Special Event Notices

  New for 2015:

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.

Mar
29
Sun
Large Dog Play Group (over 35 lbs) @ Level Green Lions Community Building
Mar 29 @ 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Does your dog have the winter blues? Are you looking for something fun to do together? Then join Aunt Penny for a private indoor play session!

All registrants must have proof of current rabies vaccine and must not pose any health or safety problems for people or other dogs.

No retractable leashes. No prong collars or choke collars.

Limited to eight dogs. You may register more than one dog, but are required to show ownership of all dogs.

Registration is required – this is not a drop in session. Cost is $20 per dog. To register, CLICK HERE

Apr
30
Thu
Nuisance Behaviors – 3 week class @ Level Green Lions Community Building
Apr 30 @ 7:15 pm – 8:15 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
Puppy Pre-school @ Level Green Lions Community Building
May 9 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

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

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

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

In this class, we will focus on:

  • Socialization
  • Playtime
  • Manners
  • Real life scenarios

This four week class costs just $120! To register CLICK HERE

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

We encourage everyone in the family to be a 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.

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 $120 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
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
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 1-800-533-8762 or visit the UPMC website

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
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 $120 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
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.

Jul
11
Sat
Dogs & Storks – Destination Wellness @ Destination Wellness
Jul 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 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

Jul
12
Sun
Dogs & Storks – Jefferson @ Jefferson Hospital
Jul 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 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 412-469-7100

Jul
16
Thu
Nuisance Behaviors – 3 week class @ Level Green Lions Community Building
Jul 16 @ 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Class dates: July 16th, July 23rd and July 30th

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.

Aug
1
Sat
Puppy Pre-school @ Level Green Lions Community Building
Aug 1 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

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

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

Class dates: Aug. 1, Aug. 8, Aug. 15, and Aug. 22

In this class, we will focus on:

  • Socialization
  • Playtime
  • Manners
  • Real life scenarios

This four week class costs just $120! To register CLICK HERE

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

We encourage everyone in the family to be a 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.

Basic Manners Class @ Level Green Lions Community Building
Aug 1 @ 10:15 am – 11:15 am

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

Class dates: August 1 , August 8, August 15, and August 22

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 $120 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.

Dogs & Storks – Forbes @ Forbes Hospital
Aug 1 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 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 412-330-4469

Aug
5
Wed
Dogs & Storks – Magee @ Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC
Aug 5 @ 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 1-800-533-8762 or visit the UPMC website

Aug
7
Fri
Dogs & Toddlers – Forbes @ Forbes Hospital
Aug 7 @ 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 Forbes Hospital at 412-330-4469.

Aug
8
Sat
Dogs & Storks – West Penn @ West Penn Hospital
Aug 8 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 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

Aug
13
Thu
Dogs & Toddlers – West Penn @ West Penn Hospital
Aug 13 @ 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.

Aug
16
Sun
Dog Ready for Baby @ Level Green Lions Community Building
Aug 16 @ 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

Sep
3
Thu
Basic Manners Class @ Level Green Lions Community Building
Sep 3 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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

Class dates: Sept. 3, Sept. 10, Sept. 24, and Oct. 1

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 $120 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.

Reactive Dogs Class @ Level Green Lions Community Building
Sep 3 @ 7:45 pm – 8:45 pm

This class is for leash-reactive dogs only.

Class dates: Sept.3, Sept. 10, Sept. 24, Oct. 1, and Oct. 8.

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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Sep
12
Sat
Dogs & Toddlers – Bethel @ Bethel Health & Wellness Pavilion
Sep 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 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, please call 412-469-7100.

Oct
3
Sat
Dogs & Toddlers – Jefferson @ Jefferson Hospital
Oct 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 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, please call 412-469-7100.