Teacher Mindy Cox
Age ~5 months of age and up
Class size 6
Duration 1 hr per week / 6 Weeks
Category Obedience / Manners
$ 185.00
Why should you take Focus Foundation (level 1 obedience)?

We want to help make life with your dog easier by allowing you to enjoy a calm and well-behaved companion. Teaching your dog to understand your obedience commands is important but it’s relationship-building that really counts. When you build communication skills and a better relationship with your dog, better manners and obedience will easily follow.

Focus Foundation is a 6-week class and is the foundation for all future training and is perfect for improving the behavior of your favorite pooch. We will train or improve basic obedience skills and improve manners. We will work on attention, impulse control, and the ability to work around distractions. We will help you build better motivation and confidence and discuss how to solve some pesky behavior problems.

The first class is a self-paced video to get you started on the path to success with some important information about how to best train your dog and fun lessons. The last 5 classes are in-person at Lucky Dog.

Focus Foundation : for a better-mannered, more obedient pooch

Tired of your dog not coming when called the first time you ask? Annoyed by a dog who drags you for a walk or doesn’t seem to notice when you’re talking to him? If your dog’s behavior has got you a bit frustrated or embarrassed, or if you just want a little more polite behavior, this class is for you.

Living with an engaged and responsive dog is one of life’s greatest pleasures! We can help you enjoy a calmer and better-behaved dog.

Building a Strong Foundation
In this class, your dog will learn to respond to you the first time you ask and you will learn how to change pesky habits like pulling on the leash and jumping up. A well-mannered, polite pooch is fun to live with! This class is also important before starting fun dog sports such as agility.

Here is what you will do in class:
• Improve the manners of your favorite pooch.
• Improve basic obedience skills such as sit, down, stay, go to your mat, and come.
• Solve troublesome problems such as pulling on the leash, not coming when called, and jumping up to greet.
• Use impulse control games to teach leave it and other skills to decrease unwanted behaviors such as pulling toward lizards, squirrels or other dogs while on walks.
• Get better attention and focus so your dog will respond to you the first time, even around distractions.
• Teach your dog to work around distractions (we will help you create some), and build drive, motivation, and confidence.
• We will show you how to utilize the power of the clicker to teach skills quickly using positive techniques (see more info below).
• You will learn to reward success, not punish mistakes. This results in a dog that has trust and confidence in you and who is eager to learn.
• In the webinar/video (the first class, which is self-paced at home) we will teach you how to view the world through your dog’s eyes, and practice mechanical skills to help improve your training and create quicker success. We will also give you information on how your dog learns which will help with your training in addition to providing understanding about how some behavior problems can be avoided or fixed. You will start on some lessons at home which will better prepare you for the first group class (whether at Lucky Dog or virtually).

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 class or in a private lesson. (Dogs that strain at their leash to get to other dogs to play are welcome in this class.)

Dogs who bark and lunge aggressively or fearfully are not well suited for 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).

Who is this class for?

Choose this class either by:

  • Your dog’s age: This class is for dogs that are adolescents and older. Sign up your dog that is 5 months of age and older (though grads of our Ideal Puppy class may be younger).
  • Obedience skills. This is a level 1 obedience class so we will work on building and strengthening important, foundation skills.
  • Next class progression. Ideal Puppy Training & Socialization class grads will want to register for this class. Anyone wanting to progress to Intro to Agility or more advanced obedience classes should take this class. (This requirement can be waived if you have done an excellent job at home on your own. Check with the Training Director.)
  • Temperament. Only friendly or dogs who ignore other dogs and people are suitable for this class.

Class Duration: This class is an hour per week for 5 weeks at Lucky Dog plus the online seminar that you will view at home and begin lessons.

Class size is limited to 6 dogs so register today! This popular obedience, focus, attention, and impulse control class is held indoors, and your dog attends beginning with week 2 of class. (Week one you begin at home with the video instructions and lessons that are sent to you.)

The first class is an online webinar which you will view in the comfort of your home. This video presentation, “How Dogs Think & Learn (Build a Rewarding Partnership With Your Dog and make your training a snap)” will provide important tips and tricks to make your training easier, faster and more effective. You will be given the first of your fun homework assignments which will set you up for success on your first night with your dog.

Learn More About the Video Webinar.

The last 5 classes are conducted hands-on and in-person at Lucky Dog with your dog. Both spouses/partners are welcome and encouraged to attend class. Teenagers (and mature preteens) are welcome as well.

You will be taught the skills and concepts needed to better understand your dog and how to change annoying behavior problems. Our goal is to help make life with your dog easier and more enjoyable.


For group classes at Lucky Dog, your dog must be friendly, or indifferent to dogs and people (no aggressive barking, lunging or growling). In addition, this may not be the right class for dogs that are dramatically afraid of most things in their world.

If this is a virtual class that you are taking at home, it doesn’t matter! That’s the beauty of Zoom classes.

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).

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.  (Don’t think you’ll like the clicker? No worries, we have an alternative method for you.)

Click here to discover what you should bring for class (or purchase from Lucky Dog if you’re attending an in-person class).