Southern Charm School for Dogs
"Helping owners achieve a well behaved dog without breaking the spirit"

Southern Charm School for Dogs - Training Classes


Positive motivational methods of training such as food, praise, and toys are used as methods to teach the dogs various commands. The Level 1 (Basic) class is a beyond basic manners class which includes Sit, Down, Stay, Come, Heel, Wait, Automatic Sits while heeling, and fun stuff like the tunnel, tire jump, and walking through cones. This class will also introduce our canine friends to wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, and other items needed in preparation for pet therapy work.


The following services are offered:
  • Private lessons for behavioral problems

    • House Training

    • Territorial Marking

    • Basic Obedience

    • Destructive Behavior

    • Submissive Behavior

    • Dominance

    • Companions and children

    • Socialization

    • Other
  • Group classes for behavioral problems (when there are 6+ students enrolled)
  • Group Puppy Classes
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen Class
  • AKC STAR Puppy Class
  • Three Level Course for Therapy Dog Certification

    • Level 1 (Beyond Basic Manners - Beginner - 9 weeks)
    • Level 2 (Advanced - 9 weeks)
    • Level 3 (AKC CGC - Therapy Dog Certification - 9 weeks)

    Please Read:  What is a Therapy Dog?

Therapy Dog Level 1
"Basic"
A beyond basic manners class for dogs who are 3 months of age or older and owners who have an interest in teaching their dog obedience or therapy dog work. Includes Sit, Down, Stay, Come, Heel, Wait, Automatic Sits while heeling, and fun stuff like the tunnel, tire jump, and walking through cones. This class will also introduce our canine friends to wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, rolling IV posts, and other items needed in preparation for pet therapy work.
 
Therapy Dog Level 2
"Advanced"
This class focuses on distraction work, continuing with an emphasis on therapy dog work and certification, as well as the AKC (American Kennel Club) CGC (Canine Good Citizen) test.  ALL DOG AND HANDLER TEAMS MUST HAVE COMPLETED A BASIC OBEDIENCE CLASS AND BE PRE-APPROVED BY INSTRUCTOR.

Level II dogs must be COMPLETELY basic obedience trained, and perform commands correctly WITH light distractions prior to joining a Level II class.  Level II is not a training class. The dog must have a full 5 minute sit and down stay with the owner at the end of a 6 foot lead, around light distractions. The dog must respond to sit, down, and have a reliable recall and a return to heel on the first command with no assistance from the owner, other than one verbal command or hand signal. The dog must know heel position, and be able to heel on a lose lead with automatic sits.

If the dog and handler don't have a respectful working relationship, and if the dog doesn't have all of the above, the team will fall behind very quickly in the Level II class.
 
Therapy Dog Level 3
"Certification"
This class assists students (handlers and dogs) through the requirements for Therapy Dog certification. 10 hours of supervised pet therapy visitation is required for graduation.  Four to five of the weekly classes may last as long as 2 plus hours.  Graduation is the actual CGC-Therapy Dog certification test.  ALL DOGS MUST HAVE COMPLETED A BASIC OBEDIENCE CLASS, LEVEL 2 (ADVANCED), AND BE PRE-APPROVED BY INSTRUCTOR.
 

If you are truly interested in helping your animal companion with one or many behavioral problems, contact us to arrange a consultation. Fee schedule available upon request.  For information on scheduling a training session for you and your companion, or information on group and Therapy Dog classes, please contact us:

classes@southerncharmschool.com
 

 


For more information contact us at:

Email: classes@southerncharmschool.com

Home | Application | About Us | Training Classes | What is a Therapy Dog?

Copyright 2012 Vening Design and Southern Charm School for Dogs.  All Rights Reserved.