DOG TRAINING ~ RENDEZVOUS STYLE!
Educating Both Dogs and Their Owners Leads to Success
In our obedience classes, owners are taught the steps to train their dog themselves with the benefit of a private instructor who focuses solely on their specific handling techniques and their dog’s learning style. In group or private classes, each week a new exercise is taught and the previous weeks are reviewed. To achieve optimum results, owners and their dogs are expected to complete all homework assigned by the instructor. We offer wonderful programs for people who have the time and inclination to work with their dogs. At the completion of each course, each dog receives a personalized Diploma. We never deviate from the idea that training is done best when you are consistent and you put a lot of time and effort into it.
Please note: Current vaccines are required.
We offer: Private Lessons, Group Lessons and
Training Day Camps
Looking for a certified dog trainer?
Meet WENDY KROPAC, Certified Dog Trainer
I have been a certified AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator since 2004 and have been a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) since 2002. Through the IACP I have attended seminars to continue learning all I can to be a better trainer. As a life long student, I am always looking for new ways to increase my knowledge and am looking forward to the new challenge of working as a trainer at Karla’s Pet Rendezvous.
I was a dog trainer for Petco from 2003-2011 when I returned to the Mt. Washington Valley. After my apprenticeship was completed in 2002 and I graduated from Animal Behavior and Training Association (ABTA) I was offered a dog training position at Petco. Throughout my career with Petco I trained in their Concord, Manchester, Amherst, Portsmouth and Nashua stores. Manchester was my “home” store and I helped when a trainer was needed in the other locations. I was also a mentor trainer, working with apprentices for the hands on part of their training.
I was a volunteer at the ARL of NH – South in Bedford from December 2001 until September 2011. I worked as an adoption counselor and dog walker from 2001 until 2004. Since 2004, I worked on the Annual Pet Step committee which was their first Pet Step.
Another volunteer activity for me at the ARL of NH – South was being a mentor trainer for over 30 Animal Behavior College (ABC) students. ABC approached me in 2003 as they needed a mentor trainer in my area. Their program creates a partnership with a local shelter so the ABC students get their hands on training with as many dogs as possible. Many of these students have gone on to own their own businesses or to work full time in the “dog” industry.
My personal dog is a Dalmatian, Jezebel, who is 9 years old and was adopted at the age of 3 from the ARL of NH. I had a second Dalmatian, a 13 year Dalmatian, Buddy, who was born deaf and was trained completely with hand signals. He was the reason I became a dog trainer and was my mentor in the dog training world.
Gaie Mitchell with her dog Jazzi, graduating from Puppy class.
We provide 1/2 to 1 hour private dog training lessons with you and your dog. Our lessons are taught on our premises and will address any current issue you are having with your dog.
$45.00 per hour: Private lesson with client & dog
$25.00 per 1/2 hour: Private lesson with client & dog
$20.00 per 1/2 hour: Private lesson without owner on premises while boarding, grooming or at dog daycare.
Training Discounted Passes for Short Term Boarding
We help you address current behavior issues while your dog is boarding with us.
6 – 1/2 hour Lessons…………………………………….. $140.
This is a private lesson with the owner in house at
Karla’s Pet Rendezvous.
6 – 1/2 hour Lessons………………………………………$110.
This is a private lesson, without the owner in house,
at Karla’s Pet Rendezvous.
Board and Train
This is an intensive behavior modification program tailored to individual dogs needs and the owner’s training goals. Designed for dogs with behavior issues including reactivity, fear/insecurity, aggression (including dogs with a bite history), and other extreme behaviors that need extra time and support to accomplish training goals.
7-13 day Board and Train- $125/day
14+ day Board and Train- $115/day
Shilo, one of our graduates.
Group Classes $165.00
This class is a six week obedience dog training class:
Your dog will learn:
- Come when called
- Walk on a leash without pulling
- Lie down
- Leave It
- Greet guests politely, without jumping up on them
Obedience 101 is designed to teach your dog how to live in a human world! We cover common behavior challenges and the basics of being a polite, respectful member of a household. We will discuss the proper and responsible use of various training tools and use the methods and equipment that are the most effective and safest for each individual dog. We will build a relationship between dog and handler that fosters a positive learning environment while setting healthy boundaries and creating a strong bond. The result is a cooperative educational partnership that lasts throughout your dog’s life.
This is a six week class. This obedience class is the next level of training for the well behaved dog you have always dreamed of having. This class builds on the foundation of our Basic Obedience 101 class, increasing your dog’s responsiveness in different environments, adding distractions and duration to those already known behaviors. We strive to meet the needs and desires of our owners/pets. This class structure will guide and coach you in training and perfecting behaviors such as: Learning that “come” means come — no matter what’s going on.
Your dog will learn:
• Introduction to off leash
• Increased distractions
• Hand signals
• “Place” command
• Perfecting loose leash walking
• Confronting other common behavioral issues
At the conclusion of this class, virtually all our pet owners are fully confident in training their dogs. They now have the degree of control and responsiveness they desire. . Our graduates have developed the skills to teach their dogs anything they wish to, this is knowledge that lasts throughout your dog’s life.
Prerequisite: Obedience 101, 102 OR demonstration of skills from obedience 101 and 102 evaluations.
This is a six week class. This course puts to practical use everything you’ve learned by going to public places to practice. The emphasis is on distractions. It is always more fun to perfect your skills with friends. An opportunity to have fun with your dog and your friends while making sure your dog behaves well in public, with the highest level of distractions. Going for ice cream, a walk in the park or hike in
the woods is always more fun with friends and a well-behaved dog along.
TRAINING DAY CAMPS
This training camp is for puppies that are 10 weeks old and up to 6 months old. This is a 10 Day Training Day Camp Program. This program covers all the basics, including housebreaking, socialization, manners, and introductory obedience exercises. Day Camp is run Monday-Friday for two weeks with weekends off. There is a 1 hour
Dog Training Day Camp $999.
For dogs over 6 months old. Beginning with a free evaluation, and after acceptance, our program is designed as follows: Day school is 9AM – 4PM (flexible hours also apply) We work with each dog in
30-minute segments four times per day, for five consecutive days per week for two weeks, with weekends off.
What They Learn
They are taught the basics of ‘heel, ’sit, ’sit stay,’ ‘down,’ ‘down
stay,’ and ‘come when called.’ This dedicated training work with each dog provides a very strong foundation for owner’s to continue to build upon throughout the dog’s life. Owners MUST continue the practices at home for muscle memory and a lifetime of an obedient pet. Two private lessons are included with the class one at pick up on day 10 and one scheduled a week after the conclusion of the camp.
Behavior Modification Day Camp $999.
For dogs over 6 months old. This customized program focuses on eradicating unwanted behaviors, instilling great leash manners, and teaching your dog to be attentive and responsive through training that’s firm, fair and fun Eliminate frustration and enjoy a closer bond with your dog. Training is focused to meet your individual goals and designed to fit your dog’s individual history and temperament.