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Group Levels Training

At A Closer Bond, we offer an innovative approach to group training. With our 8-week Group Levels membership, you get the training and support you need to succeed at the pace that is best suited to you, your dog, and your schedule. New dogs are welcome to join our Group Levels Classes on a regular basis!

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How it Works

Training classes are held throughout the week. When you and your furry friend are able to successfully complete the criteria of the level, you graduate and move up to the next level! Some teams may spend a few weeks learning and practicing the skills needed to advance and some teams advance quicker to the next level. The best part, if you miss a week, you won't fall behind and if you would like to train more than once a week as you advance through the Levels, that's okay too! You can train twice a week to advance twice as fast. In each class your instructor reviews the criteria necessary for you and your dog to pass to the next level. You'll be training your dog for the majority of the class.

What Level Does My Dog Start At?

You may begin your dog in Levels Classes at the age of 16 weeks. All dogs, regardless of their abilities, begin with Level One and work their way through. For puppies under 16 weeks, we recommend our Puppy Training programs.

When a Level is successfully completed, you are more than welcome to join in on the training class for your current Level and the Level that you most recently completed. For example, if you and your pup have completed Level 1 and have moved onto Level 2, you are free to come to class during any Level 1 or Level 2 time slot. This means you could be training one or two times each week with a professional trainer to really help to set those skills in place.

The Details

We provide you with an orientation presentation sent to you via email the week prior to attending your first session. This orientation reviews some of the basics of what we will be doing in class and some of the training techniques that will be used during your next 8 weeks of training.

Training classes do not take place at A Closer Bond during holidays which includes the week of Thanksgiving, the week between Christmas and New Year's Day, during March Break, the Monday of Labor Day and Memorial Day, and July 3rd, 4th, and 5th. Memberships purchased in advance that span over any of these times, will take a "break" to practice at home during these times and any remaining weeks on the membership will pick up where they left off when training classes resume.

Course Outline

Here is a summary of the course outline for our Group Levels Training. View our calendar of classes.

Level 1
Instruction Criteria to Advance to the Next Level
Attention Work "Look" with small distraction
Sit at Side Sit with no lure
Down Down with no lure
Nose to Tail Demonstrates no sensitivity to touch
Level 2
Instruction Criteria to Advance to the Next Level
Loose Leash Walk Loose leash walk at different paces
Stay Stay for 10 seconds with handler close
Leave it Leave a treat placed in front until released
Recall Recall with small distractions
Level 3
Instruction Criteria to Advance to the Next Level
Stay Stay for 30 seconds with owner at 20 ft.
Loose leash walking Loose leash walk past other dogs
Recall Recall with large distractions
Jumping Guest approaches with no jumping
Level 4
Level 4 gradually increases the level of difficulty for all exercises and skills previously accomplished in Levels 1, 2 & 3. We work with the dog and handler to improve responsiveness in increasingly difficult situations and environments.
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Our highly-trained staff and unique approach to training makes A Closer Bond stand ahead of the others. Our staff is certified through Pet Tech Canine CPR, PACCC Petcare Providers, IBPSA, The Dog Gurus, among others.

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