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Dog Training

Manners 1

$169

with Whitney Thurston

Calendar Mar 7, 2019 at 5 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Manners 1--Tired of feeling like you’re at the other end of a dog sled team? Want to be able to take your dog to the farmers market without them jumping all over everyone? Need to figure out how to get your dog to come when you really need him to? Manners 1 is the class for you! For dogs 4 months and older, this class will help you and your dog work as a team to conquer the big struggles of having an adolescent dog. We'll use positive reinforcement to practice coming when called, polite greetings (not jumping), leash walking, sit/down/stand, stay, mat training and attention training. Class meets for six weeks, first week without dogs. For non-reactive dogs only.

Classes will be taught by Whitney Thurston, CPDT-KAof Salty Dog Obedience.

Full Course

Puppy Class!

$135

with Whitney Thurston

Calendar Mar 7, 2019 at 4 pm, runs for 6 weeks

This class is for puppies 9-16 weeks old on the first week of class. We will focus on proper socialization, troubleshooting puppy problems, and beginning obedience. Socialization is crucial at this age in preventing fear and related problems down the road so we will practice interacting with other puppies, meeting new people, exploring new objects and surfaces and growing confidence. We will also discuss house training and crate training, play biting and jumping and use positive reinforcement to teach your puppies to sit, down, stand, stay, leave it, walking on leash and come when called.

Classes will be taught by Whitney Thurston, CPDT-KAof Salty Dog Obedience.

Therapy Dog Prep

$169

with Whitney Thurston

Calendar Mar 7, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Does your dog have an excellent temperament? Do they seem to gravitate toward people who love dogs or who need a pick-me-up? Do they love attention and affection? Then they might be a perfect candidate for therapy dog work! In this class we'll build the skills necessary for you and your dog to become certified as a therapy dog team and visit facilities such as nursing homes, hospitals, libraries, colleges, etc. In class, you will learn dog handling skills while exposing your dog to a variety of scenarios such as odd objects, medical equipment and unexpected loud noises. We will create scenarios where the therapy dog team discovers how to handle unexpected surprises. Dogs must be at least one year old to join this class and already have attend a group training class (or by instructor permission) with basic manners including sit, down, come, stay, and loose leash walking. Dogs must be comfortable working around other dogs and a variety of people. This class is not appropriate for dogs with fear, anxiety or reactivity issues.

Classes will be taught by Whitney Thurston, CPDT-KA of Salty Dog Obedience.

Full Course




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