M Squared  Training & Australian Shepherds

Breeding; Training; Competing   


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Services include  Training/Boarding/Breeding

See below for current class listings.

Please contact us for more details.

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Training - All Breeds - H360 Trainer, PDT Member, APDT Certified Member. -Games Based Training through mixed methodology using operant conditioning following Susan Garrett principals.  

Current classes are held at MSquared Home Base, Union Bridge, MD.  Winter classes moving to a local indoor facility- stay tuned for more info!

The Summer 2019 Session is now in progress - 4 On The Floor Manners & More; 4 On The Floor Manners & More #2; Performance dog, and Intro to Agility Foundations and Novice Agility are current classes - all include teaching through Positive Reinforcement Games and Choice training.  Contact us for more details on the next session starting in July to August.  Private lessons also available.   

FALL 2019 - registrations in process - register early to get the BIG Discount! Deadline 8/25/19.  Novice Trick  Class added for Fall!

Additionally, we are available to help you in your own home teaching obedience (as it pertains to your individual needs); good manners; puppy training; education geared towards first time owners; as well as helping to solve behavioral issues. We also offer on a limited basis individualized doggie manners day camp, where your 4 legged friend comes to stay with us while learning and playing in a fun and safe farm environment. 

Contact Melinda for more details: 

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4 On The Floor Manners & More #1 (aka Puppy Class)

For dogs ages 10 weeks and up that have little to no training.  Basic Obedience and impulse control exercises are covered (sit/down/stay/come-recall/leash walking*heeling w/out pulling/ It’s Your Choice /Crate Games/Hot Zone Game). Dogs will be able to test for AKC Star Puppy test upon completion of this Class. 

4 On The Floor Manners & More #2

(Continuation of 4 On Floor #1)

For dogs that have completed 4 On the Floor Manners & More #1 – OR a similar Puppy Class; dogs which have some knowledge of general Obedience.  This class will expand upon the basics, learning to work on and off leash with distractions, impulse control, introductions to tricks, as well as body awareness exercises.  Dogs will be able to test for AKC Canine Good Citizen Test upon Completion of this Class.

4 On the Floor Tricks & More

For dogs that have completed 4 On the Floor Manners & More #2 – OR a similar Obedience Level 1 Class.  Dogs should have a good understanding of Basic Obedience, that can perform reliably (sit/down/stay/come-recall/ heeling w/out pulling).  This class will utilize self-control exercises with trick training,  and body awareness exercises in order to teach the dog to be a good citizen and expand the dog’s work off leash with multiple distractions.  Dogs will be able to test for AKC Trick Title Novice Test upon completion of this Class.

Performance Puppy/Young Dog: 

For dogs of any age that have completed 4 On the Floor Manners & More #1 OR #2 OR Tricks & More – or a similar Obedience or Rally Level 2 Class. Dogs must have a basic understanding of Obedience..  This class is an intro to performance/agility, learning foundations through directional work and body awareness exercises. No jumps will be utilized in this class.

Agility Foundations

For ages 6 months and up that have completed  Performance Puppy OR 4 On the Floor Manners & More #2 OR Tricks & More OR similar obedience/rally class.  Dogs must have an excellent understanding of Obedience, that can perform off leash reliably with distractions.  This class is with introduction to initial obstacle training, learning how to do each obstacle properly. Directional commands, body awareness exercises for both dog and handler will be taught; ground bars, tunnels, table, contact boards, all at lowered height may be used.

Novice / Open Agility

For dogs that have completed at least one obedience type class and an agility foundations class.  These classes will focus on handling, sequencing and full courses with all equipment used. Heights may be lowered for young dogs.

Mixed methodology is used in all training taught through games, operant conditioning, (“thinking games”), positive reinforcement and science based training techniques. We incorporate Susan Garrett & Absolute Dogs training methods in all classes (NO GIMMICKS/NO E Collars/NO Choke chains).

Current classes held on Saturdays,  Mondays & Tuesdays with Private lessons available.

2MS Somewhere Over The Rainbow Completing her Novice Title at 21 months old. 

2MS Somewhere Over The Rainbow aka Dazzle @ 15 months old in her FIRST Ever Agility Trial, placing 1st & Q in AKC Novice Standard 20 on 12/9/17 @ Oriole Dog Training Club Trial, Westminster, MD. 

Below - current puppy class Fall 2018

Boarding - All Breeds

M Squared offers limited temporary boarding, where your dog will be treated as part of our family with daily walks, runs, training, swimming and lots of love!  We are surrounded by over 250 acres of farmland and woods that we hike on daily, plus a fenced yard area and an agility/training field. References available - we have many satisfied and repeat guests!  Book early as we fill up quickly in the Summer Vacation months.  (all Boarders are required to have a veterinary certificate with proof of Rabies and current vaccinations.)