Uplifting Paws operates under a positive reinforcement training philosophy. This philosophy has been scientifically proven to be the most effective, and will help improve the bond between you and your dog. This method allows your dog to make choices and figure out exactly what you as the owner are asking of them. Communication and consistency are key to positive reinforcement training. All of our service dogs, therapy teams and obedience clients are trained this way. By purchasing an obedience class from us, you are directly supporting our service and therapy dog programs. All revenue from our obedience classes goes towards helping our service dog program!
We offer 7 different group obedience classes for all ages, breeds, and abilities of both dog and handler. All obedience classes run for 4 weeks and 1 hour per week. Canine Good Citizen and Community Canine classes have an additional 5th week for testing. Group classes are also limited to 4 dogs per session to provide optimal time for all clients with the trainer. Each session of classes is $100 + tax. Register for classes online, or email Liz at , or, you can call/text her at 402.580.4433.
We do offer private training lessons as well, however these are limited due to time constraints. If you are struggling with behavioral issues or aren't ready for a group class setting, please contact us to see if we have private training lessons available.
Age 8 weeks to 6 months
Puppy level classes are aimed at properly socializing puppies and giving them opportunities to gain confidence through training. Training with a puppy helps create a lifelong bond, and will also help get through some of the new situations that you will encounter with a new puppy at home. Puppy manners includes obedience basics such as sit, down, come when called, and loose leash walking.
Age 6 - 12 months
Advanced Puppy classes are aimed at continuing obedience from Puppy Manners and continuing to encourage confidence through training. This class also serves as a chance for slightly older puppies to begin basic obedience if they haven’t had prior training. Advanced Puppy students will be prepared to take the S.T.A.R. puppy test, a pretest for the Canine Good Citizen.
Age 1 Year and up
This beginning class encourages the bond between owner and dog, and covers the basics. Dogs taking this class will learn how to sit, lay down, stand, heel, and stay, with more commands along the way.
Ages 8 months to 2 years
Teenagers! Even the most well trained puppy or dog will go through a teenage phase. This class is structured specifically around working through these difficult times and preparing your teenage dog for working in real world situations. This class serves as an intermediate between Advanced Puppy and the Canine Good Citizen classes.
CANINE GOOD CITIZEN
Age 1 year and up
The Canine Good Citizen test is the first step towards your dog becoming a therapy dog with Uplifting Paws. Structured around passing the CGC test, this class will prepare you and your dog as a team to work through mild distractions.
Age 1 year and up
Passing the Community Canine test is the final step towards becoming an Uplifting Paws certified therapy team. This class is geared towards passing this particular test and having a therapy dog team prepared for real world distractions they would find while providing comfort to members of our community.
Ages 1 year and up
This course is meant to proof known commands learned in Adult Basics, and help prepare clients for the Canine Good Citizen class. Clients will learn how to work through additional distractions, improve loose leash walking skills, and includes more impulse control training needed for dogs to work in different places.