Easily fill the best dog training classes in town—yours

Make teaching dog training classes easy, fun, and effective with Open Enrollment R+ Basic Manners curriculum

Why dogbiz Basic Manners

Fill your classes, and keep them that way

Stop running classes half full or losing students to cancellations or postponements due to low enrollment.

Open enrollment

If there’s room, students can start anytime. That means no more waiting for them, and no more lost opportunities for you. And that means you make more money.

Teach all levels of dogs and students together

Skilled, experienced students with green dog guardians? No problem. Focused Lassies with distracted Scoobie Doos? Easy.

Self-contained lesson plans

Put an end to mini lessons for each student. dogbiz’ innovative curriculum lets all students and dogs participate in the same exercises together.

Keep students coming back for more

Finish class with the same number of students you started with, and get more of those students to take your next class, too—and the one after that.

Real-life themes

Building each week’s activities around problem solving a real-life situation—like polite behavior around guests or a successful neighborhood walk or part outing—keeps students engaged and makes teaching basic manners a blast.

Save your time and end your stress

No more need to reinvent the wheel, piece together your classes from other trainers’ plans, rush to prep tonight’s lessons, or stress as you “wing it.

A fully planned, scripted curriculum allows you to teach easily and with confidence, and promotes professional consistency among all trainers on your staff.

Build R+ compliance in your community

Written by experienced R+ trainers and professional curriculum developers, dogbiz Basic Manners class creates enthusiastic student buy-in for positive reinforcement training.

Your students learn the skills they need with exercises designed to gently, effectively break down old training habits and commonly held myths.

Give your students better training results

Tired of hearing students complain, “He only behaves in class!”? Our real-life based curriculum teaches students how to get training success outside your classroom—where it counts most.

Goal-based curriculum

A focus on teaching people instead of dogs means your students learn the skills they need to handle new situations—like situational awareness, working at their dog’s level (criteria setting), and problem solving.

Basic Manners Package details

Easy to use

Fully editable and brandable

PC and Mac compatible

Designed by R+ trainers and master curriculum developers

tried and tested by R+ trainers across the US and internationally

Immediate delivery via download link

What you get

Your Basic Manners Curriculum Package includes:

Fully scripted, easy to follow curriculum

Brandable student homework handbook

Instructor’s handbook

Assistant’s handbook (assistants not required)

Behaviors include:

Leave it
Loose leash walking
Polite greetings

Training concepts & skills include:

Basic learning theory
Life rewards
Fading the lure
Reward removal
Criteria setting
Problem solving
Proofing / handling distraction
Getting & keeping focus
Rate of reinforcement
Use of voice & body

After attending dogbiz Basic Manners, your students will be able to:

  • Confidently handle their dog meeting strangers and fellow canines
  • Prepare and enjoy meals without the dog underfoot
  • Receive visitors who marvel at their dog’s good behavior
  • Take peaceful, uneventful walks through their neighborhood or park
  • Enjoy their dog’s company on errands or taking a break at the coffee shop
  • Work from home, read email, or enjoy a movie uninterrupted

Orientation 3 Ways:

You choose the orientation option best for your student and business:

  1. Traditional group setting
  2. One-on-one “perk” to differentiate your program (in person or online via programs like Skype or Zoom)
  3. Video

After the first 4 students, every Basic Manners class signup is profit for your training business.


Based on an average dog training class tuition, just 4 student registrations cover your curriculum investment and save you countless hours of class design and prep time

Or bundle your Basic Manners Curriculum and save:

Classes Success Package A

  • Basic Manners Curriculum
  • Puppy Curriculum
  • Topics Curriculum

$1,650 (save $150)

Classes Success Package B

  • Basic Manners Curriculum
  • Puppy Curriculum

$1,100 (save $100)

Classes Success Package B

  • Basic Manners Curriculum
  • Puppy Curriculum
  • 5 hours of consulting

$2,100 (save $150)


What trainers say

“We are doing so well this year—open enrollment has been amazing. Thank you!”

–Cath Dombroski, Doggie Diplomas, Elderslie, NSW Australia

couple with dogs

“We used to start class with 8 students and maybe finish with 3. In the past year since we started your open enrollment Basic and Puppy we have had only one student that did not complete our classes.”

–Dennis Fehling & Pamela Bigoni, Friends For Life Dog Training, Redmond, OR

Need more info about the Basic Manners package?

Review a dogbiz Basic Manners sample to be sure it’s the right fit for you, your students, and your business.

Let us know what questions you have—we’re happy to help.
Email or call us at 510.525.2547

Basic Manners System Requirements & FAQ

Can I access your curriculum from my Mac and PC?

Yes. If you’re on a PC you’ll need Microsoft Word. If you’re a Mac user, you can use Word or Pages.

I have a class starting this weekend. How fast can I get my new curriculum?

No worries! You’ll receive an immediate order confirmation email with a download link as soon as you complete your purchase.

Who writes the dogbiz curriculum?

Co-founders Veronica Boutelle and Gina Phairas develop and write all dogbiz curriculum. Veronica has a master’s degree in Education and previously taught graduate courses in curriculum development, and also trained teachers. Gina developed and taught curriculum for Jean Donaldson’s original SF/SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers. Both Veronica and Gina also have extensive experience teaching dog training classes.

Do I have to offer open enrollment to use dogbiz curriculum?

Not at all. The dogbiz Basic Manners curriculum works just as well as a traditional sequential format with all students starting and ending class on the same dates together.

Does your curriculum include an orientation session without dogs?

Yes. We include curriculum for an orientation session and strongly recommend including one. How you do so is up to you—we include notes about group orientation or providing private one-on-one orientations. Some trainers are offering theirs by video, too.

What age group is your curriculum designed for?

Our Basic Manners curriculum can be used for any age from adolescence through senior dogs.

What training methodologies are used?

All of our curriculum is based solidly in positive reinforcement. It can be taught with or without the aide of clickers.