Our obedience training philosophy is focused on science-based, positive reinforcement instruction. We offer clients several different ways to work with their dogs — all of which involve a gentle, kind and fair technique. We teach students how to use a clicker but they do not have to use it to attend our classes. We do not do any leash “corrections” and choke chains and pinch collars are never used. It is important to us to help our clients understand how their dog learns and thinks so they can get their dogs to do what they want!
All of our group, obedience training classes are limited in size so you are guaranteed individual attention. We also offer private dog training sessions for those who need a flexible schedule and one-on-one time with a trainer.
THE BASICS: Our core 6-week basic obedience training for non-reactive dogs 5 months and older
The Basics uses reward based, positive reinforcement only; no leash corrections are used. This class covers canine thought, communication, leadership, jumping up and walking on a loose leash. Practical commands such as sit, down, stay, wait, come, look, leave-it and go to your place are also covered. Learn how, by using positive reinforcement, you can prevent undesirable behaviors and gain desirable ones. You will also be given basic tools to become a great (and effective) leader to your dog. Time permitting, this class may include supervised “recess” periods of socialization if appropriate for your dog. Dogs do NOT attend the first week of class. INSTRUCTOR: Danette Johnston, CPDT-KA
The Basics class is for dogs that are non-reactive, meaning they do not bark, lunge, etc. at passing dogs when on leash. If you dog does, please see our Difficult Dog class, or call us for an evaluation.
LEASH WALKING/RECALL WORKSHOP: 75 minute class for dogs + humans. Dogs must be 4 months and older.
In this 75 minute class we will tackle two of the biggest issues people have with their dog – walking on a loose leash and getting their dog to come! We will discuss, demo and practice easy loose leash walking techniques as well as easy ways to teach your dog a reliable recall command.
Dogs must be non-reactive with others dogs (meaning that are not lunging, barking, snapping at others when on leash). Normal young dog exuberance is OK but if your dog is not able to redirect to you please ask us if our Difficult Dog class may be more appropriate for you.
This class is open for dogs 4 months and up! So, if your dog is too old for PUPPY and too young for BASICS this is a great class to give them a jump start! This is also a good class for those dogs (and humans) who need a little “refresher.” INSTRUCTOR: Danette Johnston, CPDT-KA
COURTEOUS CANINE CRASH COURSE: 3-week intensive basic obedience training for non-reactive dogs 1 year and older
For folks who have a hard time scheduling a 6-week obedience training course into their busy life, we have designed an intensive “crash course”. Classes meet for 1.5 hour sessions once a week for 3 weeks (you must attend all 3 sessions; if one is missed you will not be allowed to attend the following sessions). This class covers the same material and uses the same techniques as The Basics. INSTRUCTOR: Danette Johnston, CPDT-KA
BEYOND THE BASICS/Canine Good Citizen Prep: 4+ week course for graduates of The Basics. Register for Beyond Basics on our Speciality Classes Page.
This class continues our work from The Basics incorporating distractions, proofing and chaining behaviors as well as some off-leash work. We will also practice the skills needed for passing the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen test as well as some beginner tricks. CGC testing and evaluations will be held during the last week of class (last class is extended; price included in class fee). Prerequisite: The Basics or prior instructor approval (private evaluation required). This class is limited to 6 dogs. INSTRUCTOR: Danette Johnston, CPDT-KA, Certified CGC Evaluator,
If you are interested in continuing agility, tricks or other sports you can enjoy with your dog, please visit our Sports & Fun page for more classes and information.
Dog training sessions during the day consist of intensive one-on-one training time at the day care. Day training programs are tailored specifically for each dog. All dogs in the day training program must start with an initial private consultation with the trainer where a specific curriculum will be designed according to the needs and goals of the dog and owner. During the day, dogs will spend exercise and socialization time with our day care dogs and will receive one hour (usually broken into smaller sessions during the day) of private one-on-one work with a trainer.
How do I sign up? See listings for the current schedule on the right side of this page! Not all classes are offered each season.
Please check our SCHEDULE for current listings of all of our classes offered this season.