Sit, Stay, Heel: Beginner Dog Obedience Classes
When you adopt a dog, teaching him or her good manners is a must. A canine good citizen doesn’t jump up on people, chew random household objects, snatch food, bark incessantly or continuously pull on the leash. Instead, these well-trained dog companions listen and respond to their name, know all the basic commands and avoid disruptive behavior. The PET DEGREE Beginner Obedience Course will help you and your pet get there by establishing a strong connection through tools like “The Name Game,” learning the importance of body handling and teaching good manners.
Sign up for one of our classes below:
PET DEGREE Trainers
In the PET DEGREE beginner dog obedience classes, trainers work along with you, giving you the tools and tips you need to help your dog learn foundational skills. Trainers offer you positive reinforcement techniques and help make learning fun and interactive for both you and your dog. Successful completion of the beginner dog obedience course gives you a canine companion ready to interact with the real world. You can then decide to continue with more sophisticated training or even consider them having a career as a therapy dog.
How It Works
During every PET DEGREE class session, you and your dog will work in a simulated real-world environment. That means there will be plenty of smells, sounds, people and other animals around to act as distractions. As your dog learns to focus and respond to their name, you build a deeper and more secure relationship with your four-legged friend. During the eight-week beginner obedience course, you’ll practice skills like sit, stay, come, etc., as your pup practices for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test.
You’ll meet each week to practice skills with the trainers, and then continue to develop skills at home. Each homework assignment is designed to reinforce the skills you learn in class and give your pup plenty of practice time. Every week, you’ll learn something new and have fun playing and learning with other dogs and dog owners.
Before you enroll: Make sure all vaccinations are up-to-date.
What your dog will learn:
- Heel (informal)
- Leash manners
- Leave it
- Drop it
- Body handling
- Marker words
- Intro to agility equipment