Basic Manners

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Elementary Manners

Cooper, EmmyLou, and Ella graduate from Middle School Manners!

This is a 7 week long basic level class (week 1 humans only)!  Dogs will be introduced to foundation skills and learn how to learn through clicker training (or using “yes”).  This can be used as a first class or a refresher if your pup hasn’t mastered all of the skills

Dogs Learn:

  • Offering attention and focus
  • Sit
  • Down
  • Hand Target (used for coming when called and greeting people nicely)
  • Greeting people nicely (4 paws on the floor)
  • Impulse control (leave it)
  • Settle on a mat
  • Loose Leash walking
  • Stay
  • Comfortable with body handling by owner

Humans Learn:

  • Clicker training mechanics (or “yes” instead of a clicker)
  • How to capture, shape, and lure to get the desired behavior
  • How and when to increase criteria (ask the dog to do more or work harder)
  • Management strategies to use while training is taking place

This class is appropriate for dogs 6months or older who need to learn the basics.  Dogs should be comfortable in a group class setting with other dogs and people around–if you are unsure, please contact us and we will help you decide if group class is right for your dog.

 


Middle School Manners

This is a 7 week long (week 1 humans only) that builds on the foundation skills taught in Elementary Manners.  We start adding in more duration to behaviors, adding distractions, and asking the dog to do more for the same amount of pay.

Dogs Learn:

  • Offering attention and focus in more challenging environments
  • Sit and Down with increasing distractions
  • Sitting as a friendly stranger approaches
  • Impulse control and Leave It with very enticing bait items
  • Leash walking with more distracting environments
  • Sit at doors
  • Stay for longer durations and with more distractions
  • Come when called
  • Body handling from strangers (vet and groomer practice)

Humans Learn:

  • How to gradually increase the challenge level of known skills by adding duration, distance, or distractions
  • How to effectively reduce the amount reinforcement (ask the dog to do more things before getting paid)
  • Problem solving when something isn’t going as expected with a skill

Prerequisites: dogs must have successfully completed Elementary Manners or have instructor approval from an equivalent class or private training package.  Dogs should be comfortable in a group class setting with other dogs and people around–if you are unsure, please contact us and we will help you decide if group class is right for your dog.


High School Manners

This is a 7 week long advanced manners class (week 1 is WITH dogs, week 7 is the CGC test)! This class continues to build on the skills learned in Middle School Manners  by refining those skills and taking them to the next level with more duration, distraction, and distance.  Students will have the opportunity to take the Canine Good Citizen test at the end of this class.

Dogs Learn:

  • Politely greeting strangers
  • Allowing handling by a stranger
  • Calmly walking past another dog on leash
  • Coming when called
  • Supervised separation
  • Working for longer stretches of time with fewer rewards

Humans Learn:

  • About the Canine Good Citizen program from the AKC
  • How to effectively reduce the frequency of treats
  • How to incorporate play or praise as reinforcers

Prerequisites: dogs must have successfully completed Middle School Manners or have instructor approval from an equivalent class or private training package.  Dogs should be comfortable in a group class setting with other dogs and people around–if you are unsure, please contact us and we will help you decide if group class is right for your dog.

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