Group classes present a unique opportunity for your dog to learn the basic obedience commands and respond to you working in close proximity to other dogs. Classes are one hour and are held once a week for six weeks. Your dog will learn to perform all the basic obedience commands of Heel, Sit, Come, Stay, Down, No and Place, on leash. You will be handling your dog and will be learning correct body language, voice tone and proper techniques to be able to maneuver your dog in various heeling patterns with very little tension on the leash. Our goal is to work with your dog’s weaknesses and build on their strengths so that you and your dog succeed in reaching your maximum potential. We teach you how to encourage your dog to choose the desired response to your commands and how to firmly discipline them for unacceptable behavior. We encourage the dogs to make eye contact and to respond to your voice commands so that you and your dog become an effective working team.
Students will need a six-foot leash and a chain training collar of the proper size that will snugly fit over your dog’s head. We don’t work with harnesses as they actually encourage dogs to pull, don’t offer a high degree of control and are not conducive to teaching precise maneuverability with slack leash tension. It is important for the dogs to be always be in control of their owners to create a safe environment for all the dogs in the class, large or small. We strive to create a comfortable and fun learning environment in our classes where each dog and handler team can gain new skills quickly and reach their maximum potential.
All dog handler teams that have completed our individual training course of five personal lessons are encouraged to join a class to continue to better their training with the added distraction of working in a group with other dogs.