Come learn how to teach your dog to choose on his own to sit politely instead of jumping up, to focus on you when you enter a distracting environment, and to walk on a leash without pulling! “Obedience” is important, yes, but we at Playful Pups go way beyond teaching your dog to obey your commands! We want your dog to have good manners without your having to tell him how to behave in every situation. You dog will learn to wait in front of an open door, ignore a dropped piece of food, and lie down in a “settle” position –all without any verbal cues from you!
You’ll be surprised to see how quickly and happily your dog will learn these basic manners when you use positive reinforcement training instead of compulsion. In fact, you and your dog will enjoy the process so much you will probably want to continue taking classes, such as Rally Obedience, which teaches more advanced skills (Heel, Finish, etc.) in a different way and can set your dog up for earning ribbons and AKC competitions. Most importantly, the time you and your dog spend together in any class will help build a bonding relationship that will permanently enrich both of your lives.
“Thank you for a wonderful first class. Duncan and I had a wonderful time and I am even more pleased with his response to the gentle method of training you are teaching us. –Diane J.
We offer several “entry” level Obedience classes for dogs that have not taken Puppy Manners or Puppy Kindergarten.
Basic A and B may be taken in either order, but young dogs who have not yet started formal training should begin with the Adolescent Puppy Obedience class.
Adolescent Puppy Obedience: This class is for dogs who have not yet taken a Playful Pups class and are from 6 to 9 months, approximately. At this age, dogs are finally psychologically and physiologically ready for more structured, formal obedience training. The same skills are taught that are taught in the Basic Obedience classes, but your adolescent pup might best be served in this class, since it takes into account the energy level and attention span of most teenage dogs! (Six weeks, $150)
Basic Obedience A: If your dog is no longer a puppy, or if you haven’t taken a Playful Pups group class before, this is the class to start with. You will learn to apply numerous positive reinforcement training games and exercises which will enable you to teach your dog basic obedience skills, with an emphasis on loose-leash walking. Most of all, you and your dog will develop a strong, mutually respectful relationship. (Six weeks, $150)
Basic Obedience B: If your dog is no longer a puppy, (or if you’ve already taken Basic Obedience A), this–like Basic A–is the class to start with. You will learn to apply numerous positive reinforcement training games and exercises which will enable you to teach your dog basic obedience skills, with an emphasis on stationary behaviors, such as “Stay,” “Wait,” and “Go to Your Mat.” Most of all, you and your dog will develop a strong, mutually respectful relationship. (Six weeks, $150)
Intermediate Obedience: If you have already taken a Playful Pups class and your dog some Basic Obedience skills, taking this class will refine and strengthen them. Continuing to use the foundation skills, you will now apply them to off-leash heeling, distance recalls, and solid stays. This a great course for a dog that already has basic manners and an owner who wants to do more! (6 weeks $150)
Advanced Obedience: This is a class for Intermediate Obedience graduates who want to solidify, maintain, or expand their obedience skills. It will be conducted mostly off-leash and will introduce behaviors needed for Obedience and Rally competitions. But don’t worry: the format is relaxed and fun, since skills are often practiced while playing games, such as Musical Chairs or Recall Relays! (6 weeks $150)