Levels Obedience Training

 What is Levels Training?        

Dog Mentors offers the most flexible training available known as “Levels Training.” Usually, levels obedience training is a group program offering unlimited drop in training sessions during the period of enrollment. Our experience after relocating to a small town is that individual sessions are better for the local population as well as for our nationwide service dog clients. For this reason, group pricing now applies to individual training. We hold group classes as special events.

During your enrollment period, you have a training coach on call. Clients typically meet with the trainer once per week and keep in touch between sessions for specific guidance on progress and problems. Additional face to face time is also available and included. Train as much or as little as you want and need based on your own expectations for your dog. We’re here to help.

During your enrollment period, you can move through all four levels or work on a customized training plan. With no pressure on you or your dog to compete, the time you and your dog spend at each level is up to you.

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LEVEL 1: STARTING OUT. Level 1 will introduce the basic commands sit, down, stationary attention, and the name game. We’ll also work on problem behaviors such as jumping, play-biting, and house training. All dogs (even those with prior training) start in level 1 and progress to Level 2 as soon as they’re ready. Requirements to move to Level 2: Dog can sit and down when cued and will respond readily to his name with mild distractions present.

LEVEL 2: MANNERS TRAINING. We’ll work on walking politely on a loose leash without pulling, paying attention to the owner while walking, and ignoring other dogs. We’ll also begin working on come and stay, relaxing on a mat, and releasing items into the owner’s hand (take/give exchange).  Level 2 includes problem-solving information for behaviors such as barking, digging, chewing, etc. as well as an introduction to the first two skill sets described in the Pet Dog Ambassador Assessment Markers (levels 1&2).  Requirements to move to Level 3: Dog can walk nicely around the training area with attention on owner (and no pulling) with other dogs 4-5 feet away. Dog will come when called on leash with mild distractions. Dog demonstrates a working understanding of most of the PDA markers.

LEVEL 3: ADDING DISTRACTIONS. We’ll work on a long-distance come command, stay/wait with distractions, leaving items alone, loose-leash walking past distractions, sitting for polite greeting, distance commands, and continue work on the PDA skill sets. Requirements to move to Level 4: Dog will stay for 30 seconds with mild distractions and owner standing on the leash. Dog will heel past other dogs with leash over owner’s shoulder. Dog will come from 20 feet away with moderate distractions. Dog demonstrates increased proficiency in the PDA markers and may be ready to request the PDA Level 2 or 3 exam.

LEVEL 4: ADVANCED TRAINING. We’ll work on polishing the come command and teaching an emergency come, strengthen the stay command by teaching the dog to stay for longer periods of time at a greater distance from the owner, work on turns and automatic sit in heeling, and work at the dog’s level on criteria covered in the PDA markers. Level 4 goals: Dog can heel off-leash past other dogs and distractions. Dog will stay 10 feet away from owner for 3 minutes with distractions. Dog will come off leash past distractions from 30 feet away.

Pet Dog Ambassador exams will be offered quarterly, but are not required to progress through the Dog Mentors Levels Obedience Program.

Members may opt to take the Canine Life And Social Skills exams, in lieu of, or in addition to, the Pet Dog Ambassador exams. Both are completely optional and separate from the levels program except that members expressing an interest in one or the other can focus their learning and practice on the criteria set forth in the exams. Tamra Temple is a certified instructor and evaluator in both systems of pet dog assessment.

Package Plans

PLATINUM (Best Value!)

• A full year of unlimited training in Levels Obedience Classes, Relaxing Rowdy Rovers, and/or Calming Cautious Canines for one dog. (The instructors will help you determine the best class for your dog.)

• 30% discount on specialty classes during your membership period.

• 15% discount on private lessons during your membership period.

• With regular attendance in class and practice at home, most owners can expect their dogs to be working well in level 4.

GOLD

• 6 months unlimited training in Levels Obedience Classes, Relaxing Rowdy Rovers, and/or Calming Cautious Canines for one dog. (The instructors will help you determine the best class for your dog.)

• 20% discount on specialty classes during your membership period.

• 10% discount on private lessons during your membership period.

• With regular attendance in class and practice at home, most owners can expect their dogs to be working well in level 3, and many dogs will be able to make it into level 4.

SILVER

• 4 months unlimited training in Levels Obedience Classes, Relaxing Rowdy Rovers, and/or Calming Cautious Canines for one dog. (The instructors will help you determine the best class for your dog.)

• With regular attendance in class and practice at home, most owners can expect their dogs to move to level 3 and possibly level 4 in some cases.

BRONZE

• 2-months unlimited training in Levels Obedience Classes, Relaxing Rowdy Rovers, and/or Calming Cautious Canines for one dog. (The instructors will help you determine the best class for your dog.)

• With regular attendance in class and some practice at home, owners can expect their dogs to move to level 2 and possibly level 3.