Obedience Training



Obedience classes are crucial for a relaxed and confident pet. They prevent behavior issues by establishing rules, teaching desired manners, fostering effective communication, and building positive bonds. This training extends to both indoor and outdoor settings, enhancing the overall relationship with your dog while setting clear boundaries for acceptable behavior.

Dog training outing to public shopping center

Obedience Training Sessions:

Session 6 begins June 24, 2024

Monday, June 24

  • 10:00 am Coffee and Pups Obedience Class
  • 5:00 pm Puppy Class
  • 6:00 pm Manners 101
  • 7:00 pm Community Park Class

Tuesday, June 25

  • 5:00 pm Manners 301
    Community Park Class
  • 6:00 pm Manners 201
    Community Park Class

Session 7 begins JuLY 29, 2024

Monday, July 29

  • 10:00 am Coffee and Pups Obedience Class
  • 5:00 pm Puppy Class
  • 6:00 pm Manners 101
  • 7:00 pm Community Park Class/201

Tuesday, July 30

  • 5:00 pm Manners 101
  • 6:00 pm Community Park Class/201




We focus on making you and your dog successful! The very first thing we work on is attention! We use games for this to keep it interesting for your dog. This is the foundation of all dog training. Your dog needs to think you are the best thing ever! We will discuss words of affirmation and correction words as well. We cover impulse control and behaviors such as jumping, barking, and potty training. We talk about body awareness and environmental stimuli. We cover commands such as leave it, sit, stay, down, come on recall, and how to start properly walking on a leash. We also work on fun commands like get it and find it and target training. This class is the basis for training your dog in the future and continuing with Manners 101 and 201.

4-week course $195


The “Manners 101” course focuses on making your pet a well-mannered companion through essential commands like walking on lead, sit, down, stay, and recall. It also addresses common behavioral issues such as barking, digging, and jumping. The class caters to puppies and adult dogs, assisting with housebreaking and counter-surfing. Open to dogs aged 4 months and older, it is an ideal starting point for creating a best friend.

4-week course $195


After mastering the basics in Manners 101, our 201 Community Class elevates the challenge by placing dogs and handlers in new environments. This advanced training aims to strengthen previously acquired skills, foster your dog’s confidence, and transform them into well-rounded pets ready to accompany you anywhere, at various stores, malls, and restaurants.

4-week course $195


Come and practice your obedience skills with Children in the park, bikes, cars, other dogs, and many other distractions. Lessons will be held at various parks in the area.

4-week course $195


Come and enjoy a cup of coffee while you train your puppy. This class will be 4 weeks long for dogs under 1 year old. We will cover behaviors such as jumping, barking, and biting as well as basic obedience skills such as sit, stay, down, come on recall, leash walking, and stay.

4-week course $195


Outdoor Class: This class is for those who have already completed our Manners 101 Class and wish to continue to train and improve their dog’s social skills. The outdoor environment brings many new distractions and challenges. From runners to soccer games, many exciting things are going on. The class will be held at Oak Park on Social Row Road. Prerequisite: Manners 101 Class

4-week course $195


CGC is an AKC certification that you can get with your dog! It is all the skills you have been working on, but no training collars are permitted. This is a step that is usually required prior to a therapy dog or a service dog certification.

Test 1: Accepting a friendly stranger+
Test 2: Sitting politely for petting+
Test 3: Appearance and grooming+
Test 4: Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)+
Test 5: Walking through a crowd+
Test 6: Sit and down on cue and stay in place+
Test 7: Coming when called+
Test 8: Reaction to another dog+
Test 9: Reaction to distraction+
Test 10: Supervised separation+
4-week course $195


In this class, we will adventure into various stores and walk outside near people and children. We will experience people approaching your dog and different noises and experiences in new surroundings. We will practice going in and out of automatic doors as well as riding in an elevator. Please note to receive a UCGC Title, you must first have a CGC certificate. That test can be given by your instructor if you are interested.

4-week course $195


Come and have fun with your dog!!! No age requirement! Come and have fun with your dog! Learn new behaviors and skills for your dog, and help them become engaged in the learning process. We will work on front paw targeting, a tuck sit, a kickback stand, some cookie stretches, and many more fitness activities. Each class will include a warmup and a cool-down. This class helps the handler learn proper dog alignment and teaches your dog to perform the exercise correctly.

There are three levels of AKC fitness titles-Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Each title requires a specific number of activity points to be completed, which varies based on title level. Earning points is done outside of class as well with hikes and outings, with dog and handler.

4-week course $195


Private lessons will be available Monday, Tuesday, and some weekends. If you want to train with friends, we can make that happen. Call our office and one of our trainers will contact you. All classes are held in our large heated training facility. $80/hr or three one-hour sessions $220.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer makeup classes for all of our group lessons.

Need some extra practice? Try our New Drop-in policy to practice with your dog in any obedience class. Participants must have attended classes at Big Times or scheduled an evaluation. Class cost is $20, evaluation $10.

We accept cash, personal checks, and credit cards.*

This is a first-come, first-serve opportunity. Call Big Times Kennel at 937-885-3427. We are excited to offer more personalized dog training and dog lessons for you and your pet.

Do you have questions about our training program? Feel free to call. You can schedule a visit to see a training session.

Big Times Kennel Dog Training Center is located south of the kennel, with ample parking and plenty of open grassy areas to walk your dog before class begins.


Kim Scoville Big Times Kennel Trainer


Kim Scoville, Trainer
Despite holding degrees and working in the Physical Therapy and Special Education fields, my true passion lies in dog training. With 27 years of experience at Big Times, I’ve worked with various dogs, including therapy dogs and rescued dogs dealing with all kinds of issues. As an AKC-certified trainer, I offer CGC certifications, Trick Dog, Urban Canine Good Citizen, and temperament testing. From basic puppy classes to AKC Fit Dog, I cover it all. Join me to engage in community classes and visit indoor stores/restaurants in winter and outdoor places/festivals in spring/summer. I specialize in working with reactive and sometimes aggressive dogs. Currently, I’m training a Rough Coated Collie in Herding and Scent work and a Standard Poodle in Agility, Dock Diving, and Barn Hunting, emphasizing good obedience skills. Join us for classes and fun!

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