Our group classes are designed to teach skills to dogs and their people for real-life situations, using clicker-based training. Clients learn about animal behavior and reading canine body language, as well as management tips for home and public settings.
Classes will focus on different themes with cues needed in those areas of life — these themes include “Relationship Building,” “Home Manners,” “Down to Stay,” “Company’s Coming,” “Vet Visits” and “Neighborhood Walks.” Students also will learn about housebreaking and crate training their pet, as well as the importance of exercise, setting boundaries/expectations and how to manage dogs and kids.
Cost: $125 per dog
Who: Dogs six months and older. All dogs must be current on rabies vaccinations. Your dog must be comfortable in a room with other dogs.
When: March 30 – May 4, every Thursday at 7pm
Note: All students must attend the first class. The first class will be people only – please leave your dog at home. Space is limited! If Albemarle County schools are closed due to inclement weather, classes for that day will also be cancelled, and rescheduled.
What to bring:
-Leash: A 4′ nylon or leather leash. No retractable leashes.
–Collar: A flat buckle collar or martingale style collar. Head halters and easy walk harnesses are fine. No pinch or choke collars.
-Treats & Treat bag: Treats for this class should be 2 cups of kibble mixed with a high value people food (ex: hot dog, chicken, steak, meatballs, etc.) Your dog will likely be a little anxious the first week of class, and it is important to bring treats that they will want to eat under exciting/stressful conditions. Store bought treats will not be good enough in class.
Meet Our Instructor:
Janet Trauger 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 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.”
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