Paw & Hand Obedience
Let Us Teach You How to Train Your Dog
Visit the Training Schedules Page For More Information and to Register and Pay Online
Why is Paw & Hand Obedience your best choice for obedience training in Central PA?
The purpose of obedience training is to improve communication between the dog and owner, so that both species can live together with cooperation and in harmony. At Paw & Hand Obedience, we help hundreds of students and their dogs each year to reach their training goals and for some to achieve goals they hadn't even dreamed of. We offer a wide variety of training, from STAR Puppy, Basic, Advanced Basic, etc, on through all levels of competition obedience, rally obedience, Therapy, Tricks, and soon Foundation and Just for Fun Agility.
The training methods at Paw & Hand are motivational and attention based. While we motivate the dogs to want to obey and enjoy their training, we also employ a lot of calming methods. We find a calm, attentive and focused dog is an ideal working and/or pet companion. We want our dogs to enjoy training, and we want it to be fun for us, too! When our dogs are 'engaged' with us, they get less distracted. One of the things most of our students notice is that our obedience training creates a much deeper bond with their dog and causes problem dogs to become a pleasure.
We adapt our methods to individual dogs when needed. No one method works for every dog. Dogs we work with range from very soft or fearful through off-the-charts-energy, bold dogs, and dogs with mild reactivity issues. (We do not handle aggression cases.)
We are passionate about obedience, we love to train, our dogs love to train, and we love to share that passion with our students. Our goal is to help you develop a deeper connection with your dog and have a dog that is a pleasure to live and work with.
Common behavioral problems can be addressed at the beginning of each class, during a brief question and answer period. You may be surprised to find, though, that many behavioral problems will be eliminated simply by channeling your dog's physical and mental energy into obedience training.
Before the start of each six-week session, Paw & Hand USED TO conduct a free orientation to discuss our training philosophy and guidelines for training with us. After the informative lecture, a demonstration of all levels of obedience training was given by students and staff of Paw & Hand. We can no longer do that large group gathering, so we are in the process of adding an orientation to our Virtual School, which will be available for free to everyone who registers for a class. (Presentation is still in progress.)
We offer small classes and private lessons in both Basic/Manners/Pet obedience (AKC STAR Puppy/Puppy K, Basic, Beyond Basic (CGC), Advanced Basic (CGCA), and Urban Dog (CGCU) as well as competition obedience training in AKC, UKC and CDSP. Tricks Class where you can earn AKC Tricks titles is offered every session. Therapy Dog and Handler is offered 2 or 3 times per year. Farm Dog, Off Leash obedience and Intro/Fun Agility classes are in the planning stages!
We can keep you and your dog busy and having FUN together for a long time!
See Training Schedules for current schedule and more information.