Our Training Program

At Headwaters Canine Training we believe that you have a very unique and wonderful relationship with your dog. We are excited to offer a variety of training classes to help enhance and develop that important relationship! Whether you simply need your dog to learn basic behaviors like "Sit" and "Stay" or you wish to explore their ability in a more athletic way, Headwaters Canine Training has a class for you.

It has been consistently proven that positive reward based techniques are the best training methods for long term success. Headwater Canine Training uses motivational, reward based methods in all our training classes.

10% Off Lodging, Grooming, & Retail Purchases While Enrolled in a Class!

Dogs are social animals and it is critical that they have proper training in order to be accepted socially by friends and family. Training is something that needs to be incorporated as part of your daily routine with your dog.

Our goal is to help you develop a fulfilling relationship with your dog.

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paw-icon Puppy Classes

Puppy Kindergarten: Learning to Learn (Includes Puppy K Perks!)

Get your puppy started off on the right paw! This 6 week course covers: socialization with other puppies, introduction to basic obedience commands, potty and crate training, barking and jumping, pulling on the leash, coming when called & more! Puppy Kindergarten includes Puppy K Perks- 50% off Supervised Puppy Playtimes, One (1) free Puppy’s First Bath OR Puppy’s First Groom (some restrictions apply), 10% off all retail items for the duration of the class, and an additional 10% off already discounted Doggy Day Care packages! Puppy K Perks are good for the duration of the class!
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Supervised Puppy Playtime

For puppies under 6 months of age. Includes 45 minutes of uninterrupted play with other puppies - ONLY PUPPIES! - What fun!! A Stone Mountain Pet Lodge trainer supervises each playtime. The perfect preparation for helping your puppy become better socialized. Good practice for future Doggy Day Care participation, fun at the Dog Park or walks in a busy park! Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:15 PM. Current age appropriate vaccinations required.
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Basic Manners (Obedience 1)

We offer 2 levels of obedience classes to help you become a successful and happy dog owner. These courses are designed to teach you and your dog the foundations of obedience and hone those skills for a well-behaved canine you can be proud of. Level 1 starts you out with the basics of obedience: including sit, down, come, wait, stay, loose leash walking, leave-it, and more.
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Mutt Maintenance (Obedience 2)

We offer 2 levels of obedience classes to help you become a successful and happy dog owner. These courses are designed to teach you and your dog the foundations of obedience and hone those skills for a well-behaved canine you can be proud of. Level 2 helps you to deal with everyday distractions. It gets you on the right path to having fun with your dog and reaching your goals of Canine Good Citizen or Therapy dog. Learn how to effectively communicate with your best friend using basic obedience techniques.
Prerequisities: SMPL Obedience 1
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Dog About Town

You’ve been through Puppy K and/or Basic Obedience. But, you’re frustrated because your dog doesn’t listen and it’s hard to take him with to places you’d like to. You’re starting to sound like a broken record repeating sit, sit, sit, etc. before he’ll do what you ask. So, you leave him at home. Poor boy. Dog About Town in the answer. This class teaches you to help your dog to deal with everyday distractions and to listen. It gets you on the right path to having fun with your dog. He’ll listen better and you’ll feel more confident to bring him with you to restaurants, dog events and to visit friends and family.
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Recall (Coming When Called)

Does your dog come when called? Does he come directly to you the first time you ask him to? This class will go into depth about the steps to take to get a reliable, off-leash recall. It will also discuss the things to avoid that could harm your recall.
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Agility the Fun Way!

Want to try Agility on a casual basis? Want to have some fun doing it? Then this is the class for you and your dog. This is a class geared toward learning and practicing Agility with an emphasis on fun. This class is not for the hardcore agility competitor. Fungility offers a chance to learn about agility, get you and your dog some exercise and activity and most of all, a chance to have some fun in a noncompetitive, low stress environment. Please join us!

Topics covered include:
  • Introduction to ground level and reduced height agility equipment
  • Introduction to targeting
  • Teaching control through reinforcement
  • Developing proper handler skills
  • Creating teamwork in a fun and exciting environment
Prerequisities: SMPL Obedience 1, males must be neutered, dogs must be dog-friendly.
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Drop-In FUNgility Playtime

Join the fun! Drop in with your beloved dog any Thursday night for FUNgility Playtime utilizing our exclusive Fungility Equipment, designed and manufactured by our own, at Stone Mountain Pet Products. Our Fungility Equipment (affectionately known at FUNiture) includes numerous pieces including the cube, the walkover, the tire, the hurdles, the tunnels and the weave poles. Each piece can be mastered alone AND are can be combined into endless combinations for your dog to play on. This is a noncompetitive, drop in session. You do not need to have previous agility experience. This is purely for fun. Join us! -Preregistration preferred 763-600-6019. -Proof of Rabies, Bordatella and Distemper vaccinations required. -50% off for participants who are enrolled in any Stone Mountain Pet Lodge Obedience training class.
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FUNgility Combo Foundations

A new kind of class where you learn how to guide your dog through the tunnels, over the jumps, up the stairs and through the weave poles along with teaching impulse control and dog to human connection. You and your dog will love his high energy and mentally stimulating class! We don’t use agility equipment—We use FUNGILITY equipment!
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FUNgility PRO

Once you have learned the FUNgility equipment, it’s time to come and run new courses! This class is a great way to exercise your dog mentally & physically while building a bond that is unbeatable!!! Find out how FUN FUNgility can be!
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Dog Tricks 101

Have you ever wanted to give your dog a job around the house? Are you and your dog bored? Dog Tricks 101 is for you! This is a fun class for all skill levels Beginner to Advanced! Learn new training techniques you can use to teach your dog tricks to entertain you and amaze guests. In addition, teach your dog how to help out around the house.
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Canine Good Citizen (Test Only)

The Canine Good Citizen certification test MAY be taken without completing the course. Registration includes the test fee, registration materials, and Canine Good Citizen patch. For more information about the Canine Good Citizen program, go to: http://www.akc.org/events/cgc/program.cfm
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Canine Good Citizen Prep and Test

Review and practice for the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test the first 2 classes. CGC test given during class 3. Registration includes the test fee, registration materials, and Canine Good Citizen patch.Bring your own treats to use during class. For more information about the Canine Good Citizen program, go to: http://www.akc.org/events/cgc/program.cfm
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Dog Park

Let your pooch stretch their legs at our indoor/outdoor dog park! We have ample space inside and outside for your dog to walk, run and jump! Throw the ball and let him play to his heart’s content. Play outdoors in our fully fenced play yards or if you want to be warm and cozy, go indoors to our 5500 sq. ft. day care space. Proof of current Rabies, Distemper and Bordatella vaccinations required. Certain rules and restrictions apply. Dog park is supervised. Aggressive dogs and/or dogs that display aggression while at dog park will be removed from the park.
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Doggy Waist Watchers

Help your dog get FIT! Canine obesity is on the rise. This 7 week class explains the causes and risks of canine obesity, supports you to get your dog eating a healthier lower calorie diet, and presents a variety of activities and exercises that get your dog (and you) moving! Guaranteed to be fun and educational!
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Loose Leash Walking

Are you walking your dog or is your dog walking you? Do you have trouble taking your dog for a walk? Is your dog easily distracted when out for a walk? Is your dog pulling you everywhere? This class will help you and your dog learn to walk with a loose leash in many different situations. Also, you will learn how to deal with distractions such as other dogs or people on your walks.
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Private Lessons

Private Lessons with our Certified Professional Dog Trainer are perfect for people looking to address a specific behavior (Examples: Separation Anxiety, Aggressive Behavior, Barking, Jumping, etc.) or are unable to attend a group class. $35.00 for 25 min session, $50.00 for 50 min session
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paw-icon Things People Want To Know About Our Training Programs


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  • Shot records are required for class registration and participation.  You must either call us with your veterinary information ahead of time so we can verify immunization records or bring the veterinary records with you on the first day of class. (see Required Vaccinations below).
  • Class fees are NON-REFUNDABLE once the class you registered for has begun.
  • No aggressive dogs. For safety reasons, we reserve the right to excuse any dog that exhibits aggressive behavior toward people or other dogs.
  • Children under the age of 10 years old are not permitted to attend class unless an additional non-handler adult is in attendance for supervision. Any child that continually disrupts the class will not be able to attend.
  • Junior handlers under the age of 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. All junior handlers must be able to control their dog.
  • Sick dogs are not permitted. Please do not bring a sick dog to class. If any dog appears to be ill of health, they will not be permitted to attend class.
In signing this release, I acknowledge that I understand the intent of the services provided by the staff of Stone Mountain Pet Lodge and any subcontractors.
I hereby agree to absolve and hold harmless the staff of Stone Mountain Pet Lodge and any parties connected with the services being provided in any way, singly or collectively, from and against any blame and liability for any injury, misadventure, harm, loss, inconvenience, or damage suffered or sustained as a result of participation in the services or any actions therewith.
I hereby consent to and permit emergency treatment for illness or injury to either myself, my dog, family and any other persons brought to class and agree to assume all financial obligations resulting there from.
I agree to be solely responsible for the conduct of my dog, family and any other persons brought to class.
I agree to abide by the above rules and any other rules that may be brought to my attention, either writing or verbally, by the staff of Stone Mountain Pet Lodge or any subcontractors connected with the services.
You will be asked to sign a copy and will be given a copy of this agreement the first night of class.
Important Notice

Although we do not have a required minimum incubation period between the time vaccines are given and the beginning of your reservation, we strongly recommend getting any vaccines done at least 10–14 days prior to arrival at our facility. This gives the vaccine time to reach its full effectiveness to protect against illness.

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†Rabies vaccination is required only for some types of exotics, such as ferrets

Rabies

A deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system, usually spread by a bite from a rabid animal. Rabies vaccination is required by law for the safety of our employees and other animals staying at Stone Mountain Pet Lodge.


Bordetella (Tracheobronchitis)

A bacterial infection typically caused by Bordetella bronchiseptica and two viruses called Parainfluenza virus and Adenovirus. The airborne organisms are inhaled by a susceptible dog and attach to the lining of the trachea and upper airway passages. Due to the airborne nature of this disease, neighboring dogs boarded at Stone Mountain Pet Lodge are susceptible to the disease. Also known as Canine Cough or Kennel Cough. PDF Download "Let's Talk About Canine Cough" Article by Pet Care Services (836 KB)

Important Notice

Please note that many veterinarians administer Bordetella only upon request.


DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo)

A highly contagious disease caused by a virus that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems of dogs, usually spread through airborne exposure to the virus contained in respiratory secretions of an infected dog. Due to the airborne nature of this disease, neighboring dogs boarded at Stone Mountain Pet Lodge are susceptible to the disease. Also known as Canine Distemper.


FVRCP (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia)

A highly contagious viral disease caused by the feline parvovirus, usually spread when cats come into contact with the blood, urine, fecal matter, nasal secretions, and even fleas from other infected cats.  A cat can become infected without ever coming into direct contact with an infected cat. Because this disease is easily transmittable and cats are in relatively close quarters, this immunization is required. Also known as Feline Distemper.

Stone Mountain Pet Lodge By Facility Design

All of the concrete surfaces that your pets may come in contact with are sealed with a three part epoxy coating filling the pores of the concrete, which makes it difficult for bacteria to grow, and also makes it easy for us to clean and disinfect.

Bordetella and other illnesses are thought to result from airborne bacteria that is transmitted from dog to dog. Stone Mountain Pet Lodgehas four independent air handling systems to isolate the groups of pets within our lodging wings and eleven independent air handling systems throughout the entire facility. This isolates the groups of pets from each other.

Stone Mountain Pet Lodge’s ERV (energy recovery ventilator) systems bring in outside air that is warmed or cooled and distributes the air throughout the suites for a fresh and comfortable stay for your pet. This reduces the sharing of recycled air from pet to pet. Stone Mountain has in–floor heat in the suite areas that keeps the floor a nice 70 degrees so everyone stays nice and warm in the cold months. Floors dry completely and quickly when washed. This reduces the moist surfaces that bacteria like to grow on.


Stone Mountain Pet Lodge By Practice

Stone Mountain Pet Lodge requires Rabies, Distemper and Bordetella vaccinations on the best advice of the veterinary profession.

Stone Mountain Pet Lodge does not accept or allow association with the other pets, any pets that have any observable symptoms of Bordetella or any other illness.

Stone Mountain Pet Lodge’s cleaning and sanitizing is done daily and spot cleaning done hourly throughout the day. Tour us anytime we are open and satisfy yourself that the suites are clean. Suites are cleaned after each stay and rotated so they can “rest” in a clean state. Suite wings are rotated so complete “deep cleaning” can be done regularly. This means that your pet will normally stay in a clean, rested suite. The number of days “rested” may be a week or more but at times of peak occupancy may be less than a day.


Stone Mountain Pet Lodge In Spite of our Best Efforts

In spite of our best efforts, your pet may contract an illness before, during or after their stay at Stone Mountain Pet Lodge. We cannot guarantee your pet's health. Vaccinations sometimes fail to provide protection from illness. Putting your pet in any setting that puts them in the proximity of one or more potentially contagious dogs and the stress that results from a new experience can result in your pet contracting an illness. More frequent visits to Stone Mountain may increase your pet’s natural immunity and decrease your pet’s susceptibility to common illnesses.

Stone Mountain Pet Lodge will engage the services of a veterinarian (yours when possible) to treat your pet whenever reasonably deemed necessary, and will bill you for any veterinarian fees.

Stone Mountain Pet Lodge shall not be liable for sickness or injury contracted or suffered while you’re pet is boarded at this facility.

Please equip your dog with a leash and collar before you enter our facility. Do not bring your own treats at this time. The trainer will make recommendations on training equipment when classes start.


Pre-registering is required to enroll you in the class, and payment is due when you pre-register. Some classes fill quickly, so it is recommended to register early.


Class fees are NON-REFUNDABLE once the class you have registered for has begun. If notice is given before class starts, a 50% refund will be given. Class fees are not transferable.


Children under the age of 10 years old are not permitted to attend class unless an additional non-handler adult is in attendance for supervision. Junior handlers under the age of 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. All junior handlers must be able to control their dog.