Dog Obedience Group Classes

What does the Basic Obedience Class consist of? Basic Obedience class teaches you and your dog the basics of rules, boundaries, structure, accountability, guidance and leadership. What does all of that mean?  It means you learn how to make life changing decisions that effect you and your dogs future. Just about all of your dog training issues go away when you live the appropriate life style with your dog.

  • You will learn how to teach your dog to walk politely at your side.
  • You will learn to teach your dog how to Sit, Down and Stay.
  • You will teach your dog how to Come to you.
  • You will learn the basics of pet ownership.
  • You will learn how to recognize and address basic problems.
  • You will learn how to properly introduce your dog to people and other dogs.
  • You will learn and understand basic dogs behavior.

How do Group Classes work?

  • You attend class with your dog. (The same handler and the same dog.)
  • You will be taught the instruction, but the real training happens during the week when you go home and practice as a team.
  • Locations of classes may vary to expose the dogs to different environment and stimulation.
  • Handlers (you) are required to train their own dogs, as this is a group class.
  • Due to the group class environment, we may not be able to work individually or privately with students during class.
  • If you need to work privately with your instructor, you are welcome to schedule a private one on one session.

Training Curriculum

  • You will receive weekly homework.
  • You go home and practice a few times a day for an entire week, building on focus attention and drive.
  • The following week we will practice what you learned and build on it with new material.
  • We will cover any specific problems you may be having at home.
  • Week 8 is a practice test.
  • Week 9 in the final test.
  • You will receive a certificate upon completion of the coarse.

Some of the Dog Behavior Issues discussed in group obedience class:

  • Barking
  • Pulling on leash
  • Biting (minor bites)
  • Mouthing
  • Digging
  • Begging
  • Temperament
  • Dog Behavior
  • Housebreaking
  • Crate training your dog
  • Food and feeding
  • Structured Play

What if my dog doesn’t get along with other dogs.

  • One of the requirements for Group Class is that your dog MUST get along with other dogs.
  • If your dog behaves aggressively towards other dogs in Group Class, you may be asked to leave.
  • We would prefer this did not happen, so please talk to us if you have any questions.

Class Sizes

  • Minimum class size is 4.
  • Maximum class size is 10.

Basic Obedience Group Class only requires that your dog is able to get along with other dogs.

Basic Group Obedience Class does NOT cover the following:

  • Basic Obedience does not address aggression issues.
  • It does not address serious behavioral issues.
  • Basic Obedience does not cover personal protection, agility or snake avoidance.
  • Group socialization of dogs.
  • Include personal individual attention. It is a group class, not private lessons.
  • If you need personal attention, please make an appointment for one on one training. (This is at an additional cost.)


  • You will only need a 6′ leash and collar to start.
  • A chair for spectators.
  • Water & a bowl for your dog.
  • Dog food or treats.
  • Poop bags.
  • Food pouch.
  • No Flexi leads.

Can children train (or attend) class?

  • A child is anyone under 18 years of age.
  • A High School aged child can participate as long as the parents are present.
  • Children that are present but not in class need to be behaved and not distract the dogs in class.
  • Parents MUST be PRESENT at all times during class.
  • Parents can NOT drop their kids off and disappear. (sorry) If you do, your child will not be allowed in class.

Duration of Course:

  • Group Obedience Classes is a nine (9) week course, of one lesson per week.
  • Classes are generally 60 minutes in duration.
  • At the end of class a 15 min. Q&A session will be held for those who wish to stick around.

Absenteeism. What if I miss class?

  • It is important to make up each class. If you have a legitimate reason there is no additional charge.
  • Class can’t be stopped  to catch someone up. It’s just not fair to everyone else.
  • An additional lesson may be approximately 30 minutes and will cost $30.
  • You may get lucky and get rolled back to a class that started a few weeks later then your current class.

For more information about group classes in the North County of San Diego Area, call 619.356.0977 or email or send us a message. We reserve the right to change our Group Class schedule as needed and notify clients via email.

 Weather Cancellation

  • If the weather is poor, we will cancel class.
  • While we try and contact students, however, sometimes this is not practical.
  • We make a final decision at least one hour before class on the weather.
  • We may cancel class for heat warnings, thunderstorms or for excessive rain.
  • A make up class will be scheduled.

Lifetime membership to group class. This is a very special offer.

  • If you want to send your spouse through the coarse, send them to class.
  • If you want to send your dog walker through the coarse, send them to class.
  • If  you want to send your baby sitter through the coarse, send them to class.
  • If you end up rehoming your dog, the new owners get to go to class for free. (Lets prevent this one.)
  • We encourage you to return yearly for free as there may be additional material you have not seen.
  • An intermediate and advanced certificate will be available for those who want to up level their skills at no additional charge.