Training Schedule

Pre-registration is required for all classes.
Payment and shot records must be received by orientation.
Classes fill early!

Group classes give you the skills and information you need to train your dog. They also provide an excellent environment for socialization and working through distractions. We operate on the premise that dogs learn quicker and retain longer when they are rewarded for desired behaviors immediately and consistently.


  • 6-week classes are $150
  • 3-week classes (Really Reliable Recall, Therapy Dog Prep, and focus workshops) are $75


  • $10 off full price on 6-week classes ($5 off on 3-weeks classes) for returning students or dogs adopted from local rescues.
  • Hooked on training? Your fifth class and beyond are only $60! Sorry, no discounts on the Friends and Family $60 rate.


  • Pay online
  • Drop a check in the mail to: Play Dog Excellent, 4113 Dayton Blvd, Chattanooga TN 37415
  • Call us at 423-870-7740 – we can take a Visa or Mastercard over the phone.
  • Pay in person with cash, check, Visa, or MasterCard.

Notes on orientation:

Orientation is held The Tuesday before classes start. We live stream orientations so that you can watch online. You are certainly welcome to come in person, but without your dog, please. The doors open at 6:15pm in case you need to take care of shot records and/or payment. The presentation begins right at 6:45pm and lasts about an hour. We cover housekeeping, safety, motivation, equipment, and more, and some of our advanced dogs will do demonstrations showing off their skills to give you some ideas about which direction to take your own training program. Orientation is the same each session, so if you’ve already attended, there is no need to come again, although you should check our COVID page for updates in case there have been some changes..

Head Start: for puppies 2-5 months old. This is where puppies learn to learn. We cover puppy basics including crate training, house breaking, grooming, teething, nutrition, exercise, equipment, and lots of socialization to build a great foundation for a confident, reliable dog. We also begin obedience work with sit, down, come, and walking on leash without pulling. Remember: what we learn first, we learn best, so it’s critical that puppies learn good manners right from the start. Instructor: Nancy Miller

Puppy Plus!: for puppies 5-10 months old. This class focuses on the behaviors most requested by puppy owners: proper greeting behaviors with both people and dogs, walking politely on leash, and coming when called. Lots more too! Instructor: Tamara Kinzer 

S.T.A.R. Puppy: for puppies 5-10 months old. The S.T.A.R. Puppy class and certification was developed by AKC to get dog owners and puppies off to a good start. Highly recommended for dogs looking to do therapy work or attain the Canine Good Citizen certifications. Instructor: Nancy Cambron

Manners Matter: designed especially for adolescent dogs 10-24 months old. Real-world application of cutting edge techniques. We use fun and games to improve your young dog’s self-control and understanding of how to make good choices. You will learn to teach your dog to sit, down, come, and stay, and troubleshoot common issues like pulling on leash, barking and jumping on people, charging through doors, nipping, and inappropriate chewing. Instructors: Julie Jones-Thornton and Anna Craig

Basic Obedience: A well-mannered dog is a joy forever! This entry-level class is geared toward dogs over two years old. The goal is to develop your skills as a trainer while teaching your dog obedience fundamentals. We cover important and useful behaviors including sit, down, come, stay, heel, wait, leave it, proper greetings, and more. Instructor: Nancy Miller

Really Reliable Recall: 3-week focus course! Easy-to-follow steps to train your dog to come when it really counts, in an emergency. Learn how to build trust and ensure safety. Once trained, the recall works immediately in any situation, no matter what your dog is doing. For dogs of all ages. Instructor: Nancy Cambron

Canine Good Citizen and Canine Good Citizen Advanced: These are intermediate-level classes that prepares both ends of the leash to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen certification exams. Check in before registering as we alternate CGC and Advanced CGC classes. Instructor: Julie Jones-Thornton

Nosework: This class shows you how to train your dog to find and indicate specific scents. Great fun, amazing exercise, and you can take it from at-home hyjinx all the way to competition! Instructors: Diane Goff and Tamara Kinzer

Tricks and Techniques: Success early and often is key to building confidence and control. We use agility equipment, labyrinths, and other devices to make training easy and fun. We’ll introduce your dog to different surfaces, show you how to use distractions to clarify expectations and improve reliability, and integrate the foundation exercises in new and interesting ways, making this class a lot of fun for both ends of the leash. Instructor: Anna Craig

Do More With Your Dog: This class is for all ages and levels. We will cover over 30 tricks in this class, including been “wipe your paws” and “put your toys away”. A solid sit and down are the only prerequisites. Students can test for all levels of Trick Dog titles. Class graduates will each earn a beautiful trick dog ribbon. Instructor: Anna Craig

Agility 1: This class is for dogs that are at least 9 months old, have a confident recall, and are able to be around other dogs in a high-energy situation without being reactive. We will introduce ending contact behaviors, start line stays, jumping technique, flat work, table, tunnels, and weaves. Instructor: Nancy Cambron

Agility 2: The goal of this class is to teach the desired trial behavior for each agility obstacle used in AKC agility, including jumps, tunnels, contacts, and 6 weaves. Correct behaviors are learned and reinforced by back-chaining from the ending behavior. Instructor: Sally Moses

Agility 3: This class is designed to prepare dog/handler teams for AKC agility trials. Teams will learn how to perform sequences and basic handling skills, including leading out, crosses, pivots, and working up to full competition contact and jump height. Prerequisite is completion of Agility 1 and 2, and recommendation by a PDX instructor. Instructor: Bev Kriewald

Agility 4: This class is offered for teams currently competing in AKC Novice or Open classes, with an emphasis on handling skills necessary to successfully execute Novice and Open courses in a competitive agility trial. You will also learn about course analysis, scoring, and how to avoid common mistakes. Prerequisite is competency on all obstacles and common jump sequences plus 12 straight weaves and recommendation by a PDX instructor. Instructor: Bev Kriewald

Agility 5: This class is designed for teams who are currently competing at the Open, Excellent, or Master agility level. Advanced exercises are used to refine skills, build drive, increase distance, and strengthen teamwork. Students must be highly fluent on all obstacles, and be reliable off leash with a variety of distractions. Instructors: Bev Kriewald and Kathy McHugh

Rally Obedience Foundations: Rally Obedience is a competitive dog sport that features more than 50 individual exercises laid out on a course. It is a low-pressure way to have fun with your dog while improving skills, working as a team, and perhaps building toward formal obedience competition. Instructors: Nancy Miller, Marcy Wilson, and Pamela Moore