Obedience Classes

We offer private obedience lessons. These lessons will be held outdoors, so please wear proper attire – no sandals, backless shoes, etc., gym shoes or hiking/workboots only. Consult with your vet if you are unsure whether your dog is ready to participate in a training class. Make sure to use appropriate flea/tick and heartworm preventative on your dog (available through your vet). You are responsible for having your dog current on vaccinations. Please see “Training Equipment” section for additional information. A list of supplies you will need will be provided on your first lesson. Please be aware that if your dog is showing aggression towards other dogs or towards people, we will not work with it. 

Private lessons are available by appointment for $50 per lesson.

As of August 12, we are not accepting new clients for obedience lessons until December. We apologize for the inconvenience, and will be more than happy to help you then, once our family companion Labrador pups have graduated and gone home. Please contact us later in November for availability. 

Please call for directions (920-293-4460). Do not use Mapquest: our address doesn't show up correctly. 

Obedience Commands

  • HEEL - walking nicely with loose lead on left side of handler
  • AUTO-SIT – while on Heel command, dog will automatically sit on the left side when handler comes to a stop
  • AUTO-STAY – after auto-sit, dog will automatically stay until commanded to move, or released off of command
  • WALK AWAY - handler leaves dog while on command
  • LOOK AT ME - dog looks at handler
  • COME – recall to handler
  • CENTER – auto-sit directly in front of handler
  • FINISH (HEEL) – dog moves from center position to the right behind the handler and auto-sits on handler’s left side
  • FREE SIT – dog sits on command, usually from free mode
  • STAY CLOSE – dog keeps close to handler, but is not on Heel command
  • DOWN – lie down
  • RECALL TO SIT – dog commanded to sit from a down position
  • STAY - hold position and don't move
  • OKAY – dog is off command, free
  • QUIET – stop barking, whining etc
  • NO – correction word generally followed by verb or descriptive of what the dog should not be doing, or the command that the dog broke (ie. no – sit)
  • NO BITE – do not mouth or peck at hands or feet of handler
  • OFF – do not jump (on people, furniture, etc)
  • LEAVE IT – don’t mess with that
  • DROP IT – dog should spit out whatever should not be in mouth
  • ENOUGH – time to stop
  • EASY – slow down, relax, or concentrate
  • GOOD! – praise and reward
  • GET YOUR BIRD! – go get toy
  • BRING ME YOUR BIRD! – retrieve toy
  • RELEASE – let go of toy or object that is allowed in dog’s mouth
  • STUTTER STEP – stop in place
  • HERE – direct dog to a spot
  • HURRY UP – go potty
  • IN – go in (house, car, crate, etc)
  • GO GO GO! – speed up, encourages drive 

Agility & Flyball

  • Harness (have dog acclimated prior to camp)
  • Training collar (if needed)
  • Buckle collar with ID
  • *all dogs must have ID tags at all times*
  • '8" pull tab/traffic lead (optional, will be needed when you reach advanced level in agility)
  • 6 foot leash
  • 8 foot light line (¼” braided nylon clothes line with metal clasp)
  • Personal water supply
  • Dog food and bowl (if needed)
  • Fecal bags
  • Doggie treats
  • Toys (rubber Kongs, tennis balls, Galileo bones, squeaky toys etc)

Obedience Training

  • Herm Sprenger prong training collar
  • 6ft leather lead
  • nylon choker
  • light lines (1/4 inch braided nylon clothesline and metal latches (hardware store)
  • 8” pull tab
  • blinker collar lights
  • reflective collars
  • Bitter Apple spray
  • Binaca breath spray (drug store)
*do not use obedience equipment until you start training*

General Information for Lessons

When signing up for obedience or agility lessons, please keep in mind that all these activities are held outdoors. Our land is primarily forested, so please dress appropriately with regard to weather and insects.

  • Suitable footwear is especially important. We recommend gym shoes or hiking/work boots
  • Consult your veterinarian prior to starting agility or flyball to ensure your dog is physically able to participate.
  • Make sure your dog is protected against heartworm, fleas, and ticks (Heartguard, Frontline, and other preventative medications for these parasites are available through your vet)
  • All dog owners are responsible for having their dogs current on vaccinations (Rabies and Distemper required, Bordetella and Lyme recommended). Bring proof of vaccinations with you to all activities.
  • We recommend bringing Benedryl with you in case you or your dog have allergies
  • We do not work with aggressive dogs, including both aggression towards other dogs and towards people.
  • Please do not let your dog eat any wild mushrooms – some can be toxic
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult. Children and dogs must not be left unattended

Flyball and agility build strength and confidence in your dog, and along with obedience training, they are a fun bonding experience between dog and owner. We look forward to seeing you for a great time!

Thank you for you interest in our obedience program. If you have any questions, please call us at 920-293-4460