Group Classes & Workshops

Reactivity Class Level I : Training Both Ends of the Leash 

$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 and Courtney Moyer 

Reactivity Class Level II : Stepping Up & Stepping Out

$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 and Courtney Moyer 

CHILL OUT!  Foundation Skills : Settle & Relax

$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

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

Dog Body Language Workshop

$25

90 minutes

 Interactive ZOOM

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

Puppy Socialization Class for puppies 8-16 weeks old

 

$295

6 weekly sessions

60 minutes

 

Wednesdays

12:30 PM,

5PM & 6:30PM

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. 

Instructor: Christine Michaud 

Puppy Life Skills Class for puppies 4-6 months old

$295

6 Weekly Sessions

60 minutes

In-Person

Sundays

10AM & 11:30AM

Wednesdays

11:00AM

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 and Christine Michaud