Available Classes

The following is a list of available classes. A full schedule will be online soon. In the meantime, please call or stop by for schedule information. Click here to download a Training Registration Form.

Our class database recently experience corruption. We will be adding classes back in, but do not currently have all of them listed. Please contact us for complete class information.

CLASS GENERAL INFORMATION DESCRIPTION
Special

$225 - For two separate obedience courses. WOW That's almost 40% OFF some combinations. Example of your certificate savings: Take a 5 week puppy class regular price of $160 and a 6 week Level I regular price $180 - do both courses with your certificates for a savings of $115 or do a Level I and a Level II for the same savings.Take a Level I and an Off Lead and save $135. You can choose any combination of classes that we offer that are up to 6 weeks long.
  • Obedience Class Certificates Purchase two class certificates for $225(ONLY for sale as a pair). Each certificate is good for any 3, 4, 5 or 6 week group obedience course or $170 off an 8 week Therapy Dog Class. Use both certificates yourself or share with a friend/co-worker. You can even give the certificates away as a gift. Certificates will be for sale until supplies last. Certificates can be redeemed until March 28th, 2014.
  • Rules and restrictions: Certificate cannot be combined or added to other discounts, coupons or specials. The original certificate must accompany the registration form for the desired class/course. WE CANNOT accept a copy of the original certificate. These certificates can be gifted and used by other parties. Because of this they cannot be replaced or credited if lost, misplaced or stolen. Certificate is only good for a group class and does not include private sessions/classes or seminars. Certificate cannot be redeemed for cash or credit. Certificate must be redeemed and class started before February 28th, 2014. Classes/courses that are registered for but not started or completed cannot be credited, retaken or finished at a later date without paying additional fees.
  • To purchase the certificates please call 961-0055 by phone or stop by the facility.
  • Saturday Play Groups

    $10 -
  • All dogs must have a negative fecal screen prior to starting play groups if they are playing outside in the yard.
  • Dogs must be current on Rabies, Distemper and Kennel Cough vaccines.
  • All dogs MUST be good with other dogs and people.
  • Private play groups can be arranged if you are not sure if your dog is good with other dogs for a $19 fee. This group will be with specific dogs owned by Mary for a test play date. This will tell us if the regular play sessions will be an option.
  • Check this website on the morning of the play group, we will note if we are not having the play group that day.
  • Play group is free for students currenly in our classes. All others will pay $10. New clients must call to register your dog and provide the needed vaccination information prior to the play group.
  • Doodle Day Playgroup will be held 9/8/12.
  • Small dogs and young puppies are at 3pm for 1hr we will seperate by size.
  • Large dogs are at 2pm for 1hr
  • Owners will stay and watch their dogs during the play session.
  • Please do not bring your dog if they are sick or have been recently sick. This includes eye infections, parrasites, coughing, sneezing, diarhea, vomiting or any other signs of illness.

  • Big Dogs 2pm-3pm Small Dogs/Puppies 3pm-4pm
  • Jan 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
  • Feb. 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd


  • $ -
    Freestyle Tricks1 Hour(s) / Week for 5 Weeks

    $160 -


  • Thurs June 19th @ 7pm
  • Private Classes
    Class Size: 1 student

    $60 - $60 per 1 hour private lesson
    Private lesson special - 3 private lessons for $140 that is a savings of $40. You must pre-book and pre-pay for all three lessons. $45 - per 1 hour private lesson for students enrolled in a 4-8 week group class that is currently in session or in the one year program
    $85 - per 1 hour in-home private lesson
    Any course level can be studied one-on-one. This is the recommended class to cover specific behavioral issues such as aggression (territorial, leash, fear, dominance, etc) towards people or other animals, food guarding or any other specific unwanted behavior you wish to address prior to participating in a group class.

    Presently enrolled students who want/need additional assistance (outside of their current class) with a particular behavior or lesson may schedule a private 1 hour session with Mary at the discounted rate of $45 per session. ONLY offered to students in a class that is currently in session.

    All private lessons are paid for when the appointment is scheduled. Our private schedule fills quickly, once you have scheduled an appointment we will save that space for you and turn away other potential clients. Because of this all private lessons are nonrefundable if cancelled or when client does not show up.

    One Year Training Program

    $650 - SPECIAL $575 One Year Program

    Dogs in the one year program can also attend free doggie playgroups for one year. All dogs who attend must be 100% good with other dogs and people. See our website for dates and times.

    DISCOUNT!!!!!! SPECIAL!!!! The One year Program will be offered thru December 30th, 2013 for ONLY $575. If you would like to register you must do so by the end of this month. Are you already in a One Year training program or has your One Year expired? Sign up again or add another year to your current program for $350.
  • Sign up for as many classes as you like (prerequisites apply).

    Conditions:

  • 12 month timeframe will start on the first day of the first class you register for
  • Payment is due in full at the time of program registration
  • Proof of current vaccinations is required at the time of registration and it is the owner's responsibility for updating Finlayson's with any vaccination updates during the respective program period. Finlayson's reserves the right to disallow any student from any class if current vaccinations are not provided or are not updated in a timely manner.
  • Once registered, all monies are non-transferrable / non-refundable for any reason including, but not limited to, pet/owner relocation, pet/owner illness, pet re-homing, loss of interest, death, scheduling conflicts, etc. We recommend that if you are considering signing up for this program that you thoroughly review your personal schedule in advance with the various class schedules.
  • If the dog is re-homed, this program is non-transferrable to the new owners.
  • A separate registration form (in addition to the initial program registration form) must be completed for each class you wish to participate in during the program time period.
  • Additional Fees:

  • Once you register for a specific class, you are subject to the same rules that apply to other students. Please take careful note of your personal schedule before registering for a class. Because we will turn potential students away (if a class is full), all classes are non-transferrable to other dates and times for any reason. Transfer requests will be billed as follows:

    Incomplete classes / missed class days: Classes that were registered for, but not started or completed, may be retaken, but ONLY if the next group class does not fill prior to the day before the class starts. Additionally, if you've missed classes and want to schedule a private lesson with Mary, you may do so at a discounted rate of $45 per hour (regularly $60 per hour).

    Open Enrollement

  • Puppy Starter1.5 Hour(s) / Week for 1 Weeks
    Class Size: 8 students or less

    $35 - The puppy must be up to date on the first vaccines (see the registration form for more details). You must have owned your puppy for at least two weeks prior to taking any classes. All puppies should be no older than 6 months of age.
    This IS puppy 101. This is a great one day, one and a half hour class consisting of hints on puppy socialization, problem solving with mouthing - biting - chewing - jumping and potty training. We encourage the whole family to attend and help resolve some of those annoying puppy behaviors. This class is no substitute for our fabulous 5 week puppy course, but it certainly can get you started in the right direction. See Puppy Class for information on our 5 week course.

    Dates:
  • Please call for upcoming dates (603) 961-0055
  • Puppy1 Hour(s) / Week for 5 Weeks
    Class Size: 7 students or less

    $160 -
  • For puppies 10wks-5mos
  • You must own your puppy for 2 weeks before starting the class
  • Two dogs from the same household registering for the class/time-2nd dog is 40% off
  • Dogs must be up to date on the vaccines listed on the registration form
  • Don't be stuck in a crowd. Train your K-9 in a small, personal group that the whole family can attend. Start early and teach your puppy good behavior before bad habits are learned. Topics covered include potty training, mouthing, biting, chewing, food bowl decorum and other common behavioral problems. All students who attend a Puppy I class can join in on Saturday puppy play groups for socialization at no cost to the owner. Please check the play group times for our next puppy play group session held on Saturdays!

    Commands include: Sit-stay, down-stay and come

    Choose one of the following start dates:
  • Thurs Aug 14th @ 5:45pm
  • Sat Sept 6th @ 10:15am
  • Thurs Sept 25th @ 5:45pm
  • Sat Oct 18th @ 10:30am
  • Level I1 Hour(s) / Week for 5 Weeks
    Class Size: 6 students or less

    $160 - For dogs 5 months and over. If your dog is not friendly with other dogs or people, please contact Mary before registering for a class - some private sessions may be required. Special training collars will be provided in class for $10. Please make sure you bring cash to your first class for the collar.
    Learn all the basics and more. Topics covered include breaking common behavior problems, as well as getting and maintaining attention in regular and distracting environments. The primary focus of this class is for the dog to learn to hold all commands during distractions. Teach your dog to do a sit or down while you toss food or toys on the floor without breaking the command. Teach your dog a finish command. In this command, you will start with the dog in front and, with a movement of your hand, the dog will move to your left side in the heel position. Other exercises include calling your dog to come and sit in front of you, heeling your dog at your side with full eye contact without looking away, walking your dog on a loose lead without pulling or jumping even when dogs or people are close. Complete this class and receive a discount off your next class.

    Commands include: Sit-stay, down-stay, heel, let's go, finish/place/around, come, off (no jumping)

    These classes fill quickly. In order to reserve a space payment and a registration form must be completed. Choose one of the following start dates:
  • FULL Sat Aug 23rd @ 9:15am FULL
  • Tues Aug 26th @ 7:30pm
  • Thurs Sept 25th @ 4:30pm
  • Sat Oct 18th @ 9:15am

    Classes will run for 1 session a week for 6 weeks. Class will be on the same day and time of the week as your class started. Some weeks may be skipped due to holidays or other events. In these situations class will be extended one or more weeks out to equal 6 sessions. In this level, classes fill quickly. We must have all your paperwork and payment before we reserve a space in class. If you are interested in a class that starts soon, we recommend that you call us to check on available spaces in class, then stop by the center to sign up. As classes fill, more dates will be added to this list.

  • Level II - Canine Good Citizen1 Hour(s) / Week for 5 Weeks
    Class Size: 8 students or less

    $160 -
  • Handler and dog must have graduated from a Level I basic obedience class
  • Your dog MUST be familiar with sit, down, come, place (finish/ground), heel, let's go/loose lead walk and come/front
  • This course is great for very active and sometimes silly adolescent dogs that have a difficult time working in distracting environments or who have focusing issues. It is also for those who wish to obtain their AKC Canine Good Citizen Certification. You will greet other people while your dog sits politely by your side, work on better sit-stays and down-stays with distractions plus build on your basic commands from Level I, learn the use of hand signals for commands and reinforce the leave-it command. Canine Good Citizen Test/Certification will be offered at the end of this class by a C.G.C. certified evaluator for a $12 fee. Refer to our website for test dates. Complete this class and receive a discount off your next class.

    Choose one of the following start dates:
  • Sat Sept 13th @ 8am

    You will attend class the same day and time each week as the date you decide to start.

    CGC test:

  • Saturday May 24th @ 1pm.
  • Saturday July 26th @ 1pm Please call to reserve your time slot! $12 per test.
  • Level III - Commands1 Hour(s) / Week for 5 Weeks
    Class Size: 7 students or less

    $160 - For all qualified students.
  • Dog and handler must be familiar with all concepts of Level I & II
  • Your dog must be familiar with full eye contact heeling, sit & down stays (with distractions, place (finish/around), let's go/walking on loose lead, come/front and leave-it commands.
  • This course builds on previous classes to heighten focus and control in real life situations. Some topics covered are better heeling skills with more eye contact, going to the mat to rest and working around distractions. Working on development of off-lead skills. Complete this class and receive a discount off your next class.

    Commands include: Sit-stay and down-stay (while owner leaves the room), place come, heel, mat and stand.

    Choose one of the following start dates:
  • Thurs Sept 25th @ 7:30pm

    You will attend class the same day and time each week as the date you decide to start.

  • Leash Walking1 Hour(s) / Week for 3 Weeks
    Class Size: 8 students or less

    $95 - Dogs must be good with their basic commands. Attending a level I class prior to the Leash Walking Class is suggested but not required.
    Having trouble walking your dog?
  • Does your dog pull you down the street?
  • Do you get dragged to meet people or other animals?
  • Feel like you have no control?
  • Want to take your dog more places but you feel embarrassed by his/her poor leash skills?
  • Then this is a class for you. This class takes place in on trails and locations in downtown Concord. Learn about different types of walking collars and other tools that will minimize pulling and bad behaviors. Gain control and feel confident taking your dog out in public. Summer is coming and this is a great class to get ready for those family outtings.

  • Sun May 4th @ 3:45pm
  • Mon June 23rd @ 5pm
  • Mon July 28th @ 5pm
  • Intro to Therapy Dog1.5 Hour(s) / Week for 1 Weeks
    Class Size: 6 students or less

    $30 -
    Introduction to Therapy Dog was designed to provide information on the Therapy Dog program. We will answer such questions as, What is a Therapy Dog? Where can my dog go with me? What is the difference between a Therapy Dog and a Service dogs? How do I certify my dog? Is my pet a good dog for the Therapy dog program? How much more training do I need in order to take the test? What are the fees? What is on the test? We will answer all these questions and more. You will also have your dog evaluated to see if they would qualify for the program. Note: This is an informational session. We will go over some of the testing material for the TDI Test BUT this is NOT an official TDI test. This session should help you decide whether or not to continue forward with the TDI course that is offered later in the month.

  • Please call for upcoming dates (603) 961-0055
  • Swimming Lessons1 Hour(s) / Week for 1 Weeks

    $30 - If you are not in the 1 year program

    $20 - If you are in 1 year program and currently in class

    $0 - If you are currently in the 1 year program and are not taking a class
    Come teach your dog how to swim.This is a one to one and a half hour swim class. Choose frome one of the dates below to join us. If we have hard rain students we come to the next date availble. This is a one time class but can be retaken if your dog still needs help.

  • Swim Lessons will continue in the Summer
  • Please call for upcoming dates (603) 961-0055
  • Therapy Dog Training1 Hour(s) / Week for 6 Weeks
    Class Size: 8 students or less

    $190 - For qualified students ONLY. All dogs MUST be good with other dogs and people. There are no exceptions to this rule. Dogs can not be hand shy or shy in any way around people or other dogs.

    This is NOT a class for service dogs.

    $25 - Therapy Dog Introduction - Please call for upcoming dates. Not sure if your dog would be a good Therapy dog? This one day introduction will help. Bring your friendly K-9 and meet Mary Finlayson. Learn about becoming a certified Therapy Dog. What does your dog need to do? How should they act? Can they pass the test or do they need more training. If you participate you will have all the answers. Some students will need prior training before entering the Therapy Dog Class this summer. This introduction will help you decide if you will need this extra training.

    Prepare your dog to take the Therapy Dog Test (TDI test) and AKC Canine Good Citizen Test. This course covers a variety of goals to make sure that your dog will be reliable and accepting across many different situations. This course includes 4 lessons at the center and 4 real visits to nursing homes. Upon completion of this class, tests will be offered for the certification needed to work your dog in nursing homes, etc.

    TDI TEST DATES: Please see TDI Test Dates below and choose a day to take the TDI test. After a Finlayson's student has passed the TDI test, they are welcome to join the Finlayson's Visiting Therapy Dog Group or the Kids and K-9s Reading Program. Each week, you will be contacted by email on upcoming group visits to local facilities. Graduates can choose to attend the visits that fit their schedule.

    Commands include: This is not a class for service dogs. There is a difference between a service dog and a therapy dog. Service dogs are trained to stay with and aid a human handler. They must do something for their handler that the handler cannot do themselves. Example: a seeing-eye dog. These dogs do not visit with other people. The dogs are trained to pay attention mostly to the owner/handler who is in need of the service. These dogs can go into stores and other public places that other dogs cannot go. Therapy dogs are different in the sense that they are trained to do a service for others not the handler. They are there to give pleasure to other people through petting and social visits. Therapy Dog International does not allow any service dogs to be certified for therapy because service dogs are used for an entirely different purpose. Therapy dogs are not allowed in public places that other dogs are not. They can visit schools, hospitals, libraries and other facilities with the permission of the facitily. The license will provide proof to the facility that your dog is fully insured and approved by Therapy Dog International.

    Choose one of the following start dates:

  • Wed July 2 @ 6:15pm
  • Therapy Dog Practice Test - Wed August 6th @ 6:15pm
  • Therapy Dog Test - Test Fee is $35 - Test Date is Sat. August 16th @ 1pm
  • Carting/Sledding1 Hour(s) / Week for 5 Weeks

    $160 -
    Teach your dog the basic commands to drive carts or pull dog sleds

  • Tues June 17th @ 7:15pm
  • Wed July 30th @ 5pm
  • Freestyle Dance1 Hour(s) / Week for 5 Weeks

    $160 -
    Teach your dog different tricks to create dance moves, then put the moves to music!

  • Beginner Freestyle Sun Feb 16th @ 11:30 am
  • Advanced Freestyle Wed Jan 8th @ 6:15 pm
  • Disc Dog II Novice1 Hour(s) / Week for 5 Weeks
    Class Size: 8 students or less

    $160 - Disc Dog beginner. Your dog need to know how to catch the disc and you should know the different types of disc throws.
    Now ir's time for tricks. Learn the art of vaulting. Teach your dog to jump off your back for the disc, jump into your arms and off your leg for the disc. We will introduce ball work in this class and really get into those cool tricks.

  • Wed July 2nd @ 5:30pm
  • Wed Aug 20th @ 6:30pm
  • Disc Dog I Beginner1 Hour(s) / Week for 5 Weeks
    Class Size: 10 students or less

    $160 - Dogs shoud have a good drive to retrieve
  • Mary and Deb Mardin Will teach you to throw a Frisbee
  • Learn about the types of Frisbees to purchase that are safe for your dog to catch.
  • Teach your dog to catch the Frisbee
  • Learn a few Frisbee tricks Even if your dog catches a frisbee already you can still take it to the next level with tricks.

  • Wed July 2 @ 6:30pm
  • Wed Aug 20th @ 5:30pm
  • Retrieve1 Hour(s) / Week for 4 Weeks
    Class Size: 6 students or less

    $120 -
    Teach your dog to retrieve a toy, ball or dumbell. You will need this class if you want to take the Nosework class and your dog does not yet retrieve.

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    Off Lead1 Hour(s) / Week for 5 Weeks
    Class Size: 8 students or less

    $160 - For all qualified students.
  • Handler and dog must be proficient with all Level I concepts.
  • Your dog must have good obedience skills and be PROFICIENT with full eye contact heeling, sit & down stays (with distractions), place (finish/around), let's go/walking on a loose lead and come/front commands.
  • ADDING MAXIMUM distractions. A primary goal of this class is to make your dog more reliable off lead across a variety of situations. Class will held at trails in and around the Concord area in order to ad all types of distractions in different environments. Complete this class and receive a discount off your next class.

    Commands include: Off-lead skills (heeling and recall), dropping on command, even when in the middle of a recall, using only hand signals, full attention and following of directions when you are out of your dog's sight. The following commands will be learned
  • Wait - Dog stops and waits for owner to catch up
  • Whistle - Blow a whistle and the dog returns to tag the owners hand
  • Come - Dog comes and sits in front of the owner
  • Heel and Finish - After Coming when called the dog moves to the owners left side and walks by the owners side as they pass other people and dogs. This is done without a leash in the owners hand.

  • Mon Sept 8th @ 6 pm
  • Scent Class1 Hour(s) / Week for 5 Weeks
    Class Size: 4 students or less

    $160 - One Year Training students can take this class for no extra cost.
    Come join Lissa Hasler who will be teaching this fun new class. Scent class is different from nose work class. Instead of finding the owners scent on an object you will be teaching your dog to seek out the birch scent. Your dog will have to find this scent under a box or hidden in the room. In this class your dog is not required to retrieve an item as in the Nose Work class.It will take many weeks to perfect but will have a rewarding end result. This is great for anyone who wants to eventually go into tracking and other scent related activities.Owners much purchase their own scents which will be provided by Lisa. scents are usually around $6 each.

    One year students can take this class at no extra cost.
  • Sun May 4th @ 9am
  • Drop-In Practice

    $15 - All drop-in students must have taken the class they want to drop into previously at Finlayson's with the same dog.
    Need extra practice? Or just want to freshen up your skills? If you've signed up, completed or taken a previous class at Finlayson's, you may sign up for a Drop-in. Drop-Ins can be done in any class that is NOT currently full for a fee of $15 per day. Please call for availability!!! DROP-INS ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT TAKEN OR COMPLETED THAT PARTICULAR CLASS AT FINLAYSON'S.
    Show Handling1 Hour(s) / Week for 1 Weeks
    Class Size: 7 students or less

    $15 -

    $5 for a second dog with the same handler-PLEASE bring a crate to put any additional dogs in.
    This class is intended for those who want to brush up on their skills and practice with their dog in the show ring. This class is great for both children and adults interested in Show Handling.
  • Note: Always check our website the day of the class to make sure that it is not cancelled for snow or any other reason. If class is cancelled we will note this next to the class date at least two hours prior to the class starting.Because we are limited in space you must call to reserve your space in class.

    Please call to sign up for the dates that you would like to come
  • Wed Feb 12th @ 7:15pm
  • Wed Feb 26th @ 7:15pm
  • Tricks1 Hour(s) / Week for 5 Weeks
    Class Size: 10 students or less

    $160 - For qualified students.
    Learn how to teach and execute many different tricks such as playing dead, rolling over, beg, holding a bone on the nose, taking a bow, spinning in a circle, jumping through a hoop, weaving between your legs, jumping through your legs, standing up straight on the hind legs, shake paw, high 5 and give me 10.

    Choose from the following dates:
  • Wed June 11th @ 5pm

    Remaining classes will start each week on the same day and time.

  • Novice Rally-O1 Hour(s) / Week for 5 Weeks

    $160 - For qualified students. Handler and dog must be a Level I graduate or better.
    For competition or for fun, Rally is K-9 obedience with a twist in this new sport where there are a series of stations that are approached by the dog and handler. Simply complete the obedience exercise at the station and move on to the next. This is a great sport for kids and adults alike.

    Free doggie playgroups are included for socialization.

    Choose from the following dates:

  • Sun July 6th @ 1:30pm
  • Advanced/Excellent Rally-O1 Hour(s) / Week for 5 Weeks

    $160 - For qualified students.
  • Dogs and students must be proficient with Novice Rally-O signs
  • All dogs must be proficient with basic off-lead competition obedience commands, especially the heel command
  • This class will cover the Rally Advanced and Excellent level signs and stations. Prepare for the next level of competition or simply to enhance the bond you already share with your K-9.

    Free doggie playgroups are included for socialization.

    Choose from the following dates:

  • Sun July 6th @ 2:45pm
  • Agility I1 Hour(s) / Week for 5 Weeks
    Class Size: 4 students or less

    $160 - For qualified students. Handler and dog must be a Level I graduate or higher.
    Agility for fun is designed to introduce you and your dog to the fundamentals of agility, the equipment and the language, using a positive, fun and safe approach. Have fun learning the jumps, tunnels, chute, and table in this class.

    Choose from one of the following start dates:
  • FULL Thurs Aug 14th @ 7pm FULL
  • Tues Aug 26th @ 6:15pm
  • Sat Oct 18th @ 8am
  • Remaining classes will be held each week on the same day and time.
  • Agility II1 Hour(s) / Week for 5 Weeks

    $160 - For qualified graduates of Agility I
    Practice the obstacles from Agility I. Introduce new obstacles - Seesaw, Dogwalk and Weave Poles.

    Choose from the following start dates:
  • please call for upcoming classes