What to Expect

What To Expect when you train with us.  This section gives some tips and hints to help make your first obedience class a fun experience for you and your dog.

Okay, you've signed up for class and you're ready to go, what can you expect?

On the first night, bring your dog, a 4-6 foot leather or nylon leash and some training treats.  If you don't have experience selecting the right training collar, don't worry - we'll help you pick the right one for your dog.  All family members are welcome, but an adult should be the primary handler until the basics are established

Our class size is limited to no more than seven dogs.  New dogs are entered into existing classes.  The calmness, stability and experience of the other class members gives security to the new members.  You'll find the mix of experience levels to be very helpful. Remember, obedience class is as much about training you as your dog, and you will learn a great deal from watching the more experienced handlers.  Each dog is worked individually at it's own rate of progress to make sure it learns the correct skills that make learning easy and pleasant.  This avoids the monotony and chaos of large group classes.  The dog handling skills the owner develops will be valuable for the rest of the dog's life and for any other dog the owner may ever have.

If you are a beginning handler, we will work with your dog for the first few lessons.  As your dog settles in, you'll work your dog for part of the session then we'll take over to show you new techniques and exercises.  By the end of the six week series, you'll be working your dog for the entire session.  Of course, we will be glad to handle your dog any time a demonstration is desired or needed.

The last 10 minutes of each class, we conduct group exercises such as long sits and downs.

At home, plan on working your dog a couple of times each day for no more than 10 minutes.  Keep it fun and your dog will look forward to training sessions.

Once you and your dog have the basic skills, we encourage other family members, including children, to participate in class.

Once you've mastered the basics, you may want to consider working toward participation in obedience competition or you might like to try Agility training.