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The League offers a range of positive reinforcement dog training classes based on a program developed by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) based on input from both dog owners and non-dog owners, shelter workers, and professional dog trainers called C.L.A.S.S. (Canine Life and Social Skills). C.L.A.S.S.is an educational program that promotes training focused on the use of positive reinforcement and to strengthen relationships between humans and their canine companions. C.L.A.S.S. is a three-level evaluation for dog owners to demonstrate the real-life skills of their dogs, as well as a knowledge assessment of the owners’ understanding of basic dog handling and care. To learn more about the APDT and C.L.A.S.S. please visit their website: http://mydoghasclass.com/
Give your puppy a head start by signing up for Puppy Kindergarten! This class is for puppies 10 to 16 weeks old. The earlier you get started, the better as this is a critical time for your puppy’s socialization. Puppy Kindergarten is critical for all puppies; it teaches the skills they need to become well-behaved, adult dogs with solid temperaments. This class is also the perfect tool to help develop your puppy’s bite inhibition. Pups will be taught such foundation skills as attention, sit, down, come, and leave it, as well as how to walk nicely on a leash. Topics such as housetraining, chewing, and jumping will be discussed. Puppy Kindergarten classes run on a continuous enrollment schedule, so you can register and begin a six-week, consecutive, set of classes at any time. You must provide the instructor with a copy of your vaccination records, to keep on file in the WARL Training Department. Records must indicate that at least 2 distemper (DHPP) vaccines and 1 bordetella vaccine have been given, at least 7 days before the class start date. $165 for six one-hour classes. ($50 for adopters of WARL puppies.)
For more information on the importance of puppy socialization: http://avsabonline.org/uploads/position_statements/puppy_socialization.pdf
Basic Manners (B.A.)
There are no prerequisites for this class. By the end of Basic Manners, you’ll have a dog who listens to you and focuses on you. Dogs will be taught foundation skills such as: attention, sit, down, come, and leave it. This is our most popular class and is a prerequisite for all of our other classes. Please register early so we can reserve a spot for you and your dog. Please note, the first class is mandatory and is without you dog, thank you! The class is for non-aggressive dogs over 16 weeks old, and you must provide proof of current vaccinations. $165 for the six one-hour classes.
Our Intermediate class builds off the foundations learned in our Basic Manners class. All behaviors are strengthened by adding distractions, distance and duration. Your dog’s response time between cue and behavior will decrease, loose leash walking improved, stay and settle extended, recalls solidified. In the M.A. for Dogs™, dogs are asked to walk past several dogs of different sizes, breeds and genders, to wait in the car before exiting, and to allow the student to handle various parts of their body.At the instructor’s discretion, some classes may include off leash training. The class is for non-aggressive dogs over 16 weeks old, and you must provide proof of current vaccinations. $165 for the six one-hour classes.
*Our Basic Manners (B.A.) class is a prerequisite.
The final level of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers C.L.A.S.S. educational program. Your dog’s real life skills will be perfected. After completing the Ph.D. for Dogs™, students must carry everyday objects such as a cardboard box or paper sack while walking their dogs on a loose leash, ask their dogs to back up, and have their dog demonstrate table manners during a simulated dinner session. At the instructor’s discretion, some classes may include off leash training. The class is for non-aggressive dogs over 16 weeks old, and you must provide proof of current vaccinations. $165 for the six one-hour classes.
*Our Intermediate (M.A.) class is a prerequisite.
For information on the real-life relevance of the APDT C.L.A.S.S. educational program: http://www.mydoghasclass.com/students/relevance/default.aspx
Canine Country Club*
Build your dog’s social skills with a set playgroup, divided by size. This class is for sociable dogs that are non-aggressive. The Canine Country Club is a place to allow your dogs some recreational play with other dogs and use of the facilities’ agility equipment. The class is facilitated by behavior specialists at the League, who are skilled in dog-dog interactions. The goal of the class is to promote healthy, friendly play and relationship development among dogs, who may live alone or who need a calmer, safer environment than the dog park, to enhance exposure to dogs and people. All applicants will be screened for suitability. This class is for non-aggressive dogs over 16 weeks old, and you must provide proof of current vaccinations. $100 for six, one-hour classes.
*Basic Manners class is a prerequisite.
Reactive Dog Class I – Foundation
This class is for dogs that bark, growl and/or lunge at other dogs on leash. If you would like to teach your dog to be more friendly and accepting of other dogs, this class will lay the foundation for you. Reactive Dog Class I is a prerequisite for the Reactive Dog Class II – On-Leash Skills class. It is for dogs over 16 weeks old, and you must provide proof of current vaccinations. The price includes a clicker and treat pouch. First class is 90 minutes with no dogs and is mandatory. This is one of our most popular classes and fills up quickly so early registration is advised. **If your dog has bitten or caused injury to another dog, please contact us for private training. This class is not appropriate for human aggressive dogs.
$250 for eight one-hour classes. ($100 for dogs re-taking the class.)
Reactive Dog Class II – On-Leash Skills
This class is for dogs who have already completed the Reactive Dog Class I-Foundation class. It is designed to focus on the ongoing, structured socialization necessary to rehabilitate your reactive dog. Reactive Dog Class II also spends more time on passing by, working around, and greeting other dogs on leash. The class is for dogs over 16 weeks old, and you must provide proof of current vaccinations. $165 for six one-hour classes. ($100 for dogs re-taking the class.)
Reactive Dog Class III – Off-Leash Play
This class is for dogs who have already completed the Reactive Dog Class II class. This class is for dogs over 16 weeks old, and you must provide proof of current vaccinations.
$165 for six one-hour classes. ($100 for dogs re-taking the class.)
C.L.A.S.S. and Canine Good Citizen Evaluations
Evaluations are held every Monday and conducted by a certified evaluator. By successfully completing an evaluation, you and your dog can be certified by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers or the American Kennel Club as having demonstrated your dog’s sound temperament and basic obedience skills. It is also a great starting point for service and therapy dog work. After registering for the evaluation you will be contacted by a member of WARL’s Behavior and Training department for date availability. C.L.A.S.S. evaluation $5, C.G.C evaluation $20 (there may be additional costs to register title with appropriate organization)
Just like puppies, kittens have a small window to experience new things in the world. Kitten kindergarten will provide your kitten to opportunity to meet and socialize with other kittens and other people. Your kitten will learn to accept being brushed, having nails trimmed, even going into the carrier! You will learn how to think and play like a cat. You will walk away with the knowledge and skills to help your new kitten will grow up to be a happy, healthy, well-adjusted cat! This class is for kittens between the ages of 8 and 16 weeks. You must provide proof of current vaccinations. $50 for two 1-hour classes.
The League offers special discounts on dog training classes for:
• The Medical Center’s income qualified clients-20% off
• Active duty military and first responders (police, fire fighter, emt/paramedic)-10% off
• Fosters for organizations other than WARL-10% off
For additional sites about training, please visit this page.
If you would like to use a positive reinforcement trainer that the League recommends, please refer to our list Local_Private_Trainers.pdf