Dog Training Classes & Workshops in Springfield, MO

The benefits of professional dog training are endless. No matter when you start, foundation training provides the baseline for all other training and behaviors a dog will learn.

Precious K9s puppy classes will teach the necessary positive socialization and lay the groundwork for good canine psychological health. These classes also teach dog owners the skills and knowledge necessary for dealing with common puppy and dog behaviors. Puppy and dog training can also teach basic canine manners like coming when called, walking on a leash, and greeting guests.

In general, trained canines will participate more fully with their family and their environment. Well-behaved canines can attend family sporting events, attend outdoor gatherings and go along on vacations. Dog training helps dogs and owners to build strong bonds. Trained dogs are also much more likely to remain in their forever home.

Professional dog trainer Carrie Galvan has been working with and advocating for canines of all breeds, for more than 20 years.

“As owner of Precious K9s, in Springfield, Mo., we make it our mission to help aide in education, management, and training that will help our K9s live a happier life in the world to which we have domesticated them.”

Precious K9s offers a variety of dog training classes so you and your canine can have the best relationship possible. Our classes teach canines and owners how to understand and communicate. In addition, we offer classes and workshops that cover everything from basic potty training and manners, to therapy dog training and more.

Classes

LEVEL 1 CLASSES

Precious Puppies

This is a 7 week course for puppies up to 8 months old. The course focuses on basic puppy behaviors, self control, building self confidence, handling skills, dog language and socialization. To ensure that each student gets enough individualized attention, we only allow 4-5 puppies per course. Class sizes are SMALL!

The first week is orientation, so leave your puppy at home! Also, make sure to bring a list of questions you have for our trainer(s).

Your puppy will need to be up to date on shots – please bring documentation. 

Four-Legged Toddlers

This is a 7 week course for dogs 8 months and older. The course focuses on basic K9 behaviors, self control, building self confidence, handling skills, dog language and socialization. To ensure that each student gets enough individualized attention, we allow no more than 4 dogs per course. Class sizes are SMALL!

The first week is orientation, so leave your dog at home! Also, make sure to bring a list of questions you have for our trainer(s).

Your dog will need to be up to date on shots – please bring documentation. 

LEVEL 2 CLASSES

Teamwork

This is a second level class for students that have taken a beginner class or private lessons. In this games class we will build on the behaviors you have already learned. It will help you move the training you know into real-time while raising the distraction levels.

Animals learn better through games. Humans are healthier when they laugh. Teamwork Through Games is the perfect combination of both!

Trick Dog Fun!

This is a Precious K9s Level Three class. Call us to schedule an evaluation to see if you are ready!

In this 7 week course we will work on teaching our dogs to do tricks that are just for fun, or that can be implemented into your everyday life. We will work on simple things, such as “shake” and “roll over”, all the way up to some of the hardest tricks you can think to teach a dog! The sky is the limit! You will improve your handling skills and your dog’s ability to learn new things quickly. Best of all you will improve your relationship with your four-legged family member!

LEVEL 3 CLASSES

Beginning Rally-O

This is a 7-week class where we will learn the basics of Rally Obedience. We will work on heeling, doing behaviors closer to you, handling skills, reading the signs, learning to walk courses, and much more. Above all we want you to have fun with your dog and build a stronger team for everyday life. If you want to show someday, we will help you with that as well. Call if you are not sure you and your dog are qualified. Some basic training and canine maturity will help you take more away from this course.

Dogs About Town

This is a Precious K9s Level Four class. Call us to schedule an evaluation to see if you are ready!

This is a great class for students that want to practice taking their skills on the road! Maybe you have taken a few classes at Precious K9s and would like some coaching in the real world? Well look no further! We will work on the basics AND raise the distractions as we visit places around our dog friendly city of Springfield. Wear your walking shoes because we may go on a short hike, do recalls at a park, walk around downtown, or sit and enjoy breakfast. Your first class will be at Precious K9s and we will take a walk over to our favorite hangout, Sequiota Park. 

LEVEL 4 CLASSES

(Therapy) "Dogs with a Job"

This is a 8-week session with classes lasting approximately 1 1/2 hours each week.

During this course we will teach you valuable behaviors that are used in Animal-Assisted Therapy, get you practice in the field and talk about the different therapy programs available for you and your dog. 6 dogs allowed for each course. Class sizes are SMALL!

123CGC

Do you think you are almost ready to pass your AKC Canine Good Citizen test? The 123 CGC is just the brush up you need. Two weeks of practice on the 10 test items, and on week three we test. It is a light fun atmosphere to see just where you stand. If you pass the test, your dog gets the title CGC. If he doesn’t, you had great practice for the next time!

Workshops

Resource Guarding Management and Training

Resource guarding refers to behavior displayed when someone comes near something the dog feels is valuable. Your dog might growl, snarl or show their teeth. This workshop that will help you learn to manage positively train the K9 behavior of resource guarding. Check the calendar for upcoming dates.

Fearful Dog Training

This workshop is designed to help you help the fearful dog in your life. I will talk about possibilities of why they are the way they are and how we can help them. There will be live demos, and you will leave with some new training techniques up your sleeve. Whether the dog is living with you or just visiting, this will help you understand a little more about how to help them coexist with us in our crazy world. Check calendar for upcoming dates.

Potty Training Boot Camp

Essential Oils With Your K9

Puppy 101

Body Handling

Reactive Dog

Walking on a Loose Leash

Trick Dog Certifications and Titles

Do More With Your Dog (DMWYD) created by Kyra Sundance

Instructor Carrie Galvan, CTDI

DMWYD Certificate:

You can learn tricks on your own or with some friends.  Watch each other perform the tricks and sign the witness line!  Print and mail in the Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Expert, and/or Champion sheets one at a time or all together!  You can earn your certificate…BUT if you are going to spend that much time doing all this, why not work toward a title with Precious K9s!

DMWYD Title with Carrie and Precious K9s:

Because you are in class with Carrie Galvan, CTDI, you can earn your Trick Dog Titles with DMWYD without submitting a video.  Have a Certified Trick Dog Instructor sign and date the tricks you need to earn your title.  Precious K9s will print your checklists and get you on your way to Champion Trick Dog!

  1. Novice (15 Tricks.  Advanced and expert tricks count as two tricks)
  2. Intermediate (Novice title plus 12 tricks of intermediate or higher skill level.  Advanced and expert tricks count as two tricks)
  3. Advanced  (Intermediate title plus 5 advanced or expert tricks)
  4. Expert (Advanced title plus 5 tricks of expert skill level)
  5. Champion (Expert title, plus video submission of tricks set out in the Trick Dog Champion Title application)

domorewithyourdog.com/pages/trickdogtitle.html

American Kennel Club (AKC) Trick Dog Title:
  1. Must be registered or listed with AKC by having either an AKC number, PAL alternative listing, or AKC Canine Partners number.
  2. Complete the tricks listed for the level in the presence of an approved CGC Evaluator, and Precious K9s can provide the CGC evaluator; or another option is to submit proof (a copy of the certificate or title) of the level achieved with DMWYD.

 

AKC TRICK DOG TITLE STRUCTURE    

AKC Trick Titles                                   Equivalent DMWYD Titles

AKC Novice Trick Dog (TKN)……………..Novice Trick Dog (NTD)

AKC Intermediate Trick Dog (TKI)………Intermediate Trick Dog (ITD)

AKC Advanced Trick Dog (TKA)…………Advanced Trick Dog (AT)

AKC Trick Dog Performer (TKP)…………Expert Trick Dog (ETD) or Trick Dog Champion  (TDCH)

AKC Trick Dog Elite Performer (TKE)….No Equivalent DMWYD title

https://www.akc.org/sports/trick-dog/

DMWYD – GRANDFATHERED TITLES

If you have a DMWYD title (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Expert), you may send proof of the title (copy of DMWYD certificate) and pay only the $20 title fee for the highest level title for which you are applying to earn the equivalent AKC Trick Dog title.  Example: If you have a DMWYD Advanced Trick Dog title, send the AKC Advanced Trick Dog Application with the $20 title fee, and AKC will issue your AKC Advanced Trick Dog title.  You do not need to apply for Novice and Intermediate Trick Dog.