Hectic Hounds

Navigating city streets with an over-excited barky, lunge-y pup can be overwhelming and, at times, embarrassing! It often feels like your dog is the ONLY dog behaving this way.

Hectic Hounds is a group class geared towards social but overaroused pups who need help focusing and remaining calm around other dogs or people. We’ll give you the skills necessary to navigate these situations and, by changing your pups feelings towards their triggers, helping them make better choices. 

Who is Hectic Hounds for?
Hectic Hounds is the ideal class for:
– Adolescent Dogs
– Dogs who are social but get overly excited when they see people or dogs.
– Dogs who can’t focus around distractions.
– Dogs who bark, lunge, pull or become overexcited on leash.

Hectic Hounds is NOT for:
– Dogs with a bite history.
– Dogs with significant anxiety.
– Dogs who respond to humans/dogs by growling, snapping or biting.

Cost (Existing Clients): $240 for six classes
Cost (New Clients): $365 for six classes and one private session (new clients)
Duration: 50 minutes.
Requirements:
– Dog is over 20 weeks old.
– Handler is over the age of 18.
– One handler per dog.
– Dog has received Rabies and DHPP vaccines.
 New Clients: Your pup must have completed their included Private Session before attending class.

*Note: View Availability button should NOT be used for scheduling your classes, unless you have already purchased a package.

Take a look at our frequently asked questions for more information about Level 1 class.

Do I attend class with my dog?

Yes! Classes are in person, so you should plan for someone to attend with your pup.

Can multiple handlers attend class?

Unfortunately, at this time, we are still only allowing one handler per pup. Handlers can switch off between each class session, however.

I am a new client. Why do I have to do a private session?

Because of the nature of the class, we want to make sure you and your pup have a solid foundation for how the class will run, the environment and what we will be working on in the classroom. As such, for new clients who have not attended classes or done privates with us previously, covering this all in a private prior to attending class will help set you and your pup up for success. 

I'd like for my child to attend as the dog's handler. Is that okay?

As much as we love the idea of the whole family being involved with your pup’s training, all handlers in class MUST be over the age of 18.

What happens if I miss one or more classes?

If you are signed up for a class and fail to show up, or attempt to withdraw less than 12 hours before the start, you will lose the class credit.

Can I attend multiple classes?

Sure, as long as the classes aren’t on back to back days, and you don’t exceed three sessions per week!

What vaccines does my dog need for class?

We require proof of up to date Rabies and DHPP. That can be submitted at the time of enrollment, via email or brought to class in person.

I took class elsewhere. Can I sign up for Level 2?

Because our classes have a set graduation criteria, all pups must attend at least one session of Level 1 in order to move into upper levels. If your pup is able to complete the six skills and receive their stamp, you are welcome to use the remainder of your package on the next level!

Is there a graduation criteria for this class?

Unlike our levels class, there is not a set graduation criteria. Essentially, when your dog is able to succeed in focusing on the handler around distractions, you’re ready to move up to Levels.

My dog has bitten another dog and/or person. Is this class right for them?

Unfortunately, pups who have a bite history are not a good fit for this class. Please contact the office for more detailed information on your options.

Help! I already purchased a package but can't seem to find the link to enroll in class.

No problem! The class enrollment link is sent out via email when you purchase your package. Alternatively, if you click the button above that says ‘View Class Availability’ and then use the red button on the following page, you should be able to enter your EMAIL ADDRESS to apply your credits and get scheduling!

My dog is highly reactive or fearful. Will they be alright to attend class?

The dogs in this class will be social but overaroused when in the presence of other dogs or people. As such, if you have a reactive or fearful dog, it is not likely to be a good fit. However, feel free to check in with the office or schedule a phone consult to discuss further!

My dog is in heat. Can she still attend class?

Unfortunately, a pup in active heat is not allowed to attend class, so you will need to reschedule accordingly!

What method do you use for training?

We are a LIMA-based facility, meaning we use the least intrusive, minimally aversive methods to train and modify behavior. We focus on using positive reinforcement to teach the dog what TO do. We do not use e-collars, prongs, or choke collars.

My dog is sick with ____. Can they still join classes?

Poor pup! Unfortunately, they cannot attend class until they are cleared. Before your pup can return to classes, you will need to supply a note from your vet stating that your dog is “healthy, non-contagious and appropriate for a group setting.” The note should be emailed to the office before you resume classes.

The Pet Republic | 2400 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140 | 617-520-4922 | office@powertothepet.com