Our 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 that fosters the human-animal bond. We encourage students to use a “marker” of some kind, either a clicker or verbal marker but what is most important is to find a humane method that works for both the dog and human. We do not use punishment, coercion or 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 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. All classes are 60 minutes unless otherwise noted.
THE BASICS: Our core 6-week basic training class for non-reactive dogs 5 months and older. The first week is lecture only, no dogs and currently held virtually. The remaining 5 weeks will be held entirely outside during covid19 restriction.
The Basics uses reward based, positive reinforcement only; no leash “corrections” are used. This class covers canine thought and communication, leadership, management as well as ways to curb irritating habits such as jumping up, counter-surfing, begging and pulling on-leash. You will learn how to teach you dog practical cues such as sit, down, stay, wait, come, look, touch, leave-it and go to your mat as well as good ways to play with your dog and what behaviors to look for when your dog is playing with other dogs. Learn how, by using positive reinforcement, you can prevent undesirable behaviors and gain desirable ones. First week is virtual. INSTRUCTOR: Danette Johnston, CPDT-KA
The In-Person 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 Reactive Rehab class, the Virtual Basics Course or contact us for help.
NOW OFFERING ALL VIRTUAL BASICS! 6-week basic training course for dogs 4 months and older.
ALL VIRTUAL Basics class! This class covers the entire in-person Basics curriculum. The virtual version will consist of lecture, demos, video supplementation and live training times where you will be working with your dog as the instructor coaches you live. INSTRUCTOR: Danette Johnston, CPDT-KA
This class is perfect for:
- Shy dogs or those who may be nervous in new environments
- Reactive in a group class but you still really want to work on basic skills.
- Folks who don’t live in Seattle but want to join our classes.
- Those stuck between classes (pups can take this Basics at 4 months) or all in-person classes are full but you want to get started!
BEYOND THE BASICS/Canine Good Citizen Prep: 5 week course for graduates of The Basics. Register for Beyond Basics on our Speciality Classes Page.
*Due to Covid restrictions, this class is held entirely outside – rain or shine!
While playing training games and exercises, 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 (price included in class fee). Prerequisite: The Basics or prior instructor approval (private evaluation required). INSTRUCTOR: Danette Johnston, CPDT-KA, Certified CGC and Trick 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.
TEENS & TWEENS WORKSHOP: 2.5 hour class for dogs 4-18 months old.
Is your teenager driving you crazy? In this 2-hour workshop we will help you understand what is going on in that teenage brain, how best to communicate with your pup, and how to create an enthusiastic learner for the rest of her life. We will cover typical teenage issues such as jumping up, mouthing, overeager greetings, and stealing things! We will also work on relaxation exercises and discuss age-appropriate management and enrichment. Adolescence can be rough – learn to work with your teen to get you both through this sometimes trying time. 4 dog limit.
LEASH WALKING/RECALL WORKSHOP: 2 – hour class for dogs + humans. Dogs must be 4 months and older.
In this 2 – hour 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 cue.
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 Reactive Rehab 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
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.