GROUP CLASSES

A fantastic way to obtain training in a social environment

This social environment benefits your Dog’s ability to focus under distractions.  Most classes also reserve time for play and Q&A to benefit all.  Dogs know when it’s class time each week and get excited to get going. You will too!

We want you to be as successful as possible by gaining the knowledge and skills you want and need most.  Let us know which classes and workshops will be of the most help and fun to you.  We want to hear your voice.  Speak!

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Below are brief descriptions of classes and workshops we have offered.  All classes use lure/reward and clicker (or verbal marker) training.  Unless stated otherwise, all classes would meet once a week for 6 consecutive weeks:

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PUPPY SOCIAL

For puppies 8 to 16 weeks of age. Supervised by a professional trainer available to discuss Puppy 101 topics, this class creates a safe environment for puppies who are not yet old enough to have received all of their vaccinations to experience the critically important socialization they need to people and other Dogs.  A well socialized Puppy will better cope with their world as adults and be far less likely to react by biting or showing other aggressive behaviors.  Puppies can attend each week until 16 weeks old for a per class fee.  Discounted when enrolled in Puppy Manners.

PUPPY MANNERS

For puppies 8 to 20 weeks of age. Puppies, like children, are like sponges at this age and will learn both good and bad habits very easily.  This is the best time to start teaching your friend excellent manners, the skills that will keep him or her out of harm’s way and lay the foundation for a strong bond between you.  You will be surprised at how much a young Puppy can learn even in a distracting class environment. Subjects include Sit, Down, Trade (Give), Loose Leash Walking, social time, Puppy 101 discussion topics and more.

ADULT MANNERS

For Dogs 20 weeks of age and up this class equips owners with a deeper understanding of how their canine companions learn and the importance of clear, positive communication in the relationship. Skills such as Sit, Down, Loose Leash Walking, Come, Trade (Give), Leave It, Polite Greetings and MUCH more.

BEYOND BASIC MANNERS

This class starts by improving upon the real world skills learned in Adult Manners by adding duration of time to your Dog’s Sit and Down for optimum safety. You and your Dog will learn how to build upon your teamwork with better focus, working under distraction and confidence building for stable and reliable behavior. Graduation includes an ice cream social to test skills out on the town together… and eat ice cream too of course.

REAL WORLD SKILLS

Apply the skills learned in Puppy or Adult Manners class to real life scenarios in class; eating at a table  or watching TV from a couch while your Dog lies quietly, pass other Dog owners while your Dog stays at your side or have your Dog sit at your side while others walk past, invite your Dog to wait at an open door while you unload items from the car, jumping into/out of your vehicle on cue with no physical assistance are among the useful scenarios practiced. This exciting class makes real life with your Dog easier – and more fun! Prerequisite: Puppy or Adult Manners.

ADULT DOG PLAY

Not every Dog has the opportunity to be socialized at an early age. This class provides an instructive outlet away from the Dog park to help your Dog on his or her way to enjoying social time with their furry friends. Learn what your Dog’s and others’ body language and actions mean under the watchful eye of an experienced professional.

CLICKER 101

New to SouthPaw classes or want to brush up on your Clicker skills? This one (1) day workshop will teach new and current students to use the clicker to perfect existing skills and quickly train new behaviors. Come check out this cutting edge approach to training! Clickers provided.

GAMES & PUZZLES

AThis class proves learning and practicing skills can be great fun and invaluable enrichment for you and your Dog’s life!  Using body and mind, your Dog will learn new skills, dispense extra energy, show you his creativity and channel some less desirable behaviors into new skills to call upon out in the real world. It’s a fun way to bond with your Dog, provide new challenges, and fine-tune your handling skills.

REACTIVE ROVER

This four (4) day workshop is a special class to help your dog work on his or her individual distractions in a controlled environment. It is for help in reducing the reactive behavior your Dog exhibits when exposed to stimuli the Dog finds exciting or scary by teaching him a different associative response. This class will not be for Human Aggressive Dogs. The class is extremely focused and specific to ensure a positive learning experience for you and your Dog.

NOSE GAMES

Every dog, no matter the breed, loves to sniff!  In this five (5) day workshop you will use your Dog’s natural scenting abilities to locate a target scent or odor and build on his or her drive and search skills with more challenging hides, including additional exterior and vehicle searches, introducing pairing with odor, practice advanced outdoor, vehicle and container searches and introduce new target odors. Class concludes with a nose work field trip. Nose Work is great for any dog and easy to learn. It is especially helpful for bringing confidence to a shy Dog and focus to a reactive Dog.

FREE SEMINAR: HOW DOGS LEARN

Find out why positive, science-based methods of teaching your Pet work so well.  This two (2) hour free seminar introduces you to your Pet’s brain and a better understanding of why that brain may not know English until you teach it what words like, “Sit” mean. Included: Introduction to SouthPaw’s techniques, demonstration training of skills to a novice Dog and a Q&A session to wrap up.

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