Elementary Clicker Class

This is a perfect class for a dog of any age (as long as shots are finished). Elementary Clicker Class is a 6-week class in basic dog training which is held in a safe, indoor location. Some portions of the class may take place outside (weather permitting).

We will be training behaviors with positive reinforcement training and marking the desired behavior with clickers. We have realized over the years that the foundation of training is critical and is what sets the stage for teaching the specific behaviors we want. We will begin the class learning how to “connect” with our best friend. In addition, we’ll be teaching our dogs about self-control. Our training is not based on “making” the dog do something. It’s based on establishing an important relationship with the dog. Once we have a connection, then we’ll add in the basic behaviors we all would like with our dogs. This results in a very positive experience for you and your dog!

During this class, we will work on basic behaviors (such as sit, down, stay, walk on a leash and come). We will cover good manners cues (such as wait and leave-it) and some fun tricks (shake and spin). In addition we will discuss problem-solving techniques for dealing with typical dog behaviors that most people find a bit challenging (how to deal with jumping on people, barking, chewing, digging). In addition, we’ll show you techniques for helping your dog to be comfortable with handling (grooming, bathing, etc.). This is a very comprehensive class in basic dog training perfect for any adolescent or adult dog.

Class Cost:$145 for six classes - receive a $10 discount for dogs adopted from any legitimate rescue organization including: Woods Humane Society, Santa Maria Valley Humane Society, SLO Animal Services, Fund for Animals, Santa Barbara County Animal Care Foundation, Central Coast SPCA and any other legitimate animal rescue organization.
Class Location:All classes are held at Gentle Touch Pet Training's training center located at 1886 Deer Canyon Road, Arroyo Grande, CA.
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Vaccines:Dogs must be current on parvo, distemper (or have protective titers) and rabies shots.
Registration:*The first class is a 1.5 -hour orientation for PEOPLE ONLY (no dogs) and attendance or viewing the online video is critical.

You may join this class up to week four if the class is not full and make up week 1,2 or 3 in the next 6-week session. Contact us to see if there is room in the class. If you join mid-session, you may watch a class orientation video before attending class by clicking on Elementary Class Orientation Video.

Class size is limited to approximately 10 dogs to ensure personal attention. 

Click on the preferred date below to register. Full payment is necessary to reserve class space.
Class Dates:
Mondays
Jul 31 - Sep 11
(No Class Sep 4)
4:00 - 5:00 PM
***CLASS FULL***
Instr: Becky
Wednesdays
Aug 16 - Sep 20
3:30 - 4:30 PM
***CLASS FULL***
Instr: Teah
Thursdays
Aug 24 - Sep 28
7:00 - 8:00 PM
***CLASS FULL***
Instr: Becky
Mondays
Sep 18 - Oct 23
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Instr: Becky
Wednesdays
Sep 27 - Nov 1
3:30 - 4:30 PM
Instr: Teah
Thursdays
Oct 5 - Nov 9
7:00 - 8:00 PM
Instr: Becky