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Basic Manners


Great Beginnings
Tamela Boyd

Start date:

October 29th
Westside Pawtropolis
Sundays 3:30p.m. for 8 weeks
7 weeks of class and 1 private consultation

Great Beginnings is a unique class that includes more than just your typical obedience exercises. Loose leash training is a priority in Great Beginnings. We not only practice walking during all group classes, but also provide a private one-on-one session tailored to you and your dog’s specific walking needs. Tons of impulse control is built into every exercise we cover. Dogs will not only learn to wait patiently at doorways and for meals but will also gain a strong foundation for a “place” command where dogs learn to settle onto a bed until released.

This class has three main goals: to build manners, to create a strong human/dog bond, and to use clear communication. Basic manners covered include sit, down, wait, recall, and loose leash walking. We will discuss why being a consistent leader is so important and show you how to turn your dog into a listening companion that looks to you for guidance. Clear communication is always a challenge in any dog/human relationship. Using body language to set invisible boundaries and learning how to balance affection and discipline will help you be able to clearly tell your dog what behavior you do and do not want repeated. Basic manners covered include:

  • Not pulling on the leash

  • Sit and Down

  • Place (wait and stay)

  • Looking to human for eye direction (eye contact)

  • Creating boundaries

  • Name recall

Dogs must be over 5 months old and display no major negative behaviors such as dog or human aggression.

*Class enrollment fee is non-refundable once class starts.


Pawsitively Basics
Shane Allen

Westside Pawtropolis
Thursdays at 5:30pm for 7 weeks

Companion Skills is a great beginner class focusing on the skills and behaviors all dogs should know. Shane promotes a "positive but not permissive" training attitude, working with owners to be a team with their dogs in order to obtain desirable behaviors. Some of the behaviors taught:

  • Not pulling on the leash
  • Sit and Down
  • Stay
  • Avoiding distractions
  • Waiting to go through doors and creating boundaries

*Class enrollment fee is non-refundable once class starts.

AKC S.T.A.R Puppy Program
Kathie Spring & Billie Rae King

April 11th
Westside Pawtropolis
Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. for 7 weeks

The goal of this class is to earn an AKC Puppy S.T.A.R. title. S.T.A.R. stands for Socialization, Training, Activity and Responsibility. Puppies will learn skills to become great canine citizens and a more enjoyable canine friend. Skills such as meeting new dogs and people, staying in place, coming when called, walking through a crowd and handling by another person will be taught. Dogs are invited to join you on the first night of class.

Needed for Class:
- 6' nylon, cotton or leather leash and a regular flat collar
- Treats-Make sure they are very "yummy", different from what your dog would normally get. They should be tiny (pea size) since we will be using many in class. No hard dog biscuits or dog food.

Pre-requisites: Dogs must be between 5 and 12 months of age and current on all vaccines (please bring proof of vaccinations first night).

For more information, contact Kathie Spring

*Class enrollment fee is non-refundable once class starts.