Non-Competition Obedience (puppy, basic, etc.)
Beginning Obedience Classes; 6 to 8 weeks in Length
Capital’s beginning obedience classes include the following classes, in order of progression:
To receive a certificate of having completed the class, you must attend at least 6 classes.
Puppy Kindergarten offers new puppy owners an opportunity to socialize their puppies to “friendly strangers” (instructors, other owners, and other puppies) and to build the puppy’s confidence in various situations. Puppy Kindergarten will instruct students how to begin teaching the basic commands of dog obedience to their puppies in a safe, structured environment.
- Name recognition
- Loose lead walking
- Handling & grooming exercises
- Fun recalls
- Confidence building exercises
Puppies 10-20 weeks old at beginning of class (the younger, the better!)
Do not have to have all vaccines (consult with your Vet).
Basic Obedience class exposes new and experienced dog owners to the training that dogs need for good manners at home and in public, and perhaps for eventual obedience competition. This class also provides students the opportunity to teach their dogs proper behavior in the presence of other people and dogs. All training is done on leash. This class is not for dogs who are human- or dog-aggressive as teams are in near to each other during class.
- Name recognition & paying attention
- Leash handling
- Loose lead walking
- Heel position
- Beginning stand
- Help with common behavior problems
Dogs at least 5 months old.
Advanced Basic Obedience
Advanced Basic Obedience students will learn to get behaviors on cue more consistently, to teach their dogs to perform for longer periods, to do stays at greater distances, and to work with their dogs around greater distractions (the 3 Ds of training—duration, distance, distraction!)
- Walking on a loose leash
- Sits & downs without physical or food prompts & at various distances
- Formal & fun recalls
- “Finish” (return to heel position)
- Exposure to exercises from the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Test
Dogs must be a graduate of a Basic Class,
Graduate of a PK (with recommendations of PK instructor),
Approval of Advanced Basic instructor.