Gemini Dogs University

Individualized day training with our CPDT-KA and KPA-CTP certified trainers to build confidence, sociability, impulse control, and focus.

Day Training

We at Gemini Dogs have always believed that you are the best trainer for your dog, but sometimes you need professional help to get results. That is why we have created the Gemini Dogs University Day Training Program.

The Gemini Dogs day training program is a great alternative to a traditional board-and-train because you still get to enjoy your dog at home on nights and weekends. It's truly the best of both worlds!

Drop them off with us for the day and we will teach your dogs new skills (as well as practice and perfect old ones) and return a mentally and physically tired (and smarter!) pup to you at the end of the day.

Gemini Dogs University takes place in our Gemini Dogs University classroom and dogs are trained on and around the Gemini Dogs facility. Gemini Dogs University is not like our Doggie Daycare program. Dogs in our University program are trained in short sessions throughout the day and are not typically included in our regular daycare groups (although we do sometimes send them to playgroup for social time). Dogs in our University program do get to play with other dogs, but typically in smaller groups with our trainers. University students are also provided with varied enrichment activities throughout the day.  

At "school", your dog will work with our CPDT-KA and KPA-CTP certified trainers to build confidence, sociability, impulse control, and focus. Your dog will have a specially-tailored, individualized learning plan. Each day will have time spent in each of the four main focus areas: Manners, Brain Building, Fitness, and Social Skills. 

The school day runs from 9am-5pm Monday through Friday. Half days are available from 11am-3pm or 1-5pm.

Full day drop off is between 8:00-8:45am and pick up is between 5:00-5:30pm Late pick up or early drop off may be requested, but require approval.

*Please leave your dog in the car and sign in at front desk when you drop off your dog for University.*

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Ready to Sign Up?

Fill out our registration form and book an intake evaluation below. Enrollment is limited.

Once your dog has attended a University Evaluation, you will be given the password to the client portal where you can book a Freshman Orientation, University days, and Parent-Teacher Conferences, and purchase Degree Packages.

Does your pup already do daycare or boarding with us? You can skip the evaluation and book an audit session here. Auditing is a great way to add a little extra mental or physical exercise to your dog's daycare or boarding stay. We can work on calm behavior coming in/out of the daycare, go for a structured walk, work on a specific issue, or even introduce them to agility equipment! 

How It Works

Choose from one of our programs:

Single Half Day of University ($80):

One half day (4 hours) of Gemini Dogs University. Half day hours are 11am to 3pm or 1-5pm.

Pick any day Mon-Fri to try out our University Day Training Program! 

Single Day of University ($160):

One full day of Gemini Dogs University and one 15-minute parent-teacher conference (private lesson) to be scheduled at your convenience. 

Pick any day Mon-Fri to try out our University Day Training Program!

Undergraduate Programs

 

Associate's Degree ($465):

Three full days or six half days of Gemini Dogs University and one 30-minute parent-teacher conference (private lesson) to be scheduled at your convenience.

You may use these days over a period of up to three weeks.

Example Options:
3 days in one week (M/W/F)
2 days in one week, 1 day the following week
1 day each week for three consecutive weeks 

 

Bachelor's Degree ($750):

Five full days or ten half days of Gemini Dogs University and one 30-minute parent-teacher conference (private lesson) to be scheduled at your convenience.

You may use these days over a period of up to three weeks.

Example Options:
5 days in one week (M-F)
3 days in one week (M/W/F), 2 days the following week
2 days for two weeks, 1 day the third week 

Grad School Programs

 

Master's Degree ($1450):

Ten full days of Gemini Dogs University with one optional elective and two 30-minute parent-teacher conferences. You may use these days over a period of up to five weeks.

 

Example Options:
2 weeks of 5 days per week
2 weeks of 3 days per week followed by 2 weeks of 2 days per week
5 weeks of 2 days per week

Doctorate ($2100):

Fifteen full days of Gemini Dogs University with two optional electives and three 30-minute parent-teacher conferences. You may use these days over a period of up to five weeks.

Example Options:
3 weeks of 5 days per week
4 weeks of 3-4 days per week
5 weeks of 3 days per week

Part-time "Auditing"

 

Auditing Program:

Available for dogs enrolled in our regular daycare or boarding program. One-on-one training with one of our trainers during their boarding or daycare stay. Available for lengths of time between 15-60 minutes for $1.50/minute. (60 minute lessons will be split into multiple sessions in one day.) Add on a 30-minute parent-teacher conference at Gemini for $30 at your convenience.

For Daycare/Boarding dogs:

Book a private training session with one of our professional trainers for 15-60 minutes on any day your dog is scheduled for daycare/boarding.

Current Daycare/Boarding dogs do not have to participate in an Intake Evaluation. Book an audit session here.

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Behaviors Taught Include:

  • Sit
  • Down
  • Stand
  • Stay
  • Look
  • Touch
  • Target
  • Leave it
  • Drop It
  • Come
  • Wait
  • Off
  • Let's Go (loose leash walking)
  • Side

We also work on:

  • Polite greetings of people and dogs
  • Impulse control
  • Food bowl and doorway control
  • Accepting handling (for grooming and vet exams)
  • Not jumping
  • Walking nicely on leash
  • Staying off of furniture and counters
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Sarah Power, KPA-CTP

Head University Instructor

Sarah is an accomplished dog agility competitor (Neptune has earned his C-ATE2, C-ATCH4, & TACH4, Penny TACH and is now retired, Pearl TACH and C-ATCH and is now retired) and is a TDAA Regional Master Judge.

 

She graduated from Karen Pryor Academy in 2010 and completed the KPA Puppy Start Right course for instructors in 2015.

 

She is an experienced Dachshund breeder and raises her puppies using Puppy Culture, a special program of age-appropriate exercises, neurological stimulation, and training designed to maximize each puppy’s potential. Her puppies are not only outstanding family pets, but have gone on to achieve success in the performance ring and some have even become service dogs.

 

In addition to training and competition Sarah also enjoys going hiking with her dogs.

 

Sarah first took classes at Gemini Dogs with her mixed breed girl in the late 90's. She then adopted Jellybean and Penny in 2005, and they started in puppy class and basic obedience, then tried Earth Dog. That’s when Penny discovered agility. By 2006, Sarah was taking agility classes with the former owner of Gemini, Carolyn Barney. She later began substitute-instructing for Carolyn's classes. Sarah also began working in the doggie daycare before July of 2007.

 

Sarah completed her KPA class in 2010 with Carolyn as well. She then worked for Jean McCord and Kathy Austin at Dogs! in Hudson, and later taught some pet dog classes at the Fuzzy Dog in NH for a short time. She then worked for  Crossbones Academy in Rhode Island teaching private lessons until January of 2020.

 

Sarah is a former Volunteer Firefighter has been a 911 dispatcher for over 20 years.

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Jenn McKay, CPDT-KA

University Instructor

Jenn McKay is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) since November of 2012. She has also gone through several courses and many seminars in order attain knowledge in many areas of dog training and behavior, including but not limited to; multiple Dogs of Course Instructor Training Courses, the NACSW Nosework Instructor Course (yet to complete final exam), and the IAABC Conference.

 

Jenn has assisted many different instructors over the years in shelters and training centers.

 

Jenn is also a bird trainer and sat and passed the first ever Professional Bird Trainer exam in May of 2013, becoming a CPBT-KA.

 

Jenn strongly believes training should be fun for human and dog, and her students have fun while they achieve their training goals. She has worked with many different breeds and types of dogs, including many non-traditional competition breeds and recognizes all dogs and humans learning styles are different. She enjoys being creative in training and her years of experience have taught her that there are many different paths one can take to achieve their goals, whether the goal is better manners or a competition title.

 

Some of Jenn’s favorite trainers include Bob Bailey, Carolyn Barney, Ken Ramirez, Kathy Sdao, Patricia McConnell, Ph.D, Hannah Brannigan, Julie Daniels, Sue Sternberg and Julie Flannery. In the avian world, she admires Barbara Heidenreich, Hillary Hankey, and Steve Martin.

 

Jenn has earned multiple performance titles with her dogs including AKC Rally Advanced Excellent, AKC and CDSP Companion Dog, multiple WCRL Rally Championships, AKC Excellent Agility and multiple CPE, NADAC agility titles, and numerous NACSW titles including 4 NW3s. Her Collie, Tara (3/19/06 – 10/18/18), earned many perfect scores in Rally Obedience, competed at AKC Rally Nationals, was nationally ranked in Rally Obedience in multiple venues, and won High in Trial in both AKC and CDSP Obedience. Her Chinese Crested, Orion (1/1/02 – 5/6/19), was the first Chinese Crested to earn the NACSW NW3 Title. Her Chinese Crested, Zephyr (1/1/10), earned the Harry Award when he earned his NW1 title. Jenn currently shares her home with two Chinese Crested dogs, Zephyr (1/1/10) and Lennon (1/15/21), as well as with a Rough Collie, Amber (10/6/17), and five Parrots.

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Michelle Doucette, CPDT-KA

University Instructor

Michelle is certified in PetSaver® CPR, First Aid & Care.

 

Michelle is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and has been a part of the Gemini family since July 2011.

 

She has a Pit Bull named Liberty and a mini Dalmatian named Panda (CGC, NTD). She also lives with a three-legged Husky named Juniper. Her dogs participate in Agility, Nose Work, Rally, and Dock Diving and she regularly attends seminars and classes. 

 

She graduated with a B.A. in Human Ecology with a focus in Animal Behavior and her senior project was a published work on Canine Body Language and Safety. She also spent a year-and-a-half overseas, teaching English in South Korea and Vietnam. She takes her experience and love of teaching into the training classroom. She also fosters dogs for a rescue organization and has successfully placed over 75 dogs into forever homes.

 

Her favorite breeds are Pit Bulls, Papillons, and Boston Terriers. She says we couldn’t get rid of her even if we tried, because Gemini Dogs is truly her second family! (And believe me, we never would let her go anyway!)

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Kelly Hall-Daigneault

University Instructor

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