds can be rented for private play sessions or parties. Please request well in advance.

In addition to the classes and events listed above, we also offer a number of workshops, seminars, and theme parties during the year. These events will be posted on the Sunny Lane Calendar and announced on the Sunny Lane Canine Academy Facebook page. Most special events are 90-minute workshops.


Make a Payment (Venmo preferred)

Payment can be made via Venmo or PayPal anytime before the day of class. Payments made on the day of class should be made by check or cash. Payments can be made using Venmo (preferred). A Venmo account is required. See How to Sign Up for a Personal Venmo account. You can also make a payment using PayPal with a debit card, credit card, or a PayPal account anytime before the day of class. A PayPal account is not required.

Use the form below to make a payment by entering the name of the class, workshop, special event, a private lesson or troubleshooting visit. Enter the total amount less any discount. Add any additional charges for private lessons, which are $75.00 per session. In-home, local visits may also available for a small additional charge. Written lesson plans are available for a $25 additional charge. Select a method of payment. Venmo is preferred.

Venmo is primarily a phone app. See an example of how to make a Venmo payment from your computer.
1) Enter the name of the class or event.
2) Enter the amount of your payment.
3) Select the Venmo button. The QR code for Sunny Lane Canine Academy is displayed on your screen.

4) Open the Venmo app on your phone.
5) Scan the QR code on the screen.
6) Complete the payment on your phone. On this page, you will see, "Thank you for your payment."