DOG TRAINING

FORCE-FREE TRAINING, HAPPIER FURLife

Animal Clinic of Milford

Beginner I Class

100 Gulf St., Milford CT 06460

September 15th to October 20th

(Wednesdays 5:30pm)

Janis Copes, ABCDT

Beginner I Class
100 Gulf St., Milford CT 06460

September 15th to October 20th

(Wednesdays 6:45pm)

Janis Copes, ABCDT

Lock, Stock & Barrel

Beginner I Class
9 Munson Road, Bethany, CT

September 26th to October 31st

(Sundays 10:30am)

Alex Esandrio, CCDT

Beginner II Class
9 Munson Road, Bethany, CT

September 26th to October 31st

(Sundays 11:45 am)

Alex Esandrio, CCDT

 Intermediate I Class
(Prerequisite BI and BII or demonstration of specific skills)

9 Munson Road, Bethany, CT

September 26th to October 31st

(Sundays 1:00 pm)

Janis Copes, ABCDT
and Alex Esandrio, CCDT

Canine Good Citizen Class
9 Munson Road, Bethany, CT

 

Prospect Parks & Rec

Beginner I Class

          September 7th to October12th                      (Tuesdays 6:00pm) 

Alex Esandrio, CCDT

Beginner II Class 

 September 7th to October 12th
(Tuesdays 7:15pm)
 
Alex Esandrio, CCDT
 

 

Beginner I Class 

 September 9th to October 14th
(Thursdays 6:00pm)
 
Alex Esandrio, CCDT

 

Country Companions
Veterinary Services

Beginner I Class
9 Munson Road, Bethany, CT

September 11th to October 16th
(Saturdays 10:00 am)
 
Janis Copes, ABCDT

Beginner II Class
9 Munson Road, Bethany, CT

September 11th to October 16th 
(Saturdays 11:15 am)
 
Janis Copes, ABCDT

Beginner I Class
9 Munson Road, Bethany, CT

September 16th to October 21st
(Thursdays 5:30 pm)
 
Janis Copes, ABCDT

Beginner II Class
9 Munson Road, Bethany, CT

September 16th to October 21st

(Thursdays 6:45 pm)

Janis Copes, ABCDT

Meet Your Trainers: 

Janis Copes, ABCDT

I have had a love of dogs all my life and at a young age dreamt of training Seeing Eye Dogs. My first exposure to obedience training was in 1986 with my Maltese, Tara. I have continued to train all of my dogs in obedience since. I have two rescue dogs: Sissy is an Australian Cattle Dog mix and Credentialed Therapy Dog, Clark is a Schnauzer mix.

I work with Animal Assisted Therapy Services (AaTs) in therapeutic settings with mentally and emotionally disabled children, teenagers and adults. I have partnered with AaTs to board and train Emotional Support Animals, former AaTs Board Member and Canine Committee Co-Chair. 

I teach obedience classes for Country Companions Veterinary Services in Bethany, Animal Clinic of Milford, Lock Stock & Barrel in Bethany, Prospect Park and Recreation and a former trainer for Trap Falls Kennel Club, in Shelton.

I am a honors graduate and Mentor Trainer for Animal Behavior College, member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Pet Professional Guild, supporting member of the International Association of Behavioral Consultants and an AKC Canine Good Citizen Instructor/Evaluator. 

Escape The Crate, LLC uses force free training to teach obedience cues, eliminate behavior issues and build trusting bonds between owners and their pets. We also offer pet sitting in a home environment without the use of kennels which eliminates stress for the pet and the owner. 


Alex Esandrio, CCDT

Ever since I was a child, I chose to surround myself with animals knowing I wanted them to be a part of my future.  Growing up, I trained our family dog and dreamt we would take home first place on the talent show Pet Star.   Years later, I was fortunate enough to attend an agricultural high school, where I began my formal education around animals.  I learned about basic kennel operations, positive dog training methods, grooming and medication administration.   When I was diagnosed with a chronic illness in college, my recovery involved using a service dog, named Joy, to assist me in every day life.  We completed two years of extensive training until she officially graduated to a medical response service animal; and she changed my life forever.  Going through that journey with her inspired me to further my education by attending Catch Canine Trainers Academy.   I completed the program and became a Catch Certified Dog Trainer (CCDT) and received a certification in pet CPR.

I am so excited to be working for Escape the Crate, and I look forward to helping you strengthen the bond between yourself and your pet!

CALL FOR INFORMATION ON PRIVATE IN HOME OR ONLINE LESSONS AND CONSULTATIONS

When registration is marked “CLOSED” please call (203) 217-6687 to be put on a waiting list. If there is enough interest, additional classes will be added.