Brilliant Behaviors Classes

To register for Classes with Karin Kirtner of Brilliant Behaviors please contact her via email at or call/text (440) 570-4023.

For class details and upcoming classes please see below:

Basic Manners 1: 4 Week Class

Starts July 10th 10:00am-11:00am

Using only positive, rewards based techniques, you’ll learn the basic good manners that pet parents want to know. Sit, Down and Come to name a few. We will start loose leash walking. Learn how to prevent unwanted behaviors like stealing or handling issues.

Start reading canine body language. What is your dog really saying?

This class is for all ages. From dogs that need to brush up on their cues, newly adopted dogs, to puppies. Puppies must have their first 2 shots. Dogs do not interact with each other in class.

Dogs will use only a flat collar or a harness, and a standard 4-6 ft leash in class.

*This class is not for dogs that are aggressive to people or other dogs. If you have questions, contact Karin.

Class size is very limited so each student gets personalized attention.

Basic Manners 2: 4 Week Class

Starts July 10th 12:00pm-1:00pm

We will progress the cues we started in Basic Manners 1. We’ll do more loose leash walking, work on coming when called from greater distance and distractions and get your dog to the next phase of good manners. We will use only rewards-based, positive reinforcement training. Class size is very limited so each student gets personalized attention.

*Dogs will use only a flat collar or harness and standard 4-6 ft leash in my class.

*Dogs must be good with other dogs and humans. If you have a concern about this, talk to Karin before registering for class.

Canine Good Citizen Prep Class: 6 Week Class

Starts August 7 12:00pm-1:00pm

From the AKC Website:

What is CGC?

CGC is a ten-skill training program that's open to all dogs-purebred and mixed breed-that focuses on teaching the basics of good manners and obedience, instilling the values of responsible ownership, and strengthening the bond between you and your dog at home and out in the community.


After mastering the ten skills, passing the CGC test together, and taking the Responsible Dog Ownership pledge, you and your pup will join the proud ranks of over 1 million dogs who entered their Canine Good Citizen award- accomplishment that's definitely worthy of extra belly rubs!


The Benefits of Canine Good Citizen

For starters, we know it's up to us as humans to lead the charge and promote responsible pet ownership, so our skills are based on learning how to better understand and communicate with each other. Through the hours of training and practice, you'll deepen your bond and become a more connected paid. This bond allows you to become the best companions for each other, and great neighbors to those around you. It's a win, win, win!


Beyond the bonding, there practical benefits to CGC training, too. Not only will you and your dog understand the basics of dog training, and master skills like sit, down, and stay, but you'll know your dog will be able to handle herself with grace in a crowd and be a welcomed client at the vet or groomer. The CGC title is also a prerequisite for many therapy dog certifications, as well as a great introduction to more advanced dog sports and activities. Some homeowners' insurance programs even offer discounts for CGC dogs, and an increasing number of apartments and condos see CGC awards as a major bonus for becoming a resident.