Specialty Programs 


Looking for a new challenge for you and your pooch? Come show off your current skills, and learn some new ones while having fun with your dog.

We recommend that you and your dog complete our Basic Obedience class before signing up for a specialty program, or get prior approval from a Dream Dogs staff member.

Requirements: Pre-registration is required for all specialty programs. Your dog needs to wear a flat collar or harness with a nylon leash. For the safety of all participants (human and canine), we do not allow flexi-leads or prong collars. All dogs must be current on vaccines. Please bring proof of current vaccinations to your first class.

BARN HUNT - Coming Soon!

Barn Hunt is a sport that is sweeping the nation, in which your dog finds rats in PVC tubes hidden on a course made from bales of straw or hay. Sound intriguing? 

Barn Hunt is the fastest growing dog sport to hit North America since dog agility, and it is becoming more popular every day. This growth is no surprise—Barn Hunt is great fun for people and dogs! It takes a dog’s natural instinct to find quarry, builds in a requirement for teamwork, and offers plenty of challenge and strategy for both dog and human. 

Barn Hunt provides excellent physical and mental stimulation for your dog, and builds confidence. Through their training, teams build stronger bonds and better communication and can develop a real "conversation" that benefits the pair at home and beyond. This sport is often found by people looking for "jobs" for their dogs, be they older senior dogs that have retired from a vibrant agility career, dogs that love crittering at home, or dogs that are working through social challenges. There are all types and all motivations of dogs. 

Initial introductions to Barn Hunt are often straightforward, with teams experiencing a high level of success, but as the team progresses, more skills, problem-solving, and proofing are needed to succeed. 

This class will be available at the end of January or the first part of February 2019.


Canine Adventure Course

This exciting class consists of obstacle courses that you and your dog complete together. Up a ramp, over jumps, through a pool of balls, and into a tunnel…all while you and your pup are focusing on your teamwork and having fun. Each course is completed on leash, allowing dogs of all training abilities to join in. Don't miss out on all the fun!

We recommend you and your dog complete our Basic Agility class before taking this mini-clinic so your dog is comfortable working on the equipment.

canine adventure course (drop-in) - $30 per class


Canine (K-9) Games

Take your dog’s obedience skills to the next level. You’ll build a better bond with your pup by learning techniques to keep your dog’s focus and attention on you, all while playing and having fun!

canine (k-9) Games (5 weeks) - $150


SCENT Work - continuing

Prerequisites: Scent work - intro to oder

All dogs have noses, and all dogs like to sniff. Why not put that behavior to good use? We focus on teaching you how to cultivate your dog’s natural scenting abilities by sending it on the hunt for food and toys, while simultaneously exercising both its mind and its body. This is a great class for ALL dogs - young, old, shy, overly active, and even reactive! Come find out how much fun it is to have your dog use its nose for something other than a butt sniff or surfing for leftovers.

scent work - continuing (5 weeks) - $150


Out and About


Teach your dog how to behave nicely out in public. Using real-life situations throughout Palm Desert and La Quinta, we focus on safe leash work for busy streets, curb training, stays, and building confidence in new places. If you want to be able to take your dog to a restaurant without being embarrassed or stressed out during your meal, this is the class for you. We also test for the Urban Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certification on week five.

out and about (5 weeks) - $150


Rally Obedience


Learn the fast track sport of rally obedience (Rally O), which consists of 51 behaviors that you and your dog perform on a course that differs every time you run it. Rally O helps build your dog’s attention and leash work skills while strengthening the owner/dog bond.

rally obedience (5 weeks) - $120


Reactionary Rover

We designed this class for owners struggling with the all-too-common problem of leash reactivity. If your dog lunges, barks excessively, or becomes outrageously excited at the sight of other dogs while on leash, then this class is for you! This class does not work on any off-leash aggression issues or progress to off-leash interactions among dogs. (We suggest you book a private session with us to address these problems.) 

Note: The first week’s class is for HUMANS only; please leave your dogs at home.

reactionary rover (6 weeks) - $300


silver paws - old dogs, new tricks

Prerequisites: Dog must be 6 years or older (*minimum 4 dogs per class.)

Even our oldest and dearest companions need a few new skills. Come have some fun with your old buddy learning some new fun tricks, games and drills designed to keep your older pet young at heart.


silver paws - old dogs, new tricks (5 weeks) - $120


Therapy dog

Prerequisites: Basic Obedience  Age: 1 year  (*minimum 4 dogs per class.)

This is a 6 week course that will focus on the skills needed in the Therapy Dog world. We will test for the Canine Good Citizenship Award. The CGC is a 10 step test. All dogs, including purebreds and mixed breeds, that pass the CGC Test will receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club. We will build on your dog’s obedience skills and learn new ones including go see, paws up, keep close, crawl, up, pretty/beg, and leave it. We will also help you discover your own dogs’ tolerance level for the multitude of therapy dog options and help place you in the right organization to go to work as a therapy dog team.

Therapy Dog (6 weeks) - $250