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! Your may notice that I often refer to this calss as ‘Manners Level 1 and Manners Level 2’. That’s because the emphasis is less on ‘obeying a command’ and more about offering polite behaviour. 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:

Skills we learn include:

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The 'Touch' cue

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Down

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Loose leash walking

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"Find it" and "leave it"

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Accept a polite greeting

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Stay

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Sit from Down

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Wait at the gate

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Not jump up on visitors

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Recall, with automatic sit

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Jazz up/settle down

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Stay clam while a friendly stranger approaches

A group obedience course is 50 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.

Manners Level 1:
  • Stationing
  • Focus
  • “Touch”
  • Sit
  • Down
  • Stay
  • Recall
  • Loose leash walking
  • Polite greetings (not jumping up)
K9-12 (Manners Level 2:)
  • Walking through a door or gate
  • Loose leash walking
  • Focus with distractions
  • Walking past other people
  • Politely accept petting/grooming
  • Tidy appearance (accepts gentle grooming)
  • Calm when passing another dog
  • Not jump on guest or visitors
  • Leave it + drop it
  • Pause during play
  • Sit, down, and stay
  • Sit, down, and stay with recall from 3 m distance
  • Supervised isolation; 2 minutes with owner out of view

Perfect for adolescent aged dogs! It’s also a great class to help prepare for the Canine Good Neighbour test!

 

Upcoming Manners Courses:

Manners Level 1:

WHEN: Thursday April 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2024 from 6:00pm-7:00pm

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

INVESTMENT: $219 + taxes per dog

Manners Level 1:

WHEN: Thursday April 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2024 from 7:00pm-8:00pm

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

INVESTMENT: $219 + taxes per dog 

Manners Level 1:

WHEN: Wednesday May 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2024 from 6:00pm-7:00pm

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

INVESTMENT: $219 + taxes per dog

K9-12 (Manners Level 2):

WHEN: Wednesday May 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2024 from 7:00pm-8:00pm

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

INVESTMENT: $219 + taxes per dog 


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!!

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