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The package you mentioned details of sounds like a 'high end' pet person's place.. not a serious place for training/partnering w your dog. All 3 of the places above (Z's place sounds great) are serious places not geared to people who have more money than experience...
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I agree with the folks saying this sounds high (and stay far away from PetCo) - you may be paying a premium for being in Boston. Get a bit outside the city and you should see prices drop significantly! I'm in NH (about 1/2 hr inland from Portsmouth) and usually pay around $140 for a six-week class.

I don't know how far outside of Boston you are willing to drive, but I know of a few good places within or along the 495 beltway. At least check out their websites for an idea of what a good facility and a fair price is for the area. You may also want to try contacting the Yankee Golden Retriever Club (Yankee Golden Retriever Club) for suggestions, as many of their members are in the Boston area.

Canine University: The Best Dog Training in Boston, MA (owned by a Golden breeder who was/is an instructor for Karen Pryor's clicker academy) (Malden)

DogStar Activity Center - Acton Massachusetts Dog Training - Clicker Rally, Obedience and Agility Classes (Acton) (largest selection of classes)

Gemini Dogs .::. Classes - Puppy, Obedience, Agility, & More (Littleton) (Rowley) (lots of class options here as well)

And as someone else recommended: MasterPeace Dog Training | Peaceful training for dog and master

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I find it hard to believe there's nothing available between these two extremes.

As others have said, the private trainer's package is very expensive, and personally I would shy away from Petco classes. I take my dogs to a terrific training school: for obedience: group classes with enough assistant trainers in the room (one per four dogs) to provide personalized attention for specific problems, homework sheets, plus access to several miles of private off-leash trails in a forest, and a broad range of classes ranging from puppy obedience to advanced competition training. Focus is on teaching humans how to train dogs. Cost is $150 per six weeks, so $600 per six months.

I'm sure there must be something like that available in your area. Hope you find what you're looking for!


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Yikes. Those prices seem high. Look for a local dog training club. I think you’ll be surprised to find a bunch of people with like minded goals and pretty skillful!

My KPT class cost $70 because I was a non-member or trial member.

January 1 I paid $50 to become a member. Every other class I take is $40 for a 7 week session.

Through that club I found a trainer who operates her own training as a non-profit for dog rescues and paid a $25 year membership that goes to a charity and the 7 week training class is $30.

I took another class at a different facility and that was $90.

This spring session I have Rally 2 ($30) and Competition Novice Skills ($40).

So I’m literally all in with membership fees since December for $375 and that’s 6 classes total.
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Charles river is about 30 minutes away. They seem reasonably priced. 165 for six weeks 40 min sessions.

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