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 classes, you will learn how to effectively communicate with your dog and strengthen your relationship. Sessions are 6 weeks in length and classes meets consecutively 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 17: Tuesday, May 28 – Monday, July 8, 2024 – IN SESSION

Session 18: Monday, July 15 – Saturday, August 24, 2024 – REGISTRATION OPEN!

Puppy Class – Monday 6pm; Wednesday 11am
Basic Skills – Monday 1pm; Monday 6pm (SOLD OUT); Tuesday 6pm; Tuesday 7:30pm; Thursday 1pm; Saturday 2:30pm
Intermediate – Wednesday 1pm
Touch Prep – Monday 7:30pm (SOLD OUT); Wednesday 3pm, Saturday 1pm
Tricks – Monday 3pm
Nose Work – Monday 7:30pm

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

Puppy Class – Puppies 12 weeks to 6 months

Learn how to effectively communicate with your new puppy and build a successful relationship! In Puppy Class you will learn how to socialize and desensitize your puppy to grooming procedures such as nail trimming and baths. This class will also 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 – Dogs 6 months and older

Learn how to build fundamental skills with your dog and forge a strong bond! In our Basic Skills 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 Level Classes – Dogs who have completed a Basic Skills course

Intermediate Skills

Intermediate Skills will 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. After completing this class you will have the opportunity to take the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test. Password Required to Register.

Nose Work

Nose Work is an incredible sport which harnesses the power of dogs. In this class you will learn the basics of odor detection and refine your dog’s ability to locate the source. This fun, low cost sport is great for easy in home/yard set ups that challenge your dog’s ability to problem solve. This is a great activity for bad/hot weather and easily replaces the need for a lot of physical exercise. Password Required to Register.
Nose Work class is not recommended for therapy dogs in training because it teaches the dogs to work and problem solve independently of their handlers. Therapy dogs in training are expected to be very attentive to their handlers. For this reason, we recommend dog and handler teams seeking therapy dog certification to focus on obedience training. Certified therapy dogs are welcome and encouraged to try out Nose Work class. It is a fun activity for any dog!


In this class you will discover more about how dogs learn, and how to apply the teaching tools that professional dog trainers use including capturing, shaping and targeting. Once you understand how to teach your dog new tricks, the possibilities are endless! Password Required to Register.

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Touch Prep – Dogs seeking Duo Touch Therapy certification

Duo’s Touch Prep class is a 6-week class meant to prepare you and your dog for entry into Duo’s Touch Therapy program, and is a requirement for the 12-week Touch Therapy training semester. Teams must also pass a temperament evaluation prior to enrolling in the 12-week training semester.

Applicants for Touch Prep must provide proof of taking an adult group obedience class with their dog. Board and train and 1:1 lessons do not count towards this requirement. Once documentation is received, Duo will provide a link to register for ‘Touch Prep‘ class. Password Required to Register.

Please send proof of the obedience class prerequisite to Stephanie Mach at smach@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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