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Behavior Specialty Classes 2017-08-19T12:57:31+00:00

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.

Schedule

Saturdays at 3:15pm
Starts: Saturday, September 9th
Instructor: Karen Okura
Meets: 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/14 & 10/21 (No Class 10/7)
Time: 3:15pm – 4:15pm

Thursdays at 7:45pm
Starts: Thursday, September 28th
Instructor: Karen Okura
Meets: 9/28, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2 & 11/9 (No Class 10/5)
Time: 7:45pm – 8:45pm

Cost

Urban Pooch Charm school costs $185.00 for the 6-week course. A $50 non-refundable deposit is due  to confirm your space in class. Remaining payment will be due on the first day of class. To register, please call or email us at (773) 961-8880 or email info@urbanpoochtraining.com.

Reactive Dog + Nose Work Combination Class

Reactive Dog Nosework ClassesReactive Dog Class provides owners with critical handling skills so they are well equipped to deal with challenges that may arise in their communities, and providing dogs with the life skills they need to exist comfortably and thoughtfully in environments that previously provoked anxiety and heightened arousal levels and reactivity.

Some dogs are uncomfortable in the presence of strange people, other dogs, or both. Their anxiety can be expressed in a variety of ways. Some may bark and lunge on the leash, hackles raised and pupils dilated. Others might shut down, trying to hide behind their owners with their tails tucked between their legs and their ears flat against their skulls. Both types of dog can benefit from this class.

Dog Nosework ClassesK9 Nose Work is a fun search and scenting activity for virtually all dogs. It provides a safe way to keep dogs fit and healthy through mental and physical exercise. Dogs are introduced to the basics of the search games through the use of boxes and their favorite treat reward or a toy if they are very “toy driven”.  This class is focused on building the dog’s confidence to search and solve problems independently while exposing the dog to various environmental challenges as they learn to focus on searching.

By combining the 2 classes of Reactive Dog and Nose Work the benefits are amazing. In this class you will learn to teach your pooch the skills needed to face their triggers in a new way by looking to their handlers for guidance.

In Nose Work, you enter into the dog’s world and you come from a different perspective, and the dog is the teacher essentially teaching you how to read your dog better.

You will build mental enrichment and confidence in your dog as well as create a more behaved, happier pooch. You will help to develop more focus in your dog and by reinforcing what you learn when both worlds are combined, you will create a stronger bond with your faithful companion.

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.  There are no make ups available for Reactive/Nosework.

Classes start Friday, August 25th:
Reactive/Nosework
Meets: 8/25, 9/1, 9/8, 9/15, 9/22 & 9/29
Instructors: Mary Pat Jones & Sue Sentowski
6:00pm-7:30pm

  • 2 Certified Trainers will be working with you: Mary Pat Jones and Sue Sentowski
  • Each class is limited to 7 students/pooches

Price: $450
Please call (773) 961-8880 to reserve your spot! Classes will fill up quickly.

Reactive Dog (6 Week course)

The Reactive Dog class serves two primary purposes:

  • Providing owners with critical handling skills so they are well-equipped to deal with challenges that may arise in their communities.
  • Providing dogs with the life skills they need to exist comfortably and thoughtfully in environments that previously provoked anxiety, heightened arousal levels, and reactivity.

Some dogs are uncomfortable in the presence of strange people, other dogs, or both. Their anxiety can be expressed in a variety of ways. Some may bark and lunge on the leash, hackles raised and pupils dilated. Others might shut down, trying to hide behind their owners with their tails tucked between their legs and their ears flat against their skulls. Both types of dog can benefit from this class. Here, they will learn the skills needed to face their triggers in a new way by looking to their handlers for guidance.

Cost: $225

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.  

Sundays at 2:15pm 
Starts: Sunday, July 16th
Meets: 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13 & 8/20
Instructor: Mary Pat Jones
Time: 2:15pm – 3:15pm

Mondays at 7:30pm
Starts: Monday, July 31st
Instructor: Mary Pat Jones
Meets: 7/31, 8/7, 8/14, 8/21, 8/28 & 9/11 (No class 9/4)
Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Sundays at 2:15pm 
Starts: Sunday, August 27th
Meets: 8/27, 9/3, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24 & 10/1
Instructor: Mary Pat Jones
Time: 2:15pm – 3:15pm

Mondays at 7:30pm
Starts: Monday, September 18th
Instructor: Mary Pat Jones
Meets: 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16 & 10/23
Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm

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 20 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!