Our group Basic Obedience Class is an 8 week course. In this class, you would work with the trainer and a group of other dog owners one day per week, and then you would be responsible for doing your drills at home during the other 6 days. It is designed for puppies and dogs who are 5 months and older.
Training consists of: sit and down on command, sit stay and down stay under many different types of distractions (such as other dogs, or people approaching, petting and talking to him), heeling (so your dog doesn’t pull you), recall and finish (so he comes when you call him, not just when he feels like it!), and a stand exercise (so your dog stands calmly while you groom him or wipe his muddy feet). We also teach several other commands and training techniques to correct problems such as bolting out doors, jumping up on people, biting, mouthing, chewing, digging, barking, getting in the trash, chasing the cat or the kids, and any other problems that you might be having, including shyness or aggression with people or other dogs.
Dogs learn through repetition and conditioning, and positive and negative reinforcement. As with all of our programs, we utilize a fine balance of praise and correction (90% praise/10% correction). We reward good behavior through play, food reward, and verbal and physical praise. We correct bad behavior (jumping, biting, etc.) through proper leash corrections.
A major portion of this class is directed at you, the dog handler. As trainers with extensive knowledge and expertise in dog behavior, it is our mission to teach you how to be a fair, but strong, leader for your dog—and how to make it fun for both of you along the way. The end result is a well-mannered dog that is happy and willing to look to you as his leader.
If you have the incentive and the time, the Basic Obedience Class is our most economical program. The cost for this course is $125. If an upcoming class is not listed on our home page, please feel free to call us for start dates.
You can download the registration form: HERE and then call to place your name on the roster for the next available class.
The Sandusky class meets on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m.
The Monroeville class meets on Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m.
No problem is too big or small. If you are experiencing problems with your dog such as aggression with strangers or other dogs, or shy/fearful behavior, training is the answer. If these problems make you nervous about participating in a group class, please call us to discuss your concerns. In most cases, a private lesson/evaluation prior to entering class is just the ticket to help you and your dog feel more comfortable and confident upon entering the group environment.
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