Academics start with selecting a Degree Program which includes classes across Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior grade levels. Degree Programs are designed to meet the needs of any dog with classes covering basic obedience such as, "Stop Barking" and advanced tricks like, "Bring me a Drink."
Each degree combines discipline with fun. The focus throughout is to give your dog clear guidance as to what behavior is acceptable and wanted, but without becoming overly bogged down with a dreary with a dreary "No" list. Degree programs include tricks and games. Not only do these items help to entertain your dog, but they also make training fun and provide your dog with a way to show affection - and get attention - by doing the right things.
The goal in these classes is to teach the fundamentals that your dog must be familiar with in order to be well-behaved. The freshman courses parallel the topics covered in a standard 8-10 week obedience training class.
The sophomore level classes mark the completion of course study in basic obedience and the beginning of work in tricks and games. The early courses focus on obedience outside the house, while also putting the finishing touches on appropriate inside behavior (such as learning to be quiet on command).
Junior level training focuses on tricks, games and household chores. Courses offered include studies on pulling (sleds), retrieving (slippers), and picking up (toys). A variety of tricks and games are available.
The senior level coursework is exciting and challenging. Consisting of both athletic and mental challenges, classes will teach your dog to show off, act ashamed, do a moonwalk, fetch drinks, and more. Senior level students are the Dog Academy upper-classmen, veterans who have overcome the challenges placed before them and claimed a position of honor in the family.