Beginner Family Dog Class

Beginner Family Dog Class gives a brief introduction to the behaviors your dog needs to be a great companion. Through this class, you will learn to communicate more effectively with your dog, improve teamwork and have fun together. Through positive reinforcement and clicker training, your dog will learn to perform watch me, sit, down, leave it, recalls, and stays.

Class sizes are small, so each team will receive individual attention and instruction. Many issues that you may be experiencing are common and will be covered or discussed in the larger group. Please let the instructor know about any issues you are having.

This class is open to all dogs over the age of 5 months. Puppies entering this class should be up to date on all vaccinations including Rabies. The first session is human only. Please leave your dogs at home. An equipment list and clicker will be given to you at the first session.

Cost: $125 per dog or $100 per dog if adopted from the CASPCA.

Class is held every Thursday for six consecutive weeks. The next available session begins on 3/1/18 from 6:45pm – 7:45pm. Space is very limited, we encourage you to sign up now!

Note: If Albemarle County schools are closed due to inclement weather, classes for that day will also be cancelled, and rescheduled.

Meet Our Instructor: 

Janet Trauger has been training dogs in Central Virginia since 2006. She is the owner and Head Trainer for Raising K9 Va, which provides instruction in positive reinforcement and clicker training for dogs and their people. Janet began teaching pet dog classes in 2010, and working with private clients as well. She and her dog, Honeydew, are certified as a Therapy Dog Team and visit schools and hospital facilities together. Janet is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.

A Testimonial from a Student:

“In December 2014, I adopted Winter from the CASPCA. She and I then learned about the training classes offered by Janet Trauger at your wonderful facility. Even though I have had many dogs in my life, this was the first time ever that I enrolled in a series of classes. What a great instructor Janet was (and is) to work with different dogs and their owners, personalizing her suggestions, depending on the personalities of the pups and people … My once very shy and underweight stray has become a social, happy and fun-to-be-around dog. The clicker training was a first for me but helped to ‘train’ me and Winter. Learning how to be around other dogs, how to behave at vet visits, how to trust and how to handle daily situations, keeping safe–all this was covered in these classes. We are happy to be graduates of Janet’s course and to be ambassadors for the CASPCA.”

If you have any questions, please email

CASPCA Beginner Family Dog Class

  • Session 4 begins on March 1st 6:45pm-7:45pm
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