This six-week course addresses impulse control issues in dogs, such as pulling towards distractions, jumping on guests, not coming when called, counter surfing, and refusing to leave things that aren’t theirs. Dogs will learn to settle and stay when guests knock at the door or ring the doorbell, and they will learn to leave distractions while on walks or when called to come. Strong emphasis is placed on offered behaviors, teaching the dog to make good decisions without being asked. Come, leave it, stay, and settle are delved into more deeply, through the use of new, innovative exercises.

Prerequisite: Beginner obedience or equivalent skills (come, leave it, sit, down, stay).

Upcoming Class Start Dates – Now Enrolling:

Homewood – Wags ‘n Whiskers Comprehensive Pet Care. Call 902-WAGS to enroll!

Feb. 13 at 7:30 with Rebecca Mason CPDT-KA, CTDI – 3 seats left!

Hoover/Vestavia – Altadena Valley Animal Clinic. Email to enroll!

Jan. 16 at 7:30 with Emily Daniel – 2 seats left!

Chelsea – Knotty Dog Spa. Email to enroll!

Jan. 7 at 7:30 with Anthony Rodriguez CPDT-KA – 1 seat left!

Alabaster – Shaggy Chic Grooming. Email to enroll!

Jan. 27 at 7:30 with Meredith Dempsey CPDT-KA – 3 seats left!

Settling when guests arrive is one of our greatest focuses of this course. Here, I knock at the door, and as the owners hear it, they cue their dogs to settle as I enter.

Tilly leaves a distraction when called to come

Emy – coming when called away from people

Gibbs leaves food on a low bench with mom out of the room!

Maverick settles when a “guest” comes over, and stays while dad answers the door!

Cooper settles while dad chops food and then leaves the room