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Classes are held at 1525 E. Broadway Ave., Bismarck, ND

Levels Training consists of four skill levels.  Each level introduces new skills to your dog while continuing to practice previous skills with more and more distractions.  Although each level has specific skill requirements which must be met prior to moving on to the next level, you and your dog progress through the levels at your own pace.  Move through all four levels or choose to stay at a lower level.  During your period of enrollment, you can attend as much or as little training as you like.  The choice is yours!


Classes are 8 weeks long for $169 (see benefits below).  Start in Puppy Basics (4 - 9 months old) then move up to Basic Manners when ready or start an older dog in Basic Manners and progress through the levels as fast as your dog learns each skill.  All dogs must take Basic Manners.  If you have done training elsewhere, your dog will move up fast and be able to go on to other fun lessons like Recall Games, Tricks, Agility, and more.

All classes are positive reinforcement, choice-based.  This method is lots of fun and involves catching actions and behaviors that you like in your dog and marking them with rewards that your dog finds motivating.


Benefits of Levels Training over traditional classes:

  • Level 1 classes start approximately every three weeks so there is little wait to enroll your dog in class.All the dogs in each level are at a similar stage in training.  This allows instructors to better address the needs of each dog.

  • Work at your own skill level for as long as necessary. 

  • No falling behind since there is no requirement to move up.

  • Students can revisit a lower level at any time to brush up on previous skills.

  • Dogs move in and out of each level throughout the training, which provides new dogs as distractions each week.

  • Students can take time off if they have a very busy week or go out of town.  Just return to class at the same level without fear of falling behind.

  • Have extra time in your schedule?  Attend more than one session a week if you are able to do so.  

PUPPY BASICS

Puppy Basics is all about socialization and developing a relationship with you.

Early training with a positive reinforcement approach is one of the best ways to teach young puppies the basic skills such as sit, down and come and provide the opportunity to socialize with other puppies and people.  We will also provide you with information about handling unwanted behaviors and troubleshooting.

This class prepares pups to move on to Basic Manners.  The skills are practical and functional like being handled for grooming and visits to the vet, sit, down, come, stay, and walking on leash.

BASIC MANNERS

Level 1 will introduce the basic commands; sit, down, stationary attention, and the name game.  All dogs (even those with prior training) start in level 1.


Level 2 will work on walking politely on a loose leash without pulling, paying attention to the owner while walking and ignoring other dogs.  We'll also begin working on come, stay, and will include problem-solving information for other behaviors.


Level 3 will work on a long-distance come command, stay with distractions, loose-leash walking past distractions, and distance commands.


Level 4 is all about polishing the come command, strengthening the stay command, work on turns and automatic sit in heeling.

RECALL GAMES

This course is ideal for anyone looking to broaden their dog training skills and knowledge.  Many of these games are incorporated into the Puppy Basics and Basic Manners classes.  With a total of 40 games, more will be taught to solidify a deep desire for your dog to come to you despite many distractions or unsafe situations.

AGILITY

Learn to navigate an obstacle course with your dog as you race against a clock.  That’s the sport of Agility.  It’s a fast-paced, rewarding experience and one of the best ways to create an even deeper connection between you and your dog.

TRICKS

Through the years trick dogs that we see in the movies have won peoples’ hearts, trick dog training has become a fun new area in dog training today.  As you work through learning the tricks, you might consider testing for the AKC 5 Trick Titles.

  • Novice Trick Dog (TKN)

The dog performs 10 skills from the Novice list.  If a dog has a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificate or title on record at AKC, it can do 5 Novice tricks (CGC + 5) to earn the Novice title.

  • Intermediate Trick Dog (TKI)

The dog must have the Novice title, plus perform 10 Intermediate tricks.

  • Advanced Trick Dog (TKA)

The dog must have the Intermediate title, plus perform 10 tricks from the Advanced list.

  • Trick Dog Performer (TKP)

I​n this title, handlers perform a short routine with at least 10 tricks previously learned.

  • Trick Dog Elite Performer (TKE)

Testing of this truly elite trick dog level requires the dog to perform 10 tricks with at least 5 props and there must be a story.

Sign your pet up today for any of these great classes!

 

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