Dog Obedience Training Benefits

The Four Pillars of Positive Training

1. The use of positive reinforcement.
2. Avoiding the use of intimidation, physical punishment or fear.
3. A comprehension of the often-misunderstood concept of dominance.
4. A commitment to understanding the canine experience from the dog's point of view.

Mary's Unique Approach to Dog Obedience Training

K-9 Perfection offers obedience training courses that covers Puppy (2 to 4 months of age), Basic (generally 4-6 months of age), Intermediate and Advanced. If your dog is older than 6 months; Basic, Intermediate and Advanced are available based on skill, behavior, and goals. Please contact Mary to determine where you should start. Each level teaches you to understand your dog better.


After successfully completing all these courses, you may elect to move onto Canine Good Citizen, Advanced Canine Good Citizen and Urban Good Citizen.


The Puppy Session is a kindergarten level of socialization. Puppies need a start in socialization with other people and other puppies around 2-4 months of age. This socialization helps establish a foundation to help your puppy learn on how to deal with new encounters and allow them to go forward in life with calmness, trust, and confidence.


The Basic Obedience session is when your puppy starts to learn focus and rules, similar to grade school. Basic skills of sit, down, stay as well as focusing and behavior techniques will be covered.


The Intermediate Obedience Session teaches how to help your puppy/dog learn more self-control and patience. This session is generally (but not limited to) when your puppy is experiencing their adolescence just like junior high and testing your patience. Skill learned in Basic will be reinforced and new skills encouraging patience will be introduced.

The Advanced Obedience Session is designed to enforce and test all the learning and training that has occurred in Basic and Intermediate. This is an important level as it allows you and your dog to be tested, be confident and be the best you both can be whether it is at home or out in society. Advanced Obedience is also where training occurs for Canine Good Citizen, Advanced Canine Good Citizen and Urban Good Citizen.


Please note that repeating any of the above courses to ensure you and your dog are confident in the skills and expectations may be warranted and often commonplace. It is not a sign of failure, rather it is a sign of growth and understanding that these skills are a necessary lifetime of learning to ensure a confident, trusting, happy relationship between you and your dog.

Canine Good Citizen Program is required for service animals as well as an elective for you and your dog for personal goals. Mary is an approved CGC Evaluator with the American Kennel Club. She has the training and certification from the American Kennel Club to offer this course. The CGC Program is a two-part program that is designed to: 1) teach responsible dog ownership to owners, and 2) certify dogs that have the training and behaviors needed to be reliable, well-behaved members of their families and communities.

K-9 Perfection offers training in two different settings.

There is the Private Sessions Course and there is the Group Sessions Course.

Click to review current schedule. Updates will be posted as they become available. [PDF format; 135k]

For additional details on Class Requirements, click here.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9am-7pm.
Saturday, 9am-noon.

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Sky, border collie aussie shepherd dog

Border Collie / Aussie Shepherd

Sky is the newest addition to my pack. She is a beautiful two-year old Border Collie/Aussie mix that was adopted at Lakeshore Humane Society.

Chloe, border collie dog

Border Collie

Chloe was born on April 9, 2019. She was adopted from Monticello Way Border Collies. Her and Shelby have the same dad. She is a very smart little girl and a snuggler who loves everyone she meets. She is catches on to everything so quickly. The perfect match for my pack.

Shelby, border collie dog

Border Collie

Shelby was born on 5/08/2016, Mothers Day. Shelby came from Monticello Way Border Collies. She is a happy healthy puppy.