This course focuses on teaching healthy social development skills around different people, places, objects and sounds, so your pup will grow up confident about the world and what's in it. It includes an introduction to simple commands that set the foundation for obedience training, an overview of puppy-rearing (housebreaking, mouthing etc…), developmental games to engage in with your pup, important puppy health topics and puppy activities like retrieval and agility round out the course. Here we will cover any questions about puppy rearing as well as discuss your puppy's future skills that are necessary to raise your puppy to be your dream dog! Upon completion of Puppy Preschool, students can move onto Beginner Obedience 101. Class structure allows for open enrollment. For Dogs 16 weeks or younger
This course focuses on teaching good manners and introduces all the basic foundations of obedience: heel, sit, down, stay, loose-lead walking, and recall. Mild behavioral issues are covered such as jumping, barking and pulling on the leash. We also discuss canine behavior and other common issues associated with dog rearing. This course is designed as a two-part series and it is recommended that all students continue into Basic Obedience II Course upon successful completion of the Basic Obedience Course. For Dogs 16 weeks or older
This course focuses on reinforcing good manners and building on all the basic foundations of obedience, teaching the “place” command, and the introduction to off-leash training. Emphasis is placed on stronger & more secure recalls at greater distances, quicker response to commands. We work through elevated distractions including but not limited to: dogs, people, loud noises & food.
Does your dog love attention and have a lot of love to give? Are you looking to give back to the community? Then join forces with your dog and become a Therapy Dog Team! From working with children who need help learning to read, to visiting Senior Citizens living in assisted living communities - sharing the love and affection of your dog improves the lives of others in so many more ways than we can begin to comprehend. Your one hour visit will be the talk of the town for weeks to come!
This class will prepare you:
for the many facets of therapy work available and what would suit your dog best
to read and understand your dog’s behaviors better and trust your instincts so you can support your dog during work.
for a variety of situations that may arise unexpectedly during a visit and how to handle them
for sounds and medical equipment and obstacles you may encounter
commands to help you navigate through facilities during a visit
Our course consists of 6 group classes, weekly homework, one field trip to a Senior Living Community, the AKC Canine Good Citizen test (alternate: Community Canine for those whom have already acquired their CGC) and Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dog, Inc’s Therapy Dog Examination.
While we recommend your dog be off leash trained, we require on leash obedience including: Loose Leash Heel with an Auto Sit, Stay for a minimum of 2 minutes, Down, and Come. Commands we focus on include: Stand, Legs, 5 minute down stay and Hand targeting. We incorporate some fun tricks into the class as well.
*Not every dog is born to be a Therapy Dog. Even though we may think it would be great to do with our dogs, it’s really up to them to show they enjoy this type of work. If we feel this is not the right class for you and your dog, we will let you know. Both the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test and B&BTD, Inc Evaluation to receive your certification as a Therapy Dog Team. In the event that a team does not pass, you may re-test at our next class for free or you may retake the whole course for half price.