watsonFamily Dog Training held an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Test April 9, 2012.  We are delighted to recognize 5 new CGC title holders —

  • David Eells and Lilly
  • Jillian O’Brien and Otis
  • Pam Trefry and Logan
  • Laurie Schultz and Dougie
  • Elizabeth Sannicandro and Mozzie

 Congratulations to all who earned their titles!  Thanks to all the teams who entered and all the “Family Friends” who came by and helped with the test.

We will be hosting additional AKC CGC Tests throughout the year.  Watch the front web page for announcements.



New dog training business in Hudson, by John Hilliard http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/business/

A pair of soon-to-be-open businesses in Hudson promise to make dog training more enjoyable.  “Having a dog is supposed to be fun… it’s not supposed to be a stressful, anxiety-producing situation,” said Paul Emerson, a certified pet dog trainer with nearly 30 years experience. 

DOGS Learning Center, which will share space with Family Dog Training, expects to open a location at 577 Main St. in Hudson. 

“It’s really kind of a collective,” said Emerson of the joint venture.  DOGS owner Carolyn Barney is the landlord, and offers training for dogs in areas like agility and tracking. She also teaches a course at Harvard called, “The Cognitive Dog: Savant or Slacker,” during the fall semester.

Both sets of training rely on sound-making clickers. Never hurt dogs with choke collars or other instruments, said Emerson, who works with fellow certified trainer Bridget Desroches.

Emerson, who has worked at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said part of his work is intended to make sure dogs fit well in their homes and aren’t given up for adoption.

He said using a flexible schedule helps families not to fall behind in dog training. He noted that a misconception of dog training is that it’s “some sort of struggle for dominance.”

Rather, it’s communication between species, he said.

“It’s teaching effective communication… it’s teaching the dog what to do,” he said.

Family Dog Training offers a range of programs that cost between $150 to $260 per course. It also offers over-the-phone consultations for $20 per quarter hour and evaluations for $35 per half hour. There are also discounts available on the organization’s Web site and packages available for private lessons.

“We’re about having the dog succeed in your family,” said Emerson.

DOGS courses run between $100 to $180. Consultations and private lessons are also available.

An open house is planned for Nov. 1 at the DOGS location on Main Street – for humans only – from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, go to www.dogslearningcenter.com and www.family-dog-training.com.

(John Hilliard can be reached at 508-626-4449 or John.Hilliard @cnc.com.)