Benefit from our solid experience combined with certified, positive techniques for the best possible dog training results.

Living with a dog can be hard! Does your dog pull on leash? Jump on you or your guests? Growl at humans or other dogs? Is your dog afraid of everything?

Blue Rock Dog Training can work with you to educate your pet to be well-mannered, friendly and confident with other dogs and people. We have the training solution for every behavior challenge, from basic house training for puppies or ‘new to you’ dogs, through resolving advanced behavior challenges like leash pulling or bolting. Our full-service, private training programs can turn your dog into your ideal dog.

Choose the Solution That Works Best for You

Private Dog Training

Are you having real challenges with your dog’s training? Do you lack the time or flexibility to travel to classes? Some dogs have behavior issues that would make attending class difficult or unsafe. Personalized, private sessions may be the answer for you.

Group Training Classes

Group classes are great for puppies and dogs that need basic training, or the opportunity to socialize and work around other dogs. We can work on overall skills and manners, or a specific one such as polite leash walking and recall. We keep our classes small, so you and your dog get individualized attention.

Why Choose Us to Train Your Dogs?

We love dogs, and motivate them to learn through only positive reinforcement techniques, and never use pain or intimidation. Learning should be fun, and bond you with your dog.

Why Choose Us to Train Your Dogs?

We love dogs, and motivate them to learn through only positive reinforcement techniques, and never use pain or intimidation. Learning should be fun, and bond you with your dog.

Meet the Trainer

Barbara Eriksson, Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA

Barbara has a long history of training and modifying the behavior of animals, from farm horses to her own dogs, and the dogs of her clients. She finds genuine joy in training and its results, and wants to pass on that excitement to others. Not only does she rely on her personal experience, but she has achieved some of the top honors available in dog training.

Barbara is amazing! At our house, we affectionately refer to her as “the dog whisperer”. Before Barbara began working with Sophie, our Australian Shepherd/Australian Cattle Dog mix, Sophie would “lose her mind”, jumping when anyone entered the house-at one point knocking someone’s hat off. We had actually started boarding her when we were having company. After just a few training sessions Sophie no longer “loses her mind” and settles down quickly when someone enters the house. Barbara’s gentle approach worked wonders. I cannot praise Barbara enough.

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Yesterday Doz went to Hemlock Ridge Integrative Veterinary Care for his monthly chiropractic and acupuncture treatments. He also got to go in with me at Tractor Supply and One Stop Pet Supply. He got to pick out a couple of treats. It's so nice to have a dog that can go out in public and be well behaved! ... See MoreSee Less

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I wonder how come he is such a good boy?😉🥰🤗 Nice job Barb.

You've come a long way baby!

Good job Doz!!

Congrats to Opie and his skilled human Danielle! Team Opie earned their Novice and Intermediate Tricks Titles today!

For more information about how your dog can earn titles email barbara@bluerockdogtraining.com
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Congratulations Danielle and Opie! You guys have come so far! What a smart and talented boy!💗

Congratulations Opie & Danielle!!

Yay Danielle & Opie!

Do you have a puppy? Our classes are limited for summer, but we are still offering Puppy Kindergarten!

Class starts Saturday 6/25 at 11 am and is a 5 week class. No class on 7/2 for the holiday weekend. The class is taught by Lottie Hains. This is a great opportunity socialize and learn with your pup age 8-16 weeks

Cost is $160 for all 5 weeks.

To Register
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For questions email barbara@bluerockdogtraining.com
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GREAT place to train with your dog 💙💚♥️💜 our Nora has excelled here!

When does the next puppy kindergarten start? My husband and I have 2 and its time for a bit of manners 😁😁 Thomas Ward

One of yesterday's training sessions was with Dan and Wisco. Wisco is learning to be calmer on the boat so he can go to work with Dan. I love working with tHarrison Anglersglers ... See MoreSee Less

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Looks like he’s nailed it!

Ruff day at the office...😊

That looks so relaxing

Two more Intermediate Puppy Grads! Nelson and Gigi looking sharp! ... See MoreSee Less

Grouzer and Nora working on their Intermediate Tricks Titles on Saturday. Tricks is such a fun class for dogs and humans alike! ... See MoreSee Less

Sheldon graduated from Intermediate Puppy Class today! He's such a sweetheart!❤ ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you Barbara ❤️ he enjoys your class so much ♥️ thank you for all you do 🙂

Glen,Bel, Brook and Barb are doing sheepdog demos in Old Deerfield today! ... See MoreSee Less

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Wish I could come see you!! We are out of state today.

Might be able to make it for the 2:00 demo! 😊

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Blue Rock Dog Training in Action! Click for a larger photo and details.

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Congrats to Opie and his skilled human Danielle! Team Opie earned their Novice and Intermediate Tricks Titles today! 

For more information about how your dog can earn titles email barbara@bluerockdogtraining.com
Do you have a puppy? Our classes are limited for summer, but we are still offering Puppy Kindergarten! 

Class starts Saturday 6/25 at 11 am and is a 5 week class. No class on 7/2 for the holiday weekend. The class is taught by Lottie Hains. This is a great opportunity socialize and learn with your pup age 8-16 weeks

Cost is $160 for all 5 weeks. 

To Register
https://app.squarespacescheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=22014575&appointmentType=34418106

For questions email barbara@bluerockdogtraining.com
Sheldon graduated from Intermediate Puppy Class today! He's such a sweetheart!❤
Puppy Kindergarten starts tonight! It is too late to register online, but there are still openings in the Tuesday 5pm class. 5 weeks for $160. Get your puppy started off on the right paw. To register email Barbara@bluerockdogtraining.com
We still have a few openings in the Puppy Kindergarten class that starts next Tuesday (5/10) at 5pm.  For puppies up to 4 months old. Help your pup grow up to be the best dog it can be! We will cover socialization, play biting/mouthing, house training, jumping, how to train your pup to come when called, lie down, walk politely on leash and more.  

Meets weekly for an hour. Cost is $160

Questions? Email barbara@bluerockdogtraining.com 

Click here to register:

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Do you dream of having a happy well behaved dog? Learning good manners is the first step. We can help your dog learn them in Beginner Life Skills class.  

Learn how to motivate your dog to work with you. Learn practical skills like sit, down, come when called, leave it, polite greeting, polite leash walking and more. 

Class starts Saturday 4/23 at 2pm. The cost is $160 for all 5 weeks. 

To register:

https://app.squarespacescheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=22014575&appointmentType=32640323

For questions email barbara@bluerockdogtraining.com
Puppy Kindergarten!

Start your pup off on the right paw by joining our upcoming Puppy Class. 5 Week class is $160

When: Sundays at 10:30 starts 4/10
Where: 115 New Athol Rd, Orange
Who: Puppies up to 4 months old

To register:

https://app.squarespacescheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=22014575&appointmentType=32039759
Remember the video of Opal working behind a barrier? She has made so much progress! Here she is last week only a few feet away from Mara!
TRICKS! Doz says bringing me a toy is only one of his many tricks. 

We have a couple openings in our upcoming TRICKS class. Teach your dog fun tricks like bringing you a toy, going through a tunnel, backing up, spin, paw, roll over, crawl.......The list of possibilities is endless! 

The class meets 5 Saturday mornings at 10:30 starting 4/2 through 5/7 (We will skip Easter weekend 4/16) Cost is $160 for 5 weeks and  evaluation for the AKC Novice Tricks Title is included.

To register:

https://app.squarespacescheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=22014575&appointmentType=31846375

Questions? email barbara@bluerockdogtriaining.com
A fantastic Intermediate Puppy class graduated last night! We were sad that Blue couldn't join us, but Diva,Loki,and Rocky had a great time working on waiting by a door, waiting for a food bowl, hand targeting, sit, down, polite leash walking, greetings, name recognition, settling on a mat, and recall! Congrats good puppies!!
Congratulations to Patty and Mara! Mara, a German Shorthaired Pointer, was Best Of Opposite Sex in Puppy Sweepstakes today! I think Mara looks pretty pleased with herself!
Huge congratulations to Lottie Hains and her awesome dog Rigel! At last weekend's Obedience Trial they placed first in Novice C and took High In Trial!!
Puppy Kindergarten has 2 open spots!
Starts at 6pm 3/15. Runs for 5 weeks to help you and your puppy get started off on the right paw! We will meet for 1 hour each week and cover socialization, training good behaviors, and preventing problem behaviors. Open to puppies up to 4 months old. Cost is $160. The link to register is:
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OR, for dogs and puppies that are too old for Puppy Kindergarten , we have a Beginner Life Skills Class that starts at 4:30 on 3/15. Covers the same topics as PK but geared toward older learners. 5 weeks for $160. The link to register is:
https://app.squarespacescheduling.com/schedule.php...
For questions email : barbara@bluerockdogtraining.com
I am having so much fun working with this advanced group of dedicated handlers and their really nice young dogs.  Last night we finished the class with a long stay.
Recent Puppy Kindergarten graduate Diva learned in class to go to her rug and settle.  Here she is using that skill at home!
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“I’m Bored” – Part 1, Intro

“I’m Bored” – Part 1, Intro

“There’s nothing to do” Remember saying these things when you were a kid? I sure do! And, if your dog chews your shoes, spends the day poised at the window waiting to express his inner Cujo when neighborhood dogs walk by, creates whole-house artwork with the roll of...

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“I’m Bored” – Part 2, Training

“I’m Bored” – Part 2, Training

Training to Prevent Boredom in Pets Mental stimulation is at least as important as physical exercise for developing a well-rounded dog that is a pleasure to live with. Just as you might be tired after a few hours of challenging math problems or learning to drive with...

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Barbara Eriksson is an IAABC Associate Certified Behavior Consultant.

Blue Rock Dog Training

Service Area

Northwest Massachusetts:
Warwick, Northfield, Erving, Montague, Greenfield, Millers Falls, Orange, Athol, Royalston