Dogs with good manners have more freedom.
Sit, down, and stay are just the tip of the iceberg– the most important part of obedience training is your relationship with your dog.
You don’t have to push or yank on your dog to get amazing results.
We use praise, treats, toys, and games to help your dog solve problems. We reward good manners and find strategies to replace rude behavior. A positive, flexible approach keeps your dog in a relaxed state where they learn faster.
Your dog will learn core skills, but they’ll also learn patience, focus, and to look to you for guidance.
You can go on easy walks together. Your dog can come when called. Visitors don’t have to run the gauntlet to get into your home. It’s incredible how much can change in just a few weeks.
You’ll be so proud of your dog.
These are the skills that we feel a well-trained dog should know how to do. Solid performance in your living room is a good start, but can your dog do them in public? Can they do them with moderate distractions? Training builds your dog’s listening skills. It also teaches them that the command, not the context, is what matters.
- Wait or Stay
- Recall (Come!)
- Leash Manners (loose leash walking)
Intermediate obedience includes the skills listed above, but done in a more difficult environment. It also involves holding the skill for a longer time period. This can be confusing for dogs. We progress in a stepwise process, so that your dog advances smoothly. Intermediate obedience may also include:
- Out-of-sight down-stay
- Off-leash heel
- Other skills as determined
Advanced obedience is customized. You may want to train your dog to bring you things you ask for, to carry things, or take their place on the paddleboard. One of my favorites is that I train my dogs to find my car keys. We can work on manners for farmer’s markets, skijoring skills (left, right, stop), or skills suited to backcountry travel. You choose a goal that suits your lifestyle, and we will help you build proficiency.