This comprehensive, 16-week obedience training program trains you, as well as your dog. Our program goes far beyond what is being offered by pet shops. Upon completion, your dog will be fully trained and certified as an AKC Canine Good Citizen. As a result, you get what you really want: A Trained Dog.
You will enjoy our play-based training style. It leads to fast and optimal learning. Dog training doesn't have to be a chore. Our obedience program is engaging and fun! Therefore, you and your dog will enjoy training from the first lesson!
Part 1: Foundation
Firstly, the obedience program builds a solid learning foundation. Far too many programs fail to lay a solid foundation and as a result, dogs don't learn reliable behaviors. For instance, you shouldn't have to hold a treat in your hand for your dog to actually sit down. Foundational training means, we teach your dog a marker system. This allows you to better communicate with your dog in daily life and make sense to your companion.
Too often, we and our dog are talking past each other. We will change that. Regardless of the context, you will be able to let your dog know when he does well or when something else is more appropriate. With our obedience program, you will have a simple and clear new language to communicate with. In addition, your dog also learns to understand the collar and leash as an informational communication tool and stops seeing it as a frustrating restraint device. Learning these basics first, improves your relationship, as it allows you to provide clarity to your dog. Your companion will appreciate it.
Part 2: Commands and Behaviors
Secondly, our obedience training program focuses on building and solidifying the commands. As the first part already included the recall and 'leave it' commands, these two just need to be finalized. In addition, the commands we are teaching in part two are: sit, down, look, place, easy, as well as loose-leash walking, not jumping on people and addressing any other behaviors your dog may have adopted that you'd rather no longer have.
Part 3: AKC Canine Good Citizen
Thirdly, our obedience program covers the CGC preparation and the test itself. The AKC's Canine Good Citizen Program is designed to recognize dogs with good manners at home and in the community. This rapidly growing nationally recognized program stresses responsible dog ownership for owners and basic training and good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10 step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.
In conclusion, the AKC CGC Program provides an excellent foundation for training other fun activities. Subsequently, you could get into training for tracking, agility, service dog, medical alert, and so on. The AKC CGC results in a well-mannered dog who is a joy to live with. Many therapy dog groups require passing the CGC Test as a prerequisite, some insurance companies recommend CGC training and an increasing number of apartments and condos.
The CGC TEST consists of 10 skills needed by all well-mannered dogs. All of the exercises are done on a leash.
The CGC Test Steps without other Dogs
- 1. Accepting a Friendly Stranger: The dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday situation.
- 2. Sitting Politely for Petting: The dog will allow a friendly stranger to pet it while it is out with its handler.
- 3. Appearance and Grooming: The dog will welcome being groomed and examined and will permit someone, such as a veterinarian, groomer or friend of the owner, to do so.
- 4. Out for a Walk (walking on a loose lead): The handler/dog team will take a short walk to show that the dog is in control while walking on a leash.
- 5. Sit and Down on Command and Staying in Place: The dog will respond to the handler's commands to 1) sit, 2) down and will 3) remain in the place commanded by the handler (sit or down position, whichever the handler prefers).
- 6. Coming when Called: The dog will come when called by the handler. The handler will walk 10 feet from the dog, turn to face the dog, and call the dog.
- 7. Reaction to Distraction: To demonstrate the dog is confident when faced with common distracting situations, the evaluator will select and present two distractions. Examples of distractions include dropping a chair or rolling a crate dolly past the dog. In addition, a jogger could run in front of the dog or a person could drop a crutch or cane.
The CGC Test Steps with other Dogs
- 8. Walking through a Crowd: The dog and handler walk around and pass close to several people (at least three) to demonstrate that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under control in public places.
- 9. Reaction to Another Dog: To demonstrate that the dog can behave politely around other dogs, two handlers and their dogs approach each other from a distance of about 20 feet, stop, shake hands and exchange pleasantries, and continue on for about 10 feet.
- 10. Supervised Separation: This test demonstrates that a dog can be left with a trusted person, if necessary, and will maintain training and good manners. Evaluators are encouraged to say something like, "Would you like me to watch your dog?" and then take hold of the dog’s leash. The owner will go out of sight for three minutes.
Is Your Dog Ready?
This obedience 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.