Group Classes & Client Workshops

Puppy Play and Train

Welcome to our classes and workshops page. We proudly offer a variety of classes for puppies, adults, and special needs dogs. If you have any questions about content, expectations, etc. please feel free to contact us

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:


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 

$40.00 per Class

6 Puppy Limit-50 min Classes- Rolling Admissions


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


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


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



Watch the Orientation Video First: 



Paperwork: Completed and Sent Back



      Veterinary Release Form 


                  Consent Form



     COVID Release Form




Enroll and Let the Fun Begin!

Group Classes

Puppy Socialization Class - Zoom puppies 8-14 weeks old


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 puppies 10-20 weeks old


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


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

4 Subsequent Weekly Sessions

45 Min Each Session 


New Dates Coming Soon!

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



6 Weekly In-person Sessions

New Dates Coming for March and April 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 

Gutsy Mutts! 6 Week Confidence Building Course  

If you are looking for a way to start boosting your dog's confidence and bravery in the world then this 6 week course is perfect for you! 

This class will teach you how to...

  • Coax your dog out of their shell - at their own pace

  • Read your dog's body language, recognize signs of stress/fear, and help them cope

  • Use simple games to keep your dog in their "thinking brain" rather than "survival mode” 

  • Teach your dog to practice "self-calming" skills

  • Make sure your dog gets enough mental stimulation - especially by using their nose

Enrollment limited to active patients/clients of ABWC.

Please call or email in order to enroll

Client Workshops

How to Choose A Puppy

Is your family is looking to pick out the perfect

COVID puppy for all these hours spent at home?

A puppy is a long-term commitment that should be chosen carefully. Let us help you to make sense of

your options and begin your journey armed with the knowledge to succeed. Our team of experts is here to guide you through this exciting process of choosing the right puppy for your family.

  • Avoid the "puppy mill trap"

  • Choose a responsible breeder or rescue

  • Find a great match for you and your family

$30 per family 

Currently Offered via ZOOM


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 a two-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 improve 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. 

$75 per family 

Offered via ZOOM 

Coming Soon!

Instructor: Christine Michaud

New Puppy Workshop

attend via ZOOM or in-person at ABWC

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 are bad habits.


  • Featuring LIVE! puppy demos

  • Topics include : puppy's first days at home, house training, feeding habits, play behaviors, car/travel anxiety, nipping, chewing, and destructive behaviors.

  • We will address dynamics of children and puppies, as well as introducing puppy to other household pets

  • No puppies in this session please. Humans only.

Instructor: Christine Michaud

Classes offered every other Saturday $75 per Family

Prepping for Baby - ZOOM

Available Dates:

April 10th at 12:00pm EST (noon)

$85 per Family


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 via ZOOM, 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 Campus
11230 Waples Mill Rd. Suite 125A
Fairfax, VA 22030
T) 1-888-438-0788, ext 1
F) 703-783-8807
Richmond Campus
1130 Wilkinson Rd. 
Richmond, VA 23227
T) 1-888-438-0788, ext 2
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