Classes!

Occasionally, people ask me about classes. If I can remember, I’ll start putting them on the calendar here!

Classes are on a drop-in basis, and typically only for clients who have already had an assessment. If you’re interested in a specific class, but not private training, contact me and we’ll set up a short, cut-rate assessment so you can come to class and be up to speed with the terminology and what’s expected!

Everyone must have at least a short assessment, so they know the basics. I try to make sure these classes are as safe as possible!

Available classes take place in Los Gatos, by a schedule I send out a few months ahead of time. Typically the Dogs Downtown class takes places on either Saturday or Sunday morning, every other weekend. The other classes vary.

Dogs Downtown Classes:
$15 per household prepaid (non-refundable; you can pay via paypal or check), or $20 the day of. We practice understanding dog body language, on-leash greeting, confidence building, good manners, and walking through crowds and scary downtown things. This is also a good time to catch me if you have questions or problems have cropped up, but you don’t need a whole session.

Off Leash Recall (or “come”) Classes:
$25 per dog, space is limited. You will need to bring treats and a long rope (20 ft or more), and we’ll go through how to get your dog listening and tuned in under medium-stress situations, outdoors. It’s best if your dog is at the stage where they know what “come” means, but choose not to listen occasionally.

Dog Park Classes:
Space in dog park classes is limited for safety’s sake. Cost is $25 per dog. We meet outside the dog park, practice checking dogs for good body language, spotting problems, entering, working with our dogs so they listen even at the dog park, work on recall, and learn how to know when it’s safe to be there and when it’s time to leave.

Dog walkers unite!

If you’re a dog-walker in the South Bay area, and you’d like to learn dog body language, how to avoid problems, how to get a dog to walk on a loose leash, and how to overcome fear, contact me!

Over the summer I’ll be holding FREE, once-a-month classes for dog walkers and sitters. It’s mutually beneficial; I want to know that my clients’ pups are in good hands, and people like to know that dog walkers have some sort of training! We’ll be using positive reinforcement techniques to learn how to get dogs to walk nicely, and spending time with different dogs each month so I can demonstrate what dog body language to look for, and what it means.

If you’re interested, you can call me at (951) 704-5766, or email me at jenna.b.mcdonald[at]gmail[dot]com.

J

A note on upcoming classes

Hi, everyone!

As people have asked when my dog aggressive classes will be starting back up, I’m hosting them once a month through the holidays, and then we’ll start again more regularly in the spring. Dog aggression classes are by invitation only! I want my clients who are practicing to be as safe as possible. If you’d like to join in, send me an email (or comment here) and I’ll let you know about the cut rates for assessments before you can join class.

If you are a dog walker in the area, I’m hosting classes on why and how to walk dogs properly, including different types of techniques for doing so. I admit that my motives are mostly selfish: I want to refer my clients to good dog walkers that I know won’t mess up my training! If you’re interested in learning, email me or comment here.

Finally, keep an eye out on the blog for tips on trees, presents, and exciting ribbons coming up!

Jenna