Canine Manners Classes

Posted by | February 17, 2012 | Announcement | No Comments

Registration You can sign up for our classes online from this page, in person at ACS, or by email to The registration process includes filling out a general information form, providing a copy of your dog’s vaccine records, and submitting payment for the class.

Vaccination Records A copy of your dog’s vaccination records for DHPP and rabies appropriate for your dog’s age will be required in advance of the first class. No dog will be allowed in class without these vaccines for your dog’s safety as well as the safety of the ACS dogs and the other dogs in class.

Canine Manners Classes at Animal Care Sanctuary

Saturdays, 11:00 am until Noon

June 1 – June 22
June 29 – July 20
August 3 – August 24
August 31 – September 21
September 28 – October 19

$65.00 ($55.00 for ACS adoptees)

All ages, breeds, shapes, and sizes of dogs are welcome! We teach you to train your dog using force-free, family friendly methods, and all family members are welcome to participate.

Our Canine Manners Class is open to dogs of all ages and covers sit, down, loose leash walking, stay, coming when called, and much more. At the end of the class session, everyone will be given the opportunity to test for the AKC Canine Good Citizen certification, which the AKC put into place “to reward dogs who have good manners in the home and in the community. . . . the program stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs.”

The test items for certification can be seen here:

What to bring…

Treats and Treat Bag Treats are crucial when it comes to training your dog with positive reinforcement. Bring delicious treats with you to classes. Examples include cheese, chicken, hot dogs, and beef. You will need a lot of treats – more than you think is necessary – and they should be in very small (pea-sized) pieces. Bring a variety of treats as the variety can be essential to maintaining your dog’s attention throughout the duration of a class. A treat pouch is very helpful to carry your treats. Pouches can be purchased at ACS.

Clicker The click is a universal and simple sound that is used as a marker to let the dog know that what they have done is the desired response and that he/she will be rewarded for his/her behavior. Clickers will be provided on the first day of class.

Lead and Collar Arrive with your dog on a flat collar and a lead of approximately six feet in length. Nylon, cloth, and leather leads and flat buckle collars are all acceptable. Retractable leads will be unacceptable due to fact that they promote pulling. If your dog lunges on a lead or pulls excessively, we recommend investing in an Easy Walk or other front-clip harness. We have harnesses available at ACS and can special order for you if we don’t have your dog’s size in stock.

Water Bowl and Clean-up Bags Please bring these items to each class and clean up after your dog anywhere he/she eliminates on the sanctuary grounds.

A Trainer’s Mindset Training your dog takes work and consistency! If your dog lives in a household with people other than yourself, they are welcome to join you in class.

Questions? Please call Kellie at 570-596-2200 x151 with any questions about Animal Care Sanctuary’s dog training classes.

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