REMINDER: Masks are required for everyone entering the Dog Center.

Which Class is Right for Me & My Dog?

Some people just teach tricks. Some people just teach behavior. We teach both.

Each of our foundation classes offers instruction appropriate to your dog’s age, stage of development and individual needs and behaviors. We’ll certainly teach you Come When Called, Sit, Down, Stay, Leave It, and all the other common obedience commands— but our ultimate goal is to help you create a dog that you can live with peacefully and happily. We want you to have a friend who can be a part of your family and all the fun things you do together: soccer games, the ferry, family gatherings, picnics in the park, camping, pet-friendly stores…anything and everything as long as you’re together!

Puppies under 7 months of age: start in one of our puppy foundation classes.

If you have an older puppy, an adult dog new to your home, or a dog who has taken classes somewhere else: we recommend that you start in one of our adult foundation classes or attend a free class placement evaluation.

If you and your dog are struggling with fear, reactivity or aggression: you don’t need to do a class placement evaluation and instead can immediately sign up for our behavior foundation classes.

Important Pro Tip!

No matter what class you pick, our instructors are always assessing each individual dog and how the group works as a whole to ensure that everybody has the best fit and a successful training outcome. Every course includes time for instructional free play and socialization so you and your dog can learn what is appropriate and how to read and interpret your dog’s language. We happily move people around to ensure that you and your dog succeed together.

You can also use this helpful chart to pick your class:

My dog is Aggressive, Fearful or Reactive

My dog is NOT Aggressive, Fearful or Reactive



Start seeing changes immediately with one of our PRIVATE TRAINING options.

My Puppy is 7 months or younger

My puppy or adult dog is older than 7 months

Puppies from 10 to 16 weeks:

Puppies from 16 weeks to 7 months:


I’m still not sure where we belong!

If we’ve never met your dog and you’d like to take one of our advanced, specialty, or certification classes, or if your dog has taken classes somewhere else:


Schedule a PRIVATE TRAINING session. We’ll be able to give you a custom class placement recommendation and begin your training right away!


Class Placement Evaluation


If we have never met your dog before but you’ve taken classes somewhere else and you’d like to start in any of our advanced or specialty classes you’ll need to come to a class placement evaluation first. This is a free 15 minute session with Lisa Rockland herself for the purpose of assessment only. Lisa will recommend placement in one of our group classes at the appropriate level for you or may potentially recommend that you start with a private training appointment to catch you up and jump start you into one of our class sessions.

Please Note: this evaluation session is for assessment and placement only and there will be no guidance or training instruction.

REQUIREMENT: You must provide up-to-date medical records, including a negative fecal report stating “no parasites seen,” prior to your Class Placement Evaluation.
See our medical guidelines for more info.



  • Class Placement Evaluations are temporarily unavailable due to COVID.
  • Make sure to read our short guide: Get Ready for Your Class Placement Evaluation
  • Up-to-date medical records, including a negative fecal report stating “no parasites seen,” must be on file at AAMD prior to your first visit. (There are no refunds or make-ups for classes forfeited due to missing fecal records.) See our medical guidelines for more info.

Get Ready for Your Class Placement Evaluation!

The entrance is through the side door by the red, white and blue fire hydrant. Please use our dog-friendly potty area only.

  • Masks are required at all times inside the Dog Center.

  • Arrive 5-10 minutes early to check-in
  • Keep your dog leashed and close by your side
  • Bring a hungry dog because we’ll be using treats in class
  • Bring healthy, soft treats (we have a great selection in our shop!)
  • Bring a 6’ leash (no retractable leashes)
  • Wear comfy clothes and athletic shoes – no high heels or boots, please!

  • Required: Provide up-to-date medical records, including a negative fecal report stating “no parasites seen,” prior to your first class. (There are no refunds or make-ups for classes forfeited due to missing fecal records.) See our medical guidelines for more info.