Dog Training Class Descriptions

PLEASE NOTE! 

My classes will continue to be on hold until Spring 2015.

Below are the majority of my course titles and descriptions. Time constraints limit how many courses I can schedule at once.

Please note: I am delighted to announce that I am now training at Planet Pooch located in Redwood City and South San Francisco.

Vaccinations: For all courses, including drop-in Play group, proof of vaccinations appropriate for your dog’s age is required. Your dog should also be vaccinated for Bordetella kennel cough, but it is not required. For more information please go to: http://www.thepetcenter.com/gen/kenc.html

Course Descriptions included:

Puppy 1   -   Puppy 2   -   Level 1 / Begining 1   -   Level 2   -   AKC Obedience 1 & 2   -   Rally
Canine Good Citizen: "Canine Good"   -   Good Manners in the Real World 1 & 2
Reliable Recall: in the Real World   -   Tricks 1 & 2   -   Canine Freestyle   -   Unconfident Canine
Drop-in Puppy Play Group / Socials   -   Drop-in Adolescent PLAY GROUP Socials

Seminar / Workshop Descriptions included:

Dog Training   -   Tricks 101   -   COME!   -   LEAVE IT!   -   STAY!   -   Walk with Me (Leash Manners)

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 The Level 1 and Level 2 SPORT courses are for those interested in or already participating in dog sports, or not, as It is also a great course for improving your relationship and commiunication with your dog. In both Levels, you will improve your training skills and the training exercises include but are not limited to:

Sit and down stay
Come when called
Attention exercises
Leave-it
Get-it
Body awareness exercises
Left and side walking
Left and right side sit
Come to front - stay in front position
Go to place
Settled down
Backing up
Nose targeting
Paw targeting
Go right and go left
Go Around
Go up
Go over
Go through 
Wait until released
 

Prerequisite: Puppies/dogs that can work off-leash safely and closely around people and other dogs, will stay/wait under moderate distraction, come when called and are quiet when in a crate and/ or tethered - basically, we do not want barking to disrupt the class.

Puppy Classes

Puppy I: This course is invaluable for helping your pup grow up to be a well-mannered and happy pet. It includes socialization, basic obedience and good manners training, puppy training games and how to prevent and resolve common puppy problems. This course provides the foundation for a harmonious relationship and happy, well-mannered dog! 

Prerequisite: Your pup is between 9 weeks old and 18 weeks old at the start of course. Note, exceptions are made for younger pups if cleared by your veterinarian, and for older pups too - if screened by me. So, if your puppy is older than 18 weeks, please contact me!

Again, for all courses, including drop-in Play group, proof of vaccinations appropriate for your dog’s age is required. Your dog should also be vaccinated for Bordetella kennel cough, but it is not required. For more information please go to: http://www.thepetcenter.com/gen/kenc.html

Puppy I for older Puppies: This course has a curriculum similar to Puppy 1 for pups < 18 weeks with the challenges of adolescence being addressed as well. 

Prerequisite: Pups must be able to work in a group environment and safely around people and other dogs. 

Puppy 2: In this course we continue to work on development of good social skills, but concentrate more on the prevention/resolution of problems common to adolescence, practical obedience exercises, and the course includes useful “tricks” that will help your puppy become a well-mannered adult dog. 

Prerequisite: Puppy 2 is for pups up to 18 months old that have attended an off-leash puppy 1 course, are people friendly and interact well with other dogs.

Puppy Play Group or "Play’n’learn" This is a weekly opportunity for your puppy to play with other pups and to learn the nuances of dog language and you will too. We also introduce the pups to tunnels and other novel objects. A skilled dog trainer supervises the play hour. $10

Prerequisite: Your pup must be between no younger than 11 weeks and no older than 6 months to start in the group play. Note, an exception may be made for younger pups < 11 weeks if cleared in writing by a veterinarian. Exceptions can also be made for pups older than 6 months - if screened by me. Participating pups will be fazed into the adolescent group usually starting at 5.5 - 6 months.

Basic Dog Training

Level 1: Also called Basic 1, Beginning 1 or Good Manners 101, this beginner’s course is for dogs 5 months up to 2 years old who have had minimal training or in/completed a puppy 1 course. Age exceptions are often made for older dogs(exceptions made for dogs - please check with Cerena by emailing cerena.gooddog@gmail.com.

Basic obedience is necessary for good manners. Your dog will learn the basics including but not limited to coming when called, leash manners, sit and down stay, leave-it, going to place and polite greetings.As the goal is a well-mannered pet, we also work on resolving common behavior problems such as resisting handling, mouthiness and jumping up. For this 6 week course, the first meeting is a thorough orientation, so please leave your dog at home with a yummy stuffed Kong, www.kongcompany.com

Prerequisite: Dog must already sit on command and be able to work on and off leash safely around people and other dogs. If you dog cannot meet this prerequisite, please contact me at cerena.gooddog@gmail.com.

Level 2 Continues the Level 1 training. We continue to work on obedience exercises and good manners . You will also be introduced to some advanced obedience exercises. 

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level 1 or equivalent.

Competition Obedience

Compettion Obedience 1: This introduction course is for people who are interested in the foundation of many of the exercises necessary for AKC competition obedience including Rally, and even for Canine Freestyle. This course is great for building a better relationship and improving manners and attention too. We cover front, sit, down, stand, stay and heeling exercises including turns, pace changes, backwards and finishes right and left; right side walking - which is invaluable for agility and freestyle; attention, distance, distraction, duration exercises are par for the course; how to motivate your dog without using just treats and more. T

This course is appropriate for people who want the curicculum of a traditional AKC obedience class, but don't want to do the traditional correction training. 

Prerequisite: Dogs that can work on leash safely and closely around people and other dogs. Must have completed a Level 2 course or equivalent. Handlers must have a background using positive reinforcement and be familiar with clicker or bridge word (marker) training.

Compettion Obedience 2: Builds on the lessons learned in Beyond the Basics 1 and covers all the AKC Novice exercises as well as an introduction to some of the Open exercises. This course is appropriate for people who have already started the curicculum of a traditional obedience class and are not, or don't want to do the traditional correction training. 

Prerequisite: Dogs that can work on leash safely and closely around people and other dogs. Must have completed Beyond the Basics 1 or equivalent. Handlers need to have a good understanding of the AKC Novice obedience exercises, have a background using positive reinforcement and be familiar with clicker or bridge word (marker) training.

Rally: This is for more advanced students who are interested in competing in Rally or just having fun doing obedience exercises with their dog. Please go to: http://www-personal.ksu.edu/~kramerc/home.htm for more information. 

Prerequisite: Dogs that can work on leash safely and closely around people and other dogs. Must have completed Basic 2 or equivalent and handlers being familiar with clicker or bridge word (marker) training is a plus,

Speciality Classes

Canine Good Citizen: "Canine Good Citizen “is a certification program designed to reward dogs who have good manners in the home and community.” This course prepares you for the CGC test and all dogs who pass the CGC test receive a certificate from the American Kennel Cub and are recorded in the AKC’ Canine Good Citizen Archive. A CGC certificate can make it easier for you to rent and vacation with your dog. I am a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and will arrange for testing your dog at the completion of the course (last class). 

Prerequisite: Dogs that are food motivated and can work on leash safely around people and other dogs. Must have completed either a Basic 2, Puppy 2 or training equivalent. Dogs must be able to work in a class setting without barking; be willing to sit and lie down without using a treat lure in front of their nose, stay for 30 seconds, come when called from 6 feet away in a distracting environment, walk next to their handler in a heel position in a mildly distracting environment and accept a stranger petting them. Handlers need to be able to keep thier dogs under control and being familiar with clicker or bridge word (marker) training is a plus, but it is not mandatory. Contact me if you are not sure about meeting the prequisite and please go to http://www.akc.org/love/cgc/index.cfm for more information about CGC certification.

Good Manners in the Real World 1: This course is for people who enjoy taking their dog out for more than just walks around the neighborhood or park. In the past we have taken the dogs downtown, to the mall, out to eat with us, on hikes and even the occasional elevator ride. The emphasis is good manners and calm behavior (dogs and people!), being a courteous and responsible handler and to have fun time. This course has been a real favorite. 

Prerequisite: Dogs that can work on leash safely and closely around people and other dogs. Must have completed a Puppy II, Basic 1 Good Manners or equivalent. Dogs should know to sit, down, stay/wait, leave-it, come when called and loose-leash walking on cue. Handlers being familiar with clicker or bridge word (marker) training is a plus,

Good Manners in the Real World 2: This course is one step up from Good Manners 1. We will work the dogs in even more distracting environments. 

Prerequisite: Dogs that can work on leash safely and closely around people and other dogs. Completion of Good Manners 1

Reliable Recall: in the Real World This real world course is mostly held in parklike settings and the last class is at Fort Funston on the beach. For classes 1 thru 5, we meet at various locations along the peninsula, between Redwood city and Mountain View. The dogs in this class must be able to work safety off-leash around other dogs.

Tricks 1: Wow, yourself and your friends as your dog learns to shake, spin, play dead, rollver, sit-up (beg), bow and much more!!! This is such a fun class and practical for good manners, i.e. can't play dead with staying down on the ground  or give a paw without doing a stay. It also helps with focusing and posing your dog for pictures. You'll learn a few freestyle tricks and how to use a clicker too. Clickers are supplied and using them is optional. 

Prerequisite: Dogs that are food motivated and can work on and off leash safely around people and other dogs. Must have successfully completed a Puppy 2 or Basic 1 obedience or equivalent. Dogs must sit and down without using a treat lure in front of their nose, come when called from 6 feet away, accept a stranger petting them and be able to work on leash safely and quietly around people, and other dogs. Handlers being familiar with clicker or bridge word (marker) training is a plus.

Tricks 2: More fun polishing old tricks, learning new ones, more freestyle tricks and improving manners too. You and your dog will be the stars of any party! 

Prerequisite: Dogs that are food motivated and can work on and off leash safely around people and other dogs. Must have completed either a Beginning obedience, Puppy II or equivalent, and a basic Tricks 1 course. Handlers being familiar with clicker or bridge word (marker) training is a plus

Tricks 2 with Freestyle: In this tricks course there will be an emphasis on putting together tricks and freestyle moves for fun and more "wow" power. Please check out the stars of Freestye, Rookie and Carolyn Scott

Prerequisite: Dogs that are food motivated and can work on and off leash safely around people and other dogs. Must have completed either a Beginning obedience, Puppy II or equivalent, and a basic Tricks 1 course. Handlers being familiar with clicker or bridge word (marker) training is a plus.

Unconfident Canine: This course is for dogs whose lack of confidence causes them to be "reactive" towards other dogs. In this course we work to improve your dog's confidence and behavior as well as your confidence and training skills. This is an opportunity to work in an intimate group setting with other owners with similar goals. Clients that have worked with me privately have priority. There is a 90 minute orientation for those new to my training.

Puppy Play Group or "Play’n’learn" This is a weekly opportunity for your puppy to play with other pups and to learn the nuances of dog language and you will too. We also introduce the pups to tunnels and other novel objects. A skilled dog trainer supervises the play hour. $10

Prerequisite: Puppies 9 weeks and up. Proof of vaccinations appropriate for age. Puppies may continue in this group past the age of 16weeks, but they need to be under 16 weeks of age on first visit.  Exceptions can also be made for pups older than 16 weeks if screened and approved. 

Adolescent Play ’n’learn This is the opportunity to ensure your growing pup has good social graces with their own kind. This supervised play-group is primarily for dogs between the ages of 5.5 months and 16 months old (though older dogs who play well are welcome too). The purpose is to give your adolescent dog the chance to play with other teenagers and hone their dog skills in controlled and safe environment. A skilled dog trainer supervises the play hour.

Prerequisite: This supervised play-group is for pups over 5.5 months old and young dogs. As the dogs get older, they are allowed to continue in the group for as long as they continue to enjoy the company of the other dogs. Screening is required for admittance to this play-group. Dogs 12 months and older must be neutered unless given an exemption.

Note: For all courses, PROOF of vaccinations appropriate for your dog’s age is required. For the adolescent play-group, your dog should also be vaccinated for Bordetella kennel cough http://www.thepetcenter.com/gen/kenc.html

Seminars / Workshops

The following workshops and seminars will be very helpful If your dog has had basic training but "doesn't listen" unless you have a treat in your hand. Or your dog still jumps on people, surfs counters and tables for food, runs out the door and does not come when called, plays keep away, is chewing up your things, pulls on leash, will not hold still for grooming and cleaning.

Dog Training 101 Learn how dog trainers make it look so easy while you teach your dog to be attentive to you and compliant. This seminar will make you a better trainer and both you and your dog happier. 

Prerequisite. Your dog must already sit on command, accept a friendly stranger petting them and to be able to work on leash safely around other people and dogs in close proximity.

Tricks 101 This is a great introduction to teaching your dog tricks. This is just the beginning of showing off your dog's tricks and wowing your friends. Tricks 101 covers the basic techniques and how to apply them to teaching tricks such as shake (paw), choose a hand, play dead, rollover, figure 8's, ringing a bell and bow. Plus, trick training is great for teaching attention, compliance, foundation exercises and just building a good relationship with your dog. 

Prerequisite: Dogs that are food motivated and can work on and off leash safely around people and other dogs. Must have completed a Puppy 1 or Beginning obedience course or equivalent. Dogs must sit and down without using a treat as a lure, come when called from 6 feet away, accept a stranger petting them and be able to work on leash safely around people and other dogs.

Come! (also called "reliable recall") Your dog not coming when called is more than frustrating - it can be dangerous, especially when they bolt through doors. Learn why your dog will not come and how to fix-it. 

Prerequisite: Must have completed or be enrolled in a Puppy or Beginning obedience course or equivalent. Your dog must sit when cued with a handsignal or voice command, must not excessively bark in a group setting, accept a friendly stranger petting them and be able to work on and off leash safely around people and other dogs.

LEAVE IT! Learn how to teach your dog to leave food, toys and other high value things and how to apply it in the real world. This seminar includes teaching DROP IT too! 

Prerequisite: Must have completed or be enrolled in a Puppy or Beginning obedience course or equivalent. Your dog must sit and down when cued with a handsignal or voice command, not excessively bark in a group setting, accept a friendly stranger petting them and be able to work on leash safely around people and other dogs.

Advanced LEAVE-IT! If you and your dog already have learned the fundamantals of "leave-it" - this course builds on it. Learn how to teach your dog to leave really good stuff, even other dogs, people and stinky dead things and when they are at a distance from you too! 

Prerequisite: Without being restrained, your dog must not take food from your hand, food placed on the floor or in a dish until released to do so. They must also sit and down when cued with a handsignal or voice command, accept a friendly stranger petting them and be able to work on leash safely and quietly around people and other dogs.

STAY! & Place A dog that will wait and stay makes living with them so much easier, plus, they will be safer and have more freedoms. You will learn how to effectively train your dog to both wait, stay and go to their mat/bed using a easy combination of different methods, all which work! 

Prerequisite: Must have completed a Beginning obedience course or equivalent. Your dog must sit and down when cued with a handsignal or voice command, not excessively bark in a group setting, accept a friendly stranger petting them and be able to work on leash safely around people and other dogs.Tired of your dog ignoring you on walks? Tired of being pulling down the street?

Walk with Me! (leash manners). Tired of your dog ignoring you on walks? Tired of your dog walking you? Tired of being pulling down the street? Then this is the work shop for you. 

Prerequisite: Must have completed or be enrolled in a Puppy or Beginning obedience course or equivalent. Your dog must sit when cued with a handsignal or voice command, must not excessively bark in a group setting and be able to work on and off leash safely around people and other dogs.

Descriptions for the workshops and courses below will be forth coming shortly.

Teaching Impulse Control

Training with Play and Games

Agility for Fun

Introduction to Canine Freestyle

How to be your Dog's Best Friend

Tracking

Basic Training for Therapy Dogs

Class Schedule

 

Cerena Zutis www.k9essentials.com
Mail Address: 1773 Lake St., San Mateo, CA 94403     Email: cerena.gooddog@gmail.com
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