Dog Obedience

WCH offers great Dog Obedience classes from trainers Ashlee Trotter of Creative Paws, Inc. and Michael “The Dog Guru” Jayko.

  • Next Program Starts: 08/08/17
  • Instructor: Ashlee Trotter
  • Ages: 14 - 0

Obedience 101 teaches the basics of obedience including sit, down, stand, recall (coming when called), stay and heel - everything your companion dog needs to know! Both verbal commands and hand signals will be used. Dogs of any age may take this class. Positive reinforcement techniques will be used, so please bring food rewards or a small toy with you to class. No retractable leashes allowed.


  • Next Program Starts: 08/08/17
  • Instructor: Ashlee Trotter
  • Ages: 14 - 0

Puppy Class is designed to provide a positive environment for socialization of puppies to a variety of people as well as dogs. Early socialization has been shown to greatly reduce the incidence of both human and dog directed aggression, as well as anxiety and fear based behavior problems. Other topics discussed include house training, mouthing, leadership, sitting and recall. This class is appropriate for puppies ages 2-4 months old. Dogs must have received at least two rounds of vaccinations prior to attending. If not, please plan to attend class without your dog until all vaccinations are administered. No retractable leashes allowed


  • Next Program Starts: 08/08/17
  • Instructor: Ashlee Trotter
  • Ages: 14 - 0

Rally is a fun spin on traditional obedience for both the dog and the handler. Rally is a sport in which all dogs are encouraged to participate. Purebred or mixed breed, every dog can learn the fundamentals for Rally. Dogs must have strong heeling skills to take this course. In rally an enthusiastic attitude and wagging tail are as important as precision. In fact, handlers are not only allowed to, but encouraged to positively reinforce their dogs during the competition with verbal praise, petting and even food rewards! Dogs and handlers should both appear to be enjoying the work and each other's company. No retractable leashes allowed.


  • Next Program Starts: 09/07/17
  • Instructor: Montana Hayes
  • Ages: 15 - 0

Your pup has learned the basic skills. It?s time to up the ante! This class is geared toward strengthening the basic level obedience commands your dog has already learned. We will work on having greater control at farther distances, with more distractions, and for increased time (come, sit, stay, down, and recalls). In addition, we will begin to work on off-leash heeling exercises. Dog training hand signals and voice commands will be used throughout the class along with the five basic rewards of touch, voice, loose leash, play, and treats. Come join the fun! Please bring a 6' leash and soft treats. No retractable leashes allowed.


  • Next Program Starts: 09/07/17
  • Instructor: Montana Hayes
  • Ages: 15 - 0

Have you been dealing with some bad dog behaviors lately? Is your dog causing you a lot of frustration and heartache? Some problem behaviors get to the point where they are almost impossible for the average owner to handle:jumping, barking, digging, pulling on the leash, biting or nipping, chewing on household items, having accidents in the house, inappropriate interactions with other dogs, and fearfulness. If you think your dog may need the kind of help you are not able to give him, come join this class where we will find a solution for each problem. Please bring a 6' leash and soft treats. No retractable leashes allowed.


  • Next Program Starts: 09/13/17
  • Instructor: Michael Jayko
  • Ages: 14 - 0

8 weeks to 6 months. Learn how to help transition your dog from being a sweet puppy to the faithful dog you've always wanted. This class will teach you the reasoning behind a puppy's thought process as well as the prevention of and response to unwanted behavior. You will learn the techniques of using body language to communicate to your puppy what is acceptable and what is not. Other essential puppy how-tos will be provided such as basic grooming, simple, commands and vet visits. Teaching your puppy should not be time-consuming or painful. This class will teach you the best ways to train your dog while still living your life. Beginning the socialization process during puppyhood ensures that your dog will more likely grow to be well adjusted and highly adaptable to other dogs, people and situations.


  • Next Program Starts: 09/13/17
  • Instructor: Michael Jayko
  • Ages: 14 - 0

All Ages. You may have heard the expression, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks." There is always hope of teaching your dog new tricks, it just requires forming some new habits. Learn the basic commands of sit, down, stay, heel and come. Solve some of the common issues or problems that you have with your dog. This class will teach you how to effectively train your dog while maintaining your lifestyle. If you begin to think like your dog and understand the proper communication, your dog will eventually become an extension of you.


  • Next Program Starts: 09/19/17
  • Instructor: Ashlee Trotter
  • Ages: 14 - 0

Obedience 102 is focused on honing the skills of Obedience 101. Additional levels of difficulty and distractions will be added. Dogs of any age may enroll provided they have a basic knowledge of basic obedience commands: sit, down, recall (coming when called) stay, and heel. Children training dogs must be at least 14 years old. No retractable leashes allowed.