Pet Help Sessions and Classes - January 2017

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

How and Why to Look After Your Pet's Teeth

Puppies WIN (What is Normal Puppy Behavior)

Unleash the Possibilities: Discover the Keys to a Wonderful Canine Companion.

Follow Me: Learn to Enjoy Walks with Your Dog Again  

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

Red Light Green Light: Create an "On" and "Off" Switch for Your Dog

FREE CLASSES

How and Why to Look After Your Pet's Teeth

  • January 10th, 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

Puppies WIN (What is Normal Puppy Behavior)

  • January 17th, 7:00-9:00 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

This free Behavior Help Session is for anyone with a puppy under 5 months of age or anyone planning to add a puppy to the family. The focus of this help session will be to help you learn what age-appropriate puppy behavior is, learn how to establish good habits to prevent problems from developing, and discover how to take advantage of your puppy’s socialization window. 

Puppies W.I.N. is open to anyone who is interested in understanding more about their puppy or who might be preparing to bring a puppy into their home.

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.

Unleash the Possibilities: Discover the Keys to a Wonderful Canine Companion.

  • January 24th, 7:00 PM
  • Presented by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • People Only

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. It is a must for family members or anyone thinking about sharing their life with a dog.

This class is free and open to the public. No registration required. If you plan on enrolling in the Training Games Series, you must be present for whole class. This is a prerequisite for the Training Game Series.

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 by Dog-Ed for January

Follow Me: Learn to Enjoy Walks with Your Dog Again  

  • Saturdays, January 7th through January 28th from 2:30 PM-3:30 PM
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Taught by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed

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 four-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. It is for the person who walks the dog only. 

Requirements:

  • Current vaccinations of Canine Distemper, Canine Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo, Bordatella and Rabies for your dog
  • Must have previously attended "Unleash the Possibilities"
  • Must have completed "Concentration" Class
  • Harness (A two-points-of-contact harness is recommended such as the Freedom Harness.)

Preregistration $65

Visit Dog-ed.net or our Events Schedule to see the upcoming Unleash the Possibilities and Concentration classes. This class is taught by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed.

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

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

  • Saturdays, January 7th and January 14th from 4:00 PM-5:00 PM
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Taught by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed

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 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.

Red Light Green Light: Create an "On" and "Off" Switch for Your Dog

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

This class will cover stationary positions "stay" and go to "place" and teaches the game of tug including "give". This four-week class will teach you how to help your dog understand when it is appropriate to get revved up and when to settle down.

Requirements:

  • Current vaccinations of 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 to see the upcoming Unleash the Possibilities sessions)
  • Completed "Concentration" class
  • Non-skid mat for dog
  • Two identical tug toys
  • Dog must already respond quickly to cue "sit" and/or "down"

Preregistration $65

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