Good Manners training for dogs of all ages!

Good Manners Level 1

Cost: $309 Length: 7 weeks

IF your dog overreacts (barking, lunging towards, etc.) to other dogs on leash, you may be better suited for our Reactive Rover class (Scroll down to the bottom of the page!)

Upcoming Sessions:

Sunday 5/22/2022 at 10:30am with Kara Firnrohr, CPDT-KA

Wednesday 6/1/2022 at 7:45pm with Janice Gifford, CPT-KA

Saturday 6/25/2022 at 10:45am with Janice Gifford, CPDT-KA

NO DOGS WEEK 1 – this is our HUMAN ONLY orientation!
Cost includes the following training supplies:

  • Front-Connect Harness – The Freedom No-Pull Harness or Sense-ation Harness (depending on size)
  • Training Clicker
  • 4″ indoor drag line training leash
  • Treat apron
  • Orientation packet and supplemental information
  • and PAWS training manual PDF

We will discuss our Tools for Success. Positive reinforcement and clicker training will be discussed, as well as our manage and/or train philosophy. We will also discuss problem behaviors jumping up, counter surfing, barking, and over-excitement (over-arousal.)

Training classes will cover and elaborate on “click for calm”, incompatible behaviors, attention work including name game and eye contact, basic cues like sit, down, stand, touch, stay and recall. More complex behaviors like mat work, loose leash walking, greeting behaviors and impulse control behaviors like wait or back off, and leave it are started.

After Good Manners 1 – we recommend helping your dog solidify their skills in continued training classes such as Good Manners 2!

Good Manners II

Cost: $229 Length: 6 weeks

This class is for graduates of GM 1 and PK 2 or in-home dog training. This 6 week good manners training class focuses on continued obedience training with higher levels of the three D’s of behavior (distance, duration, and distractions). Practice your greeting skills, both human--dog, and dog-dog, leash walking skills, come when called and stay exercises, as well as leave it practice!

Upcoming Sessions:

Sunday 5/22/2022 at 9:30am with Victoria Montgomery, CPDT-KA

Saturday 6/25/2022 at 1:15pm with Janice Gifford, CPDT-KA

Curbing Adolescence

Cost: $249 Length: 6 weeks

The most challenging time of having a dog is often the adolescent period. Dogs become teenagers and seem to forget everything, start to jump/mouth/bark more, and can be more difficult during this period. This period is individual to each dog, but it may begin around 8 months of age and continue until about two years old. This two-trainer class will focus on promoting and rewarding for calm behavior, while working on leash walking skills, polite greetings, and being able to stay cool, calm, and collected in the presence of other dogs and people!

*This class is offered to current clients only. Attendance in a previous level 1 or private training session is mandatory. If you have not worked with us previously, please email us at to set up a training consult.

Upcoming Sessions:

Tuesday 6/7/2022 at 6:30pm with Janice Gifford, CPDT-KA

Canine Good Citizen Prep!

Cost: $215 Length: 5 weeks

This class is for graduates of GM 2 and/or those wishing to pursue the AKC's Canine Good Citizen test! Each class will be spent reviewing and prepping for the test items. This class is also a great next class to do following Good Manners level 2. It will bring out leash walking skills, and attention around distractions to the next level! Those wishing to take the CGC test as an add on will need to be ready to do the 10 test items without the use of food!

Upcoming Sessions:

Saturday 4/30/2022 at 2:30pm with Janice Gifford, CPDT-KA

AKC 10 Testing Items:

Test 1: Accepting a friendly stranger. This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday situation. The evaluator walks up to the dog and handler and greets the handler in a friendly manner, ignoring the dog. The evaluator and handler shake hands and exchange pleasantries. The dog must show no sign of resentment or shyness.

Test 2: Sitting politely for petting

This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to touch it while it is out with its handler. With the dog sitting at the handler’s side, to begin the exercise, the evaluator pets the dog on the head and body. The handler may talk to his or her dog throughout the exercise. The dog may stand in place as it is petted. The dog must not show shyness or resentment.

Test 3: Appearance and grooming

This practical test demonstrates that the dog will welcome being groomed and examined and will permit someone, such as a veterinarian, groomer or friend of the owner, to do so. It also demonstrates the owner’s care, concern and sense of responsibility. The evaluator inspects the dog to determine if it is clean and groomed. The dog must appear to be in healthy condition (i.e., proper weight, clean, healthy and alert). The handler should supply the comb or brush commonly used on the dog. The evaluator then softly combs or brushes the dog, and in a natural manner, lightly examines the ears and gently picks up each front foot. It is not necessary for the dog to hold a specific position during the examination, and the handler may talk to the dog, praise it and give encouragement throughout.

Test 4: Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)

This test demonstrates that the handler is in control of the dog. The dog may be on either side of the handler. The dog’s position should leave no doubt that the dog is attentive to the handler and is responding to the handler’s movements and changes of direction. The dog need not be perfectly aligned with the handler and need not sit when the handler stops. The evaluator may use a pre-plotted course or may direct the handler/dog team by issuing instructions or commands. In either case, there should be a right turn, left turn, and an about turn with at least one stop in between and another at the end. The handler may talk to the dog along the way, praise the dog, or give commands in a normal tone of voice. The handler may sit the dog at the halts if desired.

Test 5: Walking through a crowd

This test demonstrates that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under control in public places. The dog and handler walk around and pass close to several people (at least three). The dog may show some interest in the strangers but should continue to walk with the handler, without evidence of over-exuberance, shyness or resentment. The handler may talk to the dog and encourage or praise the dog throughout the test. The dog should not jump on people in the crowd or strain on the leash.

Test 6: Sit and down on cue and Staying in place

This test demonstrates that the dog has training, will respond to the handler’s commands to sit and down and will remain in the place commanded by the handler (sit or down position, whichever the handler prefers). The dog must do sit AND down on command, then the owner chooses the position for leaving the dog in the stay. Prior to this test, the dog’s leash is replaced with a line 20 feet long. The handler may take a reasonable amount of time and use more than one command to get the dog to sit and then down. The evaluator must determine if the dog has responded to the handler’s commands. The handler may not force the dog into position but may touch the dog to offer gentle guidance. When instructed by the evaluator, the handler tells the dog to stay and walks forward the length of the line, turns and returns to the dog at a natural pace. The dog must remain in the place in which it was left (it may change position) until the evaluator instructs the handler to release the dog. The dog may be released from the front or the side.

Test 7: Coming when called

This test demonstrates that the dog will come when called by the handler. The handler will walk 10 feet from the dog, turn to face the dog, and call the dog. The handler may use encouragement to get the dog to come. Handlers may choose to tell dogs to “stay” or “wait” or they may simply walk away, giving no instructions to the dog.

Test 8: Reaction to another dog

This test demonstrates that the dog can behave politely around other dogs. Two handlers and their dogs approach each other from a distance of about 20 feet, stop, shake hands and exchange pleasantries, and continue on for about 10 feet. The dogs should show no more than casual interest in each other. Neither dog should go to the other dog or its handler.

Test 9: Reaction to distraction

This test demonstrates that the dog is confident at all times when faced with common distracting situations. The evaluator will select and present two distractions. Examples of distractions include dropping a chair, rolling a crate dolly past the dog, having a jogger run in front of the dog, or dropping a crutch or cane. The dog may express natural interest and curiosity and/or may appear slightly startled but should not panic, try to run away, show aggressiveness, or bark. The handler may talk to the dog and encourage or praise it throughout the exercise.

Test 10: Supervised separation

This test demonstrates that a dog can be left with a trusted person, if necessary, and will maintain training and good manners. Evaluators are encouraged to say something like, “Would you like me to watch your dog?” and then take hold of the dog’s leash. The owner will go out of sight for three minutes. The dog does not have to stay in position but should not continually bark, whine, or pace unnecessarily, or show anything stronger than mild agitation or nervousness. Evaluators may talk to the dog but should not engage in excessive talking, petting, or management attempts (e.g, “there, there, it’s alright”).

Upcoming Test Days:

Those who are then wishing to pursue the AKC CGC title for their dog, can sign up for the test – 1hr – $45.

Before taking the Canine Good Citizen test, owners will sign the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge. We believe that responsible dog ownership is a key part of the CGC concept and by signing the pledge, owners agree to take care of their dog’s health needs, safety, exercise, training and quality of life. Owners also agree to show responsibility by doing things such as cleaning up after their dogs in public places and never letting dogs infringe on the rights of others.

After signing the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge, owners and their dogs are ready to take the CGC Test. The test is all done on leash.

Reactive Rover

Cost: $399 Length: 7 weeks

Week 1 is a Human ONLY Orientation class. Week 1 may run 60-90 minutes long. Dogs attend week 2-7, and each week will be 50-60 minutes.

Does the thought of taking your dog for a walk stress you out? Does your dog’s barking and lunging at other dogs cause you frustration and embarrassment? Our Reactive Rover: Foundations class will help give you the skills necessary to improve your dog's reactive behavior! This class is all on-leash, and focuses on building calm with dogs at a distance. All of our classes are kept supportive and safe, to help you learn skills and strategies needed when bringing your dog out in the real world!


Upcoming Sessions:

Sunday 6/12/2022 at 1:30pm