Work with your dog to gain confidence in social interactions
Join us for this opportunity to work with others who also own reactive dogs, to gain confidence, calm, and capability. Teach your dog (and yourself) the self-confidence and the skills needed to relax, focus, and enjoy being around others – people, dogs, other animals and activities.
Pre-requisites: Must provide proof of current vaccinations at first class. Participants must be able to keep physical control of their dog. We reserve the right to restrict any dog’s participation for any reason, for the safety of other dogs and participants.
Bring: a collar, harness with chest-pull D-ring, treat bag, treats your dog loves, good stout leash (recommend waist belt), and water.
Location: The orientation will take place at South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District’s office at 5475 Maxwelton Rd, Langley, Room 111. The working sessions will take place at South Whidbey Sports Complex at 5598 Langley Road. Please park and meet up at the smaller, southwest part of the parking lot. Other possible nearby “field trips”.
Instructor: Mark Helpenstell has been training animals for 50+years. Mark has worked with hunting/retrieving dogs, stock dogs, horses donkeys, goats, and people’s pets. Over the past several years, he has become an advocate of Positive Reinforcement Training, and is working with dogs, donkeys, mules, and cats. Mark volunteers at WAIF, and one of his dogs is a WAIF “Ambassadog” at most of their events. Mark is largely self-taught, and additionally has completed multiple Animal Behavior Certification courses, and has been a participant in many on-line and in-person courses. Mark got involved in donkey and mule rescue about 10 years ago, and has been Click’r Training to rescue/recover frightened, confused and difficult animals. Visit the Facebook page: “Come on, Let’s Train.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Min 5, Max 9 students. If class fills an additional class may be added before or after current class, TBD.
March-May: Humans-Only Orientation (must be registered for class):
Sun | Mar 31 | 10:00 – 11:00am
March-May: Working Sessions:
Sun | Apr 7 – May 12 (no session Apr 14) | 10:00 –11:00am
June-July: Humans-Only Orientation (must be registered for class):
Sun | Jun 2 | 10:00 – 11:00am
June-July: Working Sessions:
Sun | Jun 9 – Jul 28 (no session Jun 16, Jun 23 or Jul 21) | 10:00 –11:00am
August-September: Humans-Only Orientation (must be registered for class):
Sun | Aug 4 | 10:00 – 11:00am
August-September: Working Sessions:
Sun | Aug 11 – Sep 8 | 10:00 –11:00am
Fee: $100 (per dog)
*Teens welcome with a parent/guardian.
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