Pet Help Sessions and Classes - March 2017

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

Free Help Sessions (No Registration Required)

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

How and Why to Look After Your Pet's Teeth

CATS WIN (What is Normal Cat Behavior)

WOOF! I Can't Stop Barking!

Saturday Training Classes (Registration and Fee Required)

Silver Muzzles: An Enrichment Class for You and Your Senior Dog

RED ROVER! Teach your dog to come whenever and wherever reliably!

FREE CLASSES

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

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

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.

How and Why to Look After Your Pet's Teeth

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

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 you questions answered

CATS WIN (What is Normal Cat Behavior)

  • March 21st, 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 Please

Have you ever wondered "Why does my cat do that?" Join us to learn what normal behavior is for your cat and to discover appropriate outlets for normal feline behaviors to prevent them from developing into behavior problems.

Learn how to read your cat's body language and vocalizations to better understand her moods and desires. We will also talk about how cats learn, and even explore training techniques for cats! This help session is open to anyone interested in developing a better understanding of their cat's behavior.

This class is being presented free of charge by Tristan Rehner, MS, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, CBATI of Pet Behavior Aid

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.

WOOF! I Can't Stop Barking!

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

Do you need some peace and quiet? Have neighbors ever complained or has 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. 

This class is free and open to the public. No registration required.

This free Behavior Help Session is being presented 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

Registration and Fee Required

Silver Muzzles: An Enrichment Class for You and Your Senior Dog

  • Saturdays, March 4th through March 25th, 2:30PM-3:30PM
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Fee: $65 for a series of four classes with your dog
  • Taught by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed

Silver Muzzles is a series of four training classes for senior dogs being offered at Animal Hospital of North Asheville on Saturday afternoons starting March 4th at 2:30pm and continuing on Saturdays at 2:30 PM for a total of four classes. This four-week series of classes will help provide mental and physical enrichment for your aging best friend. The class includes scent games, trick training, puzzle toys, low level obstacles, and bodywork to keep your senior dogs mind and body active and happy. There is a charge of $65 for this series of classes. Class size is limited to four lucky dogs. It will be lots of fun for your dog, so see below on how to sign up.

Requirements:

  • Dogs 7 years and older with veterinarian approval. Must be able to work safely around people and dogs on leash
  • Current vaccinations for Canine Distemper, Canine Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo, Bordatella and Rabies
  • Preregistration needed. Fee of $65.

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

RED ROVER! Teach your dog to come whenever and wherever reliably!

  • Saturdays, March 4th through March 25th from 4:00PM-5:00PM
  • Location: Animal Hospital of North Asheville Education Room
  • Taught by Jenny White, CPDT-KA of Dog-Ed
  • Fee: $65 for a series of four classes with your dog

Teaching your dog to come when called enthusiastically and immediately 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, you will learn ways to build focus and a variety of techniques to teach a reliable recall, even around distractions. If you have already begun teaching coming when called, but having difficulty around distractions or if this is a new skill you want to teach your dog, this class is for you!

Requirements:

  • Current vaccinations of DHPP, Bordatella, and Rabies
  • Attended "Unleash the Possibilities"
  • Completed "Concentration" class
  • (Visit Dog-ed.net/dogtraining.html or our Events Schedule to see the upcoming Unleash the Possibilities sessions and Concentration classes)
  • Preregistration $65

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