Off-Leash Obedience (Level 2)


Our advanced, off-leash obedience program is available in three different formats: in-person, as board and train, and virtually.  Details below.

This advanced, comprehensive program trains you, the owner, as well as your dog and goes far beyond what is being offered by pet shops. You and your dog will receive everything included in our Reliable Obedience Training (Level 1) and in addition, your dog will be trained for reliable off-leash obedience and certified as an American Kennel Club (AKC) Community Canine Good Citizen (ACGC).

Program Benefits

  • Trust your dog at all times!
  • Your dog is reliable in everyday life situations and is calm around dogs and people.
  • Enjoy your dog walking next to you off-leash and staying by your side in crowds, on a hike, etc.
  • Enjoy your dog coming back to you when called under distractions in public. Every single time.
  • Know that your dog won't move when asked to stay, regardless of distractions.
  • Enjoy some bragging rights. Your dog will be a certified Community Canine Good Citizen (ACGC) by the American Kennel Club (AKC).
  • You will be able to trust your dog at all times!
AKC Community Canine is the advanced level of AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program. The AKC's Community Canine Good Citizen Program is designed to recognize dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. This rapidly growing nationally recognized program stresses responsible dog ownership. All dogs who pass the 10-step ACGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.

The Advanced Canine Good Citizen (ACGC) Test

  • 1st Test: Dog Stands, Sits, or Lies Down and Waits under Control of Owner - The dog waits while the owner sits and has a snack or visits with another person (e.g. at a park).
  • 2nd Test: Walk on Loose Leash in Natural Situation - The dog walks on a loose leash, staying by the owner's side for a left turn, right turn, stop, and fast and slow pace.
  • 3rd Test: Walk on Loose Leash through Crowd - The dog walks on a loose leash in the community, dog walks on the sidewalk, through a crowd at a community fair, park, on a trail, through a busy hallway, etc.
  • 4th Test: Walk Past Distracting Dogs - The dog walks on a loose leash in the community, by other dogs on a trail, sidewalk, in a hallway, etc.
  • 5th Test: Sit and Stay in Small Group - Three other people with dogs stand in an informal circle/square while the owners have a conversation. The dogs are all by the owner's side, on a leash, 3 ft. apart for at least 30 seconds.
  • 6th Test: Petting - The dog allows a person who is carrying something (i.e. backpack, computer bag, etc.) to approach and pet it. The person asks "May I pet your dog?", places the item on the floor/ground, and pets the dog.
  • 7th Test: Leave It - The dog walks by food and follows the owner's instructions "Leave it."
  • 8th Test: Down or Sit Stay at Distance - The dog is on a 20-ft line, the owner walks away with back to the dog, picks up an item (e.g., backpack, training bag, clipboard, folder, etc.) placed on the floor/chair/ground and returns to the dog.
  • 9th Test: Recall Under Distraction - The handler goes out 20 ft. off-center and calls the dog.
  • 10th Test: Wait - The dog will sit or stand to stay (owner's choice) while the owner enters/exits a doorway or narrow passageway. The owner calls the dog through the door when ready.

Is Your Dog Ready for Off-Leash Obedience?

This program teaches you and your dog new skills and is only available to dogs without behavioral issues. If your dog has behavioral issues like fear or aggression, we can help you resolve those as well, but that will have to be done separately first. Resolving such issues has nothing to do with obedience training and requires behavioral conditioning.

Off-Leash Training Options

This program is available in three different ways: in-person, as board and train, and virtually.

In-Person: $5200; this is the traditional training option where we come to your home and work with you and your dog hands-on on off-leash obedience. Given the current pandemic, this option presently starts virtually and converts to in-home sessions once the stay-at-home orders are lifted.

Virtually: $4200; this option is almost exactly the same as the in-person option but everything is done via video sessions in our virtual classroom and outdoor field. You can see and hear us and we can see and hear you. We demo with one of our dogs and guide you through to success with yours. Many of our clients LOVE this off-leash training option, as it avoids driving and allows for more flexibility while still achieving the same outcomes and success. We use Zoom and it works on any laptop, tablet, or mobile device. As long as you have a camera connected or built-in, you're good to go.

Board and Train: $6200; we do all the work for you and transition your dog into your home afterward. Same results and outcomes in usually 12 weeks. Your dog stays with us in the home of one of our trainers, not stowed away in a kennel. You also get 1-2 training videos per week on our YouTube channel, so you can see how your friend is doing.

Based out of Riverside County, Happy Dog Training offers a broad range of dog training and behavioral services. Our in-person and board and train services are available in Riverside County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, Los Angeles County, and San Diego County. In addition, Happy Dog Training offers coaching and virtual training services worldwide.
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