Classes

Classes at K-10 Dog Training, no matter the age of your dog, focus on building a solid positive relationship between you and your pet.  The classes use methods backed by science and focus on life skills that most dog owners desire of their canine companions.  There is also one-on-one instruction for owners dealing with dogs with problem behaviors.  Whether you are building new desired behaviors or you need help modifying unwanted ones, there is something for you at K-10.

K-10 Dog Training offers Levels Training based primarily on a private lesson format.  Private lessons allows one-on-one attention so that new behaviors can be taught and problem behaviors can be resolved based on the individual needs of the dog owner and the dog.  Levels Training allows flexibility so you and your dog can progress to the level of training you desire and you can do so at your own pace.

Although most lessons are once per week, Level Training schedule offers flexibility.  If desired, based on your schedule and that of the trainer, you may opt to take multiple classes / week.  You can also skip a week and pick up the next week, again based on your schedule and that of the trainer.

New students to K-10 Dog Training must take the “Let’s Meet” orientation class prior to signing up for Levels Training package.  All students start at Level 1.   A basic outline of classes is listed below, but you and your dog can work at your own pace and on the skills and behaviors that are important to you.

Let’s meet!

This is a one-time orientation class intended for just dog owners which is required prior to taking a class at K-10.  This class gives you the tools to start building that solid positive relationship with your dog.  This one-hour class is free to anyone who continues on to Level Training or One-on-One training offered at K-10.  If no subsequent classes are taken, there is a $25.00 charge for the orientation class.

Level 1:  Let’s Get Started

In Level 1 classes, your pup will be introduced to cues:

  • Touch (targeting)
  • Sit
  • Down
  • Focus (eye contact)
  • The Name Game (Attention to owner when name called)

At this level problems such as Attention Seeking behaviors (play biting / jumping up / attention barking) as well as house training issues will be discussed. We will also discuss capturing and luring / fading the lure as means of getting your dog to do new behaviors.

In addition, your dog will start working on Loose Leash walking while focusing on you.  Touch will be expanded to introduce what will eventually, with practice, become a solid recall (come).   Your dog will also be introduced to the Stay cue.  We will also work on polite greetings. You will hone your clicker skills by capturing a new behavior and putting it on cue.

Level 2: Let’s Be Mannerly

This Level will add some impulse control cues such as Leave it, Drop It/Trade and Wait at Thresholds.  Your dog will also learn to Go To Mat or Kennel Up on cue. We will introduce the heel positions via targeting as well as continue to work on loose leash walking, You will learn how to shape new behaviors as well as learn how to reduce latency between presenting the cue and your dog performing the requested behavior.  To broaden your training toolbox, we will discuss alternate rewards other than food treats that can be used to motivate and possibly strengthen your dog’s responses to cue.

Level 3: Let’s Add Distance, Distractions and Duration

This Level will add more distance, distractions and durations to already known cues.  Your dog will work on longer-distance recalls and stays with moderate distractions.  He/she will assume a heel position when cued and heel with moderate distractions.  He will also be introduced to sit and down cues from a distance of at least 5 feet.   Weather permitting, classes will be held outside to add new distractions to the mix.

Level 4: Let’s Polish Those Behaviors

This Level will put some polish on already known behaviors.   We will work on snappy responses to known behaviors such as sit, down and recall by continually reducing latency and selective rewarding.  We will add turns and work on automatic sits when heeling.  You will continue to learn how to use targeting as well as capturing and shaping to develop new behaviors and tricks that will “Wow” friends and families.

American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Testing

This is for students that are ready to take the AKC CGC Test.  Testing will be scheduled as needed.  Find out more information about the AKC Canine Good Citizen test at http://www.akc.org/dog-owners/training/canine-good-citizen/.

Canine Problem Solving

Some dogs have behaviors that are simply annoying while others exhibit behaviors that have the potential to be dangerous.  Using a combination of counter-conditioning and desensitization along with positive reinforcement, time and patience, dogs can overcome fears and anxieties that lead to aggressive displays.  They can also learn alternative acceptable behaviors to replace problem ones.  Don’t suffer through it alone – contact us for one-on-one help.