Dog Training

In our small community it’s important to have people standing by our philosophy, training, methods, and tools. Check out these local veterinarians who recommend us! Dr Hernas of Hernas Veterinary Clinic, Dr Long of Northampton Animal Hospital,  Dr Mandy of Northampton Animal Hospital.

signCome visit our new training center at 277 Stage Coach Road Sharon Springs NY 13459
-Indoor and Outdoor Training Space
-24/7 Video Surveillance for Dog Safety and Security
-Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detection With Text Alerts 24/7
-102 Acres For Training
– 1 Acre Aerated Pond With 10 Foot Dock

Considering contacting Kate for services? This page is a great introduction, but don’t miss our FAQ page: Frequently Asked Questions.

Free Continuing Education
Join our closed group on Facebook:
Run By Dogs Continuing Support (A Partner Of Work The Walk)
Continuing support is for training clients who have graduated from our programs. The purpose of this group is to create relationships, build support, ask questions and rely on the philosophy Run By Dogs has created to become the best dog handler and owner possible. This is a judgement free group and is only available to graduates. Ask questions to other dog handlers, ask Kate questions, share success and failure freely. Get help, advice, and support here!

Work the Walk

A Saturday morning structured class focusing on all basic obedience and any questions in between. Located at our training center in the winter months or for rainy days 3832 State Highway 30 Amsterdam NY 12010, or at the Johnstown Bandstand park on Main Street during summer and fall months when weather is good. We will post on our Facebook page each Friday evening where the walk will be held for confirmation.
This class is used for continuing education for our graduates of formal training, not as a starter class.
Saturday 10:15am Class Time .  Contact us to register for class.
Each walk: $10
Punch card for 4 group walks: $30

Each group class is 1 hour

What to bring to class: 20′ leash for recall, shorter leash for walks. No flexi leashes or flip flops. Vaccine records(DHPP, Rabies, Bordetella) to show dog is up to date and in veterinarian care to first class only. Flea preventative must be utilized.

We follow a 90-10 rule. 90% of the time we are giving training dogs positive information, lots of Yes and Good Dog! We teach what we want and what we expect. 10% of the time we give corrections, help them when they are stuck and need our assistance to move forward. If this percentage changes, we have to change our approach!

“I want to thank you so much! We not only have conquered our dog reactivity on the walk… We also learned skills that apply to many more areas like the vet, stores where dogs are allowed! It is great to feel like I can control our situations!!! Thanks so much Kate!!!!” – Michelle, Lasselsville NY  Work the Walk 2015

Skype Phone Consults

30 minutes Skype consult for training questions. Email us a video BEFORE your scheduled time so we can better direct you with answers. Find us on Skype with our handle:  Kate Walrath (Run  By Dogs) . You will call us at the appointment time.
$30.00 per half hour plus tax

Audit Private Class

This is a sit- in class (non – working spot), auditing a 6 week series privately. Learn our philosophy, watch dogs who have excessive behavior struggles learn to problem solve, focus, decrease anxiety, raise confidence and create great state of mind. Learn our remote collar low level, personalized approach to home- based rehabilitation.
6 Week Series Audit: $100.00

Private Basic Obedience

Interested in basic obedience training and not behavioral work? Learn sit/stay, down/stay, heel and recall in 6 weeks!

Run By Dogs approach to dog training focuses on addressing your dog’s state of mind, rather than strictly focusing on creating rehearsed behaviors. In other words, we are much more concerned with creating a happy, healthy, balanced dog than creating a dog that simply knows a few obedience commands. Please read our training FAQ page before signing up for dog training. This class is available to others as an audit option. If you do not wish to have someone audit, please specify when registering for class.

6 Weeks training (First lesson is 2 hours) All following lessons 1 hour
Private in Training Center: $350.00
To add a second dog to private class, please add $175
Add remote collar training to this class for free with purchase of remote collar ($180.00)
What to bring to class: 20′ leash and 6′ leash. Vaccine records(DHPP, Rabies, Bordetella) to show dog is up to date and in veterinarian care to first class only if classes held in center. Flea preventative must be utilized if in center.

Please note : A deposit of 50 percent is required at time of registration.

Dogs with any human aggression, or serious dog aggression, are not eligible  for this class. This is for the safety of everyone involved, and for the results we are looking for.

“Run By Dogs is the best! Our Betty isn’t even 6 months old and Kate has helped us tremendously. Don’t know what we would do without her!” – Katie, Saratoga NY Private Puppy Training 2015

During any training we will cover:

-Run By Dog’s Philosophy on dog training, dog/ human relationships, expectations
-Structured Walking
-Accountability for humans and dogs
-Commands- Sit, Down, Recall
-Thresholds
-Dog state of mind, how to teach dogs to meditate
-Duration work for dogs
-Human training- How to create a better atmosphere for your dog

Private Behavioral Training

This class is geared for dogs who have minor reactivity with people, dogs, distractions, and need to work at a slower pace with less distractions at the foundation level. As the class series goes on, we teach the dog problem solving techniques to deal with stress, behavior support, and also teach the handler how to best advocate for a dog who struggles with triggers.  Great work for fearful, nervous, stressed dogs. Please read our training FAQ page before signing up for dog training. 
6 Weeks training (first 3 weeks sessions are two hours, last 3 weeks sessions are one hour) Contact us to register for class. This class is available to others as an audit option. If you do not wish to have someone audit, please specify when registering for class.
Private In Center Behavioral: $550.00 plus tax
To add a second dog to private class, please add $275
Add remote collar training to this class for free with purchase of remote collar ($180.00)
What to bring to class: 20′ leash and 6′ leash. Vaccine records(DHPP, Rabies, Bordetella) to show dog is up to date and in veterinarian care to first class. Flea preventative must be utilized.

Run By Dogs uses a professional approach in E-Collar/Remote Collar training, and if your goal is to have  freedom and dependability off-leash, inside and outside, our  approach will give you fantastic results.  Mini Educator Remote Collar (Ecollar) $180.00 tax included.  Boss Remote Collar (Ecollar) $255.00 tax included

If a muzzle is required, we will only use a basket style muzzle that the dog can pant, drink, eat with on. Please refer to our videos on our website for how to properly muzzle condition. The dog must be comfortable with the muzzle on his face and walking while wearing it. Baskerville is a great quality style basket muzzle. We will not use a mesh or fabric muzzle.

Please note : A deposit of 50 percent is required at registration.

Dogs with any human aggression, or serious dog aggression, are not eligible for the private sessions. This is for the safety of everyone involved, and for the results we are looking for.

Basic Obedience Group Class

Join us for basic obedience in a group setting. Class is 6 weeks long and 1 hour with a graduation test at the last class. We will focus on heel/ walking indoors and outdoors, sit/ stay, down/ stay and recall. Contact us to register for class. Please read our training FAQ page before signing up for dog training.
Basic Obedience Group: $150.00 plus tax $50.00 Non refundable deposit to hold your spot
New group classes start on September 25 at 6pm-7pm. Registration is open now. 

What to bring to class: 20′ leash and 6′ leash. Vaccine records(DHPP, Rabies, Bordetella) to show dog is up to date and in veterinarian care to first class only. Flea preventative must be utilized.

Please note : A deposit of 50 percent is required at registration.

Dogs with any human aggression, or serious dog aggression, are not eligible for any group classes. This is for the safety of everyone involved, and for the results we are looking for.

Intermediate Obedience with option of Canine Good Citizen test Group Class

Is your dog ready to earn their Canine Good Citizen certificate? Kate is an AKC approved evaluator for puppies and CGC. This is the first step after basic obedience for continuing your dogs education. This class is appropriate for dogs ready to graduate out of training equipment, lures, have no dog/ human struggles. Group class has two instructors! There is no age requirement for CGC class.  CGC given at last class. Already have a Canine Good Citizen? Ask us about Canine Good Urban Dogs and Canine Good Community Dogs! Contact us to register for class. Please read our training FAQ page before signing up for dog training.
No classes scheduled at this time. 

6 Weeks Canine Good Citizen Group: $150.00 plus tax $50.00 Non refundable deposit to hold your spot
What to bring to class: 20′ leash and 6′ leash. Vaccine records(DHPP, Rabies, Bordetella) to show dog is up to date and in veterinarian care to first class only. Flea preventative must be utilized. 

STAR Puppy Group Class

AKC STAR Puppy is the puppy level of the CGC program. STAR stands for Socialization, Training, Activity, and Responsible Owner, all of the things a puppy needs. STAR is not a one- time test like CGC testing can be. Dogs up to one year old may take the AKC puppy test, but our cut off for age on dogs in puppy class is 5 months. Dogs who have completed all necessary vaccines are welcome to take the test. Contact us to register for class. Please read our training FAQ page before signing up for dog training.

6 Week STAR Puppy Group: $150.00 plus tax $50.00 Non refundable deposit to hold your spot
New classes starting in December  at 6pm-7pm. Will post when registration is open. 

What to bring to class: 20′ leash and 6′ leash. Vaccine records(DHPP, Rabies, Bordetella) to show dog is up to date and in veterinarian care to first class only.  Flea preventative must be utilized.

Confidence Class

Create a tighter bond and trust between handler and dog with Confidence Class. We start the class with teaching dogs to target, so dogs learn to focus their brain with their paws. Then each week we use the target skill to climb a ladder. We encourage the ladder climbing exercise to be a cognitive, slow process and not a reactive speed drill. Also used in classes are wobble boards, balance donuts, and treadmills.
This class is only available to dogs who have a solid basic obedience skill level. What to bring to class: 20′ leash and 6′ leash. Vaccine records(DHPP, Rabies, Bordetella) to show dog is up to date and in veterinarian care to first class only.  Flea preventative must be utilized.

6 Week Confidence Class: $150.00 plus tax $50.00 Non refundable deposit to hold your spot.
Class will be open for registration in December

Trick Training

Introduction to trick training in a group class! Our trainer Amy will help teach fun engagement with fun skills like Wave, Say Your Prayers, Bang, Peakaboo, High Five, Chorus Line Kicks, Handstands, and Spin. Dogs should have good basic obedience skills, no reactivity towards other dogs or humans. Bring treats to class.
What to bring to class: 20′ leash and 6′ leash. Vaccine records(DHPP, Rabies, Bordetella) to show dog is up to date and in veterinarian care to first class only.  Flea preventative must be utilized.

6 Week Trick Training Class: $150.00 plus tax Non refundable deposit to hold your spot
New classes starting November 19  at 6Pm. Registration is open now.

Agility

Intro To Agility Group Class
Our trainer Amy introduces dogs and handlers to both the equipment and the vocabulary. This series will focus on creating a fun, safe, positive learning experience- while allowing dogs to move at their own pace. All dogs will be worked on leash in this class. This class has a pre-requisite minimum of basic obedience as well as confidence class. If you have graduated from other programs in the past, please schedule for a free evaluation. This class is NOT held at our Amsterdam Training Center- it is at a private center in Sharon Springs. Upon registration, we will provide you with the physical address.
What to bring to class: 20′ leash and 6′ leash. Vaccine records(DHPP, Rabies, Bordetella) to show dog is up to date and in veterinarian care to first class only.  Flea preventative must be utilized.

6 week Intro to Agility Class: $150.00 plus tax Non refundable deposit to hold your spot.
NO classes open now. Will post when class is open for registration. 

Beginners Agility Group Class
In this series, Amy will create a team between handler and dog. Dogs now train for off leash communication. We start sequencing so the team can go from obstacle to obstacle. Again, this series is about creating a fun, safe, positive learning experience. We encourage dogs who have behavior struggles to be corrected for reactivity, ongoing barking ,etc., while still learning how to engage with agility. This class has a pre- requisite minimum of basic obedience as well as confidence class. If you have graduated from other programs in the past, please schedule for a free evaluation. This class is NOT held at our Amsterdam Training Center- it is at a private center in Sharon Springs. Upon registration, we will provide you with the physical address.

6 Week Beginners Agility Group Class:$150.00 plus tax Non refundable deposit to hold your spot.
Class is on-going now. 

Treadmill Training Private Class

Teach your dog to run/ walk on a treadmill. We love advocating fitness for our dogs- and most dogs love the treadmill! But there defiantly some training involved so your dog feels confident. Class is 1 hour. Most dogs will be confident after one class to use a treadmill. Contact us to register for class.
Treadmill Training: $60.00 plus tax
What to bring to class: 6′ leash. Vaccine records(DHPP, Rabies, Bordetella) to show dog is up to date and in veterinarian care to first class only.  Flea preventative must be utilized.

Please note: A deposit of $50 dollars is required at least 10 days prior to the start of class.

Sled Dog Mushing Training

Good for dogs who love to pull and weigh over 30 pounds. Available to any breed. This class is open  to dogs who show absolutely no behavior concerns, no leash reactivity, and are physically able to run for prolonged times. The musher/ handler must be physically fit enough to run/ jog at least one mile prior to signing up for this training. This class is only available during fall and winter season with temperatures under 50 degrees and humidity under 50% for dogs health and safety.
What to bring to class:
-proper fitting mushing harness. NOT a harness made for walking dogs. We will not train with out a proper harness that fits your dog.
-Canicross/ Skijor belt for running or skiing
-Towline
-Climbers quality carabiner
-booties for dog
-Water for dog
-6 foot leash with flat collar
-Skis or proper running footwear
You can find all the equipment necessary at http://www.mtnridge.com/
Please understand we can teach your dog to mush, but it is up to the dog if they are confident, and have the desire to do this job. We will never make a dog to mush if they have no desire.If your dog lacks the basic obedience skills to start mushing training, sign up for our basic obedience group classes to get started. Basic obedience is required for any dog entering any service work, not just mushing.
$100.00 an hour
Class not available until late fall when the temperature is below 50 Degrees

At this time we do not rent equipment. We also cannot lend out equipment. We understand this is a financial commitment to become prepared with equipment, but we are a small team and have to use all of our equipment for our own dogs. Also, dog harnesses are personally fitted to each dog (see above at mtnridge.com for how to measure for a harness).

Please note: A deposit of $50 dollars is required at least 10 days prior to the start of class.

Day Pass

Or, day boarding. Drop your dog off while you grocery shop, for an hour running time on the treadmill, individual activity like ball or a walk. Available on Wednesdays and Thursdays, your dog can stay here any amount of time from 10am – 6pm. Contact us to register for the pass.
$20.00 plus tax
What to bring for day pass: 6′ leash. Vaccine records(DHPP, Rabies, Bordetella) to show dog is up to date and in veterinarian care to first day pass only.  Flea preventative must be utilized. Available only to dogs who have done training with us prior to day pass. 

Boarding

Board your dog in our new training center. We offer two types of boarding for your dog. Let your dog rest and relax with regular boarding or have an exercised, walked and worked dog while boarding. Boarding is only offered for dogs who have previously engaged with training with us, or are currently training with us.
Regular Boarding: $30 a night plus tax
Board and Work: $40 a night plus tax
What to bring for boarding:  Vaccine records (DHPP, Rabies, Bordetella) to show dog is up to date and in veterinarian care, negative fecal float within 6 months of boarding date .  Flea preventative must be utilized. Bring a soft blanket, toys, treats, medicine etc. Bring enough food to complete the dogs stay. Dogs picked up after 11am will be charged a full day for boarding. Available only to dogs who have done training with us prior to boarding. 

Please note : A deposit of 50 percent is required at reservation booking.

“When my dog Zeke started with Run by Dogs he had been labeled by other trainers to be the worst dog in the world… a train wreck. I was dealing with an anxious dog who had no coping skills and not moving forward in his training. I decided to do a board and train with Run by Dogs. When I first saw Zeke after 2 weeks of training the changes in him were unrecognizable. He could focus! After the full board and train I got back a dog that knew his commands and was at ease doing them. I could also bring him to the store and actually take him to public events, which I would have never attempted in the past! I even get compliments on how well behaved my dog is! The key to Kate’s training for me was she involved me in the training process so Zeke didn’t just learn what to do I also learned how to work with my dog! The whole process has made it possible for me to have a wonderful relationship with my dog! Thank you RUN BY DOGS!” – Michelle, Lasselsville NY Board and Train 2014

Board and Train

Specially designed for people who don’t have the resources, confidence, time, focus, desire or personal education to train their dogs themselves. Dogs live with me in my home and training center and receive between 4 and 6 hours of training a day. For safety reasons, all dogs receive crate training with board and training as they will be crated at night for sleeping or during “off” hours. Education and training is given to your dog for the first two weeks and then one- on – one training is re- established with the owner/ family for the following weeks. This way the owner is involved with the training process, see their dog grow and succeed, and will know exactly what to expect when the dog arrives back home.  Please read the FAQs page for more details of what the board and train consists of. Attending a board and train interview with all family members and with trainer is required before scheduling training. Muzzle conditioning is a pre- requisite for any dog with any aggressive behaviors. We will only accept a basket style muzzle that the dog can eat, drink and pant with. Dog must accept muzzle on his face and be able to walk with it on. Baskerville makes a good quality muzzle. Refer to our videos on our website to learn how to muzzle condition.

10 Day Board and Train for puppies under 5 months looking for foundation and state of mind training. Once the dog is older than 6 months, owners bring the dog back in for another two week board and train to complete their training. $1200.00  plus tax total for 3 week board and train package

3 Week Board and Train for dogs who are older than 6 months and also have no behavioral issues ( fear, aggression, anxiety, etc.) $1500.00 plus tax

3-5 Week Board and Train for dogs who have behavioral issues (dog/dog aggression, human aggression, food/resource guarding, separation anxiety, fear, leash reactivity) $2000.00 plus tax 
Most dogs need at least a 3 week program with us. Any week after 3 weeks is another $400.
Dogs with separation anxiety/ minor fear- usually 3-4 week training: $2000.00
Dogs with minor aggression behaviors- usually 4-5 weeks training: $2400.00
Dogs with bite records, quarantined dogs, active biting behaviors- 5 weeks: $2800.00
Cost does not include an electronic collar. We will provide your dog with one the first day training with us and the collar will be added to an invoice.
What to bring for board and train:  Vaccine records (DHPP, Rabies, Bordetella) to show dog is up to date and in veterinarian care, negative fecal float within 6 months of training date .  Flea preventative must be utilized.  Bring enough food/medicine to complete the dogs stay. 

I felt like the hands on instruction you gave was more than adequate. I think the struggle for owners with dogs exiting the board and train program is keeping up with the level of commitment it takes to help your dog maintain skills learned. Our  media, culture, and society lead us to have a very romanticized idea the ideal pet, and what it takes to get there.  – Angela, a recent board and train owner speaking about the board and train exit plan success 2016

For biting, nipping, guarding, severe anxiety, nervous, aggressive behaviors we will require the use of a communication based electronic collar. The brands we use and trust are Ecollar Technologies and Dogtra. Prices for ecollars are from $180-$255 depending on style and brand. For dogs that show any tendency with human aggression, it is a prerequisite they have muzzle conditioning before the board and train, and show up to board and train wearing a muzzle. If no muzzle conditioning is done before training, we will add an additional week to your board and train to complete the conditioning. Mini Educator Remote Collar (Ecollar) $180.00 tax included.  Boss Remote Collar (Ecollar) $255.00 tax included 

mikkiI love education and tools. Training tools used are unique to each dog and handler. I want my clients confident with their education and tools. I use treats, slip leashes, toys, flat buckle collars, prong collars, e-collars, vocal commands, hand commands, and social pressure communication.

“I recently completed a 6 week in home training program with Kate. My pup Burleigh who is now 2 had treat aggression that eventually turned to people aggression. He had no formal training and did not follow any commands. He started biting all members of the family. When he bit me in the face for gently picking him up to look out the window, I knew it was time to do something to correct this. I called my vet who highly recommended Kate. Kate came to my house once a week for 6 week. Each week I was amazed at how she taught me and Burleigh how to better handle situations. During the week, I would practice what we learned and the following week, we moved on to something totally new. Kate is amazing and turned my dog around 100%. I can now pick him up without warning, make him sit and stay, take treats from me gently with no aggression. This training has made such a difference in my household. Thank you again Kate! I have been telling everyone I know with pets about you. You have amazing communication skills with both humans and animals!!!!” – Suzette, Rotterdam NY Private Dog Training 2016

 

“We cannot thank you enough for everything you’ve done for Betty and us. I’m so glad we got to work with you! You’ve taught us how to be better puppy parents and made it fun at the same time! We are so grateful. You are wonderful at what you do!” – Katie, Gansevoort NY Joey and Betty, Private Training 2015

Considering contacting Kate for services? Read our FAQ page: Frequently Asked Questions.