group classes

WE RETURN SEPTEMBER 2021!!! Our next Indoor Group Training Class begins Tuesday, Sept 14 for 6 weeks @ 6:45pm for Puppies/Beginners to 1 year (+) of age and 7:45pm for Adults 1 year+. Please note; All our classes are Official *AKC/*S.T.A.R. Puppy & *AKC/*CGC Recognized & Approved. We will follow and adhere to all COVID protocols required for groups. All Group Classes will be held at New Dorp Moravian Church at 2205 Richmond Road. Entry to the property is on Todt Hill Road off Richmond Road. (It is the first Bldg on your right and parking is located directly behind the Bldg.)

Whether you are looking for manners, basics, intermediate, advanced, obedience, trick, off-leash, Companion Dog Training, Comfort Dog Training, Emotional Support Dog Training, Therapy Dog Training, Service Dog Training or Assistance Dog Training this is the place for you.

We will be working indoors for these classes. The 6:45pm group will be for Puppies & Beginners to 1 year (+) of age & the 7:45pm will be for Adult dOgs aged usually 1 year+. Please note, the groups are OPEN to ALL breeds (mixed & pedigreed) and sizes. Our group classes are a step above the regular Puppy/Beginner/Novice & Adult/Intermediate/Advanced Group Classes offered elsewhere as they are personally run by AKC Approved Instructor//Evaluator Alice Marino and offer each puppy/dOg the opportunity to be tested for the above mentioned AKC Recognized Titles. Please note, you do NOT have to take the test to be in any of our Group Classes, it is completely optional.

All classes include socialization, obedience, lOve and participation during class as well as “pack” homework and follow AKC/CGC protocol. Proof of current vaccinations &/or titers are required and must be presented prior to start date as well as a clean fecal!
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The fee of $335 must be paid in full in advance by August 31, 2021 directly to me! This is 1st come 1st serve, so if you want to join us Register EARLY as classes fill up very quickly!!! PLEASE DO NOT PAY VIA THE PAYPAL LINK ON THE NEXT PAGE!!! CALL OR TEXT ME DIRECTLY FOR PAYMENT INFORMATION @ 646-596-6706.

Cash, checks, Square, PayPal, Venmo, All CC’s, All DC’s including but not limited to American Express, MasterCard, Visa and Discover are accepted. Gift Certificates are also available but MUST be approved by RufF lOve dOg traiNIng inC prior to Group Class start date.

Indoor “Group Classes” are the perfect place for you and your “best friend” to meet with a Holistic Certified Professional Dog Trainer/Animal Behavior Specialist, Certified Pet Nutrition Specialist, AKC/CGC Approved Instructor & Evaluator, *APDT *C.L.A.S.S. Approved Instructor & Evaluator *IACP Professional Member, *IAABC Professional Member and New York’s first Certified Personal Trainer for People & Pets. You will learn proper socialization skills as well as receive instruction for the techniques needed to unleash your dog’s unwanted behaviors and lOve them to a balanced life. The AKC/CGC objectives will be the focus for all Group Classes. Puppies or dOgs too young  or inexperienced to take the AKC/CGC Test (usually given around 1 year of age or older) will be tested for the AKC/CGC S.T.A.R. qualifications if under 1 year of age and will be able to test for the AKC/CGC in the future.

Basics include sit, stay, sit/stay, down, down/stay, come when called, off, leave it, drop it, watch, heel, loose leash walking, walking past other dOgs, sitting to be pet, handling of paws and face, ears, mouth and being brushed to name a few. Adults/Intermediate/Advanced classes will proof all basics as well as introduce off-leash proofing and additional commands where appropriate such as; touch, hold, target, to name a few.  All accompanying hand signals will also be taught where appropriate.  A complete handout will be given to each team with full explanations of required behaviors and expected progress.

Dogs of ALL BREEDS ~ ALL SIZES are welcome as well as your human pack members (the family). All applicants MUST be approved by RufF lOve dOg traiNIng inC and interview (if requested) prior to Group Class start date. There are no refunds for Group Training Classes (full or partial).

*AKC – America Kennel Club
*CGC – Canine Good Citizen
*S.T.A.R. – Socialization, Training, Activity, and a Responsible owner
*APDT – Association of Professional Dog Trainers
*C.L.A.S.S. – Canine Life and Social Skills
*IACP – International Association of Canine Professionals
*IAABC – International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants

Please contact Alice Marino with any additional questions at 646.596.6706 or by email.


  • The 6:45PM Group Training Class will Graduate AKC/*S.T.A.R. Puppies (*MUST attend ALL 6 Classes for Title Recognition, be under 1 year of age & pass final exam) as well as PREP all of them for the AKC/CGC (Canine Good Citizen) test & Adult Group Training Class will PREP all the dOgs to take the AKC/CGC Test if desired. The 7:45pm Group Training Class will PREP all participants to take the AKC/CGC Test if desired. *Please note, you do NOT have to take the test to be in any of our Group Classes, it is completely optional!
  • Price: $335.00
    The fee of $335.00 includes 6 Group Classes for each dOg/handler team enrolled. Please note, there are NO refunds at all, partial or full.
  • The 6:45pm Class will Graduate AKC/S.T.A.R. Puppies who meet the criteria, as well as PREP all dOgs for the AKC/CGC (Canine Good Citizen) Test & the 7:45pm Class will Graduate AKC/CGC Dogs that pass the test if taken. Please note: All testing is completely optional!