Obedience classes are the first step for many dog owners, for good reason. These classes provide a foundation for future skills and help new dogs bond with their owners. A dog who has mastered obedience responds to hand signals, enjoys walking and remaining beside the owner at all times (even without a leash) and maintains focus on his/her human without getting distracted. As a basic resource when you consider dog training or obedience classes for your dog, AngelDogs offers the following when you consider the different levels of training you can give your pet:
- Basic dog training is meant for beginner dogs — either a puppy or a grown-up dog that is being trained for the first time. This level includes only the basics, i.e. “sit,” “stay” and come when called. Even at the basic level, the dog should be trained to socialize with other dogs and people in a proper way.
- Intermediate level dog training is for those adult dogs that have undertaken the basics either formally or at home by their humans. During this class we focus on preparing the dogs to pass the Canine Good Citizen test, which is the first step to beginning service or therapy dog work. This intermediate type of training may train a dog to heel, walk properly on a leash, fetch something and return. It also enhances the basics of “sit,” “stay,” “come,” etc. During the final class, Mark tests each dog and they may receive their CGC certificate from the AKC if they pass.
- Advanced level dog training is meant for dogs who have successfully passed through a minimum of at least one dog training course or graduated from dog obedience classes. Here, in the advanced level, the different elements of the basic and intermediate courses are enhanced and commands (including hand signals) are mastered.
AngelDogs also provides board and train services, which allows your dog to work with Mark privately for an extended period of time(typically a few weeks). Each case requires a specific plan so please contact us directly to discuss your dog’s needs and what goals you would like to accomplish with a Board and Train program.