Our group obedience and manners classes are taught in a levels-style program designed with busy lifestyles and your ultimate success in mind.
Classes are divided into levels of increasingly challenging exercises. Students move through the skills at each level progressing to the next when they are ready - not when time is up!
Canine Academy Level 1 Mondays or Wednesdays at 8pm.
The next Monday series is scheduled to begin mid-April, 2017. The next Wednesday series is scheduled to begin late March, 2017. A weekday morning class may also begin soon. Registrations are currently being accepted for all classes. Please contact Margaret for availability.
Canine Academy Level 2 is self-paced. Join anytime, Mondays or Wednesdays at 7pm.
(completion of Canine Academy 1 or trainer permission required)
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How does the Academy work?
The Academy is a six-month program divided into different segments. Each segment is taught at a different day and time. The first segment, Level 1, is divided into eight classes taught in eight consecutive weeks. You must be able to attend all eight consecutive Level 1 classes. If you miss a Level 1 class, you will be responsible for scheduling and paying for a make up lesson.
Once you complete Level 1, you have the option to move into Level 2 or the Novice Rally classes. Rally is a great way to hone the obedience skills you learned in Level 1 with fewer distractions than our Level 2 class typically has. Regardless of the segment you choose, at this point the program becomes self-paced, working much like a gym membership. You may come as little or as often as you need to master the skills, but like a gym membership, if you don’t come to class, you forfeit those classes. If you choose the Rally track, you have the choice of moving to a Rally Course class after learning the signs, or moving back into a Levels class.
Is this a competitive obedience class?
No. This class is designed primarily for companion dogs. We will learn walking on a loose leash and as well as more advanced behaviors, but do not train for obedience competition.
What can I expect from the classes?
More thorough training. The six-month time frame allows us to go beyond the basics and train more difficult behaviors including: recalls from a distance and distractions, stays with you at a distance, and off-leash control. Classes are a combination of learning new exercises and practicing skills. You can also expect a certain amount of silliness and fun! We play games at each level that enhance and reinforce the skills, and learn at least two tricks at each level.
What training methods do you use?
We adhere to the Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive (LIMA) approach to training and behavior modification. For that reason, we do not use choke collars, prong collars, or electronic collars. We do support the use of less intrusive management tools during training such as harnesses (particularly harnesses designed specifically to reduce pulling) and in some instances, head halters. Details on the use of LIMA in training and behavior modification can be found at: www.iaabc.org/about/LIMA
How many students will be in each class?
Only six dogs are allowed to start each Level 1 class. Limiting the number of dogs starting the program each month and offering the Rally track option allows us to control the size of all classes. This provides students with individual instruction in a group class setting. In the upper level classes, students are given specific instructions on the exercises so they work at their experience level.
What if I finish before the six months is up, or if I don’t finish in six months?
If you finish before your anniversary date, you’re welcome to continue coming to any class for practice or fun or transfer to a different class. A Graduate Class is available for dogs the instructors feel are ready for more challenging off-leash and distance work.
Do I need to reserve my spot for class?
You must reserve a spot in the Level 1 class. Once you move out of level 1 you can come as your schedule permits.
Is it difficult for the dogs to adjust to different dogs & people each time?
At first. However, the levels-style training helps better prepare dogs and their owners for real life situations. After all, there’s always someone different at the park, pet store, veterinarian's...
Where are you located?
Our address is 8618 McMeans Trail, southwest, in the Oak Hill area, near the Circle C golf course.
What does it cost?
$504.00 for the six-month program. If you do not finish the course by your anniversary date, you may continue in the program at a cost of $85.00 per month. Discounted “continuing education” pricing is also available that includes built in free weeks off. We accept cash, checks, credit/debit cards, and payment through PayPal.
How do I register?
Complete and return the registration form with your payment. Your spot is reserved when we receive your paperwork and deposit. You may pay the entire fee up front, or pay half when you register, and the other half when you move to the next segment. You will receive a confirmation letter with information you’ll need for the first class. Please note that this program is not for dogs with serious aggression problems. If you have concerns about whether this class is right for your dog, or any other questions about the program, please feel free to contact us!
What other services do you offer?
We also offer private lessons, Puppy Preschool, Rally Obedience, and consultations for aggression, phobias (including Separation Anxiety), and other behavior problems.