Beginner Obedience 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.

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 test with your dog. During the classes all 10 steps of the Canine Good Citizen program will be taught and practiced.

Dogs and handlers are encouraged to repeat the course as many times as they wish to accomplish the goal of learning and solidifying all basic obedience commands with class distractions, and  may progress to off leash work if appropriate and with the approval of the instructor.


Orientation - for Beginner Classes (first night of class)
Dogs should not be brought to the first class. The first class of each seven week session is an Orientation Class that is done without your dogs. Be sure to bring a copy of your payment and shot records. For the safety of all of our dogs, no dogs are allowed the building without current shot records. 

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.