What You and Your Dog Will Learn…
- See Spot Sit’s hand signals that are synonymous with the verbal commands taught;
- The Name Game – to look at you every time you happily say their name;
- Watch Command -learn to focus on you for an extended period of time, which has multiple uses and benefits;
- Sit-stay (adding distance, duration and distractions gradually);
- Down stay ((adding distance, duration and distractions gradually);
- Recall – coming when called. This command is Non-Negotiable;
- Touch – targeting training, especially helpful for dogs who are shy/fearful meeting new people, as well as swim training, rally for fun, etc.;
- Leave It – keep dog from picking up anything off of the floor, or from a toddler’s hand, and putting it in their mouth. It is an extremely versatile command and can be used for many things, including chasing the cat or reacting at the fence to a human or dog, etc.;
- Whistle/Name Association -Teaching you how to train your dog to look for your face every time they hear the whistle just as if you had called their name (extremely helpful for long distance recall whether intentional or accidental);
- Intro to “Place” command (some people prefer “go to your bed” or another cue but it means that they go to a bed, preferably one that is 6-8 inches above floor level, and stay there until you release them. Of course, this is highly dependent upon the dog having a good, solid down stay with hand signals;
- Intro to off-leash walking.
And much more. This course also includes a “humans only” class which is incredibly informative and one you won’t want to miss! Unless changed due to a string of icky weather that keeps us inside gives way suddenly to a beautiful opportunity for outside work, the Humans Only classes are the 3rd Thursday and Saturday of each month.
The following behaviors, some of which are listed above, are taught in class in order to test your dog for receiving his/her AKC Community Canine Good Citizen certification:
- Sit and down stay;
- Walking properly on a loose leash (through a crowd);
- Properly greeting a friendly stranger;
- Properly greeting another dog (friendly);
- Sitting politely for petting;
- Grooming and handling;
- Supervised separation;
- Reaction to distraction;
- Coming when called;
Helpful Information You’ll Learn:
- House training instructions and assistance, if needed
- Explanation and advice for other issues, including but not limited to separation anxiety, isolation distress, etc. Discussed at humans only classes;
- Health benefits of spay and neuter;
- Breed traits of your dog vs. its personality (how to really know and understand your dog);
- Introduction to therapy dog certification – if needed/interested;
- Bite inhibition (or “soft mouth”) if needed;
- No jumping up on humans (if needed.
*Other common issues that interfere with creating a happy and safe environment for your dog and relieving any pet stress you may be experiencing.