Obedience training is probably the most important aspect of raising a dog. In fact, a well- trained dog is by far a happier dog! Why? Because a trained dog requires fewer restrictions. The more reliable the dog, the more freedom he is given. A well-behaved, obedience trained dog is a pleasure to own because he can go virtually anywhere without being a risk or nuisance to others. And don’t we all want a dog who exhibits appropriate behavior in a crowd, good manners when we have guests in our home, is reliable around children, and who doesn’t threaten other dogs or passers-by?

Training serves to strengthen the bond between a dog and his owner. It builds communication, understanding, and mutual respect, and subtly but effectively demonstrates to your dog that you’re the leader of the pack (commonly referred to as the “Alpha”). And if your dog doesn’t respect you as his leader, you may both be in big trouble, particularly if he’s a bit rowdy or dominant by nature.

Obedience training also gives the dog owner the voice control necessary to prevent numerous potential tragedies. For instance, should a dog slip out of his collar in the middle of a congested traffic intersection, he can be safely heeled across the street, then given a sit command to facilitate putting his collar back on. Or should someone accidentally leave the front door open, and you spot your dog leaving, he can be safely called back to you using the recall command

The bottom line is that dog obedience training truly benefits everyone. Obedience training takes more time than you might imagine- both from the person actually doing the training and the owner. Regardless of what anyone might tell you, don’t think for a moment that you can leave your dog for a training class, come back in a week or so, and take home your well-trained, well-behaved dog that obeys your every command! If it worked that way, anyone coming into contact with your dog could have control of your dog. Be prepared to dedicate as much time as is necessary to work with your trainer and your dog to achieve the level of results you desire.

We’ll be glad to make recommendations about where to take your dog for training. We’ll also be glad to answer questions about different trainers and the methods they may use. The only training program we offer at Barks and Recreation may well be the most important one of all, it’s our

PUPPY PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAM               $269

Puppies are learning all the time, from the moment you bring them home. The first few weeks you spend with your new best friend will set the tone of the rest of your relationship. It’s easy to set up good habits in the beginning, but harder to change bad habits later. One of the most important lessons your pup can learn is how to meet, greet and interact with other dogs. Once out of puppy-hood, many dogs consider it their job to protect you and their territory from anything- or anyone, who comes close. Learning how to be around new people and new dogs can literally make it possible- or impossible, to take your dog with you pretty much wherever you go. Getting your puppy out to see the world while he is still young is very important. Puppy Pre-School is a great place for your puppy to socialize with other people and dogs in a safe, controlled environment. Areas that will be covered include:

  • Introduction to Discipline and  Motivation
  • Socialization, including supervised play with other dogs
  • Touch Therapy- Handling, Quiet Time, Nail Trimming, Teeth Brushing, Crate Training
  • Name recognition
  • Loose Leash walking
  • Introduction to six basic commands: Sit, Stay, Come, Drop It, Wait and Okay

Puppy Pre-School covers 5 days and consists of 4 thirty minute instruction periods per day. Doggy Day Care is included.  Puppy Pre-School is for pups that are 12 to 24 weeks old. Proof of vaccinations is required. Owners will be given a daily progress report and suggestions on training re-enforcements to be used at home. You’ll receive a final Report Card and continued training suggestions on completion of the course.

Want to schedule a Puppy Pre-School session or make a Boarding reservation? Email us your reservation requests at

*Please be aware that reservations made via email are requests only until Barks and Recreation has confirmed your reservation with you. If we have not responded to your email request within 1 hour of it being sent to us (during normal business hours), please call us at 901-509-0909 to confirm your appointment!

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