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Group Classes & Schedule
Classes are held at: 918 B Harris St. Charlottesville VA 22903

 

TO REGISTER FOR A CLASS

Click the "Register for..." button under each class that you would like to enroll in

 

Please read about more Group Class POLICIES Here

Please note the following for Group Classes:

1. All class times listed are evening times

2. Each dog may bring two humans to class

3. Make-ups are not available for missed classes

4. We are wearing facemasks during classes.  Masks must cover your chin and nose and should not have an exhalation valve

5. Dogs do not need to be spayed or neutered to come to class but females should not come to class during a heat cycle and in-tact males who repeatedly urine mark should wear a belly band provided by the guardian

NEW: DAYTIME CLASSES

Daytime classes filled quickly!

Check back for more offerings

 

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 their fullest potential.  This unique 3-part program includes 

 

 

When you enroll in all three classes, you're giving your puppy the best possible start in life.  They'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!

Puppy Essentials and Puppy Kindergarten are designed to be taken as overlapping classes and will complement each other.  I recommend starting in Essentials, followed by a Kindergarten class starting a few weeks later.  It is also ok to complete the entire Essentials course and then start Kindergarten. The ideal age for enrolling in Essentials is 8 – 14 weeks.  The ideal age for enrolling in Kindergarten is 8 – 18 weeks.  These age recommendations are just guidelines but the age cap for both classes is 19 weeks on the first night of class.  It is ok if pups age past 19 weeks during the course of the classes, 19 weeks is the cut off for the first night of class only.

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

Start attending Puppy Socialization class anytime, even before your classes start!

Classes are registered and paid for separately

One 6-week Puppy Essentials Class

One 6-week Puppy Kindergarten

Weekly Socialization Classes

Private Puppy Consults are available to get you some immediate help with your new puppy. An assistant trainer is available to come to your house and help with potty training, chewing, crate training, basic manners or anything else puppy-related! Sessions are 1 hour at $165.

EMAIL to book a Private Puppy Consult.

LEVEL 1

Puppy Essentials

Essentials and Kindergarten are designed to be taken as overlapping classes, they will complement each other

for pups 8 - 19 weeks on the first night of class

6 weeks | each class is 1 hr long | $225 for all 6 weeks

Puppy Essentials provides socialization and confidence building through experiencing a weekly "theme". Themes include agility/ obstacles, things that move, different surfaces and much more.  Puppies need to have these novel experiences while still very young as part of helping them grow into confident adults who are comfortable in a variety of situations.  This sets them up to do therapy dog work or to be a family dog who can travel and go anywhere.  In Essentials we also cover: relax on the mat (calm yourself down), chin rest, potty bells, drop it, accepting handling and grooming without biting.  

 

 

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

2024

Jan 18 at 6 - FULL

Feb 8 at 4:45 - 1 spot left

Feb 29 at 6 - skips 4/4

March 21 at 4:45 - skips 4/4

April 18 at 6

May 9 at 4:45 - Skips 7/4

May 30 at 6 - skips 7/4

June 20 at 4:45

Summer/ Fall schedule will be posted shortly

LEVEL 1

Puppy Kindergarten

Kindergarten and Essentials are designed to be taken as overlapping classes, they will complement each other

For Pups 8 - 19 weeks of age on the first night of class

6 weeks | each class is 1 hour| $225 for all 6 weeks

This manners training class for pups covers paying attention, sit, down, touch, come, leash walking, stay, leave it, polite greeting (Don't jump Up).  Play time is included in class in two short sessions.

 

 

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

2024

Jan 9 at 4:45 - FULL

Jan 23 at 6 - FULL

Feb 6 at 7:15 - FULL

Feb 20 at 4:45 - FULL

March 5 at 6 - skips 4/2

March 19 at 7:15 - skips 4/2

April 9 at 4:45

April 23 at 6

May 7 at 7:15

May 21 at 4:45

June 4 at 6 - skips 7/2

June 18 at 7:15 - skips 7/2

Summer / Fall will be posted shortly

LEVEL 1

Puppy Socialization Class

For pups 8 - 19 weeks old on the first day they attend

9 - 9:50 am Saturdays, $25 pay as you go

Socialization class is available to puppies that are already registered for Essentials and/ or Kindergareten. Pups can start Socialization class at any time, including before their Kingergarten and Essestials classes start.

This class provides puppies with off-leash playtime as well as the opportunity to meet new people. Four play spaces are created so that puppies can be divided by size and play style.  Guardians stay with their puppies while they play and learn how to monitor play to keep pups safe, what is and isn't good play and how to help shy pups be brave. Puppies can start attending Socialization Class before their Kindergarten or Essentials classes start.

 

Every Saturday Morning from 9 - 9:50 am

Puppy Socialization Class will skip these Saturdays in 2024:

March 30, May 25, July 6, Aug 31, Nov 30, Dec 28

Basic Good Manners

For Dogs 20 weeks old and up who like other dogs and are friendly with people

6 weeks | each class is 50 min |  $225 for all 6 weeks

This class is for dogs who are over the age limit for Puppy Kindergarten but still need to learn the basics.  Basic Good Manners covers all the same things as the Kindergarten class: Paying attention, sit, down, look, touch, come, leash walking, stay, leave it, polite greeting (not jumping up).  Off-leash playtime is not incorporated into this class.

This class is for dogs who like other dogs and are friendly with people. Dogs that are fearful, or lunge/bark/growl should register for a private Behavior Consult.  A Behavior Consultation will help your dog learn skills in a stress-free environement.  Then, if deemed appropriate, a group class might be a good setting for continued learning.

 

 

 

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

LEVEL 1

2024

Jan 8 at 5 - FULL

Feb 1 at 7:15 - FULL

 DAYTIME CLASS Feb 2 at 11am skips 2/23- FULL

March 4 at 5 - skips 4/1 - FULL

April 29 at 5 - skips 5/27

Summer/ Fall schedule will be posted shortly

LEVEL 2

Building on Basics Class

6 weeks | each class is 50 min | $225 for all 6 weeks

To be taken after BGM / PK or equivalent course

This class is part 2 of Puppy Kindergarten or Basic Good Manners.  Be sure to maintain a good relationship with your adolescent dog with this class that emphasizes self control and attention on the handler while having fun.  Continue to expand foundation level skills with new exercises like Drop it and Place.  Build better behaviors by working on more advanced Stays, Leave Its and Leash Walking skills. There is not off-leash playtime in this class.

 

Students who have done a foundation level training course elsewhere or have done their foundation manners training at home can take this class as a next step. Prior to coming to class dogs must understand a "marker" (click or yes) and must know: Sit, Down, Stay, Leave It, Look, Come.  "Don't Jump" is not covered in this class, "Don't Jump" is covered in Basic Good Manners and Puppy Kindergarten.  For more in-depth work on "don't jump" check out Bouncing Benji Class.

 

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

2024

Jan 8 at 7 - FULL

Jan 10 at 6 - FULL

DAYTIME CLASS Feb 2 at 10am skips 2/23: FULL

March 4 at 7 - skips 4/1

March 6 at 6 - skips 4/3 - 2 spots left

April 24 at 6

April 29 at 7 - skips 5/27

Summer/ Fall schedule will be posted shortly

Loose Leash Lassie / Focused Fido

6 weeks | each class is 50 min |  $220 for all 6 weeks

to be taken after Building on Basics Class

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 Private Behavior Consults)

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

LEVEL 3

2024

Jan 8 at 6 - FULL

March 4 at 6 - skips 4/1

April 29 at 6 - skips 5/27

Summer/ Fall schedule will be posted shortly

LEVEL 2

Tricks Class

6 weeks | each class is 50 min  |  $220 for all 6 weeks of class

Come have fun with your dog! Learn Peek-a-Boo, Sit Pretty, Chill Out, and much more.  Tricks class will help you prepare for Canine Cognition class by expanding your dog's repertoire of behaviors.

 

 

 

 

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

 

2024

the schedule will be posted shortly

LEVEL 3

Therapy Dog Class

6 weeks |  50 min  | $220 for all 6 weeks of 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 for an additional fee.  Testing is only for class participants. Certification is through the Love on a Leash Organization.

 

 

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

2024

Jan 10 at 5pm, testing on February 28 - FULL

March 28 at 7:15, skips 4/4, testing on June 12 - FULL

June 24 at 7, skips 7/1, testing on August 12 - FULL

 

the fall schedule will be posted shortly

Canine Cognition

6 weeks  | each class is 50 min |  $220 for all 6 weeks of class

it is recomended to take Tricks class before Cognition to help grow your dog's repertoire of behaviors

Challenge your smarty-pants dog in this class! Class material includes learning to identify shapes and colors, copy things that we do, matching, and counting. A fun class for the advanced (and patient) dog/handler team who love the process of learning together. 

 

 

Please Check Back for Upcoming Classes

LEVEL 4

 

Bouncing Benji

6 weeks  |  each class is 50 min |  $220 for all 6 weeks of class

Pre-req: Puppy Kindergarten or Basic Good Manners Class

"Don't jump up"!  Teach your dog self-control and attention on the handler around distractions that cause over-arousal.  Learn Say Hello and Paws Off.  Play choice games to help your dog learn to choose behaviors other than jumping.  

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

2024

March 6 at 7 - skips 4/3 - 1 spot left

April 24 at 5

June 26 at 5 - skips 7/3

July - Dec will be posted by March

LEVEL 2

 

Fitness & Recreation

6 weeks  |  each class is 50 min |  $210 for all 6 weeks of class

Pre-req: Building on Basics Class.

Dogs must be friendly with other dogs and people.  For some of the class, leashes will be off or dropped, occasional chaos will ensue

This class will include body awareness exercises, flexibility and strength training, balance exercises, and general confidence building.  This is an active class for those looking to deepen their working relationship with their dog. Go home with a tired dog!

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

2024

Jan 10 at 7 - FULL

March 6 at 5 (skips 4/3)

More classes will be posted soon!

LEVEL 3

 

Reactive Rover

6 weeks  |  each class is 60 min

Pre-req: Private Behavior Consult, register HERE

This is a Behavior Modification course for dogs that bark and lunge at other dogs while on leash. In class, dog will learn to relax and make better choices in the presence of other dogs. A private behavior consult is required prior to the class to assess your dog's ability to successfully participate in class. On your intake form, please indicate you are interested in participating in Reactive Rover Group class.

Please check back for upcoming classes

BEHAVIOR

MODIFICATION

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