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Elmhurst Animal Care Center

Pre-Requisites for Attending Obedience Training Class

What to bring to class?

1. Bring a 6’ leash (no retractable leashes)

2. Any collar or harness (you want to train with)

3. Bring 100 small training treats (preferably chewy treats, easier to break up)

4. Don’t feed your dog 3-5 hours before coming to class

5. Pen and paper (Optional)

6. Proof of vaccinations if the reception staff has not already checked it in

7. Your dog’s favorite toy or chew item

8. Great Attitude

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What Will Beginners Learn?

In beginner, adult, puppy or fusion, we will cover the basics within a controlled setting, allowing maximum information retention. We work on building and establishing proper, healthy and respectful lines of communication with our four-leg companions while also establishing desired patterns and habits for the dogs to learn and perform.

Behaviors Taught Include:

name recognition, come, sit, down, stay/release, potty training, leave it, loose leash, walking, and much more.

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What will you learn in intermediate classes?

In intermediate, we take the information that was taught in beginners and learn how to effectively apply it to the real world. If a client has already taken a beginner’s course either at another facility or ours but stopped at that level, they may notice the dogs don’t work or listen to the best of their ability outside as they do in class or in the house. This class is to help empower families to communicate with their dogs in the real world where there are uncontrolled stimuli.

At the end of the 5-week course, the dog should be capable of performing information at a higher degree around distractions while paying closer attention to its parents with minimum treat intake. The parent/handlers should be able to properly communicate to the dog their expectations and desires.

Behaviors Include:

come, leave it, sit/down/stand, leave it, meet and greets, and more.

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What will you learn in advanced classes?

In advanced training, we are looking for handler and dog to have developed a strong line of communication, compliance , and application that can be applied in “real world” situations around multiple uncontrolled stimuli and environments. Dogs should be receiving little to no treats for the multiple behaviors they perform and instead look forward to the work, bond , and admiration that they receive from their parents.

At the completion of this 5-week course dog and parent should be ready to take the CGC (Canine Good Citizen) test. Whether that is a goal or not it should be attainable. The dogs and parents should be great representations of what a well-trained dog and a devoted responsible owner are!

Behaviors Include:

extended stay, meet and greets, leave it, re-call, focus, heel, and more.