DOG OBEDIENCE CLASSES
We are focused on providing positive reinforcement, reward-based, force-free puppy training and adult dog training methods. The Puppy/Beginner obedience classes include teaching the basics such as sit, down, come, release, stay, leave it, take it, drop it, watch me, leash walking, and fun tricks, and discussions on any behavior problem including handling, barking, nipping, biting, chewing, digging, jumping, over excitement, shy dog, fearful dog, leash aggression, dog-to-dog aggression, new baby and dogs, new dogs and current dogs, etc.
Also taught, is Middle School classes (level II), which is the next level after Puppy/ Beginner classes, or your previous basic dog training, where we will add distance, duration and distractions
to the basics, which will help your dog focus on you despite what's going on around them. We will also learn park
it, which is "go lie down on your
mat until I release you". We also learn heel, and more fun tricks,
The AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Preparation/Exam class where your dog is almost guaranteed to pass the CGC exam - that is as long as you do your homework! We also administer the CGC Exam so your dog can become an AKC Canine Good Citizen and ready for therapy work or service work, or you just want him to be your calm companion.
In the Tricks Class, we learn 3-4 tricks a week, including but not limited to, shake, play dead, back up, go around, high five, rollover, spin, take a bow, puppy pushups, touch, paws up, jump thru the hoop, hide, take it on "five", tap, wave, sit pretty... it's a total blast and nothing but fun!!
PRIVATE DOG TRAINING
If you want one-on-one in-home private sessions to teach "all the basics" then puppy training or adult dog obedience training would be for you. If you feel your puppy/dog is not ready for group classes, we will come to your home for private sessions. This is where most of the problem behaviors happen anyway, right? See the different packages on the Private Dog Training page.
Potty training is easier to learn in your own home. We will come to your home and discuss potty training your puppy according to your lifestyle (work hours), living environment (house or apartment), whether to crate, put up a baby gate or a puppy pin. There is no one answer to potty training. Also, along the lines of puppy training is "puppy proofing" your home, which includes picking up shoes, remote controls, etc. until your puppy knows what he can and cannot have.
SERVICE DOG TRAINING
Every potential service dog in-training starts with the Puppy/Beginner classes followed by Middle School classes. Then when your dog is ready, the next step is the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Prep class. After he passes the CGC Exam, we will start private sessions teaching him the tasks you want him to help you with. Lastly, we will give him a Public Access Test (PAT). After he passes the PAT and everything is accomplished, he will be considered a Service Dog.