8 Months and up (Canine Good Citizen Certification Class)

This class is designed for puppies over 8 month and older dogs with at least an intermediate level of training experience and skill. This challenging 6-week class focuses on basic obedience and will wrap up with the AKC CGC (Canine Good Citizen) certification test. There will still be plenty of on and off-leash socializing and supervised playtime, but we will spend much more time in this class working on building more reliable skills. This class is meant to “seal the deal” on your training and set you up for the lifelong relationship you want with your best furry friend.

We will pay a great deal of attention to helping the dogs “generalize” all of their skills and make sure you have success with the skills that are most important, with and without distractions. We will also do extensive, and more advanced, attention and focus exercises, develop a great “recall” from a distance, with planned distractions, and achieve awesome impulse control. This class will focus much more attention on basic obedience, and achieve a reliable “sit” and “down stay” with other dogs in the room. Distractions in class will make training at home much easier.

We will also spend time in public places working on “meeting and greeting” the public and walking politely (without pulling or jumping) while on leash and “sitting politely” for petting. This is a great class that you and your pup will enjoy immensely.

Important Information: Puppies must be current on all vaccinations to attend. Given in groups of 6, 1-hour long sessions. (Discounts given to shelter dogs, as well as seniors and disabled adults. This discount may not be combined with other offers or promotions)

Deborah’s passion for canine behavior, commitment to owner education, and her gentle way with both humans and dogs are always evident.
— Jean Donaldson