Group & Private Training Classes

The exceptional trainers of Southeastern Guide Dogs are here to help!

Classes Offered:

S.T.A.R. Puppy Obedience: for puppies 4 – 5 months
Start your puppy out right and learn the basics of being an awesome pet parent. S.T.A.R. stands for socialization, training, activity, and responsibility, and this program follows the American Kennel Club program while laying a strong foundation. Basic training activities include the name game and loose leash walking, and puppies will work on these commands: sit, down, drop it, give, wait, and follow me. Your puppy will gain socialization skills with other puppies and people, and we’ll introduce puppies in a positive way to everyday objects they may encounter. We’ll discuss housebreaking, crate training, safe toys, and ideas to keep the puppy busy. The class ends with the S.T.A.R. Puppy Test and the pet parent’s Responsible Puppy Pledge.

Advanced Puppy Obedience: for puppies 6 months and up
Your puppy is getting older, and it’s important to keep it fun for everyone while helping puppy learn. In this class, we’ll work on more advanced behaviors such as the stay, heel, and leave it commands. You’ll learn the importance of keeping your puppy mentally challenged with fun puzzle games and activities. You and your puppy will have fun together with attention games such as watch me and touch! Your puppy will also learn how to properly and safely greet others while out and about. You’ll both have fun!

Basic Dog Obedience: for dogs 8 months and up
Your puppy is growing up and it’s important for your dog to behave well at home and while you’re out. Similar to our Advanced Puppy Obedience class with its emphasis on more complex behaviors and fun mental challenges, this class is for puppies and dogs 8 months and older. We’ll perfect the commands heel, sit, stay, leave it, and recall. We’ll introduce light distractions and work on leash manners. During the later weeks of class, we’ll introduce cone work and more formal heeling patterns. You and your dog can learn to walk together as a team.

Advanced Dog Obedience and Canine Good Citizenship: for dogs 8 months and up
The American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizenship certificate is recognized as the standard for dog behavior and awards dogs with good manners. This class is for dogs 8 months and up and continues working on basic cues in a more distracting and challenging environment. Training goes “on the road” as we navigate around campus while performing known cues. Each week, we’ll introduce and practice two new Canine Good Citizen skills, for a total of ten skills. Week six culminates with the Canine Good Citizen Test, and dogs passing the test receive the Canine Good Citizenship certificate.

$150 per six week session

*Required Vaccinations: Distemper, Hepatitis (Adenovirus Type 2), Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, Leptosporosis, Bordetella (kennel cough) and Rabies. Puppies should have the last vaccination at or after 16 weeks old with a booster vaccine given 2-4 weeks prior to the 16-week booster.


For more information, please contact Samantha Theobald at 941.479.6611.

Palmetto Campus
4210 77th Street East
Palmetto, FL 34221

Classes held in our beautiful, shaded outdoor pavilion and courtyard

S.T.A.R. Puppy Obedience
Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Start Date: Sunday, November 20, 2016
End Date: Sunday, December 18, 2016

Advanced Puppy Obedience
Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Start Date: Sunday, November 20, 2016
End Date: Sunday, December 18, 2016

Basic Dog Obedience
Time: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Start Date: Sunday, November 20, 2016
End Date: Sunday, December 18, 2016

Advanced Dog Obedience and Canine Good Citizenship
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Start Date: Sunday, November 20, 2016
End Date: Sunday, December 18, 2016


New! Private Dog Training Lessons

You + Your Dog + Our Trainer = Amazing Results!

Now you and your dog can learn from our expert, certified trainers in the privacy of one-on-one sessions. Whether your dog needs basic obedience or you want to address specific behavior issues, you’ll be amazed at how fast you’ll both learn. Our trainers are known for their expertise and their patience, and you and your dog will enjoy this personalized approach.

$100 per private session
Classes held at our Palmetto Campus
4210 77th Street East
Palmetto, FL 34221
*Classes held outdoors*

Call 941.479.6611 to schedule your private session!

*Please Note: For the safety of all concerned, we cannot accommodate dogs showing signs of aggression toward people or other dogs.

We are looking at expanding our Dog Training classes to new locations throughout the Tampa Bay area. If you are interested in classes in locations other than are currently offered please let us know – Click here.