Sensible K9 group classes are small, fun and informative. Our small group classes provide opportunities for fellowship between students and to work your dog around controlled distractions.
Your instructor, Catherine Steinke has taught hundreds of group classes using positive techniques and excellent instructional methods. Read what her students have said about her.
➤ Do you want to get your new puppy (8 wks. to 14 wks.) off to a great start with socialization, preventing problems, curbing chewing and nipping? Check out
Sensible Puppy Start
➤ Have an adolescent puppy (4-12mos.) who needs to learn basic manners like leash manners, polite greetings, Come and Stay?
Sensible Puppy Skills
is the class for you!
➤ Are you interested in learning how to share your dog in a therapy dog visitation program? Our 8-week
Therapy Dog Skills
class will teach you how to prepare your dog for testing.
➤ Available on varying weekdays? Load up your K9 and head over to our
Out and About class (locations and times vary, click here for more information).
You will understand the exercise, watch a demonstration of the exercise and then receive individual help from Catherine or one of her trained assistants.
We currently offer two Group Puppy classes based upon your puppy's age,
Sensible K9 Out and About
for your adult dog, as well as
Therapy Dog Preparation class
(Sensible Puppy Start Class & Sensible Puppy Skills Class)
Why Puppy Class?
Congratulations on your new puppy!
Sensible Puppy Start Class
is the perfect head start for puppies 8 weeks to 4 months old.
Are you and your 4 month old to 12 month old puppy ready to take the next step in learning good behavior? Then our
Sensible Puppy Skills Class
is the perfect class for you and your older puppy.
You can forever alter your puppy's personality depending upon choices you make within weeks of bringing him (or her) home!
This is precious time in your dog’s life. Make the most of it! If your puppy is not exposed to new and different people, places and things, he can develop fears that can lead to aggression or withdrawal. If your busy, mouthy puppy is not taught from an early age how to politely greet visitors to your home, his obnoxious adult behavior can lead to trouble! Your adolescent puppy is ripe for learning the habits that will last a lifetime – will you help him learn good ones or will you wait for bad habits to take root?
Vaccinate Your Puppy ... Against Behavioral Problems!
With behavior problems being a number one reason for pet euthanasia and relinquishment to shelters, getting off to a good start with your puppy is critical to his overall health.
There is no better thing to do for your puppy than to take him to Sensible Puppy Class for socialization and training!
What Will We Do in Sensible Puppy Start Class
(for puppies 8 weeks to 4 months old)?
Sensible Puppy Start is an early puppy socialization and training class for puppies 8 weeks to 4 months old.
➤ The class runs for 6 consecutive Wednesday nights. For times, please see our calendar.
- Potty Training Socialization;
- Soft-Mouth training;
- Exam Training;
- Etiquette; and
You will learn everything you need to know about preventing problem behavior, stopping nipping and jumping and taking advantage of this unique window of time in your puppy’s development.
Class time includes socialization with other class members and puppies.
Included in your tuition is a comprehensive 90-page manual to help you keep on track and to further illumine what you learn in class. Tuition is only $149.
Your tuition includes the opportunity to test for the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy medal! Similar to the AKC Canine Good Citizen Award, the STAR Puppy award can only be earned by puppies who complete a class taught by a certified AKC Evaluator, such as Catherine Steinke. Once you have completed your 6-weeks of group classes, you may participate in this exciting program and earn your first award! For more information and test items, click here: http://www.akc.org/starpuppy/
Sensible Puppy Start Class Tuition Includes six consecutive, weekly, small-group class sessions, an extensive, 90-page written training manual, and AKC STAR Puppy Testing.
Tuition is only $149.
What Will We Do in Sensible Puppy Skills Class
(for puppies 4 months to 12 months old)?
Sensible Puppy Skills is an intensive four-week training class for puppies 4 months through 12 months old who have completed the
Sensible Puppy Start
curriculum. This class meets at Michigan Road Animal Hospital. See our calendar for current dates and times.
If you have a puppy in this age group and have not had previous training with Sensible K9, please register for
Sensible K9 Family Dog Manners Class
➤ This class runs for four consecutive weeks and is 65-75 minutes long. Please see our calendar for current dates and times.
Even if your puppy seems a bit unruly or out of control, you will learn how to gently and kindly train your puppy to settle down and obey you. There are no excused absences or make up sessions for this class so please clear your calendar for all four sessions.
This class is repeatable and payment for each month is due at the first class. Included in the tuition for this class are step-by-step skill sheets.
Tuition is only $99.
How do I register for Group Puppy Class?
Just bring your puppy's vaccination records to Michigan Road Animal Hospital and complete the registration form at the front desk or download our Sensible Puppy Start / Skills Class Registration Form. Your puppy should have had at least one Distemper-Parvo Combo, one Bordetella and have been wormed or show proof of a clean fecal test. The one-time tuition fee is payable at registration.
Michigan Road Animal Hospital
3845 96th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46032
Out and About Days – begin any scheduled night, come as often as you like, pay as you go. No long-term commitment. Classes will be instructed to accommodate the dogs/handlers who arrive that night. Equipment needed: flat buckle collar, 4 or 6 foot leash, 150-200 pea-sized treats and a treat pouch. Class location varies but will include Clay Terrace, West Park, Northwestway Park, Traders’ Pointe Shopping plaza and more. Check the Sensible K9, LLC facebook page (available on the home page of the website) on Mondays for Tuesday class locations or visit our calendar for current dates and times.
Class is one-hour long and pay as you go: $20 per session. (First night attendees, notify instructor and come at 6:15pm for orientation and equipment check.)
7:30 Walk About – Your dog has basic leash manners most of the time, but opportunities to train around distractions can be difficult to set up. Would you like to practice with other positive dog owners in a supportive environment? In this small group class, we will play group games, challenge one another to higher skills and train our dogs above and beyond the Canine Good Citizen award. (Testing optional.) Commands to be taught include formal heeling, Down/Stay and on-leash Come. This is an intermediate level class. See our calendar for current dates and times (locations vary). Class is one-hour long and pay as you go: $20 per session.
Weather Policy: Class will be held in inclement weather unless there is a severe thunderstorm or worse predicted for class times. Cancellations will be posted on Sensible K9, LLC Facebook page (available for viewing on www.SensibleK9.com) by 4pm on class nights.
Indianapolis Therapy Dog Training is available!
➤ Contact Catherine to check for new class start dates and to register.
Are you ready to handle the surprises that often come with such visits?
Would you like to be sure your pet have the temperament and training to ensure passing a therapy dog test? Do you know how to tell when your dog has had enough visiting?
Therapy Dog Preparation is an 8-week course designed to prepare you and your pet to pass the Delta Society Pet Partners Team Testing.
Pre-requisite: Basic obedience skills / AKC Canine Good Citizen certificate or instructor permission. This is not a basic skills training class. Your dog should be able to obey in a group class situation. If you need basic skills, please contact the instructor regarding private lessons.
Equipment: Flat buckle collar, Gentle Leader head halter or any harness is permissible.
Practical applications will be shared to give you the best preparation for those sticky situations you may encounter in a real-world visit. Course includes role play, team training and individual practice. Learn canine stress signs and stress-reduction for your dog.
This is a very fun, dynamic class that will give you great experience beyond passing the Delta Society test and will prepare you for visiting any facility with your dog.
➤ Contact instructor for class location, cost, dates and times.
Please note that this is a dog-training and preparation class. This course does not include the Home Study Course or Workshop Training course from Delta Society, nor does it include the evaluation itself.
➤ Click here to view Delta Society Pet Partner Team Testing items.
➤ Click here to review steps for becoming a Delta Pet Partner Team.
Family-friendly dog training in Indianapolis, Zionsville, Carmel, and Brownsburg.