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Class / Workshop Descriptions

ClassesWorkshops

Classes are a series of training sessions.  There are 3 types of classes:

  • Open Enrollment: Join at any time.
  • Sequential  Series: Sign up at the beginning of the 6 week series.
  • Drop-in: Try a class.  Registration required.

Head Start Program:  (Head Start Class, Puppy Class/Small Dog Class, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3)
Open enrollment / Each class is 6 sessions

Head Start Class – For more information CLICK HERE:  FAQ

The “Head Start Class” is a FREE lecture.  No dogs please.  We will discuss the open enrollment “Head Start Program” that takes place at Pawsitive Kinection. We will go over our philosophy, use of positive reinforcement and good management techniques. House training issues, how to keep your adolescent from developing separation issues, and some simple behaviors will be discussed, as well as how to live through the adolescent stage of life. We will also cover how to stuff a bone or Kong and so much more.

Puppy Class 

Puppies 10 weeks and under 5 months of age.  Obstacles to walk on and through. There is a short period of time in which to become accustomed to all of the sights and sounds of the whole wide world in a controlled setting. In this hands on class, you will learn how to safely and positively expose your puppy to new things so that she grows up to be a confident, well-adjusted dog. During this class, your puppy will meet new people, play with other puppies and be exposed to lots of props, including hats, walkers, strollers, skateboards and more. We will teach name recognition, permission games, exchange games, loose lead walking will be touched upon plus handling skills.

Small Dog Class

This class is for small dogs (25 lbs and under) and runs alongside puppy class.

Level 1 – Life Skills

For all dogs 5 months and up to 24 months.  This course focuses on self control skills required to develop a well behaved dog that will be an ambassador for his breed, rather than a public nuisance.   Focusing on EYE contact, recall work, permission games, loose lead walking skills, sit for greeting, and leave it to name a few.  This is “lifestyle”  obedience and not competition obedience exercises.  This course is designed for both the family pet dog and those dogs who might go on to pursue competition dog sports.  Navigating obstacles that are safe and help with learning to know how to use their bodies is also explored.

Level 2  – Continuing from Level 1 and adding the 4 D’s: Distance, Duration, Distraction, Diversity

Continue to perfect eye contact, recall work, permission games, loose lead walking skills, sit for greeting, and leave it to name a few.  This is “lifestyle” obedience not competition obedience exercises.

Level 3 – Fun and Games / Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Preparation

The CGC Preparation class works on building the relationship and working on off lead skills to continue to form a strong bond. Working toward CGC degree through American Kennel Club (AKC) testing.  Visit www.akc.org/events/cgc/training_testing.cfm for more information. We like to train off-site as much as we can.  Musical chairs, tic tac tow, working on stays on the platform and on the ground, grocery relay games and so much more.


Canine Good Citizen (CGC) / Tricks Certification

You and your dog train together as you strive toward a goal – a trick dog title! This versatile title allows you to select tricks based upon your mutual strengths. It’s easy, you choose tricks from a long list.  You are sure to find ones that are right for you and your dog! The ‘Trick Dog’ title is a team title and the same dog / handler team must perform the tricks. Please review and print out this information to learn more about CGC / Tricks Certification. You will earn two certificates if you successfully complete all through the American Kennel Club (AKC).  Mixed  breeds are welcome. If you and your dog already have a CGC then we can use that towards 5 tricks and you will just need to teach 5 more skills. These are simple tricks.  For example, jumping over a jump, walking a plank or bridge, jumping through a hula hoop, leave it, touch hand or roll a ball. Loads of choices!

Fun-gility (Wag It Games)

Such a fun class for people and dogs interested in learning how to run an obstacle course plus hoopers and tunnels, but are not necessarily interested in formal agility competition. Fun-gility will teach the dogs a variety of obstacles and steeplechase courses.  This is running and jumping for fun – every dogs dream!  Dogs attending this course should have good off leash control and should be at least 6 months old.

The Nose Knows: Scent Games For Your Dog

This class is fun! Engage your dog’s mind, provide exercise, and create training opportunities. Preparing for competition or just for fun. Have you noticed that dogs live by their nose?  A dog’s sense of smell is more powerful than we can possibly imagine.  They can easily detect the presence of one drop of blood in a 55-gallon drum of water.  All this talent needs a positive outlet.  So instead of nagging at your dog to stop sniffing, here’s a chance to learn how to have fun letting your dog be led around by his nose! Scent work is easy for the dog.  Training your dog to play scent games means figuring out how to “tell” your dog which odor gets rewarded.  This seminar will introduce you to a number of great nose games and show you how to teach your dog the rules.  We’ll use operant conditioning techniques to “mark” the right odor and then reinforce it with food or play. Everyone will find themselves in awe of what their dog can learn to do with his nose. Both you and your dog will have lots of fun learning scent games!

Therapy Dog Class

This class focuses on skills dogs and handlers will need in order to work well together as a team while visiting people in different types of facilities and schools. This class prepares teams to pass a therapy dog evaluation.  This class does include an evaluation at the last class. Skills we cover include:

  • Working as a team in a school or assisted living environments with you and your dog
  • Applying basic obedience skills in a school or assisted living environment
  • Meeting patients/clients/students appropriately and safely
  • Meeting other dogs appropriately being polite and non aggressive
  • Signs of dog stress and what to do about it

Prerequisites:  Handlers must be willing to use positively based training methods.  Dogs must be at least 18 months of age and work well on a flat collar or front clip harness (no slip, choke, or prong collars).  This is not a class for aggressive or reactive dogs for they are not appropriate as therapy dogs.

Workshops are a one time training session.

Workshops – Fun and games develop trust and self control between the handler and their 4 footed friend.

Play training is a way to  teach your dog the games that you and your dog can play together.  Enjoy discovering these games with your dog. Come have fun with an open mind and heart.  Don’t start with expectations. This play together will help develop a wonderful relationship between  you and your dog.  If your dog has fun with you, then obedience behaviors will flow out of his commitment to the bond you have formed.  The depth and quality of this bond will bring you and your 4 footed friend closer building a life time relationship.

Barking, Chewing, and Digging: Oh My!

No dogs please. Have your dog’s natural instincts become unwanted habits at home? If so, this seminar is for you! You will learn how to solve common dog behavior problems including barking, chewing, digging, and house soiling. Once you know how to approach dog behavior problems, you and your four-legged friend can live in peace and harmony.

Changing People Changing Dogs

Working with reactive dogsis a workshop to help people learn to work and live with reactive dogs.  The workshop will focus on dog to dog on leash reactivity.

‘Come to Me!’ Whistle Recall

This workshop will teach you the ins and outs of successful “come when called” using  whistle training, as well as steer you away from common pitfalls. You will learn and practice a variety of training exercises to get your dog running happily to you when you call him. Limited enrollment (taught outside only).

Feisty Fidos: Managing On Leash Dog-to-Dog Aggression Workshop

Does your dog lunge, whine, bark and/or growl when he sees another leashed dog?  This is an all-too-common problem with urban and suburban canines.  In this hands-on workshop, you will learn effective strategies to change your dog from a “Feisty Fido” to a “Friendly Fido.”  Each participant will have a chance to work with their dog as the rest of the class observes.  Dogs will be rotated though the workshop and will need to be walked outdoors with a second handler or crated in your car (weather permitting) during down times.

Fun-gility (Wag It Games)

Fun-gility is a fun workshop for those people and dogs interested in learning how to run an obstacle course, but are not necessarily interested in formal agility competition.  Fun-gility will teach the dogs a variety of obstacles and steeplechase courses.   This is running and jumping for fun- every dogs dream!  Dogs attending this course should have good off leash control and should be at least 6 months of age.

Hocus Pocus – Let’s Get Focused!

Let’s focus on getting your dogs attention. This workshop  is designed to teach the dog how to relinquish resources in his environment.  The key to getting your dog’s attention is teaching him how to disconnect from distractions in his environment.   This is a great course for the ADHD dog (attention deficit hyperactive dog) and forms the basis of a good work ethic.  This workshop is open to dogs of all ages and no other training is required to attend.

Home Alone

Preventing Separation Anxiety – is your dog showing signs of separation anxiety?  This is a 2 hour lecture.  No dogs please.

Loose Lead Walking 

Walking without pulling including a number of techniques.

Reliable Recall

The reliable recall workshop is just what it sounds like – teaching the dog to come reliably when called.  Learn WHY your dog won’t come when called and learn HOW to change that.  This course focuses on teaching dogs the skills they need to disconnect from a distraction and respond to a ‘come’ cue.  This course is open to dogs of all ages.

The Nose Knows 

Have you ever noticed that dogs live by their nose?  A dog’s sense of smell is more powerful than we can possibly imagine.  So let’s put that powerful nose to good use! Today people use dogs in a variety of roles due to their superior olfactory ability. Dogs have invaluable roles with search and rescue teams, in identifying contraband, tracking game for hunting, and keeping tabs on endangered species. Recently, dogs have even been trained to identify bladder cancer in humans.  https://www.facebook.com/TEDEducation/videos/1271444302868773/ 

The Dog is Speaking, Are You Listening?  

This is a lecture.  No dogs please.  Canine Body Language  – learn to speak dog! Learn to listen to what your dog is telling you.  Is he afraid, scared, anxious, happy sad or about to bite?

Nervous Nelly

Learn to work with shy dogs. No dogs at the first class. This workshop is designed for those working with shy dogs by building your dog confidence and your relationship with each other. Message techniques and skills to build confidence and trust.

Tracking

Scent work with your dog.  Learn basic and advanced scent work, how to read your dog, tracking laying, and more. Let your dog show you what he does best. Limited enrollment.

Twofers!  

Working with multiple dogs at one time.  No dogs please. This is a training session for an owner who has two dogs! Learn how to get training done when you have two dogs to train! Topics will include leash walking, coming when called, and staying in place.