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 picking up 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. **Note: Dogs who bark at people or dogs on a walk are not candidates for group class. Instead, check out our private instruction page for our reactivity package!

This course is our level 2 obedience course and has prerequisites. To succeed in Impulse Control, your dog needs to already 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 advise you about which class to start with!

COVID Policy: Masks are required in group class. Thank you for understanding. We want all 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