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Entirely Positive, Realistic Obedience Training!

Families across the nation know the euphoric benefits of dog ownership and how they add love, joy, and companionship to your home. Giving your dog the benefit of training is the very essence of responsible dog ownership. The funny thing is, the best way to train your dog is for you to get trained. Creekside Pet Boarding’s training program simply teaches you how to communicate with your dog in a proven manner that dogs understand.

What is the Canine Good Citizen Program?

CGC is a ten-skill training program that focuses on teaching the basics of good manners, obedience, and how to behave appropriately in the community. By instilling the values of responsible ownership, CGC strengthens the bond between you and your dog in the home and the community. Over one million dogs and their owners have participated in CGC training and it lays the foundation for more advanced obedience, agility, tracking, and performance events. 

The Practical Benefits of Canine Good Citizen

The time it takes to train establishes a meaningful way to communicate with your dog and is the very best way to solidify a lifelong bond. Beyond the bonding, CGC helps you master cues such as the sit, down, stay, and more. The goals include good behavior with crowds, the veterinarian, a groomer, strangers, and other dogs. The CGC title is often a prerequisite for many therapy dog certifications and people are finding that it is easier to get into rental properties with a CGC title. Recently some homeowners’ and other insurance programs offer discounts for “Canine Good Citizen” dogs.

The classes offered by Creekside Pet Boarding are CGC based & our trainer, Lisa Ellman of Good Dogma, is an AKC approved evaluator.

Making “good citizens” for life!

Our training classes will cover the basics to teach you how to teach your dog. It does not have to be any harder than that. No matter its age, breed, or temperament, every dog can benefit from becoming a good citizen canine!


Class Schedules and Descriptions

All classes will be held every Saturday at Creekside Pet Boarding,

1298 Noyes Road, Arroyo Grande

Classes Start Saturday May 15, 2021

Elementary Citizen Canine:  6 Saturdays, $200

Essential foundation training and for puppies over 4 months and dogs of all ages. The emphasis is on socialization with people, other dogs, environmental distractions, and teaching basic commands such as sit, stay, come, down, leave-it, etc. Using games and (optional) clicker training, class includes focus and impulse control activities and addressing common misbehaviors such as nipping and jumping.


We added a new EVENING Elementary Citizen Canine:
6 Tuesdays @ 5:30pm
, beginning May 18, 2021

Intermediate Citizen Canine: 6 Saturdays, $200

Dogs of all ages expand their elementary training. Class will add greater distractions of increased duration, loose leash walking, games, tricks, and impulse control using “leave it” and other cues. Basic skills are honed while working towards a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Certification.

Positive Pawprints: One 45-minute workshop, $50

For dogs who are prone to lunging, barking, or reactivity at the sight of another dog. This 45-minute workshop will address on-leash “reactive” behavior and how to manage it. While frightening and unpleasant, this behavior more often indicates excitement or fear than aggression. The workshop will help you anticipate reactivity and provide a calm alternative response. Basic commands are incorporated into the process. The workshop is limited to five dogs per session.

Announcing Creekside's ALL NEW



Creekside Pet Boarding's ALL NEW Puppy Kindergarten Class! $200

Puppy Kindergarten is designed to reach puppies at their most impressionable stage to establish the foundation for a lifetime of good behavior. A lack of socialization during this critical learning period may result in an overly cautious, fearful, or aggressive attitude for other dogs, people, or new situations. This is the development stage where puppies learn bite inhibition, so don’t miss it!  Your puppy will learn how to accept collars or harnesses and to allow the inspection of teeth, paws, ears, and body for a vet and groomers. Owners will learn the most effective ways to teach practical skills such as sit, down, stay, and to come when called. This class will also discuss methods for puppy issues such as housetraining, jumping on others, digging, chewing, and bite inhibition. Every class ends with monitored off-leash puppy parties for the best dog to dog socialization.

Our 6-week class is limited to 5 Puppies for the personal attention that puppies need!


All puppies are required to have their first set of core shots: Bordetella, Distemper, Parvo, & Rabies, preferably 7 days before the first class. Ideally the three sets of shots should be given at 6 weeks, 12 weeks, and have their last set by 16 weeks, but the first shot is crucial for class.

Before all shots are given, remember to keep your puppy’s paws off any place where other dogs may have eliminated (public surfaces where dogs gather). At Creekside, carry small pups in from your car if possible. We provide disinfectants for paws and humans at our doorway into the building. The puppy building is sanitized with a disinfectant, virucide, and cleaner that is effective against canine influenza, parvovirus, and over 50 other viruses & pathogens.

And last but not least, here are 5 reasons to consider training your dog with us

Training promotes a good relationship with a dog who only wants to adore you.

Regularly working on simple cues will ensure that your dog understands what the heck you are talking about. Don’t make them guess, chances are that you may not like their choices. The better behaved they are, the easier it is to take them with you wherever you go.

Training keeps them safe.

The better you can control your dog with voice commands, the better you can protect them when unrestrained. A dog that bolts when off the leash is much more likely to run in front of a car or into danger. Plus, if they sadly must be re-homed, being well-trained increases their chances with a new family.

Well socialized dogs are welcomed in public.

More and more dogs are being welcomed in public places as long as they respect boundaries. Those who behave properly with strangers and other dogs have a more stimulating life that avoids boredom and loneliness at home.

Positive training builds socialization.

We have high expectations for our dogs, encouraging them to be friendly with everyone they meet. It is vital to socialize your dog with positive experiences and reward-based training from the very beginning. Socialization is all about exposing your dog to as many new experiences as you can. Just don’t forget that basic training is necessary to first build their confidence and enable you to keep them safe in public!

You do not have to devote all your free time.

All dogs can learn, it’s never too late, and you do not have to dedicate your life to reading countless books and handouts on dog training theory. It takes minimal daily practice and at Creekside Pet Boarding you have expert instruction on the most simple, efficient way to train. The learning process does not have to be costly or intense, won’t you join us for some fun!