Dog Training2018-09-12T18:12:29+00:00

Dog Training Classes

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Tuesday    5:30-6:30    6  sessions    Starts   September 25   Fee: $105    Limit:  12

Thursday    6:00-7:30    1  session    Starts   October 25    Fee: $25    Limit:  20

Alana Stevenson’s dog training classes are fun, humane, and reward-based. Dog training classes allow you to teach your dog during distractions in a group setting and help you socialize your dog positively to people and other dogs.

Alana does not use shock or electronic collars, choke collars, or pinch or prong collars in dog training classes. For all dog training classes, Alana teaches Leash Isometrics™, a series of leash handling techniques she created that utilize proper body mechanics and isometrics. Leash Isometrics™ enables you to work with your dog to keep the leash relaxed, prevent injury, and maintain control over your dog while providing your dog with more freedom. Class sizes for Manners dog training classes are limited to 10. Specialty dog training classes are limited to 6. Shy, non-aggressive dogs are welcome to attend all Manners classes.

For more on Alana’s philosophy and dog training methodology, read FAQ’s.

MANNERS

Puppy MannersPuppy Manners Classes

(Dogs under 4 months old)

Puppy Manners dog training classes are for dogs under 4 months old. Your puppy will learn basic behaviors such as giving you attention, coming to  you, how to sit, lie down and how to wait. Important issues for puppy owners will also be addressed such as housetraining and how to handle chewing, play-biting, and jumping. Socialization to people and other puppies is a primary focus of the class.

Your puppy must have received his or her second Distemper vaccination to participate. Proof of vaccinations must be shown the first day of class. Do not bring your puppy to the first class—it is for people only.

Basic Manners

Alana Stevenson Dog Training Basic Manners(Dogs over 3 months old)

Basic Manners dog training classes is for all dogs over 3 months old. In Basic Manners, you will learn how to teach your dog behaviors such as giving you attention, sit-stand-down, relaxed down, coming when called, waiting, staying, walking on a relaxed leash, and turning with you. Important issues for dog owners will be addressed such as how to prevent and stop play-biting, jumping, and chewing. Depending on the makeup of the class, structured off-leash play is part of the curriculum.

For dogs over 6 months of age, proof of rabies vaccination or titers must be brought the first day of class. Your puppy must have received his or her second distemper vaccination to participate. Do not bring your dog to the first class—it is for people only.

Basic Manners II

dog-training6(Dogs over 5 months old)

This is a continuation of Basic Manners. You can continue the work you were doing in Basic Manners and learn advanced techniques, taking your dog to the next level. You will continue to work on your dog’s socialization and training. Developing a better recall, some off leash training, extending the time of your dog’s wait and stay, teaching your dog to back away from entries and exits, turning with you, and generally teaching your dog to be more attentive to you are skills focused on in the class. You will also have fun teaching your dog some new tricks and games.

Dogs come to the first class!

Course prerequisites: Successful completion of Basic Manners or Puppy Manners (with acceptance). For dogs over 6 months of age, proof of rabies vaccination or titers must be shown to participate. Your puppy must have received his or her third distemper vaccination.

Tiny Manners

(Dogs under 15 pounds and over 3 months old)

Alana Stevenson Dog Training ClassesA training class for little dogs. Tiny Manners is a beginning class for dogs who are under 15 pounds and 3 months or older. Tiny Manners focuses on socializing your dog to other dogs and people. In Tiny Manners, you will learn how to teach your little dog behaviors such as giving you attention, coming to you, walking on leash, and how to sit, lie down, be lifted, wait and stay. Important topics for owners of tiny dogs will be discussed such as how to prevent and interrupt barking, how to prevent and resolve play-biting, and housetraining.

For dogs over 6 months of age, proof of rabies vaccination or titers must be brought the first day of class. Your puppy must have received his or her second distemper vaccination to participate. Do not bring your dog to the first class — it is for people only.

SPECIALIZED CLASSES

Alana Stevenson Training for Reactive DogsFeisty Fidos (Dog Reactive Dogs)

Feisty Fidos is a class for dogs who are reactive to other dogs on leash. You will learn how to calm your dog so that your dog is more relaxed around other dogs and looks to you for guidance. Alana will teach you how to hold and handle a leash correctly so that you can work with your dog without making your dog more reactive or fearful. Your dog will learn behaviors such as giving you attention, walking nicely on leash, turning with you, walking away from a distraction, coming to you, and how to sit, lie down, get into a relaxed down, stay, and “Go greet” when around other dogs. This class is not for dogs who are shy or avoidant. Shy, skittish and avoidant dogs should take a Shrinking Violets (Shy Dogs) class.

Course prerequisites: A private consultation with Alana and three lessons (attention, leash skills & handling, and positioning techniques on leash) are required before entering this class. Proof of rabies vaccination or titers must be shown to participate.

Tiny Feisty Fidos (Dog Reactive Dogs)

Alana Stevenson - Tiny Fiesty Fido ClassTiny Feisty Fidos is a class for little dogs (under 20 pounds) who are reactive to other dogs on leash. You will learn how to calm your little dog so that your dog is more relaxed around other dogs and looks to you for guidance. Alana will teach you how to hold and handle a leash correctly so that you can work with your dog without making your dog more reactive or fearful. Your dog will learn behaviors such as giving you attention, walking nicely on leash, turning with you, walking away from a distraction, coming to you, and how to sit, lie down, stay and “Go greet” when around other dogs. This class is not for dogs who are shy or avoidant. Shy, skittish and avoidant dogs should take a Shrinking Violets (Shy Dogs) class.

Course prerequisites: A private consultation with Alana and three lessons (attention, leash skills & handling, and positioning techniques on leash) are required before entering this class. Proof of rabies vaccination or titers must be shown to participate.

Shrinking Violets (Shy Dogs)

Alana Stevenson Training for Shy DogsThis class is for dogs who are shy, avoidant or fearful of other dogs. These dogs do not show aggression, but instead retreat from other dogs and avoid interacting with them. Some of these dogs may cower when around other dogs or hide behind their owners. Others may show mild reactivity if they are cornered or overwhelmed on a greeting. The best dogs for shy dogs are other shy dogs. Shrinking Violets will expose your dog to other dogs in a gentle and positive way and at your dog’s pace. Your dog will learn behaviors when around other dogs such as giving you attention, coming to you, walking with you, how to sit, lie down, relax, and “Go greet.” Socialization and encouraging your dog to be brave and confident are key components of the class.

Course prerequisites: A behavior consultation with Alana is required before entering this class. Proof of rabies vaccination or titers must be shown to participate.

Out and About

Alana Stevenson Dog Training & Socialization This class is for dog owners who have completed Basic Manners II and would like to take what they’ve learned in classes and apply them to real life situations in outdoor locations. Classes meet at different locations so you can practice skills you have taught your dog such as giving you attention, sitting, lying down, staying, waiting, walking on a relaxed leash and coming in various social settings. Classes meet for one hour and locations vary from week to week depending on accessibility to outdoor locations and weather.

Course prerequisites: Basic Manners II
For dogs over 6 months of age, proof of rabies vaccination or titers must be shown. Your puppy must have received his or her third distemper vaccination.