Dog Training

Offered in group classes or through day training or private lessons. Below are the courses currently offered.

Please note!  For all courses – group, private, or day training – all dogs must be healthy, parasite-free, up-to-date on chemical flea-prevention and vaccinations, and completely non-aggressive to people.  For group classes, dogs must be all of the above as well as completely non-aggressive to other dogs.

Obedience & Manners: Beginner – This course is offered as a group class, or through day training or private lessons. This small group course is meant for dogs without much (or any) prior training, or those who need to learn how to use their prior training around the distractions of a group class. You and your dog will learn basic obedience (sit, stay, down, come, walking on a loose lead) as well as manners with strangers, “Leave It”, “Off,” waiting at doors, focus, responsible ownership and more. Any issues that you are experiencing with your dog (like housebreaking, mouthing, socialization, etc) will be addressed each week along with new skills. The AKC S.T.A.R. puppy test (Socialization, Training, Activity, Responsibility) will given during the last class to any dogs under 1 year old. For group classes, this course is 6 weeks long and class size is strictly limited to 4 dogs to ensure everyone gets individualized attention. Puppies through seniors are welcome! All ages of dogs learn together here: pups, adolescents, young adults, adults, and seniors! Teaching is individualized and will be tailored to your dog based on his age and what he needs! Click here to see my upcoming group class schedule.

Obedience & Manners: Intermediate – This group course is for dogs who have graduated from Beginner Obedience & Manners and want to continue to improve the skills learned there. Working on the same skills (sit, down, stay, come, walk on a loose lead, Leave It, Off, focus, etc), we will work on getting speedier responses and, most importantly, we add in many distractions. The ability to focus on and respond to you and offer the behavior you asked for despite the distraction(s) around him is the mark of a well-trained dog. We also continue to improve your dog’s manners by teaching more advanced skills such as polite greeting of people (and people with dogs!), Leave It while walking on loose lead, waiting for food bowl, etc.  This class ends with the C.L.A.S.S. (Canine Life And Social Skills) test, BA level, given on the last day of class. C.L.A.S.S. is a three-level evaluation for dog owners to demonstrate the real-life skills of their dogs. (For full information about the C.L.A.S.S. test, please click here.) Dogs entering this course must have completed Obedience & Manners – BeginnerClick here to see my upcoming group class schedule.

Obedience & Manners: Advanced – In this group course we Adult German Shepherdwill improve on all obedience cues by adding many distractions so your dog continues to learn to keep his attention focused on you and respond to you no matter what. (For example – holding a stay while other dogs are running around chasing balls!) We’ll add difficulty to his current skills and introduce new, more complex ones. We’ll proof against major distractions, speed up his response time and focus, introduce formal obedience as well as the beginnings of off-lead work. Add some polish and finesse to your dog’s obedience!  This class ends with the C.L.A.S.S. (Canine Life And Social Skills) test, MA level, given on the last day of class. C.L.A.S.S. is a three-level evaluation for dog owners to demonstrate the real-life skills of their dogs. (For full information about the C.L.A.S.S. test, please click here.). www.pawswithmanners.com/classtest_information .)  Dogs entering this course must have completed Obedience & Manners – Intermediate. Click here to see my upcoming group class schedule.

Obedience & Manners: PhD Level Description coming!!  This class ends with the C.L.A.S.S. (Canine Life And Social Skills) test, PhD level, given on the last day of class. C.L.A.S.S. is a three-level evaluation for dog owners to demonstrate the real-life skills of their dogs. (For full information about the C.L.A.S.S. test, please click here.). www.pawswithmanners.com/classtest_information .)  Dogs entering this course must have completed Obedience & Manners – AdvancedClick here to see my upcoming group class schedule.

Therapy Dog Training – This course is offered as a group class only. This course will help to prepare your dog to be a working therapy dog.  We will cover greeting, therapy dog commands, practice around differently-abled people, learning to “read” your dog, as well as sights and sounds dogs may not be used to, and much more. Student/dog teams will be evaluated for the behavior portion of the therapy dog certification and instructed how to complete the Visits portion so their dog can become a Certified Therapy Dog. This course is 6 weeks long and includes the evaluation at the conclusion. Dogs entering this course must have completed at least Beginner Obedience & Manners or have their CGC or C.L.A.S.S. BA and must be at least 1 year old by the last class. Click here to see my upcoming group class schedule.

Home & Social Manners – This group course concentrates on teaching your dog the skills he needs to be well-behaved both at home and in public. Specifically, we will cover lying quietly while the family eats, remaining in his place while you answer the door, sitting and accepting petting politely, remaining calm when another dog approaches, waiting to go through a door until you tell him to, calm and mannerly entering/exiting the car, and much more. We will teach and strengthen his obedience, focus, and basic manners. We’ll teach him to respond on your first command, listen despite distractions, and learn and practice his manners with strangers and other dogs.  Dogs entering this course should already have very basic skills (at least sit, down, stay) and be about 5 months or older. Click here to see my upcoming group class schedule.

Training in the Real World – Does your dog behave well in class or in your home but not when out in the real world and distracted? This small group course meets at a different place in the community each week and we work in the “real world” so the dogs learn to focus and do what you ask even when distracted. For example, one week we might meet in a pet store, another week at a busy shopping area, etc. We’ll practice and hone the skills you and your dog need when out and about in public. This class will help ensure that your dog is well-behaved and uses his training in the real world, not just in a class setting. One orientation session in class (with dogs), followed by 3 weeks of meeting in the community. Dogs entering this course must have completed Beginner Obedience & Manners with me or I’ll need to evaluate skills prior to enrollment, and be about 5 months or older. Click here to see my upcoming group class schedule.

Nose Work – In this course, your dog will learn to use the power of his amazing nose to search for a specific odor and find its source. In Level 1, we begin just as the drug-sniffing dogs do – by teaching your dog to locate a scent and alert you! Nose work is a fun “search-and-scenting” activity for any age or breed of dog. It’s a great activity for both of you that takes advantage of your dog’s innate desire to hunt and his ability to pick up scents. The goal of this course is to learn the nose work games with your dog and have fun while building your dog’s confidence. In Level 2, we focus on teaching two elements of Nose Work: Container searches and Interior searches. We will continue to develop handler skills and will introduce your dog to the Birch odor as well. Allow your dog to use his nose and you’ll be amazed by what he can do! Open to dogs 4 months old and up. Click here to see my upcoming group class schedule.

Intro to Agility – Agility is a dog sport involving teamwork between a dog and a handler as the dog is lead through, over, under, and across obstacles as well as around the course where these obstacles are set up. In this entry-level course, you will learn the basics and foundations of canine agility. This class is designed to expose you and your dog to agility equipment (similar to those used on a professional agility course) and teach the basics of maneuvering through the course. Agility is a great way to improve communication with your dog, have fun, and exercise his body and mind! Please note that your dog should have enough self-control to work around other dogs without being disruptive. Dogs entering this class must have completed Beginner Obedience & Manners with me or I need to evaluate skills. Open to dogs 4 months old and up. Click here to see my upcoming group class schedule.

Dog Tricks – This course is offered as a group class, or through day training or private lessons. Trick training is fun and lets your dog work prayersout not only his body but his brain, too! Want your dog to do “simple” tricks like shake hands, roll over, “beg,” bark on command etc?  Or more complex tricks like pull open your fridge and fetch you a can of soda, say his prayers and roll himself up in a blanket to go to sleep, blow out a candle, etc? Dogs love learning tricks! But, it’s not just fun. Trick training has many benefits to both dog and human: Your bond with your dog is strengthened; it’s a great way to use up your dog’s mental and physical energy; it strengthens attention, obedience, and your dogs desire to learn; and importantly, gives your dog a fun way to use his brain! Dogs LOVE to think and learn and exercise their brains – they need to in order to be healthy and happy – and trick training is a great way to do that. This fun course begins with us laying out a game plan of what tricks we’ll teach your dog. Dogs have the opportunity to earn their Novice Trick Dog title in this class! For group classes, this course is 6 weeks long. Dogs entering this course must already know how to reliably Sit, Stay, and Down and be at least 4 months old. Group class size strictly limited to 4 dogs to ensure everyone gets individualized attention. Click here to see my upcoming group class schedule.

Dog Games – This group class is literally all fun and games! We will be playing games that help sharpen your dog’s skills (shh, don’t tell – they think it’s just fun!). Your dog (and you!) will have a blast in this course. We’ll be playing musical mats, obstacle course, doggy races, speed-sit, Snoopy Says, and so much more. Lots of laughing, cheering, and fun in this course – and, shh, learning too! Click here to see my upcoming group class schedule.

If you are having trouble deciding what course might be best for you and your dog, click here for help choosing a class or contact me.