More than training

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So Many Classes to choose from

More Than Training

Mind Your Manners teaches management and a whole-dog, whole-family approach to the health and well-being of your dog. You will learn about canine body language, appropriate play styles and how to work with your dog instead of against your dog. We focus on positive reinforcement training instead of punishment or pain-based methods. Handlers of any age, size or strength can apply these dog-friendly, human-friendly methods.

CLASSES AVAILABLE

WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO OFFERING THE FOLLOWING CLASSES:

Puppy Kindergarden

Juniors/CGC

Conformation – Drop In

Rally – Drop In

Fit Paws 

Beginning – Intermediate – Advanced

Fit Club

Agility Foundations

Treadmill Foundations

Tricks

Nosework

Reactive Rover

Canine Outdoor Adventure

Along with our classes –  we will beworking on  offering monthly seminars including:

Eric Salas Workshops

Fit Paws for Conformation

Dog Show 101

and various speakers and trainers.

Keep checking back to our website and our calendar to see what fun classes and seminars you can enjoy with your canine companion!

 

 

 

So Many Classes to choose from

More Than Training

Mind Your Manners teaches management and a whole-dog, whole-family approach to the health and well-being of your dog. You will learn about canine body language, appropriate play styles and how to work with your dog instead of against your dog. We focus on positive reinforcement training instead of punishment or pain-based methods. Handlers of any age, size or strength can apply these dog-friendly, human-friendly methods.

Without Dogs

Class One Orientation

Information covered at Orientation includes:

What to expect in class

Required equipment (what to bring)

Training benefits of feeding quality food

Teething help for puppies 

Safe toys – Enrichment

Management Skills

Potty-training for puppies

Q & A time

Continuing customers need not repeat lecture.

8 weeks to 20 weeks 

Puppy Kindergarten

Now featuring the AKC’s new S.T.A.R. Puppy Program.
S.T.A.R. Puppy is open to all puppies, purebred or mixed breed.

Six class course* –  Dates and times will be posted on our calendar.

Call 360-693-4503 to sign up. Instructor Connie Skinner.

Course focus is on bite inhibition, critical socialization and off-leash playtime.  Classes cover basic behaviors: sit, down, stand, come, loose-leash walking, and more. Emphasis on preventing undesirable behavior from starting.

Each week homework is assigned to students, that will be available on our website. This provides students with additional information for maximum success.

Every graduate will be eligible to earn their AKC Star Puppy Award. This AKC program covers 20 points of good ownership and foundational training. 

Puppies are encouraged to return for repeat puppy courses to strengthen and proof behaviors. The importance of being in class for advice to help through fear imprint periods and other learning stages cannot be stressed enough.

Dogs Over 6 Months Old

Junior Class

Six class course* –  Dates and times will be posted on our calendar.

Call 360-693-4503 to sign up. Instructor Connie Skinner.

Junior class is for dogs of all levels, from total beginner, graduates of puppy class, to seasoned obedience competitors. Dogs are assessed and the lesson plan is individualized for each dog/owner according to their needs. Advanced dogs work on proofing and extending behaviors through distractions, heel on a loose leash, focus on specific behaviors such as aggression, fearful behavior, etc.

Each week homework is assigned to students, that will be available on our website. This provides students with additional information for maximum success.

Dogs Over 6 months old

Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Class

This is part of the Juniors Class currently. If the C.G.C. is one of your goals be sure to mention that to Connie so she can customize your lesson plan.
Prepare your dog to be an AKC Canine Good Citizen. This is open to all dogs, purebred or mixed breed alike.
When you are ready, sign up for the CGC test. Upon passing the CGC you may send for a certificate from the AKC for a fee.

Drop In Class

Wednesday Conformation Handling Classes

Drop-in class, no sign up required. See calendar for times.
A variety of instructors help prepare you and your dog for the show ring.
Fee is $10 for adults, $5 for 4-H members/Junior handlers per session.

 

Drop In Class

Saturday Rally Classes

Drop-in class, no sign up required. See calendar for times.
A variety of instructors help prepare you and your dog for rally competition.

 

For 4-H Members

Pawsitive Pups 4-H Club

The 4-H members are learning the basics about showing dogs and obedience contests. Responsibility, record-keeping, breed identification, canine anatomy and “Dog Bowl” (trivia) are all part of the 4-H experience. Advanced members also have the opportunity to try rally and agility. For school-age children.

Meets Monday evenings at MYM’s facility.

Call Deb Bracken – 360-609-7662 for more information.

 

Recommended Reading

Natural Rearing

Natural Rearing information on natural rearing and alternative, holistic, complementary healthcare for pets.

Free Books Online:

Before You Get Your Puppy by Dr. Ian Dunbar

After You Get Your Puppy by Dr. Ian Dunbar

There is plenty to learn in these books even if you aren’t getting a puppy.

More Free Books

Digital Dog Training Texbook free online book with related videos in each section. Adapted in part from Dr. Ian Dunbar’s book “Before You Get Your Puppy”.