Dog Training Events & Seminars in Providence, RI

Be sure to check out our Workshops, too. They're like mini events!

Holiday Dog Mini Photo Sessions with Photo Smythe

Photo Smythe did such a great job with the photos from our Grand Opening that we're teaming up to offer holiday themed mini photo shoots.

$40 + tax gets you a scheduled 10-minute sitting (no standing in line!) and all of your proofs e-mailed to you within 24 hours. You can then use the photos as you see fit - holiday cards, photo prints, social media, etc. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Vintage Pet Rescue!

Dogs and humans welcome - you can be in the photo if you'd like! But please, no other species.

Please register online for the 30-minute time block that is most convenient for you.

Saturday, December 14th starting at 1PM
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Teenage Puppy Seminar: Friday, January 10th at 5PM

Are you wondering where your sweet, cuddly baby puppy went and who replaced them with an alligator? We know the feeling. Learn to navigate this challenging period of canine adolescence. Topics include: chewing & teething, "forgetting" previous training, hormonal challenges & spaying/neutering, age-appropriate exercise and enrichment routines, dog parks and social skills, decreased food motivation, jumping up on people, barking, and more. Appropriate for owners of dogs 5-16 months old.

Seminars at Crossbones are one hour presentations followed by a Q&A period. Seminars are just for people, so you can focus on learning from us without the distraction of managing or rewarding your dog.​

Friday, January 10th at 5PM with Katherine Ostiguy KPA CTP
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Novice/Open Agility Trial Prep Seminar with Katherine Ostiguy
Monday, January 20th (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) from 9AM-3PM

Teams will practice & receive feedback on their entire "crate to crate" performance: memorizing and walking Novice/Open level courses, getting their dog from the crate, warming her up, waiting in line, entering the ring, running a course, exiting the ring, cooling down, and returning to the crate. Courses & exercises will evaluate each team's readiness to compete. Katherine will provide specific, actionable steps to bridge the gap between practice and competition. Click here to learn more about Katherine.

Topics include...
-Which cross when? Blind vs. front vs. rear
-Lead outs/start line stays
-Common AKC & USDAA Novice/Starters and Open/Advanced sequences
-Creating & practicing a pre-run routine: waiting near the gate, entering the ring as a team, removing the leash
-Creating & practicing a post-run routine: putting the leash back on & getting your dog's rewards

Teams should be running sequences of 10+ obstacles in class or at home. Dogs should be proficient on all obstacles at full height.

Tuition: $150 + tax
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Includes tea & coffee, lunch (pizza), & bottled water.

Reactive Dog Seminar: Tuesday, January 21st

Reactive Dog Seminar | Crossbones Dog Academy in Providence, RIDoes your dog lunge and bark when they see other dogs on a walk? Have you tried to "distract" or "correct" them with limited success? This is one of the most common behavior problems we get asked to fix. Learn why dogs lunge and bark when they see other dogs, why this problem is SO pervasive in cities, how you may be rewarding it by mistake, and most importantly: how to stop it. Our trainer will explain management & training techniques to resolve this frustrating behavior.

Seminars at Crossbones are one hour presentations followed by a Q&A period. Seminars are just for people, so you can focus on learning from us without the distraction of managing or rewarding your dog.​

Tuesday, January 21st at 6:30PM with John Barbagallo KPA CTP
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Level Up Your Mental Game with Diane Patterson
Sunday, January 26th from 9AM-12:30PM

An agility mindset provides a “whole” picture of attainment and includes personal motivation, mastery, growth, nutrition, preparation, skills application, and studying our sport in a way that lets you be your most effective YOU!

We’ll talk about taking steps to change your brain and your game. Included are new habits for success, what makes a more focused YOU, a discussion of pre-run and post-run plans, and the opportunity to gain clarity on the processes that support goals achievement.

This event is appropriate for all dog sport competitors, not just agility enthusiasts! Click here to learn more about Diane.

Tuition: $75 + tax
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Canine Good Citizen Test: Saturday, February 1st at 9AM

Join us Saturday, February 1st for an AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) testing event! All breeds and mixes are welcome. Pre-registration is required, and this event will be limited to 15 dogs.

Visit the AKC website for more information about the CGC program.

AKC Community Canine (CGCA) and Canine Good Citizen Urban (CGCU) tests are also available! Your dog must first pass the CGC test to take these tests. If you would like to take both the CGCA & CGCU tests, please register twice - once for each test.

Medallions will be awarded to all dogs who pass a test at this event.

$30 per test.
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New Puppy Seminar: Friday, February 7th at 5:30PM

Are you the proud parent of a new puppy under five months old? Or, are you bringing home a young puppy soon? This seminar is for you! Learn from our professional trainers exactly what you need to know to set your puppy up for a lifetime of success. Topics include: potty training, nipping, teething, potty training, crate training, socialization, sleeping through the night, how to keep your puppy safely occupied while you're busy, common errors you're probably making, and busting myths about puppy raising!

Seminars at Crossbones are one hour presentations followed by a Q&A period. Seminars are just for people, so you can focus on learning from us without the distraction of managing or rewarding your dog.​

Friday, February 7th at 5:30PM with Katherine Ostiguy KPA CTP
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Click to Calm & Control Unleashed for Canine Confidence!
A 2-day event with Emma Parsons
Saturday, February 22nd & Sunday, February 23rd - 9AM-4PM

Saturday: Basic Behavior Building
Sunday: Advanced Games

This purpose of this seminar is to teach dogs to focus on their handlers in high distraction environments. These exercises are perfect for the competition dog/handler team. We will begin by reviewing the “Click to Calm” methodology (the presence of the distraction IS the cue to look at the handler) as well as work on necessary Foundation Behaviors such as the Back Up Sit, CTC without eye contact from the handler (multi-tasking), Get Behind, and Reorienting. Novel Stimulus will also be introduced and added to the exercises for complexity.

Control Unleashed exercises will also be added in: Parallel Jumping/Heeling, Car Crash Game and the “Dog In The Face.” All of these are fun games geared towards teaching specific skills such as acclimating dogs to the movement of other dogs and people, navigating small spaces in public areas safely and teaching dogs to better tolerate the situation where dogs “meet” head to head.

Tuition:
Working Spot: $375 + tax
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Auditing Spot: $175 + tax
Click here to register for an AUDITING spot. Auditors may NOT bring dogs to this event.
Single-day registration is not available.

Includes tea & coffee, lunch (pizza), & bottled water.

Pending CEU approval for CCPDT & IAABC. (This event was approved when we hosted it in 2018.)

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