Everyday Manners & Life Skills

Level 1

Everyday Manners and Life Skills

Level 1

(Puppies/dogs over 8 weeks old)

Want your puppy to be a joyful member of your family? Want to be proud bringing him/her out in public? Want to walk your dog instead of your dog walking you?

You’re in the right place!

Puppies and dogs of all ages can benefit from this class.

The skills learned throughout the class will help build the relationship between you and your dog. It will also help him or her understand the normal manners that are expected at home, as well as out and about in the real world.

Skills include:

  • Sit at front and side, and collar hold (help with leashing up, stopping at streets)
  • Give/take exchange (no more ‘catch me if you can’ when puppy steals your favorite shoe)
  • Leave it (whether it’s a snack in your hand, or a dropped sock on the floor)
  • Loose leash walking (no more being dragged)
  • Social interaction (appropriately greet dogs)
  • Wait to be fed (no more diving in before the bowl is even on the floor)
  • Recall (no more ignoring their name)
  • Intro to Handling (your dog’s vet and groomer will appreciate this!)
  • Go to place (whether it’s their bed, a mat, or other particular spot)

Sneak preview video:

Appropriate for puppies who are able to be in the company of other dogs and new people**. Masks and social distancing required until further notice.

You get 9 in-person sessions (45 minutes each), email support, and six months of access to the online course containing supplemental videos, guides, and information. Your confirmation email will have a code and instructions on how to enroll. Should a mandatory shutdown happen, class will revert to online video sessions.

For puppies between 4 and 9 months, this class also gets you, and your dog, on the way to earning the Pet Dog Ambassador Level 1 title through the Pet Professional Guild*.

*Add-on purchase and enrollment through the Pet Dog Ambassador Program website prior to the assessment date is required only if participating in that program. 

** If your puppy barks or lunges at people or dogs, or simply can’t be relaxed enough to take treats in a group class setting, please visit my Behavior page for alternatives.

Free guide for teaching your dog proper greetings

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Dog Waiting Politely Near Full Dinner Bowl