Dog Training Classes

Small Group Manners/Obedience Classes*

Classes are a great way to socialize and have fun with your dog, fine tune your training skills and practice working together in a distracting environment. All classes combine indoor and outdoor work in a large fenced area, along with agility obstacles for fun and confidence building. Classes are designed to teach good leadership in people and good manners in their canine companions. Classes are taught by Jody Hergert-Andresen. There are no refunds or credits for missed classes.

*Manners classes are designed for dogs who are friendly and social to people and other dogs. If you are having aggression issues with your dog you will need to schedule a behavior consultation.

Class Schedule:

Class availability is listed below. To enroll in classes, please print and mail the class registration form with payment. You may also arrange to pay in cash by calling our office, or you may pay via PayPal on the home page of this website. In order to provide a safe and healthy classroom environment, please do not enroll your dog in a class if they have been in your home for less than 14 days.

Upcoming Classes:

Polite Puppy (for dogs 8-20 weeks of age)

Class Starts: Wednesday, September 13 at 12:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. - Registration Form

6 weeks / 1 hour each week / $125 Limit of 7-8 puppies

  • Polite puppy class focuses on socialization to people and other dogs, as well as basic manners. We cover the following:
  • How to socialize your new puppy
  • Handling exercises for veterinary visits and grooming
  • Hand signals and verbal cues
  • Use of different types of equipment
  • Housetraining
  • Teaching basic cues – sit, down, wait, off, take it, drop it, leave it, come and easy
  • How to handle mouthing
  • Off leash play with other puppies – reading body language
  • Polite greeting of strangers
  • Chews and toys
  • Agility obstacles and socialization items for confidence building
A 75 minute orientation (without dogs) is given on the first night of class.

Basic Manners (for dogs 20 weeks of age or older)

Class Starts: Wednesday, September 13 at 11 a.m. or 6 p.m. - Registration Form

The September 13th 6:00 p.m. class is full.

6 weeks / 1 hour each week / $145 Limit of 4-5 dogs

  • Whether your dog is 5 months old or 6 years old, it is never too late to take a class! Basic Manners gives you the foundation for having a well mannered dog. We cover the following:
  • Hand signals and verbal cues
  • Handling exercises for veterinary visits and grooming
  • Polite greeting of strangers
  • Teaching basic cues – sit, down, off, take it, drop it, leave it, wait, come, easy, heel, stand and watch
  • Jumping
  • Rules for tug
  • Chews and toys
  • Taking treats nicely
  • Loose leash walking – tools and training
  • Games to help teach "come"
  • Agility obstacles for fun and confidence building
  • Use of different equipment for pulling
A 75 minute orientation (without dogs) is given on the first night of class.

Basics and Beyond (for dogs that have completed Basic Manners Class)

Class Starts: Thursday, September 14 at 11 a.m. or 6 p.m. - Registration Form

6 weeks / 1 hour each week / $160 Limit of 4-5 dogs

  • So your dog is getting the basics down but there is so much more that you can do! We’ll teach you how to take your skills even farther so that your dog is really reliable in a variety of settings. We cover the following:
  • Jackpots, generalizing and proofing
  • Refining your sit, stand and down skills – positions and transitions
  • Watch / attention with distractions
  • Stay with increased time, distance and distractions
  • Wait and back at doorways
  • Heeling with distractions of people and other dogs
  • Meet and greet with people and other dogs
  • Obstacles and short sequences for fun and focus
  • Fun with targeting - get it and come
  • Tricks – Touch and Spin
  • Place (going to a specific location such as a blanket)
  • Games to teach a reliable come
  • Leave it challenges – food on a table and counter

Ultimate Recall

No classes are scheduled at this time.

3 weeks / 1 hour each week / $75 Limit of 4-5 dogs

Coming when called is one of the most frequently listed goals for students but it can also be hard to teach. Do you want a dog that will "come" when called no matter what? Are you having a hard time getting your dog to "come" on a consistent basis? This class will help you and your dog to work together as a team and will improve your dog's response when called.


Jumping and Pulling Solutions

No classes are scheduled at this time.

3 weeks / 1 hour each week / $75 Limit of 4-5 dogs

Jumping and pulling on the leash are two of the most common problems seen in dogs. In this class we will cover jumping on family members, guests, counters and tables, plus pulling on leash when going for walks.


Tricks and Games

Class Starts: Thursday, September 14 at 12:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. - Registration Form

3 weeks / 1 hour each week / $75 Limit of 4-5 dogs

Dogs just want to have fun and we can too! This class will make you laugh and smile as we teach our dogs some really fun tricks. We will cover shake, crawl, hoop games, give me a kiss, touch, the shell game, are you tired? roll over, free shaping, high 5 and more!


Sniffing Games

Class Starts: Thursday, October 5 at 12:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. - Registration Form

3 weeks / 1 hour each week / $75 Limit of 4-5 dogs

Does your dog like to sniff? This class will cover games that give your dog permission to sniff to his heart’s content.


Advanced Manners (for dogs that have completed Basic Manners and Basics and Beyond classes)

New class schedule coming soon.

  • If you really want a high level of response and training, this is the class for you! The dogs have taken several classes now and they are really able to focus. We will take their training to a higher level and see what you can do as a team. We cover the following:
  • Front
  • Watch / attention with higher level distractions
  • Stay – building time (3 minutes), attention and distractions, along with recall
  • AKC Novice Rally handling exercises
  • AKC Novice Rally courses
  • Building an automatic "check in"
  • Advanced recall work
  • Advanced "leave it" work
  • Advanced door control work
  • Tricks
  • Agility obstacles for fun and attention building
  • Heeling and loose leash walking with distractions
  • IAABC Logo
  • APDT Logo
  • NACSW Logo

Testimonials


Jody is by far the most educated and compassionate person I know in dog training today. Not only is she extremely competent in what she does, but she is knowledgeable in nutrition and cares not only about the dog in training but the owners also. She is extremely honest in her opinions to all...

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