Obedience Training at RW Canine Retreat

From Puppies to Basic and Advanced Training

Our training kennel has been specializing in obedience for companion animals and the retriever for over 17 years. You may ask yourself, “Why does your dog need training?” In any relationship, communication is essential. Training offers more than the ability for your dog to do what you say, but most importantly; it establishes a bond between you and your dog. It also develops the respect and trust that any healthy relationship needs. And last but not least, it increases your dog’s confidence and understanding of what is expected of him.

We offer customized training programs depending on the needs of you and your dog. We will evaluate your dog’s nature to apply the appropriate training methods in order to achieve a high level of success. Our #1 priority is your canine and the relationship you build with him; it’s important to us.

  • Plan A
  • Basic Obedience
  • $1200
  • Plan B
  • Intermediate Obedience
  • $1300
  • Plan C
  • Advanced Obedience
  • $1500
  • COMBO PLAN | Combination of A, B & C
  • 50% Deposit Required on Combo Plan ($1800), Balance due in 30 days, or
    Installment Plan of Payments over a Ninety (90) Day Period…
    $1200 • $1200 • $1200
  • $3600

What people are saying…

“We sent 2 very spoiled vizslas to Georgeanne and her team at RW training kennel for basic and advanced obedience. Our boys were rambunctious, disobedient and undisciplined. The boys we got back are so polite, well mannered and respectful … The kennel is meticulously maintained and I never once had to worry that our dogs were not getting love or attention… The very best part is the time she takes to ensure you are trained and confident to maintain the training when you get home. You really leave feeling like you have the tools to make this a permanent change. We had such a positive experience and are so happy that we invested in our dogs! ”

Katie Taylor Bradley
Katie Taylor Bradley

“My sweet fur boy, Fenway has changed for the better thanks to Georgeanne and her awesome staff! Words can not express how thankful I am for the training he received. The facility was immaculately clean and Georgeanne and staff welcomed my family in with open arms and loved our golden doodle as much or more as we did! Since training we have boarded Fen there, and again, I am so thankful to have a 5 star place to take my fur boy too! I would recommend the training and boarding to anyone!

Erin Dobbins
Erin Dobbins

PLAN A: Basic Obedience

AKC S.T.A.R. Program (16 weeks – 1 year old) $1200 per 30-day in-kennel program

Plan A is a 30-day in-kennel program geared around the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy® Program. Once your pup has completed this, he will not only be able to pass the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy® Program test but he will also understand the following commands on leash: SIT, COME, STAY, DOWN, BED, NO, HEELING and crate training, etc. If your dog is starting at the Basic Obedience Level they will learn all of the above commands on leash, which will enable them to smoothly transition to off-leash commands in Intermediate Obedience.

At completion of the 30-day Basic Obedience program, we will conduct a personal hands-on session with you and your puppy/dog to make sure you are comfortable with what the puppy/dog has learned.

Included:

Room & Board, daily exercise, and personal one-on-one training.

Note:

Required food, vaccinations, heartworm preventative & parasite control are at owner’s expense; any needed vet care is at owner’s expense including trip charge.

TEST ITEMS AND PLEDGE

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

AKC CGC℠ RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNER’S PLEDGE

20 STEPS TO SUCCESS:

THE AKC S.T.A.R. PUPPY® TEST

S ocialization
T raining
A ctivity
R esponsibility

PUPPY BEHAVIORS:

  1. Free of aggression toward people
  2. Free of aggression toward other puppies in class
  3. Tolerates collar or body harness of owner’s choice
  4. Owner can hug or hold puppy (depending on size)
  5. Puppy allows owner to take away a treat or toy

PRE-CANINE GOOD CITIZEN® TEST BEHAVIORS:

  1. Allows (in any position) petting by a person other than the owner Grooming-allows owner handling and brief exam (ears, feet)
  2. Walks on a leash-follows owner on lead in a straight line (15 steps)
  3. Walks by other people-walks on leash past other people 5-ft. away
  4. Sits on command- owner may use a food lure
  5. Down on command-owner may use a food lure
  6. Comes to owner from 5-ft. away when name is called
  7. Reaction to distractions-distractions are presented 15-ft. away
  8. Stay on leash with another person (owner walks 10 steps and returns)

PLAN B: Intermediate Obedience

AKC Canine Good Citizen® Program (6 months – up) $1300 per 30-day in-kennel program

Plan B is a 30-day in-kennel program geared around the AKC Canine Good Citizen® Program. Once your dog has completed this, he will not only be able to pass the AKC Canine Citizen® Program test but he will also understand the following commands On and Off Leash: SIT, COME, STAY, DOWN, BED, NO, HEELING, and crate training, etc. At this level of obedience we offer e-collar training for those clients who enjoy the outdoors with their dogs on an off-leash basis the majority of the time! Our clients who complete this level of training say it is life-changing for both the owner & dog. At completion of the 30-day Intermediate Obedience program, we will conduct a personal hands-on session with you and your dog to make sure you are comfortable with what the dog has learned.

Included:

Room & Board, daily exercise and personal one-on-one training.

Note:

Required food, vaccinations, heartworm preventative & parasite control are at owner’s expense; any needed vet care is at owner’s expense including trip charge.

AKC Canine Good Citizen® Program – Skills Testing (click the link to see skills tested)

PLAN C: Advanced Obedience

Advanced Obedience: $1500 per 30-day in-kennel program (1-6 month program)

  1. The Working Dog (1-3 month program)

  2. Wheelchair Assistance Dogs (1-6 month program)

  3. Therapy Dogs (1-3 month program)

  4.  Brace & Mobility Support Service Dogs (18-24 months program)

Depending on which Advanced Obedience program you choose, the program is geared around the specific needs/skills of each of the numbered programs above. In addition, to the below skills learned, each dog will know all their Advanced Obedience skills off leash. At this level of obedience we offer e-collar training for those clients who enjoy the outdoors with their dogs on an off-leash basis the majority of the time! Our clients who have completed this level of training say it is life-changing for both the owner & dog. At completion of the 30-day Advance Obedience program, we will conduct a personal hands-on session with you and your dog to make sure you are comfortable with what the dog has learned. Not all programs are discussed in detail below; please don’t hesitate to contact us should you have any questions!

Included:

Room & Board, daily exercise and personal one-on-one training.

Note:

Required food, vaccinations, heartworm preventative & parasite control are at owner’s expense; any needed vet care is at owner’s expense including trip charge.

Brace and Mobility Support Dogs

Brace and Mobility Support Dogs are a type of Service Dog trained to provide their disabled handler with assistance moving from place to place. This invaluable service is matched only by these dogs’ ability to also help with other chores and tasks, like opening doors or retrieving dropped items. Due to the unique nature of their work, though, Brace and Mobility Support Dogs have special needs.

Brace and Mobility Support Dogs, also known, as Mobility Support Dogs or Mobility Assistance Dogs, are a special type of Medical Assistance Dog primarily trained to assist their disabled handler with locomotion (defined as moving from one place to another by any means, including on foot or in a wheelchair). Mobility Dogs help people with impaired balance, gait, or coordination to safely walk or regain their footing after a fall, and they help individuals who utilize prosthetics or other assistive devices, including wheelchairs, gain unprecedented levels of independence, freedom, and mobility. They are also frequently trained to help their handler with everyday duties that their human partner can’t readily perform because of their disability, or can only perform with difficulty, like picking up dropped items, retrieving out-of-reach objects, and opening/closing doors, drawers, and cabinets.

When you need to prepare your dog to become a service dog, then your dog needs to undergo some training. Basically, there are three areas for training a dog for service:

  1. Manners or heeling
  2. Obedience with proofing (aka public access skills)
  3. Task training

Manners or Heeling:

Heeling, contrary to popular belief, does not mean, “let’s go”. It is the most difficult skill to teach a dog. Because for them it is an abstract concept, to maintain a relative position to the handler, regardless of how the handler might move. It is an exercise for attention only, not more than that. If the handler moves forward, then the dog also needs to go forward to maintain its relative position with its handler. This training will make the dog automatically turn back when the handler turns back. There is no additional command to give to the dog, once the dog is instructed to remain in heel position.

Obedience with proofing (aka public access skills):

Obedience Proofing is one of the most time-consuming task to train in a service dog. Which means the handler must patiently immunize a dog against any distractions, one distraction at a time. Proofing is generally started with the dog in a sit-down, and stand-stay, and then progresses to distractions during the recalls. The distractions may not stand out, even clapping one’s hands, and progress until the dog will remain in the command, even when the other dogs are playing around him, fighting with a squirrel or a cat dashes by, while strangers offer food and call him back. A service dog is no real use to his owner if he cannot be relied upon to resist distractions.

Task training:

Task training is the easiest part of training a working service dog. Once he has a firm foundation in the core skills; heeling, attention and proofing are put together with trained tasks. This is a core part of training the service dog so task training is the test to check whether a dog is trained as a service dog.
If the trainer has not been able to teach the dog legitimate tasks, then it means the owner has not got the basic training skills that are needed to adequately prepare the dog for the obedience and public access test.

When it comes to Service Dog training, all of the hundreds of available tasks can be boiled down to 7 essential behaviors.

7 TASK WORK FOUNDATIONS

  • RETRIEVING
  • CARRYING
  • DEPOSITING
  • TARGETING
  • BRACING
  • HARNESS WORK
  • MESSENGER

Generally, all these trainings typically take between 3-24 months. After this training is completed, your dog is eligible to undergo tests for the service dog certifications.

Note:  Your canine is not required to have gone through our specific training programs; however, we reserve the right to inform after consultation which Program would best fit your canine.