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Dogs Sitting


What good is perfect behavior in the classroom if, the minute you get outside, your dog jumps up to greet every friendly stranger and forgets to come when you call?


The things your dog learns in a dog training class need to work in your day-to-day life—and that’s how we teach classes at For the Love of Dogs.

Not just the behaviors, but the principles that make them work and how to apply those when faced with challenging environments.


A humane and highly effective way to teach your dog better manners, without using punishment, pain, or intimidation. Positive reinforcement dog training is endorsed by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviorists. It is the only science-based approach to dog training.


Basic Manners Level I


This is where you start! For dogs and puppies 10 weeks and older. We provide an excellent foundation for pet manners and sport dogs through attention exercises and teaching sit, down, stay, come when called, polite greetings, impulse control, and loose leash walking. You will also learn effective communication to build a better relationship with your dog.


****This course is a prerequisite for our other manners classes. ****

Length:  6 weeks, 1 hour per week  


Class Size: Up to 6 dogs

Prerequisites: None

Advanced Manners: Level 3


This is a so-called ‘proofing’ class. That means we’ll be putting yours and your dog’s skills to the test in real-life scenarios as well as out on the town. We will set up challenging scenarios in the classroom (props and everything) and go on field trips.


Class covers:  We take everything you have learned thus far and add distractions and distance to really strengthen the training.

Length: 4 weeks, 1 hour per week

Class Size: Up to 4 dogs

Prerequisites:  Intermediate Manners: Level 2 or permission of instructor

Intermediate Manners Level 2

Strengthen your puppy or young dog’s manners to create good habits for a lifetime. In adolescence, dogs often seem to forget what they learned in puppyhood. They are easily distracted, wary of things they barely noticed the day before, and generally drive their patient parents nuts. We’ll help you through this phase and out on the other side.


Class covers: Heel, go to your bed, and improve upon all the behaviors of Basic Manners, by adding distractions, distance, and duration to our sits, downs, stays, and recalls.


Length: 4 weeks, 1 hour per week

Class Size:  Up to 4 dogs

Prerequisites:  Basic Manners Level 1 or permission of instructor

Rally Novice

AKC Rally® helps you develop better teamwork between you and your dog.  And it will sharpen your dog’s obedience skills and behavior – at home and in public.

Here’s what you need to know to get started:


You and your dog navigate a course together, side-by-side, at your own brisk pace. As a team, you move your dog through a course with signs where your dog performs different exercises. The courses range from 10-20 signs, depending on the class level, that include various turns and commands such as sit, down, stay, etc.

Length: 6 weeks, 1 hour per week

Class Size: Up to 6 dogs

Prerequisites:  Intermediate Manners: Level 2 or permission of instructor

Rally Advanced

Take your Rally Teamwork skills to the next level!  Rally Advanced will add more skills and a jump into your courses, preparing your for competing at the higher levels in AKC® Rally

Length: 6 weeks, 1 hour per week

Class Size: Up to 6 dogs

Prerequisites:  Rally Novice or permission of instructor

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