Obedience, Cooperation, Communication and Much More

Let Your Dog Learn and Play with Other Dogs!

12+ Week Course, Includes AKC Canine Good Citizen Training and Test for Certification/Title

Class Details:

When: Saturday mornings from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00p.m. and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30

Classes run concurrently so you can start as soon you’re ready!

Where: See Spot Sit Dog & Humn Training & Behavior Modification, 14717 Hwy. 107, Jacksonville, AR.
Price:  $275  (refunds available only if you finish the course and do not see any improvement in your dog) 

Is This Class for You?

This class is  best suited for well socialized, stable dogs whose owners would like to obtain the AKC Canine Good Citizen title as well as learn lots of good manners as well as work through minor issues.. This class is not suited for dogs who suffer from issues such as fear aggression, fear of children, extremely poor socialization skills, etc..

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;
  • Down;
  • 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;
  • Down;
  • 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.

Important Info & What to Bring

Additional “Stuff” You Need to Know:

  • Don’t Feed Breakfast Before Class: Be sure not to feed your dog breakfast before morning class or the dinner meal if you are coming to an evening class as they will not be food-motivated if they aren’t hungry.
  • Practice Every Day: The success of this course largely depends on you1 If you want your dog to be solid in everything we teach, you will need to do 3-5 short (10-15 minute) sessions every, single day!
  • Puppies’ Shots:Puppies must be 10 days out from their second set of shots. To be safe, check with your vet!
  • The Right Fit? If your dog’s needs cannot be met by the training included in the 2 month package (i.e. shows aggressive reactivity toward other dogs or humans or class setting is not beneficial to your do, we will discuss your options with you and offer you all of the assistance and resources we can in order to help your dog overcome the issue(s).

What to Bring:

  • Leash: 4 – 6 foot leash, NOT a retractable Flexi. If you are using a harness, it must have a front clipping D-ring, i.e. the “Easy Walk” or “Walk Right” harnesses.
  • Treats: small – grain free. Some people like to use chopped turkey hot dogs. (Treat alternatives: unseasoned boiled or dehydrated chicken, SMALL, preferably grain free training treats.  Tip: The treats should be extremely aromatic so your dog is enticed by them.  Salmon, lamb, duck and rabbit are certainly favorites around here.
  • Collar: properly fitted, two fingers should slide but fit snugly underneath the collar. If the collar is too loose, your dog could back out of it, while on leash, and escape.  Preferable training collars – Starmark collar (available online or at Hollywood Feed), Walk Right harness or Easy Walk harness (available online or at Hollywood Feed)
  • Treat Bag: optional, but will make things much easier for you!