Take your training to the trail
Serious about training, serious about fun
Every Saturday afternoon my dogs and I meet with a small group of advanced students and their dogs for a trail hike. If you visit Ahern Park on the weekends you may have seen us in the parking lot getting our gear together or out on the trail enjoying the fresh air and each other’s company while doing the training that matters most—training in the real world.
Our hiking adventure
We take a one-mile hike on a wide and easy-going trail to Lake Winnisquam. The return route takes us along a narrower trail and up a slight hill to an overlook with a beautiful lake view. A slight descent takes us back to our wide trail and to the parking lot, crossing streams along the way.
All dogs start on a long leash for safety, earning off-leash privileges as they’re ready. We practice loose leash walking, heeling, leave it, recalls, and check-ins as we move along, stopping periodically to catch a breather while we practice sit, down, stay, and other basics.
Ready to join us for a hiking adventure?
You and your dog have put in the foundation work—now let’s take it on the road! Or, more accurately, on the trail! Join me and my dogs for fun Saturday outings to practice all you’ve learned out in the fresh air. We’ll work on polite walking and heel, coming when called, stay, leave it, focus and attention—all the basics, out in the real world. And we’ll have a blast. Your dog will begin on leash and graduate to off-leash work as ready.
For dogs: For dogs who have graduated at least MA level Intermediate Manners, PhD level recommended
Where: 133 Mile Hill Rd. Belmont (Will start outside on property)
Class fee: $35 per outing
Hikes take place at beautiful Ahern Park in Laconia.
WHY HIKE WITH YOUR DOG
- To solidify your dog’s training
- To have fun
- To get exercise
- To give your dog quality time
- To let your dog make dog friends
- To meet other cool dog people
SMALL GROUPS, MORE FUN
LIFE AFTER BASIC MANNERS
Too often dog guardians check training off their to-do lists after attending Basic Manners class. But just like for us humans, learning is a life-long endeavor. Ending your dog’s training after Basic Manners is like pulling a child from school after the 5th grade. If you want your dog to be her best, you have to provide her a complete education.