Basic Obedience

Class Sign Up |Basic Group Obedience Photos | Formal Dog Commands

Please check our schedules page for start dates and times of this class. (Scroll down below the calendar to the Basic Obedience Class Info.)

Sirius K9 Academy Basic Group Obedience Classes run 6 weeks in length in Yorba Linda and meet once a week on either Sunday mornings or Wednesday evenings. Our Basic Class is the most thorough Basic Class you will ever attend! You will learn more in our classes then you will anywhere else!

If you find yourself in between basic classes and want to start working with your dog before our next class begins, we really encourage you to do at least one private lesson (or even a package of lessons) so you can begin working on your goals with your dog and not be stagnant for an extended period. Many clients can get to the level of passing our Basic Obedience Test through a handful of private lessons and then join our on-going Intermediate Group Obedience Class. Our Private Lessons are very popular! See our Private Lessons link for more info or contact us for more details.

DOGS DO NOT ATTEND THE FIRST BASIC CLASS! The first Wednesday and Sunday class are on the posted class start date and time on our Current Class Schedule. We combine our basic classes for the first class which is a lecture in order to help educate all of the dog owners before the dogs even enter the picture. After attending the first class without your dog, you will then attend the remaining classes on the following Wednesday evenings or Sunday mornings with your dog (depending on which class day you registered for.)

The first class is a solid 3 1/2 hours long. (Class #2 - #6 average 1 1/2 hours each and can go 2 hours.) Please plan for this time frame.

Please be advised that you cannot switch classes once the classes have begun, you must stay in the class you signed up for. You can do a reduced-rate private lesson to make up a class if you miss one.

Please see "Our Tests" page to see video clips of each exercise your dog will learn in this class below!

Sirius K9 AcademyBasic Obedience Test and Certification


We offer a 10% discount if you register prior to the 4-week deadline to current law enforcement, fire fighters, and military - THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!  We offer a $25 discount when you register two dogs from the same household for the same class before the 4-week deadline. ** Please note: Only one discount per dog can be used.

Class Prerequisites:
Dogs must be a minimum of 4 months of age or older and must have completed all DHPP puppy vaccinations  (which must have been administered by a veterinarian or vet tech - self administered shots will not be accepted, in order to protect your dog as well as the other dogs in class) and the Rabies vaccination is also required if your dog is 6 months of age or older.
**All information below must be received in order to complete registration;
1.) A Class Sign Up form filled out and submitted via our website under "Sign Up For A Class", or all information may be emailed to us (to info@siriusk9training.com) ** Please include first and last names of everyone 18 yrs or older that will be handling the dog in class on the form.
2.) The full class fee received either via our website under "Make A Payment", or over the phone with us by calling 714-296-9714. 
3.) Your dog's current DHPP vaccination records (or Titer Tests) from your veterinarian via email or fax (and Rabies certificate if 6 months or older.) (Our email is info@siriusk9training.com / fax # 714-455-7109.)
4.) Fax or email us your current law enforcement, fire, or military photo I.D. if you would like to receive our 10% discount and are registering prior to the 4-week deadline.
5.) Let us know from where you got your dog (i.e. - shelter / rescue (please specify which one), if you found your dog, it is from a breeder, you got them from a friend, you bought your dog off craigstlist, or you got them from a pet store, etc.)
6.) First and Last Names of those attending the first class from your household, including yourself if you will be attending. Please also include everyone's relation to you and include ages if under 18 yrs of age. Please note; Handlers must be 12 yrs of age or older, and an adult must first start out handling the dog, before we can give permission to anyone under 18 yrs of age to handle the dog. This decision is up to us, sometimes, depending on the dog's temperament, we will not allow anyone under 18 yrs of age to handle the dog. If you will be bringing children to the classes that are under 14 yrs of age, an adult 18 yrs or older (other than the handler) must be present to watch the children.
7.) How you found us or who referred you to us (so we can thank them :)
8.) Your goals with your dog.

** Once we receive everything above from you, you will be registered for the class. You will then receive an email from us with all of the class details, including class location, and a list of equipment needed, etc.

This class is great for dogs of all ages! Their is no age limit! It is especially beneficial for dogs between 4 months and 1 year. We have many dogs that start the class behaving aggressively towards other dogs or that are extremely timid / fearful / shy due to a lack of socialization or improper socialization, traumatic experiences, or just poor genetics, but by the end of the last class improve so dramatically that it is remarkable! (This happens in every class!)

If you are not sure where your dog fits in because you have done prior professional training with your dog elsewhere, please put your dog through our Basic Obedience Test as specified at a neutral outdoor location (away from the comforts of your home) to test and judge your dog's skills properly and accurately. If your dog can do all of the exercises without a correction as indicated, then you may schedule an evaluation with us so that we can move you onto our Intermediate Group Obedience class. If your dog cannot pass our Basic test as specified, then you would start there.
Sirius K9 AcademyBasic Obedience Test and Certification

We recommend that dogs be at least 4 months old when starting this class and have completed all puppy DHPP vaccinations. If your dog is younger than 4 months old, we recommend that you sign up for our Puppy Class.

WE EDUCATE YOU on how to train your dog properly by using both positive and negative consequences together CORRECTLY! This is called BALANCED TRAINING! We encourage the use of toys and treats to motivate your dog and make it FUN! We have many references and get really great feedback about our classes!

Please note: The first day of class, which is a lecture, is a solid 3 hours. Dogs do not attend the first class. We encourage the entire family to attend the lecture as it is extremely insightful and educational, and so that everyone in your household is consistent and educated. Anyone wanting to handle a dog in class must attend the lecture. We will teach you how to get your dog's respect! We especially encourage women to handle the dog in class, as it is very common for women to have a harder time getting the dog's respect. (We will exlain why this happens at the first class lecture!)

We ask that you please do not bring small children, infants, or babies to the first class so you can focus on the lecture and not disrupt the class. Please note; Handlers must be 12 yrs old or older, and can only handle the dog after an adult has handled the dog and we decide it is safe for someone under 18 yrs of age to handle the dog in class. If bringing children under 14 yrs of age to the classes with the dogs, an adult 18 yrs of age or older, must supervise them and this cannot be the handler of the dog! This is so you can be 100% focused on the class instruction and your dog.

The 3 1/2 hour First Basic Class is mandatory for anyone wanting to handle a dog in one of our basic group classes. You cannot attend one of our basic classes with your dog without first attending the first class without your dog. (You may also complete a 1 1/2 - 2-hour private lesson at a additional cost prior to lesson #2 if you cannot make the first class but would like to handle your dog in the class. Please contact us for more details.)

The First Basic Class without dogs is also open to those who just want to be educated further about dogs in general. It is a wonderful class for those who want to expand their knowledge, improve their handling and leadership skills, fix issues they are having at home, and who want to develop a better understanding of their dog, as well as a stronger bond, and build more trust with their own dog. You can attend this class even if you dont have a dog or have a puppy too young to attend right now. You may attend just the First Class without joining the basic class with your dog for $50.

Attention Rescue & Shelter Volunteers!
Rescue / shelter volunteers (that work with a rescue or shelter which has us listed on their website) taking a dog through our basic class for the first time (a dog that belongs to the shelter / rescue) may attend our 6-week basic course for only $150!
** Returning Rescue / Shelter volunteers taking subsequent dogs through our basic class (dogs that belong to the rescue / shelter and that have us listed on their website) can do so for only $50 to help make the dogs more adoptable!

Please note: If you would like to only attend the First Class without dogs but not the rest of the basic classes with your dog, you must still sign up and pay in advance. Please put in the comment section that you are just attending the First Class lecture.

You may pay for this class under "Make A Payment".


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Sirius K9 AcademyClick here for Basic Obedience Equipment List 

Full payment is due prior to the first day of class. (Please see Our Current Class Schedule for start dates and deadlines.)

This class covers the following commands:

  • Informal heeling (dog stays with you on a loose leash - no more pulling!)
  • Formal heeling (dog stays at your left or right side all on its own - the dog's head is even with your legs. (Includes: left, right, and about turns)
  • Automatic sit (the dog will automatically sit when you stop walking without being given a command to sit)
  • Sit / down / & sit from a down (at your side and at the end of the leash in front of you in place)
  • Sit and down stay with heavy distractions
  • A "recess" command (to reward and release your dog from obedience training)
  • Informal recall (reinforces the dog's name for when it is off leash)
  • Formal recall (the dog must come to you and sit directly in front of you from a minimum of 15')
  • Wait (so the dog does not bolt out the door, crate, or gate, and waits to be given the command to eat, etc)
  • Common behavior issues such as digging, chewing, mouthing/biting, house/potty training, jumping, greeting skills/manners, body language, safety in public places when with your dog and how to protect/defend yourself from loose dogs, etc.)
  • And much much more!

This is MUCH more than just an obedience class!!!! YOU will learn a LOT!

(WEDNESDAYS 6:00pm or SUNDAYS at 10am) Held in Yorba Linda.
Instructors: Caroline Haldeman and John Endlich. (This course has a minimum of two instructors per class!)

Please note: The first YL Wednesday class and Sunday class are on the posted class start date. We combine our classes for the first class which is a lecture. After attending the first class lecture without your dog, if you signed up for the Wednesday class, you will then attend the remaining classes on the following Wednesday evenings, or on the following Sunday mornings at your assigned class time. (Class size maximum is 10 for Wed and 16 dogs for Sun classes.) Dogs do NOT attend the first class. The first class is approximately 3 hours long and the following classes with your dog will average 1 1/2 hours each and can go 2 hrs.

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