All levels of AKC Trick Dog: Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Performer, and Elite Performer. Class includes the testing, signed evaluator form, and ribbons. Class size is limited. It's incredibly fun! While learning lots of tricks, this class teaches your dog how to use its nose, paws, and mouth. These are essential skills for an Exceptional Companion Dog, Helper Dog, or Service Dog.
Here are a couple of videos we sent in for competition. DMWYD is Do More With Your Dog and has a 9-part test for the Champion level title. AKC has a Performer level title. Dancer did great with both!
DMWYD video is a little long because it was so involved.
AKC Performer video is a little old and AKC now has very clear guidance on what we need to do.
I created and started the Helper Dog class in 2019. It teaches your dog to be a helper around the house and includes tasks like retrieving items, closing and opening doors and drawers, bracing, and an advanced level of obedience and manners. This is not a Service Dog class but it does teach most of the skills used by a Service Dog inside the home. Dogs must be willing to retrieve items. This class is a "must have" for an Exceptional Companion Dog and certainly for a Service Dog. It is only taught occasionally so check the calendar. Click on the Class Photos tab above to see some of the skills we work on.
Service Dog Skills
I can help you train skills that assist the owner with mobility tasks around the house or out in public. The path that my students have found to be invaluable looks like this:
Puppy classes, Trick Dog, CGC basic, Advanced, and Urban, along with the Environmental Conditioning and Helper Dog classes. Dogs need time to learn and mature. They also need to have as many experiences as possible to help the respond appropriately to new and novel situations.