BASIC OBEDIENCE TRAINING Age 6 months & older
At its most basic level, training is about showing our pups how to behave. Of course, the right way to behave is not something dogs automatically know. In fact, many of the behaviors we humans want — not barking at the drop of a hat and not digging up the yard, to name just a couple — must seem very unusual indeed to our fur-babies. So behaviors that seem wrong to us can seem very, very right to our dogs.
And that’s where training comes in. Training your dog is essential for teaching them exactly what they should and shouldn’t do. It teaches them to play nice with other dogs and people, steer clear of destructive behavior, and be a polite member of the family at all times.
In other words, it teaches them the important life skills they need to be a part of society.
Benefits of Basic Obedience Training
Training helps keeps them from getting bored and mischievous. Training helps strengthen your bond. It sets up you and your dog for a lifetime of trust and continued learning. Training makes dogs more confident.
An additional benefit, it is for your dog’s safety. Imagine for a moment that you’re at your local dog park when someone leaves the gate open and your pup escapes. Your fur-baby immediately starts following their nose in the direction of the delicious smells of a cafe just 50 yards away, but there’s one very big problem: in between your pup and the cafe lies a busy road. Without training, your desperate calls for your dog to come back fall on deaf ears. But if you’ve trained your dog to come when called, you can rely on them to stop and return to your side. Dog training ensures that when you and your pup are faced with a dangerous situation, you can keep them safe.
What Training Covers
Our basic obedience training class runs for six weeks, with one class per week. Each class will cover puppy basics and specific training cues, including reviews of previous weeks’ cues and socialization free play at the end of each session. You will also have “homework” to work with your puppy throughout the week. To get the best results from training, we recommend 30 minutes of training each day, spread across 6-10 mini training sessions. It’s vital to only work while your puppy is showing interest, so some sessions may end up being as short as 3 minutes. You and your puppy should enjoy the training sessions!
Week 1: Introduction, Praise & Verbal Markers, Socialization. Cues: Sit
Week 2: Review Praise & Verbal Markers. Learn about Leash Equipment and Potty Training. Cues: Sit, Recall, Release, Loose Leash Walking
Week 3: Review Praise & Verbal Markers. Cues: Recall, Touch (Targeting), "Sit" with a Hold, Release, Leave It, Stay
Week 4: Cues: Touch (Targeting), Leave it, Down, and "Stay" with Distance
Week 5: Learn about Resource Guarding. Cues: Leave It, Off-Leash Recalls, Drop it, Catch
Week 6: For the final week we will teach your puppy to say "Please" and learn about generalization. Cues: "Leave it" with Temptations, "Stay" with Distractions, and Loose Leash Walking past other dogs. Review of Principles & Accomplishments. Graduation Ceremony!
How old does my pup need to be in order to participate in the training course?
In Classroom: 6 months or older of age. Your pup must be up to date on all vaccinations.
At home: As early as 8 weeks of age. Puppy does not need to be up to date on vaccinations.
Do you have to be in a class?
Absolutely not. We can do in-home private training as well.
Class Room: $145 (Non-Refundable)
Private Lessons: $175 at our Pet Resort (Non-Refundable. Only two cancelations/rescheduled lessons allowed)
In-Home Private Lessons: $275 (Non-Refundable. Only two cancelations/rescheduled lessons allowed) *If location is more than 10 miles from our home base, please add an additional $2 per mile each way.
Contact us to set up your private lessons.