About our services

 

Basic 1: Manners teaches you and your dog how to learn! This class is the foundation to all other classes and focuses on gaining and maintaining your dog’s attention, polite greetings, impulse control, leave-it, collar grabs and more through various games and drills. This class will build the communication skills needed to teach your dog to navigate and enjoy the human world. This course also offers problem solving for jumping, barking, digging, chewing, leash pulling, nipping/mouthing, and a basic understanding of canine body language as we explore how we communicate (or misunderstand) with our dogs!
 
Basic 2: Skills teaches you and your dog the basic cues of obedience training; sit, sit-stay, down, down-stay, recall, targeting, heeling, fronts, finishes as well as a small introduction to the sport of Rally Obedience.
 Our class size is small (maximum 5 dog/handler teams) therefore you get more attention from the trainer(s) and we often have assistants in class, unlike many pet store classes where you will see 8, 10 or more dogs in one class. It is important to us that you and your dog get the support needed to succeed so that you are happy with your dog, because we are…Dedicated to Canine Companionship!

Prerequisite Basic 1: Manners

Basic Obedience 3 is for anyone who is interested in achieving the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Title or are considering therapy training for their dog. It is also great for anyone who just wants to spend more time with their dog, training and bonding properly as well. Cues are worked while increasing distance & distractions. An introduction to competition and rally obedience, clicker training and other canine sports will be included.
 
Prerequisite: Basic Obedience 2: Manners or instructor approval
 
Rally 1 (Advanced) Obedience is an opportunity for you to strengthen your bond with your dog as well as your skills. This is for anyone interested in competing in various dog trials such as AKC, APDT/USDAA, CDSP Obedience & Rally.
 
In this course you will learn about:
APDT/USDAA Rally Obedience Level Intro & 1
AKC Rally Novice

Prerequisite: Advanced Obedience/Rally 1 or instructor approval

Class Description:

In this course, the Level 1 APDT/USDAA exercises & AKC Novice will be demonstrated and discussed, and opportunities to practice each exercise will be given each week. We will practice short courses and basic skills each week, discuss judging and scoring for each exercise, and have some fun! Each dog-handler team will receive a copy of the Level-1 exercises for practice at home as the weeks progress, as well as a variety of handouts each week to help you train your dog to heel and perform the necessary skills to be successful in rally competitions. This class hopes to inspire and encourage teams to continue training in Rally beyond this class and consider competing in Rally trials in the future. We will discuss mostly AKC and APDT/USDAA Rally in this class, though the exercises are easily transferable to those who want to compete in other venues.

Philosophy of Rally: Rally-O (or Rally Obedience) is an interactive dog sport that combines skills learned for basic and competition obedience exercises into a course where the dog and handler move from station to station completing each exercise. It is intended to be an opportunity to practice and advance the skills learned in your basic Obedience classes. Teamwork and fun will be emphasized in this class! If competition is your goal, you will learn the beginning (and advanced level for those who are ready) skills necessary for the beginning levels of Rally competition. Rally is a terrific dog activity which helps build a positive working relationship between dog and owner. Teams are allowed to use plenty of encouragement and give feedback to the dog even while competing. “Yes! You can talk to your dog!” Enjoy your time in the ring in Rally!

Goals of this class:

• Improve and practice your dog’s obedience skills

• Introduce you to all the APDT/USDAA Level-1 and AKC Novice Rally exercises and allow you to practice these exercises individually and on Rally courses.

• Learn more about the rules and regulations for Rally

• Review the basics of scoring for each exercise

• Experience rally courses of varying difficulty

• Inspire and encourage you to continue training in Rally

Prerequisite: Intermediate Obedience

Rally 2 (Off Leash) Obedience is an opportunity for you to strengthen your bond with your dog as well as your skills. This is for anyone interested in competing in various dog trials such as AKC, Cynosport (formerly APDT), CDSP Obedience & Rally. All AKC Advanced & Excellent as well as Cynosport level 2 &3 signs will be added as well as improving heeling, attention and other important skills from level 1.

Good Manners in Public is an extension of obedience where we will visit local areas where dogs are welcome and strengthen your control of your dog in different situations (also called “proofing” behavior). Socializing and working with your dog in various areas is suggested in all classes and guidelines are given at each level, but this class gives you an opportunity to have a trainer with you during the experiences. Visits include local pet stores/groomers, dog parks, walking around town, etc. Car safety and behavior will be addressed as well.

Prerequisite: Basic Obedience

Tricks class:

You and you pup will explore new communication skills while learning fun tricks to show off. This is great for therapy dogs too! You and your pup will learn to use a clicker/marker word, front paw targeting, wave “hi/bye”, object training (box work, plus), circle left, circle right, play dead back up, rear paw targeting (possibly chin or other body part targeting) army crawl+/or play bow. Additional props will be available and taught, such as skate boards, shopping carts, soccer balls and more fun items!
 
Prerequisite: Basic Obedience

Private sessions are available for every service above as well.

Our class size is small (typically 3-6 dog/handler teams, a few more in puppy, as it can benefit the puppies) therefore you get more attention from the trainer(s) and we often have assistants in class, unlike many pet store classes where you will see 8, 10 or more dogs in one class. It is important to us that you and your dog get the support needed to succeed so that you are happy with your dog, because we are…

Dedicated to Canine Companionship!

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