C.L.A.S.S., or Canine Life and Social Skills

is an educational program to promote training focused on the use of positive reinforcement and to strengthen relationships between humans and their canine companions. C.L.A.S.S. is a three-level evaluation for dog owners to demonstrate the real-life skills of their dogs, as well as a knowledge assessment of the owners’ understanding of basic dog handling and care.

Developed by the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) based on input from both dog owners and non-dog owners, shelter workers, and professional dog trainers, C.L.A.S.S. benefits pet owners, dogs, and everyone in the community!

The C.L.A.S.S. evaluations are included as the Good Manners Advanced class, but can also be taken by appointment, without attending classes. Please call or e-mail to make arrangements for testing.

 

Canine Good Citizen

The purpose of the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program is to ensure that our favorite companion, the dog, can be a respected member of the community. To receive the CGC certificate, dogs take the 10 item Canine Good Citizen Test.

The CGC evaluation is included as the commencement exercise for the Good Manners Advanced class, but can also be taken by appointment, without attending classes. Please call or e-mail to make arrangements for testing.


Training Philosophy

All of our training is based on positive motivation and the belief that leadership through confidence, gentle guidance, and encouragement is the key to building a lasting friendship with your dog.
Our classes combine traditional "obedience" exercises with leadership exercises and lots of fun, games, and socialization.

Most training is even accomplished"hands off" -- except for petting and loving!


Good Manners Classes

Good Manners Beginners -- this class offers instruction in our basic positive training techniques and the following behaviors: sit, down, stand, stay, come, leave it, and walking on a loose leash. This class also offers insights into dog behavior and socialization with both other dogs and people. 

Pre-class information

All dogs must present proof of current vaccinations prior to the start of the first class session. Required vaccinations include Distemper, Rabies, and Bordetella. For puppy classes, vaccinations must be current to age of puppy.

All fees must be paid prior to the beginning of the first class session. Space in classes is reserved on a first paid/first reserved basis. Class sizes are limited to ensure individual attention.

Dogs must attend class in a buckle or quick-release collar, headcollar, or martingale style collar only. No choke chains or prong collars will be allowed. Leashes should be four- or six-foot nylon or leather leashes.

All training is based on positive motivational methods. Please bring food treats and/or toys to motivate your dog.

Family participation in classes is encouraged so that everyone is consistent in their handling of your dog. However, children attending class as spectators and/or participants must have adult supervision. Anyone disrupting class will be asked to leave.

If you have any further questions or would like to enroll, please do not hesitate to e-mail  or call us at 335-6045! See you in class!


 

Dog Training at the Resort!


Next Good Manners Class begins 
Late August, 2017
 

Instructor: Paula Wilson, BS, CPDT-KA, C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator, CGC Evaluator
Over 50 years of dog training experience
Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers
The only Certified Professional Dog Trainer in Branson.
Certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers

Click here to enroll your dog in our Good Manners Beginners Class!