Classes & Schedule

Classes are held at: 918 B Harris St. (behind Bailey Printing)

Charlottesville VA 22903

 

 

Payment is due in full upon approval of registration.  Please read about POLICIES Here

To register for a class, please email with the following information

Dog's Name, Age, Breed

Your first and last name

Your Address & Phone Number

The Veterinary practice you use

Proof of vaccines (DHLP, Bordetella, Rabies) A pic of the vet receipt can be emailed

Puppies only need to be up to date for their age, Titers accepted for older dogs

Any additional info you'd like to include: Behavior Concerns, goals for training, etc

EMAIL

 

Behavioral problems are the number one cause of relinquishment to shelters.  Behavioral problems, not infectious diseases, are the number one cause of death for dogs under three years of age.  For this reason, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior believes it should be the standard of care for puppies to receive socialization before they are fully vaccinated. - AVSAB

 

Companions for life start as

Puppies Raised Right

The Puppies Raised Right program has been carefully designed to help your puppy thrive to his fullest potential.  This unique 3-part program includes 

One 6-week Kindergarten Class

One 6-week Enrichment Class

Socialization Classes

When you enroll in all three classes, you're giving your puppy the best possible start in life.  He'll learn not to jump up, how to walk on leash, not to bite you, that nail trimming is fun, that new things aren't scary, and so much more!

Pick a start date from the schedule below for the Kindergarten and Enrichment classes.

Start attending Puppy Socialization class anytime.

Get one FREE socialization class when you enroll in both Kindergarten and Enrichment

Puppy Kindergarten

Kindergarten and Enrichment are designed to be taken at the same time, the classes will complement each other

For Pups 8 - 16 weeks of age on the first night of class

6 weeks | $180 for all 6 weeks | each class is 1 hour

This manners training class for pups covers sit, down, look, touch, come, leash walking, stay, leave it, polite greeting and more.  Play time is included in class.  Puppies can earn the AKC STAR in this class if desired. 

these are the start dates of new courses, each course runs for 6 weeks in same the day/time slot

October 26 at 6pm (skips 11/23) - Full

November 1 at 5pm (skips 11/22) - Full 

Last class of 2021: Puppy Kindergarten Crash Course starting Nov 30 at 4:45 pm

the full 6 week course in 3 weeks, meets twice a week from 4:45 - 5:45 pm: Nov 30, Dec 2, 7, 9, 14, 16

 

the 2022 schedule will be posted soon

Puppy Enrichment

Kindergarten and Enrichment are designed to be taken at the same time, the classes will complement each other

for pups 8 - 18 weeks on the first night of class

6 weeks | $180 for all 6 weeks | each class is 1 hr long

This class helps prepare pups to be adult dogs who can cope with novelty.  This is important if you want a dog that is well socialized, want your dog be a certified therapy dog, or if you just want a family pet that can accompany you anywhere.  Each week, class starts with a “theme” of things for the pups to interact with.  After time spent with the theme, we work on: handling and grooming (including nail trimming, ear cleaning, and tooth brushing) resource guarding prevention, self-settling skills (to reduce nipping and biting), ring a bell to go potty and more.

these are the start dates of new courses, each course runs for 6 weeks in same the day/time slot

October 14 at 4:45 pm

Last class of 2021: November 4 at 6pm (skips 11/25)

the 2022 schedule will be posted soon

Puppy Socialization Group

For pups 8 - 16 weeks old on the first day they attend

9 - 9:50 am Saturdays, $20

This is a drop in group, pay as you go.  Pre-registration is required, please email

This class provides puppies with off-leash playtime as well as the opportunity to meet new people and puppies, all critical parts of a young puppy's education. 

 

Every Saturday Morning from 9 - 9:50 am

Puppy Socialization Class will skip these weekends in 2021:

Sept 4, Nov 27, Dec 18 & 25, Jan 1 (2022)

Basic Good Manners

For Dogs 18 weeks old and up

6 weeks | $180 for all 6 weeks | each class is 1 hour 

This class covers all the things your dog needs to know to be a well-mannered member of the family: sit, down, look, touch, come, leash walking, stay, leave it, polite greeting (not jumping up), name response and wait at doors.

these are the start dates of new courses, each course runs for 6 weeks in same the day/time slot

October 14 at 7:15 pm - FULL

November 3 at 6pm (skips 11/24) - FULL

the 2022 schedule will be posted soon

Building on Basics Class

A level 2 class to be taken after BGM / PK or equivalent course

6 weeks | $180 for all 6 weeks | each class is 1 hour

Just like human teenagers, canine teenagers no longer think their parents are cool and would much rather hang with their friends.  Be sure to maintain a good relationship with your adolescent dog with this class that emphasizes self control and attention on the handler.  Continue to expand foundation level skills with new exercises like Drop it and Go to Mat.  Build better behaviors by working on more advanced Stays, Leave Its and Leash Walking skills. 

 

Students who have done a foundation level training course anywhere or have done their foundation manners training at home can take this class as a next step.

these are the start dates of new courses, each course runs for 6 weeks in same the day/time slot

October 12 at 4:45 pm - FULL

November 3 at 7:15 pm (skips 11/24) - FULL

the 2022 schedule will be posted soon

Games Class

6 weeks | $180 for all 6 weeks | each class is 50min long

Affectionately known as the "cone-whacking class" by those who have completed it, this class offers a fun way to improve what you have learned in the two foundation level classes.  Through creative exercises like Temptation Tower and Hula Hoop Stays, you and your dog will continue to foster a love of working together.  Introduction to Shaping, Reading (yes, we teach the dogs to read!) and Name Your Toys. 

these are the start dates of new courses, each course runs for 6 weeks in same the day/time slot

September 22 at 5 pm - 1 spot left

Loose Leash Lassie / Focused Fido

6 weeks | $180 for all 6 weeks | each class is 50 min 

You can't have a Loose Leash Lassie if you don't have a Focused Fido!  While the ultimate goal of this class is to improve your leash walking skills, a lot of time is spent learning how to deal with distractions.  This class is for dogs who are hopelessly distracted by the environment around them and eager to greet every dog / person / squirrel / leaf they see.  This class is not for dogs who bark and lunge at dogs and people on walks (that is best addressed in Reactive Rover or Private Lessons)

these are the start dates of new courses, each course runs for 6 weeks in same the day/time slot

October 25 at 6:10 - 7pm (skips 11/22) - FULL

the 2022 schedule will be posted soon

Therapy Dog Class

 

For dogs 1 yr of age and up who have had Basic Good Manners Training

Testing is optional at the end of the course

The Therapy Dog Class is designed to help you become a certified therapy team with your dog. You will take 6 weeks of classes, which will help prepare you to pass a test and give you skills to help you while working in the field.  Testing is optional at the end of the 6 week course, dates and times TBD.   

November 3 at 4:45pm - one spot left

Canine cognition

Challenge yourself and your dog in this class! Class material includes learning to identify shapes, copy things that we do, and learning a sequence of behaviors. A fun class for the advanced (and patient) dog/handler team who love the process of learning together.

The Schedule will be posted shortly

Tricks Class

5 weeks | $150 | each class is 50 min

Come have fun with your dog! Learn Peek-a-Boo, Sit Pretty, Chill Out, and much more.

these are the start dates of new courses, each course runs for 5 weeks in same the day/time slot

June 14 at 7:15 pm - Full

Reactive Rover

The 2022 schedule will be posted shortly

This is a behavior modification course for dogs who bark and lunge at other dogs while on leash.  Learn how to modify the emotions that are the underlying cause of your dog's behavior.  Improve your dog's self control and help him make better choices in the presence of other dogs.  Class is limited to 4 participants.

Pre-requisite for new students: completion of a behavior history form (will be emailed to you upon request)

these are the start dates of new courses, each course runs for 6 weeks in same the day/time slot

October 25 at 7:30 pm  - FULL 

more Reactive Rover classes will be scheduled starting Jan 2022, please check back