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.
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.
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.
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.
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.