Group Classes & Workshops

Reactivity Class : Training Both Ends of the Leash

$450

6 Weekly Sessions

60 minutes

In-person

New Dates Coming

August 2021

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 and Courtney Moyer 

CHILL OUT!  Foundation Skills : Settle & Relax

$100

4 Weekly Sessions

45 minutes

ZOOM

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 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

Muzzle Madness! 

$85

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 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, 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 how to train muzzles. 

Instructor: Kayla Frazier

Preparing Families for Life with Dogs, Babies & Toddlers 

$85

90 minutes

ZOOM

3rd Saturday

every other month

12PM

It's hard enough trying to figure out what equipment you need, how many diapers to buy, 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. This workshop will teach you how to do just that. With our expert guidance, you can help to alleviate your pet's stress and anxiety during this transitional time.

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. This workshop is offered on Saturdays at noon via ZOOM. Please check out upcoming dates by clicking on the registration button.

Instructor: Christine Michaud

Dog Body Language Workshop

$55

90 minutes

Interactive ZOOM

4th Saturday

of every month

12PM

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

Puppy Classes & Workshops

New Puppy Workshop

Image by Karsten Winegeart

$75

90 minutes

Interactive

In-person

First Saturday of Every Month, 11AM

Anyone about to get a new puppy or with a newly adopted puppy, this workshop is for you! Give your puppy the best start possible.

Topics : 

  • surviving those first nights home with a crying puppy

  • crate training

  • house training

  • curb nipping, chewing & destructive behaviors

  • feeding
     

Live training demonstrations show you how to get started on the path to well-mannered companionship in your home. If you have a new puppy, don't miss this workshop! Humans only. No puppies in this class, please.

 

Instructor: Christine Michaud

Puppy Life Skills Class for puppies 4-6 months old

$295

6 Weekly Sessions

60 minutes

In-Person

Sundays

10AM & 11:15AM

Join us for a fun, 6-week Puppy Skills class. 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 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 you’ve got a puppy age 4-6 months old, time is of the essence! 

Instructor: Susan Sanderson

Puppy Socialization Class for puppies 8-16 weeks old

$295

6 weekly sessions

60 minutes

 

Saturdays

8AM & 9:30AM

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!

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

UPDATE : On September 01, 2021, Puppy Socilaization will move to Wednesday Evenings at 5PM & 6:30PM.

Instructors: Christine Michaud and Lindsay McKeon