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Assessment of AKC Skillset

Official evaluation of a learner's AKC skillset by a PHD AKC Approved CGC Evaluator for title or certificate (as applicable)  is $64.95 per evaluation. Skillsets eligible for evaluation are: STAR Puppy, Canine Good Citizen (CGC), CGC Community Canine, CGC Urban Canine, and Trick Dog. Dogs of any breed and mixed breed dogs are all eligible to learn the skills and take the test. Some evaluations (i.e. Trick Dog) can be administered by videocall upon request: contact us for more information. Otherwise, evaluations are done in person.

Helping Dog Programs

See program descriptions and tuition estimates by clicking the link below.

Individualized Sessions (outside of the home)

These sessions are individualized to the client and can be arranged for many needs including:  individualized training goals, behavioral rehab, socialization, obedience skills, teaching and practicing AKC skillsets, etc. These sessions are typically individual sessions, unless small group work is connected with the client's needs or goals. Length of session is typically 1 hour long.

Individualized Video Call Sessions

Sessions are individualized and interactive. They may be scheduled for 30 or 60 minute increments according to the hourly rate. 

In-Home Training 

The first in-home session is typically 2 hours long and follow up sessions are typically 1 hour.  Sessions are scheduled in our service area according to the hourly rate. 

Pet Program Small Group Classes

Each class consists of four sessions of one hour long each, with one session typically scheduled weekly for four weeks. These four sessions are sold as a bundle (a "class") at a discounted tuition rate of $149.95 per class. Class content typically focuses on an AKC skillsetSTAR Puppy, Canine Good Citizen (CGC), CGC Community Canine, CGC Urban Canine, or Trick Dog. There are no make up sessions if a client misses a session, due to the group format and discounted tuition rate. Small group size is 2-4 student dogs.  See descriptions of Pet Programs here.  At the end of a class, recommendations are made to either continue training or test for an AKC skillset.

Professional Consultation

Consultation sessions for professional dog trainers or aspiring professionals are scheduled at the hourly rate of service, for in-person or videocall work. Scope can include: case consultation, professional skillset development, and continuing education topics.

Seminar-Style Instruction

This is defined as reserving 3 or more hours of service to take place over a 1 or 2 day period in Alamogordo, NM. A non-refundable deposit of half of the total tuition amount is required to confirm your reservation. The remainder of the tuition is due at or before the first session of seminar. 




  • The hourly rate of service is $79.95 + tax. 

  • SLIDING SCALE: Contact us if your financial situation prevents you from scheduling services: we have a limited number of sliding scale roster spots, which we offer as we are able in service to our community.

  • There may be a travel fee for session locations outside of Alamogordo, NM.  

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