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Basic Obedience Training

Menia is all set for basic training class. Joe and I have been to a lot of basic training classes. We take each of our pups to at least basic for a variety of reasons:

1. So they know what we mean when we say certain words.

2. So Joe and I speak the same language – use the same words to mean the same thing. For example at our house, “Off” means four feet on the floor. “Down” means lay down.

3. It helps us focus more on training our other dogs.

4. Four of our pups are rescue pups and training helps build their confidence in being a dog and our confidence in being a reliable handler.

During her first month with us we have spent most of our “training” time acquainting her with the other dogs, our routine and our rules. The only commands we have taught are “sit” and we are working on “shake”.

When she ate a baby bunny a couple of days ago she did not know the “drop it” command, so we have a couple packages of Zuke’s training treats that I carry around to practice “drop it.” I swear she cannot be the 2 – 3 years old the vet says she is as she acts like a puppy eating EVERYTHING. I fully expect all of the dog toys to be desqueaked in the next couple of weeks which is no big deal, but eating the squeaker is a problem!

Classes begin in June and I think there are still slots available. Here’s our schedule with Brian Markowich, CPDT-KA Certified Professional Dog Trainer


How the class will work each week:

  1. Review and practice previous lessons/commands and answer any questions
  2. Bathroom break and puppy play time
  3. New lesson instruction
  4. Heeling practice
  5. Receive homework and individual advice on improvement
  6. More questions if needed


Refund Policy:

For cancellations immediately following the first class with dogs, payments may be credited for future classes or private lessons. For cancellations later than that, no refunds or credit will be made.

What to bring each week:

  1. 6 ft leash (leather preferred but options will be discussed)
  2. Buckle collar or harness. No chokers. No prongs. If you use these types of collars, let’s talk about them.
  3. Large rug your dog can sit and lay on.
  4. Treats/foods for training or a favorite toy if your dog responds better to toys. Small chewy treats or cut-up hot dogs or anything easy to swallow work well.

What You Will Learn:

Your dog already knows how to do all the things you want him to do (They’re natural!). What you need is for him to do them when YOU want him to. So we need to teach both of you the language of communication. Commands you will learn that your dog already knows:

  1. Sit
  2. Down
  3. Walk on a loose leash
  4. Stay
  5. Recall
  6. What to do about jumping? We’ll practice.

Keys to success

Practice Every Day – About 5 minutes, once or twice a day

Consistency = One command and one response. No “sit sit sit sit”.

No anger and lots of patience.

If you both aren’t having fun, quit and come back later.

If you need help, feel free to call for advice or consultation.


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