Obedience and Manners

“How can you teach a dog to heel if he doesn’t want to follow you?” -Dr. Ian Dunbar

Dog training classes in Reno:

Class sizes are small, so PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED – contact us to register for the class of your choice.   School-aged children are more than welcome and may participate in training class, but must be accompanied by a parent, and be able to sit quietly and take instruction well.  Looking for something but don’t see it?  Just ask! contact for dog training

Classes are taught at our training facility at 9475 Double R Blvd, Ste. B-12, in South Reno.  (Here’s a map.)  Try a sample!  Attend a class without your dog before signing up.  Contact us to arrange it!

Puppy Kindergarten

Is your puppy is younger than 4 months old?  Welcome to the best Puppy class in Reno!  We will focus on safe puppy socialization, confidence building, and teaching calm behavior.  Puppy play time is carefully managed and separated by size and  play style.  This foundational puppy training class is aimed at coaching you through difficulties such as potty training, puppy biting, and chewing your furniture, while also helping your puppy to be a well-behaved and welcomed companion in all situations.  AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Awards available also.  Click here to see pictures of a typical puppy class!

Our Bichon Molly is doing great. I am sure that your puppy classes helped set a good foundation for her. We went to the Grand Sierra the other day and we were amazed how well she behaved. We can take her off leash in the park now. We still use your techniques to get her to behave during walks. Now walks are no longer a fight the whole time. – David, Christy, Alena and Molly, Reno

Prerequisites:  Dogs must be healthy, under the care of a veterinarian, and have begun their puppy vaccination series.  Completion of puppy vaccination series is not required.  If you have any questions about our vaccine or cleaning protocols, please ask.

Day Time Start Date
Thursday 6:00pm Start when you’re ready – make reservations a few weeks in advance.
Sunday 1:30pm Start when you’re ready – make reservations a few weeks in advance.

Tuition: $225 for the six week class, plus a pre-class private lesson to hit the ground running with your new puppy!  Have issues like puppy biting and mouthing, chasing the cat, or house training? Let’s get a jump on it one-on-one!

Pre-registration is required.  Contact us to register!

The Lassie Package: Bundle Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Manners, and Reality Romp class for $525 ($100 savings)!


Okay, we know, Lassie’s not real, and she was played by about 10 different dogs, so that might not be quite realistic.   That said, your dog can come pretty darn close!  Teach your dog the skills to be a welcomed member of society everywhere with these three classes, and discounts on our other services.  It’s the dog training equivalent of kindergarten through high school graduation!  For details, click here or contact us.

Basic Manners

Is your dog unruly?  Does his or her hearing seem to fail as soon as you leave the house?  If your dog hasn’t had much formal training, or needs to start the basics, this is the class for you.  Your dog will learn basic obedience while using skills such as paying attention around distractions and self-control.

I loved Basic Manners class. I own a border collie mix and I was able to train my dog Zoey to perform basic manners for anyone in my family including my 5 year old daughter. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a great instructor to either help with basic manners all the way up to learning Tricks.  -Kim, Reno

Prerequisites:  None.  Dogs must be healthy, non-aggressive, and vaccinated.  The first class is mandatory, so please plan carefully.

Tuition: $200 for the six week class.  New classes begin regularly, and  Pre-registration is required.  Contact us to register!

Day Time Start Date No class on … End Date
Mon. 6:00 pm Nov. 20 Dec. 25, Jan. 1 Jan. 8
Sun. 3:00 pm Dec. 3 Dec. 10, Dec. 24, Dec. 31 Jan. 28
Wed. 7:30pm Dec. 13 Dec. 27 Jan. 24
Thurs. 4:30pm Jan. 4 none Feb. 8
Sun. 12:00pm Jan. 7 Feb. 11 Feb. 18
Mon. 6:00pm Jan. 22 none Feb. 26
Thurs. 4:30pm Feb. 8 none Mar. 15
Wed. 7:30pm Feb. 21 none Mar. 28

Reality Romp (level 2 obedience class)

It’s all well and good if your dog has learned to behave well at home and in the classroom, but what about the real world?  Reality check!  Each week this class meets in a different location to make sure your dog can behave no matter where they go.   Your dog will learn to focus on you in distracting environments, even off-leash.

Joanna’s “Reality Romp” classes contain dogs that have many different issues.  Joanna is also very good at gently pointing her human clients in the right direction. She has a knack at picking training venues and exercises that work for every level of dog and recognizes when the dog/human team have reached their limit for the day; challenging but not overtaxing. -Sally, Sparks
Thanks for another great Reality Romp class today. We had a lot of fun! I am really really happy with the progress that Rafter is making in class–especially with his loose leash walking and I am super happy with his sit stays! -Becky, Reno

Prerequisites: Completion of a Basic Manners class or equivalent level of training.

Tuition: $200 for the six week class.  Preregistration is required.  Contact us to register!

Day Time Start Date End Date
Saturdays 12:00pm *open enrollment – start when you’re ready! Call to reserve a spot!


AKC Canine Good Citizen Test Prep class

Achieve a higher level of training with your dog to grant you better access to things like hotels, vet clinics, and canine “jobs” like therapy dog work, and work toward your AKC Canine Good Citizen certificate.  Each CGC Prep class has a test scheduled shortly after the end of class.  We also offer the 2nd level CGC test, Community Canine, upon request.

Prerequisite: Completion of Reality Romp class or equivalent level of training.

Tuition: $200 for the 6 week course, including the CGC test (regularly $25). Preregistration is required.  Contact us to register!

Day Time Start Date No class on … End date CGC Test
Mon 7:30pm Oct. 30 none Dec. 4 Sun. Dec. 10 at 3 pm

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