Beginner Obedience 101 Class Description

Our Beginner Obedience class is a basic training course for dogs 9 months and older, or who have completed S.T.A.R Puppy, aimed at training you to train your dog.  For dogs under 9 months of age, you may also wish to consider our S.T.A.R. Puppy Class.


​Orientation - for Beginner Classes (first night of class)
Dogs do not attend the first class as it is an orientation for handlers.  Be sure to bring a copy of your payment confirmation and shot/titers records to this class.  For the safety of all dogs, no dogs are allowed in the building without current shot/titers records.

Emphasis is on the basic training needed to make your dog a good companion, walk on a loose leash, sit, stand, down, stay in position, and come when called.  You will also learn about nutrition, grooming and problem solving.  This class is an excellent starting point if you are looking to pass the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test with your dog. This class covers all 10 skills required in the CGC test.

This class is also a good starting foundation if you have plans of making your dog a future Emotional Support Dog or Service Dog.   


Beginner Obedience 102 Class Description

Prerequisite - Beginner Obedience 101

This class is for those dogs who have completed Beginners 101 and who have consistent performance of the basic obedience commands.  Dogs attend the first night of this class with their handlers.  This class will introduce additional skills needed to pass the A.K.C. Beginners Novice class in a trial including left and right finishes, long distance stays and recall and sit for exam.  Some teams may progress to select off leash exercises if appropriate at the discretion of the instructor.

Attention & The Three D's –– Distance, Distractions and Duration

Prerequisite - Beginner Obedience 102

This class is for handlers who are ready to begin proofing their dog’s obedience skills with the Three D’s:  Distance, Duration, and Distraction––while, maintaining attention. Attention is the foundation of dog training and is one of the most difficult behaviors to get. This course also covers: how to get behaviors with one command; how to transfer verbal commands to hand signals; and how to transfer food rewards to play rewards. Whether you are interested in training for competition, or would just like to train your dog to a higher level, this course offers you the information you need to accomplish that goal. 

The CGC Program


The CGC Program teaches good manners to dogs and responsible dog ownership to their owners. The 10-step Canine Good Citizen test is a non-competitive test for all dogs, including purebreds and mixed breeds. The CGC award is a prerequisite for many therapy dog groups. Some homeowner’s insurance companies are encouraging CGC testing, and an increasing number of apartments and condos require that resident dogs pass the CGC test. The CGC Program also includes the AKC CGC℠ Responsible Dog Owner Pledge.