Group Training Classes

Gemini Dogs offers a range of training classes for dogs of all ages, types, and sizes.

Effective Training through Education and Positive Reinforcement

At Gemini Dogs, we emphasize the fun and love in everything we do by teaching positive reinforcement through clicker training. Our training methods are based on proven scientific theory, not punishment. We truly believe that training and behavior modification should be safe, enjoyable, and successful for both you and your dog!

We believe in continued education for all of our trainers through programs such as educational conferences, seminars, videos, and the latest published information. Our staff members are also members of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), a national organization that believes that all dogs are effectively trained through dog-friendly techniques and therefore are lifelong companions in a relationship based on mutual trust and respect.


Class Offerings

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The following classes are offered at Gemini Dogs:

Puppy Classes:

  • Puppy Playschool
    (Social Time)
  • Puppy Preschool
    (AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy)
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Obedience Classes:

  • Beginner Obedience (Level 1)
  • Advanced Beginner Obedience (Level 2)
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Prep & Test
    (Level 3A)
  • Life Skills (Level 3B)

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Workshops:

  • Tricks Class
  • Impulse Control Workshop
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Dog Sports:

  • Dog Sport Prep
  • Agility Focus/Attention
  • Puppy Agility
  • Beginner I Agility
  • Beginner II Agility (Handling Skills I)
  • Beginner III Agility (Handling Skills II)
  • Intermediate Agility
  • Recreational Agility (Beginner II - Intermediate Levels)
  • Advanced Handling Agility
  • Advanced Competition Agility
  • Reactive Agility
    *Requires Instructor Approval
  • Intro to Rally
  • Intro to Nose Work
  • Intro to Nose Work II
  • Nose Work - Continuing on Primary
  • Nose Work - Intro to Odor
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Medical Requirements:


  • Rabies Certificate (for dogs over 6 months)
  • Negative Fecal Test Results (including Giardia)
  • Up-to-date on all core vaccinations as recommended by their veterinarian

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Cost

Puppy Playschool:

  • $70 for 4 weeks (30 minutes)

Puppy Preschool:

  • $200 for 6 weeks

Beginner Obedience:

  • $240 for 7 weeks (no dogs week one - just humans!)

Workshops & Life Skills:

  • $150 for 4 weeks

Reactive Agility:

  • $250 for 6 weeks

All other classes:

  • $225 for 6 weeks

Dog Sport Drop-In: 

  • $40 for 1 class

Obedience classes are 50 minutes in length and Dog Sport classes are 60 minutes. Puppy Playschool is 30 minutes.

Refund and Cancellation Policy


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Class Schedule

Class Time Start Date Location
MONDAYS
Puppy Playschool
(Social Time)
5:15pm Ongoing Auditorium
Beginner Agility I w/ Cara 7:00pm 8/22/22 Auditorium
TUESDAYS
Beginner Obedience w/ Mich 11:00am 8/30/22 Auditorium
Puppy Preschool (AKC Star Puppy) 5:00pm 9/13/22 Upper Classrooms
Beginner Agility III w/ Cara 5:50pm 8/2/22 Agility Arena
Puppy Preschool (AKC Star Puppy) 6:00pm 8/23/22 FULL Upper Classrooms
Beginner Agility III w/ Cara 7:00pm 8/2/22 Agility Arena
Beginner Obedience w/ Michelle 7:00pm 9/6/22 FULL Auditorium
Beginner Agility III w/ Cara 8:10pm 8/2/22 Agility Arena
WEDNESDAYS
Beginner Obedience w/ Sarah 10:00am 9/14/22 Auditorium
Beginner Agility II/III w/ Cara 12:00pm 7/27/22 Agility Arena
Beginner Agility II w/ Jenn 5:00pm 8/17/22 Agility Arena
CGC Prep 5:30pm 9/7/22 Auditorium
Beginner Agility III w/ Jenn 6:00pm 8/17/22 Agility Arena
Recreational Agility Drop-Ins (Beginner II - Intermediate) w/ Jenn 7:00pm Ongoing (sign-ups required) Agility Arena
THURSDAYS
Recreational Agility Drop-Ins (Beginner II - Intermediate) w/ Jenn 3:00pm Ongoing (sign-ups required) Agility Arena
Impulse Control Workshop w/ Michelle 5:00pm 9/1/22 Auditorium
Dog Sport Prep w/ Michelle 5:00pm 9/29/22 Auditorium
Life Skills (Obedience Level 3) w/ Michelle 6:00pm 8/25/22  Auditorium/Parking Lot
Advanced Beginner Obedience w/ Michelle 6:00pm 9/22/22 Auditorium
Beginner Obedience w/ Michelle 7:00pm 9/8/22 Auditorium
Rally Novice (RO1/RL1) w/ Jenn 8:00pm 8/18/22 Auditorium
FRIDAYS
SATURDAYS
Beginner Obedience w/ Mich 11:00am 8/27/22 Auditorium

Alicia Kerr's Agility Class Schedule

**Alicia's classes are by invitation only - please email the office to see about enrollment for your dog.

Class Time Start Date Location

MONDAYS

Beginner Agility III 5:50pm 8/15/22 Agility Arena
Advanced Handling Agility 7:00pm 8/15/22 Agility Arena
Advanced Handling Agility 8:10pm 8/15/22 Agility Arena
THURSDAYS
Advanced Handling Agility 9:30am 7/21/22 Agility Arena
Beginner Agility III 11:00am 7/21/22 Agility Arena
Beginner Agility III 5:50pm 7/28/22 Agility Arena
Advanced Handling Agility 7:00pm 7/28/22 Agility Arena
Competition Agility 8:10pm 7/28/22 Agility Arena

 

Training classes will NOT be held on the following holidays:

  • New Years Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day 
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Years Eve

Class Instructors

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Alicia Kerr

Agility Instructor

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Cara Armour, KPA-CTP

Agility Instructor

Cara has been working with dogs professionally since 2003 in many capacities. From dog walker to groomer to holistic pet supply store owner to professional dog trainer. 

 

Having competed in conformation, rally, barn hunt, nose work, fast CAT, CAT and agility Cara finds herself mosty immersed in the world of agility. She loves the complexity of the sport while at the same time watching people build connections with their dogs that they just wouldn’t in the “real world”. She spends 50 weekends a year trialing, many times hosting trials or volunteering with the numerous clubs she belongs to. She has attended 100’s of seminars on various training and pet care related topics as well as having instructed a few herself. 

 

Cara started training her first Boxer in agility back in 2011 and while she tried trialing, trial stress got the better of her dog Artie. In 2013 she aquired a femal Boxer to help imrpove the health issues with her breed and while working on her conformation championship, she started to train her in agility just like Artie. Only Debbie thought agility was amazing and being in the ring excited her. From the start Cara and Debbie were unstoppable.

 

Here are some of their accomplishments:

  • First Boxer ever to earn the agility grand championship and still remains the only one to this day
  • Highest Prefered Master Agility Champion Boxer in history
  • First Boxer to earn any premier class titles
  • #3 AKC Top Preferred Dog Overall for 2021
  • #1 AKC Preferred Working Group Dog 2020 & 2021
  • #1 AKC Preferred Agility Boxer for 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021
  • 2019 Finalist for AKC Agility Invitationals, placed 8th
  • 2020 Finalist for AKC Agility Invitationals, placed 2nd
  • Westminster Master Agility Competitor for 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022 (2022 show happens on June 18, 2022 at the Lyndhurst Mansion in NY)
  • National Agility Champion Qualified Competitor for 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022
  • 2021 AKC Agility Premier Cup Competitor and qualifier 
  • #1 Preferred Working Group Dog 2020 & 2021
  • #2 2020 Working Group for AKC Invitationals
  • Placed several times at conformation specialities

Together they have written history. Debbie has also produced 2 litters with many titled offspring including 2 that Cara kept who have 7 Master Agility Championships between them. With all her dogs Cara has earned 17 Master Agility Championships, a conformation championship and over 200 titles on her dogs in various competitions as well as tricks and canine good citizen.

 

Cara’s passions are working with puppies, trial stress and agility prospects. From the recreational agility team to the competitive exhibitors, she loves to share the great sport and all the facets of training with each and every team. 

 

She shares her life with 4 Boxers ranging in age from 9 years old to just one years old and a 15 year old cat who rules the house. . 



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Jenn McKay, CPDT-KA

Agility, Nose Work, & Rally 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 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.

 

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 Allen, CPDT-KA

Obedience Instructor & CGC Evaluator

Mich started her career at Gemini Dogs as the Office Manager back in the mid-90's and worked her way up from there... all thanks to "Dancer", her original Gemini Dog. 

 

Instructing since 2008, Mich is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and has participated in numerous dog daycare/boarding/grooming/training seminars & workshops in the New England area and along the East Coast, including the APDT Conference, Clicker Expo, the Dogs of Course Instructor Training Course (ITC), the Pet Boarding & Daycare Expo, the Dog Gurus Summit, and seminars by Karen Pryor, Bob Bailey, Carolyn Barney, Sue Sternberg, Pia Silvani, Gary Wilkes, and more. She has also taken online training courses offered by Dr. Ian Dunbar, Victoria Stillwell, and others. 

 

Mich has competed and titled in the dog sports of Rally-O, CPE Agility, and TDAA Agility with her former dogs, Dancer & Tyler. Mich has also hosted multiple sanctioned trials for the sports of NACSW Nosework, TDAA Agility, CPE Agility, and APDT Rally-O and has acted as the Trial Secretary for those events.

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Michelle Doucette, CPDT-KA

Obedience, CGC, Tricks, & Dog Sport Prep Instructor

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. She has attended numerous seminars and training courses and likes to continuously acquire new dog training knowledge.

 

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.

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Sarah Power, KPA-CTP

Obedience 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.