Special Event Notices

  New for 2014:

Basic obedience classes will offer open enrollment – no more waiting for the next six week class to begin. Active volunteers of animal welfare organizations and rescue groups can audit classes to further their education. A preparation class will be offered for pet parents who need to know how to start their dog at home BEFORE entering a group class. 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 form.

Sep
21
Sun
Basic Manners Obedience – Open Enrollment @ Level Green Community Center
Sep 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join anytime for six consecutive weeks! 

Don’t waste an hour in orientation class – our orientation is online!

This class gives you six REAL weeks of working with our trainer and your dog!

This class is designed for four month old dogs and older.

In this class we will cover:
  • Exclusive setting the scene sessions! Meeting/greeting dogs and people, hanging out in the office, a walk with distractions, visitors for coffee, a trip to the park and a dinner party! We said fun right?
  • 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.

Cost is $135 for six consecutive classes. To register, CLICK HERE
Puppy Class – Open Enrollment @ Level Green Community Center
Sep 21 @ 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Join the puppy class where your puppy can play and learn!

We have an exclusive curriculum that consists of six real life sessions – our living room session, kitchen session, vet session, go for a walk session, grooming session, and cafe session.

The pups will learn sit and stay, impulse control, prevention of resource guarding, recalls, leave it, down and stay, settling on a mat, and loose leash walking.  Each class will offer playtime as well!

Orientation is online so you get six REAL weeks of training and play with our instructors! Your pup comes to EVERY class.

The cost is $135 for six weeks. CLICK HERE to register.

Sep
25
Thu
Shelter Dog Success Class @ Level Green Community Center
Sep 25 @ 6:30 pm – Oct 30 @ 7:30 pm
Finally – a class that helps dogs who have been adopted from a shelter or rescue!

Bad habits can be broken and good habits can be taught. Most importantly with a little effort and love you can make sure your dog stays a happy member of your family forever!

Aunt Penny will help your dog learn alternative behaviors, impluse control, building confidence through games, acclimating to a new house and new rules,  providing mental stimulation, desensitization, counter conditioning and more!

First night presentation – no dogs.  Cost $30 for presentation only. To register, CLICK HERE

Cost to audit the class (without your dog) is $100.To register, CLICK HERE.

Cost $145 for six weeks. To register, CLICK HERE

Reactive Dogs Class @ Level Green Community Center
Sep 25 @ 7:30 pm – Oct 30 @ 8:30 pm

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 six-week 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 from 7:30-9 p.m. for humans only (no dogs). Other classes are from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

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 6-week 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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Sep
27
Sat
Level Two Manners
Sep 27 @ 11:00 am – Nov 1 @ 12:00 pm

Are you and your dog ready for the next level in obedience training? Then join us for Level Two Manners!

This six week class will include four session at the Level Green Community Building plus two local field trips!

Build on current behaviors by increasing distance and duration. Extend your dog’s knowledge by learning more commands. Add more difficult and challenging distractions. And receive more ideas for mental stimulation!

Cost: $135 for six weeks, limited to eight dogs. To register, CLICK HERE.

Sep
28
Sun
Basic Manners Obedience – Open Enrollment @ Level Green Community Center
Sep 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join anytime for six consecutive weeks! 

Don’t waste an hour in orientation class – our orientation is online!

This class gives you six REAL weeks of working with our trainer and your dog!

This class is designed for four month old dogs and older.

In this class we will cover:
  • Exclusive setting the scene sessions! Meeting/greeting dogs and people, hanging out in the office, a walk with distractions, visitors for coffee, a trip to the park and a dinner party! We said fun right?
  • 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.

Cost is $135 for six consecutive classes. To register, CLICK HERE
Puppy Class – Open Enrollment @ Level Green Community Center
Sep 28 @ 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Join the puppy class where your puppy can play and learn!

We have an exclusive curriculum that consists of six real life sessions – our living room session, kitchen session, vet session, go for a walk session, grooming session, and cafe session.

The pups will learn sit and stay, impulse control, prevention of resource guarding, recalls, leave it, down and stay, settling on a mat, and loose leash walking.  Each class will offer playtime as well!

Orientation is online so you get six REAL weeks of training and play with our instructors! Your pup comes to EVERY class.

The cost is $135 for six weeks. CLICK HERE to register.

Oct
12
Sun
Canine Body Language @ Penn Hills Library
Oct 12 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

The Bichon Club of Western PA will be holding an AKC Responsible Dog Ownership event at the Penn Hills Library on Sunday, October 12th at 1:30 p.m.  Penny Layne, CPDT-KA will discuss Canine Body Language. Layne is the owner and lead trainer of Aunt Penny’s Pet Sitting and Dog Training.

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, babysitters, kennel employees, dog-walkers, pet sitters, UPS drivers, mail carriers and anyone who wants to understand more about dogs.

Only $10 per person. Humans only (no dogs). Call Maggie Denny at 724-961-5828 or email irishlady1916@comcast.net to register.