Learning basic techniques is only the beginning. How to apply the technique with continuing positive reinforcement will create the optimum result for both dog and handler.
We have training on multiple different levels.
This class designed to initiate the basics for your puppy (and you).
In 4 weeks you will be instructed and become familiar on:
* Crate Training
* Potty Training
* Positive Reinforcement
* Leash Training
In basic obedience you and your dog will learn how to train each other.
Through systematic positive reinforcement you and your dog have the best of both worlds.
You learn from them and they learn from you to provide a bond which is inseparable.
In the Basic Obedience Course instruction and familiarization will be on:
* Loose lead walk
* Come when Called
AKC’s Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) Program Cost: $160 - 6 weeks
Ultimately, every dog owner will want to have their dog become a Canine Good Citizen®. With every group of canines trained, we encourage handlers to strive towards this criteria. Though not impossible, the tasks involved take time to accomplish. We can offer this training through private sessions, a one-on-one with handler, canine, and trainer. The puppy kindergarten and the Basic Obedience courses we offer will give you the ground work to have your dog become a Canine Good Citizen.
Training/Testing: CGC Test Items
Before taking the Canine Good Citizen test, owners will sign the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge. We believe that responsible dog ownership is a key part of the CGC concept and by signing the pledge, owners agree to take care of their dog's health needs, safety, exercise, training and quality of life. Owners also agree to show responsibility by doing things such as cleaning up after their dogs in public places and never letting dogs infringe on the rights of others.
After signing the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge, owners and their dogs are ready to take the CGC Test. Items on the Canine Good Citizen Test include:
Test 1: Accepting a friendly stranger
Test 2: Sitting politely for petting
Test 3: Appearance and grooming
Test 4: Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)
Test 5: Walking through a crowd
Test 6: Sit and down on command and Staying in place
Test 7: Coming when called
Test 8: Reaction to another dog
Test 9: Reaction to distraction
Test 10: Supervised separation
All tests must be performed on leash. For collars, dogs should wear well-fitting buckle or slip collars made of leather, fabric, or chain. Special training collars such as pinch collars, head halters, and electronic collars are not permitted in the CGC test.
As of November 4, 2010, body harnesses may be used in the CGC test. The evaluator should check to make sure the harness is not of a type that completely restricts the dog's movement such that it could not pull or jump up if it tried.
We recognize that special training collars such as head collars and no-jump harnesses may be very useful tools for beginning dog trainers, however, we feel that dogs are ready to take the CGC test at the point at which they are transitioned to equipment that allows the evaluator to see that the dog has been trained.
The evaluator supplies a 20-foot lead for the test. The owner/handler should bring the dog's brush or comb to the test.
Owners/handlers may use praise and encouragement throughout the test. The owner may pet the dog between exercises. Food and treats are not permitted during testing, nor is the use of toys, squeaky toys, etc. to get the dog to do something. We recognize that food and toys may provide valuable reinforcement or encouragement during the training process but these items should not be used during the test.
Failures – Dismissals
Any dog that eliminates during testing must be marked failed. The only exception to this rule is that elimination is allowable in test Item 10, but only when test Item 10 is held outdoors.
Any dog that growls, snaps, bites, attacks, or attempts to attack a person or another dog is not a good citizen and must be dismissed from the test.
When your dog is ready to be evaluated as a Canine Good Citizen, we will provide the evaluation and certificate for $8 - $20 AKC Certification and filing fee through AKC.