The more the merrier!
Learning abounds in a group class environment. All our classes are taught through the use of positive reinforcers (treats, play, & praise). Come and watch your dog increase responsiveness and keep focused all while being around other dogs. Adult dogs should be fully vaccinated. Read the class descriptions below to see what we offer. To register: click the class title in the list to the right.
Our group classes are held at the Veterinary Holistic Center at 7950 Woodruff Court, Springfield, VA 22151.
Class Types Offered:
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Puppy Play & Learn
This class that is more than just a puppy party! Puppies under 5 months old will have the opportunity for a variety of interaction and training. We’ll address the major puppy rearing topics and learn puppy training games. Class is 50 minutes. Start at any time. This is a drop-in style class. Buy a 5 class pass for $135 and use when you want. Click the class title to the right to register.
Basic or Advanced Manners
Basic Manners - is for your new pup 6 months or older or new-to-you dog! Introduce to your dog how to listen, what it means get good behaviors for your dog and how to take it home to apply it in a functional way. Sit, Down, Stay, Leave It, Drop It, Go to Bed, Come, Loose Leash Walking are fundamental cues introduced along with practicing nice greetings (no jumping) and troubleshooting other nuisance behaviors like barking or house training. Class is 50 minutes meeting weekly for 5 weeks and is priced at $190.
Advanced Manners - Continue reliability to cues listed in Basic Manners but now with distractions, with cuing from a distance and with more duration – we build up towards a 3 minute stay! Also add Heel work and our full three phase steps for getting a speedy Come cue. Class is 50 minutes meeting weekly for 5 weeks and is priced at $160.
Reactive Dog Class
Does your dog lunge, bark or otherwise ‘reacts’ to the presence of other dogs? If so, this is an excellent group class option. Learn about our Reactive Dog Toolkit in this class that allows us to create controlled setups and practice being around other dogs without having an outburst. You will be guided through establishing long-term adjustment of your dogs reactive behavior towards other dogs. This class is limited to 4 dogs. Dogs that are aggressive towards people are not appropriate for this class. Feel free to reach out to us if you are unsure if this is a good option for you: firstname.lastname@example.org
Canine Good Citizen Prep – We target the the skills required to pass the AKC’s CGC 10 test items. Class is 50 minutes meeting weekly for 6 weeks and is priced at $215, which includes the CGC test. Advanced Therapy class – Are you active in a therapy club and want to learn ways to make your visits even more fun and interactive? You will learn to teach your dog several skills, as well as learn how to troubleshoot some common challenges in therapy work. Class is 50 minutes meeting weekly for 4 weeks and is priced at $120.
Nose Knows works on scent discrimination. An obedience-free zone, we build drive, teamwork and confidence. Class is 50 minutes meeting weekly for 5 weeks and is priced at $185.
Speciality classes are scheduled when enough students are interested in coming together for a session. Please email email@example.com to join the list.
Agility Games or Trick Training
Agility Games – We bring in all the fun in this class full of games working brain and brawn. Prerequisite for registration is basic manners class. Dogs should be at least 6 months old. Class is 50 minutes meeting weekly, 5 class series is priced at $160. Trick Training - Keep the fun going by playing with your dog in a whole new way. Students get to pick the tricks to work on from a list of cute and clever skills. Prerequisite for registration is Basic Manners class.Class is 50 minutes meeting weekly, 5 class series is priced at $160. This class is designed for dogs of all ages and abilities. Class schedule is listed to the right, click for details. Speciality classes are scheduled when enough students are interested in coming together for a session. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to join the list.
A fun and creative sport to play with your dog! This new sport is best described as a a game of soccer with training concepts around herding. The goal is to have your dog push (herd) large balls into a net. It’s urban herding. This is a 50 minute class that meets weekly for 5 weeks plus a fun match and is priced at $185.00. Speciality classes are scheduled when enough students are interested in coming together for a session. Please email email@example.com to join the list.
Group learning with lots of hands-on instruction that targets a specific training issue. Click to the right for workshop dates and details. Have a workshop idea? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.