Group Classes & Client Workshops

Welcome to our classes and workshops list. We offer a variety of class types for puppies, adults, and special needs pets. Please feel free to browse or use the links on the right to jump to the class of your choice. If you have any questions about content, expectations, etc. please feel free to contact us. 

Puppy Play and Train

 

Puppies Up to 4 Months of Age

Our Puppy Play and Train classes are perfect for new puppy owners! In these classes puppy handlers learn to manage their puppy’s behavior around the distractions of other dogs and people in a positive way. Puppies will learn focused and calm behaviors in highly distracting environments as well as socialization to puppies and people.

SKILLS LEARNED:

  • Recall 

  • Down and settle 

  • Offered eye contact

  • Name Recognition

Puppy Play Time Included!

Offered on: Friday's at 10:30 am and Saturday's at 8:00 am or 9:10 am 

$30 per Class

6 Puppy Limit-50 min Classes- Rolling Admissions

Orientation

First, watch the orientation video. This will ensure you are prepared for your puppy's first class.

Paperwork

Second, fill out the paperwork and please send this back to us in order to proceed with scheduling you on the calendar

Enroll!

Finally! Once you send your paperwork back in, we will send you a registration link to enroll.

 Enrollment:

 

1. Watch the Orientation Video First: 

 

2. Paperwork: Completed and Sent Back

 

        Veterinary Release Form 

 

                   Consent Form

 

 

         COVID Release Form

 

info@abwellnesscenter.com

3.  Enroll and Let the Fun Begin!

Nose Work Sessions 

Nose work can often be viewed as a training tool that can help to increase bravery and confidence in our dogs that might suffer from anxiety and stress in new and different environments. Canine Copilots is finally rolling out a Nose Work class for dogs with special needs.  These classes are going to be individualized and private 30 minute session with Jacy! Each session will be built specifically for you and your dog.  Every session will be in-person and will take place at our Fairfax location.

 

If you have any questions prior to enrolling please call or email Jacy from Canine Copilots  directly at jacy@caninecopilots.com or call at 540-226-8278.

Reserved for existing Patients only 

$65 per 30 Min Sessions

Dates Available:

October, November, and December

Group Classes

 
 

Puppy Socialization Class - Zoom

$160.00

4 Weekly Sessions

Puppy socialization is like "vaccinating" your puppy for behavior problems. The socialization window for dogs only lasts from about 3 - 12 weeks of age. It is during this time that puppies learn what is normal in their world and what is not. Anything not experienced during this time frame can elicit a fear and even an aggressive response in adulthood. 

Puppy classes will focus on bringing up a healthy puppy. This includes exposing them to a variety of novel items and situations in a positive manner. Some areas of focus include exposure to positive veterinary handling as well as preparation for future grooming and bathing experiences. Additionally, we demonstrate the process of conditioning your pup to potentially scary environment noises such as garbage trucks, dishwashers, and vacuums. This will help to prepare you and your fur baby for future navigation through the human world! With rolling enrollment, never wait for a class. You can get started right away. 

Lead Instructor: Christine Michaud

Puppy Life Skills Class - Zoom

$195.00

6 Weekly Sessions

Join us online for a fun, 6-week Zoom Puppy Skills class. This is something the two of you can do together, along with the whole family — and it’s even more important than ever, during this period of “self-isolation.” Here's some of what we’ll cover:

  • Your puppy will come to realize that you are the most fun and exciting thing in his world! 

  • You’ll learn problem-solving strategies to help your pup when things get tough.

  • We’ll incorporate games that teach your pup some basic skills, such as attention, polite walking, sit and wait, “come!", trade, and more.

If you’ve got a puppy, ages 12-20 weeks old, time is of the essence! 

Lead Instructor: Susan Sanderson

Muzzle Madness! - Zoom

$65.00

4 Weekly Sessions

Teach your dog to want to wear a muzzle.

 

The number one reason families come to see our practice is because of aggression. If you've met with us, you know that aggression is based out of fear. Your pet isn't giving you a hard time, she's having a hard time. Responsible pet owners know that muzzle training can be integral part of their pet's behavioral rehabilitation. Muzzles prevent "accidents," they advertise the need for personal space, and it can give everyone piece of mind. 

In this four week course, we'll teach families how to train their pet not just to tolerate wearing a muzzle, but how to truly love when it comes out of the drawer. Though this course is designed with our current clients in mind, it's open to anyone who wants to better learn how to train muzzles. 

Lead Instructions: Kayla Frazier

Chill Out!  - Zoom

$65.00

4 Weekly Sessions

Imagine it: your dog is starting to get wound up, agitated, and doesn’t know what to do with herself. You say “Bailey, go settle” and she find her mat, lie down, and take a deep breath. Sounds like a pipe dream doesn’t?

 

It doesn’t have to be. One of the foundation skills for our dogs, whether they’re just a silly puppy, highly anxious, or even aggressive, a settle and relax opens the door for a variety of other trained behaviors.

 

In this supportive, group environment, learn from the comfort and calm of your own home, but get professional coaching and troubleshooting on a weekly basis. Come with us to take the first step to teaching your dog to be calm.

 

Lead Instructor: Courtney Moyer

Reactivity Class: Training Both Ends of the Leash

 

$325.00

6 Weekly In-person Sessions

Enrollment Dates:

January 2021

Does your dog bark, lung, snarl, or growl at others dogs while out on walks? What starts as a relaxing walk to get some exercise and fresh air turns into a disaster. This class was made for you!

 

The goal of this course is to help families understand why their dogs do these behaviors how they can change their own behavior to help their dogs, and teach their dogs simple skills and techniques. We want to teach both of you how to stay calm in the presence of these triggers.

 

This 6-week course will be completed in-person at our Fairfax office location. We will only be accepting 4 participants per course to ensure proper safety and management of all participants. The first week will be an orientation week with just the clients - no dogs allowed. The remaining 5 weeks will be in-person with dogs present to begin to work through their individual reactivity in a group setting. 

 

Instructors: Kayla Frazier and Courtney Moyer 

 
 
 
 

Foundations Class 

This small group mini-class focuses on the essential skills you and your dog will need to be successful in any class or canine sport. Training a dog is like learning a sport; your timing, movement, and technique is vital.  Foundation skills include effective treat delivery and human mechanics, motivation, calming, and confidence exercises. Dogs must be friendly and comfortable around other dogs and people. Limited to 4 dogs per class. 

 

Lead Instructor: Jennifer Pennington 

For more information please email leadwithfun@gmail.com  

4 Week Course - $130

Client Workshops

 
 

How to Chose A Puppy

Getting a new puppy for the holidays? Or maybe your family is looking to pick out the perfect COVID puppy for all these hours spent at home. 

Puppies are a commitment that will hopefully last many years.   Let us help you get the right puppy for you and your family so you both have a great life together. 

We will also help you look for signs to avoid the puppy mill trap (which is not as easy as it might seem)

$30 per family 

Currently Offered via ZOOM

Offered:

November 18th at 5:45pm

December 2nd at 5:45pm

Instructor: Christine Michaud

Dog Body Language

This is a must do workshop for

anyone who lives with a dog!

Having a great relationship with our dogs starts with great

communication, and that’s not a one-way street. 

Learn how to effectively read your dog’s body language so you know what they are saying. Understanding what your dog is trying to communicate to you helps to increase the relationship with your dog. This workshop will also teach you how to avoid fearful and aggressive behavior, which frequently results when humans mis-read their

dog’s intentions. 

$25 per family 

Currently Offered via ZOOM 

Coming Soon!

Instructor: Christine Michaud

New Puppy Workshop

In this a 90-minute workshop, we will take you on the whirlwind tour of new puppy ownership. It's so much easier to prevent problems rather than dealing with them once they're bad habits. We'll talk about house training, feeding habits, play behaviors, and so much more. This discussion is available as both in person or remotely, via Zoom.  No puppies in this session please. 

P.S. - This is also great for any new dog owner, young or old. 

Instructor: Christine Michaud

Available Dates:

Every Other Saturday Beginning January 9th

$25 a Family!

Prepping for Baby

$85.00 per family

Available Times: 

October 31st at noon

November 14th at 1:00pm

It's hard enough trying to figure out what equipment you need, how many diapers, how you're possibly going to get enough sleep... but now you also have to worry about ensuring your fur-babies are going to get along with the furless-baby. In this 90 minute session, we'll teach you how to do just that. Learn about some of the common pitfalls, what you can be doing now to help with the transition, and ways to ensure everyone stays safe and happy in the years to come. 

Instructor: Christine Michaud

 

Fairfax Location:

11230 Waples Mill Rd.

Suite 125A

Fairfax, VA 22030

T) 888-438-0788   

F) 703-783-8807

E) info@abwellnesscenter.com

Richmond Location:

New Location Coming Soon!

T) 888-438-0788   

F) 703-783-8807

E) richmond@abwellnesscenter.com

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