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Better Manners

Guardians will learn how to teach their dogs in a humane manner using positive reinforcement methods which in turn will enrich their relationship with their dog.

BETTER MANNERS class is for dogs 5 months and older at the start of class. Better Manners builds on current skills and introduces more skills to better the relationship and understanding between themselves and their dog. Guardians will learn how to teach their dogs in a humane manner using positive reinforcement methods which in turn will enrich their relationship with their dog. Classes consist of 4 weekly sessions, each lasting about 50 minutes. Each class will meet on the same schedule day and time once a week for 4 weeks. Topics to be covered will include, but are not limited to:

  • Understanding canine behavior and communication
  • Leave it, waiting at the door, distance stay, go to place, and more!
  • How positive reinforcement works and why we use it
  • Problem solving
  • Problem prevention
  • Training tricks for fun and to impress your friends!

This class meets once a week for four weeks. Participants will be required to watch the orientation video prior to coming to the first class via the link below. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssUfPnvdChk&t=5s

For any issues regarding the orientation video, please contact dogtraining@arl-iowa.org or call 515-473-9131. 

Prerequisites

Good Manners class or equivalent.

Items Needed

Standard flat collar and a 6 foot standard leash. Correctly fitted body-harnesses are also allowed. Pinch collars, head halters, electronic collars, or retractable leashes are not permitted. Small, bite-sized, treats in a pouch or bag.

Fee

This class is $125. Fees for classes are subject to change and are non-refundable. For more information about our refund policy, visit our Training Class FAQ page.

Does your dog consistently react strongly to humans or other dogs?

Reactive dogs have a hard time focusing on their owner during the class making it hard for them to learn and retain the information they are being taught. If you are unsure if your dog will be successful in a group training class, a Drop-In training class is a great way to see if your dog is able to learn in the busy environment our training center provides.

If you have any concerns about the behaviors your dog displays, please email dogtraining@arl-iowa.org or call (515) 473-9131.

Registration

You will be walked through the online registration process. Payment will be through the online registration system. No registration will be considered confirmed without payment.
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