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Teach your dog to become a well mannered member of the family! Top Notch Dog Training offers a wide range of fun and effective training services listed below.
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Good Manners Group Classes
We offer several levels of obedience classes, covering a wide range of behaviors that make for a well behaved dog at home, and out in public. Open to dogs 4 months of age and up that are dog and people friendly.
If you are concerned about your dog behaving aggressively around people or other dogs, please call our office for more information. If group classes are not immediately appropriate for your dog, we will inform you of our options available for specific training and behavior modification.
Good Manners Level 1 - Clever Dog:
Training is all on a 6 foot leash. Behaviors covered: Sit, Down, Come, Polite Leash Walking, No Jumping. Open to all dogs 4 months of age and up.
Good Manners Level 2 - Bright Dog:
Training is all on a 6 foot leash. Behaviors covered: Sit/Stay, Down/Stay, Polite Leash Walking w/ Automatic Sit when coming to a stop, Wait, On Your Mat, Come and more. Open to Clever Dog graduates.
Good Manners Level 3 - Exceptional Dog:
Training is on a 6 foot leash and 30 foot long line. Behaviors covered: Advanced Come, Distance On Your Mat, Advanced Leash Walking, Hand Signals for Sit, Down, long distance Down/Stay and more, Polite People Greetings. Open to Bright Dog graduates with trainer approval.
Good Manners Level 4 - Brilliant Dog:
This is the advanced class for training all behaviors off leash.
Agility Lite Classes
These courses are loosely based on traditional agility, and since they are in no way designed for the handler that wants to compete in agility, we've gone completely creative and focused on FUN! We combine traditional agility obstacles with some of our very own ideas, with the result being a fun and relaxed set up, aimed at creating a thrilling learning environment that strengthens the communication and bond between you and your dog. Great for dogs that appreciate mental stimulation and/or need more physical activity. Handlers get to improve their teaching skills, and revel in their dog's achievements and success!
Agility Lite Level - Nimble Dog
Obstacles covered include ramps, stairs, bar jump, weave poles, straight tunnel, tire jump, ladder and pause box. Must be a Level 1 Clever Dog obedience class graduate. Dog-friendly dogs only – dogs that present a risk to other dogs will be excused from class with no refund.
Agility Lite Level 2 - Lively Dog
Obstacles covered include back chute, curved tunnels, broad jump, teeter board and crawl chute. Requirements: Must be a Level 1 Nimble Dog graduate. Dog-friendly dogs only – dogs that present a risk to other dogs will be excused from class with no refund.
Agility Lite Level 3 - Dynamic Dog
This class provides some superb challenges! Dogs are taught new exercises and obstacles - Crawl and Back Up in a straight line, for example. We also focus on more challenging courses to run - obstacle discrimination, and longer chains of obstacles! A great time is guaranteed to be had by all! And of course, we will get you and your dog on video for all of your family and friends to enjoy - come join us!
Requirements: Must be a Level 2 Lively Dog graduate. Dog-friendly dogs only – dogs that present a risk to other dogs will be excused from class with no refund.
Tricks - Circus Dog
Come and have fun with us and teach your dog tricks with two class levels, Talented Dog and Incredible Dog - your dog will be able to Shut the Door, High Five, Roll Over, Crawl, Bow, Twist/Spin and much more! This class is open to Bright Dog graduates.
See our Calendar of Classes and Requirements.
AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) course and testing: open to Bright Dog graduates. 5 weeks of training exercises and then the 6th week we will conduc the CGC test. Click on the link for a complete description of the program.
In addition to group classes, we recognize that sometimes, for various reasons, classes are not always the best approach for everyone. Busy schedules or dog behavioral issues shouldn’t stand in the way of having a happy and well-adjusted dog be a member of your family.
We are happy to offer private training lessons at your home tailored to fit your needs. We use the same positive approach that is taught in our group classes but you will have the benefit of one-on-one instruction.
Behavioral consultations will address why undesired behavior is happening and how to modify it appropriately. A 60-minute private session with a certified behavior counselor will provide you with the knowledge and positive techniques needed to overcome behavioral challenges.
If you notice that your dog begins to have a behavioral issue, please call us as soon as possible to schedule a consultation. You may also choose to schedule a consultation anytime to learn how to prevent behavioral issues from occuring. Identifying the cause of issues early on can make the difference between a happy, enjoyable relationship with your dog and a stressful, constant battle with your canine companion.
Below are only some of the behavioral issues we address:
Basic obedience, shy or fearful behaviors, fear-aggression, dog-dog issues, remedial socialization, issues between dogs and children, aggression toward people, aggression toward dogs or other animals, house training, excessive barking, digging, destructive behaviors, jumping, nipping, separation distress or anxiety, obsessive behaviors, coming when called...
Jump Start Training
We offer in-house training during your dog's boarding stay with us! Your dog can learn new behaviors, tricks or fine tune the ones already known. Our in-house training program is available from a 3-day boarding stay to an 8-week Board and Train program, depending on the extent of the training desired.
This program is run by our Certified Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT's) and Karen Pryor Certified Training Partners (KPA-CTP's).
At the time of your dog's departure we will conduct an 'exit lesson' with you to review your dog's progress and training techniques for continued at-home management. All behaviors are acquired through effective positive training methods.
Let your dog stay, play and learn here at Top Notch Kennels!
Board and Train
This program is a great option for the busy family without time to train for a well mannered dog.
With this service, your dog stays with us at our facility. Our certified trainers work with your dog using positive reinforcement based techniques while learning practical behaviors to be a well adjusted member of the family. Your dog will be trained around people, other dogs and in various environments.
The family will have scheduled training sessions to give you an opportunity to learn more about the training and canine behavior. We teach you the same methods we use in training your dog. Working with you ensures that the new, desired behavior, will transfer to your environment.
Your dog will be introduced to basic manners, some of which include sit, down, stay, come when called, walking politely on leash, on your mat and wait.