Basic Obedience

Basic Obedience is the foundation for all training. In this course, you will learn the fundamentals of positive-based training and formalize your dog's response to the 5 core commands -- Sit, Down, Stay, Come and Heel.

Our training methods are kind and constructive, using positive reinforcement to help you succeed. We aim to teach you how to communicate with your dog, giving you knowledge and confidence for training. 

This course is a great place for young dogs and puppies (4 months and older) as well as for older dogs who have learned not to listen. In addition, portions of every class are devoted to teaching the techniques to develop perfect leash walking. 

Each Course is 6 weeks long and is carefully structured to help owners understand how to implement successful training methods. Each week, owners will practice and develop their training skills and be given homework (called "set ups") to incorporate training into everyday life. 

Commands Taught

Introduction / Fundamentals of Positive Reinforcement

  • Timing & Rewards
  • One Command / One Action
  • Touch / Yes (follow my hand, Emergency Recall)
  • Sit (until I tell you otherwise)
  • No (Formal No)
  • OK (release command)
  • Leave it
  • Sit (until I tell you otherwise)
  • Sit / Stay
  • Down
  • Down / Stay
  • Come
  • Leash Work / Follow My Lead
  • Heeling (Walk at my side, sit when I stop)
  • Find Heel (Swing to my left side)
  • Heel Turns (Turn at my left side, 90°, 180°)
  • Polite Greetings (no jumping)



Enroll in Private Classes

In a private class you work one-on-one with your trainer. Classes meet in your home, at a nearby park or wherever you'd like. We focus on teaching your dog basic obedience as well as utilizing those skills in the context of your home, learning to walk politely on a leash, or wherever you have an issue. 

Price: $375 / 5 weeks
includes graduation exam & diploma

To enroll in private instruction,
please call Village Dogworks at:

Group Class

Group classes are a great opportunity to practice your dog's skills while working around other dogs. All group classes are taught outdoors and will meet once a week for 6 consecutive weeks. Dogs are required to wear a 6' nylon or leather leash. Dogs receive a diploma upon successful completion of the Basic Course.

Price: $275 / 6 weeks
The Basic Obedience Group Class meets outdoors in Tompkins Square park  for 6 consecutive weeks. Includes graduation exam and diploma

Next Course Begins:

Main Oval by the Krishna Tree
(7th Street between Ave A & B)

  • Wednesday, May 4th 2016 at 7.30 p.m.

To enroll, please call Village Dogworks at (646) 675-2125