Pet Help Sessions and Classes - June 2017

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

Free Help Sessions (No Registration Required)

How and Why to Look After Your Pet's Teeth

Puppies WIN (What is Normal Puppy Behavior)

Dog Play! Learn what dogs are saying to one another during play

Saturday Training Classes (Registration and Fee Required)

Follow Me: Enjoy Walks with Your Dog Again 

CONCENTRATION: Learn how to achieve focus, despite the distractions

SIMON SAYS: Sit, stand, and all that jazz!

FREE CLASSES

How and Why to Look After Your Pet's Teeth

  • Tuesday, June 13th, 7:00 PM - CANCELLED for Canine Influenza Vaccine Clinic
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Presented by Dr. Dave Thompson
  • People Only
  • No Registration required. No fee to attend.

Did you know that by three years of age 80% of dogs have periodontal disease and 70% of cats have periodontal disease? Did you know periodontal disease is uncomfortable, leads to painful problems 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)

  • June 20th, 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
  • No Registration required. No fee to attend.

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.

Dog Play! Learn what dogs are saying to one another during play

  • Tuesday, June 27th, 7:00 - 8:00 PM
  • Presented by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • People Only Please
  • No Registration required. No fee to attend.

Does mounting really mean dominance?
Does your dog get targeted by other dogs?
Is your dog a bully or the play police?
Should small dogs play with larger dogs?
When should you step in to help your dog out?

Get these questions answered and much more by Jenny White, Certified Pet Dog Trainer of Dog-Ed. Reading a dog's body language is an important skill for anyone who has a dog. It helps keep a dog safe and allows for positive interactions with other canines at dog parks, day care, and in other social situations.

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 June


Follow Me: Enjoy Walks with Your Dog Again

  • Saturdays, June 3rd through June 24th from 2:30 PM-3:30 PM
  • Presented by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Pre-registration needed. Cost: $65

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 for Canine Distemper, Canine Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo, Bordatella and Rabies  
  • Attended "Unleash the Possibilities
  • Completed Concentration Class
  • Harness (A two-points-of-contact harness is recommended such as the Freedom Harness.)
  • Pre-registration needed. Cost: $65

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

CONCENTRATION: Learn how to achieve focus, despite the distractions

  • Saturdays, June 3rd and June 10th, 4:00PM-5:00PM 
  • Presented by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Pre-registration needed. Cost: $100 for the 6 week class of training classes

New environments, people, and other dogs can be challenging and stimulating for your dog. The first two Saturdays of this 6-week class, you will learn how to build focus and shift your dog's attention from distractions back to you. You will pick your class for the last four Saturdays. You can choose one of the following four week classes: coming when called (Red Rover), loose leash walking (Follow Me), stationary training (Red Light-Green Light) or polite greetings (Mother May I?) class. It is your choice! You will have a total of 6-weeks of fun and skill building! 

This "Concentration" class is a prerequisite for the other classes in the Training Games Series.

Requirements:

  • Current vaccinations for Canine Distemper, Canine Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo, Bordatella and Rabies  
  • Attended "Unleash the Possibilities
  • Pre-registration needed. Cost: $100

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

SIMON SAYS: Sit, stand, and all that jazz!

  • Saturdays, June 17th and June 24th, 4:00-5:00PM 
  • Presented by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Pre-registration needed. Cost: $35 for the two week training class

New to training? Unable to get your dog sit or down? Need some help trouble shooting the basics? This class is for you! Our certified dog trainer will provide guidance and support on training the fundamental positions and learn the many techniques used to train them through positive reinforcement. Behaviors taught in this class are: sit, down, stand, and hand targeting.

Requirements:

  • Current vaccinations for Canine Distemper, Canine Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo, Bordatella and Rabies  
  • Attended "Unleash the Possibilities
  • Pre-registration needed. Fee of $35
  • Completed Concentration Class 

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