Pet Help Sessions and Classes - February 2017

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

Feb. 14th: Dental Help Session: How and Why to Look After Your Pet's Teeth   

Feb. 21st: PBA: How to Help Your Leash Reactive Dog 

Feb. 28th: Dog-Ed: What to do? How to Help You and Your Dog with Exercise Restrictions.

Dog-Ed Saturday Training Series:

Jan. 28th - Feb 18th at 4:00pm: Tricks and Games

Feb. 11th and Feb 18th at 2:30pm: Concentration: Learn How to Achieve Focus by Your Dog, Despite Distractions.

FREE CLASSES

How and Why to Look After Your Pet's Teeth

February 14th, 7:00 PM
Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
Presented by Dr. Dave Thompson
People Only

Did you know that by 3 years of age 80% of Dogs have Periodontal Disease and 70% of Cats have Periodontal Disease? Did you know periodontal disease is uncomfortable and can shorten your pet’s life?

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 and learn why it is so important and what’s involved. See a live demonstration and get your questions answered. We can help make it easy and fun! 

You can also tour our high tech dental suite and see first-hand what your pet experiences when they are here for a professional dental cleaning. Dr. Thompson will explain exactly how anesthesia is administered and monitored. Learn how to tell if your pet needs professional dental care. 

He will also explain what dental disease is, common problems you can be on the lookout for and how new dental techniques can often help avoid the need to extract a tooth. 

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
  • Learn how dental disease affects your pet’s body
  • Learn about the anesthesia used during dental procedures
  • Learn what your pet experiences on the day of a dental procedure
  • Learn how new techniques can save teeth (avoid extractions)
  • Tour  our 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

How To Help Your Leash Reactive Dog

February 21st, 7:00 PM
Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
Presented by Tristan Rehner, MS, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, CBATI of Pet Behavior Aid
People Only

Does your dog growl, bark, lunge, and just get all into a tizzy when he sees other dogs or people? If so this class is for you. Learn body language so that you can better know what to expect, what steps you can take to prevent your dog from going into this state of mind, and lots more.

The mission of Pet Behavior Aid, a non-profit organization, is to increase the retention of companion animals in their homes in Asheville and Western NC through education and training programs for people who have dogs or cats, animal shelter and rescue workers, and the general community.

What to do? Help For You and Your Dog on Exercise Restriction

February 28th, 7:00 PM
Presented by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed
Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
People Only

You may have just received doctor’s orders that your canine companion needs rest and exercise restriction during recovery from an injury. Your dog may have an upcoming surgery which means they need to rest during recovery and have limited activity. What do you do when you know your dog will go stir crazy and get into mischief if he or she does not get daily exercise? This help session is for you! Learn activities and how to help your exercise restricted dog through recovery!

In this Free Behavior Help session, you will discover how dogs learn, how to provide appropriate outlets for natural behaviors to keep your dog behaviorally healthy and how to prevent problem behaviors from developing. Learn how to read your dog's body language for clues that tell you if he is relaxed, stressed, threatened, or afraid. This information is very helpful even if your dog is not facing exercise restriction or if you are just thinking about sharing your life with a dog.

This class is free and open to the public. No registration required. This is a prerequisite for the Training Game Series. If you will be using this class as a prerequisite, you must be present for the entire class.

This class is being presented free of charge by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed.

A little about our Free Help Sessions:

Our goal is to teach you what you need to know to help your pet. 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.

These 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. Thank you for understanding.

In case of inclement weather, class 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.

Saturday Training Classes

Tricks and Games (Dog Training Class)

Saturdays, January 28th - February 18th from 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
Taught by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed

Registration Required. Fee of $65

Tricks? Why would you want to teach your dog to “bow” or “back up”? So many reasons! Teaching your dog tricks will increase your dog’s mental stimulation, sharpen your training skills, help beat the winter blues and make you laugh (and your dog, too). These classes will also strengthen your relationship and communication skills with your pet and give your dog something fun to do instead of unwanted behavior, and much more! All classes are taught using positive reinforcement and your dog will love attending.

In this play-filled four-week class, you will learn how to teach spin, shake, high-five, bow, crawl, back up, targeting, scent games, tug, agility activities, and more.

Requirements:

  • Current vaccinations for Canine Distemper, Canine Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo, Bordatella and Rabies
  • Preregistration. Fee of $65.

This class is open to dogs of all ages, reactive or dogs who have displayed aggression in the past must be pre-approved by instructor before joining class.

This series of classes will be taught by Jenny White, CPDT- KA of Dog-Ed.

To register: Pay online at www.dog-ed.net or mail in a check along with registration form to Dog-Ed, PO Box 16284 Asheville, NC 28816

Questions? Contact Jenny at 989-1883 or info@dog-ed.net

Concentration: Learn How to Achieve Focus by Your Dog, Despite Distractions.

Saturdays, February 11th and February 18th from 2:30 - 3:30PM
Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
Taught by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed

Registration Required. Fee of $35

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 for your dog
  • Previous attendance at "Unleash the Possibilities". Visit Dog-ed.net or our Events Schedule at ahna.net to see the upcoming --- Unleash the Possibilities sessions)
  • Preregistration $35

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.