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Small Dog Manners

Help your small dog go big in regards to their education

Small Dog Manners

Please read all details below prior to registering.

Start Date Skip Dates End Date Day Start Time End Time Location Price
Nov 12, 2023 Nov 26 Dec 10, 2023 Sunday 12:30pm 1:30pm Muddy Paws 821 9th Ave btwn 54th & 55th $350
Jan 7, 2024 NoneJan 28, 2024 Sunday 12:30pm 1:30pm Muddy Paws 821 9th Ave btwn 54th & 55th $350

We created the concept of group training classes geared specifically for small dogs in 2001. Our Small Dog Basic Obedience classes are the perfect environment for dogs under 20lbs and over 5 months old to learn in a group class setting with dogs of a similar size. City life for small dogs and their families can be particularly stressful due to concerns for safety, and peace of mind regarding behavior in the home and out on city streets.

This course focuses on basic manners skills such as sit, down, stand, stay, come when called, and impulse control and will help you learn how to use a modern, reward based approach to help your small dog happily engage in the training game, to build their confidence in themselves in different environments, and to prove to people that small dogs can be mannerly, social, and a blast to have training fun with. This course is not appropriate for dogs with reactivity (barking, lunging, growling, etc.) issues or aggression issues to either dogs or people. Two people may attend per pup.


  • Attention
  • Sit, Down and Stand
  • Come When Called
  • Hand Targeting
  • Impulse Control
  • Leash Manners
  • Preventing Sidewalk Vacuuming
  • Mannerly and Confident Greetings
  • Housetraining
  • Curbing Excessive Barking
  • Improving Responsiveness Around Distractions


For dogs of any breed or mix that are under 20lbs. This class is appropriate for beginners as well as dogs that have had some previous training. Dogs should have no aggression history and no reactivity issues. If you aren’t sure what this means, please contact us.

The in-person course meets for one hour per class for four consecutive weeks (unless otherwise noted on the schedule) and is $350 for the course.

Two people may attend per pup. If a class cannot be held in-person due to COVID or weather it will be held virtually.

The class fee is non-refundable, non-transferable and there are no make-up classes. Prior to registering please note the nature of offering limited space classes, the above stated policies, and that there are no exceptions.

Proof of Vaccine Requirements: For dogs 16 weeks and older a record of their vaccinations must be signed by your veterinarian and include vaccine for: rabies, parvovirus, parainfluenza, adenovirus, bordatella, and distemper. If your veterinarian chooses not to give your pup one or more of these vaccines at the time of class, we must have a signed letter from them stating that it is contraindicated. Entry to classes and play groups is not permitted without Health Department required proof of vaccinations. You must bring a hard/printed copy with you to class to give to the instructor to keep at the location.

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