Classes Offered
We offer a wide range of classes to suit every age & need.  

Click on the link & open the current information & pre-registration flier for that class, or contact
us for additional information.  
(no link? email us for details on any class you are interested in.)

Click on the class name to open the file in .pdf format,
Please email if you require a different format
All classes require pre-registration!

Puppy K & Play!! Register now for January - your puppy will get a head start!
For any puppy under 18 weeks of age!  Puppy class helps you to start out on the right paw.  You will be astonished by how much your puppy learns.  A great class for the entire family!  Enrollment in Puppy Class includes 2 free ebooks
by Dr. Ian Dunbar!

Basic Obedience & Manners  Register NOW for January - Don't miss out!
For dogs over 18 weeks of age.  This class is for any dog that needs basic training.  Teaches dogs manners, leash walking, stay and much more!

Better than Basic (Prerequisite: Basic Obedience) New Class starts January 2019
A follow up class for owners & dogs that want to improve on the skills learned in Basic Obedience & Manners.

AKC Beginner Novice & Novice, CDSP Novice & Starter Novice -  5 week class starts in October
Have fun while you prepare your dog for the AKC Beginner Novice, Novice and CDSP Novice plus Starter Novice.  This is a titling class for ALL dogs - mixed breeds welcome!  (Prerequisite: Better than Basic Obedience & Instructor Approval)

Rally Precision & Cynosport Rally  -  5 week class begins late November 2018!      
Rally is a fun way to continue with (or brush up on) your dog training skills.  Learn the fine art of heeling, rally-style!  

AKC Rally  -  5 week class begins October 2018!      
AKC Rally - a fun class for dogs & owners alike.  Come & learn the new signs!  Owner & dog move through
courses at their own pace,  very similar to rally-style auto racing.

AKC Canine Good Citizen Class -  Begins Early October 2018- A Limited Enrollment class!
A 5 week class to prepare you & your dog for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test.  Testing included in cost of class.

Fitness for Fido - with FitPaws!! - Watch for it this fall! -  Limited Enrollment!
2 hours of fun & learning about your dog's physical health & how to improve their condition.  FitPaws Master Trainer & Certified Canine Fitness Trainer Heather White will teach this course, focusing on proper canine exercise form,
technique & behavior.

AKC Community Canine Class (CGC-A) - Coming late Fall 2018 - Limited Enrollment!
A 5 week class to prepare you & your dog for the AKC Community Canine (CGC - A) test.  Testing included in cost of class. (Dogs must have CGC Title to participate)

Therapy Dog Prep Class - New class begins early September 2018  -  VERY Limited enrollment!
This class prepares the dog & handler team for the  Therapy Dog International Certification Test

Breed Handling  -  New Class starting October 2018!
Prepares handlers and their up & coming Champions for the world of dog shows.  
Learn how to show  your dog to his best advantage.

Competition Level Class  10 Week class begins September 2018!   Also available - Wednesday
AM class!  Drop Ins available - email for info!
This class may be divided into 2 sections, depending upon enrollment.  Novice for those working towards their AKC
Companion Dog (CD) Title & Open/Utility for those working on their Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) and/or Utility Dog
(UD)  titles.  Very advanced training - students must be instructor approved.

K9 Nosework  - New class starts October 2018 & fills quickly!
This fun course will use your dog’s natural scenting ability.  If your dog has a nose, they can participate.
There are no obedience pre-requisites, but your dog does have to be able to be crated  (please bring your
own crate with cover) or stay quietly in your car while other dogs take their turns.

*NEW* AKC TRICK DOG CLASS- Starts early September 2018!
Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?  This class is designed to teach the skills your dog will need to earn the new AKC Trick Dog Novice (TKN) title.  You will test the last night of class.

First Aid for Pets - FREE seminar by Dutchess County Animal Response Team (DCART) on
August 9th.    Learn how to care for your dog in an emergency, and how to tell when to take your loyal friend
to the veterinarian.

Special Events  
Check here for new additions to our schedule, exciting seminars and MORE!

Private Sessions & Behavior Counseling
Are you having problems with your dog that you don't feel classes will address?  
Private training & Behavior Counseling is available in your home with Pat Tetrault.  
Call or email for details.  845-592-1688    email:

and more!!
At Top Notch, we believe that one should always try  new things, so check back
often to see what we are offering next!  
Top Notch Dog Training   -   845-592-1688
Top Notch Dogs, LLC
Top Notch Dog Training holds classes
in Wappingers Falls NY and serves
Dutchess County & the entire Hudson
Valley area.
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Why should you enroll your
puppy in class
4 months of age?

The AVMA  (American Veterinary
Medical Association) says:
"Obedience Training and
Socialization" ~
A MUST for every good family dog,
regardless of size or breed! Puppies
may start classes when they are as
young as 7-8 weeks old. Check with
your veterinarian for class

(to see full statement, click here)

Positive Training
Why positive training is better for
your dog?

The American Veterinary Society of
Animal Behavior (AVSAB) recently
released a position statement on the
use of punishment for behavior
modification (training), which
received some press from AAHA
(American Animal Hospital
Association -- looked to as the "gold
Top Notch Dog Training strongly
supports the AVSAB's statement
and joins with the AAHA in
supporting the position statement..

View the
American Veterinary Society
of Animal Behaviorist's
statement here.
Don't cheat yourself -
bring YOUR dog
to Top Notch
Dog Training ~
you both can learn
some new
More about Puppy Classes  ~

Family Pet Training

Behavior Counseling

All classes held at:
939 Route 376
Cambridge Commons, Suite #3
Wappingers Falls, NY  12590

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We accept credit cards - call for

                   Can't wait for January classes -OR- Need to brush up on some skills?

Leash Walking 101 - Tuesday – November 13th & 20th, 7:00 pm – 2 weeks - $75 with instructor Heather White
      Learn the fine art of walking Fido without pulling!  This is a crash course in Leash walking  - don't miss it!

The "Leave it" Challenge - December 4th & 11th, 7:00 pm - 2 weeks - $75.00 with instructor Heather White

              (Have you taken a class with Top Notch this year?  Your cost for either of these classes is just $65)