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.
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
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 time 3 days a week, for a 2 to 3 week time period. Day training programs are tailored specifically for each dog. At the initial private consultation with the trainer, 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, if appropriate, and will receive a minimum of 1 hour of private one-on-one work with a trainer. Dogs may also be taken off-site to participate in our Social Canine program during the day.
For more information on the Social Canine program, please see our dog walking page.
Not all classes are offered each season. Please check our SCHEDULE for current listings and locations.
How do I sign up? For more information, please contact us by phone, 206-706-4875 or email Danette at firstname.lastname@example.org.