Training Syllabus

Basic Obedience I Syllabus

Offers basic manners in and around the house.

Basic Skills

  • Sit
  • Down
  • Stay
  • Come
  • Place


  • Jumping Up
  • Sit to Greet
  • Heel with an Automatic Sit

Managing Distractions

  • Leave It/ Drop It
  • Sit/ Down/ Stay with Distractions



  • Greeting people politely
  • Proper play

Intermediate Obedience II Syllabus

Picks up where Basic Obedience left off. This class builds your relationship with your dog while adding distractions and allowing distance between you and your k9

Basic with Distractions

  • Sit-Stay-Come
  • Down @ a distance
  • Heel with Finish
  • Come
  • Place
  • Leave it/ Drop it
  • Relationship Building with Distractions

Advanced Obedience III CGC Syllabus

gets your k9 team ready to certify excellent manners in public. This certificate is usually a prerequisite for therapy work or some sports dogs

  • Accepting a Friendly Stranger
  • Sitting politely for petting
  • Appearance and grooming
  • Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)
  • Walking through a crowd
  • Sit and down on command and Staying in place
  • Coming when called
  • Reaction to another dog
  • Reaction to distraction
  • Supervised separation

Puppy Class Syllabus

is a combination of teaching the new addition to your family what is expected of him/her. We play fun training games to socialize your puppy and teach proper manners.


  • Name Recognition
  • Watch
  • Come
  • Sit & Down
  • Walk on a leash


  • Mouthing
  • Barking
  • House Breaking
  • Crate Training
  • Leave it & Drop it



  • Greeting people politely
  • Proper play

Cross fit

CONDITIONING/STRENGTH TRAINING is great for dogs who are working breeds, sport, and high energy.


  • Focuses on introducing the equipment
  • Stretching & Strengthening & Flexibility
  • Balance


  • Core Conditioning
  • Balance &  Weight Stabilizing
  • Flexibility


  • Core Conditioning with Resistance
  • Balance & Weight Stabilizing with Resistance
  • Flexibility

is designed for dogs who need a low-impact work out. This class is great for puppies, over-weight, fearful, and elderly dogs.

  • Core conditioning
  • Stretching, Strengthening, Flexibility

Fearful dog

it takes some dogs a little longer to trust. That’s ok, we will help build your pups confidence through low-key training games and activities

  • Confidence building
  • Searching/hunting games
  • Stretching, Strengthening, Flexibility
  • Socialization
Tracking & Trailing (Search And Rescue) SAR

Our Tracking program is intended to cover training such as ordinary and specialized scent tracking or searching. This training covers areas such as Search and Rescue (SAR) – (human scent), dog scent and family search programs.   This program will teach you the art, and your dog the skills required for scent tracking.   A qualified dog will learn to search and find on command, and accurately alert.  It also teaches the handler how to handle and command this new tool, and properly reward and reinforce behaviors.

Your dog will continue to be the same friendly dog you’ve always had, and will not change his behavior with the family or friends.

This type of training is very specialized, and requires a dog that will test positive for this type of work.  If you are interested in this program, please call us (919-423-8954) for an appointment for a free evaluation to identify if your dog is suited for this program. If you do not have a dog presently, and are interested in this topic and search possibilities, call us for more information.

Private Lessons

Focus on improving behavioral training for owner and dog relationship.

  • $80 an hour at the kennel
  • $125 an hour off premises
  • $40 each additional 30 minutes


Why select private lessons?

  • Work towards better social behavior
  • Work on specific issue(s)
  • Help manage aggressive or reactive behavior

Professor TDK9 answers your questions about Top Dog training

Q: My dog does not like other dogs. Can we still enroll in a group class?
A: Yes. Dogs in a class setting do not socialize with one another freely. If you think you cannot control your dog in a group setting, we can evaluate your dog before class. 

Q: What do I need to bring for class?
A: For the first class bring a secure collar, a 6 foot cotton, nylon or leather leash
(not retractable), proof of up to date vaccination records, and small, soft training treats. Other training equipment will be discussed during class. 

Q: I just adopted a 5 year old dog. Is he too old for basic obedience class?
A: Any dog over the age of 3 months will benefit from Top Dog’s Basic Obedience Class. This class teaches you and your dog to communicate with one another. He or she will also learn basic obedience commands.

 To learn more about your dog’s breed, visit the American Kennel Club