BASIC OBEDIENCE CLASSES
The Atlanta Humane Society’s Basic Obedience classes give you the knowledge to have a more rewarding relationship with your dog by showing you how to teach your dog how best to behave in your household. Lessons include: pay attention, sit, stay, walk on leash without pulling, lie down, wait, come (all on leash), and more—though classes are NOT just about “commands.”
Classes last six consecutive weeks from the start date, once weekly, for about one hour per session, and homework is required. The object is to communicate more effectively with your pet and bond with him through rewards such as attention, praise, and treats, and keep him on the right track with positive leadership. Though specific “problem behaviors” such as chewing, excessive digging, or barking are not specifically covered, you will find that many of these behaviors disappear once you begin interacting with your dog using the proven methods we teach. Even dogs who already have a pretty good grasp of these commands can benefit from the socialization and added distraction of class, as well as our exclusive Leadership Protocols and Self-Control Exercises. It is never too late to have a great relationship with your dog!
COST and PREREQUISITES
AHS Basic Obedience Classes are a great bargain at only $149.00 for the full 6-week session (though they are worth twice that) and include things other classes do not. **HOLIDAY SPECIAL! Register for any upcoming class before Thursday, December 5th and save $10 off your registration fee!**
To attend this class, dogs must meet the following requirements by Week 2 of the session:
- They must be 4 months or older
- They must be current with the following vaccinations: rabies, DH(L)PP, and bordatella (kennel cough). Proof is required at check-in. The Canine influenza vaccine is not required, but is strongly advised
- They must be spayed (females) or neutered (males) if they are older than 8 months. Some exceptions may apply; email the instructor to ask before you register
- They must be generally friendly* to people and other dogs (see DOG TEMPERAMENT NOTE under “Training Details” tab below). Dogs with bite histories to humans or other dogs are not suitable for class.
Dogs do not have to be Atlanta Humane Society adoptees.
All classes come with a weekly pre-class “meet-n-greet” (if applicable to your dog–some exclusions apply and are discussed at orientation) and lifetime class support. Pre-registration is required.
DON’T LET THE LOW PRICE FOOL YOU! The instructor graciously teaches this class at a lower price than other places not because this class is a lesser value, but because we want to continue to be a resource for the communities we serve. Ask around; chances are your friends or neighbors have trained with us and will assure you that some things in life are still a great bargain. You can pay more elsewhere, but you won’t get a better experience.
“Don’t treat your dogs like humans, or they’ll treat you like dogs.” ~Martha Scott
Do you want your dog to behave whether or not you are holding a treat? So do we! We will show you how to get reliable behaviors without bribing your dog. Treats are great tools for teaching and reinforcing good behaviors, but our training will also give you results that last, with or without treats.
Are you worried that obedience training will take the fun out of your relationship with your dog? Don’t be! It will enhance it, and your dog will be happier when he knows exactly what to expect from you.
Are you worried that training means you won’t be able to give affection to your dog, or have him sleep with you? This is typically not the case. Petting and sleeping with a dog do not have to be at odds with training.
Are you worried that training needs to be harsh or punitive? It doesn’t. Ours isn’t. It’s fun, and it gives you results.
Do you have multiple dogs and want each to come to class? We do allow two dogs from one family to attend simultaneously if 1.) each will have a separate, dedicated handler every week (the first must be an adult and the second handler must be at least 16 years old), and 2.) the dogs are not siblings, or unrelated but similarly-aged puppies or adults that have been raised together from a young age. (Siblings and puppies raised this way have challenges that make classes together difficult, and do much better when separated for class.) If you want to register two dogs for class, please email the instructor first to make sure it is OK. We want to do what is best for each dog, and ultimately provides a better experience for everyone.
Can’t wait for the next class? Have a dog who isn’t suitable for class? Our private training lessons may be just the ticket!
Classes fill quickly! Register soon so you don’t miss out!
IMPORTANT NOTE: the initial class of every session is a mandatory orientation without the dog. The orientation is 2 hours in length and because of this, it may begin at an earlier time than the rest of the classes (see Training Details below). This class must be attended by at least one adult (18+) member of the household in which the dog lives. If you cannot attend the initial class in the session you desire, please email the instructor before you register. A friend or family member cannot attend in your place unless they also live with the dog.
This is to ensure that you have the full class experience and do not get confused about what needs to be done at home. It may be possible for you to attend a different orientation (one that takes place prior to yours) if one is available.