Surviving Adolescence

September 12 – October 24, 2021
Sundays at 3:00 p.m.

Please review our Covid-19 training class policies before attending your first class.

Instructor: Joanne Bignoux McMahon

Prerequisite: We recommend that puppies 4-6 months of age complete a socialization based puppy class prior to taking this class but it is not required.

Surviving Adolescence is for dogs 4-18 months old in their challenging “teenage” stage of development. Teach your dog the basic skills needed to succeed in everyday life.  The skills we will cover include sit, down, come, stay and leave it. This class also covers the importance of proper socialization during this growth stage and common behavior challenges such as jumping up. The first class is for people only.

We will cover the following:

  • How dogs learn and the basics of clicker training
  • Proper socialization with teenage dogs
  • Getting and keeping your dog’s attention
  • Name recognition
  • Sit
  • Down
  • Stay
  • Come
  • Leave it
  • Not jumping on people
  • Keeping your dog’s attention and maintaining good behaviors even when you are not carrying food or other motivators and rewards

The manners covered in this course are a prerequisite for other classes or activities you may wish to do with your dog in the future.   This class is equivalent to Canine Manners.

All dogs must be 4-18 months old and current on vaccinations.

Seven session, one-hour class in the first half of Smoky’s Training Center.

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