OBEDIENCE & MANNERS
These classes will put your puppy or dog on the right path to being a well-mannered and behaved member of your family and the community.
AKC Puppy S.T.A.R. Puppy Class
Our AKC S.T.A.R. puppy class is a 6-week class for dogs 8-18 weeks old. Our trainers help each student learn new skills such as sit, down, come, stay, and loose leash walking. We also help solve common puppy problems like biting, chewing, housetraining, jumping, crate training, and anything else you may need help with! Our trainers are highly qualified in puppy development and cognition and continue to further their education to provide you the best support possible. Our classes also include off-leash, highly supervised play, when appropriate, and critical confidence-building and exposure activities to novel stimuli. This class will also address touch and handling work, veterinary visit prep, nutrition, and preventative measures for common puppy struggles. Our goal is to help you and your puppy get started on the right paw! We help you develop a well-rounded, confident, and happy dog! Come join us as you begin your puppy journey!
Puppy AKC S.T.A.R. and Beginner Obedience
Are you looking to train your puppy, but want to continue training after finishing your puppy class? We have just the training package for you! Our Puppy Package includes both the Puppy AKC S.T.A.R. class and our Beginner Obedience class for a savings of $25. After your puppy finishes puppy class, you will register him/her for Beginner Obedience and the payment is already taken care of. Call our office today for more information!
Beginner Obedience is for dogs 19-weeks and older who are just beginning to learn basic manners and obedience skills. For dogs 18-weeks or younger, please join our Puppy class. If your dog knows some of these skills but has never worked among other dogs, this is a great starting point! This class covers sit, down, stay, come, drop it, leave it, loose leash walking, stand, focus work, and much more! In addition to these skills, we cover many problem behaviors such as jumping, mouthing, stealing, and other nuisance behaviors. The first class is a two-hour human-only class (human training). The remaining 5 weeks are one-hour classes for you and your dog.
Please note: If your dog barks or lunges at people and/or dogs, please let us know. This will allow us to determine the best class for you.
Intermediate Obedience (Level 2) is a 6-week course for dogs that have either completed a beginner obedience class (at Dogsmartz or elsewhere) or have a foundation of basic skills working in lower-level distractions. This class is for those that want to improve their dog's skills working in higher-level distractions, while increasing duration and distance, as well, to help proof skills. If your goal is to have a better-behaved dog in public, do therapy work, earn a Canine Good Citizen, or work on better manners with company, this is the class for you and your dog! We will work on longer distance and duration stays, polish walking skills, longer recall (come), higher level distraction "leave it" work, greeting work, and more. In warmer months, we host part of the class outdoors for added distraction.
Advanced Obedience (Level 3) is for those dogs that have completed an Intermediate Obedience class at Dogsmartz. For dogs that have completed higher-level obedience classes elsewhere, please contact us for direction of which class to take. This class takes those skills learned in our Intermediate class and builds on them; adding much more distraction, distance, and duration. This class includes more outdoor work, intense greeting work, and some off-leash work (on safety lines indoors and outdoors). This class also focuses on reducing/eliminating treats and relying on hand cues and voice cues with praise only.
Beyond Advanced Obedience
This is a class that will put your dog’s obedience skills to the test! We will be working with heavy distractions, extended duration stays, and we will also be in very close proximity to other dogs – OFF LEASH (indoors only). If you want to perfect your dog’s obedience skills, including walking, this is the class for you! Please note – your dog must be good with other dogs in order to take this class.
Out and About - Level I
This class is for those that have either completed Advanced or Intermediate Obedience (at the recommendation of their trainer) at DOGSMARTZ UNLEASHED or advanced level obedience elsewhere. This class will be held completely off-site at random locations; including pet supply stores, parks, and other pet-friendly businesses to work on public manners and obedience skills in very high distraction areas. This class is held only in Spring, Summer, and early Fall. Have fun with your dog while you are out on the town!
Out and About - Level II
1 hour, 1 time; multiple locations
Take your dog's public obedience skills to the next level! This class will be held at a rotation of locations; including pet supply stores, parks, and other pet-friendly businesses. Each class is 1 hour, one time, for each class. Sign up for multiple classes at different locations! This class will build on level 1 and continue to work on public manners and obedience skills in very high distraction areas. It will also include simple tasks to develop confidence in public. Dogs must be comfortable in public settings. Dogs must have completed Out and About - Level 1. Pre-payment is required.
Canine Good Citizen (CGC)
AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program is designed to show that a dog has been trained to have good manners at home and in the community. The three levels of CGC (CGC, AKC Community Canine, and AKC Urban CGC) and all stress responsible pet ownership for owners and increasingly difficult levels of training and manners from the dog. Each level consists of a 10-step test, and all dogs who pass the tests may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club; one for each level passed. Each level class is a 6-week course and is open to any age or breed (full or mix). However, dogs must have completed all vaccinations and know sit, down, sit-stay, down-stay, come, and loose leash walking reliably. An obedience class and/or AKC Star class is recommended prior to any of these classes. CGC certifications show that your dog is polite in public. It is also a recognized title to place on your dog! Class includes testing in the last week of class.
Requirements for AKC Community Canine and Urban CGC:
To earn the AKC Community Canine or Urban CGC title, dogs must meet the following two requirements:
Must already have a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) award or title on record at AKC.
Must have an AKC number of one of 3 types (AKC registration number, PAL number, or AKC Canine Partners number). All dogs, including mixed breeds, can get an AKC number. The reason for the AKC number requirement is that this is how we create titles at AKC; we attach the titles to the dog's number. For more information on getting an AKC number...
Come When Called
Does your dog turn the other way when you call him/her? Or maybe they just stare at you while you frantically try to get them to come to you? Some dogs may even run the other way. If your dog has not learned how to come to you when called, this is the class for you!
Training your dog to come when called is one of the most important ques he/she needs to be taught. If your dog is loose, it can be a danger to someone else as well as himself/herself. Things like traffic, loose animals, or poisonous substances can be fatal to your dog if he/she does not respond to you.
Therapy Dog Prep
Our Therapy Dog Prep Course is 6 weeks long and prepares you and your dog for therapy testing and therapy work. If you have considered therapy work, this is the class to take to learn the ins and outs of dog therapy work. In this course, we will cover the appropriate skills needed for therapy work. We practice skills such as learning how to have your dog approach wheelchairs and how to conduct room visits. We will be acclimating your dog to the common noises and objects that surround him/her in this work. We also teach you how to deal with some common challenges you can be faced with. In addition, we cover the policies and regulations to protect you and your dog and help prepare you for the test. You and your dog will get real-life practice for the last two weeks of this class. Therapy work is one of the most rewarding experiences; however, preparing you and your dog to handle the challenges in advance can make all the difference in creating a successful therapy dog team.
Dogs must be 1-year or older and have completed Intermediate Obedience Class before taking the Therapy Dog Prep Course.
Each class will be an hour long and dogs come all 6 weeks.
Walk with Me
This class is for those that want to teach their dogs to walk nicely with them and stop pulling! This four-week class is open to any dog of any age. The class will be held mostly outdoors at different locations and is ALL walking work. So, be prepared to walk! Weather may cause a class to be canceled and pushed out, so this four-week class may take longer to complete if weather impedes us. Having a dog that walks nicely makes walks so much more enjoyable!
What is "Concepts" training?
Well, we don’t train specific responses to specific situations – we train broad concepts that will enable your dog to cope with whatever life throws his/her way. So, we don’t teach your dog a single trained response to a single specific event (ex. when the doorbell rings, you go and sit on your bed). Instead, we give your dog the tools he or she needs to make the right decisions for himself/herself in any given situation.
We reinforce broad concepts, like calmness, focus, impulse-control, confidence, proximity, and more, that will enable your dog to make the right choices himself/herself; no matter what situation you find yourselves in. And, we do this through games which makes learning SO much fun!
**Stacey Beckinger is a certified "Concepts" trainer and this class is offered ONLY in our New Wilmington location.**
"Duncan became part of my family at the age of 4 after being re-homed and spending time in a rescue group. He was uncertain and didn’t quickly bond. We started at Dogsmartz Unleashed with obedience classes as my goal was to become a therapy dog team. Duncan’s bond with me grew as did his confidence around other people, dogs, and environments. Through classes at Dogsmartz, Duncan has become a Canine Good Citizen, AKC Tricks Title Dog, and Therapy Dog through Alliance of Therapy Dogs. But more importantly, he has become a happy, fun, and amazing companion that is a joy to spend time with! He is socially capable of being with people in new environments and has the confidence to engage in any activity with me! Duncan accompanies me to work with elementary school kids and loves everyone he meets and enhances their lives as much as they do his!! Taking classes at Dogsmartz Unleashed has truly been what has made Duncan grow into the dog he is today!!!"