Our Services and Booking Info
We are SO fortunate to receive more requests for training than we can accommodate, in part due to our long term relationship with most clients. We have to turn away some clients for our programs because we will not compromise quality of training, or time spent with clients, to take on a higher volume. Periodically, we will have a waiting list for the required initial private appointment to join any of our programs. We do our best to reach out to our waiting list as quickly as possible. Our training team develops long term plans in collaboration with each client and because we work primarily with service dogs, puppies and new adoptions, often times training plans last for more than 18 months. We are also slow-service establishment. There is no way around our booking process and there are not any shortcuts to getting an appointment here. We thank you for your patience! Please know that our commitment to excellence in client care and training results drives our commitment to smaller volume!
A day training program focused on furthering your dog's skills as well as enriching their learning with unique exercises. We keep you up to date with your dog's progress through weekly report cards provided each Friday. Currently, operating Monday- Thursday from 7am until 6pm. Fully staffed by trainers and apprentices, this day service includes:
Daily rate of $82.50 per dog
One-on-one lessons with a member of the training team to work on family specific goals, available for learning basic commands through intensive behavioral rehabilitation. Lessons range from 60-90 minutes for $175 per session. Length of time is based on how long each dog can focus and learn as well as the intensity of the exercises, but lessons are least always one hour.
Private lessons are the foundation of your training with your pup, and required to access all of our supplemental programming. This is your opportunity to get the best progress tips, and exercises specific to your training goals.
Group Classes and Special Events!
Periodically offered for clients looking for something fun to do with their dogs, these classes give everyone a chance to learn new skills and build a stronger bond. Class themes could include therapy dog training, trick training, agility, scent work, etc. Rate of $25 to $35 per dog per class for ten to fifteen participants. Sessions will run for 60 to 120 minutes, depending on the topic and structure of class.
Announced on Facebook and on our email list!
Annual Dance Recital!
Each year the training team plans a zoom live performance of yes- a doggie dance recital- called our Dance Pawformance. We offer opportunities for both soloists and group performances. Participants generally have to meet a certain number of Muttessori days to be eligible. Once signed up, the trainers work with individual dogs to perfect their pawformance on their own or in a group. Costumes and backdrops abound, and we consider it the highlight of the season.
March Wagness Urban Triebball
Let's be honest- Boston winters are long and slow. So, we have taken a Triebball inspired game and made it another great opportunity to get creative with our dogs. Triebball is a German game, where dogs push large yoga-sized balls at the direction of their handlers and are scored for their abilities. We have created our own mini-version, suitable to be played in a training facility and once again- live streamed for the dog's families. Each dog takes a turn working on being sent around the ball at a distance and then shooting it in between two cones. It is such a fun time and great way for our dogs to get their training needs met in winter weather.
Service Dog Training
Ruff Translating founder, Ejay, works daily with his service dog, Rio. Rio is a task trained, medical alert and response service dog. She is fully public access trained and has eight active tasking skills for Ejay.
Ruff Translating offers highly technical service dog training, specializing in those looking for (c)/PTSD service dogs with scent marking tasks for oncoming panic attacks. Ruff Translating’s company values include prioritizing working with individuals on a case by case basis to meet their service dog training needs. Ejay offers programs of a variety of levels of owner involvement, so if you are looking to potentially do some of your own service dog task training, or if you need it fully done by a skilled professional, Ruff Translating can help.
While we specialize in highly trained psychiatric service dogs, we also provide service dog training for individuals with other disabilities, including those looking for seizure alert/response, blood sugar detection, mobility and stability needs. You can check out our Service Dog tab (above) for more details.
Service dog training can be a costly expenditure and can take up to 24 months. If you are interested in discussing our service dog training including costs and process please reach out to us via email so we can set up a time to talk with you. It can feel intimidating to start, but we are eager to answer your questions and partner together.