Now that your dog has learned some of the basic foundation in the Freshman Course, it is time to build off of that and start to work to make these behaviors ones we can utilize more into the real world. We will work on the 3 D's with our sits, downs, and go to place behaviors which stands for distance, duration and distraction. We will continue to build on our impulse control, loose leash walking and recall (come when called) games to build up more distraction. In this course we will also be working on more focus games to work with your dog around distractions in the real world. We will also work on door manners, greetings when you come home to your dog, as well as work on your mechanics and handling skills. This class will be fun for you and your dog and provide the resources you need to be able to have your dog that responds to you in the real world.
Melinda has been training dogs full time and professionally since 2012. She is a certified dog trainer through the Certification Council of Pet Dog Trainers (CPDT-KA) and has been certified since 2015. She is an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator, a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and Pet Professional Guild. She also has her bachelor's of science degree in animal science from Iowa State University. Melinda is the owner of Elite Pet University, LLC and the head trainer. She has 3 Australian Shepherds and she currently competes in AKC and UKC with them in rally, obedience, conformation, dock diving, coursing, as well as earning trick dog titles. She also dabbles in a few other activities with them as well. Melinda strives to provide fun and supportive training to owners and dogs using the most up-to-date methods.