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 your dog is younger than 1 year, and they haven’t been in facility in 2 months or more, a new Class Readiness Evaluation is required. 
  • If your dog is older than 1 year, and they haven’t been in the facility in 6 months or more, a new Class Readiness Evaluation is required.
  • Dogs must be current on vaccinations.
  • Class Fee – $228
  • Six consecutive weekly 50-minute class meetings at the designated day/time

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Your Instructors

  • Pet Manners Trainer

    Fable Gay IAABC-ADT FDM
    Fable Gay joined the What a Great Dog! team in 2017. They are an Accredited Dog Trainer through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, a Certified Family Dog Mediator through Kim Brophey’s Applied Ethology LEGS Course, and an AKC CGC Evaluator. They studied under Michael Shikashio CDBC and completed his Aggression in Dogs Master Course in 2022. They teach […]
  • 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 […]
  • Senior Pet Manners Trainer

    Jean May CPDT-KA
    Jean is a Senior Trainer who joined What a Great Dog! in April of 2017. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) who teaches Pet Manners classes and privates lessons 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Levi Dreymala
    Levi is a Pet Manners and Great Puppy Day School trainer who joined the What A Great Dog! team in 2023. They started their journey in dog training in 2014 as a hobby with their golden retriever puppy Sugi, and it quickly became a passion. Levi pursued further education in dog training through Karen Pryor Academy’s Trainer Foundations Course in 2015 […]
  • Martha Connell CDTK
    Martha is a Pet Manners Trainer who teaches both private lessons and pet manners group classes. She started her dog journey in January of 2019 boarding and walking pups while her husband was stationed in Virginia Beach, VA. She gained experience working with dogs of all ages, breeds, and personalities. This exposure really got her interested in pursuing dog training […]
  • Victoria Johnson
    Victoria is a trainer for Manners classes, Puppy Preschool, Barn Hunt and private lessons at our Richardson location.  After joining the WAGD team in 2020, she completed WAGD’s Trainer Education Program and the Karen Pryor Academy Foundations course.  Absolute Dogs’ Pro Dog Trainer and Pro Dog Trainer Geek programs were completed in 2021 and she is enrolled in their ongoing […]