Puppy Kindergarten:For puppies eight weeks to five months of age. Don't believe the old cliche which advises waiting until your dog is six months or a year old before starting to train him! Doing so will only lead to a young adult dog with unstructured behavior and many problems which could have been avoided. By starting your puppy early, you will establish proper behavior right from the start. In this class, puppies are taught to walk on a leash, sit, come, down, stand, and stay. They will also learn to socialize with one another, an important but often neglected part of proper canine development. This class makes the puppy's first introduction to obedience training non-stressful and fun. Housebreaking and problem behaviors also will be addressed.
Beginners:For dogs over five months of age with no formal training. This class will cover controlled walking and the sit, down, stay, and come commands, as well as dealing with common problem behaviors.
Advanced Beginners: For graduates of the Beginners class. This class will further enhance the relationship between dog and owner. The dog's response to commands will become more consistent and reliable, and the training will build up to off-leash recalls and stays. Dog and owner will learn the necessary skills to pass the AKC's Canine Good Citizen test, which is offered periodically at Top Dog.
Off-Leash Obedience: For graduates of the Advanced Beginners class. This class focuses on obtaining off-leash control of the dog using the controlled walking, recall, and stay skills which are taught in the Beginners and Advanced Beginners classes.
Rally: For graduates of the Advanced Beginners or Off-Leash Obedience class. This class will begin to train dogs and handlers for the American Kennel Club's Rally competitions. This is also a fun class to continue your dog's education even if you don't have any plans to compete!
Pet Tricks: This class is a fun addition to your dog's training. It teaches a variety of tricks using motivational methods including clicker training and shaping. It provides an entertaining break for competition obedience dogs, as well as for pet dogs. Give paw, speak, roll over, play dead, beg, crawl, wave, and twist are just some of the tricks covered. This class is typically offered every-other class session.
Dog Training for Kids: For children nine years of age and up and their dogs!
Therapy Dog Training: For graduates of the Advanced Beginners class. This class will focus on training dogs and handlers for pet therapy. Graduates of Beginners may take this course with the approval of their instructor.