Wednesday, August 21, 2013

New Group Classes Announced!

Greetings all! Here are my group class schedules for August and September! As many of you already know, I am not currently taking on new private training clients because I am now the Pet Services Coordinator for an amazing non-profit rescue organization called Found Animals Foundation and their adoption center/retail store, Adopt & Shop. This is my dream job and working as the founder of their training/services department has been keeping me super busy, so I am asking anyone who is interested in training with me to please sign up for either a group class or private training at Adopt & Shop. The store is also non-profit and all profits made from the sale of merchandise and training classes goes 100% back into the rescue so they can pull more animals from high-kill shelters, provide medical attention to them, vaccinate them, spay/neuter them, and microchip them. In the 2 years that Adopt & Shop has been in business, they have helped over 1,800 cats and dogs find their forever homes!! So come on out and support this amazing organization!

Classes are currently being held at:

Adopt & Shop
353 Lakewood Center Mall, 
Lakewood, CA 90712

Call to sign-up today! 
(562) 531-2871

Classes currently being offered:

Adoption Love & Learn: a class specifically tailored for newly adopted dogs. Think of this class like a "mommy/daddy & me parenting class" where owners and dogs will play fun games and participate in bonding activities to help strengthen their relationship and bring out their new pet's true personality. This class is best suited for dogs who have been in their home for one month or less. Cost: $55 for 4 weeks course (=1-hour class meeting per week).

Shy Dog Play & Grow: this class was created to help shy, fearful and timid dogs come out of their shell and gain the confidence they need to take on the world they live in gracefully and without fear. Dogs will learn how to socialize with strangers and other dogs while playing discovery games and participating in confidence building exercises. Cost: $55 for 4 weeks course (=1-hour class meeting per week).

Beginner Doggie Kindergarten: this is the first class in our obedience training series. Dogs can sign up for this class at any time/age and can participate in this class at the same time as Shy Dog Play & Grow or Adoption Love & Learn if they would like to double the fun. Dogs will learn foundation skills they will build on in their journey towards becoming the perfect dogs. Dogs will learn Sit, Lay Down, Stay, Take It, Leave It, Drop It, Loose Leash Walking and Come, while playing fun games and participating in relationship building exercises. Owners participating in our obedience training course series will learn about effective leadership and be guided in forming a happy, healthy, well-structured relationship with their dog that will last a lifetime! This is a great place to start if your dog has received little or no previous training. All dogs should bring proof of current vaccinations for the first class. Cost: $65 for 4 weeks course (=1-hour class meeting per week).

Smart Doggie High School: this is the second class in our obedience training course series and should be taken after Beginner Doggie Kindergarten. This class builds on the foundation skills previously learned and more advanced commands are introduced. Dogs will learn Loose Leash Walking with distractions, Wait, Come with automatic Sit, Heel, Settle, Stand, Place, Sitting for Greetings, and distance work. Distractions and the duration dogs will need to hold cues are increased. By the time dogs graduate High School they should be able to hold a Sit/Stay or Down/Stay from 15' away in the presence of moderate distractions for 3 minutes. We. Have. Never. Failed! Every single dog that has participated in High School has accomplished this and graduated! :) And as always, fun games and activities are also a big part of the class!
Cost: $65 for 4 weeks course (=1-hour class meeting per week).

Genius Doggie University: this is the third and final class in our obedience training course series and should be taken after Smart Doggie High School. This class builds on the skills learned in previous classes with even more advanced commands introduced. Dogs will be working intensely on performing reliable cues (reliable meaning the cue is executed the first time the cue is given, every time the cue is given), in the presence of heavy distractions, increased duration and from greater distances. Commands taught include: accepting grooming, increased Heel work, Back Up, Go to Bed, Targeting exercises, Heel with Send Away, Door Boundaries, Play Bow, Paw, Look at That, Under, Jump Up, and Down/Stay and Sit/Stay from a distance and held while the owner goes out of sight for 3 minutes. After this class is completed, owners and their dogs will have the opportunity to take the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test! This test will act as a title for your pet from the AKC (even mutts can have titles now!) and is the first step for dogs interested in doing therapy work, service dog training, etc. Cost: $65 for 4 weeks course (=1-hour class meeting per week).

What makes the Adopt & Shop Training Program different from all the rest?

- We are affordable! Why do we price our classes so cheap? The answer is simple. We want to see MORE DOGS receiving training than making a huge profit. We go to animal shelters many times per week and we see what happens to dogs if they have behavior issues or are considered a nuisance. Its no secret that 90% of dogs that are relinquished to shelters by their owners are there for behavioral reasons that are 100% fixable with training, so we want to do everything we can to prevent dogs entering the shelter system for reasons that are completely preventable.

- We are efficient! Our classes last only 4 weeks, whereas our competitors last 6-8 weeks, so the time commitment is not overbearing. And oddly enough in just 4 weeks you will learn far more material in our courses than you would in our competitors courses! 

- We are fun! We believe that if classes are kept positive and fun, then your dog will enjoy training and will want to learn more. By playing fun games and participating in relationship building activities, not only will your dog have a ton of fun, they will enjoy coming to classes and so will you! We even have fun group graduation ceremonies once a month to formally recognize the hard work and commitment both you and your dog have accomplished! Parties include cake and desserts for both humans and doggies, a cider toast, diplomas, pictures, the whole shebang!

Need more reasons? How about these: We are knowledgeable! We are non-profit! Your purchase will help save more animals from the shelter! Your dog will have opportunities to socialize with new people and dogs! Your dog will have the chance to get out and work their minds and bodies!

I could go on and on, but do I really need to at this point? Get to calling already! Classes book fast, and lets be honest, you know you want to! ;-)

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