GROUP

CLASSES

What makes our group classes exceptional?

Before registering for a group class we need to be sure your pet is a good fit.

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Instructor Julie Shaw has over 36 years of experience in animal behavior (including 13 years at Purdue University's Animal Behavior Clinic) and has taught 1000's of trainers and animal professionals around the world.

2.

All Stepping Stone trainers have graduated or are in the process of attending the Karen Pryor Academy.

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Classes are small, only 4 training teams, allowing for very intimate and personalized training programs.

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Our custom training suits allow your dog to be off leash. This decreases distractions and allows you to focus on your teaching skills.

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We utilize state of the art training tools including remote reward systems, cameras, and platforms.

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Stepping Stone was created with one goal in mind - to improve the relationship you have with your pet. It's all we do.

When do classes start?

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$149 per 4 week class

P101 Puppy Preschool

age: 7-16 weeks

This class contains four modules with an ongoing rolling admission. You can join any class as long as there is still space and continue until you’ve attended all four modules. 

 

Emphasis will be placed on confidence building, age-appropriate social skills, and pro-active exposure to sounds, equipment, and more. Join us as we lay the foundation for the rest of your puppy’s life!  

 

MODULE 1: Objects & Sounds (wheels, balls, broom, vacuum, umbrella, etc.)

MODULE 2: Costumes (wigs, shoes, hats, masks, gloves, wheelchair, cane, glasses, etc.)

MODULE 3: Obstacles (Fit Paws equipment, wobble board, slide, Klimb platforms, etc.)

MODULE 4: Handling & Care (teeth check, tail raise, look inside ears, spread toes, etc.)

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$149 per 4 week class

P102 Puppy Kindergarten

age: 16-24 weeks (4-6 months)

This class contains four modules with an ongoing rolling admission, so you can join any class as long as there is still space, and continue until you’ve attended all four modules. Puppy 102 is the perfect next step for those who have already graduated from our Puppy Preschool class, or for older puppies who are starting class for the first time! This class will introduce a toolkit of basic behaviors and help you begin to establish a language of trust and understanding between you and your puppy.

 

MODULE 1: Positions

MODULE 2: Leash Manners

MODULE 3: Engagement

MODULE 4: Life Savers

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$199 per 6 week class

P103 Puppy Jr. High

age: 6 months- 1 year old

This class is designed for the adolescent life stage. We will continue building a solid foundation on loose leash walking, sitting for greetings and focusing around distractions. Impulse control and how to find activities to release your dog’s energy will be addressed. This class is for puppies 6 months to a year and has a limit of 4 per class.

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$249 per 6 week class

LIFE SKILLS 1

age: 1 year +

​Life Skills classes are for all dogs over 20 weeks of age and last for 6 consecutive weeks. Classes are held in our unique group setting with 4 dogs and handlers in their own private training suit. The curriculum of Life Skills 1 focuses on foundation behaviors your dog will need throughout his/her life to make living in the human world easier. Classes are modified to meet each team’s specific learning goals.

$249 per 6 week class

LIFE SKILLS 2

age: 1 year +

Life Skills 2 is 6 weeks long and continues with foundation skills taught in Life Skills 1 but focuses on adding distractions to foundation behaviors by taking the class "on the road"!

Engagement, focus, self-control and redirecting impulses will be covered.

 

Class 1: Review and we begin working outside of your training suit.

Class 2: Practice Canine Good Citizen test

Class 3: Trip to Tractor Supply

Class 4: Trip to Armstrong Park

Class 5: Trip to the Purdue Campus

Class 6: Trip to the Courthouse

Pre-Requisites: Life Skills 1 or pre-approval from the instructor

$175 per 5 week class

Therapy Preparation

age: 1 year +

Therapy dog prep classes are for dogs over a year old. The curriculum of this class focuses on how to prepare for taking a therapy dog test, and also prepares you for real-life visits after you have passed. The first class will be for humans only.

 

Class size will be limited to 6 dogs/handler teams.

 

Pre-Requisites: Life Skills 2 or equivalent or pre-approval from the instructor. 

What to Expect:

  • Take a mock test to see where you and your dog stand on readiness and areas that need focused on

  • Focus on what is expected from therapy dogs and their handlers

  • Benefits of joining a therapy dog organization

  • Difference between therapy dogs and service dogs/emotional support dogs.

  • Evaluation if your dog is ready for therapy dog work

  • Learn how to have successful visits with your dog

  • How to phase out the use of treats

What to bring:

  • 6-foot leash

  • Plain buckle collar

  • A large amount and variety of treats 

$175 per 6 week class

Beginner Trick Class

Pre Req: completed intake assessment and/or group class with SSAT

Trainer: Hailey Sweet

The Stepping Stone beginner tricks class is a six week long group class taught by head trainer, Hailey. Class will be held on Thursday evenings from 7:30- 8:30pm. The curriculum for this class has been based off of the American Kennel Club “Trick Dog” titles. Students taking this class will work on 20 different tricks. In week six of class, students will be able to earn their AKC Novice Trick Dog Title. This class will only take four students per term to ensure that each student is provided with plenty of individual attention from the instructor. Some of these tricks will include: take a bow, leg weaves, sit pretty, and jump through a hula hoop! 

 

The Stepping Stone beginner tricks class is a six week long group class taught by head trainer, Hailey. Class will be held on Thursday evenings from 7:30- 8:30pm. The curriculum for this class has been based off of the American Kennel Club “Trick Dog” titles. Students taking this class will work on at least 20 different tricks! In week six of class, students will be able to earn their AKC Novice Trick Dog Title. This class will only take four students per term to ensure that each student is provided with plenty of individual attention from the instructor. Some of these tricks will include: take a bow, bring me your leash, sit pretty, and jump through a hula hoop

$75 per class

Festive Fidos

age: 1 year +

Festive Fidos is a Life Skills 3 class

Festive Fidos takes your dog's Life Skills "on the road" to visit area events and festivals. Julie Shaw is your instructor for this intense engagement training session. Four handler/dog teams will meet Julie at the specified event for a 45-60 minutes session. Life Skills 1 & 2 or equivalent is highly recommended, although not required. Bring a hungry dog, MANY high value treats, Gentle leader (if you use one), water/bowl, and your dog's mat. See you at the festivities!

 
 
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2655 Teal Road

Lafayette, IN 47905

Directions

Between Praxair

and Allen Monuments

CALL US: (765) 637-7676

HOURS

MON - FRI: 7am to 6pm

SAT: by appointment

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