Beginner Family Dog Class

All sessions have been temporarily postponed. 

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 humans 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 SPCA.

Time: Classes are held every Thursday evening for six consecutive weeks. Start time is dependent on which session you sign up for.

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

Meet Our Instructor: 

Janet Trauger began her dog training career as first a puppy raiser, then Dog Trainer at Service Dogs of Virginia in 2006. Through her tenure at SDV, Janet raised 8 puppies, numerous “teen” dogs, taught puppy classes and advanced dog skills, and trained puppy raisers, volunteers and clients in dog handling skills.

In 2013, Janet turned to pet dog training and started Raising K9 Va. Janet’s classes and private training use positive reinforcement and clicker training to teach dogs and puppies (and their people) the skills to be great family pets. Janet also offers Therapy Dog training to owner and dog teams, to prepare for testing and future Therapy Dog visits.

Janet lives in North Garden, VA, with her husband, 4 dogs and 3 cats.

A Testimonial from a Student:

“In December 2014, I adopted Winter from the SPCA. 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 SPCA.”

Please note: All sales are final. No refunds available.