Basic Obedience Training
Teach your dog how to be the dog you want! Obedience training is the best way to prevent problems from starting and to clear up any problems you and your dog may be having.
Training is not just about teaching your dog to sit, down, and stay. Our classes are designed for learning how to communicate with your dog, learning what your dog is communicating, and teaching your dog what you’d like from them. When you and your dog reach an understanding, wonderful things can happen. To teach your dog good canine manners, all that’s needed is some time, knowledge, and a commitment. A group obedience training class is a great way to learn.
Unlike a book or video, a live class offers:
- Information, advice, and feedback from professional dog trainers.
- An opportunity for your dog to practice listening to you with a ton of distractions around.
- A regular date with your dog where you can learn to better understand each other and bond.
- The chance for your dog to get comfortable around people and other dogs.
Classes are one hour a week for seven weeks, for $150.
Our basic obedience training class is for dogs over four months of age—no upper age limit.
The standard basic exercises are taught including sit, down, stay, come, heel and more. We also discuss and demonstrate problem prevention and solving as well as nutrition and games to play. (Click on the Topics tab for more information.)
We teach you how to train your dog, so your dog will listen and behave no matter where you are. We want your dog to listen to you, not just a trainer. We cover different topics each week; we’ll talk you through it and demonstrate, then we’ll guide everyone through practicing with their dog.
We have a team of trainers so we can get to know you, answer questions, review topics, give tips, and offer suggestions–we’re here to help!
Although almost all training begins with teaching your dog to sit and lie down, training is much more than repeating simple rote exercises. Each class is a mix of lecture, demonstration, and practice time. Topics covered in basic class include:
We talk about and practice these exercises, and we review, but we want to do everything we can for you and your dog to progress. After each class, we send an email with a short review of each exercise. We’ve found it helps people remember what was covered and improves their dog’s training. For tips and problem solving, see our articles on dog training.
Kindred Spirits encourages the entire family to attend classes. It’s easier for us to teach the group than it is for one person to come to class and then go home and try to teach everyone else. Plus, other family members may have questions we can answer. This also helps ensure that everyone is teaching the dog the same way. However, with children we have some rules that must be adhered to for everyone’s safety – especially the safety of the kids.
- Children must remain within arm’s reach of their parents at all times. Children must leave other dogs alone. They are not to pet other dogs. Even if dogs are friendly that dog is at class to learn also. Dogs chase things that move–especially children–so kids must walk at all times.
- Children may participate in training with a parent but the parent is the primary trainer.
- The creek and pond at Kindred Spirits is protected wetlands and is not fenced off. Please keep your child up on the top level of the yard and do not allow him/her to go down to the pond.
- Under no circumstances shall a child be dropped off at Kindred Spirits without a parent.
Thank you for allowing Kindred Spirits Dog Training to continue to allow children in our obedience training classes while maintaining a safe learning experience for all.
To register, come 10-15 minutes early to the first class meeting. Bring your dog, on leash and collar, to each class. (The only leash we do not allow on the training field are the retractable/flexi leashes—just a standard fixed length leash is great.) Your dog must be current on his vaccinations, please bring proof of vaccinations with you to the first class.
To register for a class:
- We do registrations at the first class meeting, on the field.
- Come to our training field 10-15 minutes early on the day and time the first class starts.
- Your dog must be current on his vaccinations, so you must bring proof of vaccinations with you to the first class.
There has been a lot of information, worry, and horror stories online about the canine flu. It spreads rapidly and is quite contagious with a high mortality. Thoughts are now that it originated in some rescue dogs brought in from another country as well as a show dog who was imported and then attended several dog shows. It may well have several origins; we don’t know. At Kindred Spirits it is normal procedure for us to work to keep all dogs safe. We do require proof of vaccinations (or vaccination titers) when dogs are registered for classes and we won’t waive that. However we are not yet requiring proof of vaccination for the canine influenza; that’s a discussion you need to have with your veterinarian. If the canine flu increases in our area (which so far it has not – knock on wood!) then we may change our requirements. If your dog is coughing, sneezing, vomiting, or has diarrhea – or otherwise appears sick – do not bring him to class. Call us and we’ll work with you to make up the classes you missed once your dog is feeling better or when your dog’s veterinarian says he can come back to class. We appreciate your help in our efforts to keep all class dogs safe and healthy. Thank you.
- Payment may be made at the beginning of the first class with cash, check, or credit card.
- Bring your dog on the leash and collar that you’re currently using. (Except, the only leash we do not allow on the training field are the retractable/flexi leashes—just a standard fixed length leash is great.)
Class starting dates and times are:
Wednesdays 7:00 pm: January 17 – February 28
Saturdays 1:30 pm: January 27 – March 10
Saturdays 11:00 am: February 10 – March 24
Tuesdays 7:00 pm: February 13 – March 27
Wednesdays 7:00 pm: March 21 – May 2
Saturdays 1:30 pm: March 31 – May 12