Dog Training Classes

in Eden Prairie, MN

For Dogs 8 Months and Older

Where Pretty Good Dogs and Very Good Owners Come To Learn

We support dogs and their owners in a welcoming and fun atmosphere!

Group Classes take place at the Wag’n Woofs Daycare:
7071 Shady Oak Road,  Eden Prairie, MN  55344

Real Life Manners

For Dogs 8 Months and Older

  • $150
  • Six consecutive one-hour classes
  • Tuesdays at 7:15pm

Foundational skills will make your life with your dog more enjoyable. And they will make it possible for your dog to successfully navigate his life with you.

Leave our dog training classes ready to:

  • Walk confidently with a dog who no longer takes you for a walk.
  • Enjoy a dog who is focused on you and comes when you call his name.
  • Have a dog who can respond to you even when there are distractions.
  • Know your dog will greet people politely.
  • Enjoy a dog who has good manners at home and in public.

I will help you understand your dog, the basics of how he learns, and provide helpful, clear instructions on how to teach these basic manners in a respectful way using positive reinforcement training principles.

Are you ready to have some fun while training your dog his p’s and q’s?

    Canine Good Citizens

    For Graduates of Real Life Manners

    • $150
    • Six consecutive one-hour classes
    • Tuesdays at 6:00pm
    • Held 3-4 times per year

      Polish the skills you and your companion started learning in Real Life Manners and end by taking the AKC Canine Good Citizen test.

      This program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community.  Those dogs who pass the 10-step test on the last night of class will be certified by the American Kennel Club as a Canine Good Citizen.

      Open to all dogs, purebred or mixed-breed.

      Walk away with a dog your friends, family and neighbors will envy!

      Canine Good Citizen TEST ITEMS:

      1. Accepting a friendly stranger.
      2. Sitting politely for petting.
      3. Appearance and grooming.
      4. Out for a walk on a loose leash.
      5. Walking through a crowd.
      6. Sit and down on cue and stay in place.
      7. Coming when called.
      8. Reaction to another dog.
      9. Reaction to distractions.
      10. Supervised separation.

      Walk as a Team

      For Graduates of Any pupDOGS Class

      • $150
      • Four consecutive one-hour classes that meet at local parks.
      • Tuesdays at 6:00pm
      • Held two times per year

      Let’s take a walk outside of a classroom! Walks can be one of the greatest pleasures of having a dog. But, if your dog pulls on the leash, then the walk is neither healthy for him nor relaxing for you.

      We meet at local parks to take walks in a real life context.  We will focus on skills needed to walk in public and around distractions.

      Class Locations:

      • Bryant Lake
      • Lone Lake
      • Round Lake
      • Starring Lake

      This class is NOT appropriate for dogs with leash aggression. Your dog needs to be comfortable walking closely by other dogs and people.

      Your dog already loves walks, now you can, too!

      GROUP CLASS POLICIES:  CLICK HERE

      Sniffari Voodoo walking away

      Sniffari Time!

      We ask a lot of our dogs. We want them to blend seamlessly into our lifestyles and live by certain rules. We want them to sleep when we sleep, be awake when we have time for them, and settle when we’re busy with other activities. We want them to ignore the yummy smells on the counter, even though we can’t help sniffing the appetizing food ourselves, and maybe munching a bit before sitting down to eat. We want them happy to greet guests, but not be too excited that they jump. We don’t want them running around and getting into mischief, even when we haven’t given them other chances to play and learn.  Our list of desires is long, and it can be hard for our dogs

      And then we take them for walks. They experience all sorts of sights, sounds, and smells, and quite often, can’t go to investigate them. Many people have an expectation that their dogs heel next to them, so instead of getting to investigate, they need to work hard to stay near their owners. This type of walk provides little opportunity for our dogs to “just be a dog” and can be incredibly taxing on them.

      What’s a Sniffari? It’s a decompression walk that allows our dogs to unwind and just be themselves. The fabulous trainer, Sarah Stremming, best describes this as “a walk where the dog is allowed freedom of movement in nature.” Ideally, they can be off-leash, moving at their own speed, and allowed to engage in natural dog behaviors like sniffing, rummaging around, and exploring the environment. Most of us don’t have access to large, empty areas where dogs can be safely or legally off leash, but using a long line attached to a non-restrictive back clip harness is a great alternative.  Hiking trails, large parks, baseball fields, even cemeteries can serve as perfect sites for decompression walks.

      The key is choosing quiet, low-traffic areas with few distractions (people, dogs, cars, etc.) to allow your dog to sniff, run, dig, roll on the ground, and do whatever else comes naturally! These walks can have profound physical, emotional, and behavioral effects.  Sniffing has a calming effect on dogs, and the mental enrichment is crucial for a good kind of tired! They can help dogs handle their worlds better because their bodies have a chance to reset to a more neutral state.

      It’s not just the dogs who benefit. They also happen to be deeply calming for many people!