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 interact with others, particularly for younger dogs who are at an age where socialization is critical. Group classes have plenty of built in 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 Basic Manners 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 Basic Manners 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:   Varies contact us or our partners for current class schedule

Ruff ‘n Tumble Playcare Advanced  Training Classes

These class will pick up where your dog left off in the Basic Manners Training Class. Our partners are currently offering advanced classes help you and your dog have fun while learning to achieve what ever goals you want. Currently at our location they are offering Basic Manners classes, “Canine Good Citizen” Certification classes and tests, Calm the Storm classes (walking better on a leash) and an introductory seminar for “Scent Work” classes.

Dates and Times: Varies

Contact us for details

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 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


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.

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