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Dog Training In Oxford MS. From Puppy Star to Canine Good Citizen to Agility Superstar!

Show-off Your Canine Good Citizen! *DogSmith Solutions – Tuesday Evening 7 pm Oxford, MS ONGOING ENROLLMENT
This is a Drop In Class, You can start anytime The DogSmith Training Center @ Pampered Paws Pet Resort
This class is a drop in class, enroll now and drop in when you are available.
You have 5 months to complete the program $120.00

Earn Your Dog’s AKC Canine Good Citizen Certificate

You know your dog is well mannered but make it official and show-off to your friends and family. Teach your dog canine citizenship with our comprehensive 8-week curriculum that culminates with the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. The AKC CGC Program provides an excellent foundation for training in other fun activities such as Rally, Obedience, and Agility and teaches your best friend to be a well-mannered dog that is a joy to live with. When your dog passes the CGC test, the DogSmith evaluator will give you the official documentation to send to the AKC for your certificate and to register your dog’s accomplishment. Sign-up today and get started.

 

 

 

DogSmith “Just for Fun Agility” – Starting 10/22/2011 Saturday 9am Oxford, MS
Oxford Pet Resort & Spa $100.00

“Just for Fun” agility focuses on FUN! Fun with jumps, tunnels, tables, A-frame and weave poles. This 6 week class is a great start if you are not sure about your level of commitment to agility or your dog’s suitability for the sport.

 

 

Need to Learn Some Manners? Let Your Puppy Shine in our AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy® Small Paw Etiquette Program – Starting 10/22/2011 Saturday 8 AM Oxford, MS
Oxford Pet Resort & Spa $100.00

Taught by an AKC approved CGC Evaluator, this is an exciting program designed to get you and your puppy off to the best start. We could all use a little help with our manners, right? Our 6-week puppy class for dogs less than 6 months old covers the essentials of family life, housetraining, crate training, puppy biting, basic leash skills and simple obedience cues like sit, down, come, stay, no jumping and watch me. The classes are fun and help build your pup’s confidence while socializing it to different dogs and people. We incorporate games and lots of fun into these classes. When completed, your puppy will be eligible for the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy® Program. Be proud of your well-mannered furry family member, call to reserve your spot today!


“Canine Good Citizen” Testing – Is your dog a “Canine Good Citizen?” See if it makes the grade! Join us at our next testing event.

Take a One Hour Test to Earn the AKC “Canine Good Citizen”™ Certificate.
The AKC’s Canine Good Citizen™ Program is designed to recognize dogs who
have good manners at home and in the community. This rapidly growing
nationally recognized program stresses responsible dog ownership for owners
and basic training and good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10 step
CGC test qualify to receive a certi?cate of recognition from the American
Kennel Club.

Is Your Dog A Good Citizen

Search for your local DogSmith and check out our testing event dates.


The DogSmith Group Class Listings – Puppy to Advanced Obedience, Fun and Serious Selections

Start them off young!

Need to Learn Some Manners?  Small Paw Etiquette-

A beginner class for puppies

We could all use a little help with our manners, right?  This 6-week puppy class for dogs less than 6 months old covers the essentials of family life, house training, crate training, puppy biting, basic leash skills and simple obedience cues like sit, down, come, stay, no jumping and watch me. The classes are fun and help build your pup’s confidence while socializing it to different dogs and people. We incorporate games and lots of fun into these classes.  Be proud of your well-mannered furry family member, call to reserve your spot today!

Start Them Out Right! FREE Puppy Socialization Class

Get your puppy off to the best start possible.  Dog Behavior experts agree, proper puppy socialization is essential to the development of your dog and can prevent many future problems.  Our 1-hour FREE Puppy class is for dogs less than 6 months old and will keep you in stitches watching your puppy interact with its classmates. Be sure to bring your camera.  You will also see how much fun dog training is as your pup learns critical new skills through play.  The class is full of games and exercises plus you will establish some important dog training skills to build on. Space is limited so call today before it’s too late!

Teenagers Need Manners Too! *Teen Dog Etiquette

For teen dogs that missed puppy training

You may wake up one day to discover that your wonderful, cuddly puppy has turned into a teenage monster, especially if it missed our puppy socialization class.  This 8-week curriculum is designed for dogs ranging from 6 to 8 months old that missed the opportunity to attend a puppy class. This is a perfect course for your teen dog that has no obedience, no manners around people and doesn’t play well with other dogs. Lessons are fun for both you and your dog.  By using games in the learning process we help you teach your dog to be a well-mannered family member.  Secure your reservation today before your teen-dog drives you nuts!

It’s Never Too Late! * Pet Dog Etiquette

For puppies that graduated from a puppy class

This is our 8-week curriculum designed for dogs older than 6 months old who have already graduated from a puppy class.  This course focuses on reinforcing the puppy behaviors already learned to make sure they stick. We work on increasing the duration of behaviors like sit and stay and we increase the distance your dog will perform skills such as sit, down, come, stay, walk nicely, stand and leave it. You will really be able to impress your friends and family with your polite and well-mannered four legged family member.  Classes are incredibly fun for you and your dog and help increase the bond you share.  Call today before it’s too late.

Show-off Your Canine Good Citizen! *DogSmith Solutions

Earn Your Dog’s AKC Canine Good Citizen Certificate

You know your dog is well mannered but make it official and show-off to your friends and family.  Teach your dog canine citizenship with our comprehensive 8-week curriculum that culminates with the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. The AKC CGC Program provides an excellent foundation for training in other fun activities such as Rally, Obedience, and Agility and teaches your best friend to be a well-mannered dog that is a joy to live with. When your dog passes the CGC test, the DogSmith evaluator will give you the official documentation to send to the AKC for your certificate and to register your dog’s accomplishment.  Sign-up today and get started.

Fun Group Classes

Calling All Hams Just for Fun Clicks 4 Tricks

If your dog is a natural performer and you like dazzling your friends and family with amazing tricks like spin, play dead, high-five, and take a bow, then our Clicks-4-Tricks 6 week course is for you.  This fast moving and fun clicker-based class is for owners who want to develop new tricks and behaviors with their dogs. And is a great for any dog. We teach you the skills you need to teach your dog so the sky is the limit in terms of what you can teach your dog to do.  Register now.

DogSmith “Just for Fun Agility”

“Just for Fun” agility focuses on FUN!  Fun with jumps, tunnels, tables, A-frame and weave poles. This 6 week class is a great start if you are not sure about your level of commitment to agility or your dog’s suitability for the sport.

Classes focusing on one skill only

BAH-HUMBUG! Grumpy Dog Teach your Grumpy Dog, Dog-on-Dog Etiquette

Got a grump in the family? Then don’t delay getting into our Grumpy Dog class designed for dogs that don’t reliably get along with other dogs or struggle with their focus in distracting environments. This class is not for aggressive dogs. For your peace of mind and that of your fellow students, we may have to assess the suitability of your dog prior to attending class.  If your dog has a bite history with other dogs or people then please register for a private consultation.  In some cases it may be necessary to do some private training prior to joining the Grumpy Dog group class.  Sign up for this 6 week class now and start getting the grump out of your pooch.

Off With Their Leash! Off-Leash Etiquette

A DogSmith Specialty Class

When you’ve decided to take your dog’s training to the next level, our Off-Leash Etiquette class is tailor made for you.  This 6-week course focuses on advanced handling for the more serious dog owner who wants the freedom and confidence of being able to control your dog at a distance, off-leash.  We will focus on off-leash behaviors like out-of-sight stay, distance recall and off-leash heeling. We also teach you, the dog trainer, how to introduce distance into your cues and how to build and proof strong obedience skills. Few things are more satisfying than working with your dog reliably at a distance.

Step Back to the Curb! Snap-Back Recall

A DogSmith Specialty Class

For ultimate safety, this 6-week course covers just one skill, a really reliable recall. Gain peace of mind knowing that in an emergency situation your dog will return to you when asked.  We begin by teaching the dog a solid response to its name. We will then build on the recall behavior by playing lots of games and reinforcing fast returns to you.  As your dog’s recall strengthens we practice the recall amidst distractions and then we proof the behavior for reliability. You may only need your recall once but when you need it, it has to work.  Register now.

Take Back the Leash! Walk Nicely

A DogSmith Specialty Class

Are you tired of your dog pulling and dragging you around by its leash, but you don’t need or want a formal, obedience arena style heel?  Our Walk-Nicely course is just the thing.  This 6-week program focuses on just one skill, walking nicely on a leash. This is a very important skill for you and your dog to master. Dogs that cannot walk nicely on a leash tend to get left at home missing out on the huge benefits of daily exercise and spending quality time with you. Teach your dog this crucial skill so you can both enjoy long and relaxed walks together.  Register now.


The DogSmith of North Tarrant County Becomes American Kennel Club “Canine Good Citizen” Evaluator

The DogSmith of North Tarrant County, TX, has been awarded “Canine Good Citizen (CGC)” Evaluator status by the American Kennel Club (AKC).


Fort Worth, TX, January 5, 2010 – The DogSmith National Training Center is pleased to announce that the American Kennel Club (AKC) has certified Randi Kamper, owner of The DogSmith of North Tarrant County, as a “Canine Good Citizen®” (CGC) Evaluator.  CGC Evaluator status authorizes Kamper to conduct Canine Good Citizen® Classes and to assess the manners and behavior of dogs wishing to become “Canine Good Citizens.”  Kamper is also a Veterinarian Technician and Certified Pet Dog Trainer.

Since its inception, the Canine Good Citizen® program has become the model for similar programs around the world and serves as the framework for other exams, such as therapy dog programs, and is a good starting point for more advanced dog training.  The AKC says, “The CGC® Program has become recognized as the standard of behavior for dogs in our communities.  CGC® resolutions have been passed by 18 state legislatures and the United States Senate since the program was established in 1989.  In addition, insurance companies are starting to use the CGC® certification to insure breeds they would not otherwise insure and some condominium associations around the country now require that all dogs in the community attain the CGC® certification.”

Dogs do not have to be registered with the AKC, or any other organization, to earn a CGC® nor do they have to be purebred.  The goal is to promote good citizenship for all dogs.  As an essential part of the DogSmith’s commitment to being the most progressive Dog Training and Pet Care Franchise in North America, DogSmith Franchise Owners must achieve increasing levels of continuing education and development in their profession.  Becoming an AKC “CGC®” Evaluator is a key component to that development and commitment.

According to Kamper, “The DogSmith recognizes the importance of supporting pet dog owners and helping them achieve a high level of training with their dogs.  The DogSmith’s core dog training curriculum includes the 10 essential behaviors required for a dog to be certified as a ‘Canine Good Citizen’.  Each DogSmith is expert at applying positive based training methods to ensure that the training is fun and effective for both owner and dog. DogSmiths are professional Dog Trainers and Dog Behavior Counselors and use the most effective and non-intrusive training methods available.”  To learn more about AKC’s CGC program visit: www.akc.org.


Adopt an AKC Puppy Star Trained by The DogSmith in Florida

The DogSmith Training Center is getting ready for the arrival of three puppies tomorrow. They are all aged between 12 and 16 weeks old. One is a Border collie, another a Florida Brown Dog and last but not least a Lab-Mix. They will undergo on site training for two weeks in the hands of a DogSmith Dog Trainer. We will cover house training, crate training and The American kennel Club Puppy Star Program. If you are interested in adopting them when they are trained then contact Walton County Fl Animal Control. Pictures are available on line or at the shelter.

We will post pictures on their arrival at The DogSmith Training Center on Friday.

The AKC Puppy Star Program is as follows

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppysm Program!

Test Items and Pledge

A key component of the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppysm Program is a responsible owner. Our Canine Good Citizensm Responsible Dog Owner’s Pledge is for the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppysm Program too. Responsibility should start the moment you decide to add a new dog or puppy to your family.

AKC CGCsm Responsible Dog Owner’s Pledge

I will be responsible for my dog’s health needs. These include:

  • routine veterinary care including check-ups and vaccines
  • adequate nutrition through proper diet; clean water at all times
  • daily exercise and regular bathing and grooming

I will be responsible for my dog’s safety.

  • I will properly control my dog by providing fencing where appropriate, not letting my dog run loose, and using a leash in public.
  • I will ensure that my dog has some form of identification when appropriate (which may include collar tags, tattoos, or microchip ID).
  • I will provide adequate supervision when my dog and children are together.

I will not allow my dog to infringe on the rights of others.

  • I will not allow my dog to run loose in the neighborhood.
  • I will not allow my dog to be a nuisance to others by barking while in the yard, in a hotel room, etc.
  • I will pick up and properly dispose of my dog’s waste in all public areas such as on the grounds of hotels, on sidewalks, parks, etc.
  • I will pick up and properly dispose of my dog’s waste in wilderness areas, on hiking trails, campgrounds and in off-leash parks.

I will be responsible for my dog’s quality of life.

  • I understand that basic training is beneficial to all dogs.
  • I will give my dog attention and playtime.
  • I understand that owning a dog is a commitment in time and caring.

20 STEPS to Success: The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppysm Test

Socialization
Training
Activity
Responsibility

OWNER BEHAVIORS:

1. Maintains puppy’s health (vaccines, exams, appears healthy)
2. Owner receives Responsible Dog Owner’s Pledge
3. Owner describes adequate daily play and exercise plan
4. Owner and puppy attend at least 6 classes by an AKC Approved CGC Evaluator
5. Owner brings bags to classes for cleaning up after puppy
6. Owner has obtained some form of ID for puppy-collar tag, etc.

PUPPY BEHAVIORS:

7. Free of aggression toward people during at least 6 weeks of class
8. Free of aggression toward other puppies in class
9. Tolerates collar or body harness of owner’s choice
10. Owner can hug or hold puppy (depending on size)
11. Puppy allows owner to take away a treat or toy

PRE-CANINE GOOD CITIZEN® TEST BEHAVIORS:

12. Allows (in any position) petting by a person other than the owner
13. Grooming-Allows owner handling and brief exam (ears, feet)
14. Walks on a Leash-Follows owner on lead in a straight line (15 steps)
15. Walks by other people-Walks on leash past other people 5-ft away
16. Sits on command-Owner may use a food lure
17. Down on command-Owner may use a food lure
18. Comes to owner from 5-ft when name is called
19. Reaction to Distractions-distractions are presented 15-ft away
20. Stay on leash with another person (owner walks 10 steps and returns)