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Great Beginnings
Tamela Boyd

Start date:
April 27th
Westside Pawtropolis
Mondays 6:00 p.m. for 7 weeks

Whether you’re the proud owner of a new dog, or just someone hoping to figure out a way to bring harmony to your
household, this class is for you. We cover everything from name recognition (I know you THINK your dog knows her
name, but does she really come running?) to waiting politely at feeding time. (It’s more than just sitting expectantly
with a “Come ON!” look.) What’s unique about this class is that it covers more than just your typical obedience

We’ll also review topics such as why structure and routine are good for dogs, why good nutrition is
important, leadership skills, and how to truly communicate with your dog in his language.
We’ll discuss why being a consistent leader is so important. We’ll also discuss how dogs learn and what effective
discipline looks like as well as how powerful affection can be. We will work on exercises like:

  • Not pulling on the leash
  • Sit and Down
  • Place (wait and stay)
  • Looking to human for eye direction (eye contact)
  • Creating boundaries
  • Name recall

Dogs must be over 5 months old and display no major negative bevaviors such as dog or human aggression.

*Class enrollment fee is non-refundable once class starts.


Pawsitively Basics
Shane Allen

April 18th
Westside Pawtropolis
Saturdays at 3:00pm for 7 weeks

Companion Skills is a great beginner class focusing on the skills and behaviors all dogs should know. Shane promotes a "positive but not permissive" training attitude, working with owners to be a team with their dogs in order to obtain desirable behaviors. Some of the behaviors taught:

  • Not pulling on the leash
  • Sit and Down
  • Stay
  • Avoiding distractions
  • Waiting to go through doors and creating boundaries

*Class enrollment fee is non-refundable once class starts.

AKC S.T.A.R Puppy Program
Kathie Spring & Billie Rae King

Sessions offered this year:
April 7th, July 7th, October 6th
Westside Pawtropolis
Tuesdays 7:30 p.m. for 7 weeks

The goal of this class is to earn an AKC Puppy S.T.A.R. title. S.T.A.R. stands for Socialization, Training, Activity and Responsibility. Puppies will learn skills to become great canine citizens and a more enjoyable canine friend. Skills such as meeting new dogs and people, staying in place, coming when called, walking through a crowd and handling by another person will be taught. Dogs are invited to join you on the first night of class.

Needed for Class:
- 6' nylon, cotton or leather leash and a regular flat collar
- Treats-Make sure they are very "yummy", different from what your dog would normally get. They should be tiny (pea size) since we will be using many in class. No hard dog biscuits or dog food.

Pre-requisites: Dogs must be between 5 and 12 months of age and current on all vaccines (please bring proof of vaccinations first night).

For more information, contact Kathie Spring

*Class enrollment fee is non-refundable once class starts.