Level 1: Basic Obedience and Manners | PAWS Chicago

Level 1: Basic Obedience and Manners

A solid foundation is the key to success.

Level 1: Basic Obedience and Manners is the foundation of all of the classes that follow. It is for dogs and handlers who need to start at the beginning. This class will teach you and your pooch how basic cues can help with good manners and proper leash etiquette. It will also explain the meaning and use of markers (clickers and verbal markers) in training.

Classes are limited to eight dogs each. The small class size ensures an environment conducive to learning.

The Basics

  • Number of Classes: 6 weekly classes (Class will meet on the same day/time each week)
  • Length of Class: 1 hour
  • Class Structure: First class: Orientation (please leave dogs at home)
    Classes 2-6: 1-hour training sessions with your dog
  • Age: 5 months and older
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Price: $175

The first session begins with a one-hour orientation (leave dogs at home, please) and then consists of five one-hour training sessions with your dog.

  • Watch
  • Sit
  • Down
  • Come
  • Stay
  • Touch (target training)
  • Heel
  • Walking on a leash
  • Not jumping
  • Sit to greet
  • Proper leash etiquette
  • Wait at a door or barrier
  • Go to place (settle on a mat or bed)
  • Leave it (turn away from an object or distraction)

The following are required for participation:

  1. Vaccination records: Copies of your dog’s age-appropriate distemper/parvo, rabies and Bordetella vaccinations must be brought to the first class.
  2. Leash: A five- or six-foot leash (no retractable or chain leashes).
  3. Collar/Harness: Martingale collar, buckle collar or training harness.
  4. Clicker: This training tool can be purchased online or at any pet supply store.
  5. Treat carrier: A bag, pouch, fanny pack, apron with pocket or deep pocket that provides easy access to treats.
  6. Treats: Lots of small, easy-to-chew, high-value treats. Cut up pieces of cheese or hot dogs are good choices, as are soft treats made specifically for training. (Experiment in advance to discover what your puppy really loves.)
  7. Bed, mat or rug: Soft surface your puppy can learn to lie down on.
  8. Chew toy or stuffed Kong (optional): May be helpful to keep your puppy entertained during downtime.
  9. Water Bowl

 

 

  • The first session begins with a one-hour orientation (leave dogs at home, please) and then consists of five one-hour training sessions with your dog.
  • Please be on time.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and nonskid shoes. Flip flops, sandals and heels are not recommended.
  • The use of cell phones is not permitted during class.
  • Do not feed your dog before class. A hungry dog is more motivated to learn.
  • Give your dog time to relieve himself before class.

Start training your dog today!

Our goal is to help you properly care for, socialize and train your dog in a positive, non violent yet highly effective manner.