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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 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

Out of the Box: Engagement


This class will include engagement exercises, good etiquette, working with distractions, and fundamentals for competitive obedience/rally. Here we go beyond simple transactional training and learn to blur the lines between play and work. 

While there will be some group exercises, many exercises will be done off leash and one at a time, so please bring a crate or plan on leaving your dog in the car while we rotate through the class. 

Length:  6 weeks, 1 hour per week

Class Size: Up to 6 dogs

Prerequisites:  Basic Manners: Level 1 or permission of instructor

Team Building and Engagement

Learn to engage and communicate with your canine partner. This class is an excellent foundation for anyone who is interested in, or competing in, any type of dog sport. Or, maybe you just want to build a better connection with your dog. We will focus on short exercises that reinforce teamwork and make learning fun for both you and your dog. Open to dogs of all ages.

Length:  3 weeks, 1.5 - 2 hour per week

Class Size: Up to 6 dogs

Prerequisites:  Basic Manners Level 1 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


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

Competitive Obedience

This class will cover the fundamentals of competitive Obedience and Rally with an emphasis on team building. We welcome people new to dog sports as well as seasoned handlers. Basic manners are required.
We will learn polished heeling, stays, recall, front, finish left and right, pivots, and figure eights. This class can be repeated as often as you like.

Length: 4 weeks, 1 hour per week

Class Size: Up to 6 dogs

Prerequisites:  Basic Manners or permission of instructor

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