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, and other animals. The first meeting of each session is a humans-only orientation.
Pre-requisite: 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. Evidence of current vaccinations required.
Bring: Collar, harness with chest-pull D-ring, treat bag, treats your dog loves, good stout leash (recommend waist belt), and water. Participants will need to bring printed evidence of current vaccinations, a signed Waiver, and a completed Conflict History Questionnaire.
Instructor: Mark Helpenstell KPA-CPT has been training animals for 50+years, working with hunting/retrieving dogs, stock dogs, horses, donkeys, goats, and pets. He is an advocate of Positive Reinforcement Training, working with dogs, donkeys, mules, and cats. Mark volunteers at WAIF, and one of his dogs is a WAIF “Ambassadog.” Mark is largely self-taught, and has completed multiple Animal Behavior Certification and other courses. Mark got involved in donkey and mule rescue, 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
Location: South Whidbey Sports Complex and nearby trails at 5598 Langley Road, Langley. The first session (without dogs) may be moved indoors location TBA.
Schedule: Sundays, April 2-May 14 (no class on April 9), Noon-1:00pm**
Fee: $150 per dog
*Teens welcome with a parent/guardian.
**If registration exceeds 10 dogs, we may split in 2 groups and add a 1:00-2:00pm session.