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).

In order to minimize COVID risk, all human students are required to wear a mask when we train indoors, and we are also limiting attendance to two handlers per dog. 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. Call 902-WAGS to enroll

Sunday, Oct. 25 at 1:00 pm with Rebecca Mason CPDT-KA

Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 6:30 pm with Rebecca Mason CPDT-KA

Hoover/Vestavia – Altadena Valley Animal Clinic. See start dates at this location!

Chelsea – Knotty Dog Spa. See start dates at this location!

Alabaster – Shaggy Chic Grooming. See start dates at this location!

Pell City – Dogville USA. See start dates at this location!

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