The K9 Companion class began as an entry level training course for dogs that are 6 months or older. The concepts, however, can be used for all ages of dogs including puppies. The class introduces you to reward-based training techniques that will help you communicate to your dog a basic vocabulary of commands and will strengthen the bond you have with your dog to help make him or her a better house companion. Please review all the weeks because information in latter weeks make be useful immediately. Certainly there are various sequences in which the exercises may be taught and you should do what works best for you and your K9 Companion.

Week 1:

Yes/treat - Reaching for collar/yes

Return to handler/yes - Place (mat)/settle

Week 2:

Watch me - Luring - Sit/yes - Down/yes - NILIF

Let’s Go (Walking on a Loose Leash) - Good (Keep Going)

Week 3:

Place board/sit/down - Stay/Wait

Return to your dog - Eye contact game

Week 4:

Stand/yes - Pushups - Let’s go with come-fore

Recalls (To Front/Restrained) - Adding NO

Week 5:

Long down - Distractions - Walk away/Leave it

Longer stays - Right/Left turns - Chase recalls

Week 6:

Sit for greeting - Stand for exam

About Turns - Let’s go with turns

Week 7:

Fun and games - Final review


*Schedule subject to change as most schedules are!!