Manners 2

Training overview

Canine Academy’s Manners Camp series starts with Manners 1. Graduates of Manners 1 are eligible to continue their journey to go-anywhere companion with Manners 2 – available via board and train or private lessons. This program builds on your dog’s basic obedience foundation to build off-leash reliability around any distraction. In this program, you’ll work 1:1 with a trainer to master basic obedience in any environment. At the end of the program, you’ll have a usable set of skills to communicate with your canine companion for life. While there is no such thing as a quick fix in dog training, our program is designed to give you fast results, along with the support that you need to establish long-lasting habits for lifelong success.

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Training Results 

At the end of the program, your dog will have useful and reliable off-leash obedience skills under distraction, for a duration of time, and at a distance from their handler. You’ll have an understanding of how to reinforce your dog’s training for life.

For a look at some of our trained doggos, check out our results page.  Though Manners Camp does not guarantee these results, they are typical for graduates of Manners 2.

Recommended For

Manners 2 is recommended for graduates of Manners 1.

Skills Learned

In Manners 2, your dog will learn the following skills and commands both on and off-leash.

  • Sit when asked
  • Hold in sit when handler walks away
  • Hold in sit around distraction
  • Laying down when asked
  • Hold in down when handler walks away
  • Hold in down under distraction
  • Come when called and relax within petting distance
  • Come when called from a distraction
  • Go to place and stay when handler walks away
  • Stay on place when everyone leaves room
  • Stay on place with distractions around
  • Walking on left side in heel position on loose leash
  • Maintaining heel when passing a distraction
  • Sits and remains sitting when handler greets person
  • Walk off-leash with handler demonstrating control over dog
  • Sit by door and hold sit until given signal to go through door
  • Understanding of the release command in all situations noted above


Further, your trainer will ensure you the owner can:

  • Use basic obedience skills to communicate with your dog
  • Anticipate and redirect distractions and unwanted behavior from your dog
  • Build healthy habits for lifelong success

Not sure where to start?

Take our behavioral assessment and a member of our team will reach out to discuss how to achieve your specific training goals

How Manners Camp Works

Canine Academy’s Manners Program is available in two formats: Stay and train, or private lessons. Once your dog has completed Manners 1, he or she may enroll in Manners 2 to continue their journey to go-anywhere companion. You may participate in a stay and train program for Manners 1 and a private lesson program for Manners 2 and vice-versa.

Stay and Train Format

During a 5-6 day stay on campus, your dedicated trainer will work 1:1 with your dog, while providing progress updates and focusing on the distractions most important to your family. The Canine Academy Care Team will shower them with walks, playtime, and belly rubs when they are not in training. At the end of the program, you will work with your trainer during a hands-on lesson designed to provide you with the confidence and tools needed to continue reinforcing your dog’s new skills at home. 

Approximately 1 week after you bring your dog home, you’ll have a follow-up phone call with your trainer to ensure a smooth transition back to life with your family.

Lesson Based Format

Over the course of 3 weeks, you’ll meet 1:1 with your trainer weekly to introduce basic obedience skills. Your trainer will assign daily homework for practice between lessons. This homework is designed to build your dog’s impulse control around distractions. Your trainer will help you build skills and learn to troubleshoot in order to build reliable skills.

Pricing & Enrollment

The stay and train package includes a stay at our facilities with a dedicated trainer, a customer go-home lesson and access to our training and support library, a follow-up phone call with your trainer, and access to Canine Academy’s group classes for graduates for life.

The lesson package includes 3 one-on-one lessons with a dedicated trainer, access to our training and support library, and access to Canine Academy’s group classes for graduates for life.

Please contact us for pricing and enrollment dates. Financing is available for this training program – click here for more information!

Board and Train Frequently Asked Questions

When does my dog get breakfast?

Breakfast starts at 7:30am. Our dedicated care team arrives bright and early to feed each dog his or her preferred food, dispense any required medications, and start everyone’s day right with a consistent morning routine! 

What does my dog do when not in training?

When not in training, your dog will be hitting the trails or socializing our in our play field. 


Each dog on our campus gets an individual morning walk through our private nature trails. Hot sniffs and doggy curiosity abound when our Care Team is at the other end of the leash. 


For dogs that can’t wait to see their doggy friends, a nice long opportunity to run free and chase toys is as fun as any day at the dog park. For dogs that have a more solo style, individual enrichment and extra ear scratches are on the menu. 

How much time does my dog spend with their trainer?

Every day,  your dog will spend about 2.5-3 hours with their trainer, broken into two separate sessions with time to rest in between. 

Does my dog get to rest during the day?

Yes! All of that mental work is exhausting. Your dog will get nap time opportunities in between training. Our kennels provide a nice, quiet place to get some R&R, let their new skills marinate, and get their brain and body ready for more play and training. 

When does my dog get dinner?

Dinner is served at 6:00pm, along with any required medications or supplements and plenty of time for a potty break.

Will my dog get an evening walk?

Yes! Evening enrichment time entails either another walk or a second chance to hang out with friends in the play field. After a full day of play and work, evening enrichment usually has our dogs doing more sniffing and exploring than running and chasing! 

When does my dog go to sleep?

At 10pm, each dog gets his or her final potty break before getting tucked in for the night. Bedtime routines include getting plenty of belly rubs before our Care Team leaves our sleeping dogs in the hand of our on-site manager each night.