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Contact us: 1-715-870-2422
Email: info@basicdogwausau.com
740 Grand Ave., Schofield, WI
Puppy Socialization- 

Your new puppy's first class and maybe the most important in his life! Designed for puppies 8 weeks to 16 weeks at the start of class. Puppies older than 16 weeks should enroll in Puppy Kindergarten.
Puppy socialization is a time sensitive phase- making the most of this limited, precious period by exposing them to unfamiliar situations, people and other dogs is imperative.  During this small window of time, you are highly influencing their adult temperament and personality. No other time in their lives will be as influential. Classes provide a highly educational Puppy 101 for humans along with working and playing off leash allowing the puppies the best chance to interact with other puppies, humans and the environment.
Fees: $109  Classes meet once a week for 6 consecutive weeks for approx. 50 minutes each. 
Puppy Kindergarten-

Your puppy will begin to go through many adolescent changes and it is just important to continue working on their socialization skills to develop the best, well rounded adult dog your pup can be! 
As a continuation for puppies who have just completed Puppy Socialization, we will build on behaviors learned in class and adding additional distractions and difficulty of tasks. Learning better self-control as they go through changes of growing into an adult and continue to focus on biting, housebreaking, no jumping, walking nicely on a leash, etc.  Kindergarten also offers a wonderful opportunity for group support from other classmates when dealing with the same challenging behaviors you are! 
​Note: you must have completed Puppy Socialization to enroll in this course. If your pup did not attend Socialization at Basic Dog, please enroll your pup in our Adolescent Manners I class.
Fees: $109 Classes meet once a week for 6 consecutive weeks for approx. 50 minutes each.



Family Manners I

As an Introduction to  Everyday Manners, it's the perfect starter class for you and your adult (1 yr.+)dog! We introduce you to why dogs behave like the do, their body language and what it is saying to us, and how dogs learn. We will focus on walking nicely on a loose leash, "Off",  polite greetings without jumping, coming when called, and more.

It's never too late for your dog to start learning. Dogs need to be comfortable around other dogs and be people friendly. If your dog is not to this point, Private Lessons should be taken first to address those behaviors before entering group classes. Remember, our goal is to set our dogs up in situations and environments where they will succeed! 
Fees: $115 Classes meet once a week for 6 consecutive weeks for approx. 50 minutes each
Family Manners II

As a continuation of Family Manners I, we add a new level of difficulty to the behaviors we firmly established in the first level. 

The process of using steps to build on these behaviors helps the dogs become very motivated and successful quick learners.  Despite an increased level of temptation and distraction around them, our dogs listen and follow our requests to: use self control walking on a leash~ come instead of running to distraction~ wait at doorways~ politely greet visitors~ many more!
​Fees: $115 Classes meet once a week for 6 consecutive weeks for approx. 50 minutes each
*A prerequisite for this class is successful completion of Family Manners I or similar class. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Basic Dog.

Family Manners III

Walking off leash, long distance reliable recalls, taking commands from a distance, and an reliable "stay" with major distractions. Is it possible? Taking our mastered basic commands from Family Manners I & II, we will test our dogs with highly challenging distractions. Focusing on their reliability and then proofing them, we will also make sure we have solid long distance "emergency" commands.
Fees: $115 Classes meet once a week for 6 consecutive weeks for approx. 50 minutes each
Adult Manners Classes
 AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program 

S.T.A.R. puppy will help your puppy, purebred or mixed breed, become a well-behaved and healthy member of your family and the community. Socialization, Training, Activity and Responsible Ownership are what every puppy needs in order to have a good life and this book will help you every step of the way! Puppies who graduate from S.T.A.R. classes have the foundation to be successful in the AKC s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program and succeed in more advanced activities. An Adolescent Manners class will fulfill the program requirements.  Fees: $115 Classes meet once a week for 6 consecutive weeks for approx 50 minutes each. Test fee is included in tuition.


 AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC)-

The focus of the American Kennel Club's (AKC) Canine Good Citizen program is a dog with good manners for the real world. Some of these include important manners such as walking nicely through a crowd, meeting strangers with dogs, etc.​ We will have 5 weeks of classes and on the 6th week, we will have our CGC test. When your dog passes all 10 exercises on the exam with an AKC certified evaluator, you will receive a certificate from AKC! The importance of this certificate is seen favorably by some insurance companies, communities, and housing and condominium associations.                                                                         
Fees: $115 Classes meet once a week for 6 consecutive weeks for approx. 50 minutes each. Test fee is included in tuition. Testing dogs not taking class, $15 per dog. 

AKC Community Canine Advanced (CGCA)-

AKC Community Canine℠ is the advanced level of the AKC's Canine Good Citizen Program. Dogs who pass the AKC Community Canine test earn the official AKC Community Canine title that is designated by the letters "CGCA" (Advanced CGC) on the dog's title record.

Whereas Canine Good Citizen tests are most often tested in a ring and situations are simulated, the AKC Community Canine test is done in real situations including at shows, classes, and in the community.

AGE REQUIREMENTS FOR DOGS
There is no age limit for dogs taking the AKC Community Canine test. However, before taking the test, dogs must have a Canine Good Citizen test on record at AKC.  Fees: $115 Classes meet once a week for 6 consecutive weeks for approx. 50 minutes each. Test fee is included in tuition. 



Therapy Prep/Shy Dog Class-

Would you love to be able to take your dog into nursing homes? Libraries? Schools? Or maybe your dog is lacking a little confidence or shy? Either way, this class is for you! 

We will work on confidence building techniques for all dogs by exposing them to the items they encounter in life- Balloons, strollers, vacuums, walkers, & wheelchairs. We will teach you the techniques on how you should react or NOT react to behaviors and how to best use positive reinforcement to teach calming to your dog in a potentially stressful situation. We will set up controlled situations in small steps to slowly build your dogs success in mastering these skills. Any dog with Family Manners III or higher or a good understanding of sit, stay and  healing on a loose leash may enroll. This is not a therapy dog certification but when combined with CGC, it gives you the skills needed for therapy dog certification testing. Our last class will be at an off-site nursing/assisted living facility.
​Fees: $115 Classes meet once a week for 6 consecutive weeks for approx. 50 minutes each.


Rally Novice-

Basic Dog is proud to offer coursework in both UKC and AKC Rally Obedience! Rally is a fun, great way to continue using your Manners skills, working as a team, and achieving AKC and UKC titles! Talking, clapping, verbal encouragement, repeating exercise if needed, and praise are all allowed in the Rally ring.  Any dog with Manners 101 or higher or a good understanding of sit, stay and healing on a loose leash may enroll.  

The Rally course is numbered with 10 to 20 different stations or tasks with written instructions and performed by the dog/human team. As the handler and dog move through the Rally course, the dog must be walking politely and remain under control.
​​Fees:  $115 Classes meet once a week for 6 consecutive weeks for approx. 50 minuteseach.
Rally Advanced-

Continued work on Rally course signs, and introducing Rally Advanced and Excellent exercises. 
​Fees: $115 Classes meet once a week for 6 consecutive weeks for approx. 50 minutes each.
Puppy Agility I-

It's F~U~N!  The ultimate game for you and your puppy! Specially designed just for growing, active puppies 4-12 months old. An ultimate game for your and your dog, the pups leap over jumps, race through tunnels and tires, tip seesaws and more....all on floor level. As a tremendous confidence builder for shy or timid dogs, or an energy outlet for highly active dogs, all obstacles are set low to keep it safe and promote positive learning experiences. This is a GREAT class for potential conformation puppies because it helps the pup create an awareness of their movement, foot placement, timing, etc.
Puppies should be comfortable on a leash and flat buckle collar, no aggression towards other dogs and a basic understanding of sit, down and stay.
Fees: $115 Classes meet weekly for 6 consecutive weeks for approx. 50 minutes each


Puppy Agility II-

It's even MORE fun! More equipment, a little higher, more confidence building and skill refining and burning off that adolescent energy! We have a program that allows you to learn the equipment and handling skills needed to compete with your dog, or just  enjoy having fun with your dog.        Fees: $115 Classes meet weekly for 6 consecutive weeks for approx. 50 minutes each.

Puppy Packages:  SAVE $$

    #1 - Puppy Soc $109 + Puppy Kindergarten $99= $208  -Save $10 when you sign up for Puppy Package #1 !
           (Package must be used on same puppy-1st session Puppy Soc, then directly into Puppy Kindergarten)


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                                                                       Adolescent Classes


Adolescent Manners I-
For those youngsters who missed our amazing Puppy Socialization and Kindergarten sessions, we offer classes tailored to meet the needs of pups  4.5 months and older-without the stress of an adult manners class. Adolescent Manners I works on sit, down, stay, come, leave it, focus and confidence building and many other behaviors along with giving you and your dog extra training exercises, info, and advice relating to issues that you need while living with an adolescent dog (barking, fear, stranger greetings, etc). 
Fees: $115 Classes meet weekly for 6 consecutive weeks for approx. 50 minutes each

Adolescent Manners II-
For those growing "teenagers" aged 6 months thru 3 years,  Adolescent Manners II is a perfect environment to keep your budding adult working on and improving their family and community skills. We deal with "age related" issues of your teenager and introduce new manners and activities while polishing and gently reminding them of existing skills. This is a very challenging phase for our growing youngsters and  we can focus on what they need most. 
Fees: $115 Classes meet weekly for 6 consecutive weeks for approx. 50 minutes each














Agility I-

It's F~U~N! The ultimate game for you and your dog! Dogs leap over jumps, race through tunnels and tires, tip seesaws and more. As a tremendous confidence builder for shy or timid dogs, or an energy outlet for highly active dogs, all obstacles are set low at first to keep it safe and promote positive learning experiences. In this class, you will be introduced to the dog sport of Agility. The instructor will introduce you and your dog to new training techniques and equipment each week to develop your dogs trust in the sport, equipment and you! During this class you will be introduced to bar jumps, low level dog walk, A-frame, tunnels and many other pieces of equipment. At the end of class you and your dog will be proficient in the language of Agility and all low level equipment.

Dogs should be comfortable on a leash and flat buckle collar, must be dog and human friendly, and an understanding of sit, down and stay. Fees: $115 Classes meet weekly for 6 consecutive weeks for approx. 50 minutes each



 Agility II-

The class continues to build on the skills learned in Agility I or Puppy Agility II courses. The instructor will begin to move equipment up to standard competition height, including the a-frame, dog walk and jumps. The instructor will begin to teach the basic types of crosses and the teams will begin to sequence obstacles. At the completion of the class handlers will have a basic understanding of crosses, agility terms and will be comfortable on standard height equipment. Dogs must be dog and human friendly.
Fees: $115 Classes meet weekly for 6 consecutive weeks for approx. 50 minutes each






Scent Work I, II, III:  Scent Work is a new and very quickly growing dog sport. Basic Dog is proud to offer training for UKC NoseworkTitles AND will be hosting UKC Nosework trials!  The objective of the game is teaching the dog to find the hidden odor while building enthusiasm in the "game". In this class, we will introduce the dog to the game, using food (or toys) and cardboard boxes, vehicle searches and outdoor searching as weather permits. Nosework is a sport for dogs of all ages, abilities and reactivity levels.  Individually, dogs are worked with their human in a fenced search area. 

 Fees: $115 Classes meet weekly for 6 consecutive weeks for approx. 50 minutes each.








Conformation/Breed Handling Class-

Conformation Classes will teach you how to train and present (handle) your dog in the show ring. Stacking, baiting, gaiting and ring procedure will be stressed. Beginner and advanced classes are offered. Class sizes are limited and filled on a first-come/first-served basis. Drop-ins are allowed if space is available.

Beginner: This class is perfect for the novice handler, new to the sport, the new puppy, or someone who has been out of the ring for a long time. Dogs must be good on a leash and a show lead is needed. Ask if you need help purchasing one for your breed. Show leads will be available for purchase at the training facility. $115 for 6 weeks/ approx. 50 min per class.

Drop-In: The well seasoned handler looking for extra mat time, training time, hands on time, or gaining  tricks, tips, and support from other handlers.
​Fees:  Drop-In's $15/class







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S.T.A.R. Puppy Program 

S.T.A.R. puppy will help your puppy, purebred or mixed breed, become a well-behaved and healthy member of your family and the community. Socialization, Training, Activity and Responsible Ownership are what every puppy needs in order to have a good life and this book will help you every step of the way! Puppies who graduate from S.T.A.R. classes have the foundation to be successful in the AKC s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program and succeed in more advanced activities. Fees: $115 Classes meet once a week for 6 consecutive weeks for approx 60 minutes each. Test fee is included in tuition.