Basic Obedience
Week 1
Design Research
4 videos, 1 reading
Video: The Interaction Design Specialization
20 m
Video: Introducing Elizabeth Gerber
40 m
Video: Who, What, Where, When and How People Work
35 m
Video: Michael Chapman of IDEO on Interviewing
20 m
Reading: Slides
30 m
Graded: Final Quiz: Design Research
5 Questions
Week 2
2 videos
Video: The Interaction Design Specialization
20 m
Video: Introducing Elizabeth Gerber
40 m
Graded: Cumulative Quiz
4 Questions
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Basic Obedience

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Basic Obedience


About this course

About this class

Behavioural problems are the #1 reason pets are surrendered to shelters. It is estimated that 4 million dogs are surrendered to shelters each year and 7.7 million are rehomed. Approximately 1 of every 3 pet owners reports problems associated with jumping, barking, and begging for food.

The good news is that dogs who are taught some basic cues by their owners are less likely to be surrendered for behavioural reasons. Taking a basic obedience class with your dog is essential to having a well-behaved, calm dog who will provide you with years of wonderful companionship.

In basic obedience classes, your dog will not only learn how to pay attention, to follow the “house rules,” and to be a joy to live with, he will learn how to act around distractions, such as other dogs and people.

We are a science-based, dog-friendly school.
We train dogs in fun, interactive games that do not use aversive methods.

These basic obedience classes lay the foundation for a lifelong partnership based on mutual trust and understanding. Your dog’s behavior will influence the quality of the lives of everyone in the family for years to come.

In our level one basic obedience class, you and your dog will learn:

  • Wait at the door
  • Come
  • Leash-up manners
  • Meet and great
  • Leave it
  • Wait for the food bowl
  • Stay
  • Settle
  • Give and take

In level two, you will add to your repertoire with:

  • Sit and down
  • Come and collar grab
  • Off-leash heel
  • Basic stay
  • Confidence course
  • Name game
  • Comfort around food bowl
  • Meeting strangers
  • Body handling

Level three skills include:

  • Wait in the car
  • Calmly pass other dogs
  • Wait at the door with distractions
  • Come and leash-up manners with distractions
  • Sit / down / stand
  • Body handling
  • Loose leash walking
  • Leave it
  • Stay with distractions and distance
  • Hand targeting

And in level four, your dog will become a master by learning:

  • Advanced loose-leash walking
  • Back up
  • Advanced stay
  • Advanced come and leash-up manners
  • Meet and great with body handling
  • Attention during high distractions
  • Table manners
  • Do you really know sit?

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