Classes 2018-02-13T18:12:27+00:00


Classes cost $175.00 and include a membership to Vermont Dog Club. Here pups can train their humans, learn some new tricks, and have fun with their friends!


A six week class designed for puppies under sixteen weeks, this is the most important class you’ll ever take with your dog! We will help you get started off on the right paw with crate training, house training, how to handle mouthing and chewing, and introducing beginning basic commands. Most importantly, there are lots of socialization opportunities and plenty of time for Q&A!

 Tuesdays  Thursdays  Saturdays
  • Mar. 13th – April 17th, 7:30 – 8:15,with Katy Hayden
  • Mar. 8th – April 12th, 5:30 – 6:15, with Lucy Weaver
  • Feb. 24th – Mar. 31st, 2:00 – 2:45, with Whitney Doremus


Come! Learn how to be your dog’s trainer! This class is designed for all dogs over four months with little or no training. Basic commands such as Attention, Stays, and Recall are taught. There is also a lot of focus on managing challenging behaviors such as jumping up, excessive barking, and leash walking, and of course, plenty of time for Q&A.

Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Saturdays
  • Mar. 13th – April 17th, 6:30 – 7:15, with Katy Hayden
  • Feb. 21st – Mar. 28th, 12:00 – 12:45, with Whitney Doremus
  • Feb. 21st – Mar. 28th, 6:00 – 6:45. with Whitney Doremus
  • Mar. 8th – Apr. 12th, 6:30 – 7:15, with Lucy Weaver
  • Super SMALL Dog
    Feb. 24th – Mar. 31st, 11:00 – 11:45, with Whitney Doremus
  • Feb. 24th – Mar. 31st, 12:00 – 12:45, with Whitney Doremus


 Designed to challenge dogs and keep them learning.


You and your dog will have a blast teaching tricks with Laurie! $125.00 for four weeks, includes your dog’s membership to VDC.


Has your dog learned the basics? Need to practice more with distractions? In the Super Duper Dog class we work on all the exercises you have learned, but make it harder. We also introduce new things such as “go-to-your-bed”, off leash heeling, and down on recall. You can repeat this class as much as you would like as it is different and offers a new challenge every time.


Using the amazing equipment (nose) and hunting instinct that every dog has, we train your dog to do a focused search for food or essential oils. Nosework has become an international competitive dog sport, where dogs do timed searches of four different elements: containers (boxes, luggage, etc), interiors (within buildings), exteriors (the great outdoors), and vehicles (exterior only). Any dog with a nose and at least 2 legs can play (incl. blind, deaf, and senior dogs), and it requires minimum physical exertion from handlers. One dog searches at a time, so even dogs who are mild to moderately reactive can play.  This sport builds confidence in shy or fearful dogs, provides mental and physical stimulation for busy dogs, and builds your relationship as you and your dog learn to communicate with each other during the search.  Dogs need to be able to wait in your car, or quietly in a crate with other dogs nearby, between searches.

For a nosework demo see:
To see the benefits of nosework for a timid dog:


Limited to 5 dogs, age 4 months and older.   $175 for 6 weeks.
This intro course will teach the basic concepts of scent work, including how canine noses work, how odor moves, and how to read your dog. Students will have an opportunity to provide their dogs with experience figuring out scent puzzles and will focus mainly on the first two elements: containers and interiors. Due to the structure of the class–one dog searching at a time–dogs who are not working need to be comfortable in a crate in an adjoining room, or waiting alone in their vehicle between their turns to search.  In this way, we can accommodate mild to moderately reactive dogs. Contact Holly directly if your dog has reactivity issues or for questions about the class, 802-540-0219. Call Vermont Dog Club to register.
 Mondays  Wednesdays  Saturdays
  • Tricks Rock! Jan. 29th – 19th, 6:00 – 6:45, with Laurie Lawless
  • Nosework – Feb. 26th – Mar. 2, 6:30 – 7:30, with Holly Godfrey
  • Super Duper Dog! Feb. 21st – March 28th, 1:00 – 1:45, with Whitney Doremus
  • Super Duper Dog! Apr. 4th – May 16th, 2:00 – 2:45, with Whitney Doremus,  (skip Apr. 18th)
  • Super Duper Dog! Feb. 24th – Mar. 31st, 3:00 – 3:45, with Whitney Doremus


A four week class just for kids and their dogs! Shannon Lowe, kid expert, and Whitney Doremus, dog expert, make this a fun and educational class for both species. $100 for four weeks, includes your dog’s membership to VDC.

  • Apr. 25th – May 16th, 6:00 – 6:30, with Shannon Lowe and Whitney Doremus



With Laurie Lawless – a six week class for dogs who have leash reactivity and have difficulty learning in a regular class setting. This class requires trainer approval and an orientation commitment of 90 minutes.


To Register: Call 802-355-2285 or email


Playgroups are $10.00 for non-members and free for members


5:00 pm – Small Dog Playgroup


2:00 pm – All Dog Playgroup
5:00 pm – Puppy Playgroup


5:00 pm – Rough and Tumble (big dogs who like to go, go, go)


10:00 am – Small Dog Playgroup

10:00 am – Rough and Tumble (big dogs who like to go, go, go)

1:00 pm – Puppy Playgroup


Daily drop-in rate – $15.00!*
Non-members can join a playgroup for just $10.00!*
SPAW (tub and grooming room) open to the public, $15.00 for all size dogs!

*vaccination record required, excludes use of the tub and grooming room