We Love training dogs!

Local Training at the Heaven on Arf Training Center

Dog Trainers at Heaven on Arf Training FacilityWe want to see you and your dog having fun and improving your relationship with training. Because training really does make all the difference. It can take your dog from being a nuisance to a model citizen. And if your dog is already perfect (and of course your dog is, right?) then he or she will go from perfect to extraordinary!

Instructors at Heaven On Arf, LLC all share the same philosophy for continuity in your dog's training. This means as you go from class to class or instructor to instructor, we are all doing things the same way. This is important to us, as we know that consistency in training techniques makes for better communication between you and us and this same continuity makes it very agreeable to your dog's learning.

Registering For Classes

  • Classes fill very quickly and we can only reserve a spot for those who have sent in their registration fee.
  • We limit the size of the class so that appropriate attention and assistance can be given to each student.  
  • We accept Paypal, Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express (call us to provide this information). Or, you can pay by check (mail it with your registration form).
  • Mail your Registration Form to: Kathy Fox, ATTN: Heaven on Arf Training, 2260 Weigl Rd, Saginaw MI 48609. Include your check or call us with your credit card information.
  • If you have questions, call the office at (989)631-8217 or email us at .  You will likely get a quicker response if you email us!
  • See directions to the Training Center.

Download our Registration Form

If your dog has been reactive or displayed aggression toward other dogs or humans, please email us a note explaining the circumstances. If we can not determine if it is normal "puppy or doggy behaviour," we can schedule a private session for evaluation and for assistance with that behaviour. If you would like to audit a class, please email .

Classes Offered:

  • FUNdamentals
  • Beyond the Basics
  • Pet Agility
  • Puppy Primer
  • Mini Sessions
  • Musical Freestyle

FUNdamentals Class - Mondays @ 6pm

2018 Course Dates:

Session 2: May 7, 14, 21 and June 4, 11, 18, 25

Session 3: July 16, 23, 30 and August 6, 13, 20, 27

Session 4: September 10, 17, 24 and October 1, 8, 15, 22

Session 5: November 5, 12, 19, 26 and December 3, 10, 17

Instructors: Diane Gaw, Kathy Fox, Cindy Bragiel

Your dog is never too old or too young to learn! FUNdamentals classes are available for puppies and dogs that have never attended training classes. Emphasized in this class are the three Fundamentals:

  • Attentiveness
  • Self-control
  • Body Handling

With our gentle, modern methods, we teach lessons that will give your dog a foundation for a lifetime of happy interaction with your family and others. We will help you teach your dog to focus and become attentive to you. Helping your dog to be calm is key to him being able to learn and interact nicely.

Foundation Obedience (Sit, Down, Recall, Leave it, Walking Nice and being calm and able to be handled safely) is emphasized. A session is one night a week for 7 weeks.

NOTE: The first class is without dogs.

Please email to reserve your spot. Then complete and mail your registration form (see above to download registration form).

Class fee: $150.00. Classes are once a week for 7 weeks. Classes fill quickly - registrations are accepted on a first come basis. Our classes are limited in size so appropriate attention is given to each dog.

 

Beyond the Basics - Mondays @ 7:15p   

2018 Course Dates:

Session 2: May 14, 21 and June 4, 11, 18, 25

Session 3: July 23, 30 and August 6, 13, 20, 27

Session 4: September 17, 24 and October 1, 8, 15, 22

Session 5: November 12, 19, 26 and December 3, 10, 17

Instructors: Kathy Fox and Diane Gaw

Beyond the Basics is continuing education for you and your companion. We advance the work began in the FUNdamentals class. We will do a little bit of everything - such as a little obedience and a little agility, as well as other fun activities. These lessons will improve your dog's behaviour for daily life. Build your relationship and your team-work with your dog!

Prerequisite: FUNdamentals Class (please email us first if you have not attended our Fundamentals class)

Please email to reserve your spot. Then complete and mail your registration form (see above to download registration form).

Class fee: $100.00. Classes are once a week for 6 weeks. Classes fill quickly - registrations are accepted on a first come basis. Our classes are limited in size so appropriate attention is given to each dog.

 

Pet Agility - Fridays @ 6:30pm

2018 Course Dates:  

February courses are full.  Next classes begin in May 2018.  Please check back for class details.

Instructors: Marguerite & David Schrader

For those who have never competed in agility but want to learn what it is all about. This class is for the student who wants the relationship between them and their dog to be fun while increasing their dogs' self-confidence. Learn the basics skills of agility and off-leash skills with your dog, while your dog learns to navigate many kinds of obstacles.

Prerequisite: FUNdamentals and Beyond the Basic Classes

Please email to reserve your spot. Then complete and mail your registration form (see above to download registration form).

Class fee: $85.00. Drop-in fees are $15/night. Classes are once a week for 6 weeks on Friday evenings. Classes start at 6:30 pm and officially run until 7:30 pm but often run over.  

You are welcome on a drop-in basis to classes you can make, but please let the instructor know in advance so they can plan the exercises appropriately.

Classes fill quickly - registrations are accepted on a first come basis. Our classes are limited in size so appropriate attention is given to each dog.

The Puppy Primer Class

Note: This class is held on an 'as needed' basis.

Instructors: Kathy Fox, Diane Gaw

This is for puppies 4 months or younger as of the first class date.

This is the perfect age to provide your puppy playtime opportunity to interact with other puppies so they can learn APPROPRIATE body language and interact correctly with other dogs. This two session course will provide an overview of the foundation skills needed to be a well mannered canine family member.

This class is a great refresher for the seasoned dog owner, as well as a "must-have" class for the new puppy owner.

Please email to inquire about dates and reserve your spot.

Class Fee: $45.00 (2-session class)

 

Mini Sessions are NEW this year!

Whether you need a refresher course or wish to learn a new and better behavior with your canine companion, we have a class for you.

Impulse Control

The foundation to teaching a dog to exhibit self-control. Learn ways to communicate to your dog, "This is not available to you right now". Exercises are taught to reinforce the Leave It command in a non-punitive manner....in a language your dog understands!

Recall

Does your dog ignore you when you call his name? Or worse, run in the opposite direction? Learn exercises that will reinforce name recognition and coming when called.

Loose Leash Walking

Does constant pulling take all the fun out of your walks? Learn techniques to make that daily walk safer and more enjoyable. This two session class will also review the pros and cons of various collars and head halters.

Please email to reserve your spot. Then complete and mail your registration form (see above to download registration form).

Class fee: TBA. Classes fill quickly - registrations are accepted on a first come basis. Our classes are limited in size so appropriate attention is given to each dog.

Canine Musical Freestyle - Thursdays

2018 Course Dates:

Session 1: March 20, 29, April 12, 19, 26, May 3

Session 2: May 10 17, 24, 31, June 7, 14

Session 3: July 12, 26, Aug 2, 16, 23, 30

Session 4: Sept 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct 4, 11

Session 5: Nov 1, 8, 15, 29, Dec 6, 13

Instructor: Gloria Voss 

To register, please email Gloria at  to reserve your place in the class. You may pay the first night of class.

Beginner/Novice Freestyle - Thursdays @ 7:45-8:45pm

Cost = $90 for a six-week session. This Class is ALL ABOUT HAVING FUN WITH YOUR DOG.

This is for Puppies & New Beginners to the sport of Freestyle. It will be a mix of learning “Platform Training”, Teaching Tricks and Moving to Music with your dog. You will learn how to teach some basic Freestyle Moves.

It’s a great way to Bond & Have Fun with your Dog. It’s also a good place to start if you just want to find out a little more about the sport of Freestyle and see if this is something that you and your dog would enjoy. Freestyle is also a wonderful way to entertain with your Therapy Dog. Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30pm.


Intermediate/Advanced Freestyle - Thursdays @ 6:30-7:30pm

Cost: $90 for a six-week session. This class is for those that want to go further with the sport, and the dog and handler know some basic moves and how to teach them. If you have already competed, have done demos for a while or taken a Beginner Freestyle Class, you can enroll in this class.

The class will focus on Platform Training to teach “Sides As A Position”, Novice-Advanced Moves, How to start Choreography, Transitions & Combinations, Using Props, etc.

You do not have to have a desire to compete in Freestyle for you and your dog to have FUN WITH THIS SPORT!!! Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm.


About Gloria Voss

Gloria Voss, Dog Musical Freestyle InstructorGloria Voss is our instructor for Canine Musical Freestyle and she has been involved in the sport of Freestyle since 2000. Gloria is a Champion Level Competitor, Freestyle Instructor and Dog Trainer and a Judge for WCFO since 2006 (World Canine Freestyle Org.) She was named WCFO 2012 Trainer of the year and WCFO 2015 Judge of the year.

One of her rescued Border Collies, that had fear aggression with other dogs, when Gloria adopted her at 8 months, went on to become North American Nat. Champion in 2005 ... after working closely with Brenda on re-socializing and building her trust. She took it slow and waited 2 years to put her in the ring and Starr then went on and to earn both Championships, National Champ and 3 high show Awards, Countless Special Awards and Placement Medals ... all within 2 years of her first Beg. Title. Currently, Gloria has 2 other rescued BCs that she Dances with and a new Mini Aussie puppy that is just starting out in basic obedience and freestyle.

All instructors at Heaven On Arf, LLC have had extensive training time learning from Brenda. They are all experienced trainers, and many of us have had difficult dogs ourselves, so if your dog is a bit of a "special child" we know what you are going through, and our help will reflect that.

For someone to instruct here, they must have at least five years of training with Brenda, in addition to their prior experience. This is because dog training, while fun, is taken very seriously here. Only experience makes excellent dog trainers, it is not something you can learn haphazardly, nor just from a book. We want you and your dog to have fun and get exemplary and skillful guidance. Join us!