Basic Obedience Class


Wouldn't it be nice if your dog 
was well-behaved everywhere you go?

Does your dog pay attention to your normal commands when friends and relatives visit?

Is your pet easily controlled at the dog park?

Is your dog calm and relaxed around strangers and loud noises?

The Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital is offering a Basic Obedience Class to help! If your dog needs training, whether he is a puppy or an adult dog that never learned basic obedience, we can help to get your family off to the right start. We can also help if you have a dog that doesn't learn as quickly as most, or forgot what he learned. Our goal is to help you build a relationship with your dog, to train your dog to give you his attention when needed for training and safety, and to teach your dog the foundation behaviors which are necessary for all future training and learning.

The Basic Obedience Class is a 6-week program and is offered to puppies, young adults and adults. The first week is an orientation about the goals, training techniques, and equipment. You will also receive a manual outlining each week's exercises. With the trainer, you will review the goals, important training tools and verbal cues for each exercise. Please bring your dog to all 6 sessions. 

This program will focus on the following behaviors:

  • Attention
  • Place
  • Recall
  • Loose Leash Walking
  • Sit
  • Down
  • Proper Socialization Checklist – How to make exposure to people and other pets fun and positive
  • Schedules and Routines – How to maintain a schedule and routine with puppies and adults to improve behavioral wellness

It is important to understand that each dog has his own unique personality based on genetics, learning, and early experience. We will look for breed characteristics to help you determine innate traits your dog may exhibit. This will help you to better understand your dog.

Living with an untrained dog can be stressful for the dog, as well as his human companion. We offer a positive approach to foundation training to make learning fun for you and your dog. You will learn to train your dog to respond to verbal cues, thereby improving communication, your social relationship, and the quality of life for you and your dog.