School of Dog Training
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The Anti-Cruelty Society’s School of Dog Training is committed to helping families help their puppies get off to the best possible start by providing up to three free consecutive puppy socialization classes. This class is for puppies between the ages of 8 and 16 weeks of age, and provides the opportunity for socialization with other puppies and owners in a safe and controlled environment.
What is Levels Training?
The Anti-Cruelty Society’s School of Dog Training offers the most flexible group dog training classes available known as “Levels Training.” Levels obedience training is a group program offering unlimited training sessions during the period in which you are enrolled. With a levels membership, you can come to our drop-in classes as often as you want or need, based on your own expectations for your dog.
Some of our students come as often as three times per week! Check our schedule below to see when each level is offered. Move through all four levels or choose to stay at a lower level. The choice is yours!
PLEASE NOTE: Registration and attendance of a humans only levels orientation is MANDATORY: dogs will not be admitted to class without the owner first attending the orientation.
Levels Training Pricing:
- 2 months – $200
- 4 months – $325
- 6 months – $425
We offer a 20% discount for dogs adopted from The Anti-Cruelty Society (enter discount code “shelter”).
Level 1: Starting Out
Level 1 will introduce you to the basic commands of Sit, Down, Focus and Attention, and the Name Game. We’ll also work on problem behaviors such as jumping up, play-biting and housetraining. ALL dogs (even those with prior training) start in Level 1.
Requirements to move to Level 2: Dog can Sit and Down on cue. Dog will respond readily to his name with mild distractions.
Level 2: Manners Training
We’ll work on walking politely on a loose leash without pulling, paying attention to the owner while walking and ignoring other dogs. We’ll also begin working on some come when called and stay. Level 2 includes problem-solving information for behaviors such as barking, digging, chewing, etc.
Requirements to move to Level 3: Dog can walk nicely around the training area with attention to owner without pulling, with other dogs 4-5 feet away. Dog will come when called on leash with mild distractions.
Level 3: Adding Distractions
We’ll work on a long-distance recall, stay with distractions, loose-leash walking past distractions, and other distance cues.
Requirements to move up to Level 4: Dog will stay for 30 seconds with mild distractions and owner standing on the leash. Dog will heel past other dogs with the leash over the owner’s shoulder. Dog will come when called from 20 feet away with moderate distractions.
Level 4: Advanced Training
We’ll work on polishing the recall cue and teaching an emergency recall, strengthen Stays by teaching the dog to stay for longer periods of time at a greater distance from the owner, work on turns and automatic sits while heeling.
Level 4 goals: Goals are to continue improving all the basic obedience commands with less leash control, and work on the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test.
- 10 a.m. Puppy Socialization
- 11 a.m. Level 1
- 12 p.m. Level 2
- 1 p.m. Level 3
- 2 p.m. Level 4
- 6 p.m. Level 1
- 7 p.m. Level 2
- 6 p.m. Level 3
- 7 p.m. Level 4
- 6 p.m. Level 2
- 7 p.m. Level 1
10:00 a.m. Level 1
11:00 a.m. Level 2