Group Classes: Puppy Socialization, “Dog Meets World,” CGC, and More!
Our small, personalized group classes for adult dogs and puppies are held in North County San Diego. All of our methods are dog-friendly so that training is fun for you and your dog! Classes include: Puppy Socialization, “Dog Meets World,” and Canine Good Citizen (CGC).
Small, Semi-Private Classes
We limit class size in order to provide you and your dog with top-notch personal attention and instruction. Unlike many other group classes that allow as many as 30 participants at a time, our maximum class size is seven. All ages and breeds are welcome. We are happy to extend a 10% discount for the second dog you enroll in any of our group classes! For more information, or to enroll, please call: 760-739-0580.
Group Class or Private Lessons?
Please Note: Classes are not appropriate for dogs that demonstrate aggression towards people or dogs. If your dog is showing signs of fear, is growling, barking excessively, lunging, or snarling, please consider private in-home instruction.
Private lessons are also the only way to successfully resolve behavioral concerns, such as: counter surfing, door darting, destructive chewing, separation anxiety, house training/potty training, leash aggression, in-home dog-dog or dog-people, excessive barking, nipping, territorial reactivity/aggression, digging, and jumping on guests.
Do you have a dog with problem behaviors (excluding aggression) that also needs basic obedience, distraction work, or puppy socialization? Why not enroll in one of our popular private-lesson packages and take a group class? When you sign up for private lessons, you also receive a discount for the group class of your choice!
Puppy Yappy Hour Socialization and Play Skills
Early training and socialization are a critically important part of every puppy’s early development. Puppies that aren’t properly socialized tend to be more anxious, skittish, fearful, and aggressive as they mature. On the other hand, puppies that are well socialized at a young age tend to be calmer and well-adjusted. We aim to teach owners how to start their pups off on the right paw from the very beginning. This class is designed for puppies 8 to 13 weeks of age.
Puppy Yappy Hour provides a fun, safe way for puppies to socialize and learn appropriate play skills in a supervised environment. Class instruction includes the following: how to properly socialize your puppy to everyday encounters, (including other dogs, people, loud noises, new objects). Your puppy will also be conditioned to accept handling, grooming, collars, harnesses, and leashes.
You’ll be given tips for choosing safe toys and chews. We will also discuss the importance of nutrition and provide guidelines for choosing an appropriate diet for your puppy. You will learn about management and containment options, including crate training, tie-downs, and exercise pens. Basic obedience skills will be introduced, including: attention training, sit, settle, and on leash greetings (in addition to plenty of off leash play).
All puppies need to have completed one set of core vaccinations, with the exception of Rabies, which may be given at three months or older. Class size is limited to seven dogs to allow for more individualized attention. A packet of reading materials will be provided for all topics covered. Puppies who complete the class will receive a frame-able graduation certificate from Wonder Dog Training.
Fee: $150 for a series of five weekly one-hour classes. For more information and to register, please complete the Group Classes Request Form.
Fallbrook Class: Held on Saturdays at 1:00 p.m.
“Dog Meets World” Group Class
This is a class that is both fun and practical! “Dog Meets World” is an on-leash group course which includes four outings at four different locations. You and your dog will walk, hike, window shop, spend time at outdoor restaurants or coffee shops, and enjoy the beautiful scenery that North County San Diego has to offer together! Yes, it can be done!
Skills targeted in this course include: street/trail etiquette, loose leash walking, obedience commands, moderate and high-level distraction work, on-leash greetings with both people and dogs, wait, watch me, leave it, down, and calm behavior around others, whether you and your dog are at a busy mall or relaxing at an outdoor restaurant.
This course is designed for people who:
- Are looking for fun ways to exercise and socialize their dogs
- Want to offer their dog more enrichment than just a romp in the yard
- Would like to include their dog in their outings to pet-friendly places
- Wish to integrate their dog into other aspects of their life
- Are looking for ways to strengthen their bond
- Want the expertise and guidance of an experienced trainer
- Need to teach their dog street etiquette and greeting manners
- Have dogs that need to learn how to behave calmly around other dogs, people, and distractions
- Want to get outside, get a little exercise, and have fun with their best fur buddy
Class size will be limited to five dogs to ensure a productive learning environment with plenty of individualized attention. All dogs must be healthy, and be at least 5 months or older to participate.
*Please note: This a group class where dogs are required to stay on-leash everywhere. This is a training course and dogs may NOT play ON or OFF leash at any time. This course is designed in a way that will give them other forms of mental and physical stimulation.
Requirements for the course
- Dog must be at least 5 months old
- Dog must be okay around other dogs, people and children while on leash (this excludes dogs with any leash aggression.)
- Your dog’s leash walking equipment may be a flat collar, martingale collar, gentle leader, or easy walk/front-clasp harness (No prong, pinch, choke collars in class please)
- 4-6 foot nylon or leather leash (No retractable leashes please)
- Your dog must have these basic obedience skills: sit, wait, down/settle, and loose leash walking.
- The following skills are helpful, but not mandatory: stay, watch me, and leave it.
All classes are held in the North San Diego area.
The fee for this class is: $175 for four 90-minute meetings, and one 60-minute introductory class. Please note the first class is for people only. For more information, and to register, please complete the Group Classes Request Form.
Class dates, times, and locations are as follows:
- North Inland class meets at Rancho Bernardo Park. Classes begin: Saturday, February 24th, at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
- North Coastal class meets in Carlsbad. Class begins: Tuesday, March 4th, at 4:00 p.m.
Canine Good Citizen
Please note: Your dog must have had basic obedience and manners training as a prerequisite to this class.
The Canine Good Citizen program is rapidly growing in popularity across the country. CGC certification requires your dog to master several important skills and to demonstrate good basic manners in the presence of other dogs and people. Our Canine Good Citizen class will help prepare your dog for the CGC test, which is given separately for an additional $25 fee. Once your dog has passed the CGC test, he will be awarded a certificate by the AKC.
The CGC certificate provides a fantastic foundation for obedience, agility, tracking, and therapy dog training. Furthermore, many insurance companies are now using CGC certification to insure breeds that they would not otherwise insure. Some condominium associations are also now requiring that all dogs in the complex earn the CGC certificate.
For more information on the CGC test, please click here: CGC Test Items and Requirements
Class size is limited to seven dogs to allow for more individualized attention. A packet of reading materials will be provided for all topics covered.
Fee: $165 for a series of six weekly one-hour classes. For more information and to register, please complete the Group Classes Request Form.
Escondido Class: TBD.
AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Class
We are happy to offer the American Kennel Club (AKC) training program geared toward puppies and their owners. The S.T.A.R. puppy program rewards responsible owners who take the time to train and socialize their new puppies. It is open to friendly puppies that are at least 13 weeks old, and younger than one year of age.
This program is the puppy level of the AKC’s well-known Canine Good Citizen program. S.T.A.R stands for Socialization, Training, Activity, and Responsibility, all the things a puppy needs to have a good life. This class teaches your puppy basic skills and provides the owner with information required to be a responsible owner.
Classes will include valuable training tips for puppy owners, such as how to introduce your puppy to the crate, puppy management and safety, appropriate exercise, pet first aid basics, handling, ideas for socializing your puppy, conditioning puppy to walking equipment (leash, harness, collar), appropriate play skills, wait, leave it, settle, puppy chewing, leadership, and spay/neuter information.
At the end of the class, your instructor will administer the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Test. Note: There is a $10 fee payable to AKC. Puppy must have attended all six classes to take the test. Upon passing, you and your puppy will be enrolled and will receive a puppy package which includes:
- A Frameable Certificate
- AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Medal
- AKC Puppy Handbook
- Discount enrollment in AKC Companion Animal Recovery, a 24-hour recovery service if your puppy gets lost
- Subscription to monthly e-mail newsletter that includes training tips
AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy graduates will be encouraged to continue working towards the next step in training, the AKC Canine Good Citizen Class, which continues the emphasis on responsible owners and well-mannered dogs. For more information about the S.T.A.R Puppy progam, please click here: https://www.akc.org/starpuppy/about_the_program.cfm
Puppies must be healthy and clean of parasites to attend. In addition, all pups need to have completed two sets of core vaccines to participate in class. Class size is limited to seven dogs to allow for more individualized attention. A packet of reading materials will be provided for all topics covered.
Fee: $165 for a series of six weekly one-hour classes.
Next Class: TBD
For more information and to register, please complete the Group Classes Request Form.
Basic Obedience and Manners
This class is ideal for dogs that have had minimal training, dogs that have had previous training and need a refresher course, or dogs that have mastered obedience basics, but need to practice and refine their skills. Course content is designed for well-socialized adolescent and adult dogs. You will learn how to apply basic obedience in day-to-day life, and create a working relationship with your dog by using reward-based, non-aversive training principles. Obedience behaviors taught include: Watch, Sit, Down, Wait, Stay, Loose Leash Walking, Come, Target, On-leash Greetings, and Leave It.
Class size will be limited to seven dogs to ensure a productive learning environment with plenty of individualized attention. Reading materials, and simple homework assignments will be provided for all topics covered. All dogs must be up-to-date on their vaccinations and be at least 16 weeks or older to participate. Dogs who complete class will receive a frame-able graduation certificate from Wonder Dog Training.
Fee: $185 for a series of seven weekly one-hour classes. For more information and to register, please complete the Group Classes Request Form.
Next Class: TBD