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Good Manners Obedience Classes

We all want to have good dogs and one of the best ways to ensure that is through a structured class environment. Dog training should be FUN in addition to working toward the goal of having a good,
obedient dog. Best Paw Forward is built on relationship and reward based training. Our obedience or
"good manners" training has a variety of levels to accommodate you as you and your dog progress
in your relationship.

Puppy Kindergarten

For puppies 9 to 14 weeks of age. This six week class teaches you how puppies learn and communicate. You will learn the fundamentals of becoming a benevolent guardian for your dog. Puppy classes include the basics of crate training, house breaking, nipping, chewing, jumping, separation anxiety, basic cues, confidence building exercises and more. There is ample time in each class for the puppies to socialize together, which is a critical part of your puppy's development. Class size is limited. Do NOT bring your puppy to the first class (humans only for the first class!) NEW CLASS SESSIONS BEGIN ON THE FOLLOWING DATES:

6 One-Hour Sessions...$130

  Wednesday, March 21st at 6:15pm.............FULL
Sunday, March 25th at 4:00pm (skip 4/1).....FULL
Monday, April 9th at 6:15pm
Wednesday, May 9th at 6:15pm
Thursday, May 24th at 6:15pm
Sunday, June 3rd at 4:00pm
Monday, June 11th at 6:15pm
Wednesday, June 27th at 6:15pm (skip 7/4)

Thursday, March 1st at 6:15pm.......FULL
Tuesday, April 17th at 6:15pm
Monday, April 30th at 6:15pm (skip 5/28)

The most important part of raising your new puppy is proper socialization. Each dog is different but, in general, the critical socialization window closes somewhere between 12 and 18 weeks of age. Socialization is not the same as exposure. Puppies need to have purposeful, positive experiences with other dogs/animals, handling, noises, people, surfaces and locations/experiences. These experiences need to be safe and happy, and not be rushed. Undersocialized puppies will almost certainly have some level of behavioral problems so please make this a priority for your puppy. The following video will give you more information about why, how and to what to socialize your pup. Socialization Video

If you have children please read our policy on children attending classes.


Basic Manners

This 8-week course is designed for dogs older than 16 weeks of age. In addition to learning theory being discussed, Basic Manners teaches you to teach your dog the basic commands that will enable you to have a happy household as well as a happy dog. This course covers basic cues including Sit, Down, Come, Stay, Leave It, Drop It, Wait at the Door, walking nicely on leash without pulling and introducing Heeling. Boundary Training, Off Leash Control and Problem Solving are also introduced. For those of you who have taken Puppy Kindergarten, the Basic Manners class adds distance and more distractions (like holding stays for longer times with squeaky toys going off and frisbees flying by) and also includes leash training each class, heeling, boundary training, basic manners and attention exercises. Unlike Puppy Kindergarten there is no off leash socialization periods. Class size is limited. This class is not for leash reactive dogs. Do NOT bring your dog to the first class (humans only for the first class!) NEW CLASS SESSIONS BEGIN ON THE FOLLOWING DATES:

8 One-Hour Sessions....$185


Thursday, March 15th at 7:40pm.............FULL
Sunday, April 8th at 6:15pm (skip 5/13 & 5/27).................................................FULL
Wednesday, April 11th at 10:00am...........FULL
Wednesday, April 18th at 11:30am...........FULL
Wednesday, April 25th at 7:40pm............FULL
Thursday, May 17th at 7:40pm
Tuesday, June 12th at 7:40pm (skip 7/3)
Wednesday, June 13th at 10:00am (skip 7/4)
Sunday, June 24th at 6:15pm
Wednesday, June 27th at 7:40pm


Tuesday, March 13th at 7:40pm........FULL
Monday, April 16th at 7:40pm...........FULL
Tuesday, May 1st at 10:00am...........FULL
Thursday, May 3rd at 6:15pm...........FULL
Tuesday, May 15th at 7:40pm (skip 7/3)


If you have children please read our policy on children attending classes.


Level 2 Manners

Picks up where Basic Manners left off and concentrates on those hard to train areas. Improved manners and reliability, more emphasis on heeling and automatic sits, preparation for off-leash heeling, more attention exercises to keep your dog focused on you rather than another dog or person, proofing the recall so that it becomes automatic and reliable. All exercises take cues learned in Basic Manners and practice them at greater distances and with more distractions. Go to mat, drop on recall, fronts and finishes are also covered. Level 2 is a great way to prepare for Canine Good Citizen, Therapy Dog, Rally Obedience and Outdoor Adventures. Class size is limited. Prerequisites are: Basic Manners completed, your dog is able to hold a 10 second stay in the presence of other dogs (not behind any barriers) with mild distractions. NEW CLASS SESSIONS BEGIN ON THE FOLLOWING DATES:

6 One-Hour Sessions....$150

  Monday, April 16th at 7:40pm........FULL
Wednesday, June 20th at 11:30am (skip 7/4)
  Wednesday, March 28th at 7:40pm......FULL
Wednesday, May 16th at 7:40pm


The date listed is the start date of class. You MUST pre-register and pre-pay for all classes. All classes meet once a week on the same day and time. Prices and dates subject to change without notice.

Please note: NO Shock collars, prong collars or choke chains will be allowed in any of our classes.

Please go to our registration page to download the registration form.