Class Descriptions


Your puppy is always learning. At True North Training, we’ll help you to make sure that your puppy’s first lessons teach her the things you WANT her to learn. Topics include:


  • Puppy socialization

  • How to prevent common behavior problems BEFORE they get out of hand

  • Basic obedience training

  • Communication skills that will last a lifetime


All our training methods use only positive reinforcement with treats, games and no choke or pinch collars! You'll love the results!

Read our training info sheet to get a head start on your puppy's training.


So you've got a new puppy -- Congratulations!

Your cute, furry new friend is developing faster than you can blink, and sometimes it's hard to keep up! Studies show that, just like young children, puppies do best when they start learning early. (As an additional benefit, learning new things helps to tire them out!) We can give your puppy a head start on basic obedience skills...and if you have particular behavioral problems or want

your new friend to know any special tricks, we can help with those, too.

Read our training info sheet to get a head start on your puppy's training.


Level 1 - Foundations & Attention


In this 6 session class, you’ll learn the FUNdamentals of dog training. We’ll teach you the training skills you need to work with your dog on an ongoing basis. Skills include:

  • Learning how to make training fun

  • Troubleshooting common behavior problems

  • Developing trust and communication

  • Developing focused attention

Level 2 - Communicating with your dog


This class is a continuation of the skills learned in the Beginner level class. By the end of the class you and your dog should be able to pass the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen test. Topics include:

  • Civilized behavior in public

  • Attention and focus in distracting places

  • Increased control with distance and distractions

Level 3 - Polite Behavior in Public and Off-Leash Control

This 10 week class focuses on teaching you how to train your dog to be polite in public areas and around distractions. The class includes field trips to local dog-friendly businesses to work on polite behavior in places where there's a lot going on. For graduation, students must pass the AKC's Advanced CGC test. Topics include:

  • Solving the distraction problem (positive proofing)

  • Reliable recalls

  • Getting the behavior you want from your dog - positively


Dave Letterman notwithstanding, there’s no such thing as a “Stupid Pet Trick!”


In this 4-session class, you and your dog can learn challenging and fun (and yes, even practical) tricks and games that can increase your dog’s confidence and improve your training skills. Topics include:

  • The importance of timing

  • Planning as a basic training skill

  • Identifying and utilizing your dog’s hereditary instincts

  • Shaping behavior


  • Private Instruction 
    Do you want to teach your dog everything he needs to know, but you need the convenience of lessons at your home and/or feel the need for special attention to your Personal “Pet Peeves?” Private and semi-private instruction is available. Call us and we’ll set up classes in your backyard or at a location close to your house. Call a neighbor to participate and share the costs.

  • Behavior Consultation  
    Is your dog's behavior driving you crazy? We can come to your home, troubleshoot your pet’s particular problem, and help you set up strategies for a positive solution. Your dog can learn new ways of coping with his environment. Let us show you how.


  • Information Sheets: Here are some downloadable handouts to help you assimilate the information you will gain from our classes.

    How Do I Start Training My Puppy (PDF)


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