Behavior Specialty Classes2019-11-10T13:02:55-06:00

Behavior Specialty Classes

Urban Pooch Charm School

Do you have a rambunctious pooch? Does your dog easily become over-excited? Is your dog difficult to control in stimulating environments? Is your dog shy or fearful around other dogs? If you answered yes, then you need to enroll in the Urban Pooch Charm School for Dogs.

This six-week class will give you and your dog the skills to participate in polite society. Never again will you decline an invitation to a dog party, hide your dog from guests or apologize for your dog’s exuberance. You will have a dog who is the toast of the neighborhood!

Classes meet for an hour once a week. Classes are six weeks long.


Tuesdays at 8:30pm
Starts: Tuesday, November 19th
Instructor: Karen Okura
Meets: 11/19, 12/3, 12/10. 12/17, 1/7, 1/14 (NO CLASS 11/26, 12/24, 12/31)
Time: 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Thursdays at 8:30pm
Starts: Thursday, December 12th
Instructor: Karen Okura
Meets:  12/12, 12/119, 1/2, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23 (NO CLASS 12/26)
Time: 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Saturdays at 11:45am
Starts: Saturday, December 7th
Instructor: Karen Okura
Meets: 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 1/4, 1/11, 1/18 (NO CLASS 12/28)
Time: 11:45am – 12:45pm

Saturdays at 5:15pm
Starts: Saturday, October 26th
Instructor: Karen Okura
Meets: 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/23, 12/7 & 12/14 (NO CLASS 11/16 & 11/30)
Time: 5:15pm – 6:15pm

Saturdays at 5:15pm
Starts: Saturday, December 12th
Instructor: Karen Okura
Meets: 12/21, 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1 (NO CLASS 12/28)
Time: 5:15pm – 6:15pm


Urban Pooch Charm school costs $185.00 for the 6-week course. To register, please call or email us at (773) 961-8880 or email info@urbanpoochtraining.com.

Reactive Dog Program

Does your dog overreact in everyday situations with people and/or other dogs? Do they attempt to control their environment and those around them by barking, lunging, growling, snapping and possibly even biting? If so, you may have a reactive dog!

Our Reactive Dog program is designed to give owners the critical handling skills need to both manage and rehabilitate their reactive dogs. Our approach emphasizes positive reinforcement along with gradual desensitization and counter-conditioning to help shift these dogs from having a hard time to having a good time in their lives.

Reactive Dog 1–Stop the Chaos

This class covers the management strategies and protocols to help your dog learn new responses for challenging situations. In this class you will:
    • Learn how reactivity develops and how to change it.
    • Teach your dog the life skills they need to exist comfortably and thoughtfully in environments that previously provoked anxiety, heightened arousal, and reactivity.
  • Become an expert handler able to respond to surprises and emergency situations.
Classes meet for an hour once a week and are 6 weeks long.
Please note: You will attend the first class of Reactive Dog 1 without your dog. To ensure the safety of everyone participating, all dogs in our Reactive Dog classes will be wearing a properly fitted basket muzzle, but you don’t need to get it before class #1.

Cost: $275

Sundays at 2:45pm 
Starts: Sunday, January 5th
Meets: 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2 & 2/9
Instructor: Shannon Sullivan
Time: 2:45pm – 3:45pm

Mondays at 7:15pm
Starts: Monday, January 6th
Instructor: Shannon Sullivan
Meets: 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3 & 2/10
Time: 7:15pm – 8:15pm

Reactive Dog 2–Grow their Comfort

In this class we create curated versions of real-life situations to grow both yours and your dog’s skills and comfort. You will learn how to keep your dog’s focus and attention in increasingly closer proximity to their triggers. Our goal for this class is for you to be able to take your dog out on a walk, or out in the world, without explanations or embarrassment.

Classes meet for an hour once a week and are 6 weeks long.

Prerequisite: Reactive Dog 1

Cost: $275

Vaccination Requirements

Proof of vaccinations and a clear fecal exam every 6-months are required to take part in all classes. Proof of vaccinations must be received prior to the first day of class.

We require:

  • Bordetella
  • Rabies
  • Distemper
  • Clear fecal exam every 6 months

Please understand there must be 3 students confirmed for class to run.  

Policy on Missing Classes During Group Training Classes:

While we understand that things do happen, the price for group classes takes into account the trainer working with everyone during the group class. If you need to miss a class, you can schedule a 30 minute make-up class at Urban Pooch for a cost of $30/make-up session. This entire fee goes directly to the trainer for their time. Thanks for understanding!