Older Puppies & Adults

Training for the Real World
In our classes, we use all of the dog’s news skills and apply them to everyday settings. For instance, we practice the situation where dogs must pass by other dogs when on walks, we simulate where other owners want to have a conversation with other people on walks, we show owners how to let their dog greet other dogs safely and call them out of trouble when the body language of one or both dogs show that trouble may be brewing.

Which program should I pick?
Well, Let me ask you this: How Good Is Good Enough? That depends on you. Is it good enough if your dog comes 9 time out of 10 out of a fenced yard, or do you want a dog who always comes when called, even if there’s a cat to chase? The first example is an 8th grade education and the latter is a PHD. Different levels take different amounts of time but don’t give your dog an 8th grade education and expect him to perform like he’s completed college.

Training is Guaranteed
• When you and your dog enroll in an obedience class, I make a lifetime commitment to your desire that he become an enjoyable pet. Within the confines of the class setting, I will do whatever it takes, for as long as it takes, to achieve this.
• You receive unlimited lessons to get your dog trained the way you want. All of the programs include a certain number of lessons as a MINIMUM. So if it takes more lessons to train your dog and your family, there is no extra charge.

That’s the guarantee. It’s simple, straightforward and I mean it. My reputation depends on your success with your dog.


1. Caring For My New Dog — 2 hour in home session
BRINGING YOUR NEW DOG HOME-3Congratulations on getting your new dog. Whether you are new to dog ownership, or an experienced veteran, each pup has his or her own personality, bringing new fun and new challenges. Your pet’s behavior and temperament now depends completely on your care, appropriate socialization and training. Success or failure is in your hands.

Let Pet Etiquette get you off to a great start with our expanded session, “Caring for Your New Dog.” This hands on discussion answers all your dog training questions: crating, house training, care & feeding, teething, grooming, nail trimming, handling and gentling, bite inhibition, socialization, play & exercise, disaster preparation, choosing toys, lure and reward training, what to do when your puppy makes a mistake, puppy proofing, preventing home alone problems, and more.


2. House Training2 hour in home sessionITS NOT FAIR
There are few things that are certain to sour the human-dog relationship in a heart-beat. Biting the hand that feeds it is one, using the house as a toilet is the other. Most people have a low threshold for the constant cleaning and damage their dogs do to rugs and floors; house soiling has sent thousands of dogs to shelters and ultimately euthanasia. Each mistake your dog makes is a potential disaster, since it heralds many more to come. If your pup is allowed to make “mistakes,” bad habits quickly become the norm.

Successful house training prevents mistakes and establishes good habits from the outset. Remember, good habits are just as hard to break as bad ones. This expanded session covers the following topics:

• The Crate
• Crate Alternatives
• House Training When You Work Full Time
• How to Handle Accidents
• Daily Routine
• Teaching Your Puppy To “Hold It”
• Elimination “On Cue”
• Puppy Proof Your House
• Trouble Shooting
• When Its Not A House Training Problem


Chase used to pull on the leash.
Chase used to pull on the leash.

3. Loving the Leash!
Does your dog pull you everywhere? This program is for you! Confidently walk your dog wherever you want to go. We’ll specifically focus on helping you and your dog get started on polite leash walking under mild to moderate distractions. You’ll learn the best way to handle the leash so as to securely and safely control your dog. And you’ll learn how to keep your dog from pulling and what to do if he does. We’ll also work on “sit” and “leave it” as they pertain to leash walking. This program can take place at your home or on location.

Program Includes: 1 Private Lesson and 1 Follow-up Lesson Training Commands are: Let’s Go; Sit; Leave It


4. Courteous Canine
Does your dog need to learn “the basics?” Do you want to change your dog’s unruly behavior quickly? Do you struggle to get your dog to listen to you? If he gets into your stuff, gets up on the counters, goes crazy at the door, or has no manners in the house, we can help with that.

Program Includes: 4 In Home Lessons Training Commands are: Sit, Down, Come, Stay, Polite Leash Walking, Leave It

Minor Behavior Problems such as: Jumping up; allows simple grooming; handling of ears, feet, muzzle, and tail; nuisance barking; begging; mouthing; counter surfing, door bolting


5. Walkabouts
• Imagine, your dog walking calming beside you, without pulling, barking, or lunging.
• And picture your dog sitting calmly for petting.
• Too good to be true? It can happen!

We love teaching this class because we get to see dogs and their owners make such leaps in their behavior.

Walk-Abouts are perfect for dogs unruly or overly friendly dogs that have issues either on or off leash with other dogs and with people. If your dog is barking and lunging at dogs or people, snapping or biting, or even just fearful and shy, this is the class to help your dog become more obedient, confident and calm.

You don’t need lots and lots of commands to have a well behaved dog, but your pet needs to know the basics really, really well, i.e. how to walk politely on a loose leash, how to greet people without jumping, to sit calm when requested, and pay attention to his owner. To do that, we take it on the road–in the car, through drive-through windows, into shops that accept dogs, and to the park in order to provide critical social training where they learn how to interact around the distractions of other people and dogs.

Walk-Abouts are the perfect way to train your dog! Your dog learns how to walk nicely on a leash while getting needed exercise and socialization


6. Dream Dog Program
Think about what it would be like to have the IDEAL dog. The dog of your dreams. Be able to go anywhere with your dog, people raving about how well behaved your dog is and amazed at what your dog knows and can do. How obedient and smart your dog is. You already have your dream dog. The only thing that’s missing is the training.

Program Includes: 4 In-Home Lessons, 2 Field Trips for socialization and reliability around distractions, Canine Good Citizen Test   Bonus: Dog to Dog Greetings

Training Commands cover: Sit/Stay; Intermediate Down/Stay (distance, duration, distractions); Intermediate Come (Distance); Polite Leash Walking; Leave It

For all types of non-aggressive behavior problems (Does not include Separation Anxiety)


7. Feisty Fido
Have you ever wondered why your dog seems so hard to train? Have you ever described your dog as “stubborn?” Maybe you’ve wondered if he has ‘Attention Deficit Disorder? Or do you use more flattering words, like “spirited” or “independent?” Is she “too energetic” or “too distracted?” Does he come only if there isn’t something more interesting? Does he obey only if you show him a treat?

If your dog is dragging you down the street, barking and lunging at dogs or people, snapping or biting, or even just fearful and shy, this is the class to help your dog become more obedient, confident and calm.

Fearful, aggressive dogs become more relaxed and pushy dogs learn that the life is far more enjoyable when they cooperate with their owners. It is equally successful with dogs that fall anywhere between those two extremes.

You don’t need lots and lots of commands to have a well behaved dog, but your pet needs to know the basics really well, e.g.. how to walk politely on a loose leash, how to greet people without jumping, to sit calmly when requested, ignore distractions and pay attention to his owner.

This class includes 8 private sessions, both at your home and on field trips walking out in public with your dog. This intensive program gives you a wonderful opportunity to learn in a supervised setting with the personal attention of a behavior consultant and trainer.

Owners gain more confidence as they learn proper leash handling techniques and what to do when the dog acts out. Your dog learns basic obedience skills, how to walk nicely on leash, and be polite around other people and other dogs.