Port Chester Obedience Training Club's Family Manners program is based on our belief that training a dog should be a fun, enjoyable experience for all parties, whether your goal is a well-mannered family pet or an obedience champion. For puppies and dogs of all ages, Family Manners classes help to build a happy, lasting bond, and a harmonious relationship between dog and owner. This unique program, carefully developed by our team of instructors, offers a range of classes for all dogs, utilizing positive reinforcement methods.

Emphasizing life skills and household manners, we also introduce students to a variety of fun and challenging dog sports and other activities. Adding more challenges as skills increase, PCOTC's Family Manners classes teach handlers how to teach their dogs to love learning and working.

Family Manners classes have a maximum student/teacher ratio of 8:1, allowing ample opportunity for coaching as well as question and answer breaks to address common household issues. In addition, we offer online support with a Yahoo! discussion list that enables students to ask instructors for clarification and tips in between weekly class meetings. The Yahoo! group's file section also contains a wealth of information on a wide variety of timely, useful topics that enhance all aspects of the program and includes suggested reading and a list of helpful websites.

Family Manners: Puppy is for dogs up to 20 weeks old. Classes focus on socialization with people and other puppies, and fundamental exercises including name recognition, walking on-leash, sit, down, and come. Supervised playtime builds the pups' confidence. We also cover crate training, and discuss housetraining, teething and chewing, safety in the car, choosing safe toys, diet, and grooming tips. Clicker training is introduced.

Dogs over 20 weeks join the Family Manners: Foundationclass, which emphasizes core basic training, manners and safety. Exercises include sitting to greet, name recognition with distractions, sit, down, and stand with increasing duration, coming when called, and walking nicely on-leash. Clicker training is introduced. 

For those who have mastered Family Manners: Foundation, Family Manners: Skills builds the bridge to developing more formal obedience skills by increasing duration and distance, and proofing with safe distractions appropriate to each dog's level of ability. Skills students also master left and right turns, about turns, down from stand, recalls to front with distractions, sit and down with walk-arounds, serpentines, and cone work, mat work while playing fun games.

Family Manners: Unleashed!, is a high level intermediate class where students work toward off-leash reliability through further proofing of core skills, including recalls, stays, and leash walking/heeling. More distance work, retrieving, nose work and advanced targeting are introduced. Teams participate in games, including the "Ultimate Stay and Recall Challenges."

Interested in Family Manners electives? During each session there are a variety of electives offered including but not limited to:

• Canine Good Citizen

• Crate Games

• Fitness

• Focus and Impulse Control

• FM Refresher

• Gracious Greetings

• He Only Works for Food

• Musical Freestyle

• My Dog Can Do That

• Recalls and Loose Leash Walking

• Right on Target

• Taking It to the Streets

• Therapy Dog Training

• Tricks

All class descriptions are available on the Classes and Registration page of our website.