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Canine Head Start

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125 East Chestnut Hill Road
Montague, MA 01351
Phone: 413-367-0094

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Monday8 - 112 - 5
Tuesday8 - 11Closed
Wednesday8 - 112 - 5
Thursday8 - 11Closed
Friday8 - 112 - 5
SaturdayBy Appt.Closed
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Elise believes strongly in education and the value of mentorship. As an academic with strong ties to both University of Pennsylvania and the University of Massachusetts, Elise knows the importance of finding and working with a good mentor.  She had worked with some of the most influential people in the field of animal behavior (see bio) and she loves to share the knowledge she has gained over past 20+ years working with companion animals.
Internships are available to serious students of companion animal behavior.

Interns will learn firsthand in the classroom setting as well as during private training and behavior sessions. Elise offers hands-on experience, simulated case studies, a reading list with required written work, and tutorials in canine management and husbandry, course planning and design, communication skills and business development.   

Interested applicants should anticipate a realistic time commitment of 15-20 hrs/week. The program is heavy on assigned reading as well as hands on application, attendance at classes and individual sessions is a requirement and the final project involves both writing and teaching.

Fee: 16-week program $2000 (may be made in 4 installments).

Suggested Readings

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I have trained at other facilities and found better instruction and more individual attention here at Canine Head Start.

- J. Friedman / Amherst, MA

To man or dog, child or puppy, the greatest deterrent to supreme happiness is ennui: boredom resulting from lack of something to do.

This is what prevents dogs from achieving their greatest potential.

  - Clarence Pfaffenburger

   Skateboarder - Obi, loved and trained by Noah Rockland        

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