Life Skills

Top Class K-9 Obedience – Beginner – Life Skills

dog in beginner life skills obedience class

This class is intended for dogs 4 months or older.

You will be instructed on how reliably train your dog on-leash in the Beginner obedience curriculum. This class focuses on learning beginning obedience skills and achieving compliance. Tools used are treat and toy motivators.

Curriculum includes:

  • Name Recognition
  • Redirect
  • Walk on loose leash
  • Recall – Come to Me
  • Sit on one command
  • Down on one command
  • Got To Mat
  • Heel positioning
  • Stay
  • Stand on one command
  • Releasing from a command
  • Handling – Feet, ears, grooming
  • Entry/exit manners

Also addressed are problem behaviors such as counter surfing, jumping on people/objects, running out of the door, destructive behaviors (not related to separation anxiety).

Prerequisite:  None


You must equip your dog with a standard 6 ft leash and flat buckle collar or martingale collar. This is a motivational and reward oriented class.


Top Class K-9 Obedience – Intermediate – Advanced Life Skills

dog in advanced life skills obedience class

This class is intended for dogs 12 months or older. You will be instructed on how reliably train your dog on-leash in the Intermediate obedience curriculum. Some off-leash work begins in this class. Tools used are treat and toy motivators.

Curriculum includes:

  • Adding distance , distractions and reliability to existing skills.
  • Increasing skill chaining and reducing food rewards.
  • Walk on loose leash
  • Automatic Sits
  • Beginning heel work
  • Recall – With distraction
  • Sit – moving Sit, Sit at a distance
  • Down – Moving Down, Down at a distance
  • Got To Mat from a distance
  • Stay – Sit Stay with distraction – Down Stay with distraction
  • Stand Stay and with full examination
  • Back – Back up , move out of handlers path.
  • Transitioning to off-leash work

Prerequisite is the successful completion of the Top Class K-9 Obedience Beginner, Top Class k-9 Board and Train or head trainer approval. Admittance may be granted to dogs and handlers who have not participated in a Top Class K-9 program on an individual basis only after an interview.

You must equip your dog with a standard 6 ft leash or training leash and flat buckle collar or martingale collar or the collar recommended by your trainer.   This is a motivational and reward oriented class.

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Any dogs exhibiting any aggressive or reactive behavior MUST undergo an evaluation click here prior to acceptance into any program. Any dog deemed aggressive will not be accepted into group classes.