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 SWPRD 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 his own dogs for 50+years. Mark has worked with hunting/retrieving dogs, stock dogs, and people’s pets. In the past 5 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, but has completed an Animal Behavior Certification course, and has been a participant in many on-line and in-person courses. Mark got involved in donkey and mule rescue about 9 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 4/If class fills an additional class may be added before or after current class, TBD.
Humans-Only Orientation (must be registered for class):
Tue | Sep 18 | 6:30-7:30pm
Sun | Sep 23-Oct 21 | 10–11am
*Teens welcome with a parent/guardian.