Desert Dog Obedience classes are designed for pets and their families. From puppy to senior dog, we can help families and dogs learn to live peacefully and happily together!

Beginner 1: Our six-week Beginner 1 class is designed with the needs of the family and family pet in mind. Emphasis is on basic obedience commands such as sit, down, stay, come, and walking on a loose leash. Using training techniques that motivate reliable behavior, students develop a well-mannered and confident family pet. Interested in the American Kennel Club (AKC) Star Puppy Program? Successful completion of our Beginner 1 class will earn you the Star Puppy certification.

Beginner 2: This four-week continuation of the Beginner 1 class begins the process of extending the skills and behaviors learned in the Beginner 1 class. We add distance, duration and distraction to known exercises and teach the basics of heelwork, stand for exam, and fronts and finishes.

Advanced Beginner: In our Advanced Beginner class, dog and handler teams continue to build teamwork and hone the skills learned in Beginner 1 and 2. Additional skills developed include, finishes, distance recalls, formal sit and down stays, as well as basic Rally moves and skills needed for the Canine Good Citizenship test. This class is for those dog and handler teams that have completed Desert Dog Obedience Beginner 1 and 2 courses or with the approval of the class instructor. Students are encouraged to repeat this six-week class.

Canine Good Citizenship: This  three-week class prepares dog and handler teams to pass the requirements for the AKC’s Canine Good Citizenship test. The class focuses on the 10 test requirements so students know what to expect during the certification process. Certification testing is included on the third week of class.

My Dog’s Got Tricks: This fun, fast-paced four-week class teaches the various techniques needed for learning basic tricks and lays the groundwork for certifying your dog to be a Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced trick dog. Certification process and testing for these levels included but not required. Some basic obedience skill training required for this class.

AKC FIT DOG: Our AKC FIT DOG Level 1 course is fast moving, safe and best of all fun.

The AKC FIT DOG four-week program teaches and encourages proper form and posture techniques that improve the health and well-being of our canine partners. By improving certain habits we affect the strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and even cardiovascular health of our dogs. An added benefit to engaging our dogs in these focused activities we also reduce boredom, increase confidence and even improve behavior!

The class centers on exercises that improve posture, walking stride and calming behaviors. Working with our dogs, encourages desired behaviors and enhances the partnership that we rely on in competition and in our every day at home interactions with our canine family members.