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Puppy Classes

Linda and Mollee
Gread Dane Puppy

Testimonial to the great training and coaching from Courteous Canines. My husband and I have been participating with our great dane puppy, Mollee in the fantastic training offered through Courteous Canines.

We know how large these dogs become and how so many danes end up in rescues leagues or shelters due to behavior issues. That is why we have sort the help of the experts with our present pup Mollee to get her the right start she needs with her training. We want Mollee to be able to co-exist with others in a way that she is appreciated not just by us.

Our first class was a puppy kindergarten class with trainer, Kate. Courteous Canine training methods works with getting our puppy to pay attention to us when called and uses a positive reinforcement approach of offer treats.

We were so happy with the class and the dedicated work of the trainers that Mollee is now in the Focused Puppy class . At 6 months old we can see that she really needs this training to keep her focused and paying attention. Mollee is showing her adolescent side and once again Kate and Karen are helping us through this phase of puppy hood.

We are planning on continuing through their training classes with Mollee to insure she has the training that will keep her safe and make her the dog all will be glad to be around.

If you have a puppy or dog I would highly recommend the good folks at Courteous Canine to help you get your canine friend so they are a welcomed member of your household. Courteous Canine are the best!

Take care,
Linda (12/1/2013)

Marie, Jim and Winnie

Hey Karen!

Just wanted to thank you for all your help in focused puppy class; Winnie is continuing to come a looong way from the first class.

Thanks again,
Marie, Jim, & Winnie, RI

Lori and Gibby

Love Courteous Canine. The “school” and trainers are GREAT! The training it is taught in a way that my puppy, Gibby, loved going. She got to play, learn and play again! The playtime with the other puppies is so very well supervised I was not nervous at all let Gibby play off leash. They are very CARING there and you feel the love they have for all the dogs!

Lori and Gibby, Puppy Kindergarten

Behavior Issues

Teresa and Cora

Hey karen & kate

I love this picture of Cora - she usually hates the camera, but i used tennis ball as a diversion. THANK YOU for working with us!!!

COURTEOUS CANINE HAS BROUGHT A CALMER VIBE TO MY HOUSEHOLD! Cora, my sweet & snuggly MiniAustralian Shepherd, was 9 months old when she was given up for adoption by her original family. She came tome before she was turned over to a dog rescue or SPCA, full of energy that needed to be directed in aconstructive way. After having many rescue dogs growing up, this was my first experience with a herding-dogbreed, and I quickly learned this would be a different experience from my lab-mixes & rottweilers. While Cora isvery playful with us individually, and addicted to her stash of tennis balls, she is leash-reactive and can be verydramatic when we go for walks, barking and lunging at most passers-by, and even at people minding their ownbusiness on their own property.

After receiving WAY too much different advice from different folks with different dog training theories, I called Courteous Canine for some much-needed help. Karen's one-on-one home visits with us for the first few monthswere invaluable to help ME understand Cora better and assess the best course of action to tone down herreactivity on leash. Using clicker training & positive reinforcement, we worked on directing her focus towards meand redirecting her energy away from her triggers. Not only did Cora respond well to this strategy, it helped MEstay calm during our often stressful walks around the neighborhood. We worked our way up to the "ControlUnleashed" group class, and even tried out a 'Tricks' class to keep Cora occupied with a JOB, as most herdingdogs need, and we are just starting to dabble in Rally Obedience. Karen, Kate & Celeste at Courteous Caninehave all helped me better understand how to embrace the personality of my little girl... and most importantly, Ihave so much more confidence when we venture out for our daily walks.

THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANKYOU!!! -
Teresa and Cora

Sasha and Kim

Nicole is GREAT. I can see a difference is Sasha - not that she was bad - but she's much better on the leash with me - not pulling. I think Nicole is doing really great work with her.

Best,
Kim and Sasha

Mark and Brady
Boxer

Brady is becoming a very well mannered part of our family! Thanks for everything!

Mark B. & Brady, MA
(3/27/2011)

Adult Dog Classes

Mark and Bruschi

Hi Karen,

This week, Bruschi, completed Level 4 of Life Lessons at Abbys Dog Depot under the training of Dale. I first have to tell you that I think the concept of a flexible group training regimin that moves at the dog/owner's own pace is excellent and unlike any training class I have been through before, with Bruschi or any of my previous dogs. Second, Dale was fantastic - her patience, enthusiastic support, knowledge of canines and training techniques was exceptional.... she made each session fun and extremely productive! Please offer her our sincere thanks. Lastly, she mentioned that you will be offering an Outdoor Adventures class soon and I would like you to know that we would be very interested in attending.... please let me know once registration is open.

Thanks Karen for offering such a wide spectrum of unique classes.... We, along with Bruschi, look forward to a long relationship with your organization

Best Regards,
Mark Bernardo (4/7/2010)

Dog Sports

K9 Nose Work

Morgan and Brom


I took your nosework class last summer and went on to do the ort for my cattledog Brom. Just wanted to share that this past Saturday he passed his NW1 trial and we’ll be starting our journey to NW2!

Morgan and Brom

Trerapy Dogs

My Fair Doggies:
Eliza and Higgins steal hearts, teach lessons at Macomber School

My Fair Doggise: Eliza and Higgins steal hearts & teach lessons at Macomber SchoolWESTPORT — When cockapoos Eliza and Higgins stroll into Macomber Primary School for their weekly visits, everyone from the secretaries at the front desk to children on their way to other activities stops to say hello.

"It is like escorting a rock star down the hallway. No one notices me. It's all about the dogs," said owner Greg Stone.

Since 2007, Dr. Brenda Stone, retired district psychologist, and her husband, Greg, have been volunteering their time for "Cockapoos in the Classroom," a program they created which provides pet-assisted therapy and pet-assisted education to students.

Some sessions are geared toward teaching children about how to interact safely with dogs and care for them, while others are designed to provide therapy for students with special needs.

"During my career as a teacher and then a psychologist, my research had always been on reading disabilities," said Dr. Stone, explaining how she got involved in pet therapy. "But toward my retirement, I became interested in learning more about autism and how to help children with related social and emotional issues."

One recent school day, the Stones celebrated their 50th visit to special education teacher Renee Rego's multi-age classroom.

Shy at first, the students — a number of whom have autism — quickly warmed up to Higgins, a cream-colored bundle of curls, and his littermate, Eliza, a petite whirlwind of silky, black hair.

According to Rego, students who would not come anywhere near the dogs in the beginning are now reaching out and interacting with Eliza and Higgins. That's a significant accomplishment given that children with autism often have difficulty interacting with others and handling sensory stimuli.

Andrew Swift, for example, covered his ears and pulled away from the dogs at the start of the session, but he quickly became interested in watching the other students interact with the dogs.

Then Andrew, on his own initiative, reached out to touch a paw that Higgins seemed to be offering just for him.

The connection continued when Andrew proceeded to pet and talk with the dog.

"I have definitely seen an improvement in language skills and unbelievable strides in sensory awareness," said Rego.

Her excited students repeatedly made efforts to communicate with the cockapoos, especially during an activity where they needed to call the dogs through a tunnel.

Dr. Stone has seen so much success using dog therapy with students who have autism that she wrote an article on the topic that will appear in the May issue of "Exceptional Parent" magazine.

During the canines' recent visit, Rego used a sentence board where students had to choose a picture of what they wanted to do with the dog. They then had to verbalize their choice in a sentence.

Activities included walking a dog around the room with help from one of the Stones; "slapping five" by having a dog tap the child's hand; brushing a dog; and throwing a dog a toy.

"We help the children focus their attention on the activity by singing as they walk or brush the dogs. Singing about what they are doing helps the children transition into and out of the activity ... Eliza knows the words to the song and always sits down just before the child says 'Stop.' Her sitting also helps the children transition from the walking activity back to the circle on the rug," wrote Dr. Stone in the article for Exceptional Parent.

To learn about pet therapy and train the dogs for their duties, Dr. Stone has completed a number of classes and certificates, including pet therapy programs at the Community College of Rhode Island and through the Delta Society.

According to Stone, dogs can be very successful in the classroom because children tend to have an easier time relating to animals then they do their classmates and adults.

"I think (the dogs) seem to know the environment. They sense what the children need and are calm when they need to be and full of energy at other times," Stone said.

While the mixed-age class has become accustomed to pet therapy on a weekly basis, the mainstream kindergarten classrooms have pet-assisted education once a week for a three-week program that focuses on how to interact with dogs and care for them.

During the first week in Michelle Thomas' kindergarten class, Stone read the book "May I Pet Your Dog?" by Stephanie Calmenson. She also taught students how to ask an owner before petting a dog and how to hold their hands with their fingers down when greeting a dog.

"I look forward to this program every year. The kids love it, even those who are afraid at first," homas said.

Samantha Viveiros, whose mother told the school that her daughter was afraid of dogs, sat on her teacher's lap while the other students sat on the floor and pet the dogs.

The little girl soon found the courage to touch one of the dogs being held by Stone.

"I feel happier now ... Higgins is like a real, live teddy bear," Samantha said.

A highlight of the class was when the dogs jumped over cardboard bricks.

Future sessions will include lessons on how dogs communicate and how pets, like children, need someone to care for them.

Macomber Principal Susan E. Wilkinson said Eliza and Higgins not only contribute to the educational offerings at the school, they also bring an undeniable joy to students and staff.

"All (Higgins and Eliza) want to do is make people happy," said Dr. Stone. "Whenever they see the yellow school bag at home they just go crazy with excitement. We can't even say the worlds 'school' or 'go' in our house. We have to spell them."

www.southcoasttoday.com

1/26/2010

Day Care / Boarding

Carol and Phranklin

Thanks so much, Ruth & Linda!   Phranklin was in great spirits both days when we got home, this was the longest he’s ever been left before and I was delighted to see him so content. I appreciate you being flexible and helping me coordinate his walks with such short notice. I’m glad I know of this great service and can use it in the future. Also, loved the little notes you left! Precious :o)  

Best,
Caroline

Pam and Danielle

I just wanted to tell you how well it worked out with Danielle. The dog was alive and happy and you couldn't even tell someone had lived in the house. I talked to her every day for my own peace of mind and I felt very comfortable with her.

A thank you to you and Danielle for making it possible for me to go to my son's wedding with no dog worries.

Pam Haas (6/7/2010)

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(401) 954-2699 or by Email

If you have 2 or 3 people interested in a class that we offer please contact us and we can schedule it at the convenience of the people Interested in the class.

Please contact us at (401) 954-2699 or by Email

This class is not offered at this time. Please contact us for more information about this class.

If you have 2 or 3 people interested in a class that we offer please contact us and we can schedule it at the convenience of the people Interested in the class.

(401) 954-2699 or by Email

This class is not offered at this time. Please contact us for more information about this class.

If you have 2 or 3 people interested in a class that we offer please contact us and we can schedule it at the convenience of the people Interested in the class.

(401) 954-2699 or by Email

This class is not offered at this time. Please contact us for more information about this class.

If you have 2 or 3 people interested in a class that we offer please contact us and we can schedule it at the convenience of the people Interested in the class.

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