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 6 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, LVT, CPDT
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, LVT, CPDT
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 and 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, LVT, CPDT, 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.
DIFFICULT DOG: 4-week obedience training aimed at dogs that are reactive (bark, lunge, snap etc.) towards other dogs and/or people on leash
Many of the dogs in our Difficult Dog class are fine with others when off-leash but reactive on-leash and have not yet learned impulse control. If your dog cannot calm down and connect with you in a classroom, they will not be able to learn. This class focuses on teaching the dogs to relax in the presence of other dogs and, most importantly, to get them to look to YOU for cues on how they should react when other dogs are present. After completion, a (formerly) reactive dog should then be able to enter The Basics.
This class includes a 30 minute private evaluation (included in the price of the class) with the instructor which must be completed at least one week prior to the start of class. This class is limited to 6 dogs. INSTRUCTOR: Danette Johnston, LVT, CPDT
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 or email.