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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 Sechedules and Descriptions

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

1298 Noyes Road, Arroyo Grande

Classes Start Saturday April 3rd, 2021

Creekside Pet Boarding's Elementary Citizen Canine:  6 Saturdays, $200

Essential foundation training for puppies over 4 months and dogs of all ages. While all participants are not puppies, the emphasis is on socialization with people, other dogs, environmental distractions, and teaching basic commands such as sit, stay, come, down, etc. Using games and (optional) clicker training, class includes focus and impulse control activities, environmental distractions, and common misbehaviors such as nipping and jumping.

Creekside Pet Boarding’s 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.

Creekside Pet Boarding’s Advanced Canine Good Citizen: 6 Saturdays, $200

Our most advanced class designed to reinforce and add challenge to the basic commands your dog has mastered. We take the loose leash heel to the next step, working off leash and incorporating turns, halts, speed variations and distractions. This class also includes review and practice of the 10 “tests” for AKC Canine Good Citizenship certification. An opportunity to take the test at the last class meeting can be arranged with prior notice to the instructor.

Creekside Pet Boarding’s 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.

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!