We offer group classes year round, and private lessons on an individual basis.
We strive to help you meet your goals with your dog. Our group classes are held year round. We train outside in a grassy, park-like setting that is completely fenced. When the weather is bad we hold classes in a spacious, heated indoor training room. We can help you achieve the highest level of training you want with your dog, from basic obedience to off-leash advanced work... even obedience competitions!
Basic and Intermediate
Basic obedience - for beginners of all ages. You will gain on-leash control, create respect, and build the foundations for teamwork. We teach sit, heal, stay, down, come, and stand. We also cover behavior modification, chewing, potty-training, crate training, social graces and manners. 6 one hour classes - $200
Intermediate obedience - for graduates of Basic obedience. We reiterate and refine the basic lessons, while incorporating hand signals, and progressing towards off-leash control. 5 one hour classes - $150
Advanced classes are held throughout the year depending on student interest. This is our highest level of training, and creates a strong partnership between you and your dog. Advanced classes are mostly off-leash work, and dogs are selected for eligibility on an individual basis. Advanced classes include field trips to different places in the community, introduction to rally obedience competitions, and the opportunity to work on distance control (come when called and "stay" from long distances).
We offer private lessons on a case-by-case basis. Private lessons are not a substitute for group classes, but they can be a helpful addition in many cases. While group classes still provide the best opportunity to desensitize your dog to distractions, and socialize them around other people and dogs, private lessons can be arranged to address specific behavioral issues, work in a setting of your choosing, give you a head start before your group class starts, or to evaluate aggressive dogs for classes. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this option.
Winter games are held in the rainy months depending on student interest. Winter games is an entertaining class that helps make training fun. During the rainy months, it is a great substitute for agility. Winter games classes include doggy tic tac toe, simon says, relay races, musical chairs, trick competitions and other fun and entertaining ways to further the bond you have with your dog. Winter games is reserved for advanced students, and some intermediate dogs who are ready to work off leash.
Lori is a certified evaluator for AKC's Canine Good Citizen® test. Started in 1989, the CGC Program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen® Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. We offer Canine Good Citizen® testing at Top Dog, and can help guide you in your preparation for the test. We will have another CGC testing event in spring 2020. You can read more about this exciting AKC program here.