Welcome to Courteous Canine where we are committed to providing you with the best private dog training. Our certified private dog trainings are all about positive reinforcement. Empowerment training is our preferred method of training because uses positive reinforcement to change dog behavior by addressing your dog’s emotions.
If you are ready to schedule a Private Dog Training appointment please get in touch with us today!
Private Training – One Hour – On Campus. One hour for up to 3 household dogs at the campus. The three dogs must be from the same household in order to participate in private training together without generating an extra fee.
Ethical trainers or dog behavior consultants never guarantee results. All behavior consulting results are based on each dog and how much time and effort parents put into the behavior change plan. We do guarantee you that our recommendations will be dog friendly, and science based. Read about our dog training philosophy here.
Dog Training Package Overview
6 One-Hour Private Training Package On Campus – For dogs that require new skills for 2-3 cues.
For private training and group instruction that is held outdoors, we will make every attempt to contact students at least two hours before if we are canceling class. Classes are held during light rain, if there is lightning classes are cancelled. If you see lightning during your class, please let your instructor know immediately.
If you don’t hear from your instructor, your class will occur as scheduled.
To participate in class, your dog must have received:
Distemper/Parvo (core combination)
If your dog is not eligible for these vaccines, we will also accept a letter of exemption from your veterinarian due to your dog’s age or medical status.
Please cancel your private appointment as soon as possible; we prefer 48-hours notice so we can schedule other clients who may be waiting for an appointment. If a client no shows for an appointment or our trainer arrives to the appointment at your home and you have not notified them that you are unavailable then the appointment rate will be charged.
Can a dog trainer or behavior consultant come to my house?Meghan McKenna
We do offer private dog training classes. Private dog training lessons are available in individual lessons or as packages. If you have a dog behavioral problem such as fear, anxiety, dog aggression, human aggression, resource guarding or other problem behavior, your trainer will make an initial appointment to conduct a full behavioral consultation. After the initial consultation your trainer will be in a better position to advise you on the Behavior Change Program needed and how long it will take to reach your goals.
If you cannot make it to class then please contact your trainer directly. Unfortunately we can’t offer make ups as classes are in high demand. If you or your dog is sick we can freeze your group class and restart you when you are better. We can also freeze your attendance if you have an emergency. You can pay an extension fee for an extra class session for puppy class and basic manners. Please speak with your instructor directly.
We are currently allowing two handlers per dog to attend group classes. If you would like to have more family members or friends participate in training, we recommend signing up for Private Training Sessions! Multiple handlers are welcome to attend private training sessions at this time.
How can I find the right dog training group class for my dog?Meghan McKenna
Select the ideal group class for your dog by setting goals for your dog’s training and then browsing our site. If you are interested in basic manners, control and obedience our Basic Manners class will be ideal. If you are looking for training for your puppy, sign up for our AKC Star Puppy Kindergarten group class.
If you are interested in Pet Therapy we offer a class for the AKC Canine Good Citizen that also includes Pet Therapy information.
If you just want to have some fun or increase your bond with your dog consider one of the many dog sports we offer:
Fun Scent Games
If you have a dog that is being reactive barking, lunging or being unruly around dogs or strangers, sign up for our My Dog Has Issues program or schedule a behavior consult!
Yes! Socialization is much more complicated than just exposing your dog to its own family of dogs. Ideal socialization means ever widening exposure to new and varied objects, places, people, dogs etc. Come join the puppy class fun!
For the first class you will need to provide your dog’s vaccination records, although ideally email them to LoveDogs@CourteousCanine.com ahead of time.
Soft and small treats, size of a fingernail – we recommend chopping up low fat hotdogs, string cheese or any other soft treat that agrees with your dog.
A hungry dog. Please don’t feed your dog for at least 4 hours before class. If you have a highly food-motivated dog then your trainer may advise you to give them half their food rations before class.
Bringing a mat or your dog’s bed may also be very beneficial to give your dog a “station”.
A standard (non-flexi) leash and nylon collar or body harness. **Please no choke, prong or shock collars.**
If you are already using a Head collar then bring that too. If you are planning on using a head collar please do not put it on your dog for the first time just before class. Your dog will spend the first session feeling uncomfortable and trying to remove it.
A squeaky toy that can be used to get your dog’s attention. You can also bring a tug toy.
A water bowl and water. Training makes a dog thirsty. A stressed dog can also get thirsty and don’t forget water for yourself too.
Because you can! Some of the more traditional dog training methods use corrections as the main form of communication. These methods were popular before we knew as much about dog behavior and training as we know now. The dog training industry has progressed in many areas over the last 20 years. We want dog training to strengthen the dog-human relationship and we want dogs coming back to learn more with a happy demeanor and a wagging tail. Force based methods also have hidden consequences. With force, dogs learn to fear us and this can cause avoidance and escape behaviors and even lead to aggression. It is easier and more effective to use fun to modify behavior and train your dog.
My puppy is deaf. Can we still attend a group class and do your methods work?Meghan McKenna
Yes! If a dog is only partially deaf then we can still use the clicker or the word ‘yes’. If your puppy or dog is completely deaf, then we use hand signals or a flash light or other visual cue to teach them desired behaviors. We love working with all dogs including those that have unique challenges.
As it is used in dog training, the term “positive” can be very misleading and confusing to the pet owner. In the context of learning theory, the science behind how we all learn, the term positive means the addition of something. Positive reinforcement means you are giving the dog something it likes whereas Positive Punishment means you are giving the dog something it does not like.
At Courteous Canine, we use the least aversive and minimally intrusive training methods possible. We work to minimize stress and maximize fun! Dogs do not seek to avoid or escape the methods we use, so yes, we are positive trainers. We NEVER inflict mental or physical harm on any dog. Courteous Canine’s methods are educational, instructional, effective and efficient and most importantly they are user friendly. Friendly for the dog and friendly for the owner.
For any of our puppy classes, puppies must be up-to-date for their age, with at least the first set of DHLPP shots, usually given between 6-8 weeks of age. Because socialization is so important and needs to begin as early as possible we do not usually recommend waiting for the full three sets of puppy shots. Veterinarians will suggest different guidelines for your puppy, so please take their advice into consideration. If your veterinarian tells you that your pup must have ALL vaccinations before attending a puppy class then he or she may not be current on the latest protocols for puppy socialization and vaccinations. We also require bordetella, lepto and flu shots.
At Courteous Canine, Inc., we agree with the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior’s Position statement -“In general, puppies can start puppy socialization classes as early as 7-8 weeks of age. Puppies should receive a minimum of one set of vaccines at least 7 days prior to the first class and a first de-worming. They should be kept up to date throughout the class.”
For non-puppy classes all dogs must have:
the full sequence of DHLPP (usually an annual booster for adult dogs)
H3N2 canine influenza vaccine
Your dog’s shot records may be anything from a vet receipt to a shot-vial sticker to a note from the breeder or a checked-off list with the shots on them. We have to work a bit on the honor system, but we do want to make sure the puppies are all safe
My dog is very noisy, how do I keep them quiet during class?Meghan McKenna
Our trainers are experienced in handling noisy dogs and provide visual barriers and food stuffed toys to minimize barking. Please do not be embarrassed, all our dogs have funny quirks! WE recommend using epecially delicious treats like hot dog and cheese help to keep dogs focused and quiet
What is a ‘clicker’ and do I have to use one if you work with my dog and me?Meghan McKenna
A clicker is a tool used to tell your dog ‘yes, you got it.’ It’s an excellent way of marking the precise behavior you want. A clicker is the equivalent to a whistle used in animal training. You can also use the word ‘yes’ instead of a clicker. Some people find clickers hard to coordinate with a treat bag and a leash and a dog. We also use the lure-reward method of training; it is fun, highly effective and great when involving children into the training process. While we encourage the use of a clicker we are force-free for both dogs and people!
What is the rain policy for outdoor dog training classes?Meghan McKenna
For private training and group instruction that is held outdoors, we will make every attempt to contact students at least two hours before if we are canceling class. Please note that Florida weather is known to shift within minutes so we will do the best that we can.
Generally classes are held during light rain, if there is lightning classes are cancelled. If you see lightning during your class please let your instructor know immediately.
If you don’t hear from your instructor your class will occur as scheduled.
This question will depend on your dog’s age, experience, previous training history, your goals, schedule, budget and family situation. We have a dog training program for you that offers the training you need, when you need it.
my dog, millie, always has a blast at class! we did the puppy kindergarten, puppy play dates, and a private dock diving lesson, and all were lots of fun! while we would love to do dock diving again, she has taken an interest in agility equipment so we might have to sign up for an agility class too! i love that they offer so many wonderful classes so that there is always something new to try! and to top it all off, they are positive reinforcement based so no aversive tools are used which really helps build that bond/trust between you and your dog!
We have three dogs and have been clients of Courteous Canine for over almost two years and have been extremely pleased with their services. From private sessions to aid with integrating our lab rescue, Brandi, into our family, to basic manners, to agility and advanced canine good citizens classes, from boarding to day care, the staff at Courteous Canine has been nothing short of amazing! Every time we pull up to the Courteus Canine property, our Brandi gets so excited about being there! When Brandi is boarded there or goes to day care, we receive videos and photos of her, and the training has been second to none!! Thank you to everyone at Courteus Canine for being so wonderful!
Courteous Canine dog training has been great for us. We have done classes up at their venue including puppy kindergarten and “reliable recall” – we have also done private training up there, as well as in home. The trainers are so good teaching positive reinforcement training techniques instead of shock collars and choke chains. They always follow up with emails and answer email questions as they come up. They LOVE dogs and want them and their people to be happy and safe. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for dog training.
I was looking for training for my older German Shepherd puppy. We did the private, in-home lessons. The process to get information about what options were best for us and our puppy was so easy and smooth. The staff was so great and communicative. We had our in-home lessons with Brooke and she is simply AMAZING! Not only did she give guidance on how to best train Brutus on the areas that were the most important to us, she taught me and my family how to best work with Brutus so we can be the most effective outside of the training sessions. It was 100% worth it.