Specialty Classes

Specialty Classes

Nice Greets with a Loose Leash

Having a friendly dog is a wonderful thing! Having a friendly dog with manners is even better. This 4 week class will focus on two essential skills: loose leash walking and keeping all four paws on the floor!  This class will teach your overly friendly dog how to appropriately greet (or ignore) people instead of tackling them with excitement. We’ll also help you teach your dog how to maintain that beautiful loose leash in the face of distractions (including other dogs) with the added bonus of getting better on leash attention from your dog.

Please note that this class is for dogs who are extremely excited about saying hi to people and are leash pullers. This is not for dogs who respond fearfully or who lunge or bark aggressively towards other people or dogs.

Prerequisite:

If this is your first class at Lucky Dog, please attend an orientation before enrolling.

Price:

$135 for a four-week class that meets for 50 minutes, once a week

Sports Sampler

Are you interested in dog sports but overwhelmed by the options? This 4-week class is a short introduction to tricks, nosework, agility, and rally! We'll spend one week on the foundation skills for each sport so you can get a better idea of where your dog will really shine!
Prerequisite:

Completion of Advanced Manners or instructor approval

Price:

$135 for a four-week class that meets for 50 minutes, once a week

"Place" Master Class

Does your dog understand the "Place" command but have trouble staying when there are distractions? Need help sending them to their place mat from a distance? This 4-week class will focus on honing your dog's place skills from sends, to duration, to impulse control around distractions. Great for hanging out on restaurant patios or even for daily use in the house when guests come over, its also a great way to keep your pup out of the kitchen while cooking. Nail down your "place" command in this master class.
Prerequisite:

Completion of Basic Manners or instructor approval

Price:

$135 for a four-week class that meets for 50 minutes, once a week

Canine Good Citizen & Therapy Prep

The Canine Good Citizen test is a ten-skill training program by the AKC that’s open to all dogs–purebred and mixed breed– that focuses on teaching the basics of good manners and obedience, instilling the values of responsible ownership, and strengthening the bond between you and your dog at home and out in the community.

After mastering the ten skills, passing the CGC test together, and taking the Responsible Dog Ownership pledge, you and your pup will join the proud ranks of over 1 million dogs who have earned their Canine Good Citizen award– accomplishment that’s definitely worthy of extra belly rubs!

CGC is not the same as a therapy dog program, but many therapy programs require the CGC award before accepting pups into their class. And those that don't require the title still require the same skills!

Not to be confused with service dogs, therapy dogs are used to help comfort those in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and more. The most important thing about a therapy dog is his behavior: is he friendly with people and other dogs? Does he welcome attention from adults and children? Will he react if someone makes a loud noise? These are all skills your dog will need to be a CGC and/or a therapy dog! Our 6 week prep class will help you polish your dog's skills so you're ready to pass your certification.
Prerequisite:

Completion of Advanced Manners or instructor approval

Price:

$200 for a six-week class that meets for 50 minutes, once a week

Scheduling:

We typically run the CGC/Therapy Prep class quarterly, which means there may not be a class available for registration when you and your dog are ready. If that's the case, let us know so we can put you on the waitlist! We can also work on your dog's CGC/Therapy skills in private lessons if you want to get started sooner.

CGCA Prep/Dog About Town

Ready to test your dog's skills in the real world? This class will focus on real-life applications for the behaviors you learned in Advanced Manners class! We'll start off at Lucky Dog for the first week and spend the other 3 weeks of class meeting at various dog-friendly locations. If your dog already has their Canine Good Citizen Title, this class will also prepare you for the Community Canine, or CGCA, test. See description below.

Community Canine (CGCA) is the advanced level of AKC’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program. Like the CGC, dogs must pass a 10-step test of skills to earn their CGCA award. The test focuses on real-world scenarios and testing your dog's skills in a more natural setting, such as in a store or at the park. 

Prerequisite:

Dogs must have completed Advanced Manners and have instructor approval.

Price:

$200 for a four-week class that meets for 50 minutes, once a week. At the end of the 4-week session, if you and your dog are ready to take the CGCA test, ask your trainer about scheduling a private lesson.