Dog Training Classes


Custom Canine Training Programs

My programs are customized based on your dog’s individual needs. All custom programs come with additional personal services, no competitor offers. I firmly believe in training dogs humanely at all times. As an American Kennel Club Evaluator, I actively attend nationwide dog training seminars. I partner with dog owners to create a training program based on results. I do not train by hourly rate. Please call me for consultation or questions: Robert 347-762-7743

 

 


Problem Solving Program: $375

Recommended start age: 8 weeks and up

Tackling specific behaviors that would sit outside the scope of formal training. Call me to discuss details about your dog’s unique issues, and let us work together to find solutions. This is a great way to improve your relationship with your dog. This program is about 4 sessions or less.

 

Good Dog Program: $750

Recommended start age: 8 weeks and up

 

The Good Dog Program is an adult dog or puppy course, which centers around basic obedience and manners. I listen to your specific problems, needs and concerns. Then, I create a custom program to solve all your specific dog issues.

Program Features


    • You’ll be able to get information on all of your puppy-raising questions including house-training, unwanted chewing, and the most effective way to teach practical skills such as coming when called.

    • Taking this program I focus on the basics of raising your puppy or adult dog into your household. Your dog will learn the basic skills, such as NOT jumping on guests, how to stop unwanted barking, and basic on leash commands: Down, Sit, Stand, Place, Stay, Come, progressing to “holding” each command in heavy distractions.

    • The Good Dog Program will conclude with taking the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Test. This is where you will see the rewards of the training. The (AKC CGC) certification, CGC is recognized as a high standard of dog behavior and is an excellent way to prepare for therapy dog training and other dog sports.

      • You’ll enhance your bond with your dog, and dogs with basic obedience training are a joy to live with—interacting well with other people, different dogs, and responding to household routines and commands.

     

      • Good Dog Programs


        S.T.A.R. Puppy Test Items:

        1. Maintains puppy’s health (vaccines, exams, appears healthy)

        2. Owner receives Responsible Dog Owner’s Pledge

        3. Owner describes adequate daily play and exercise plan

        4. Owner and puppy attend 6 classes approved Evaluator

        5. Owner brings bags to classes for cleaning up after puppy

        6. Owner has obtained some form of ID for puppy-collar tag

        7. Free of aggression toward people during at least 6 weeks of class

        8. Tolerates collar or body harness of owner’s choice

        9. Owner can hug or hold puppy (depending on size)

        10. Puppy allows owner to take away a treat or toy

        11. Allows (in any position) petting by a person other than the owner

        12. Grooming-Allows owner handling and brief exam (ears, feet)

        13. Walks on a Leash-Follows owner on lead in a straight line (15 steps)

        14. Walks by other people-Walks on leash past other people 5-ft away

        15. Sits on command-Owner may use a food lure

        16. Down on command-Owner may use a food lure

        17. Comes to owner from 5-ft when name is called

        18. Reaction to Distractions-distractions are presented 15-ft away

        19. Stay on leash with another person (owner walks 10 steps and returns)

        Canine Good Citizen Test Items:

        1. Accepting a Friendly Stranger. The dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach and speak to the handler (the dog owner) in a natural, everyday situation.

        2. Sit Politely for Petting. The dog will allow a friendly stranger to pet it while it is out with the handler.

        3. Appearance and Grooming. The dog will permit someone to check its ears and front feet, as a groomer or veterinarian would do.

        4. Out for a Walk (walking on a loose lead). Following the evaluator’s instructions, the dog will walk on a loose lead (with the handler/owner).

        5. Walking Through a Crowd. The dog will walk through a small crowd of pedestrians, passing in close proximity to at least three people.

        6. Sit and Down on Command and Stay in Place. The dog must demonstrate sit AND down on command, then the owner chooses the position for leaving the dog in the stay.

        7. Coming When Called. The dog will come when called by the handler (from 10 feet away on leash).

        8. Reaction to Another Dog. The dog will behave politely around other dogs. Two handlers and their dogs approach each other from a distance of about 20 feet, stop, shake hands and exchange pleasantries.

        9. Reaction to Distractions. The evaluator will select and present two distractions such as dropping a chair, etc.

        10. Supervised Separation. This test demonstrates that your dog can be left with a trusted person. The evaluator will hold your dog’s leash while you go out of sight for three minutes.

     

    • BONUS** With this package you get, additional services no other competitor offers. Some Examples: AKC Certification Testing, Personal 24/7 1 on 1 phone support, and email support. I come to you, and I go over, all dog training materials used for dog handling. When you pass your first American Kennel Club test, I take you and your dog together, OFF LEASH for a supervised hike in Forest Park Horse Trails. My training program methods will last you the rest of the dogs life.

 

Elite Dog Program: $1,200
Advanced On and Off Leash Commands

Recommended start age: 8 weeks and up

This comprehensive course is our premium program. This program is customizable to your specific dog issues, and teaches you how to raise the perfect puppy, or train a new dog and/or rescue a dog into your household seamlessly. This program will produce a trained dog on leash, with all the fundamentals of the Good Dog Program, plus the fundamentals of advanced off leash walks and commands. Enjoying Forest Park Hikes OFF LEASH with you and your dog, and up to 5 American Kennel Club certifications that will solidify this programs training end result. The Elite Dog Program is for complete on and off leash training, plus “holding” commands in heavy distractions.

 

Elite Dog Programs


S.T.A.R. Puppy Test Items:

  1. Maintains puppy’s health (vaccines, exams, appears healthy)

  2. Owner receives Responsible Dog Owner’s Pledge

  3. Owner describes adequate daily play and exercise plan

  4. Owner and puppy attend 6 classes approved Evaluator

  5. Owner brings bags to classes for cleaning up after puppy

  6. Owner has obtained some form of ID for puppy-collar tag

  7. Free of aggression toward people during at least 6 weeks of class

  8. Tolerates collar or body harness of owner’s choice

  9. Owner can hug or hold puppy (depending on size)

  10. Puppy allows owner to take away a treat or toy

  11. Allows (in any position) petting by a person other than the owner

  12. Grooming-Allows owner handling and brief exam (ears, feet)

  13. Walks on a Leash-Follows owner on lead in a straight line (15 steps)

  14. Walks by other people-Walks on leash past other people 5-ft away

  15. Sits on command-Owner may use a food lure

  16. Down on command-Owner may use a food lure

  17. Comes to owner from 5-ft when name is called

  18. Reaction to Distractions-distractions are presented 15-ft away

  19. Stay on leash with another person (owner walks 10 steps and returns)

Canine Good Citizen Test Items:

  1. Accepting a Friendly Stranger. The dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach and speak to the handler (the dog owner) in a natural, everyday situation.

  2. Sit Politely for Petting. The dog will allow a friendly stranger to pet it while it is out with the handler.

  3. Appearance and Grooming. The dog will permit someone to check its ears and front feet, as a groomer or veterinarian would do.

  4. Out for a Walk (walking on a loose lead). Following the evaluator’s instructions, the dog will walk on a loose lead (with the handler/owner).

  5. Walking Through a Crowd. The dog will walk through a small crowd of pedestrians, passing in close proximity to at least three people.

  6. Sit and Down on Command and Stay in Place. The dog must demonstrate sit AND down on command, then the owner chooses the position for leaving the dog in the stay.

  7. Coming When Called. The dog will come when called by the handler (from 10 feet away on leash).

  8. Reaction to Another Dog. The dog will behave politely around other dogs. Two handlers and their dogs approach each other from a distance of about 20 feet, stop, shake hands and exchange pleasantries.

  9. Reaction to Distractions. The evaluator will select and present two distractions such as dropping a chair, etc.

  10. Supervised Separation. This test demonstrates that your dog can be left with a trusted person. The evaluator will hold your dog’s leash while you go out of sight for three minutes.

Community Canine Test Items:

  1. Dog stands, sits or lies down and waits under control while the owner:
    • sits at the registration table and fills out paperwork, or,
    • if the test is done in the community, dog waits while the owner sits and has a snack or visits with another person (e.g., at a park)

  2. Walks on a loose leash in a natural situation (not in a ring) — does not pull.
    • left turn
    • right turn
    • stop
    • fast and slow pace

  3. Walks on loose leash through a crowd:
    • at a show or in class, this item is tested in a real crowd, not in a ring
    • in the community, dog walks on sidewalk, through a crowd at a community fair, park, on a trail, through a busy hallway, etc.

  4. Dog walks past distraction dogs present; does not pull.
    This item may be tested along with #3 if there are dogs in the crowd, etc.
    • at a show or class, dog walks by dogs waiting in the crowd–dogs 2 ft. apart
    • in the community, dog walks by other dogs on a trail, sidewalk, in a hallway, etc.

  5. Sit — stay in small group (3 other people with dogs).
    • Owners and dogs are in an informal circle/square while owners have a conversation.
    • Dogs are all on the owner’s left side, on leash; 3 ft. apart. (At least 30 seconds)

  6. Dog allows person who is carrying something (backpack, computer bag, etc.) to approach and pet it.
    • “May I pet your dog?” (Item is placed on floor/ground before the person pets the dog)

  7. “Leave it.” Dog walks by food and follows owner instructions, “Leave it.”
    • This can be food placed by the evaluator on the floor or ground in a food dish with a wire cover as in Rally.

  8. Down or sit stay — distance (owner’s choice).
    • Dog is on 20–ft line, owner walks away with back to dog, picks up an item (e.g., backpack, training bag, clipboard, folder etc.) placed on the floor/chair/ground by the evaluator and returns to the dog.

  9. Recall with distractions present (coming when called).
    • Handler goes out 20–ft. **(off center) and calls dog.
    • Dog is on the 20–ft. line from #8 above.

  10. Dog will sit or stand stay (owner’s choice) while owner enters/exits a doorway or narrow passageway. Owner calls dog through door when ready.
    Owner may also choose to:
    • send the dog through first and have the dog wait for the owner, or
    • the owner may choose to have the dog go through the doorway at the owner’s side.

Urban Canine Good Citizen Test Items:

  1. Exit/enter doorway with no pulling in dog-friendly buildings. Exit building to start test, additional Public buildings items are below.

  2. Walk through a crowd on a busy urban sidewalk.
    • People come toward the dog from 1-ft. away
    • Tolerate distractions (people wearing hats, coats, men, women, etc).

  3. Appropriate reaction to city distractions. This includes movement, noises, and walking on a variety of surfaces. Examples:
    • Noises: horns, sirens, construction noise, etc.
    • Moving objects: skateboard, bike, carts, person running
    • Surfaces: concrete, grass, grates, plastic tarp, wet sidewalk

  4. Crossing street: Stop at corner, stand or sit to wait and cross with no pulling (on leash, with owner). Crosses street under control.

  5. Ignore food on sidewalk. (Dropped food, or cups, bags, cans, in which food was wrapped).

  6. Person walks up and pets the dog, who may be carrying an item:
    • Such as a small dog in a bag, a computer bag, etc.
    • Person does not put the bag down to pet the dog.

  7. Public Building (that is dog friendly).
    • Walks under control in building (slick surface, carpeted floor).
    • Down stay (3 min) in lobby or outdoor area, or waits for meal or snack.

  8. Stairs, steps, or elevator under control.
    • Steps or Stairs (at least 3 – up and down)
    • Elevator (Enters under control, exits, rides under control)

  9. Housetrained for apartment, condo, city living.
    • Owner may verify this item through observing in public buildings.
    • Evaluator may also have observed this item in training classes.

  10. Transportation. Owner’s choice depending on transportation needs.
    • Car. Enters/exits, remains under control during the ride. (Crate? Seatbelt?)
    • Subway. Small dog in bag for ride. (large dogs are not always permitted; know and abide by the Transit Policies in your area).
    • Dog friendly (enters/exits or allows to be put in/taken out) under control.

To pass the CGCU test, dogs must pass all 10 items of the test.


  1. Novice Trick Dog (TKN)
    The dog performs 10 skills from the Novice list. If a dog has a Canine Good Citizen certificate or title on record at AKC, it can do 5 Novice tricks to earn the Novice title.

  2. Intermediate Trick Dog (TKI)
    The dog must have the Novice title, plus perform 10 Intermediate tricks.

  3. Advanced Trick Dog (TKA)
    The dog must have the Intermediate title, plus perform 10 tricks from the Advanced list.

  4. Trick Dog Performer (TKP)
    I​n this title, handlers perform a short routine with at least 10 tricks previously learned.

  5. Trick Dog Elite Performer (TKE)
    Testing of this truly elite trick dog level requires the dog to perform 10 tricks with at least 5 props and there must be a story.

Trick Dog Title Info:

AKC Trick Dog titles are official AKC titles listed on the dog’s title record.

The processing fee for each title is $20. Multiple titles for the same dog can be sent in together, each one will be processed in succession after each previous title has been added and printed.

Dogs must have an AKC, PAL, or AKC Canine Partners number to earn a title.

All dogs can get a number including purebreds and mixed breeds.

 


As a bonus with this package you get, additional services no other competitor offers. Some Examples: Free Bonus Training Sessions, Life Time Support Guarantee, Unlimited commands, AKC Certifications, Personal 24/7 1 on 1 phone support, and email support. I come to you, and I go over, all dog training materials used for dog handling. When you pass your first American Kennel Club test, I take you and your dog together, OFF LEASH for a supervised hike in Forest Park Horse Trails. My training program methods will last you the rest of the dogs life.

 

Jump Start Board and Train Program: $3,495

Recommended: 7 – 8 week duration

During the approximately two month Board and Train Program, your new pup will get a jump start by living, learning and getting trained daily with me (Robert). This program will be provided in the future with more details.