Does your dog bark, jump, counter-surf, charge through doors, pull on-leash?…

Dogs will be dogs, and fortunately and unfortunately, many of these behaviors can be considered normal.

The good news is that, as dog-owners, we have the opportunity to modify and improve their behavior at home and in other situations, like on walks and in meeting new people and dogs.

More good news!… Positive dog trainers, Sarah Hoth and Nicole Veile, can guide you through training your dog to more desirable behaviors, like being polite while guests arrive, sitting for a greeting, walking nicely on a leash, and staying in place… all with positive, fast and effective training techniques.

Read our Client Reviews!

Better manners start now!


6-Week Essential Etiquette Classes

A well-behaved dog is a pleasure to have around the house, out in public and virtually everywhere. Teaching your dog basic training skills are essential to obtaining good canine manners.

The Persuaded Pooch is proud to offer 6-week “Essential Etiquette” basic obedience group dog training classes (Level I and Level II) at the Webster Groves Recreation Complex every Tuesday evening.

St Louis Dog Training Classes

The recreation complex is right off the highway at I-44 at Elm Avenue, and is very easily accessible by St. Louis City, St. Louis County and IL residents via I-270/255, I-55 and I-64/40. 

Webster Groves Recreation Complex
E. 33 Glendale, Webster Groves, MO 63119
(314) 963-5600, Directions

Don’t wait any longer for a better-behaved dog! Taught by skilled, experienced and positive instructors, classes are fun, engaging and help build your dog’s everyday skills!

Look for the green “REGISTER NOW” buttons below to reserve your spot in the next available basic obedience group dog training class…


Important, please read!

Essential Etiquette classes are not appropriate for aggressive or reactive dogs. For reactive dog classes, please contact By My Side Training or visit our Private Training page for individualized, one-on-one help.


Essential Etiquette Level I | $140

  • Don’t wait weeks to start a class… We offer a rolling enrollment type class where new students can start any week!
  • Your dog will learn good manners around different dogs, people, interesting food smells, and other real world distractions.
  • This class covers essential skills such as polite greetings, sit, down, stay, loose leash walking, come, wait at the door and more! (We may also discuss other behavior challenges according to class need or interest.)
  • Hesitant to start now because you have a vacation or travel coming up? No worries! You have up to 7 weeks to use your 6 class sessions.
  • For puppies and dogs 16 weeks and older
  • Required Vaccinations: DHPP, Bordetella and Rabies administered at least 1 week prior to the start of class. Owners will need to bring proof of vaccinations to the first class.
  • Receive a one-time 10% off discount at Petsway pet store in Affton, MO. Petsway is your class prep headquarters! They carry everything you need for class time… and lots more!
  • $10 discount available for residents of Webster Groves
  • $20 discount available for Puppy Pre-School Pack and Puppy Daycare clients
Register Now for Level I class starting 1/9

Looking to book a future start date? Click here.


Essential Etiquette Level II | $140

  • This class is a continuation of the Level I class, focusing on solidifying and refining basic obedience skills learned in Essential Etiquette Level I with more real-world challenges and higher levels of distraction.
  • Keep your dog’s momentum going! Your dog can join Level II class immediately after completing the Level I class.
  • Just like the Level I class, you have up to 7 weeks to use your 6 class sessions.
  • For puppies and dogs that have completed the Essential Etiquette Level I class, or can provide proof of completion of an equivalent 6-week positive basic obedience class. Experience with using a clicker is recommended.
  • Required Vaccinations: DHPP, Bordetella and Rabies administered at least 1 week prior to the start of class. New students will need to bring proof of vaccinations to the first class.
  • Receive a one-time 10% off discount at Petsway pet store in Affton, MO. Petsway is your class prep headquarters! They carry everything you need for class time… and lots more!
  • $10 discount available for residents of Webster Groves
Register Now for Level II class starting 1/9

Looking to book a future start date? Click here.


Not sure yet about coming to class? Potential students are always welcome to audit a class (without dog) to determine if The Persuaded Pooch classes will be a good fit for your dog and your own personal learning style.

Questions? Want to learn more?… Contact us!
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