Pet Help Sessions and Classes - April 2016

Click on one of the links below to select the class you would like more information on:

Feline and Canine Oral Health: What You Probably Did Not Know

How to Help Your Shy or Fearful Cat

Woof! I Can't Stop Barking!

Follow Me! Enjoy Walks With Your Dog Again

Concentration: Learn how to achieve focus, despite distractions (Dog Training Class)

FREE Classes

Feline and Canine Oral Health: What You Probably Did Not Know

Tuesday, April 12th at 7:00 pm in the AHNA Education Room presented by Dr. Dave Thompson

Did you know that by 3 years of age:

80% of Dogs have Periodontal Disease
70% of Cats have Periodontal Disease

It is new thinking for many people, but proper dental care will keep your pet more comfortable, lengthen life and prevent bad breath. It is never too early or too late to start caring for your pet’s teeth! Come see live demonstrations and learn how to care for your pet’s teeth at home. We can help make it easy and fun! 

Topics that will be covered:

  • learn what dental disease in dogs is
  • learn how cats are different than dogs in their dental care needs 
  • learn about the unique feline oral diseases (peridontal disease, “ cat cavities” and stomatitis)
  • learn how dental disease affects the entire body
  • listen to a frank discussion about anesthesia
  • see what occurs with professional dental care
  • learn how new techniques can save teeth (avoid extractions)
  • tour a high tech dental suite
  • see a live demonstration of dogs having tooth brushing – the right way
  • see our recommended home care program – quick and inexpensive
  • have your questions answered

As much as we wish we could include your pet in this class, it is for humans only, so please leave all those sweet and wonderful pets at home.

Help Sessions are for people only, so please leave your pet at home. Our goal is to teach you what you need to know to help your pet. Help Sessions are free to the public on a first come, first seated basis. Please be aware that Animal Hospital of North Asheville will be seeing patients while the Help Session is in progress, so some of our parking will be reserved for the families of patients needing care. You may be directed to nearby parking that is available. Thank you for understanding.

In case of inclement weather, behavior help sessions will be cancelled. If you have any doubt whether the class will be held, check our Facebook page or call Animal Hospital of North Asheville at 828-253-3393.

How to Help Your Shy or Fearful Cat

Tuesday, April 19th at 7:00 pm in the AHNA Education Room. This free Behavior Help Session is being presented by Tristan Rehner, MS, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, CBATI of Pet Behavior Aid.

Does your cat disappear when company comes over, hide when the carrier comes out or become timid or fearful around family?

Join us at this Free Behavior Help Session and learn how to read your cat's body language so you can identify your cat’s fear triggers. Whether your cat is just shy, has other specific fears or is generally timid, this free help session will help you identify the signs of anxiety in your cat earlier and teach you ways to help. You will also learn how to decrease stress in your cat’s environment, how to prevent fear from becoming aggression, and some fundamental techniques to help your “wallflower” cat become more social.

As much as we wish we could include your pet in this class, it is for humans only, so please leave all those sweet and wonderful pets at home.

Help Sessions are for people only, so please leave your pet at home. Our goal is to teach you what you need to know to help your pet. Help Sessions are free to the public on a first come, first seated basis. Please be aware that Animal Hospital of North Asheville will be seeing patients while the Help Session is in progress, so some of our parking will be reserved for the families of patients needing care. You may be directed to nearby parking that is available. Thank you for understanding.

In case of inclement weather, behavior help sessions will be cancelled. If you have any doubt whether the class will be held, check our Facebook page or call Animal Hospital of North Asheville at 828-253-3393.

Woof! I Can't Stop Barking!

Tuesday, April 26th at 7:00pm in the AHNA Education Room. Presented by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed

Do you need some peace and quiet? Have neighbors ever complained or have Animal Control been at your door? Do you feel like you've tried everything and nothing has worked? This session is for you. Learn the different reasons that dogs may bark excessively, how to assess what is motivating your dog’s vocalization, and what training techniques will work best for your dog’s type of barking.

As much as we wish we could include your pet in this class, it is for humans only, so please leave all those sweet and wonderful pets at home.

Help Sessions are for people only, so please leave your pet at home. Our goal is to teach you what you need to know to help your pet. Help Sessions are free to the public on a first come, first seated basis. Please be aware that Animal Hospital of North Asheville will be seeing patients while the Help Session is in progress, so some of our parking will be reserved for the families of patients needing care. You may be directed to nearby parking that is available. Thank you for understanding.

In case of inclement weather, behavior help sessions will be cancelled. If you have any doubt whether the class will be held, check our Facebook page or call Animal Hospital of North Asheville at 828-253-3393.

TICKETED CLASSES

Follow Me! Enjoy Walks With Your Dog Again.

Does it feel like your dog is taking you for a walk instead of the other way around? Does it seem like you are invisible to your dog the moment you hit the sidewalk or trail? If so, this class is for you! This specialized 4-week class teaches you techniques to become proficient at loose leash walking with your dog and increase his or her attention around distractions. This class will strengthen your mechanical and motivational skills so future walks will be more pleasurable. First class is without dogs, for handlers only.

This class is taught by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed.

Requirements:

  • Current vaccinations of DHPP, Bordatella, and Rabies
  • Previous attendance at "Unleash the Possibilities" (Visit Dog-ed.net or our Events Schedule to see the upcoming 'Unleash the Possibilities' sessions)
  • Completed "Concentration" class (see details below)
  • Harness (A two points of contact harness is recommended such as the Freedom Harness)

Classes: Saturdays, April 9th - May 7th from 4-5 pm in the AHNA Education Room.
No class 4/16

Cost: $65

For more information or to download registration form, please go to Dog-ed.net/dogtraining.html

Concentration: Learn how to achieve focus, despite distractions (Dog Training Class)

Learn how to achieve focus by your dog, despite distractions. New environments, people, and other dogs can be challenging and stimulating for your dog. In this two session class, you will learn how to build focus and shift your dog's attention from distractions back to you. This "Concentration" class is a prerequisite for the other classes in the Training Games Series.

For more information or to download registration form, please go to Dog-ed.net/dogtraining.html

This class will be taught by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed

Requirements:

  • Current vaccinations for Canine Distemper, Canine Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo, Bordatella and Rabies
  • Previous attendance at "Unleash the Possibilities" (Visit Dog-ed.net or our Events Schedule to see the upcoming 'Unleash the Possibilities' sessions)
  • Preregistration

Upcoming Classes:
Saturdays, April 23rd and April 30th from 2:30 - 3:30pm
Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room

Cost: $35

Pre-registration required.

Let the games begin! Dog-Ed makes training classes fun and flexible through its Training Games Series small group classes. Once you have attended the required "Unleash the Possibilities" and "Concentration" class, you can pick and choose which classes would benefit you and your dog. Taking the complete series will prepare you for taking the APDT's C.L.A.S.S. Bachelor's evaluation.