Basic Skills for Adolescent & Adult Dogs

A starting point for foundation behaviors

Learn how to set your dog up for success, strengthen communication, and reward behaviors that build the life skills your dog needs to live happily in a human world. Using a positive, force-free approach, we will work on coming when called, loose-leash walking, stay, leave it, drop it, relax on a mat, building attention around distractions, and more.  Over the course of six weeks, you and your dog will learn to love training while having fun!  Our trainers will encourage and help you every step of the way.

This class is a prerequisite for many of our other classes.

Age range: 4-1/2 months and older

Prerequisites: None

Class length: 6 consecutive weeks (not including holidays). 60 minutes each.  Make-up classes are not possible.

Fee: $200


  • Debbie Nathanson (Good Pets)
  • Joyce Loebig (Rewards Dog Training)
  • Sarah Stoycos (Laughing Dog Academy)
  • Robin Shepherd (Infinite Dog)
  • Veronica Beman (Heart’s Content Dog Training)
  • Lisa Arant (Small and Tall Dog Training)

To Register:

Check the start dates below, then click the Register for Class button to sign up for a class that works for you.

Class fees help support the free programs and services provided by Your Dog’s Friend, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and supporting dog parents.