Teacher Kim Carey
Age ~5 months of age and up
Class size 6
Duration 1 hr per week / 6 Weeks
Category Obedience / Manners
$ 145.00

You’ve discovered how much fun it is to work with your dog. Perhaps it was in Focus Foundation Obedience & Manners (level 1), or My Dog Has CLASS. Or perhaps you’ve been building some solid skills at home. We hope that you’re on a learning roll together, and you want to keep going. You will strengthen what you’ve learned, advance to new skills, increase your teamwork, and enjoy the interaction of learning with your dog. Taking this next level class is a great idea!

Training is the key to unlocking your dog’s potential by establishing a line of communication. Through training and learning, you develop a better understanding of your dog, and he learns to better understand you. The skills taught in this class offer you and your dog a more confident working partnership with increased focus and motivation. This class will prepare dog/human teams to move forward in dog sports such as Obedience and Rally by developing foundation skills.

We will work on:

  • Building attention and motivation
  • Spin left and right
  • Heeling: in rhythm, pace changes, halts, change of direction, turns, find heel position
  • Settle on the mat
  • Walking on a loose lead
  • ​Skills required to pass the Canine Good Citizen test:
    • Accepting a friendly stranger
    • Stay
    • Come when called
    • Stay with supervised separation
  • We may add additional distractions as dogs demonstrate readiness.

Using break-out exercises such as spins and hop-up will be introduced as well as using play as a reward so bring a favorite toy that can be kept in your hand (no bouncy balls) as well as lots of small, soft treats.

Prerequisite:
This class is for dogs that get along well with other dogs and people (friendly or disinterested; no barking or lunging at others) as we will be doing some off-leash work in this class. One goal in Obedience is for the handler to have control of and focus from the dog whether on or off leash.

It’s helpful to have graduated from Focus Foundation or a similar class. Your dog should have basic skills.

We want to provide a good environment in which people and dogs can learn comfortably and feel safe. This is NOT an appropriate class for reactive dogs that bark, growl or lunge at other dogs or people. Your dog will be better served in the Reactive Dog course or in a private lesson. (Dogs that strain at their leash to get to other dogs to play are welcome in this class.)

Who is this class for? This class is for dogs around 5 months of age and older that are fine (friendly or indifferent) around other dogs and people (no aggressive lunging or barking).

Sign up your dog that is 5 months of age and older. Class size is limited to 6 dogs so register today! This  class is held indoors.

This class –or one like it– is the prerequisite to Rally. This requirement can be waived if you have done an excellent job at home on your own or you’ve taken classes elsewhere.

Class Duration: Class Duration: This class is an hour per week for 6 weeks at Lucky Dog

Prerequisite: This class is for dogs that get along well with other dogs and people (friendly or disinterested; no barking or lunging at others) as we will be doing some off-leash work in this class. One goal in Obedience is for the handler to have control of and focus from the dog whether on or off leash.

In addition, this may not be the right class for dogs that are dramatically afraid of most things in their world. Please call if you have any questions. There are no refunds if you cancel less than 2 days before class begins (unless there is someone to take your place).

It’s helpful to have graduated from Focus Foundation or a similar class. Your dog should have basic skills.

We use the power of reinforcement to encourage the dogs and to create motivation and fun.

 

Clickers (or an alternative conditioned reinforcer) are used to mark correct behaviors as soon they occur, creating fast and crisp responses.

 

Click here to discover what you should bring for class (or purchase from Lucky Dog).

  • Attention, both solicited (cued) and unsolicited (dog offers without handler giving cue) will be strengthened. Distractions will be utilized to build strong focused attention.
  • Spin left and right, and hand touch are used to build your dog’s heeling enthusiasm.
  • Loose leash walking / Heeling with attention will be strenghthened. By the end of the class, most teams are able to heel half-way across the room between treat pauses.
  • Important heeling mechanics will be covered to improve your dog staying at your side and not pulling forward. Fast and Slow paces are included. Additional leash walking skill work includes distractions of walking past other dog and handler teams both stationary and in motion and toys on the ground. If the class shows readiness, distractions can include rolling balls or cookies tossed.
  • Heel position and dog motivation to be in the heel position is taught with some off-leash “find heel” games.
  • Recall games will be used to build motivation and build your dog’s desire to come when called.
  • Accepting being held by a friendly stranger is incorporated in the recall. By the end of this class, all teams should have an off-leash recall straight to their human past the other dog/handler teams.
  • “It’s your choice” is reviewed and “leave it” is made stronger.
  • Position changes (sit, down, stand) in all combinations are taught. These position changes will be performed both in front and in heel position.
  • Two different stand commands are taught as are two different down positions (sphynx and hip roll).
  • Stays are taught in sit and down position. Stand stays may be included as well. By the end of the class, teams are able to walk all the way around their dog in both directions and then return to heel position.
  • Teams will be able to walk toward another team, halt, sit and remain in heel position for a moment  before continuing forward again.
  • Dogs will be taught to remain in a sit and accept being petted by the instructor.
  • By the last night, the handler is able to leave their dog in a sit or down stay, walk about 10 feet away and get the dog’s attention before returning to the dog (“pose for cute pics”!).