Q: What class should I enroll my dog in?

A: If your dog is under 16 weeks of age, we recommend you enroll in Kindergarten Puppy Training.  If your dog is over 16 weeks of age and has never taken a training class with us, then we recommend you enroll in Beginner Obedience Training.


Q: My dog has never taken a class with you, but knows a lot.  Can we go right to Advanced Obedience Training?

A: All dogs taking Advanced Obedience Training need to demonstrate that they can perform basic obedience around people and dogs.  Graduates of our Beginner Obedience class have demonstrated that they know those skills.  If you have good control of your dog around people and other dogs, then you can sign up for a private lesson so we can determine if Advanced Obedience Training is a good fit for you.  Private lessons are $100; please email us for more information at info@therightpaw.com.


Q: Do you require vaccinations?

A: Yes, all dogs under 16 weeks must have the first two distemper vaccinations.  Dogs six months and older must have the completed distemper series as well as a rabies vaccination. Please visit the Vaccination FAQ page for more detail.


Q: I’m having trouble registering for group class on the website, what do I do?

A: We can register you over the phone, give us a call at 978 464 0429.  A common problem people encounter is uploading vaccination records or pictures.  If this is the problem, select “none” in the vaccinations section, and then email us a copy of the vaccination record to info@therightpaw.com.


Q: What is the average age of dogs in group class?

A:  Puppy class students generally start class around 10 weeks, though they may start as late as 15 weeks.  Beginner Obedience Training students range from 5 months to several years old.  We have a wide variety of ages in our advanced classes.


Q: I’d like to make my dog a therapy dog, where should I start?

A:  A therapy dog is a dog that goes and provides comfort to strangers.  These dogs often go into schools, hospitals, and nursing homes.  If possible, start with Kindergarten!  


If your pup is too old for that class, start with Beginner Obedience Training.  You’ll then progress to Advanced Obedience Training, then Canine Good Citizen, and then finally Therapy Dog.  These are all 6 week courses that most of our therapy dog clients complete.

If you are looking for a service dog to help mitigate a physical disability, then please contact Canines for Kids, they can connect you with a trainer or organization.  They help people of all ages. https://caninesforkids.org/