May 28, 2015

Pet Manners

Teach your dog the basic behaviors, get strategies for common issues and develop a dog that is calm and obedient, even with distractions (like other dogs and people) close by. This program covers all the behaviors needed to develop your dog into an awesome family companion. And, you and your dog will learn to work together as a team, building the training foundation for more advanced fun, like Agility, Rally, Therapy and more!

 

Class List


Class Readiness Evaluation

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Description: In this 20 minute group session, we’ll conduct a brief evaluation which will help determine the best starting point for your dog. And, we’ll give you a few tips to get you started with your training and ready to have a great first class! The group class environment can be overwhelming for some dogs. Answer these two questions to decide if your dog is ready to be evaluated for entry into a group class:

  • Will your dog be relatively calm (not barking, growling or hiding) in a room with 4 – 6 strange dogs and people?
  • Will you be able to get your dog’s attention with strange dogs and people nearby?

If you answered “yes” to both, go right ahead and book your Class Readiness Evaluation. If your answer is “no” to one or both of these questions, we’re happy to help in a Private Lesson. Sign-up and we’ll give you the tools and strategies you need.

Requirements:

  • You are able to answer “yes” to both questions listed above
  • Dogs must be current on vaccinations
  • Pups 16 weeks and younger are not required to complete this evaluation, you can enroll directly into class
  • Review the Be Ready for Your Class Readiness Evaluation page prior to signing up

Class Fee: Free (no charge for the evaluation)

Schedule: Click here for upcoming group evaluations

 

Puppy Socialization

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Description: This fun, 30-minute session is designed to allow your puppy to socialize with other pups in a safe environment. The session is supervised by a WAGD trainer.

For your pup to grow into a confident, well balanced dog, early socialization is a must. Your pup’s critical socialization period is between 8 – 16 weeks. During this time its essential that your pup gets positive (not scary) exposure to lots of strange environments, objects, people and dogs. We’re ready to help make that happen for your pup.

We recommend that all pups start their Manners 1: Puppy class as early as possible (based on the requirements below). These Puppy Socialization sessions are an ideal supplement to the Manners 1: Puppy class to get that early social exposure for your pup and prepare him for Manners class. If possible, it is most ideal for you to attend these sessions at both of our locations (Richardson and Frisco). It’s a great way for your young pup to learn that new places are fun, not scary!

Requirements:

  • Pups must be 9 – 16 weeks at the time of the session
  • For your pup’s well being, we require a minimum of two sets of vaccinations prior to coming to WAGD. Please check with your vet for any specific recommendations he/she may have.

Class Fee: $10 for a single 30 minute group session

Schedule: Click here for upcoming classes

 

Manners 1: Puppy

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Description: Ready to give your pup a great training start? Want to have fun while you train? Then this 6 week class is for you! We’ll train the following core behaviors: Sit, Down, Stay, Place, Come, Walk on a Loose Leash and Leave It. Pups will learn to be calm and focused on the handler, even with distractions. Your pup will get valuable socialization and you get techniques and strategies to prevent behavior problems and develop your pup to his full potential. We use positive, reward based techniques to help you get great results.

Requirements:

  • Pups age 9-16 weeks on first class meeting (no evaluation required)
  • Pups have completed a minimum of two vaccinations prior to first class
  • Review the Be Ready for Group Class page and the WAGD Policies page prior to enrollment.

Class Fee:

  • $150 for 6 sessions, each 50 minutes
  • Enrollment is for 6 consecutive class meetings at your designated day/time. No make-ups are available.

 Schedule: Click here for upcoming classes

 

Manners 1

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Description: Ready for your dog to listen to you and have behavior you’re proud of? Want to have fun while you train? Then this 6 week class is for you! We’ll train the following core behaviors: Sit, Down, Place, Come, Walk on a Loose Leash and Leave It. We use positive, reward based techniques to help you get great results. This class is geared toward dogs and puppies 17 weeks of age and older. Note that pups 16 weeks and younger should start with Manners 1: Puppy.

Requirements:

Class Fee:

  • $150 for 6 sessions, each 50 minutes
  • Enrollment is for 6 consecutive class meetings at your designated day/time. No make-ups are available.

Schedule: Click here for upcoming classes

 

Manners 2

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Description: Your dog will learn to be calm and obedient, even with distractions and in exciting situations. Portions of the class will be conducted  outside of the training ring (when possible). Helping you teach your dog to generalize the good behaviors to scenarios other than just the training ring. We’ll help you develop a dog that can accompany you in public (parks, pet stores, festivals, soccer games, etc.) and make you proud! During class, we will practice all the skills needed for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test. Those who are interested in earning that title may enroll in a CGC Prep & Test. Dogs enrolling in this class should know the basic commands. (Come – Sit – Down – Stay – Walk on Leash).

Requirements:

  • Completed Manners 1 or Manners 1: Puppy at WAGD  -or- demonstrate required skill level in a Class Readiness evaluation
  • If more than two months has passed since your last class, a new Class Readiness Evaluation is required.
  • Dog must be current on vaccinations

Class Fee: 

  • $150 for 6 sessions, each 50 minutes
  • Enrollment is for 6 consecutive class meetings at your designated day/time. No make-ups are available.

Schedule: Click here for upcoming classes

 

AKC Canine Good Citizen Program – CGC Prep & Test / CGCA Prep & Test

Description: The AKC Canine Good Citizen program offers two levels of testing. We offer separate Prep & Test classes for each of these levels. These classes are led by one of WAGD’s AKC approved Evaluators. Each of these classes are a two session class. You’ll spend the first week preparing for the test. Then, on the second week, you’ll take the actual test. Our Manners 2 class teaches the needed skills for the CGC test. The Manners 3 class covers the skills required for the CGCA test.

Once you feel that you and your dog have the skills under your belt, then its time to sign up for the appropriate level Prep & Test class. Please see www.akc.org for details on the test items. Please note that in order to earn the official CGCA title from the AKC, your dog will need to have first earned his CGC.

Requirements:

  • Dogs should possess all the skills needed to attempt all test items. These skills are taught in Manners 2 (CGC) and Manners 3 (CGCA).
  • If your dog has not been in a group class at WAGD, a Group Class Readiness evaluation will be required prior to taking this class.
  • Dog must be current on vaccinations

Class Fee:

  • $50 for 2 sessions, each 50 minutes
  • Note: the AKC charges a separate fee when you file the paperwork for your title

Schedule: See below

 

Manners 3 (Great Dog! Foundation)

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Description: In this dynamic class, we’ll take your training to the next level. This class is an ideal stepping stone to more advanced work or to build your dog’s impulse control. You’ll refine your clicker skills as you develop your training abilities right along with your dog.

Progressing through WAGD’s Manners 1, 2 and 3 helps you develop your dog into a companion that can be a big part of your life, as you’re able to increasingly count on his behavior in challenging, exciting and distracting environments.
The basic behaviors will be proofed in challenging environments. We’ll sprinkle in working outside of the training ring (in the shop, parking lot and spectator area) to help your dog “generalize” what he performs in the training ring to the outside world.  This class will teach all the skills needed to take the AKC CGCA (Canine Good Citizen Advanced) evaluation. Those who are interested in earning the CGCA title may enroll in a CGCA Prep & Test. This class is also the foundation level class for our Great Dog! ongoing program.
Requirements:

  • Manners 2 or Class Readiness evaluation demonstrating required skills
  • If more than two months has passed since your last class, a new Class Readiness Evaluation is required.
  • Dogs must be current on vaccinations

Class Fee:

  • $150 for 6 sessions, each 50 minutes
  • Enrollment is for 6 consecutive class meetings at your designated day/time. No make-ups are available.

 

Class Schedule

Classes with available space have an “Enroll” button. Contact us if you’d like to be added to the wait list for a full class.