Pet Obedience

Why should I train my dog?

Did you know that the number one cause of death in dogs is lack of training? It’s true! Dogs that do not receive training may develop behavior problems that result in the dog being relinquished to a shelter and euthanized; dogs that have behavior problems are difficult to re-home. Training your dog helps to create a solid and enjoyable relationship between you and your dog. You can easily and gently train your dog using positive training techniques that are safe and fun.

The Pet Obedience program teaches you how to work with your dog with basic skills needed for a well mannered dog at home and in public places. This program offers a series of four classes including:  Puppy Kindergarten, Beginner 1, Beginner 2 and Therapy. Additionally we offer a Tricks class for dogs at any training level.

Puppy Kindergarten

  • Prerequisites: Dogs should be between 10 weeks and around 5 months of age.
  • Description: The Puppy Kindergarten class is very important for all puppies to work on socialization skills around other dogs and people. The puppies get to play with other puppies and to interact with strangers. House manners and common behavior issues (e.g., housetraining, mouthing,  jumping on people, etc. ) are covered. This class teaches basic behaviors such as attention, sit, down, come, and walking on a loose leash.
  • This class gets you and your dog off to a wonderful start of building a great relationship and training foundation with your dog. Please CLICK HERE for an Informative letter about socialization and puppy training.
  • Students should bring each week to class, a variety of high value food treats, treat pouch, tug toy, 6 foot leash, buckle collar or harness on puppy, and a hungry puppy.

Beginner 1

  • Prerequisites: Dogs should be 5 months or older with no prior training, or dog should be a Puppy Kindergarten class graduate.
  • Description: The Beginner 1 class teaches behaviors such as attention, sit, down, come, walking on a loose leash, stay, leave-it, drop something from mouth, and go to place.  Behavior problems will be addressed as needed.  Dogs will learn manners around other dogs and people.
  • Students should bring each week to class, a variety of high value food treats, treat pouch, tug toy, 6 foot leash, dog mat, and a hungry dog.

Beginner 2 / Canine Good Citizen (CGC)

  • Prerequisites: Dog needs to have graduated from a Beginner 1 class
  • Description: The Beginner 2/CGC class continues the leanings from the Beginner 1 class, focusing on distance control and working around increasing distractions. You will be very surprised how much you and your dog benefit from this class. Among other things, you will be able to call your dog around distractions, have your dog do an “emergency” down when away from you, and ask for a down/stay with increasing distractions and distance from your dog. Additionally, this class will teach you the exercises needed to earn the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) title. Please see the AKC web site for more information on the CGC program: http://www.akc.org/events/cgc/index.cfm.  You will be tested for the CGC title on the last day of class. 

Therapy

  • Prerequisites: Dog needs to have graduated from a Beginner 2 class. .
  • Description: This class prepares your dog to pass a standardized therapy dog test which will enable you to volunteer wherever therapy dogs are welcomed.   Therapy dogs are traditionally found in hospitals & rehabilitative facilities as well as in hospice & nursing homes.  Additionally, libraries and schools encourage visiting therapy dog teams which educate children about pet care and safety and offer the opportunity of participating in the National Kids Read Program. Please see http://www.golden-dogs.org/  for more information on therapy dogs and testing.   Therapy dog testing will be conducted on the last day of class.

Tricks

  • Prerequisites: Class is open to all dogs, no prior training required.
  • Description: This class teaches beginner level tricks for those dogs new to tricks and advanced tricks for dogs that have taken a prior tricks class. Tricks can keep your dog agile, gives young dogs an outlet for their energy and gives old or retired dogs something to keep them active. In teaching tricks you can capitalize on and improve what your dog already knows while you strengthen your bond with your best friend. Teaching tricks will give your canine friend a way to expend mental and physical energy in a positive and productive manner. Tricks are an excellent way to help you develop a higher level of communication. Who would benefit from this class, therapy dogs can entertain people with their new skills, Tricks are a great warm up for the competition dog and stress reliever in the ring between exercises they are a great outlet for energy on a cold winter night, and can build confidence in a shy dog. Great for kids, teaches them how to teach their dog to listen to them in a fun way.