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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Sick of seeing the same 2 dogs yet?

Let’s change gears a bit. Over the summer I had an opportunity to photograph some pretty amazing dogs.

Working dogs have always fascinated me. Maybe it’s because they are so smart or just watching them work hand in paw with their handlers so effortlessly

I had the honor of photographing Barbara’s pack of sheep herding Boarder collies. This is Bel. What an amazing athlete to watch. Barbara is the owner of Blue Rock Dog Training out of Orange, Ma.
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We have two classes starting next week! Both classes are 5 weeks long and the cost is $160. Class size is limited. Reserve your spot by clicking the link below.

Puppy Kindergarten is for young puppies ages 7-16 weeks. We will guide you and your pup as you build your relationship and help you navigate the common puppy challenges like house training, nipping, and socialization, and you will learn how to teach your pup all the skills necessary to help your pup grow up to be a good dog.
The link to register is:

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Beginner Life Skills starts at 6:30 pm on Tuesday 11/29. This class is for dogs over 4 months old that haven't taken classes before. We will work on how to teach your dog all the important life skills like Sit, Down, Come when Called, Polite Greeting, Polite Leash Walking and more.

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For questions email barbara@bluerockdogtraining.com
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Do you offer any other kinds of classes? Like focused fido or reactive rover or something similar?

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Got a puppy? We've got a puppy class for you! Starts tomorrow 11/2 at 6:30pm. 5 weeks of puppy training and socialization for $160. For puppies 8 weeks to 4 months old. To register email barbara@bluerockdogtraining.com or call 978-895-9773 ... See MoreSee Less

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I had a client cancel their private training session today. Wheeeee, that meant I got to squeeze in an extra sheepdog training session with each of my young dogs! Here's Reed with one ear on me and one on the sheep! He says he wants two training sessions every day!🐑🐕 ... See MoreSee Less

We love puppies! If you have a puppy that's less than 16 weeks old, we have a class for you!

Puppy Kindergarten starts 9/14 at 5pm. Classes meet once weekly for 5 weeks (1 hour per week) and the cost is $160. This is an excellent opportunity to get in that critical socialization while your pup is young. To register:
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Got a puppy? We've got a puppy class for you! Starts tomorrow 11/2 at 6:30pm. 5 weeks of puppy training and socialization for $160. For puppies 8 weeks to 4 months old. To register email barbara@bluerockdogtraining.com or call 978-895-9773
Cheryl and Fannie
Gabrielle and Fergus
Denise and Teak
I had a client cancel their private training session today.  Wheeeee, that meant I got to squeeze in an extra sheepdog training session with each of my young dogs! Here's Reed with one ear on me and one on the sheep! He says he wants two training sessions every day!🐑🐕
We love puppies! If you have a puppy that's less than 16 weeks old, we have a class for you!

Puppy Kindergarten starts 9/14 at 5pm. Classes meet once weekly for 5 weeks (1 hour per week) and the cost is $160. This is an excellent opportunity to get in that critical socialization while your pup is young. To register:
https://app.squarespacescheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=22014575&appointmentType=36811195

Questions? Email barbara@bluerockdogtraining.com
The Blue Rock dogs took an early morning walk to celebrate National Dog Day! From the front: Bel, Glen, Brook, Reed,Kite, and Doz! They hope your doggos get a fun walk today!
Look what happened at the training center today!!
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
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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