Beginner Obedience

Created for dogs 5 months or older
Five Week Course (1-hour classes)
Multiple Classes Offered
$165

Beginner Obedience focuses on teaching dogs to pay attention to owners, learning obedience commands, addressing typical behavior issues, and prevention of negative issues or aggression. *Socialization not included.

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Beginner Obedience FAQ’s

How old does my dog have to be to enjoy a Beginner Obedience Training Class?

Beginner Obedience Classes are tailored to dogs 5 months and older. If you have questions as to whether Beginner Obedience is right for you and your pup, please call us at (586)566-8900.

How do I register my dog for a Beginner Obedience Class?

PLEASE CLICK ON AN AVAILABLE CLASS LISTED ABOVE. A pop-up will appear with directions. Please create a Customer Portal if your dog does not already have one, and be sure to sign all waivers in the portal. Once you have created a Portal for your dog and signed the waivers, please call up Bark-A-Bout to give FULL PAYMENT for your Obedience Class. A Bark-A-Bout receptionist will be happy to help you and complete your payment transaction.

REFUND POLICY: Full payment is due at the time of class registration. In following social distancing guidelines, limited student count is required. Due to these tight restrictions on class size, refunds will only be given up until the start of the second night of class. Once class starts on the second night of class, you may no longer receive a refund. To redeem credit, participant must move to another class. Class duration is kept short to accommodate busy schedules. Kindly plan accordingly as we build on behaviors and skills each week.

What vaccinations are required for my dog?

Students must supply Bark-A-Bout with current vaccine records by either uploading them to your dog’s “Customer Portal”, emailing them to medical@barkabout.net, or by bringing a hard copy with you to the first day of class:

  • Bordetella
  • DHLPP (Dogs are required to have a minimum of 2 Distemper vaccines in the series before beginning class)
  • Rabies
    Highly recommended but not required:

    – A negative fecal check
    – Influenza bivalent vaccines

What does the Beginner Obedience Training Class cover, and what will we learn?

Beginner Obedience Class is for dog just beginning training or who may know just a few obedience commands.  Dogs over 5 months old welcome.  Focusing on paying attention to their owner, learning obedience commands, addressing typical behavioral issues, and prevention of aggression. *Socialization is not included.

BEGINNER OBEDIENCE 5-WEEK CLASS ITINERARY:

WRITTEN HANDOUTS:
7-Page Owner’s Manual, Behavior Handouts and Weekly Homework handouts

LEARN HOW DOGS COMMUNICATE:
How dogs think, learn and communicate. Learn how to train and teach your dog in a way that they can understand so that you can raise a well behaved, social family dog.

PETCARE TIPS:
Crating, nutrition, housetraining, socialization and more.

BEHAVIOR SOLUTIONS:
Nipping, jumping, attention seeking, chewing/destruction, counter surfing, door darting, barking and other typical “doggie” behaviors. Prevent Aggression, fear and resource guarding etc.

LEARN OBEDIENCE COMMANDS:
Watch Me, Sit, Wait, OK, Down, Off, Drop it, Trade, Come, Let’s go (leash skills).

WHEN TO SOCIALIZE YOUR DOG:
Learn how and when to properly socialize your dog.  Socialize with other dog owners and puppies in class.

MANNERS:
Walking politely on leash, greeting people politely, waiting for doors and food bowls.

What are your social distancing guidelines?

To minimize possible exposure to Covid-19, Bark-A-Bout strictly adheres to all CDC Guidelines regarding social distancing. Please wear a mask upon entry to Bark-A-Bout, and stand 6 feet or more apart from other patrons at all times. Hand sanitizer will be provided.

What do I bring to class?

WHAT TO BRING TO CLASS:

1.) FACEMASK:
Upon entering the building: Please bring and wear a facemask and follow all COVID-19 Social Distancing Guidelines to minimize possible risk of contagion.  Thank you!

2.) PROOF OF PURCHASE OF CLASS:
If you have a receipt or print-out of your proof of purchase of the class, please bring it with you to class.

3.) AGE-APPROPRIATE VACCINATION RECORDS:
PUPPIES UNDER 6 MONTHS: Bordetella | 2 Influenzas | Distempers (Minimum 2) Negative Fecal Exam
*You may upload records onto your pet’s portal, email them to medical@barkabout.net, or bring a hard copy to class.

4.) A POTTIED, HUNGRY AND EXERCISED DOG 

5.) 5-6 FOOT REGULAR LEASH
Please bring your dog to class on a REGULAR 5-6′ leash. No retractable leashes or choke/prong collars permitted.

6.) TRAINING BAG FULL OF SOFT CHEWABLE TREATS
:
We ask that you have a fanny-pack style training bag and tiny soft treats. A bully stick is also helpful to keep your dog settled.

**Bark-A-Bout sells leashes, fanny-pack style treat bags, and a wide selection of chewable treats and incentive toys in our Pet Boutique for your convenience.

Can more than one person come to class with the dog?

We require one person from your family to handle your dog during class time, but highly encourage all family members who are 13 years or older to attend/observe puppy class together.

What is your return policy if I want to cancel my registration?

REFUND POLICY: Full payment is due at the time of class registration. In following social distancing guidelines, limited student count is required. Due to these tight restrictions on class size, refunds will only be given up until the start of the second night of class. Once class starts on the second night of class, you may no longer receive a refund. To redeem credit, participant must move to another class. Class duration is kept short to accommodate busy schedules. Kindly plan accordingly as we build on behaviors and skills each week.

What happens if I've already started taking a class, and now I need to be absent for a week?

To redeem credit, participant must move to another class. Class duration is kept short to accommodate busy schedules. Kindly plan accordingly as we build on behaviors and skills each week. Meanwhile, please speak to Bark-A-Bout’s Obedience Trainer to have class homework emailed to you.