Training


Camp Haven Training Center is a 40x70 heat/ac rental building fully equipped with obedience, rally and agility equipment which is available for training classes and private rental.

Building Rental Prices:  $20 first hour $10 per hour for each additional consecutive hour

Training Building Schedule

Training Building Calendar Link

Drop In Utility Class

Julie Agosti will be offering a drop in Utility class Tuesday night 5:00 - 7:30 PM. This class will teach Utility level skills including, hand signals, scent discrimination, directed retrieve and directed jumping. Contact Julie at jagosti1@verizon.net or 412-653-6237 for additional information.

Prerequisites: Dogs must have earned a CD Title and have a reliable retrieve, jumping commands and refined heeling skills.  No basics such as heeling, retrieving or jumping will be covered.

Drop-In Open (CDX Level) Class

Julie will be offering a drop in competition Open (CDX level) class Tuesday nights 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM. Cost is $10.00 per class. Everyone is welcome.  For more information please contact Julie at 412-653-6237.

Prerequisites: Must be trained in basic heeling, sit, down, and come. 

Agility Classes

Agility Classes information - Contact Joanne Kerfonta at jkerfonta22@aol.com or 724-348-5837.

Beginners Agility class $60.00 pre-registration only!        

Advanced Agility Class $50.00 pre-registration only!

Pre-registration only! Classes will be held in five week sessions at the costs listed above. There are NO REFUNDS for handler/dog team missed classes. There will be make up classes due to inclement weather events, power outages, instructor availability, etc.

PrerequisitesBeginners MUST HAVE had at least two sessions of obedience classes and dogs must be at least 10 months old.

Advanced classes are for dog/handler teams that are proficient on agility equipment and intend to compete with their dog(s) at agility trials.

AKC Rally Advanced Thru Masters Class

Intermediate/Advanced Rally Class: This class will work on how to perform the signs that are in these levels and include course practice.  Drop-ins are allowed if the class has not filled. The cost for this session is $50.00 if paid in full on the first week of class or $10.00 per week.

Prerequisite: Must have an AKC Rally Novice Title or equivalent.

For more information contact Lucy at LMCCLOSKEY@LIVE.COM 

See the Training Building Calendar Page for time and dates of classes.

Puppy Kindergarten/AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Certification

(Puppies 2-6 mos.)

This is the most important class your dog will ever attend. The most common reasons that dogs are surrendered to rescues is lack of training and socialization in the first year of life.   This fun-filled class features ample off-leash socialization and provides a strong foundation in basic training fundamentals.  I keep current in the latest developments in puppy training/behavior, attending numerous classes and seminars in early puppy development and education.  Training behaviors that are covered in this class are:  dealing with puppy biting/nipping; socialization (dogs, people, places, things, sounds, sights, etc.); focus,  resource guarding; teaching your puppy to like handling and gentle restraint (important for fear free veterinary visits; focus and attention (which is important in human/animal bonding; establishing a daily routine; fast-tracking house training/chew training; recalls (coming when called); basics including: sit, down, stay, leave it, touch, wait at doors, etc. ; leash walking (tips on dealing with pulling, not walking, reactiveness); building better responses around distractions; confidence building; preventing common behavior problems; nutrition and exercise; and preparing for adolescence. Puppies must be between 8 weeks and 24 weeks (2-6 months old).     

Instructor - Stephanie Barber, Trick of the Tail Professional Dog Training

Contact info - (412)841-1889, trickofthetail@comcast.net or kelstrincollies@comcast.net 

Cost is $120 for a seven (7) week session.

Classes begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2018 through July 28, 2018 (no class July 21, 2018).                                               

NOTE: Students that practice their skills on a daily basis will make the most progress.

 Basic Manners, Obedience and More 

(foundations for a learning dog)

Puppies 6 months and older, adolescent and adult dogs.  This class is recommended for dogs who need to improve on their life skills, foundation exercises, their dog/human bonding and impulse control.  This class provides extra focus on impulse control for dogs that need it.  Focuses are on impulse control w/toys, treats and dogs, while still teaching basic behaviors: sit, release cue, drop it, get it, polite greetings, attention, self-control, leash walking recall and stays, distance sits in play (for the home, yard and off-leash walks), settle down, behavior, calming issues and leave it from moving things (reactivity on walks).  This class is to ensure that your dog remains socialized and friendly to other dogs and people.  This class is also good if your dog gets distracted easily by other dogs, animals, sounds and scents. The dog can get so engrossed in interactions in the environment that he completely forgets about what you want your dog to do.  Continuing classes and workshops in positive training techniques are attended by the instructor to keep you informed on learning how to make your dog want to listen and respond to you and improve your dog’s focus so he learns new skills more quickly. This class will prepare your dog for a good, solid training life and if desired, ready to enroll in beginning performance venues such as competition obedience, rally, agility, scentwork and more.  

Instructor - Stephanie Barber, Trick of the Tail Professional Dog Training

Contact info - (412)841-1889, trickofthetail@comcast.net or kelstrincollies@comcast.net

Cost is $120 for a seven (7) week session.

Classes begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2018 through July 28, 2018 (no class July 21, 2018).  

 Basic Obedience II

The Basic Obedience II course will help the handler develop leadership skills with their dog.  We will address dog attention through various exercises and games.  Some of our exercises include sit, down, stand, come and heel.  We strive to make our clients feel comfortable and enjoy training their dogs.

Instructors - Toni Yurkovic and Sally Tress

Contact Info - Toni Yurkovic at 412-860-7042 or email yurktoni@comcast.net  or Sally Tress at tresssj@verizon.net 

For class information or questions please call Toni at 412-860-7042        

Introductory Cost for class is $80 for a six (6) week session. 

See the Training Building Calendar Page for time and dates of classes.

  Scent Work

This class will continue showing you and your dog the basics of nose work for fun and future trialing.  You will see how really good your dog's nose is.

Instructor - Lucy McCloskey 

Contact Info - 412-913-4263 or LMCCLOSKEY@LIVE.COM 

Class Info - Cost for this course is $60 for a six (6) week session. See the Training Building Calendar Page for time and dates of classes.

 Teeters and Weaves

This class will teach you and your dog the basics of how to perform the teeter and weaves in such a way that your dog will enjoy performing these execises. 

Instructor - Lucy McCloskey 

Contact Info - 412-913-4263 or LMCCLOSKEY@LIVE.COM

Class Info -  Cost for this course is $60 for a six (6) week session. See the Training Building Calendar Page for time and dates of classes.