Beginning – Dog Training

Dog Obedience 

AKC Competition Rally

Description: This class is designed to help you teach your dog the behaviors, skills and manners they need to become a good companion. You will develop better communication with your dog by learning to get and keep your dog’s attention. You will learn and practice training techniques based on positive reinforcement, including marking desired behavior, verbal praise and treats.

Beginning companion dog obedience training skills include: come, sit, down, stay/wait and walking on a loose leash as well as some tricks and games. Good manners include: polite greetings, not jumping on people and remaining focused around distractions. Class exercises are structured to build handler awareness of potential behavior problems as well as building each dog’s self-control. This class is also a great first step in preparing for the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC title) certification.

Requirements: Dogs 5 months and older. Dog must have been in your care for at least 3 weeks. Classes cannot accept dogs with aggression problems.

Length: 6, 1 hour classes

Cost: $145 (resident discount available)


Lomita Park

Time:  Tuesday @ 5:30 or 7:00 pm

Instructor:  Ethel Mercer, (310) 755-4443, and Carolyn Peter (714) 366–4887,

Beginning Dates:  July 9, 2024

Location:  Lomita Park, Outdoor Basketball Court, 24428 Eshelman Ave, Lomita, CA, 90717 (map).

Registration:  Sign up at the Lomita Park office located at 24428 Eshelman Avenue (map) or online.


Ernie Howlett Park, RHE

Time:  Wednesday @ 10:30 am

Instructor: Ethel Mercer, (310) 755-4443, and Carolyn Peter, (714) 366–4887,

Beginning Dates:  July 10, 2024

Location:  Ernie Howlett Park (flat area near the horse barn), 25851 Hawthorne Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274 (map).

Registration:  Contact

Complete these forms and send to above email address:

LOTC Registration Form

RHE Registration Form



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What to Bring

  • Receipt from park for proof of payment.
  • A proof of vaccinations in the form of your most recent vet receipt or a printout stating type and date of the vaccine the dog has been given. All adult dogs must have distemper and parvo and meet rabies requirements. Puppies need to have started and be up to date on the immunization process. Rabies is not required for very young puppies.
  • A well fitting collar and a 4’ to 6’ leather or nylon leash with nothing attached. No retractable or flexi leashes.
  • Bring lots of tiny treats to train your dog with. Make sure that your dog is hungry and that he loves the treats. Cheese, hot dogs, chicken, etc. work well.