Freshman Orientation

Most of dog training is actually about human training! Humans enrolled in the course and humans are the ones training the dogs to live in a human-centric society. So, our orientation is set up to prepare you, as the human doing the teaching, to understand what you are going to do and why. We help you start to create your training plan for your dog, learn how to teach your dog, and learn how to prepare for how to handle your dog in a fun and positive way. This orientation will empower you with the tools you need to start working with your dog. 

Because this orientation is human-oriented, please leave your dog at home! We want you to be able to focus on absorbing this amazing information without having to worry about what your dog is doing. 

This orientation is a required pre-requisite for any of our classes beyond Puppy Kindergarten.
Make sure you have signed up to attend this orientation before you attend any other classes!

Upcoming Classes

NO More Classes for 2019!

Foundations 101

The three foundation cues every dog should know are sit, down and stand. We will teach you how to get these behaviors from your dogs, how to put it on a hand cue and a verbal cue for versatility in cues, and where to actually use these cues in the real world and how to work on getting them. 

Prerequisite: Freshman Orientation

Recommended: Focus 101

Supplies: 3-5 different kinds of treats, leash, collar or harness, toys, clicker

Upcoming Classes:

NO More Classes for 2019!

Boundaries 101

Boundary work is one of the more overlooked areas of training. Boundary work focuses on dogs being separated from us, going there when we ask them to, and being calm and relaxed there. This could take shape in the form of being in a crate, being on a mat, or being on a perch. Boundary work helps your dog with impulse control as well and can be utilized in a variety of your real-life situations. Ever want to take a dog out to lunch with you, relax at a park, have a calm dog at the vet or pet store? Boundary work helps with a lot of these skills. For our boundary games, we will teach you how to get these behaviors from your dogs, maintain these behaviors and ways you can start using it at home and in the real world!

Prerequisites: Freshman Orientation

Recommended: Focus 101, Foundations 101, Impulse Control 101

Supplies: 3-5 different kinds of treats, clicker, leash, collar or harness, toys, mat 

Upcoming Classes:

No More Classes for 2019!

Walking 101

Do you walk your dog or does your dog walk you? Loose leash walking always seems so daunting to owners when trying to accomplish it. But really, with the right tools and understanding, your dog can walk nicely for you. We will teach you how to get your dog to loose leash walk in a positive manner without the use of a choke, shock or prong collar so your dog actually wants to walk with you. We will also teach you how to apply these skills to your real-world walking!

Prerequisites: Freshman Orientation

Recommended: Focus 101, Impulse Control 101

Supplies: 3-5 different kinds of treats, clicker, leash, collar or harness, toys

Upcoming Classes:

No More Classes for 2019!

Freshman Classes

All good dogs start somewhere! Whether you want to have a competition performance dog or the world's best pet dog, we can help you! All dogs need to learn a solid foundation of the basics and our freshman classes are where to start! Begin with your freshman orientation and from there, you can pick and choose classes that best suit your specific needs! Struggling with loose leash walking? Check out Walking 101 and Walking 102! Struggling with a dog that steals food and jumps for everything? Check out Impulse Control 101! Have a dog that just needs to learn the basics of sit, down and stand? Check out Foundations 101 and Foundations 102!

We have classes to get you started on any of your goals with your dog! If you feel your dog can already do all of the skills for freshman levels well and you are ready for sophomore skills, sign up for a test day so you can test out of freshman classes and move on to sophomore level classes! 

Focus 101

Focus 102

One of the common goals we hear from owners is that they want their dogs to listen to them better. What that really translates into is you want your dog to pay attention to you and do what you have asked. Many dogs lack focus when working with their owners, which results in many issues with dogs being attentive and following directions asked of them. This is also one of the areas that owners don't even bother to teach because when dogs don't "listen" they only see the symptoms and not one of the actual causes. So in Focus 101, we are going to show you some fun strategies to teach your dog to start listening to you! We will talk about focus and what it is and what it isn't, how to get focus, show you and your dog some fun games to start teaching focus and engagement, and how to prepare to take this into new environments!

Prerequisites: Freshman Orientation

Supplies: 3-5 different kinds of treats, leash, collar or harness, toys, clicker

Upcoming Classes

 

NO More Classes for 2019!

Foundations 102

Now that we have taught our foundation cues of sit, down and stand, it is time to proof them. We will work on having your dog perform these cues in a variety of situations that can replicate real life. We also will play some games to make understanding these cues more fun for your dog when distractions are present. Time to have some fun!

Prerequisites: Foundations 101

Recommended: Focus 101, Impulse Control 101, and Loose Leash Walking 101

Supplies: 3-5 different kinds of treats, leash, collar or harness, toys, clicker

Upcoming Classes:

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No More Classes for 2019!

Boundaries 102

Now that your dog gets the concept of going to their boundary, it is time to proof it so your dog can do it in a variety of ways and with a variety of distractions! And what's the best way to do that? By lots of games of course! We will do some different games to help your dog and you troubleshoot through different struggle points and make boundary games even more fun for you and your dog!

Prerequisites: Boundaries 101

Recommended: Focus 101, Foundations 101, Impulse Control 101

Supplies: 3-5 different kinds of treats, clicker, leash, collar or harness, toys, mat

Upcoming Classes:

No More Classes for 2019!

Now that you understand how to get focus from your dog, it is time to start proofing it and setting it up for the real world with distractions. And what's the best way to do that? With a bunch of fun games, of course! We will play a variety of fun games to help you work on your skills and help your dog work on their skills to set them up for the distracting world around them!

Prerequisite: Focus 101

Supplies: 3-5 different kinds of treats, leash, collar, and toys, clicker

Upcoming Classes

No More Classes for 2019!

Impulse Control 101

Impulse control is all about choices and teaching your dog how to make the choices we want them to make and to avoid making naughty choices. We will incorporate lots of fun games to teach your dog to control themselves and how you can take this concept into other areas of your training to get the best results!

Prerequisites: orientation

Supplies: 3-5 different kinds of treats, leash, collar, toys, clicker

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Classes:

No More Classes for 2019!

Recall 101

Come one, come all! Recall is one of the top complaints we get from owners on how your dog just will not come to you. Believe it or not, it is one of the easiest things to train if you simply make it FUN! So we will teach you how to get that beginning recall and then add some games to really make it stick!

Prerequisites: Freshman Orientation

Recommended: Focus 101, Impulse Control 101

Supplies: 3-5 different kinds of treats, leash, collar or harness, toys, clicker

Upcoming Classes:

No More Classes for 2019!

Walking 102

Now that you know the basics of loose leash walking with your dog, it is time to proof it and that means GAMES! We will do some fun games in this class to make loose leash walking more reliable in distracting environments and teach your dog that it is fun to stay with you instead of pulling ahead of you!

Prerequisites: Walking 101

Recommended: Focus 101, Impulse Control 101, Foundations 101

Upcoming Classes:

No More Classes for 2019!

The classes up for registration are the last classes available for 2019. There will not be group classes after November 15, 2019. Group classes will resume in 2020.

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Email: info@elitepettraining.com

Phone: 479-249-6597

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