We are Proud to Offer Several Levels When it Comes to Dog Training and Education

In order to offer the most options to fur families for dog training, we offer several levels to help your pup be the best they can be. Read more about our philosophy and the different classes below.

We are proud to partner with Soul Dog Canine Education to bring you a new option when it comes to teaching your pup.

Bond-Based Choice Teaching is a revolutionary, relationship-based alternative to training for dogs and their people. Think of it as Montessori for Dogs.

Research has found found that if we teach dogs in the same way that we teach young children, we are more successful and the dogs learn faster.  And when we tap into their ability to learn using Bond-Based Choice Teaching, dogs are happier, safer, more content and fit better into our world.

You’ll start by building secure attachments and bonds with your pup. Once we have this bond, the dogs learn very easily and much faster. Among the skills developed in the dogs is the ability to communicate with us by answering questions, identify items by name,  and using their ability to mimic us. We also utilize choice, which gives the dogs the ability to have control over themselves, resulting in a dog that has self-awareness and confidence.

www.bondbasedchoiceteaching.com for more information.

Positive Methods Obedience

PUPPY Classes Start September 7th @6:30

LEVEL 1 starts September 8th @6:30

LEVEL 2 starts September 9th @6:30

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Traditional obedience classes for pups of every age. No Prong collars…we use a balanced approach that combines the best of positive reinforcement while retaining the benefits of structure and guidance.

Our obedience training philosophy is focused on science-based, positive reinforcement instruction. We offer clients several different ways to work with their dogs — all of which involve a gentle, kind and fair technique. We strive to find a humane method that works for both the dog and human. We do not do any leash “corrections” and choke chains / pinch collars are never used. It is important to us to help our clients understand how their dog learns and thinks so they can get their dogs to do what they want.

All of our group, obedience training classes are limited in size so you are guaranteed individual attention. Classes are designed to be fun AND cognitively stimulating for everyone. With small classes, we provide plenty of time for demonstration, practice and discussion. We focus on teaching humans and their canine family members how to effectively communicate with one another and the results are happy people and dogs who leave each class with new skills.

Puppy Basics

$135.00
6-week ClassAppropriate for puppies 2-7 months old.For pups and parents who need to start at the beginning. This class will teach you and your pooch how basic cues can help with good manners and proper leash etiquette. It will also explain the meaning and use of markers (clickers and verbal markers) in training.Learn basics like:Leadership SkillsFocusSitStayDownLoose Leash walkingCome when calledDrop itLeave it
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Level 1

$135.00
6-week ClassAppropriate for puppies 8 months and older.This is the same Calle as puppy basics, just for older dogs and parents who need to start at the beginning. This class will teach you and your pooch how basic cues can help with good manners and proper leash etiquette. It will also explain the meaning and use of markers (clickers and verbal markers) in training.Learn basics like:Leadership SkillsFocusSitStayDownLoose Leash walkingCome when calledDrop itLeave it
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Level 2

$145.00
6-week ClassMust have passed Level 1 or another basic obedience classLevel two classes are designed to take the training exercises that your pup learned in the level one class and turn them into rock solid obedience that will work in the real world in the absence of treats as well as introducing leash work and heeling. Learn skills like:Socializing by working with other people’s dogsHeel – dog must walk directly next to you instead of behind or in front of you. The dog is required to keep pace with you, only stopping when you stop and walking when you walkSit, stand and down-in-motion: while heeling, you sit the dog and keep walking (dog cannot follow you)Automatic sit when you halt (no command given)Recall with owner out of sight of the dog Reactions to door knocks and doorbellsOff – We will learn strategies for jumping up on peopleReactions to walkers and canes
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Prep School Puppies Level 1

$174.00
6 week class10 weeks to 1 yearThis class will help owners bond and have fun with their puppies, while guiding them to teach their puppies in a force free manner. We will also work on the proper way to socialize the puppies with other people and their dogs. Topics covered include::Bonding ExercisesHousebreakingTeething/NippingComing when called Answering Yes or No questionsWalking on leash with a harnessTeaching them what is “icky”Teaching them to trade you for things
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Coming Soon…

In late spring, we will be offering a Growl, Bark and Snarl Class.

Dogs naturally become more shy and standoffish as they get older if not continually socialized. Adolescent and adult dogs develop fears and phobias to stimuli that they aren’t continually exposed to.

Keeping your dog well-socialized to other dogs is not so easy, and often this area of their socialization deteriorates the most rapidly. At some point most dogs will get into at least one scrimmage with another dog. Sadly, this often marks the beginning of the end when it comes to their socialization with other dogs. The owners want to avoid future fights so they avoid future opportunities to socialize. The dogs socialization deteriorates further and the likelihood of them fighting when they see another dog increases.

Resolving this problem in the course of everyday life is very difficult. Using methods developed by Dr. Dunbar,  we will use the setting of our Growl to re-condition them and rehabilitate and re-socialize them to once again enjoy the company of other dogs.

Prep School Puppies Level 1

$174.00
6 week class10 weeks to 1 yearThis class will help owners bond and have fun with their puppies, while guiding them to teach their puppies in a force free manner. We will also work on the proper way to socialize the puppies with other people and their dogs. Topics covered include::Bonding ExercisesHousebreakingTeething/NippingComing when called Answering Yes or No questionsWalking on leash with a harnessTeaching them what is “icky”Teaching them to trade you for things
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Introducing our Trainers and Owners:

Jon Cross and Kari Blackmon

After years of pet ownership and training their own pups, Jon and Kari decided it was time to take it to the next level! Our trainers are both certified through Animal Behavioral College. They believe in using positive reinforcement methods and approaching problem behaviors at the source not just treating the symptoms. Classes are designed to be as enjoyable for dogs as it is for owners. Jon and Kari have a true passion for helping pets and their owners develop deeper, more meaningful bonds through patience and understanding.

Introducing our Canine Life Coach, Claire Clark BBCT Accredited, ABCDT certification

Claire Clark is the owner of Soul Dog Canine Education, a former member of the board of directors of the Metro East Humane Society, and is a graduate of the Animal Behavior College Dog Trainer program. She discovered Bond-Based Choice Teaching shortly after starting her journey to become a dog educator and it validated everything that she knew in her heart about her bond with her dogs. She uses BBCT in her work with shelter dogs and pet dogs to help them all be the happiest dogs they can be. She has seen truly amazing transformations of dogs that have behavioral or anxiety issues, as well as shelter dogs that needed help adjusting to their new home environment. Claire offers Group Lessons here at Club Whisker Bones, as well as private sessions for the dogs attending daycare during their time here. www.souldogcanineeducation.com is her website and she can be reached at 618-791-7401 for any questions about her methods or lesson availability.


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