Group Training Classes

The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy is an exciting program designed to get dog owners and their puppies off to a solid start. At the end of the course you and your puppy will be eligible for the S.T.A.R. certificate offered by the AKC. All basic commands will be taught with the needs and abilities of puppies in mind. Your puppies will have the opportunity to socialize with other dogs, learn commands with distractions and build confidence. Puppies must be at least 12 weeks of age and have had 3 sets of vaccines prior to attending.


Adult dogs (over 1 year) should sign up for the S.T.A.R. Dog classes. In addition to learning how to train your adult dog to obey commands, you will learn how dogs grow and develop, physically, behaviorally, and emotionally. Your dog will learn how to behave around other dogs. The course is designed to assist you to prepare your dog to be a Canine Good Citizen.


The Canine Good Citizen Program, offered for adult dogs who have had prior training. It represents the gold standard of behavior and training. The goal of any good dog training class is to have owners learn basic skills with their dogs that will assure that their dog would be a good citizen in the community. Behaviors include basic exercises, like sit, down, come and stay. These exercises will be extended to off leash control. In addition, dogs will learn to behave as they walk past other dogs, when there are distractions, in a crowd or when left with a friendly stranger.

                The specific test items are as follows: 

                              • Accepting a Friendly Stranger

                               • Sitting Politely for Petting

                               • Appearance and Grooming

                               • Out for a Walk (Walking on a Loose Leash)

                               • Walking Through a Crowd

                               • Sit and Down on Command/ Staying in Place

                               • Coming When Called

                               • Reaction to Another Dog

                               • Reaction to Distractions

                               • Supervised Separation

The S.T.A.R. Puppy, S.T.A.R. Dog and the C.G.C. Programs are available at Agility and Rally for Fun on Sunday Evenings and at Shagbark Dog Training on Wednesday Evenings. 

Behavior Training Classes

FUNdamental Dog Behavior Training is a combined course in obedience training and behavioral management. I specifically developed the FUNdamental course for dogs and puppies with the needs of pet owners in mind. It is based upon current knowledge of dog behavior, learning and motivation. 

In the behavior training course you will learn how to properly train your dog or puppy to obey basic commands, like heel, sit, down, come, and stay. Additionally, you will learn how to use these commands in daily situations so that you have better control over your dog. You’ll learn to teach your dog to be calmer and more manageable and to solve problems, like jumping up, running off, destroying property and pulling.

The methods taught in the FUNdamental behavior training course are designed to modify your dog's behavior through the use of positive reinforcement. You will learn how to effectively communicate with your dog and how to motivate him to please you by tapping  into his natural desires to play and obtain affection, praise and rewards. Above all, these training methods are FUN for you as well as your dog and more effective than those relying on correction or intimidation.  

You will receive a 90+ page manual to assist you in the course. The manual consists of three parts. The first part explains my philosophy and understanding of training dogs. The second section outlines how to teach the exercises along with photos. The third portion is dedicated to providing solutions to various behavior problems. 

Dog Behavior Training Classes are offered at Shagbark on Wednesday,

Big Walnut on Thursday. 

Conformation Training  Classes

Good handlers always look like they're doing nothing at all because they have trained dogs. The handler is then able to step back and let the judge see the dog on display.


Often new handlers struggling to get dogs to stand still or show their bites! The best dogs look like they know what they're doing and that is comes naturally.


In Conformation classes you learn the skills to show your dogs to their best advantage.  You will understand how to teach your dogs the skills they need to show themselves.

You will learn how to properly hand stack, free bait, get your dogs' attention and expression, gait, bait, and be comfortable with being examined. 

The training you'll receive is for YOU and YOUR dog. You'll learn how to engage your dog in the ring, learn what to expect and how to accept a stranger going over and staring at them.

This classes are designed to help you to become a more competent owner-handler and your dog to be a competitive show dog!  These are the skills that divide winners from losers in the show ring.

Conformation classes are provided in individual sessions and occasionally 

at Shagbark Dog Training. 

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