This dynamic class is the ideal stepping stone to more advanced work. It’s also a great way to build your dog’s focus on you and impulse control with distractions. You’ll refine your clicker skills and take your own training skills to a new level.

Progressing through WAGD’s Manners 1, 2 and 3 helps your dog develop into a great companion who can be a big part of your life. You will be 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 is excellent preparation for the AKC CGC (Canine Good Citizen) and CGCA (Advanced) tests. This class is also a requirement for out Therapy Prep and Great Dog! classes.  Note: Make-ups are not available for this class due to the group nature of the exercises. 

  • Manners 2 or Class Readiness evaluation demonstrating required skills.
  • If more than three months have passed since your last class, a new Class Readiness Evaluation is required.
  • Dogs must be current on vaccinations.
  • Class Fee – $180
  • Six consecutive weekly 50-minute class meetings at the designated day/time
  • Early Enrollment Discount – $10 savings on Manners 3 by contacting us to enroll by the end date of your Manners 2 class

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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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Specialty & Pet Manners Trainer

    Gabi Vannini CPDT-KA
    Gabi Vannini CPDT-KA joined the WAGD staff in fall 2018. She teaches barn hunt, agility, conformation, rally and manners. She is an AKC CGC, trick, ACT test, temperament test and farm dog evaluator. Gabi competes in a variety of dog sports with her own dogs and has titled in obedience, agility, rally, conformation, lure coursing, dock diving, barn hunt, tricks […]
  • Pet Manners Trainer

    Jean May CPDT-KA
    Jean is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA).  She 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 retired from the emergency responder world after 20 years. […]
  • 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 CPDT-KA
    Laura Arasmith Wilson is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. She 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 […]
  • 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 […]