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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.

Closed May 25th - 28th for Memorial Day Weekend. No Classes or Puppy Social on Sunday, May 27th or Monday, May 28th.

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

  Thursday, May 24th at 6:15p............FULL
Sunday, June 3rd at 4:00pm.............FULL
Monday, June 11th at 6:15pm...........FULL
Wednesday, June 27th at 6:15pm (skip 7/4)
Thursday, July 19th at 6:15pm
Sunday, July 22nd at 4:00pm
Monday, September 10th at 6:15pm
Sunday, September 16th at 4:00pm

Monday, July 9th at 6:15pm
Tuesday, August 7th at 6:15pm
Monday, August 27th at 6:15pm (skip 9/3)
Tuesday, September 25th at 6:15pm

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 skills 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, May 17th at 7:40pm...............FULL
Tuesday, June 12th at 7:40pm (skip 7/3)..FULL
Wednesday, June 13th at 10:00am (skip 7/4)..FULL
Sunday, June 24th at 6:15pm..........FULL
Wednesday, June 27th at 7:40pm
Monday, July 9th at 7:40pm
Thursday, July 19th at 7:40pm
Saturday, August 4th at 9:30am (skip 9/1)
Tuesday, August 21st at 7:40pm
Sunday, August 26th at 6:15pm (skip 9/2)
Wednesday, September, 5th at 7:40pm
Wednesday, September 12th at 10am
Monday, September 17th at 7:40pm


Tuesday, May 15th at 7:40pm (skip 7/3)..FULL
Tuesday, July 10th at 11:30am
Thursday, July 12th at 7:40pm
Monday, July 16th at 7:40pm (skip 9/3)
Thursday, September 13th at 7:40pm
Monday, September 24th at 7:40pm


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

  Wednesday, June 20th at 11:30am....FULL (skip 7/4)
Wednesday, September 12th at 11:30am
Thursday, September 20th at 7:40pm
  Wednesday, May 16th at 7:40pm... 1 Spot Left!
Wednesday, July 11th 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.

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