Everyone dreams of having the perfect dog, but sometimes reality falls short. Does your best friend jump on everyone, drag you on walks, or try to bolt out the door? Would you like your dog to pay attention to you, behave calmly around new people and dogs, and reliably come when you call? We can help!
For pups six to twelve months old who have taken a puppy class or had equivalent training at home. Your adorable baby puppy has turned into a teenager who doesn’t listen and gets distracted by everything. Take our survival course for the "terrible tweens” and learn to like your dog again. Teach your dog to pay attention and stay calm even around new people and dogs, and continue to build skills like walking nicely on leash, holding a stay at the door, and coming when called.
For beginner dogs six months old and up. Is your dog just getting started with training? Have you adopted a new dog who needs a fresh start? This introductory all-around good manners class is perfect for you. Skills covered include name recognition, attention to owner, sit and down, stay, loose leash walking, coming when called, greeting people and dogs, leave it/drop it, and more.
ADULT INTERMEDIATE-HOUSE MANNERS
Does your dog steal socks and bolt out the door? This intermediate level class is for dogs six months and up who need practice on good manners around the house. Skills covered include sit and down with distance, stay at doors, go to bed/go to crate, leave it/drop it, and coming when called.
ADULT INTERMEDIATE-PUBLIC MANNERS
This intermediate level class is for dogs six months and up who need practice behaving calmly in public. Skills covered include greeting people and dogs, leave it/drop it, loose leash walking with turns, walking walking past dogs and people, stay with distractions, and coming when called.
ADULT ADVANCED-CANINE GOOD CITIZEN PREP
This advanced class is for dogs who want to continue refining their manners skills or who are preparing for Canine Good Citizen or pet therapy testing. Skills practiced include sit/stay for petting, distance stay, heel with turns and distractions, heel and stay near another dog, coming when called with distance, the supervised separation exercise, and the appearance and grooming exercise. Click here for more info on the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Program.
FAMILY DOG MANNERS-FENNVILLE (BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE)
Open to dogs six months of age and older of any skill level. Does your best friend jump on everyone, drag you on walks, or try to bolt out the door? Enjoy a dog who calmly greets people, walks in a civilized manner, comes when called, and can hold a stay when the UPS driver arrives. Perfect for anyone who wants a polite dog.
ON THE TOWN FIELD TRIP (INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED)
Feel proud of your dog who can sit for petting without jumping up, walk calmly through a store, hold a stay while you chat or shop, and resist the urge to shoplift tempting items. We will meet at a different dog-friendly location each week for real world training practice. Open to dogs of any age and skill level who have completed a puppy training class or adult dog training class. Dogs should be friendly to new people and dogs.
JUMP STOPS HERE WORKSHOP
If your dog jumps on everyone, this workshop is for you! Teach your dog how to sit and stay calm when being petted. Open to dogs of any age and skill level. Workshop meets one time for one hour.
LEAVE IT AND DROP IT WORKSHOP
Leave it and drop it are important safety cues that every dog should know. We will show you how to teach your dog to ignore "forbidden" items, and what to do if your dog gives into temptation and picks up a "forbidden" item. Workshop meets one time for one hour.
STAY FOCUSED WORKSHOP
Be the envy of your friends and family when you show off your dog's power to stay focused when meeting new people, going through doors, and laying down calmly while people are eating. Open to dogs of any age and skill level. Workshop meets one time for one hour.