Training

training 5Learning how to train your dog will help you nip common behavior problems in the bud and have more fun with your dog. Dogs are usually eager to learn what you want, and the key to success is clear communication. We make training enjoyable and easy, and have classes on evenings and weekends, to suit your schedule.

Check out our upcoming classes and register online here!

About Our Classes

Puppy Kindergarten & Playtime
Give your puppy a head start by signing up for puppy kindergarten or puppy playtime. These classes are for puppies 10-16 weeks old, on open enrollment schedules. The earlier you get started, the better as this is a critical time in your puppy’s development with new people and other dogs. Puppies will be taught foundation skills such as attention, sit, down, come and leave it. Topics such as housetraining, chewing and jumping will be discussed. All surfaces are sanitized for your puppy’s protection.

Basic, Intermediate, & Advanced Manners
Teach your dog to listen to you and focus on you in distracting, real-life situations. All skills taught in Basic Manners are strengthened through training in increasingly difficult situations in our higher-level classes.

Reactive Dog I and II/Basic Manners for Reactive Dogs

This set of classes is for dogs that bark, growl and/or lunge at other dogs on a leash. If you would like to teach your dog to be friendlier and more accepting of other dogs, these classes will help you and your dog get there. As your dog masters basic skills, you will be able to engage them in other types of activities around dogs, building and proofing their skills, and helping them enjoy and be calm around other dogs.

Junior Handler Classes for kids, age 8-13 (with Parent), ages 14-17 (without Parent)
Help your son or daughter learn to communicate well and form closer bonds with their dog through hands-on training classes. Your children will gain confidence and have a great time while engaging their dogs in tricks and agility basics. These classes will also build your dog’s trust, confidence, and focus on your child.

training 3Dog Sports; Games and Agility

In these six week classes, your dog will learn fun, foundational games to search on cue or run agility courses. These popular dog sports enable you to wear your dog out and they are ideal for active dogs, dogs with physical limitations or anyone who wants to have fun with their dog.

Family Matters Classes:

Having a companion animal can be such a fulfilling part of any family’s life, but you need to be sure you properly introduce your pet to the new lifestyle, and give your pet positive interactions with your child. Our Behavior & Training department has partnered with the international program, Family Paws Parent Education to offer free, monthly seminars for new and expectant families with dogs.  We also offer hands-on workshops for parents and dogs.  Our goal is to provide parents with the knowledge and tools to increase the safety of children and success of family dogs.  These seminars include:

  • Dogs & Storks
  • Dogs & Toddlers
  • Life Skills for Parents Living with Kids & Dogs

Workshops & Mini-Series:
WARL’s one-hour workshops and 3-week mini-series give you the quick and dirty training techniques to fit your busy schedule, or focus on the most important skills necessary for specific situations. We offer workshops including:

  • Loose Leash Walking
  • No Jumping
  • Tricks
  • Life Skills for City Dogs

EnewsDogTrainingWe offer mini-series for:

  • Reliable Recall
  • Agility (Jr. Handler/Adult)
  • Scent Games for Reactive Dogs
  • Tricks are For Kids (Jr. Handler)

You can also print and complete the paper registration form and return it to us. Once we receive your registration form, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact us as soon as possible as our classes tend to fill rapidly. If you have any questions, please contact the Training and Behavior Department at training@warl.org or 202-375-7744.

Our Behavior & Training department has implemented a Helpline, so if you need help with your animal and would like to speak to one of our behavior and training specialists, call 202-375-7744. If you would prefer to email our Helpline, email training@warl.org . The Helpline is restricted to residents of the metropolitan DC area only, please.

 

Class Descriptions

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.

Intermediate (M.A.)*
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.

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

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 fun with your dog. Dogs are usually eager to learn what you want, and the key to success is clear communication. We make training enjoyable and easy, and have clas

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.)

is mandatory. This is one of our most popular classes and fills up quickly so early registration is advised. **If

Canine Good Citizen Evaluations

Evaluations are held during the week and conducted by a certified evaluator.  By successfully completing an evaluation, you and your dog can be certified by 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.G.C evaluation $20 (there may be additional costs to register title with appropriate organization)

If you have any questions about any of the training classes we offer at the League, please contact training@warl.org or call 202-726-2556 ext. 236.
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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
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