Customized training for your pet in Southern New Hampshire and Massachusetts!
Our puppy program is designed for puppies from 8 weeks of age to 5 months. This program establishes good manners right from the start and helps lay a solid foundation for your puppy.
Designed for dogs 5 months and older. This program covers teaching your dog to sit, lie down, heel, and come, as well as basic manners (no jumping, pulling, barking).
All of our on-leash obedience commands are taught with an implied stay, meaning that your dog remains in the position you’ve commanded until they are told to “break,” and therefore, there is no need for a stay command. We won’t just work on teaching your dog the commands; we’ll teach you how to get your dog to respond to you, and we’ll work with you and your dog in different environments (and around various distractions) to ensure that your dog doesn’t just listen when they feel like it. All of our commands are given in a normal normal speaking tone- no yelling or changing your pitch!
Advanced Off-Leash Obedience
Designed for dogs who have already completed on-leash obedience. This program gives you even more control than our On-Leash Obedience program, all without the need for a leash.
Why train your dog off-leash? Off-leash training is the best way to have control over your dog in all situations. We don’t always have our dog on a leash, such as when we are in the house. If your dog is across the room doing something he or she shouldn’t, what can you do? If your dog is off-leash trained you can expect them to come when called! Consider off-leash training a valuable asset in behavior modification. Our off-leash training provides the most reliable control over your dog and gives you peace of mind. Many dog owners have experienced the terror of seeing their dog run toward a busy street, but you don’t have to be helpless. With this program, you will have reliable off-leash recall and your dog will walk beside you without a leash. Your dog will now sit, lie down, come, and heel from any distance, despite any distractions!
On & Off-Leash Obedience
For dogs with no training who would like to accomplish both on & off-leash obedience. This program is a combination of the programs mentioned above. Before advancing your dog to our off-leash obedience course, we’ll teach your dog how to walk on leash and listen to new commands. Once we finish training a dog off-leash your dog will respond to commands both on and off leash.
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Exceptional residential dog training in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Includes a customized training program that includes in-home boarding and training, a handler training session at pick up, and two follow-up training sessions. We’ll teach on & off-leash obedience, as well as any customized training you request (within your dog’s natural ability, of course). This package is a customer favorite because:
- In addition to on & off-leash commands, your dog will learn the “place/bed” command and any manners needed.
- Training will include sessions in a home environment to simulate everyday life with you.
- We take your dog in public for integration and socialization training to ensure that your dog pays attention in any environment.
- The SuperDog! package also includes any necessary behavior modification training or aggressive dog rehabilitation.
After your dog has completed our advanced training, you’ll spend one-on-one time with a trainer to understand what your dog has learned and how to get your dog to respond to you at the same level as the trainer. We teach you how to maintain your dog’s new skills, and include a free follow-up training session.
Board and Train Express; starting at $950 a week
Board and Train Express is designed to offer a basic board and train option for those not needing more advanced training. This is the perfect program for those going on vacation as the program is available in a 1 or 2 week format, and your dog will get training while your away. This program is perfect for those only needing basic training; on-leash obedience, and manners. This program can also be used as a jump start to training for our more advanced training later on. This program includes obedience and manners only, it does not address behavioral problems. For off-leash obedience and behavioral training you will need our standard board & train program.
Looking for more ways to have fun with your dog? Try trick training! Trick training is available as an add-on to any of our programs, or we can teach tricks separately. Customized trick training can be added to our SuperDog program.
Board & Train Programs
Starting at 3 weeks/ $3,500 and Up
We offer on & off leash obedience training, behavioral training, and aggressive dog rehabilitation in our board and train programs. Cost and length of program is based on an evaluation of your dog; we treat each dog as an individual and customize the training based on the needs of the dog and owner.
American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluation
First Choice Canine is a CGC Evaluator for the American Kennel Club. If you’re training your dog with First Choice Canine in Groveland, Massachusetts or Exeter, New Hampshire, ask us about how your dog can receive the CGC title. In addition, your puppy can become eligible for the AKC’s S.T.A.R. Puppy program upon completing First Choice Canine’s MA and NH puppy training.
Our training is available in the following formats:
- Board & Train: Great for those with busy schedules, or those who are traveling. All you have to do is schedule a time to drop your dog off and we’ll take care of the rest. Your dog will stay at our training center receiving several training sessions per day, in addition to receiving top-notch care. After your dog has completed the program, you will spend time with the trainer to learn what your dog has learned, and make sure you can replicate and maintain our results!
- In-Home Stay & Train: Your dog will be a guest in our trainer’s home. In addition to receiving training lessons and constant attention throughout the day, your dog will be treated like one of our own. There’s always someone at home. Please note that the availability of this option is limited.
Available to those who have completed one of our programs. This program is designed to allow the handler to brush up on their skills as needed. The format for this program will be a group format which will allow you to work with your dog around other dogs, people, and distractions. Available as an add on to any of our packages or it may be purchased at any time after training is completed.
We also offer protection training for those wishing to train their working or sport dog with us. Protection training is fully customizable based on the ability of the dog. All protection training will start with an evaluation to determine the abilities of the dog, and ensure the dog has the proper make up/temperament to be capable of such training.