Group Classes & Workshops

Reactivity Class Level I : Training Both Ends of the Leash 

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$450

6 Weekly Sessions

60 minutes

In-person

Does your dog bark, lunge, snarl, or growl at other 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!

 

  • Understand why your dog exhibits reactivity

  • Learn to modify your behavior to best help your dog

  • Teach your dog simple skills and techniques to manage reactivity

  • Learn how to stay calm in the presence of triggers

 

This 6-week course will be completed in-person at our Fairfax Campus. We only accept 4 canine candidates per course to ensure proper safety and management of all participants. The first week will be an orientation class for humans only - no dogs allowed. The remaining 5 weeks will be in-person with dogs present to begin working through their individual reactivity in a group setting. 

Enrollment limited to active patients/clients of ABWC.

Please call or email to enroll

Instructors:

Kayla Frazier, CPDT-KA and Courtney Moyer, CPDT-KA, LCSW

Reactivity Class Level II : Stepping Up & Stepping Out

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$400

5 Weekly Sessions

60 minutes

In-person

This 5 week course is designed to practice real life walking scenarios in a safe, controlled training environment. This course takes place outside and works to build upon reactivity foundations that were covered in Level 1. In this course, you and your dog will practice more exposure to other dogs and work to decrease distance of exposure. The goal of this course is to advance learning in a more practical setting, and teach your dog how to rely on avoidance and disengage from other dogs while on leash. 

**This class DOES NOT cover direct, on-leash interaction with other dogs. Leash greetings will not be practiced, nor will they be a goal of this course. **

Prerequisite: Reactive Dog Class - Level 1

Please call or email to enroll

Instructors:

Kayla Frazier, CPDT-KA and Courtney Moyer, CPDT-KA, LCSW

CHILL OUT!  Foundation Skills : Settle & Relax

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$100

4 Weekly Sessions

45 minutes

ZOOM

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 finds her mat, lies down, and takes a deep breath. Sounds like a pipe dream doesn’t it?

 

It doesn’t have to be! Settle & Relax is an essential foundation skill for dogs. Whether your dog is still a silly puppy, a highly anxious adolescent or even an aggressive adult, 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.

 

Instructor: Courtney Moyer, CPDT-KA, LCSW

Muzzle Madness! 

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$95

4 Weekly Sessions

45 minutes

ZOOM

Teach your dog to want to wear a muzzle.

 

The number one reason families visit our practice is because of aggression. If you've met with us, you already know that aggression is a fear-based behavior. Your pet isn't giving you a hard time, she's having a hard time. Responsible pet owners know that muzzle training can be an integral part of their pet's behavioral rehabilitation. Muzzles prevent "accidents," advertise the need for personal space, and help to provide peace of mind. 

In this four week course, learn to train your dog the right way - not just to tolerate wearing a muzzle, but how to truly love when it comes out of the drawer. Although this course is designed with our current clients in mind, it's open to anyone who wants to better learn and employ best muzzle training practices.

Instructor: Kayla Frazier, CPDT-KA

Dog Body Language Workshop

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$25

90 minutes

Interactive ZOOM

 

Saturdays

The first step in any great relationship is communication. This 90 minute interactive workshop explores how our dogs communicate with each other, and with us.

  • Become an empowered and effective canine communicator

  • Build strong bonds and lasting relationships with all the dogs in your life

This workshop is recommended for anyone who has a dog, or interacts with a dog, including (and especially) children.

Instructor: Christine Michaud, CTC, CPDT-KA, PMCT

Dogs & Storks Workshop for expecting families

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$85

90 minutes

Interactive ZOOM

Saturdays

We understand the importance of properly preparing your pup and home to welcome baby. This workshop will teach you just that. With the expert guidance of our Family Paws® Certified trainer, together we can help to alleviate your pup's stress and anxiety during this transitional time.

Learn about some of the common pitfalls, what you should be doing now, and how to ensure everyone stays safe and happy in the years to come. Your entire extended family is encouraged to attend from the comfort of your own homes. This workshop is offered on Saturdays, and registration is open to non-patient families.

Instructor: Christine Michaud, CTC, CPDT-KA, PMCT

Dogs & Toddlers Workshop for families with children ages 3 months and up 

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$85

90 minutes

Interactive ZOOM

Saturdays

Interactions between dogs and children can be a source of anxiety and frustration for many families. We understand the importance of properly managing your environment and setting everyone up for success. With the expert guidance of our Family Paws® Certified trainer, together we can help to alleviate stress and promote safety. 

Learn about dog/baby dynamics, gain support and build confidence. Our goal is to ensure everyone stays safe and happy in the years to come. This workshop is offered on Saturdays, and registration is open to non-patient families.

Instructor: Christine Michaud, CTC, CPDT-KA, PMCT

Foundations Essential Skills for Dogs & Humans 

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$130

4 Weekly Sessions

In-Person

Fridays

Training a dog is like learning a sport – your timing, movement and technique is vital. This small group mini-class focuses on the essential skills you and your dog will need to be successful in any group class.

 

Foundation skills include effective treat delivery and human mechanics, motivation, calming and confidence exercises. Your dog will learn to relax when you sit, foot target, beginning "leave it", offered attention around distractions, leash skills and more!

Instructor: Jennifer Pennington CDBC, CPDT-KA

Puppy Classes & Workshops

Puppy Socialization Class for puppies 8-14 weeks old

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$295

6 weekly sessions

60 minutes

 

Wednesdays

This course is an absolute must for all puppies and their people. Capitalize on this critical stage of puppy’s learning and development. Guided by our certified trainers, learn to prepare for all of life’s experiences, and grow together as a happy, confident team.

 

We proudly believe that ours is the most comprehensive socialization class around! We are eager to support you and your new puppy through all of the challenges a new puppy can bring. 

 

Topics:

  • paw handling & nail trims

  • vet visitsgrooming & bathing

  • desensitization to "scary" stuff (like vacuum cleaners)

  • stranger-danger, resource guarding and more!

  • includes puppy play time!

6 puppy limit. Rolling admissions.​ 2 trainers per class. Loads of individual coaching and attention. 

Instructor: Christine Michaud, CTC, CPDT-KA, PMCT

Puppy Life Skills Class for puppies 4-6 months old

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$295

6 Weekly Sessions

60 minutes

Sundays &

Wednesdays

Once your puppy has graduated from our Puppy Socialization Class, join us for Puppy Life Skills Class! This class is lots of fun, and designed to apply Socialization Class skills, advancing learners to next level responsiveness, communication and confidence. Here's some of what we’ll cover:

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

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

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

If your puppy is 4-6 months old, time is of the essence! 

Instructors:

Susan Sanderson, PMCT3, KPA-CTP and Christine Michaud, CTC, CPDT-KA, PMCT

New Puppy Workshop

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$75

90 minutes

In-person

If you are considering the addition of a puppy to your family, this workshop is designed for you. Give your puppy the best possible start in her new home.

 

Topics:

  • surviving those first nights home with a crying puppy

  • crate training

  • house training 

  • curbing nuisance behaviors such as nipping and chewing

  • feeding
     

Live training demonstrations show you how to get started on the path to well-mannered companionship in your home. This class is for humans only. No puppies in this class, please.

Instructor: Christine Michaud, CTC, CPDT-KA, PMCT