Group classes have an instructor and at least one, but typically two, teaching assistants.
Each session reviews previous lessons and includes new material. If you miss a week we will do our best to catch you up the following week. Since the course material and lessons are tailored to the individual group we are unable to give you the lesson ahead of time or by phone or email.
You are welcome to arrange a visit to one of our sessions to observe and ask questions of our staff. Dogs must be enrolled and have proper health screening prior to entering any of our facilities.
Our Level 1 Course includes basic training and skills appropriate for dogs 8 weeks and older. Mixing ages and sizes in our group classes is developmentally helpful to proper socialization and play, and facilitates achieving reliable responses from your dog.
No. Ever heard of Pavlov’s Dog? In the early 1900s, Ivan Pavlov, a Russian scientist specializing in neuro-physiology discovered what we now call Classical Conditioning: the capacity for an organism to learn to elicit involuntary behavioral responses to a neutral stimulus. In his experiment Pavlov’s Dog naturally salivated upon the presentation of meat powder. By [...]
If the dog is showing any signs of possible illness we request that the dog stay home and that your family attend the lesson for content and participation with the group. Coughing, diarrhea, and lethargy are the top reasons to keep the dog at home. And, to see the veterinarian. Once healthy we look forward [...]
For safety and efficacy we require all dogs entering our group class program to start with our Level 1 Course regardless of previous training. Our methods are substantially different from most obedience classes and the inclusion of children combined with limited off-leash training necessitates the animals be known to us at all levels of group [...]
Private Classes best serve those whose lifestyles and schedules don’t conform to group schedules. Private classes follow a structured syllabus and cover the content of the corresponding group level. Whenever possible we encourage all dogs to attend group classes to benefit from training the dog in a more complex environment with strangers and other dogs. [...]
Learning and behavior is highly ritualized in dogs. This means that they behave in context to their environment. Think about how differently you behave at home versus work or school, or in your religious community versus a party. By removing the dog from its familiar places and routines we can start fresh, accomplish the maximum, [...]
Unfortunately, your dog must complete its lessons before being reintroduced to its family. Visits are disruptive to the learning and can cause stress and confusion for the dog and family members. You will receive updates along the way to help the time go by quickly. Of course, you are welcome and encouraged to visit our [...]