In this 30-minute group session, we’ll conduct a brief evaluation which will help determine the best starting point for your dog.   We’ll also 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 large 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’d like to get you started off with a Private Lesson.  In private lesson(s), we’ll give you the tools and strategies you’ll need to progress to group classes.

Puppies under 16 weeks should attend Puppy Preschool sessions, instead of a Class Readiness Evaluation. At the end of each Puppy Preschool session, there will be an opportunity for pups to be evaluated for their readiness for Manners 1 class.

  • You are able to answer “yes” to both questions listed above
  • Dogs must be current on vaccinations
  • Note: Pups 16 weeks and younger may evaluate at the end of any Puppy Preschool session
  • Review the Be Ready For Your Group Readiness Evaluation page prior to signing up.
  • Free (no charge for the evaluation)

Your Instructors

  • General Manager of WAGD-Richardson

    Ashton Gray
    Ashton Gray has been a member of the What a Great Dog! team since September 2017. They teach Trick Dog classes, Manners classes, and they’re the General Manager at the Richardson location. Ashton completed the WAGD Trainer Education program in 2017 and is an AKC CGC Evaluator. Their greatest joy is helping owners build stronger relationships with their dogs through […]
  • Pet Manners Trainer

    Clemmie Jones, KPA-CTP
    Clemmie Jones, KPA-CTP, joined What a Great Dog in 2019. She is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, and she completed the WAGD Trainer Education Program in 2020. Clemmie first started working with dogs as a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), an assistance dog organization, in 2013. She went to work in the CCI kennels […]
  • Pet Manners Trainer

    Dan Bohun
    Dan teaches Pet Manners classes, Puppy Preschools, and private lessons at our Frisco location. Dan has been an avid dog lover from a young age; growing up with multiple dogs and later having his own. He previously worked in the healthcare field, specifically in hospital management with over 20 years in the materials department. In 2018, Dan and his wife […]
  • Pet Manners Trainer

    Jean May
    Jean joined What a Great Dog! in April of 2017. She teaches Pet Manners classes and privates at both locations. Jean has always had a passion for dogs and the desire to work with them. She has a degree in Emergency Management and recently retired from the emergency responder world after 20 years. She joined the staff of WAGD to […]
  • Senior Pet Manners Trainer

    Kristi Bass, CPDT-KA
    Kristi joined the What a Great Dog! team in 2016. She is a Senior Trainer, teaching Pet Manners in both group classes and private lessons at our Frisco location. While working with dog playgroups in the daycare setting, she became fascinated by canine behavior. After 8 years in banking, she decided it was time to change careers.  She completed the Karen […]
  • Pet Manners Trainer

    Laura Arasmith Wilson
    Laura Arasmith Wilson joined the What a Great Dog! team in 2018. She teaches Pet Manners in both group classes and private lessons at our Frisco location. She also teaches our Enrichment Seminar: Beyond Squeaky Toys! In 2013, Laura graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She has since interned with the […]
  • Pet Manners Trainer

    Macy Holdrich
    Macy joined What a Great Dog! in August of 2019. She teaches Pet Manners at our Richardson location. She enjoys teaching clients how to build a relationship with their dogs using positive reinforcement training so that they can experience the joy of training together! Macy has a passion for positive, reward-based dog training and continues to learn though attending workshops […]
  • 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 group classes and privates. Meagan dove deep into learning the science of force free training as she trained her first dog, Twig. Twig went on to become her first competitive agility dog in 2012. She […]
  • General Manager of WAGD-Frisco

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