Group Manners Classes

Get your training started off right! Our goal is to create a dog you can take everywhere with you, and who is happy to listen. Obedience is a communication tool and training should be enjoyable by all. We emphasize your dog's engagement with you, ability to handle distractions, and practical skills for everyday life.

All classes, unless otherwise noted, are held at our private training field in Felton. Over 5000 sq ft of turf designed with dog training in mind.


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Manners and Foundation Obedience 1

This class is designed for puppies and newly adopted adult dogs, aiming to get them off to a great start! We cover basic obedience skills with an emphasis on teaching your dog that obedience is a team effort-so they can make good choices on their own. Life skills such as vet visits, handling tolerance, polite greetings to strangers and dogs are practiced throughout class. Training early on together is important to set up good habits for life! 

Part of the AKC S.T.A.R puppy program

Skills: Sit, down, come when called, go to bed/settle, eye contact, loose leash walking, leave it, stay.

Location: Felton Training Field. On Hwy 9, 1.5 miles south of Felton, 4.5 miles north of Santa Cruz

Next Start Date:   

February 28th Wednesdays 5:30pm

March 12th Mondays 10am

$150 (Classes are 50 min and meet once a week for 6 weeks)


Manners and Foundation Obedience 2

Does your dog already know some of the basics, but you want to refine their skills? Need practice around distractions and real life situations? Trouble shooting problem behaviors? 

Manners 2 will focus on building your dog's focus and practical skills for cooperation in day to day life. We'll practice skills for the CGC (Canine Good Citizenship test) and spend time working through nusience behaviors (jumping, counter surfing, etc)

Skills: Loose leash walking, settle/stays with distractions, coming when called past distractions. 

Location: Felton Training Field. On Hwy 9, 1.5 miles south of Felton, 4.5 miles north of Santa Cruz

Next Start Date: 

February 28th Wednesdays at 4:15pm

March 12th Mondays 11:15am

$150 (Classes are 50 min and meet once a week for 6 weeks)


Advanced manners-beyond the backyard

Does your dog only listen if you have a treat in your hand? Or when they know it's 'training time?' Do squirrels or guests coming over send your dog into a frantic craze? 

Building on our Foundations Manners, this class will help you train for a focused dogs in all environments, without a treat in your hand at all times! We want our pups to be able to listen not just at home, but everywhere in the world we venture with them. The class will incorporate many of the concepts in the book 'Beyond the Backyard' by Denise Fenzi - check it out! http://www.thedogathlete.com/

To keep with learning new fun things, we'll also learn new circus tricks to show off and help make you a better trainer.

Skills: Reliable cooperation away from home or under distraction of cues your dog is already familiar with. Building fluency for real life situations. Obedience, cooperation and focus without treats or other rewards visable or in your hand. Incorporating a variety of reward types and values. 

Location: Felton Training Field. On Hwy 9, 1.5 miles south of Felton, 4.5 miles north of Santa Cruz

Date: Feb 28th, Wednesdays at 3pm. 6 weeks, $150 (Classes are 50 min and meet once a week)


Focused Heeling/competition foundations 1

For fun or competition, training higher level obedience is a great for cooperation in real life, relationship building and as a mental/physical outlet for your dog! We'll begin the training a precision, focused heel (different than loose leash walking) from the ground up, as well as straight fronts, dumbell hold, directionals, and stays. With a good foundation, you'll be able to be successful heeling past distractions in real life, AKC obedience or Rally.

Location: Felton Training Field. On Hwy 9, 1.5 miles south of Felton, 4.5 miles north of Santa Cruz

Date: Feb 5th Mondays at 4:15pm. 6 weeks, $150 (Classes are 50 min and meet once a week) 

Surly and I collecting first place prize at our first Rally trial

Surly and I collecting first place prize at our first Rally trial