Group Classes

Occasionally UAB offers group classes for dog training.  The two classes offered are a Puppy Kindergarten Class and a Basic Manners Class, check back to find out when classes are scheduled.

Puppy Kindergarten: available for puppies between the ages of 8 and 20 weeks old.  Puppies must have their first set of vaccinations at least one week prior to the start date of class and stay current on vaccinations through the course.  Each course meets weekly for five to six weeks and each session is usually 45-55 minutes in length.  During the course, people learn how to teach their puppies basic manners and cues, such as Sit, Down, Stay, Come, Target and Watch Me.  People also learn how to appropriately deal with puppy issues like chewing, jumping and barking.  The methods used in class are non-force based and encourage puppies to be thinking puppies in a positive manner.  Each week puppies are introduced to new sights, sounds, textures and smells to help them develop into well-rounded dogs.  Puppies are also allowed social time to play with other puppies in class where they will learn appropriate bite inhibition and recall training.

Basic Manners Class: Available for dogs that are between the ages of 20 weeks and three years old.  This class focuses on teaching dogs foundation behaviors through non-forced based methods.  Dog are encouraged to think outside the box and earn rewards for doing so.  We use natural shaping in class, along with some luring techniques which we quickly fade away.  Dogs learn to listen under distractions and through it all build a better bond with their people.  People learn how to handle their dogs in a positive way and develop a relationship with their dogs based on trust rather than fear.