Playgroup is the perfect midday outing to provide the exercise and mental stimulation that every city dogs needs while her humans are at work.
Playgroup is a midday, daily, doggy adventure designed for dogs who have previous training with Amanda Gagnon Dog Training (or the equivalent) and want to ensure that the training they have worked so hard to install is maintained by the experts.
Dogs in playgroup are picked up from home, walked, exercised and play-trained for two hours at our facility or at the dog run before being returned home to rest. Every human member of the playgroup team is extensively trained by Amanda Gagnon (head trainer) and Sam Gedymin (senior trainer) to shower the dogs with love and support as they engage them in training games and focused play sessions that will leave them happy and satisfied after each day.
Check out our FAQ’s below and request a spot if you are interested in joining!
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can enroll?
Playgroup is for dogs who have completed training programs at Amanda Gagnon Dog Training. If you are interested in participating in playgroup, let us know and we will keep you in mind when we have openings.
When Is It?
Playgroup takes place midday Monday through Friday. Pick-up and drop off times vary slightly for each dog. You will be a given a one hour window during which your dog will be picked up each day and a one hour window for when she will be returned. Due to variations in scheduling, pick-up and drop-off times change slightly from day to day, and are always approximate.
Where is it?
Playgroup begins and ends with long walks through the neighborhood and parks. The majority of the time each day is spent inside the indoor dog run at the Amanda Gagnon Dog Training facility or at a local dog run! If you are interested in the outdoor group, you must be very comfortable with your dog getting wet and and dirty.
What happens if the weather is bad?
In the case of inclement weather, playgroup will still be ON, as long as the dogs are playing and don't mind the cold, heat, ice, etc. If the situation becomes dangerous or the dogs are just plain miserable, we'll wrap up early. We rarely cancel because of weather, but if it appears the day will be too unpleasant for playgroup, you will be contacted by 11:00AM. If you need to have your dog walked, we will be happy to do so. The cost is $30 for a one hour walk.
How do I book my dog?
Playgroup is by invite only for dogs who have participated or are currently enrolled with Amanda Gagnon Dog Training. If you are interested in joining the group, call or email in advance to request a spot. There is usually a waitlist, spots fill up quickly, and all dogs must be carefully evaluated. A 30-day trial period begins on the dog's first day of playgroup. This trial period allows the handlers and trainers to properly assess and consult with you to determine if playgroup is the best possible option for your dog.
How much is it?
Playgroup is $225 per week.
You can book fewer days each week for $50/day.
**We recommend joining full time. With rare exceptions, most clients who join playgroup part-time quickly see the difference in their dog’s behavior and happiness and end up upgrading to full time within a few months.