Ready to improve your puppy or dog’s manners? We have classes for all age ranges, skill levels, and even have private sessions for those people and pups that may need some one-on-one time.
The Requirements to attend any class is to have proof of all vaccinations, a regular leash (NO RETRACTABLE LEASHES), and a baggy full of yummy small treats such as pupperonies, favorite kibble, or hot dogs cut into small pieces. If you need more information feel free to contact Marina at 605-929-8692 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marina Swanson is a certified instructor with the American Kennel Club. Marina can accredit you and your pup with the Canine Good Citizen certification. She is available for one-on-one instruction if your pup needs some added attention. You can contact her at 605-929-8692 to schedule one-on-one training or an evaluation of your dog.
Puppy Level 1:
Puppy Level 1:
Advanced Dog Level 1:
Advanced Dog Level 2:
Marina is able to work with most schedules so please call 605-929-8692 to schedule a time that works for you. The following classes are available:
Group Play will be offered most Saturdays from 1 – 3 pm for any dog that is 4 months or older and meets all vaccination requirements for $10 per dog per session. Group Play is a supervised play hour to help improve dog socialization and owner handling skills in a controlled environment. Owners will need to be present during the session and should bring a non-retractable leash and have a collar on their dog. Session sizes are limited so please schedule ahead of time. This is not a drop in class.
Puppy Level One
Age Range: 8 weeks to 9 months
|*Sit at Side||*Leave It|
|*Target||*Loose Leash/Heel Intro|
There are no prerequisites to attend any Level One class, just the will to learn and be consistent. Classes are designed to be stress free, meaning no pressure on the pup or parents, as not every person or dog learns the same. Positive reinforcement training techniques are utilized.
Puppy Level Two
Age Range: 3-6 months
Prerequisite: Puppy Level One
Puppy Level Two is about perfecting the behaviors your puppy learned in Level One. They will also learn how to Stay, Wait, and complete the Finished Heel. Dogs must attend Puppy Level One to qualify for Puppy Level Two or do an individual Evaluation to show that they are advanced enough to enter the class.
Advanced Dog Level One
Age Range: 5 months and older
|* Attention work||* Solving Jumping Issues|
|* Come||* Focus|
|* Sit||* Sit at Side|
|* Down||* Leave It|
|* Target||* Wait|
|* Stay||* Loose Leash/Heel|
There are no prerequisites to attend a Level One class, just the will to learn and be consistent. Classes are designed to be stress free, meaning no pressure on the pup or parents, as not every person or dog learns the same. Positive reinforcement training techniques are utilized.
Advanced Dog Level Two
Age Range: Any dog that has completed Advanced Dog Level One
Advanced Dog Level Two will be preparing dogs for the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen (AKC CGC) Class. We will be perfecting behaviors such as Heel, Stay, Wait, and Leave-It. Dogs must attend the Advanced Dog Level One class to qualify for Advanced Dog Level Two or do an Evaluation to show they have the basic skills to participate in the class.
Canine Good Citizen (CGC)
Age Range: Any age
Prerequisite: Must have completed a Level Two class
The AKC CGC program is designed to recognize dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. This class stresses responsible ownership for owners and basic training and good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10 step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club. A CGC certification DOES NOT MEAN the dog is a registered Therapy dog. It states that they are a good canine citizen and the owner put in the time to train their dog resulting in a well mannered pup at home and in public. Some therapy dog groups will require your dog to have a CGC certification prior to registering as a therapy dog. Most airlines are requiring dogs to be CGC certified to fly as an emotional support dog. Dogs must pass the following 10 Tests to receive certification.
10 Tests to Success
- Accepting a Friendly Stranger: The dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the owner in a natural everyday situation.
- Sitting Politely for Petting: The dog will allow a friendly stranger to pet it while it is out with its owner. The dog must remain sitting through the entire pet session.
- Appearance and Grooming: The dog will welcome being groomed and examined and will permit someone such as a vet, groomer, or friend of the owner to do so.
- Out for a Walk (Loose Leash Walking): The owner will take a short walk to show that the dog is in control while walking on a leash. The dog DOES NOT pull and heels nicely, leash loose, the entire time.
- Walking through a Crowd: The dog and owner walk around and pass close to several people (at least 3) to demonstrate the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under control in public places. The dog DOES NOT veer off to sniff and interact with people.
- Sit, Down, and Stay: The dog will respond to the owner’s commands to sit, lay down, and will remain in that position until told otherwise. (sit or down is the owner’s choice)
- Coming when called: The dog will come when called by owner. The owner will walk 10 feet from the dog, turn to face the dog, and call the dog. The dog CANNOT hesitate and must come immediately.
- React appropriately to another dog: To demonstrate that the dog can behave politely around other dogs, two owners and their dogs will approach each other from a distance of about 20 feet, stop, shake hands, and converse then continue on for about 10 feet. The main point of this test is to show that the dog can ignore other dogs in public. The dog will not pass if they veer to sniff other dogs, or gets out of line to interact with other dogs. The dog must ignore other dogs like they are not there.
- Reaction to distractions: To demonstrate the dog is confident when faced with common distractions, the dog will have to ignore loud sounds such as; a chair dropping, a cane being dropped, something loud rolling by, or a jogger running past them. The dog must focus on the owner and ignore the loud distracting sounds.
- Supervised Separation: This test demonstrates that the dog can be left with a trusted person if necessary and will maintain training and good manners. The dog must complete a 3-minute stay while the owner is out of sight and not near. The dog must maintain their stay and nice manners.
CGC Equipment for Class: You will need to bring a brush or comb for test #3, a normal collar or harness, and a regular non-retractable leash.
Don’t forget to purchase gift certificates for your favorite pet owners. Gift Certificates can be used for daycare, boarding, grooming, or training services and make great gifts anytime!