Classes & Schedule

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

Charlottesville VA 22903

 

 

A deposit is due upon approval of registration to hold your spot in class.  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

Dates of vaccines (DHLP, Bordetella, Rabies

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

For Pups 8 - 16 weeks of age at the start of class

6 weeks / $180 / 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. 

Puppy Kindergarten Crash Course: A full 6 week course in 3 weeks.  Get your pup trained before the holidays! - FULL

Nov 16 & 18, Nov 30 & Dec 1, Dec 7 & 9  All classes meet from 7:15 - 8:15 pm

2021

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

Jan 26 at 7:15 pm - taking names for waitlist

Feb 16 at 6 pm

March 9 at 7:15 pm

March 30 at 6 pm

Puppy Enrichment

for pups 8 - 16 weeks on the first night of class

6 weeks / $180 / each class is 1 hr long

Enrichment class addresses: handling and grooming (setting your puppy up to enjoy nail trimming, tooth brushing and ear cleaning), resource guarding prevention, reduction of puppy nipping, confidence building, novel experiences, and MORE

2021

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

Feb 4 at 7:15 pm

Feb 25 at 6 pm

March 18 at 7:15 pm

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

Play Group resumes Jan 9, 2021

Basic Good Manners

For Dogs 4.5 months old and up

6 weeks / $180 / each class is 1 hour 

Class covers sit, down, look, touch, come, leash walking, stay, leave it, polite greeting (not jumping up)

2021

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

*SATURDAY* Jan 23 at 2:30 pm - FULL

Jan 25 at 7:30 pm - taking names for waitlist

Feb 17 at 6:15 pm

March 8 at 7:30 pm

March 31 at 6:15 pm

Building on Basics Class

To be taken after BGM / PK or equivalent course

6 weeks / $180 / each class is 1 hour

This class covers stay proofing, attention among distractions, duration to attention, improving basic leash walking skills, recall past distractions, go to mat, drop it and more.  

2021

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

Feb 17 at 7:30 pm

Feb 22 at 6:15 pm

*Saturday Class* March 13 at 2:30 pm

March 31 at 7:30 pm

Games Class

6 weeks, $180, each class is 50min long

A fun way to practice and proof what you have learned in the two foundation level classes.  Introduction to Shaping, Reading (yes, we teach the dogs to read!) and Name Your Toys

2021

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

Feb 22 at 5:15 pm

March 31 at 5:15 pm

Loose Leash Lassie / Focused Fido

6 weeks / $180 / 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)

2021

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

Feb 17 at 5:15 pm

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.  Class starts with an orientation night just for people (no dogs)

The Schedule will be posted shortly

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

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

The schedule will be posted shortly

Reactive Rover

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. 

The Schedule will be posted shortly

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Contact

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Hours of Operation

Mon - Thurs, Sat

Address

918 B Harris St

Charlottesville VA 22903

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