Basic Obedience

Nice Dog, Scarlett! is friendly and approachable dog training for family pets of all breeds.

For dogs 5 months of age and up. Perfect for adolescent dogs, but there is no age limit.

Yes, old dogs CAN learn new tricks!

Use positive reinforcement to engage your dog in learning. Your dog will look forward to training as quality one-on-one time with you, his guardian and best friend! We emphasize socialization, manners, effective communication, safety, and problem prevention techniques. All while playing games and having fun. Basic obedience with Nice Dog, Scarlett! includes teaching your dog to:

Obedience skills we work on include:


The 'Touch' cue






Loose leash walking



Take it and leave it (impulse control)



Accept a polite greeting






Sit from Down



Wait at the gate (impulse control)



Not jump up on visitors



Recall, with automatic sit



Jazz up/settle down (Impulse control)



Stay clam while a friendly stranger approaches


A group obedience course is 60 minutes per week for 4 weeks. Nice Dog, Scarlett! uses classical conditioning to help dogs establish a positive association with coming to class, the training area, meeting new people, and learning new things. Once your dog is relaxed and having a good time, they will be better able to understand what you’re cueing them to do, and enjoy doing it!

We keep the training sessions positive to boost confidence. We use activities and games to increase engagement, and to use the skills in a more real-world way. Class sizes are kept small for maximum instructor to student ratio. They take place indoors at Hank & Hound in Pembroke.

Private obedience is also available. If your dog is reactive, please discuss the option of one-on-one sessions until your dog feels more comfortable in group settings.

Obedience Level 1:
  • Stationing
  • Focus
  • “Touch”
  • Sit
  • Down
  • Stay
  • Recall
  • Loose leash walking
  • Polite greetings (not jumping up)
Obedience Level 2:
  • Walking through a door or gate
  • Out for a walk (loose leash walking)
  • Calm reaction to distractions
  • Walking through a crowd
  • Approached by a friendly stranger
  • Politely accept petting
  • Tidy appearance (accepts gentle grooming)
  • Calm when passing another dog
  • Praise and interaction: good rapport with handler
  • Sit, down, and stay
  • Sit, down, and stay with recall from 3 m distance
  • Supervised isolation; 2 minutes with owner out of view

    This is a great class to help prepare for the Canine Good Neighbour test!

Upcoming obedience courses:

Obedeince Level 1:

WHEN: Wednesday March 8, 15, 22, 29 from 6:00pm-7:00pm

WHERE: Hank & Hound 360 Pembroke St W, Pembroke, ON K8A 4N8

Obedience Level 2:

WHEN: Wednesday March 8,15, 22 and 29 from 7:00pm-8:00pm

WHERE: Hank & Hound 360 Pembroke St W, Pembroke, ON K8A 4N8

The fine print:

Proof of your dog’s vaccinations are required before the first group class. You must bring with you: your dog, a flat collar or a harness, a standard 4-6 foot leash, 1 handful of your dog’s regular kibble and one handful of a high value treats.

*Nice Dog, Scarlett! does not discriminate against any breed or mixed breed dog.

Family members are welcome to attend, but children must be old enough to sit quietly and watch, or follow instructions and participate. We are happy to involve children in the training process, but we do not have babysitting services available.

No prong collars, slip collars (choke chains) or shock collars are permitted. No flexi-leashes (retractable leashes). Please wear appropriate footwear; open-toed sandals or high heels are a safety hazard and are not appropriate footwear for dog training.

Private obedience classes are also available. Proof of up-to-date vaccinatoins for your dog is required for group classes. If COVID-19 or any other public healh issue arises that require a stay-at-home protocol, online might be the only option available depending on provincial health regulations at the time. Nice Dog, Scarlett! strives to provide a flexible schedule and accomodations for your situation, however all health regulations will be adhered to.

See you in class!!