Classes

Ready to start your dog’s training? Want to strengthen skills she’s already learned? Or maybe you’re looking to try something totally new? Whatever you need – from basic obedience and advanced social skills to pure out-and-out fun – there’s a Mindful Manners class for you.

Note: In person dog training group classes are suspended temporarily due to Covid-19, but online classes and private training are available.

Charm School

Puppy Politeness
Doodle and terrier puppies playing watched by Black Labrador

Good manners are the foundation of good behavior, so start building your pup’s social skills with our puppy classes. This class will cover clicker training in basic cues such as sit, down, stay, come, and drop it. We’ll cover real-world skills like polite greetings, loose leash walking, and house training, In addition, we’ll explore ways to prevent common puppy problems like nipping, jumping, and destructive chewing.

Who it’s for: Puppies from 9 to 20 weeks old

Doggie Decorum
Briard resting in front of Dock Street Theater

Perhaps your pup just graduated from Our Puppy Politeness class and you want to continue her schooling with a “grown-up” dog training class. Or maybe he’s no longer a puppy but hasn’t had much (or any) prior training. Doggie Decorum is the place where you and your best friend can enjoy learning together.

This class will strengthen your dog’s responses to basic cues such as sit, down, stay, and come, and will help him learn to maintain focus and attention when distracted.

Who it’s for: Dogs over 20 weeks old

Gracious Greetings
Black labrador and turtle nose to nose

Is your dog a jumper? Does he greet visitors at the door standing on his hind legs with paws outstretched? Does he strain to break free of the leash every time he sees another dog? Gracious Greetings will change all that by teaching better behavior through self control.

This class covers calmly sitting and waiting to greet houseguests at the door, walking politely on leash, and safely interacting with people and dogs out in the real world.

Who it’s for: Dogs over 20 weeks old

Life in the Real World

Hounds Downtown

Taking your dog with you to all the places you love is fun – as long as she behaves herself and listens to what you say. Whether you’re walking in the park, enjoying lunch at a restaurant, or watching your kid’s sports, Hounds Downtown will teach your dog the right way to behave just about anywhere.

This class covers basic safety strategies such as handling distractions, socially appropriate greetings, and reliable recalls. Your dog will be exposed to a variety of environments, since each class takes place at a different location.

The sequel to this class will add advanced off-leash directional work and call-backs from increasing distances. Rally style heelwork and Urban Agility style exercises using benches and playground equipment add to the fun (and excitement).

Who it’s for: Graduates of Puppy Politeness or Doggie Decorum

Canine Good Citizen

The American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen program sets the standard for good manners. Designed officially to recognize dogs for exemplary behavior, CGC is also good preparation for a variety of other activities from canine competition to therapy dog training.

The class will cover a wide variety of behavioral skills, from good leash manners and recall to meeting unfamiliar people and animals, in preparation for the CGC test. At the end of the class, you and your dog can take the 10-step CGC test administered by a certified AKC CGC Evaluator. The AKC will award certificates and titles to dogs who pass the test.

Cooperative Care
Doodle dog resting chin in trainer's hand

Not all dogs are keen on vet visits, nail trims, grooming, or medicines. We want them not only to tolerate handling and husbandry, but to participate willingly.

The class will cover teaching duration target behaviors (such as a chin rest). With these skills, your dog can feel more in control: when he performs the behavior, he’s indicating that he’s ready; when he breaks the behavior, he’s saying – politely – that it’s time for a break. Everybody wins!

Playtime!

Tricks for Treats
Weimaraner puppy with two feet in a box

Let’s face it: tricks are fun and are a great way to impress your friends and family with how smart and talented your dog is. Better yet, it’s a great way to improve your training skills and her learning skills. And just wait until your dog gets into the spirit of things and starts inventing her own tricks!

This class will cover the timeless classics like shake, wave, roll over, and bow. We’ll also explore tricks with props – drumming, skateboarding, getting in boxes. You’ll learn how to shape and strengthen behaviors using clicker-based techniques.

Rally Fundamentals
Handler and Border collie ready for a trial

The sport of Rally challenges you and your dog to navigate a marked obedience obstacle course as a team, facing new behavioral tests at each station along the way. Playing Rally strengthens your dog’s practical, real-world obedience skills and your handling abilities, but the emphasis is on having fun.

Follow Your Nose
Shetland Sheepdog with paws on table

Canines’ snouts are 10,000 to 100,000 times more powerful than human noses, so it’s no wonder that they love nosework. It’s a play-anywhere game that fully engages your dog’s sense of smell and your ability to read your dog’s body language. It’s a game that can be enjoyed by young and old dogs alike, and is a great activity for shy, hyperactive, and leash-reactive dogs.