This class is offered to dogs and puppies over 4 months of age who have already taken our Polite Puppy Class or our Basic Class (or equivalent). This class is great for those who wish to gain more reliability with their dog.
We will help you take the skills that you learned in the Polite Puppy and Basic Manners class and apply them to real life situations! This class is designed to be repeatable until you reach the level of training that you desire! This class also includes exercises to help prepare your dog to take the CGC (Canine Good Citizen) and the TDI (Therapy Dogs International) tests!
You will continue working with your dog on the basic obedience commands while adding more distractions, distance and duration. You will also begin working on several new exercises!
Some of the skills that we will work more on are:
Getting your dog to walk well on leash.
Stays with ever increasing distractions and with added distance. Sit, Down and Stand stays will all be covered.
Come when called also adding in distractions and distance.
Wait and watch you for more and more things that they want.
Sitting politely when people approach as well as sitting for petting.
Practicing “Leave It” while out for a walk
Medical equipment such as wheelchairs and walkers will be introduced as distractions.
Loose leash walking by other dogs while keeping their attention on you.
A placement exercise will be taught which will teach your dog to go to his bed or a mat when asked.
Learn more on how to effectively use play, games and other “Lifetime Rewards” to get your dog to work well for you!
The 10 test items of the AKC CGC Test as follows:
1. Accepting a Friendly Stranger
2. Sitting Politely for Petting
3. Appearance and Grooming
4. Out For a Walk
5. Walking Through a Crowd
6. Sit and Down on Command/ Staying in Place
7. Coming When Called
8. Reaction to Another Dog
9. Reaction to Distractions
10. Supervised Separation
Your dog will also be exposed to medical equipment distractions; a cane, wheel chair, walker and crutches which helps your dog to work comfortably around these items. This is especially useful if you plan to gain your dogs Therapy Dog Certificate which allows you to visit your local nursing homes, hospitals, etc. to let your dog cheer the patients.
All members of your dog's family are encouraged to attend these classes.
We look forward to having you and your dog continue on with us in our Basic Level II Class!