Special Event Notices
Active volunteers of animal welfare organizations and rescue groups can audit certain classes to further their education. For more information, email info@myauntpenny.com or call 724-515-7790

To register for a class: start by expanding the date, click on the plussignin the right of the calendar section. This will open up the calendar details where you will find the registration link.

Apr
30
Thu
Reactive Dogs – Level 2 @ Norwin Elks
Apr 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Pre-requisite: Reactive Dog 1 or instructor approval

Classes held on April 30, May 7, May 14, and May 21 from 6-7pm.

Cost $145 per dog. Limited to five dog. To register, CLICK HERE.

Let us help you teach your dog how to work in a group setting. Your dog will also learn to walk by other dogs without making a scene. We will show you how to teach your dog to be calm and quiet, and that when he has questions about how to behave, he should look to you for guidance.

In this class, we will focus on: on-leash parallel walking with other dogs, problem barking when inside a car, canine body language, rock solid stays using mats, hand targeting while moving, types of emergency exits, and staying below threshold.

This class is not appropriate for children. All owners will fill out a behavior questionnaire and waiver to attend this class.

If your dog is not appropriate for this class, please consider our Private Training Sessions, which may be the perfect fit to provide training and prepare your dog to enter our group classes. For more info, call 724-515-7790.

Nuisance Behaviors – 3 week class @ Level Green Lions Community Building
Apr 30 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Class dates: April 30th, May 14th and May 28th

This class focuses on common challenges that dogs present to their owners. Fur parents will be taught alternate behaviors as well as management techniques.

Some of the problem behaviors we will cover are:

  • Jumping
  • Counter surfing
  • Attention seeking
  • Impulse control
  • Door dashing
  • Barking
  • Play Biting

The cost of this class is just $75. To register, CLICK HERE

All classes held at Level Green Lions Community Building, 123 Murrysville Rd, Trafford, PA 15085.

May
9
Sat
Fearful/Shy Dogs @ Level Green Lions Community Buidling
May 9 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Class dates: May 9, May 16, May 23, and June 6

Cost is just $145 per dog. Limited to five dogs. To register, CLICK HERE

  • Is your dog shy or fearful?
  • Does he shy away from friends and family when they visit?
  • Is he scared of new situations?
  • Does he become fearful of you in certain situations?
  • Is your dog nervous meeting new people or new dogs?

We’ll show you how to help your dog overcome his fear and anxiety in a controlled environment!

The first week is people only (no dogs). You will learn about fearful and shy dogs through a one hour educational seminar with plenty of time for questions and answers.

Small class size with minimal distractions and lots of compassion are the characteristics of our approach to behavior modification.

We will focus on: handler body language, canine body language, training exercises, games for shy dogs, handling your dog in public.

As with all our classes, we us only positive dog training methods to help dogs overcome shyness. In the case of shy dogs, positive reinforcement training is the only acceptable and reliable type of dog training that can be used with fear-based dog anxiety traits.

Basic Manners Class @ Level Green Lions Community Building
May 9 @ 10:15 am – 11:15 am

Our Big Four manners class is for dogs 16 weeks and older

Class dates: May 9, May 16,May 23, & June 6

Does your dog need some polite manners?

In this class we will focus on:

  • Loose leash walking
  • Recalls
  • Sits & downs
  • Stays
  • Impulse control
  • Focus & attention

The cost of this class is $125 for four weeks. To register, CLICK HERE

All classes held at Level Green Lions Community Building, 123 Murrysville Rd, Trafford, PA 15085

We encourage everyone in the family to be part of the training process! We allow children to be involved in training. Children must be age 9 or older. One adult must be available for the children and one adult must be available for the dog.

May
11
Mon
Nuisance Behavior – Open Enrollment @ Norwin Elks
May 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join instructor Stacy Lamanna for this OUTDOOR class every Monday, starting May 11th. No class on May 25th.

Cost is $75 per dog. Limited to eight dogs. To register, CLICK HERE.

Join anytime for three consecutive weeks. Don’t waste an hour in orientation class – our orientation is online. This class gives you three REAL weeks of working with our trainer and your dog.

This three week class focuses on common challenges that dogs present to their owners. Fur parents will be taught alternate behaviors as well as management techniques.

Some of the problem behaviors we will cover are:
  • Jumping
  • Counter surfing
  • Attention seeking
  • Impulse control
  • Door dashing
  • Barking
  • Play biting

Registration is required. This is not a drop-in class.

Basic Manners – Open Enrollment @ Norwin Elks
May 11 @ 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Join instructor Stacy Lamanna for this OUTDOOR class every Monday, starting May 11th. No class on May 25th.

Cost is $125 per dog. Limited to eight dogs. To register, CLICK HERE.

Join anytime for four consecutive weeks. Don’t waste an hour in orientation class – our orientation is online. This class gives you four REAL weeks of working with our trainer and your dog.

This class is designed for four month old dogs and older. Our class focuses on building a better relationship with your dog in a fun and informative environment.

Commands taught include going to “place” (mat training), sits, downs, loose leash walking, anti-jump, greeting, down/stays, recalls and leave it.

Registration for this class is required. It is not a drop-in class.

May
16
Sat
Dogs & Storks – West Penn @ West Penn Hospital
May 16 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Dogs and Storks Licensed Presenter

Preparation makes all the difference in the world when it comes to safety and harmony between a new baby and family dog. This two hour Dogs and Storks TM program provides consistent and current information, offering solutions and addressing common challenges that expectant or new parents may experience.

Topics covered include your pregnancy and your dog, concerns about jealousy and acceptance of the baby, setting up your home environment for safety, introducing your dog to your baby, the subtle body language of dogs, and fun ways to include your dog in daily activities from the start.

This program is taught by Penny Layne CPDT-KA, Pennsylvania state representative for the International Family Paws Parent Education program, who is also a certified professional dog trainer with over 20 years’ experience.

Please do not bring your dog to class.

The cost is only $25 per family. Register Now: call 412-578-7030

May
18
Mon
Nuisance Behavior – Open Enrollment @ Norwin Elks
May 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join instructor Stacy Lamanna for this OUTDOOR class every Monday evening. No class on May 25th.

Cost is $75 per dog. Limited to eight dogs. To register, CLICK HERE.

Join anytime for three consecutive weeks. Don’t waste an hour in orientation class – our orientation is online. This class gives you three REAL weeks of working with our trainer and your dog.

This three week class focuses on common challenges that dogs present to their owners. Fur parents will be taught alternate behaviors as well as management techniques.

Some of the problem behaviors we will cover are:
  • Jumping
  • Counter surfing
  • Attention seeking
  • Impulse control
  • Door dashing
  • Barking
  • Play biting

Registration is required. This is not a drop-in class.

Dogs & Storks – Magee @ Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Dogs and Storks Licensed Presenter

Preparation makes all the difference in the world when it comes to safety and harmony between a new baby and family dog. This two hour Dogs and Storks TM program provides consistent and current information, offering solutions and addressing common challenges that expectant or new parents may experience.

Topics covered include your pregnancy and your dog, concerns about jealousy and acceptance of the baby, setting up your home environment for safety, introducing your dog to your baby, the subtle body language of dogs, and fun ways to include your dog in daily activities from the start.

This program is taught by Penny Layne CPDT-KA, Pennsylvania state representative for the International Family Paws Parent Education program, who is also a certified professional dog trainer with over 20 years’ experience.

Please do not bring your dog to class.

The cost is only $25 per family. Register Now: call 412-641-8096 or visit the UPMC website

Basic Manners – Open Enrollment @ Norwin Elks
May 18 @ 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Join instructor Stacy Lamanna for this OUTDOOR class every Monday evening. No class on May 25th.

Cost is $125 per dog. Limited to eight dogs. To register, CLICK HERE.

Join anytime for four consecutive weeks. Don’t waste an hour in orientation class – our orientation is online. This class gives you four REAL weeks of working with our trainer and your dog.

This class is designed for four month old dogs and older. Our class focuses on building a better relationship with your dog in a fun and informative environment.

Commands taught include going to “place” (mat training), sits, downs, loose leash walking, anti-jump, greeting, down/stays, recalls and leave it.

Registration for this class is required. It is not a drop-in class.

May
20
Wed
Puppy Preschool @ Aunt Penny's
May 20 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

This class is for dogs 7-15 weeks old (at the start of class).

Class dates: May 20, May 27, June 3, and June 10 from 6:30-7:30pm. All classes held in Aunt Penny’s Training Room.

Cost $125 per dog. Limited to four dogs. To register, CLICK HERE

Join us for four fun-filled classes with your puppy! We have playtime in every session, as well as learning time.

In this class, we will focus on:

  • Socialization
  • Playtime
  • Manners
  • Real life scenarios
May
24
Sun
Dog Ready for Baby @ Level Green Lions Community Building
May 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Your dog has gotten used to being your “baby,” but soon you’ll be bringing an actual human baby into your family, home and life. Have you prepared your fur baby for the arrival of a new human “sibling”?

In this special 1.5 hour class you will learn to:

  • Desensitize your dog to baby equipment
  • Whether to walk your dog with the stroller
  • Help your dog practice good manners with visitors
  • Find out which food puzzle your dog likes
  • Watch your dog’s body language when it hears a baby cry
  • Practice how to introduce your dog to the baby
  • Have your questions answered!

Cost for this special class is $60 per dog to attend. Limited to eight dogs (No children please). To register, CLICK HERE

Jun
1
Mon
Nuisance Behavior – Open Enrollment @ Norwin Elks
Jun 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join instructor Stacy Lamanna for this OUTDOOR class every Monday evening. No class on May 25th.

Cost is $75 per dog. Limited to eight dogs. To register, CLICK HERE.

Join anytime for three consecutive weeks. Don’t waste an hour in orientation class – our orientation is online. This class gives you three REAL weeks of working with our trainer and your dog.

This three week class focuses on common challenges that dogs present to their owners. Fur parents will be taught alternate behaviors as well as management techniques.

Some of the problem behaviors we will cover are:
  • Jumping
  • Counter surfing
  • Attention seeking
  • Impulse control
  • Door dashing
  • Barking
  • Play biting

Registration is required. This is not a drop-in class.

Basic Manners – Open Enrollment @ Norwin Elks
Jun 1 @ 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Join instructor Stacy Lamanna for this OUTDOOR class every Monday evening. No class on May 25th.

Cost is $125 per dog. Limited to eight dogs. To register, CLICK HERE.

Join anytime for four consecutive weeks. Don’t waste an hour in orientation class – our orientation is online. This class gives you four REAL weeks of working with our trainer and your dog.

This class is designed for four month old dogs and older. Our class focuses on building a better relationship with your dog in a fun and informative environment.

Commands taught include going to “place” (mat training), sits, downs, loose leash walking, anti-jump, greeting, down/stays, recalls and leave it.

Registration for this class is required. It is not a drop-in class.

Jun
8
Mon
Nuisance Behavior – Open Enrollment @ Norwin Elks
Jun 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join instructor Stacy Lamanna for this OUTDOOR class every Monday evening. No class on May 25th.

Cost is $75 per dog. Limited to eight dogs. To register, CLICK HERE.

Join anytime for three consecutive weeks. Don’t waste an hour in orientation class – our orientation is online. This class gives you three REAL weeks of working with our trainer and your dog.

This three week class focuses on common challenges that dogs present to their owners. Fur parents will be taught alternate behaviors as well as management techniques.

Some of the problem behaviors we will cover are:
  • Jumping
  • Counter surfing
  • Attention seeking
  • Impulse control
  • Door dashing
  • Barking
  • Play biting

Registration is required. This is not a drop-in class.

Basic Manners – Open Enrollment @ Norwin Elks
Jun 8 @ 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Join instructor Stacy Lamanna for this OUTDOOR class every Monday evening. No class on May 25th.

Cost is $125 per dog. Limited to eight dogs. To register, CLICK HERE.

Join anytime for four consecutive weeks. Don’t waste an hour in orientation class – our orientation is online. This class gives you four REAL weeks of working with our trainer and your dog.

This class is designed for four month old dogs and older. Our class focuses on building a better relationship with your dog in a fun and informative environment.

Commands taught include going to “place” (mat training), sits, downs, loose leash walking, anti-jump, greeting, down/stays, recalls and leave it.

Registration for this class is required. It is not a drop-in class.

Jun
11
Thu
Reactive Dogs Class @ Level Green Lions Community Building
Jun 11 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

This class is for leash-reactive dogs only.

Class dates: June 11, June 18, June 25, July 2, and July 9.

In this class you will learn to:

  • Lower stress,
  • Build calmness and attention,
  • Train alternate behaviors to reactivity or over arousal,
  • Reinforce the absence of reactivity,
  • Build your dog’s confidence and trust in you.

Is this class right for your dog? Click here to find out.

Fee for this course:  $190 per dog (includes both spouses). To register, CLICK HERE

You may also attend just the seminar or audit the class without your dog (see details below.)

Click here to find out what to bring to the Reactive Dog class.

Click here for the Behavior Questionnaire.

Important Scheduling Info:  The first night of class is a seminar for humans only (no dogs).

Class Size:  Working spots are limited to five dogs per class, so don’t wait to register! Unlimited auditing spots are available (observe without your dog).

You may register to attend just the seminar that is given on the first night of class.  This seminar is included with registration for working or auditing spots.

You will learn about reasons for reactivity, gain a better understanding of your dog’s body language so you have critical information about his emotional state of mind and be introduced to some tools and techniques we will use to manage your dog’s reactivity.

Fee for seminar only: $30 per person. To register, CLICK HERE.

You may register to attend the class without your dog and observe the class. This also includes the first night’s seminar.  You can also register to be on the waiting list for a working spot. Occasionally, there are withdrawals due to unforeseen circumstances after the first class.

Fee to audit without your dog: $120 per person. To register, CLICK HERE.

What is a Reactive Dog?

Reactive dogs are not hard to spot. While on leash your feisty Fido may lunge at nearby people or dogs. He may also bark loudly and/or growl and he may even try to bite anyone who tries to get close.

A reactive dog can appear threatening to other people as he jumps, barks and stares. Reactive dogs tend to stress out their owners who try to keep passersby safe from their intimidating or noisy best friend.

This aggression is fear-based and the behavior is called reactivity. On the other end of the spectrum is the dog that’s too afraid to go anywhere and who will hide, tremble or whine. If your dog can’t calm down within a few seconds, he’s probably a reactive dog.

There is no need to feel lost or confused when your dog becomes reactive. This class will help you change or manage a dog that overreacts in new situations or with new people or other dogs while on leash.

Your feisty Fido will learn how to feel more confident and comfortable in different situations, as well as around others, and he will gain more trust in you. We will work to change your dog’s problem behaviors and replace them with more appropriate behaviors.

You will have new skills to utilize in these once-stressful situations, and you will relax knowing what to do and how to avoid or manage triggers that were once unpredictable. You will learn to read your dog and communicate on a different level.

In the Reactive Dog class you will:

  • Acquire the tools you need to understand and handle your dog with confidence.
  • Learn what your leash-reactive dog is doing, why he’s doing it and how to change it.
  • Teach your dog to relax, trust and overcome fear and anxiety – the root of his reactivity.
  • Develop a better working relationship with your dog.
  • Learn how to decrease the stress in your dog and teach him confidence and focus. With decreased stress, real learning can begin.
  • Learn calming and management techniques, coping responses, and emergency escape exercises.
  • Work with your dog in a controlled, supportive environment with a small group of dog owners who understand your issues because they share them.

In class, the dogs will be separated from each other by the use of visual barriers. Slowly, as you gain skills and your dog gains confidence and starts to shed fears, the individual dogs will begin to work together from a decreasing distance. The counter-conditioning, desensitization training and handling techniques are personalized for each dog’s emotional readiness and needs.

The Reactive Dog class is initially held indoors. As the dogs and owners gain skills we move to a secure, fenced area outside and finally graduate to a real-life environment. 

Who is this class NOT appropriate for?

(All of the behaviors listed below are best handled in a private session; they are not addressed in this class.)
  • Dogs whose only issue is guarding resources such as their food dish or toys.
  • Dogs that jump on people in a friendly manner. We can address that issue in basic manners class, nuisance behaviors class or a private lesson. That is not fear-based reactivity.
  • Dogs who are primarily scared of noises.
  • Dogs who fight with the other dog(s) in their household but are fine with dogs outside the home.
  • Dogs who have bitten a person. Aunt Penny must do a private consultation before admitting your dog into the Reactive Dog class.
  • Dogs who are only a problem to visitors inside the home but aren’t a problem on leash to people outside the home.

Note about equipment:

You will be required to bring a crate to classes 2, 3 and 4. A crate is an important place to keep your pet secure when he is not working, as well as a place for your dog to rest and process information. Ask us for our crate training handout if your dog is not familiar with being crated.

Feeling comfortable in a crate is a gift you teach your dog to prepare for travel or boarding, visits to the groomer or unexpected stays at your veterinarian. Want to make your dog more comfortable being in a crate? Set up a private lesson to work on this issue.

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Basic Manners Class @ Level Green Lions Community Building
Jun 11 @ 7:45 pm – 8:45 pm

Our Big Four manners class is for dogs 16 weeks and older.

Class dates: June 11, June 18, June 25 and July 2

Does your dog need some polite manners?

In this class we will focus on:

  • Loose leash walking
  • Recalls
  • Sits & downs
  • Stays
  • Impulse control
  • Focus & attention

The cost of this class is $125 for four weeks. To register, CLICK HERE

All classes held at Level Green Lions Community Building, 123 Murrysville Rd, Trafford, PA 15085

We encourage everyone in the family to be part of the training process! We allow children to be involved in training. Children must be age 9 or older. One adult must be available for the children and one adult must be available for the dog.

Jun
13
Sat
Canine Aggression @ Bridgeville Public Library
Jun 13 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

You’re invited to attend a FREE educational presentation on canine aggression sponsored by Chartiers Custom Pet Cremation.

Topics covered:
  • Canine body language
  • How to defuse a threatening dog attack
  • How to defend yourself in a one dog attack
  • How to defend yourself in a pack attack
  • How to break up a dog fight
  • The different types of aggression and the triggers
  • How to protect a baby in a stroller
  • and more!

There will be question and answer time following the presentation.

No dogs and no children under 12 please. To register, CLICK HERE.

Jun
14
Sun
Canine Body Language @ Aunt Penny's Training Room
Jun 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Dogs are very expressive animals. They communicate when they’re feeling happy, sad, nervous, fearful and angry, and they use their faces and bodies to convey much of this information.

Dog body language is an elaborate and sophisticated system of nonverbal communication that, fortunately, we can learn to recognize and interpret. Once you learn how to “read” dogs’ postures and signals, you’ll better understand their feelings and motivations and be better able to predict what they are likely to do.

These skills will enable you to interact with dogs with greater enjoyment and safety. Recommended for pet parents, groomers, kennel employees, dog walkers, pet sitters, shelter/rescue volunteers, and anyone who wants to understand more about dogs.

Only $25 per person. Humans only (no dogs). To register, CLICK HERE

Jun
15
Mon
Nuisance Behavior – Open Enrollment @ Norwin Elks
Jun 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join instructor Stacy Lamanna for this OUTDOOR class every Monday evening. No class on May 25th.

Cost is $75 per dog. Limited to eight dogs. To register, CLICK HERE.

Join anytime for three consecutive weeks. Don’t waste an hour in orientation class – our orientation is online. This class gives you three REAL weeks of working with our trainer and your dog.

This three week class focuses on common challenges that dogs present to their owners. Fur parents will be taught alternate behaviors as well as management techniques.

Some of the problem behaviors we will cover are:
  • Jumping
  • Counter surfing
  • Attention seeking
  • Impulse control
  • Door dashing
  • Barking
  • Play biting

Registration is required. This is not a drop-in class.

Basic Manners – Open Enrollment @ Norwin Elks
Jun 15 @ 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Join instructor Stacy Lamanna for this OUTDOOR class every Monday evening. No class on May 25th.

Cost is $125 per dog. Limited to eight dogs. To register, CLICK HERE.

Join anytime for four consecutive weeks. Don’t waste an hour in orientation class – our orientation is online. This class gives you four REAL weeks of working with our trainer and your dog.

This class is designed for four month old dogs and older. Our class focuses on building a better relationship with your dog in a fun and informative environment.

Commands taught include going to “place” (mat training), sits, downs, loose leash walking, anti-jump, greeting, down/stays, recalls and leave it.

Registration for this class is required. It is not a drop-in class.

Jun
17
Wed
Dogs & Toddlers – West Penn @ West Penn Hospital
Jun 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Baby starts out small, crawling on all fours – just like Dog does. But Baby grows quickly, and soon enough is the same size as Dog – and walking upright on two legs. Dog notices that Baby is suddenly becoming a very different kind of creature. Confused by these rapid changes, Dog tries to adapt…even as Baby pelts him with kibble from his bowl and tries to ride on his back like a horse.

This may sound like an adorable YouTube video, but Dog isn’t having fun. He needs help coping with Baby’s increasingly unpredictable behavior, and Baby needs to learn how to treat Dog with the respect he deserves. Fortunately, Dogs & Toddlers™ can restore balance in the relationship and strengthen the bonds of friendship now and for years to come.

Dogs & Toddlers™ is for families with babies who are between three months to three years old and exploring their independence for the first time. It is offered as group training class in which parents and other caretakers can attend with their dogs to learn:

  • Guided Touch™ and Guided Teaching™ Techniques
  • How to understand your dog’s body language and responses to your baby
  • How to help your dog adjust as baby’s gross motor skills develop
  • Management techniques customized to your family and home environment
  • Fun ways to include your dog in daily activities
  • And much more!

The cost is just $25 per family! To register, call West Penn Hospital at 412-578-7030.

Jun
22
Mon
Nuisance Behavior – Open Enrollment @ Norwin Elks
Jun 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join instructor Stacy Lamanna for this OUTDOOR class every Monday evening. No class on May 25th.

Cost is $75 per dog. Limited to eight dogs. To register, CLICK HERE.

Join anytime for three consecutive weeks. Don’t waste an hour in orientation class – our orientation is online. This class gives you three REAL weeks of working with our trainer and your dog.

This three week class focuses on common challenges that dogs present to their owners. Fur parents will be taught alternate behaviors as well as management techniques.

Some of the problem behaviors we will cover are:
  • Jumping
  • Counter surfing
  • Attention seeking
  • Impulse control
  • Door dashing
  • Barking
  • Play biting

Registration is required. This is not a drop-in class.

Basic Manners – Open Enrollment @ Norwin Elks
Jun 22 @ 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Join instructor Stacy Lamanna for this OUTDOOR class every Monday evening. No class on May 25th.

Cost is $125 per dog. Limited to eight dogs. To register, CLICK HERE.

Join anytime for four consecutive weeks. Don’t waste an hour in orientation class – our orientation is online. This class gives you four REAL weeks of working with our trainer and your dog.

This class is designed for four month old dogs and older. Our class focuses on building a better relationship with your dog in a fun and informative environment.

Commands taught include going to “place” (mat training), sits, downs, loose leash walking, anti-jump, greeting, down/stays, recalls and leave it.

Registration for this class is required. It is not a drop-in class.