American Canine Institute

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Do you have a new dog in your life? Do you want to start them off on the right paw? Our canine classes at American Canine Institute are designed to give you the foundation you and your furry friend need to have a happy life together. From beginner courses to our advanced programs, we will guide you through training your dog to respond to basic commands and even how to act properly while off of their leash.

We offer group and private classes year round. There are NO training waiting lists at American Canine Institute, because all of our classes are continuous entry. This means you and your dog can start training at your convenience.

We try to limit group classes to 12 teams plus the trainer, but occasionally we exceed that number. Private lessons are offered in home or at many locations throughout the area. Private lessons are limited to a dog, handler, and the trainer, or with multiple family members and/or dogs. Typically, lessons are once a week for one hour. All classes require owners to provide proof of vaccinations.


Puppy Kindergarten (Group)

Our Puppy Kindergarten program is a 12-week puppy class that covers the importance of properly raising a puppy. The class covers socialization, training, activity, responsibility, health, nutrition, grooming, first aid, and housebreaking. We also address individual puppy behavioral problems in the class. The first eight weeks is an AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy training program.

At the end of eight weeks, the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program begins. This program stresses responsible pet ownership for the owners and basic good manners for the dogs, concluded with an AKC CGC test. 

Eligibility: Ten weeks to six months of age and proof of current vaccinations

Duration: Once a week for one hour for up to 12 weeks

Equipment: Leash and properly fitted flat collar or a properly fitted training collar if needed.    

Beginner or Basic Obedience  (On-Leash Only)

In this class, the handler and dog are taught the basic commands: sit, down, stay, and recall. During a class session, the handler and dog are taught how to properly execute left and right turns, a left and right turn about, turn against the dog, formal recall and stand for inspection.


Eligibility: Dog is six months of age and older

Duration: Once a week for one hour for eight weeks

Equipment: 6 ft. leash and properly fitted “training” collar


Intermediate Obedience (Limited Off Leash)

In this class, the handler and dog improve their skills attained in the Basic Obedience training. We do new in place turns, sit and down stays while in motion, with some off leash exercises preparing the team for Advanced Obedience training.

Eligibility: Dog and handler have successfully completed the Basic Obedience class

Duration: Once a week for one hour for eight weeks

Equipment: 6 ft. leash and properly fitted “training” collar


Board and Train Program

We offer board and train programs for the canine that needs training when your busy schedule does not permit you to attend classes. They receive the personal care and training of your choice. After training is completed, the handler receives an accelerated training regimen.

Your dog is continuiously socialized, trained for a minimum of three times per day and is free to roam a fenced yard area a minimum of 6 hours per day.  All kennels are cleaned twice per day, dry, and climate controlled.

Advanced Obedience (Off Leash, Voice Commands, and Hand Signals)

All commands taught in Basic and Intermediate Obedience classes are performed off the leash. Sit, down, and stay commands are added during a Recall. Sit and down commands are completed at 40 ft. for three-minute sit stays. Five-minute down stays are performed while the handler is out of sight of the dog.

Eligibility: Dog and handler have successfully completed Intermediate Obedience classes

Duration: Once a week for one hour for eight weeks

Equipment: Leash and properly fitted “training” collar


Agility (Practical)

Practical agility includes hurdle jumps, broad jumps, “A” frame, plank walks, tunnel, weave poles, and directional work. The class is focused on proper execution of agility regimens, not the speed at which the dog can complete an agility course.

Eligibility: Successfully completed the Basic Obedience class and an age depending on breed and size of dog

Duration: Varies based on the discipline.  


Behavior Modification Programs

Behavioral problems are the result of interactions between your pet and their family, plus other elements in the dog’s environment. Solving a behavior problem is rarely simple; it requires your mental effort and often some emotional adjustments on the part of all family members. Each behavioral modification program is determined on a case-by-case basis. Regardless of how a behavioral problem was created, no guilt feelings are warranted, only a resolve to eliminate the problem is needed.

Duration: Varies based on the problem being solved. Most sessions are once a week for one hour. Training can take 12 weeks and sometimes longer. Yet, the majority of the time these problems can be addressed and corrected in a Group Class.

Service Dog Training

We are dedicated to the enrichment of the lives of people with disabilities by developing our training criteria of service dogs through our Pets to Service Dogs Program. In order to provide an increased independence for the disabled person and/or for their caregivers, we offer training for dogs already in the home of the disabled person whenever possible.

We have developed one of the highest set of training standards in the service dog industry by adopting the principles of the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP), the American Kennel Club (AKC), and the Canine Good Citizen programs.

We also consult and follow recommendations of leading medical communities to ensure that treatment goals are being met. A behavior analyst, trainer, along with a member of the medical community review all our standards and curriculums, to ensure they exceed the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

We offer private training for owners and/or caregivers. Training includes teaching task training, such as retrieving dropped items, hearing alerts, stability or mobility assistance, opening or closing doors, customized tasks, diabetic alerts, and public access training, PTSD, Seizure detection, and other assistance dogs.  We  DO NOT train seeing eye dogs.