ARF Offers Puppy Kindergarten, Obedience 101

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The Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons is offering a wide variety of dog training classes this June and July.

Anyone with a new and young puppy should consider registering for Puppy Kindergarten. At Puppy Kindergarten, dog training starts early and it will pay off over a lifetime. Classes focus on socialization, interactive skills and simple obedience. Best of all it’s fun for everyone and the whole family can come. Classes run on June 6, 12, 20, and 27 from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuition for all puppies is $100 for four classes but puppies adopted within the last month from ARF have a reduced tuition of $75.

Basic training for all dogs, not just puppies, is available with ARF’s Dog Obedience 101 (basic) and intermediate classes. Dogs and their handlers will learn basic obedience using positive reinforcement techniques. The curriculum includes leash handling, turning techniques, and leash pulling prevention exercises, as well as commands such as let’s go, stay/stand, sit/stay, down/stay, leave it, come, and no jumping. Classes run on Saturdays and Sundays from June 14 to July 13. Basic classes are from 9 to 10 a.m. and intermediate classes from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuition for all dogs is $150 for five classes but ARF dogs adopted within the last 12 months have a reduced tuition of $125.

Owners looking to build the bond of trust between them and their dog should consider the Recreational Dog Agility class at ARF. Beginner and intermediate level dogs are welcome. Dogs and their handlers will work their way through the A Frame, weave polls and jumps (including tire jumping). Classes run on Saturdays from June 14 to July 12. Beginner classes are held from 4 to 5 p.m. and intermediate classes TBD. Tuition is $175 for five classes.

All classes are held at the ARF Adoption center by Matthew Posnick. Anyone who is interested can register online for all classes at or call 631-537-0400  ext. 202.

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