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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Even dog trainer's dogs go to classes! Barb's two handsome boys are taking classes with Kim LLucky Dog EventsDog Events. Reed (on the left) is in the Intro to Dog Sports class. Kite is in the Intro to Agility class. They had a blast today and we can't wait for next week's classes! Thanks Kim!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Love this training center. Max is learning because I learned from class! Ongoing everyday!

Come learn useful training tips to help you and your dog have a fantastic 2023!

Due to popular demand, we have scheduled another Puppy Kindergarten and another Beginner Life Skills class.

Beginner Life Skills is for dogs who haven't taken a class before and need to work on basic manners. We cover teaching behaviors like sit, down, leave it, come when called etc, and will discuss management strategies for problem behaviors. This is a great opportunity for socializing and learning about training. This is the class to take if your pup is too old for Puppy Kindergarten. This class meets on Sundays at 10am for 5 weeks and the cost is $160. (No class 2/5)The link to register is:

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We will also be offering a Puppy Kindergarten on Saturdays at 10:30 starting 1/21. This class is for pups up to 16 weeks of age at the start of class. In this class you will learn how to potty train, how to provide mental and physical outlets for your pup, how to train behaviors like sit, down, polite greetings, and much more. An excellent socialization opportunity for young pups. There will be no class on 2/4. The link to register is

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for more info email barbara@bluerockdogtraining.com
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Even dog trainer's dogs go to classes! Barb's two handsome boys are taking classes with Kim Lewis from Lucky Dog Events. Reed (on the left) is in the Intro to Dog Sports class. Kite is in the Intro to Agility class. They had a blast today and we can't wait for next week's classes! Thanks Kim!!
Congratulations to Dan and Wisco for earning their Novice Tricks Title! This is the first title they have earned, but surely not their last!
Come learn useful training tips to help you and your dog have a fantastic 2023!

Due to popular demand, we have scheduled another Puppy Kindergarten and another Beginner Life Skills class.

Beginner Life Skills is for dogs who haven't taken a class before and need to work on basic manners. We cover teaching behaviors like sit, down, leave it, come when called etc, and will discuss management strategies for problem behaviors. This is a great opportunity for socializing and learning about training. This is the class to take if your pup is too old for Puppy Kindergarten. This class meets on Sundays at 10am for 5 weeks and the cost is $160. (No class 2/5)The link to register is:

https://app.squarespacescheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=22014575&appointmentType=40200353

We will also be offering a Puppy Kindergarten on Saturdays at 10:30 starting 1/21. This class is for pups up to 16 weeks of age at the start of class. In this class you will learn how to potty train, how to provide mental and physical outlets for your pup, how to train behaviors like sit, down, polite greetings, and much more. An excellent socialization opportunity for young pups. There will be no class on 2/4. The link to register is

https://app.squarespacescheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=22014575&appointmentType=40200276

for more info email barbara@bluerockdogtraining.com
January Classes!

Come inside and do some training with your dog in our upcoming classes.

**Puppy Kindergarten starts 1/12 at 5pm (Thursdays) for pups up to 16 weeks old. We will help you get off on the right paw with your pup and get in that crucial socialization. The link to register is:

This class is full- a second Puppy Kindergarten will be scheduled soon!

**Beginner Life Skills- Starts 1/12 at 6:30 (Thursdays) for older pups or dogs who haven't taken a class before or dogs that need a refresher class. We will cover how to teach basic behaviors, how to manage unwanted behaviors, how to get your dog to pay better attention to you and more. The link to register is:

THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL- a second beginner life skills will be scheduled soon!

Looking for something fun for your more advanced dog? We are offering two Intro to Rally/Obedience classes on Saturdays. In these classes we will learn foundation skills to help you and your dog learn how to train for Competition Obedience and Rally. Both are fun sports to help you and your dog build a stronger partnership and learn better training skills and focus. To join this class, dogs should have experience working in a class setting with other dogs and have good leash manners. The 2pm class starts 1/14. The link to register is:

https://app.squarespacescheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=22014575&appointmentType=39564079

The 9am class starts 1/21. The link to register for the class is:

https://app.squarespacescheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=22014575&appointmentType=39563845

And lastly, we have a Tricks class starting 1/17 at 6:30pm.(Tuesdays)In this class you will learn how to teach your dogs a variety of tricks. You and your dog can even earn your Novice Tricks Title from the AKC if you learn 10 tricks. We have had many teams earn their Novice Titles in their first 5 weeks of taking class with us.To join this class, dogs should have experience working in a class setting with other dogs and have good leash manners. The link to register is:

https://app.squarespacescheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=22014575&appointmentType=39638778

All classes cost $160 and are 5 weeks long. 

Questions? Contact Barb at barbara@bluerockdogtraining.com
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
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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