Congratulations to our Graduates!

Congratulations to the dedicated participants who brought their canine companions to Dog-Ed's recent Saturday training classes taught by Jenny White, CPDT-KA. Families and their canine counterparts worked together to learn valuable life skills and basic manners. Jenny White makes each class fun while teaching techniques to set the families up for success. We, at the Animal Hospital of North Asheville, are very proud of these wonderful families who not only built skills in their companion but also enjoyed the time bonding with their dogs.

Concentration: Learn how to achieve focus by your dog despite distraction was held in July and again in August in the Animal Hospital of North Asheville's Education Room. These sessions included two classes on consecutive weeks.  The participants learned techniques to help gain their dog's focus in new environments, around different people, and around other dogs. All these situations can be both challenging and stimulating for a dog. The Concentration class is the foundation class and prerequisite for all the other classes in the Training Games Series. 

Mother May I? The first step to a courteous canine is self-control!  This four week class was perfect for adolescents and dogs whose impulse control could use some polishing. In this class, families learned how to teach their dog to greet people politely, to use the command "wait", and to use the command "leave". Families also gained knowledge of how to use their body language to influence their dog's behavior.

Red Rover: Teach your dog to come whenever and wherever reliably!  Families learned how to teach their dog to come enthusiastically and immediately when called. This is an important skill every dog should learn. It might end up saving his or her life! Not only does a speedy recall allow your dog more fun and freedom, it gives you piece of mind that your dog will return when asked. In this 4-week class, families learned ways to build focus and a variety of techniques to teach a reliable recall, even around distractions. 

Classes like these are different from the Free (People-only) Behavior Help sessions that we have here at Animal Hospital of North Asheville on certain weekday evenings. While theTuesday Free Help sessions require no registration, registration and payment is required for the Saturday classes that dogs attend along with a caregiver. Dogs and their people love these classes as they are fun and are taught using positive reinforcement.  

To learn more about upcoming Saturday Training classes at AHNA or future classes taught by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog -Ed please visit: http://dog-ed.net/group-classes.html or AHNA's Events Facebook page.