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

Proofing is a vital step in dog training but is often the least practiced. Many owners report that their dogs can do all the commands perfectly at home but when they come to group class, or taken to the pet store, their dog forgets everything they practiced. This indicates there is more work to be done with the three Ds; distance, duration, and distraction.

The three Ds affect almost any behavior. Dogs don’t generalize well, meaning if they learn to sit in front of you, they don’t automatically know that “sit” also means to sit when you are on the other side of the room (distance).  Many dogs will “down” then pop back up after they receive a reward (duration). And, the most important and challenging ‘D’ of all, is getting, and keeping attention in the presence of distractions. 

Class Goals:

  • How To Get and Keep Attention With Distractions

  • Get Behaviors Fast On the First Command & at a Distance

  • Duration Sit & Down Stays

  • How to Ween Off Food Rewards & Get Food Off Your Body

  • Recalls Over Challenging Distractions Such as a Hot Dog or Ball

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.