Dog Training Classes

Paws-itively Obedient offers a wide variety of
dog training classes at 275 Oak St, Pembroke, MA.
All of our instructors are certified professional dog trainers.
CPDT-KA certified instructors must have 36 continuing education credits every 3 years to keep their credentials.

Puppy Classes – for pups 8- 18 weeks of age

*In general, puppies can start puppy socialization classes as early as 7-8 weeks of age. Puppies should receive a minimum of one set of vaccines (distemper/parvo vaccination) at least 7 days prior to the first class and a first deworming. They should be kept up-to-date on vaccines throughout the class.   Click on the underlined class name to be directed to more detailed information or to look at a list of start dates and registration page.

Preschool for pups 8-14 weeks of age: you can start ASAP!  Focus: early appropriate socialization (puppy play, greeting other people, novel objects), puppy management – play biting/bite inhibition, house/crate training; settle  exercises, and handling exercises. This is a preschool class – Puppy kindergarten is highly recommended! 

Puppy Kindergarten Level 1: Week 1 is a human only orientation class; no dogs.   Class is for 7 weeks an hour each week.  Dogs attend weeks 2 thru 7.  Cost: $289  Included Class Supplies: Freedom No-Pull (front connect) harness, training clicker, 4′ indoor drag line training leash, treat apron, orientation packet, and PAWS Training Manual PDF!  Focus: continued emphasis socialization, puppy management, and calming exercises, foundation skills ,basic obedience focusing on attention behaviors, calm behavior, loose leash walking, and more.

This is a 7 week class, no pups week 1. Pups need to be between 12-18 weeks of age at their first class!

Puppy Kindergarten Level 2: puppy graduates of PK1 or in-home puppy training. *Puppies should be 11 months and under. Focus: continued obedience focusing on household manners (sit/stay for door work, sit politely for greeting), impulse control exercises, mat work, loose leash walking exercises with heel position, leave it, stay work, and continued come when called work. Games like musical chairs, duck, duck, goose, and more!        *Puppies can then continue onto Good Manners Level 2!

Adolescent Classes – for dogs over 18 weeks of age

Good Manners Level 1: dogs over 18 weeks of age.  Week 1 is a human only orientation class; no dogs.  Class is for 7 weeks an hour each week.  Dogs attend weeks 2 thru 7. Cost $289    Included Class Supplies: Freedom No-Pull (front connect) harness, training clicker, 4′ indoor drag line training leash, treat apron, orientation packet, and PAWS Training Manual PDF   Focus: Foundation exercises focus on getting ATTENTION and then adding other skills for the owner/dog team around distractions. We will explain how dogs learn and the generalization, fluency and reliability as it pertains to the skills you teach your dog. 

Skills: sit (sit/stay for dinner, sit/stay for door work, sit politely for greeting), down, back off, come when called, loose leash walking with heel position, stay work, leave it, touch (target), in-home management and problem behavior prevention.  

Good Manners Level 2: for graduates of GM 1 and PK 2 or in-home dog training. 6 weeks an hour each week. Cost $215

Focus: Continued obedience training with introduction of variable rate of reinforcement and using real life rewards as reinforcement. Incorporate higher levels of the three D’s of behavior (distance, duration, and distractions.  Dog-Dog greeting, tandem leash walking, come when called and stay exercises. Leash walking exercises with leave it cues.The instructor may also choose to introduce agility obstacles and jumps The added challenge and fun for dogs (and owners) will bring a whole new level of excitement to the basic obedience they have already learned.

Canine Good Citizen Prep Class: Cost $239  The American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen test prep class – 10 behaviors practiced in this 6 week class with the exam being held the last class. View https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/training/training-for-the-canine-good-citizen-test/

Specialty Classes

    Activities, Agility, Rally Novice, Nose Work classes and more!

Activities Class 5 weeks $175

Agility Introduction 6 weeks $215

Rally Novice Introduction 6 weeks $215

SNIFF IT Fun 6 weeks $215

If you would like more information about a particular class click on the link above or visit our Class Schedule page.

We also offer private in-home training and behavior consulting, from basic puppy issues to adolescent behavior.

In-home sessions are recommended for any owner that may be dealing with a fear or anxiety behavior issue.