Group Classes

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Check out our group training options for dogs of every age and skill level. Use the quick links below to guide you to the class that best fits your needs, or keep scrolling and have a look at them all. Let’s get your dog enrolled and on her way to better manners!

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I have a new puppy!
Our little lightning bolt of energy is rocking our world. What can we do?

(puppies under 16 weeks)
My dog is a mess!
Can I order some manners for my grown-up pup, with a side of sanity?

(all dogs over 16 weeks)
Let’s have some fun!
There's more to life than sit and stay, right?

What do you have that's outside the obedience box?
My eye is on the prize.
And that's a Canine Good Citizen title. Do you have a class for this?

(Spoiler alert: Yes.)
My dog barks and lunges on leash…
Are group classes in the cards for us?
My dog pulls like crazy!
We just need leash walking. Please help before I lose an arm.

(class in development)
why should I
choose your classes?
Hey!
So...
small class sizes (limit of 6) for personal attention
rolling enrollment – start manners class any time
formally educated professional trainers
humane, reward based training methods
family-friendly environment
supportive, client-centered coaching
all breeds welcome!
professionally developed curricula
large climate-controlled facility
…wait, you want another reason?
all right. we have a sense of humor!

Puppy Manners Class

Puppy Life

  • Nipping
  • Cuddling
  • Stealing Socks
  • Naptime
  • Destroying Something
  • Potty Accidents!

Puppies are a ton of fun, but they can also wreak havoc on a happy home with their rambunctious behavior and endless nipping. Lucky for you, there’s Puppy Manners Class, where you’ll learn how to confidently navigate the puppy months.

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$25

You’ll begin with a humans-only orientation to get caught up on the latest in puppy raising techniques. A lot may have changed since your last dog, and we stay on top of industry best practices. And if you’re a first time puppy owner, you’ll appreciate the comprehensive review of topics like housetraining, chewing, and nipping. Plus, the supportive atmosphere of other puppy owners who are also in the trenches can’t be beat.

At orientation class, you’ll also receive your puppy owner’s manual, clicker, and treat pouch.

Class Schedule:

Our puppy classes are full until January. The next orientation will be Saturday, December 16 at 4:30pm, and puppy classes will begin the first week of January. You can enroll using the button below.

Need help before then? Our in-home puppy manners program is just the ticket! Read more here: Private Puppy Manners School.

$150

Once you have attended orientation, you can join into one of our rolling admission puppy classes right away. You’ll attend with your puppy for six consecutive sessions.

Our innovative puppy curriculum integrates basic obedience such as sit, down and come when called into real life situations like teaching your puppy to lie calmly for nail trims. Our focus is on real world manners, and you can take these lessons right back into your daily life. We even do an on location run through of a visit to the vet!

Each class session has an enrichment activity, ranging from walking pups across teeter-totters to introducing them to Halloween costumes and ball pits. You’ll also learn some practice exercises to prevent future aggression, and you’ll become part of our puppy socialization program, where you can win fun prizes by taking your puppy on weekly field trips.

And did we mention? There’s time for free play, supervised closely by our expert instructors. Puppies playing is one of the best things in the world!

Class Schedule:

Our puppy classes are full until January. The next orientation will be Saturday, December 16 at 4:30pm, and puppy classes will begin the first week of January. You can view the openings and save a spot for your puppy using the button below.

Need help before then? Our in-home puppy manners program is just the ticket! Read more here: Private Puppy Manners School.

Location

Our classes are located at:

Heartland Play and Stay

4100 N. Woodlawn, Wichita KS

Age Requirements

Due to developmental time frames, puppies must be 16 weeks or younger on their class start date to join Puppy Manners Class. Puppies older than 16 weeks should join Family Dog Manners Class.

Vaccination Requirements

Puppies must have had two distemper and parvovirus shots and one bordetella immunization. The most recent set of shots must have been performed by a veterinarian. 

Makeup Lessons

Puppies that miss a class may attend one extra session immediately following their graduation. This will be a repeat class, but your puppy will get additional practice and socialization. We recommend planning to attend all classes if possible.

Refunds

We don’t offer refunds on group classes; we do offer class credit if you withdraw at least a week before your start date.

Did you know? Puppies under 5 months old are in a sensitive stage of neurological development. The things they experience in this time will influence their temperament for the rest of their life. And once they pass this developmental stage, it’s impossible to turn the clock back and have a re-do. That’s why puppy class is so important!

Family Dog Manners Class

Dog Life

  • Jumping
  • Barking
  • Chewing on stuff
  • Playing
  • Sleeping

Your family dog is well-loved but also driving you up a wall. We introduce basic obedience skills, then teach you to integrate them into real life settings with our innovative curriculum geared toward pet dog owners.

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$25

Our manners classes begin with a mandatory humans-only orientation class. We’ll go in-depth on problem solving common dog issues, then introduce you to our fun training techniques. You’ll be able to ask all those burning questions you have about your dog’s behavior, and will leave confident that you are up to the challenge of living with a dog.

At orientation class, you’ll also receive your dog owner’s manual, clicker, and treat pouch.

Class Schedule:

Our Family Dog Manners classes are full until January. The next orientation will be Sunday, December 17 at 4:30pm, and classes with the dog will begin the first week of January. You can enroll using the button below.

Need help before then? Our in-home family dog manners program is just the ticket! Read more here: Private Manners School.

$150

Once you have attended orientation, you can join into one of our rolling admission family dog manners classes right away. You’ll attend with your dog for six consecutive sessions.

We start each session with a focus exercise and a review of a basic position (sit or down). Then, we dive into our real world manners segment, weaving foundation obedience into specialized lessons that you can go back and apply right into your life.

For example, our Company’s Coming class will teach your dog to sit automatically for greetings whenever someone approaches, and our Family Picnic class teaches your dog to patiently stay with food nearby. Want the nitty gritty details? Click below!

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Doggy Zen (Impulse Control)

  • No-jump training
  • Leave food in hands
  • Leave food on floor
  • Focus with distractions

Rainy Day Blues (Indoor Manners)

  • Go to mat
  • Settle down & stay
  • Doggy boredom busters
  • Ping-pong come when called

Hitting the Streets (Leash Manners)

  • Gentle leash training gear
  • Getting focus on leash
  • Left-side walking
  • Sit when you stop

Family Picnic (Outdoor Manners)

  • Rocket recall
  • Emergency collar grab
  • Sit-stay with distractions
  • Down-stay with food nearby

Company’s Coming (Visitor Manners)

  • Sit for greetings & patting
  • No-jump practice
  • Doorbell manners
  • Distance sit & stay

Exploring the World (Travel Manners)

  • Guiding your dog with a hand target
  • Focus with dog distractions
  • Greeting other dogs politely
  • Doggy adventure course

Class Schedule:

Our Family Dog Manners classes are full until January. The next orientation will be Sunday, December 17 at 4:30pm, and classes with your dog will begin the first week of January. You can view the available days and times and save a spot for your dog using the button below.

Need help before then? Our in-home family dog manners program is just the ticket! Read more here: Private Manners School.

Age Requirements

All dogs 16 weeks and older are welcome to enroll into Family Dog Manners Class. Puppies under 16 weeks should enroll in Puppy Manners Class.

Vaccination Requirements

Dogs must be current on rabies, parvovirus, and distemper immunizations plus bordetella within the past 6 months. The most recent set of shots must have been performed by a veterinarian. 

Makeup Lessons

Your class fee includes one complimentary makeup lesson. Since our classes run on 6 week rotations, your makeup lesson will usually be 6 weeks after the class you miss.

Refunds

We don’t offer refunds on group classes; we do offer class credit if you withdraw at least a week before your start date.

Location

Our classes are located at:

Heartland Play and Stay

4100 N. Woodlawn, Wichita KS

Does your dog become fearful, upset or aggressive around other dogs or people? Our manners classes are designed for friendly dogs who just need basic obedience, and we can’t meet the needs of overly reactive or timid dogs in our bustling group environment.   Please contact us and we can recommend the best service for your dog.

Tricks & Games

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There’s more to training than obedience drills. If you want to have fun with your dog while teaching him new and better behavior, you’re in luck – we have just the ticket. And it’s golden.

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$150

This entry level class is all for fun and fun for all! We teach a series of tricks that will delight your family and friends and make your dog the star of the neighborhood. You will also have the opportunity to earn your dog’s AKC Novice Trick Dog title (open to dogs of all breeds and ancestry).

What does entry level really mean? Does my dog have to know *anything*?

Entry level means that no previous training experience is necessary – your dog does not need to have attended a formal obedience course.  However, there are some caveats:

* if your dog struggles with focus around other dogs and people, attending Family Dog Manners class first will allow you to enjoy the tricks class more

* if your dog is 16 weeks old or younger, we highly recommend attending Puppy Manners Class first

* if your dog barks, growls, or lunges at other dogs or people, please attend Woofy Dog Manners School or private training

What will we learn?

Our foundation tricks – the “classics” – are:

  • Sit & Down
  • Nose Target
  • Take a Bow
  • Spin & Twist (circle right and left)
  • Roll Over
  • Jump Through a Hoop
  • Play Dead
  • Shake

We’ll have time to cover even more, though! You can see the trick dog title application for a list of all the tricks you have the option of learning: AKC Trick Dog Application (PDF)  Each student will have the opportunity to select a special “Owner’s Choice” trick off the list to learn, too.

Class Schedule

Our 2018 class schedule is upcoming.

$150

Once your dog has graduated from Family Dog Manners Class, he is ready for our Graduate Games class! No boring, repetitive exercises here, though – we help your dog learn to focus on you and improve his or her skills through competitive group games and fun individual challenges.

Join us for Doggy Charades, Red Rover, our Party Promenade (can your dog walk on a party streamer instead of a leash?), Dog Pong, Leapfrog, and more! You and your dog can win brag certificates and prizes as an added perk.

In this class, we build on basic behaviors like stays, recalls, leave it, and leash walking, teaching you how to get more reliable, stronger behavior, and more behavior per reward. This may be a fun class, but you’ll learn a lot too… it’s just sneaky, like when your mom grated carrots into her spaghetti sauce (really… go ask her).

Class Schedule

We don’t have another Games class on the calendar yet, but our 2018 schedule will be out soon!

Age Requirements

Dogs 16 weeks and over are welcome to join these classes. Younger puppies should attend Puppy Manners School first.

Vaccination Requirements

Dogs must be current on rabies, parvovirus, and distemper immunizations plus bordetella within the past 6 months. The most recent set of shots must have been performed by a veterinarian. 

Makeup Lessons

These classes are sequential rather than rolling enrollment, so no makeup lessons are offered.

Refunds

We don’t offer refunds on group classes; we do offer class credit if you withdraw at least a week before your start date.

Location

Our classes are located at:

Heartland Play and Stay

4100 N. Woodlawn, Wichita KS

Finishing School

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You’re proud of your dog already, but the feeling of passing the difficult CGC test and earning a ribbon and title is like none other.

Join us for Finishing School and challenge your dog to focus for longer durations around other dogs and people, staying responsive and obedient even without food rewards. It’s a tough task, but we know how to get you there.

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Ginger’s Story

Ginger was adopted from the Hutchinson Animal Shelter in October of 2016. She was too stressed to take treats for weeks and attended Family Dog Manners class… twice.

It took 6 months for her to blossom (and to learn how to sit consistently). Bacon helped.

And on August 22nd of 2017, she proudly earned her Canine Good Citizen title. It takes patience, time, and training, but the CGC is an achievable goal for your dog, too!

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$175

Have you always wanted a Canine Good Citizen? This class will help you prepare your dog to succeed! Take those obedience skills to the next level with our Finishing School, where we’ll prepare your dog for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test in a step-by-step course.

We’ll work on getting and keeping attention around other dogs and people, building reliable long-distance stays, polite greetings, focused leash walking, a rocket come when called, and more! Are you a details person?  You can read the complete list of test items ahead of time.

If your dog is AKC registered, the CGC is an official title and a great gateway to therapy work, dog sports, and an all around certified well behaved dog! Even if he isn’t, you can still earn a CGC certificate to keep as proof of your training teamwork.

The course is 7 weeks long and includes 6 weeks of training plus an official Canine Good Citizen test the final week of class.  The cost of the test is included in your registration fee.

Class Schedule:

We don’t have a Finishing School class on the schedule, but our 2018 calendar will be out soon. You can email us to get on the wait list!

Who can attend Finishing School?

Like the name says, Finishing School is intended to polish up your dog’s obedience, not teach basic skills. In order to enroll in this class, your dog should be a graduate of Family Dog Manners Class and preferably, Graduate Games as well in order to have the best chance at passing the CGC test.

Wondering if your dog is ready?  Here’s a Finishing School Self-Assessment that lists the basic benchmarks for class. We don’t expect perfection, so don’t worry if you’re still working on a couple, but we do need a minimum level of obedience already so you’re prepared for the advanced exercises we’ll be doing.

We went to obedience school elsewhere, but can my dog attend? He listens pretty well…

Yes, if your dog is ready. But if you’re not a graduate, you must have our approval to take this class, so please email first and we’ll chat.  You and your dog must already have a basic level of training skills using positive reinforcement methods. Otherwise, we’ll need you to attend Family Dog Manners class first.

My dog is obedient but isn’t good with other dogs/people… will this class help him?

No, our exercises have dogs working in close quarters around other people and dogs from the start. This class is not appropriate for dog or human aggressive/reactive dogs. Please contact us for private training if your dog needs help with these issues.

Location

Our classes are located at:

Heartland Play and Stay

4100 N. Woodlawn, Wichita KS

Age Requirements

We recommend Finishing School for dogs over 1 year of age as they are more likely to be successful. However, dogs as young as 6 months may enroll with instructor approval.

Vaccination Requirements

Dogs must be current on rabies, parvovirus, and distemper immunizations plus bordetella within the past 6 months. The most recent set of shots must have been performed by a veterinarian. 

Makeup Lessons

These classes are sequential rather than rolling enrollment, so no makeup lessons are offered.

Refunds

We don’t offer refunds on group classes; we do offer class credit if you withdraw at least a week before your start date.

Woofy Dog Manners School

Things I Like to Bark At

  • Squirrels
  • Dogs
  • People
  • Leaves
  • The wind

Your dog barking and lunging at other dogs on leash is such a headache. Woofy Dog Manners School marries private training and a carefully coordinated group setting to give you the skills to improve your dog’s on-leash behavior.

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$225

What’s Included

  • Humans-only group orientation session
  • Binder with comprehensive class materials
  • 1 private training session
  • 3 group class sessions with all dogs

Class Setup

We set up the class to keep dogs non-reactive – no barking and lunging – by the use of visual barriers. We then introduce replacement behaviors such as settling on a mat, focused walking, and eye contact with the handler.  We will gradually introduce exposure to the other dogs in controlled setups at a level the dogs can continue to be successful.

Each class session enrolls only 4 dogs and has 2 instructors for individual coaching.

What You’ll Learn

  • Dog body language & communication
  • Reducing & avoiding triggers
  • Leash handling & dog wrangling skills
  • Redirecting – Turn & Go, Find It, Hand Target
  • Refocusing – Name Game
  • Settling – Down, Settle on Mat
  • Coping Skills – Auto-disengage from Triggers

Class Schedule:

Our next Woofy Dog Manners classes will be held Mondays at 7pm beginning January 8th, 2018.

Classes are two weeks apart to allow for practice between sessions. Please ensure you’ll be able to make the following dates before enrolling:

  • Jan. 8
  • Jan. 22
  • Feb. 5
  • Feb. 19

This class must be purchased as a combination package using the link below. The private session is a mandatory part of Woofy Dog Manners School.

Woofy Dog Manners School provides a structured environment tailored to help dogs who are over-excited by other dogs and/or who bark and lunge at other dogs on leash.

My dog is NOT aggressive, just too excited, should we take this class?

Yes! The skills taught in this class are not just for dogs who are angry or upset, but can help over-excited, exuberant dogs learn to calm down and focus around other dogs and people. This is an excellent class for barkers & bouncy dogs who are just a bit “too much” around many other dogs in a group setting, and need a shallower entry into the pool. This is a great way to prepare your dog to attend Family Dog Manners class.

My dog has been in a fight, can we take this class?

Yes, if it was a non-injurious scuffle. We do not do nose-to-nose greetings in class, so you’ll have a personal space buffer.

If your dog has ever bitten another dog and caused minor injury, this class may be taken with your dog once he is comfortable wearing a muzzle for 1.5 hours.  We can provide guidance, but you need to contact us *before* enrolling.

If your dog has seriously injured or killed another dog or bitten a person, please do not enroll in this class. Your dog needs one-on-one assistance.

My dog fights at daycare/the dog park/with my dogs, will this help?

No, this isn’t the class for you. The goal of Woofy Dog class is to improve leash manners around other dogs, not to work on off-leash play or social interactions.

My dog reacts to people/cats/cars...

This class is not appropriate for dogs with human-directed aggression, as we’ll need to be able to handle your dog during training. The skills you learn will help you deal with reactivity in other situations, but the training setups we do in this class focus on dog-directed reactivity.

Wow, you can really fix this problem in one class?

We wish, but no! This class is geared toward giving you the skills you need to help your dog on his or her journey to feeling more calm and comfortable around other dogs.

Please understand this class is not intended to fully resolve a complex behavior issue, but to offer a place to learn the mechanics of training a reactive dog, as well as practice some basic exercises with guidance from professional trainers.

Age Requirements

Dogs of all ages can attend Woofy Dog Manners School. However, it is very rare for puppies to need this course. If you have a puppy under 6 months of age that you believe needs Woofy Dog Manners School, please get in touch with us before enrolling.

Vaccination Requirements

Dogs must be current on rabies, parvovirus, and distemper immunizations plus bordetella within the past 6 months. The most recent set of shots must have been performed by a veterinarian. 

Makeup Lessons

Due to the sequential nature of this class, no makeup lessons are offered.

Refunds

We don’t offer refunds on group classes; we do offer class credit if you withdraw at least a week before your start date.

Location

Our classes are located at:

Heartland Play and Stay

4100 N. Woodlawn, Wichita KS

If your dog has seriously injured another dog or person, we regret to say they are not eligible for Woofy Dog Manners School. For safety and liability reasons, we are able to work with them in a private setting only.