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This four-week course developed by Anthony Rodriguez CPDT-KSA is designed to encourage teamwork and strengthen the bond between you and your canine companion while using shaping & back-chaining. By rewarding good decisions and giving your dog the freedom to make choices, his/her problem-solving ability will increase. Exercises in this course include increased difficulty with leash walking, shaping a retrieve and/or interest in novel objects, and building on previous stay and leave it exercises, plus the addition of an agility obstacle or two! Prerequisite: Impulse Control course.
Yappy Hour: Puppy Socialization
Modeled after veterinary behaviorist Dr. Ian Dunbar’s work and specifically designed for puppies ages 7-14 weeks old, this comprehensive four-week course is a great way to expose your new pet to novel sounds, sights, and textures. Also included in the coursework is body handling and socialization with strangers, children, and other pups under the guidance of a skilled instructor plus instruction on potty training and nipping. The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior has issued a position statement that the risks of under-socialization greatly outweigh the risks of exposure to other pups.
Yappy Hour is designed as a revolving course so that puppies can join any week, maximizing the advantages of early intervention during crucial learning periods. Each week features supervised off-leash play.
This six-week course is designed for puppies and adult dogs ages 12 weeks and older. Owners and dogs will both be instructed, so that the dog responds to its human family members, not just to the trainer! Included in the curriculum are commands such as sit, down, stay, and come, plus leash walking instruction and even a couple of tricks! Students will also learn how to teach their pets to wait at doorways, how to sit for petting, and how to “leave it!” Our courses are very family-friendly, and older children are encouraged to attend.
This six-week course addresses impulse control issues in dogs, such as pulling towards distractions, not coming when called, counter surfing, and refusing to leave things that aren’t theirs. Strong emphasis is put on offered behaviors, teaching the dog to make good decisions without being asked. Come, leave it, stay, and settle are delved into more deeply, through the use of new, innovative exercises. Prerequisite: beginner obedience or equivalent skills.
If you’re looking for a fun challenge, tricks class is where it’s at! This six-week course features 25 fun tricks that will awe and delight! At the end of the course, students perform a routine for the class! Included are high five, jump through a hoop, playa piano, push a buggy, skateboarding, the hokey pokey, and more! This class is excellent for active, bored, or destructive dogs who need an outlet! Any dog can enroll – no prior training required!
This BRAND NEW one-night-only class is designed for dog owners who want to have fun and bond with their dogs while playing games that reinforce obedience! Games will include commands like sit, down, stay, and come, plus distance work, leash walking, and food distractions. Each Game Night will feature different games, relay races, and connection courses. The games chosen will strengthen obedience while teaching owners to effectively divide their attention while training.
Prior group training is recommended, but the only thing required is the ability to laugh at yourself!
Rebecca Mason is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), holds a Masters in Education, and is an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. She draws from her background as an educator and her 11 years of dog training to implement a program that teaches both dogs and their humans the joys of learning together. Rebecca Mason is also a Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI), a certification awarded through the official sanctioning body for the sport of Dog Tricks, Do More With Your Dog!® The organization establishes guidelines for instructor certification to ensure that standards of excellence are met when teaching the sport to handler/dog teams.
About Our Trainers
If you love your job, there is no such thing as work, and when it comes to dog training, there are few things Anthony loves more. He believes training needs to be as much fun for the dog as it is for the human and that relationship-building and communication are crucial. When it comes to Anthony, there are absolutely no strangers. He loves making connections with others – both human and canine – and has a calm spirit that even the shyest dog finds welcoming, hence his special interest in working with fearful and anxious dogs.
Anthony is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CBCC-KA) and trains using only positive methods and believes that every dog has potential, no matter the age or breed!
Yappy Hour: Puppy Socialization!
Puppy/Beginner Obedience (6-week course)
Impulse Control (6-week course)
Tricks Time (5-week course)
Shaping Up (NEW)
New classes coming soon!
Altadena Valley Animal Clinic
Ally is a member of the Pet Professional Guild and was mentored at the Huntsville Obedience Training Club and Canine Consultants in Huntsville, where she learned obedience, behavior modification, and canine fitness and conditioning. She is also experienced in training deaf dogs. She has four dogs — Ramona, Tai, Astrid, & Sinatra — plus one cat, Kali. Ally and her herding breed pups compete in dog sports and competitions, including agility at the master level. Ally is also a certified judge for UpDog, a competitive disc dog organization. Since 2010, Ally has volunteered with Pet Partners, visiting hospitals with her corgi Ramona. She also fosters dogs with special needs. She feels that helping people better understand how to communicate with their dogs, and watching their faces light up when they hit a breakthrough in training, is such a special feeling. Ally is testing for the CPDT-KA this year.
Positive Pet Training/Family-Friendly Instruction