Group Practice is a 45-minute, single session class which is specially designed for dogs who need additional practice focusing around novel dogs. This is an ideal class for dogs who need to learn to work closer to new dogs, or do well with only certain dogs.  Each session attended will include different dogs and challenges.
Dogs from the following scenarios especially benefit from these sessions:
  • Have had a break between Manners classes,
  • Need more practice around new dogs before progressing into the next level class
  • Are transitioning from private lessons to group class

Please note this class is appropriate for dogs who are distracted by other dogs or people but are NOT reactive. If your dog lunges at or barks excessively at other dogs in the ring, he’s not appropriate for this class. Private lessons are the right place to teach you the protocol for improving reactivity, allowing you to progress to participating in this class.  

To be eligible for this class your WAGD instructor will need to give approval. They will need to see that in the presence of other dogs your dog can pay attention for short periods of time, and eat treats. You can safely get your dog in and out of the ring without trainer assistance. And, your dog can be in the ring with other dogs without barking excessively. 

Note that in this new format of Group Practice, you are not required to first attend an Intro session. Every one of these new format sessions will include the Intro material. 

  • Dog was given approval for Group Practice by a WAGD Trainer within the past 2 months during one of the following:
    1. WAGD group class
    2. Private Lesson(s)
    3. Class Readiness Evaluation
  • $30 for single 45-minute group session

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Class Preview

Your Instructors

  • Head Pet Manners Trainer

    Ashley Johnson KPA-CTP
    Ashley joined the What a Great Dog! staff in February 2013. She is the Head Trainer for WAGD’s Pet Manners program. Ashley is a Senior Trainer, teaching Pet Manners and Rally. Ashley is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner and an AKC CGC Evaluator. She utilizes positive, science-based training techniques for both dogs and people! Ashley is a key […]
  • Agility & Senior Pet Manners Trainer

    Meagan Johnson
    Meagan Johnson joined the WAGD staff in 2018. Meagan has worked with families and their dogs since 2012. She teaches Agility, Tricks and Pet Manners, as well as helps families help their dogs with a variety of behavioral issues. Meagan dove deep into learning the science of force free training as she trained her first dog, Twig. Twig went on […]
  • Pet Manners Trainer

    Rachel Vogt
    Rachel has been a member of the What a Great Dog! team since November of 2018. She completed the WAGD Trainer Education program in 2019 and teaches Pet Manners at both locations. Rachel has been training dogs since she acquired her first Labrador Retriever while in college. Rachel started attending classes at WAGD with her rescued Lab mix, Bruce, in […]