Basic Classes

Basic Manners class:                                      Basic Manners Registration

*NEW CLASS*  Tuesday 1:00-2:00 starting September 17th    AND   Monday evenings 6:00-7:00 starting September 23rd  Instructors:  Susan Wilson and Judy Chaet

Class Description:

The basic goal for this class, is to train you to train your dog, in a way that gives the dog a great understanding of what you desire. Teaching you to set up clear criteria for your dog so that you are consistent and fair with the dog. We help you set up a good communication system with the dog so that teaching the dog becomes something that is easy and fun. With this in mind people come to the first class without their dogs so they can focus learning our training philosophy.  The students will go home with homework to do with their dog so the dog will be prepared to succeed in their first class.

Behaviors we cover in the class. Focus on you, name recognition, sit and down stays, coming when called, walking on a loose lease, a leave it command, playing with your dog, place command (dog will go to mat or bed and hang there until they are released) getting your dog to relax, greeting people properly (not jumping up) and a trick. We also discuss and answer any questions and issues the class members might have. One example of this might be, How do I teach my dog to take cookies without biting my hand.

We teach people how to set up structure and boundaries in their home by coming up with five rules that they stick to for the life of the dog. For example: Feeding time is the same every meal. Not the same time but the same routine. The dog sits the owner puts the bowl down and then releases the dog to the bowl. Our basic goal is to help you to have the dog of your dreams. A well behaved dog that is fun to take with you on many adventures.

Basic II

***NEW CLASS**** starting November 4th 6:00-7:00

Basic II Registration

Class Description:

Takes people and dogs that have completed basic to a higher level. Working with the dog and human team to make it more of a partnership with the dog as an active partner. Getting behaviors on a verbal command only so you do not have to physically help them. Teaches heeling so the dog will walk right at your side when you need them to. Work on greeting other people and their dogs in a way that allows you to focus on the other human when needed. Preparing you for the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test. Continuing to work on proofing the recall to be really reliable with distractions. We also play games that help make the training fun and challenging for the dog and their human. We find that the more educated a dog is the better more interactive companion they become.

Basic III Taking it On the Road

This class takes all the behaviors you learned in Basic and Basic II on the road.  It is a small class with a max of 6 people and we meet in different locations around town to work with our dogs with the distractions of real life.