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.

**Prerequisites: To succeed in this course, your dog needs to know the following with minimal distractions – come, leave it, sit, down, stay, watch, touch. If your dog knows some, but not all, of these cues, contact and we will be glad to help you decide which course to start with!

**Note: Dogs who bark excessively at other people or dogs are not candidates for group class. Instead, check out our private instruction page!

Due to COVID, all students are required to wear a mask when training indoors, and we request that you limit attendance to 2 handlers per dog if possible. Thank you for understanding. We want our students to learn and have fun in a way that is safe for everyone!

Upcoming Class Start Dates – Now Enrolling:

Homewood – Wags ‘n Whiskers Comprehensive Pet Care. View start dates!

Hoover/Vestavia – Altadena Valley Animal Clinic. View start dates!

Inverness – Cahaba Beach Dog Park.View start dates!

Alabaster – Shaggy Chic Grooming. View start dates!

Pell City – Dogville USA. View start dates!

We are also offering digital courses. See our Online Courses tab!

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