Obedience Training

Duo Obedience Classes teach open communication between you and your dog leading to a stronger relationship

Training is a great way to create a wonderful bond between a dog and its owner.

With Duo’s positive reinforcement training courses, you will learn how to effectively communicate with your dog and strengthen your relationship. Sessions are 6 weeks in length and class meets for one hour per week. Our basic skills classes are $200 and specialty classes are $250, each with payment due at the time of registration. All class fees are non-refundable.

PLEASE NOTE: Duo’s obedience classes are not appropriate for fearful, aggressive or reactive dogs. If you are unsure if your dog is right for class, please contact us at obedience@duodogs.org.

Classes are held at Duo Dogs’ facility at 10955 Linpage Place, St. Louis, MO 63132. Upon arrival, please use the ‘Yorba Entrance’ and enter through the first side door along the street/sidewalk on Linpage.

Session 15: Tuesday, February 20 – Saturday, March 30, 2024 – BASIC SKILLS CLASSES ARE SOLD OUT
  *Monday classes start one week later and run from Monday, February 26 – Monday, April 1, 2024

Session 16: Tuesday, April 9 – Saturday, May 18, 2024 – REGISTRATION WILL OPEN IN EARLY MARCH 2024
*Monday classes start one week later and run from Monday, April 15 – Monday, May 20, 2024

If you would like to be added to a notification list for next session’s classes, please email obedience@duodogs.org.

Class Sessions Offered

Puppy Class – Puppies 12 weeks to 6 months

Get your puppy started on the right “paw”! In our Puppy Class you will learn how to effectively communicate with your new puppy and build a successful relationship. You will learn how to socialize and desensitize your puppy to grooming procedures such as nail trimming and baths. You will also learn how to address common puppy behaviors such as inappropriate chewing, mouthing/nipping, and housetraining. In addition, your puppy will start to learn his/her name, sit, down, stay, recall/come, and get comfortable walking on a leash.

Basic Skills – Dog 6 months and older – Session 15 SOLD OUT

Learn how to build fundamental skills with your dog and forge a strong bond! In our Basic Skills Class you will learn how to teach your dog a range of useful behaviors: responding to their name, sit, down, stay, heel, loose leash walking, recall/come, and leave it. Using the skills gained in this class will help address common behaviors including barking, pulling, jumping, and chewing.

Intermediate Skills – Dogs who have completed Basic Skills

A continuation from your Basic Skills training! Intermediate Skills give you and your dog an opportunity to solidify mechanics and skills learned in your Basic Skills course. New skills to help with manners around the house and in public will be introduced. Intermediate Skills will be open to those who have completed Duo’s Basic Skills Class. After completing this class you will have the opportunity to take the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test.

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Advanced Skills – Trainer recommendation required

In our Advanced Skills Class, you will learn to proof your dog for new and more challenging environments. You will be introduced to new skills and situations that will better prepare you and your dog to navigate public spaces as well as the obedience ring.

Touch Prep – Dogs seeking Duo Touch Therapy certification

To qualify for Duo’s Touch Therapy program, applicants must provide proof of taking an adult group obedience class with their dog. Once documentation is received, Duo will provide a link to register for ‘Touch Prep‘ class. The Touch Prep class is a 6-week long course focused on preparing teams for their temperament evaluation and entry into the 12-week Touch Therapy training semester.

Please send proof of the obedience class prerequisite to Tracy Gellman Liebe at tliebe@duodogs.org to obtain the password to register for Touch Prep.

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Our Methodology

Duo Dogs employs full-time, professional certified trainers that utilize positive reinforcement training. Our methods are not only effective, they also engage both dog and human to create enthusiastic learners out of both! Endorsed by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior and The Association of Professional Dog Trainers, positive reinforcement will help you see results while building a strong relationship with your dog.

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Did you know?

  • Duo trains hundreds of dogs each year through our obedience training classes.
  • Obedience training strengthens the dog-human bond.
  • A trained dog enjoys a better quality of life.
  • Almost all dogs can be trained to follow obedience commands and to stop undesirable behaviors.
  • Dog obedience is critical for a dog’s safety.
  • Obedience classes start with puppies as young as twelve weeks old.
  • From puppy and basic obedience to intermediate and advanced classes, Duo has a class for dogs of all abilities and ages.
  • Dogs completing the intermediate or advanced class have the ability to become AKC CGC (Canine Good Citizen) certified.

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