Has your furry puppy grown into a furry fury? Does your adolescent canine need an attitude adjustment? Or would you and your adult canine counterpart enjoy an opportunity to freshen up your knowledge and strengthen your communication? The exceptional trainers of Southeastern Guide Dogs are here to help! You and your pooch will work in a group setting to create a harmonious and balanced relationship.
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.
We suggest purchasing the Dog Obedience Starter Kit as an add-on to your classes so that you have all of the equipment needed for a successful course.