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Growly Class

Our Most Popular Class!


  • Over-excitement
  • Jumping
  • Excessive barking
  • Possessiveness
  • Resource guarding
  • Growling
  • Lunging

This class is designed for older puppies and young adult dogs between 8 and 24 months that have had an intermediate level of training experience. Dogs older than 24 months may also join the class after an initial consultation to assess their skill level. This is a challenging 6-week class focusing on basic obedience and will wrap up with the AKC certification test. In this class we will spend much more time working on building more reliable skills. The Advanced Obedience class is meant to solidify your education in the science of canine behavior and set you up for the peaceful and enjoyable relationship you want with your best furry friend. After this class you will be able to take your dog out in public and have confidence that your dog will be the best behaved.

Whether your dog is overly excited or displays fear-related behaviors like growling, barking, lunging, or other unwanted behaviors, this class will help. It is meant to address inappropriate “meeting and greeting” behaviors that may lead to unpleasant or unruly interactions with other dogs or people. The class will give you renewed confidence in handling your dog, and ultimately will help you have a better relationship with your pet.

You will receive a thorough background of “dog handling” techniques to help you manage your dog in a variety of situations. The class will enable you to respond more effectively when your dog demonstrates unwanted behaviors. You will also learn and be able to identify when dogs are being friendly, and when they are not, through in-class demonstrations of friendly behaviors between dogs.

Once the group dynamics are established and leash management techniques are learned, we will move on to more challenging interactions. Throughout this time we will learn a variety of techniques to quiet and de-sensitize the dogs to each other. Operant and classical conditioning exercises will be employed to shift the emotional disposition of each dog from fear, discomfort, or over-stimulation, to greater comfort, less fear, and more appropriate responses.

ABI (acquired bite inhibition) will be tested on all participants. Muzzles will be required for all dogs that have a “hard mouth” or for any dog that has bitten and caused serious injury to another dog or person previously.

K9 Principles Dog Training reserves the right to turn down any dog that is deemed “too dangerous” to participate in this class. The initial class will be for owners only – no dogs until the second session. A one-time private session (usually lasting 90 minutes) is required and is extremely helpful to help evaluate and assess your dog’s behavior before the class begins.

The session is meant to help you to gain additional control and to reduce your anxiety in class. Many dog owners really enjoy the one-on-one, hands-on training session for gaining a better handle on the behaviors that are most challenging for their particular pet. A discount is given on the private session for those also signing up for a group class.

Important information: Dogs must be current on all vaccinations to attend. Given over a six-week time span in 1-hour-long sessions. (Discounts given to shelter dogs and rescues).