Welcome to Basic Manners for Real Life

Welcome to your new Basic Manners for Real Life online class. Here you will be able to find detailed written instructions and homework to go with each of your in-person classes. 

To get you started, below is a link to download a free copy of our Official Kindred Companions Training Manual. Please give it is once over before you attend your first class. You can access them at the bottom of this page.




  • Be on time. 
  • Have your dog on a flat collar or harness. No choke, prong, e-collars, or retractable (flexi) leads in class. If you're transitioning off one of these tools, bring it to class along with the required class equipment and we will be happy to help you.
  • Poop bags - Every puppy's gotta poop!
  • Closed-toe shoes or sneakers - no sandals, flipflops, or heels. We don't want anyone falling on a dog!
  • Bring LOTS of treats! 1-2 ziplock bags at least. However, if you run out, you can always purchase more from the store. 
  • Do not allow your dog to greet or play with the other dogs in class unless you're directed to by your instructor. This is highly important to ensure class flows properly and all dogs can feel safe and pay proper attention.
  • There are no make ups for classes. Please refer here for the information you missed if you could not attend a class.

Once you have attended your first class, go ahead and click on the obedience skill that corresponds with the class you just attended. At the top of each page, you will find handy links which will help you navigate to each particular lesson as well as the real world exercise for that week. Underneath each lesson will also be a link to a PDF version of the lesson/exercise for you to print out at your convenience. 

Please do not jump ahead obedience skills without instructor permission as each topic will be covered in class at it's proper pace.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your instructor via email. They are always happy to help you.

Kindred Companions Official Training Manual

Molly Sumridge