EVENTS

 

Upcoming Events:

 Saturday, February 9th 2019 from 2:30pm-3:30pm in the outdoor courtyard at 5831 McCommas Blvd (weekly for 5 weeks).  C.L.A.S.S. Canine Life and Social Skills Group Dog Training Class, led by trainer, Valerie Fry.

Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 2:30pm-3:30pm in the outdoor courtyard at 5831 McCommas Blvd (weekly for 6 weeks).  Canine Good Citizen Group Dog Training Class, led by trainer, Valerie Fry.

C.L.A.S.S.: An Outdoor Group Dog Training Class on Canine Life and Social Skills, beginning Saturday, February 9th, 2019

C.L.A.S.S., or Canine Life and Social Skills, is an educational program developed by the APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers) to promote training focused on the use of positive reinforcement and to strengthen relationships between humans and their canine companions. C.L.A.S.S. is a three-level evaluation for dog owners to demonstrate the real-life skills of their dogs, as well as a knowledge assessment of the owners’ understanding of basic dog handling and care.  The skills in each level vary in the level of difficulty and distractions.

In this group training class, participants will begin at the first level, and will work towards their Bachelor’s Certificate.  At the Bachelors level, we allow the use of treats as rewards after the completion of an exercise, and some of the “real life” skills that are assessed are waiting at the door, drop it, and settle.  The first level of C.L.A.S.S. is also about teaching and appreciating real-life, practical skills, such as walking nicely on a leash, settling down, meeting strangers, table manners, attention, and coming when called, just to name a few.  Click here to read more about the C.L.A.S.S. Bachelor’s level evaluation criteria.

The C.L.A.S.S. group training class also provides dog/student teams the opportunity to have their skills evaluated by professional dog trainer, Valerie Fry.  Passing a C.L.A.S.S. Evaluation is a testimony to the life skills that a student and their dog have developed together. Moreover, by using those skills in everyday situations, a dog can become a well-behaved member of your household and a welcome part of society.

The Details: 

When: Meets weekly for 5 weeks beginning Saturday, February 9th from 2:30pm-3:30pm

Where: The outdoor courtyard at 5831 McCommas Blvd, Dallas, 75206

Cost: $150/dog

 

Canine Good Citizen Training and Certification: An Outdoor Group Dog Training Class, beginning Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

This series of 6 classes will be taught by Park Cities Pet Sitter trainer, Valerie Fry, who is an official Canine Good Citizen evaluator.

Participants will learn and practice a number of “good dog” behaviors, like:

  • coming when called
  • sitting on command
  • down on command
  • staying in place
  • how to be non-reactive when meeting another dog or human
  • walking through a crowd without reacting
  • sitting politely for petting
  • sitting politely for grooming and light handling

These are just some of the behavior criteria that are included on the official Canine Good Citizen test.  The curriculum that will be taught during the group class was developed by the American Kennel Club, and provides a solid foundation for good dog manners and responsible dog ownership.   The class will be 6-weeks in length, with the Canine Good Citizen exam being administered to participants during the final week of class.  This is a wonderful, supporting environment to learn and test your dog’s skills and behavior.

 The Details: 

When: Meets weekly for 6 weeks beginning Saturday, March 23rd from 2:30pm-3:30pm

Where: The outdoor courtyard at 5831 McCommas Blvd, Dallas, 75206

Cost: $180/dog