Group Training Sessions

We all know that training our dogs brings numerous benefits. Keeping our dogs under control not only helps to prevent them from becoming involved in hazardous or dangerous situations, but it also strengthens the bond between owner and pet. With the potential to meet a number of different dogs, group classes could appear to be a daunting prospect if you have a dog who is particularly hyperactive when meeting others for the first time. Similarly, you may be anxious about signing your dog up if they are timid or skittish.

Yet, the group atmosphere can actually prove to be a positive in the long run. If you simply want to work on basic manners or give your pup the opportunity to interact with other dogs, there is probably no better setting than a group class. It can be the perfect environment for your dog to meet and play with others, particularly for younger dogs who are at an age where socialization is critical. Group classes have plenty of in-built distractions for your dog. By being in the presence of others (humans and animals), your dog will learn the necessary discipline about when to learn – and when to play. The group dynamic allows participants to share their stories and learn from one another, and you may find that members of the group will be able to help and motivate one another during the class. During the course of the group class, there will usually be opportunities to ask questions of the trainer leading the session. This can be a great learning experience and, by listening to the answers, you’ll gain the knowledge to resolve issues that may occur in the future.

Ruff ‘n Tumble Training

Ruff ‘n Tumble Playcare Foundation Training

This 6 week class is designed specifically to train owners and their dog the basic skills necessary to create a loving bond. This program is designed for dogs aged 5 months and older who have not had prior professional training. The skills that will be taught during the Foundations training classes includes sit, lie down, stand up, come when called, walk nicely on a leash, place, and polite greeting of people. Your dog will begin to understand the important cues for many commands while dealing with life’s distractions. The class will meet one day a week for 6 weeks.

Dates & Times:   Mondays from 7:00-8:00pm

Ruff ‘n Tumble Playcare 3 D’s of Training

This 4 week class will pick up where your dog left off in the Foundation Training Class. We’ll focus on adding the 3 D’s of training to your dog’s obedience cues: Distance, Duration (time spent in a position and Distractions! Each week you will learn how to improve on cues such as remaining at your side while walking through a crowd, holding a stay position for a specific amount of time and coming when called when distractions are present. The class will meet one day a week for 4 weeks. It will be open to any dog that has completed Foundation Training or the equivalent elsewhere. Dates and Times: TBD

Day Training Program

Ruff ‘n Tumble Playcare Day Training Program

Our Day Training programs at Ruff ‘n Tumble Playcare combine the best of both worlds for dogs and their owners. Our positive reinforcement techniques ensure your dog gets the confidence needed to become your perfect companion. What could be better, you get to drop your dog off for a day of play and we will train them while they are here? Best of all, they come home tired and smarter, too.

The complete day training package will consist of a customized training program, twice daily, one-on-one training sessions and a weekly wrap up session for you and your dog.  All sessions are taught by our in-house certified trainer using only positive reinforcement methodology. Each session will be customized for you and your dogs individualized needs. The Day Training program at RnT does require a minimum commitment of 4 weeks for you and your pup. Of course, you can always extend the number of weeks, too. Add to that, you get to choose to have 2, 3 or 4 days a week of training. The choice is yours! Once you’ve decided on your commitment level, we will set up a planning session with you to identify the specific areas of improvement we will be working on.  Next, the trainer will work on these assignments with your dog during one-on-one sessions. At the close of each week, you and your dog will meet with the trainer to gauge progress and transfer knowledge, so you can continue the work at home. In order to best achieve your dog’s training goals, all the humans in their life must make the same commitment of time and consistency. Reaching your dog’s training goals will open the door to a wonderful partnership between you and your dog.

Availability: Contact us (must be a daycare client, classes are limited)

Private Training Sessions

Ruff ‘n Tumble Customized Program

Private dog training lessons are perfect for the dog owner that wants to work on specific goals, families with busy schedules and/or young children, or even multiple dog households. All sessions are conducted by our in-house Certified Professional Dog Trainer Knowledge Assessed through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), using only positive reinforcement methodology. Each session will be customized for you and your dog’s individualized needs. In consultation with our trainer, and based your availability, a plan and schedule will be created. The typical private lessons involve teaching you how to apply customized training tools for your specific situation. One-on-one private dog training allows you to address the specific issues that get in the way of you enjoying your dog.

Dates:            By appointment only
Cost:            $100/hour


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1755 Osgood St.
N. Andover, MA 01845

Phone: 978-984-5599


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Currently due to the influx of new requests, we are only accepting dogs under 12 months of age for daycare. In addition, we are no longer accepting any new clients for our boarding program.