This class is for pet dogs or future competition obedience dogs. This class teaches basic behaviors such as attention on name, sit, down, stand, come, walking on a loose leash, stay, leave it, drop something from the mouth, and go to place. Behavior problems will be addressed as needed. Dogs will learn manners around other dogs and people (e.g., wait at the door, sit for greeting).
Puppies 6 months to a year old can become a handful during this time! The pup you worked so well to socialize with the world and happily follow your lead suddenly seems to have forgotten EVERYTHING! And if you haven’t had the chance to get started earlier, NOW IS the time to start! This class gets you thru the phases of normal puppy development where the youngster starts testing his environment, looking for independence, asserting him/ herself, or perhaps becoming fearful and suspicious of people, places, objects, or situations that once seemed comfortable.
Prerequisite: Dogs should be a Manners 101 class graduate
This class continues teaching the skills from the Manners 101 class, working around increasing distractions.
The class is for pet dogs or future competition obedience dogs. We will teach basic behaviors such as attention on name, sit, down, stand, 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 (e.g., wait at door, sit for greeting). Puppies will be given the opportunity to socialize with both other puppies and people.
The earlier a dog begins familiarizing with the sights, sounds, and activities of the human world, the easier the dog is to work with throughout its lifetime. More puppies lose their homes to shelters and rescues before reaching their first birthdays, mostly because their training and socialization was either not started early, or not extensive enough. Our puppy class is fun, relaxed, and progressive. We set you and your puppy up for success together right from the start! Incorporating new sights, sounds, movements, people, and situations into your puppy’s log of experience puts you and your pup on the road for a long and happy life together.
Therapy, Service, & Canine Good Citizen (CGC) - Combined
Prerequisite: Manners 102
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.
This class will also review the exercises needed to earn the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificate. Please see the AKC web site for more information on the CGC certification program:http://www.akc.org/events/cgc/index.cfm.
Actual CGC and therapy dog testing will be offered to all class graduates on a quarterly basis.
***For those new to class, you are required to provide a prescription from your doctor stating that a service dog would help mitigate your health issue