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Behavior Speciality Classes

Charm School | Reactive Dog | Confidence Club

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Charm School

Do you have a rambunctious pooch? Does your dog get over-excited easily or have trouble settling down? Are they difficult to control in stimulating environments? Do you want to take an obedience or sports class, but aren't sure your dog would be able to handle it? If you answered yes, then you need the Urban Pooch Charm School for Dogs!

Exercises are geared towards developing your dog's focus and impulse control, helping them respond appropriately to exciting situations, and teaching them to relax when it's time to wind down. Humans will also gain confidence and real-world skills in the areas of leash handling, dog body language, and proactive management to keep their pups on the straight and narrow.

Age Requirements: This class is designed for dogs 4-months or older.

Vaccination & Health Requirements: Click here to view our vaccination requirements.

Cost: $225

Duration: 6-Classes/60-Minutes Each

Class Schedule:
Thursdays at 8:30pm

Starts: Thursday, June 11th
Instructor: Christine Vertucci
Meets: 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/2, 7/9 & 7/16
Time: 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Thursday's at 8:30pm
Starts: Thursday, July 23rd

Instructor: Christine Vertucci

Meets: 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20 & 8/27
Time: 8:30pm – 9:30pm

How to Register: Please call the front desk at 773-961-8880 or email us at info@urbanpoochtraining.com to sign-up! Thank you!


Reactive Dog 1: Stop the Chaos

Does your dog overreact in everyday situations with people and/or other dogs? Do they attempt to control their environment and those around them by barking, lunging, growling, snapping and possibly even biting? If so, you may have a reactive dog!

Our Reactive Dog program is designed to give owners the critical handling skills need to both manage and rehabilitate their reactive dogs. Our approach emphasizes positive reinforcement along with gradual desensitization and counter-conditioning to help shift these dogs from having a hard time having a good time in their lives.

This class covers the management strategies and protocols to help your dog learn new responses for challenging situations. In this class you will:

-Learn how reactivity develops and how to change it.

-Teach your dog the life skills they need to exist comfortably and thoughtfully in environments that previously provoked anxiety, heightened arousal, and reactivity.

-Become an expert handler able to respond to surprises and emergency situations.

Age Requirements: This class is designed for dogs ages 6-months or older.

Vaccination & Health Requirements: Click here to view our vaccination requirements.

Cost: $275

Duration: 6-Classes/60-Minutes Each

Class Schedule:

Monday's at 7:15pm
Starts: Monday, August 31st
Instructor: Shannon Sullivan
Meets: 8/31, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5 & 10/12 (NO CLASS 9/7)
Time: 7:15pm – 8:15pm

Sunday’s at 5:00pm
Starts: Monday, September 27th
Instructor: Pamela Davis
Meets: 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25 & 11/1
Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Monday's at 7:15pm
Starts: Monday, October 26th
Instructor: Shannon Sullivan
Meets: 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30 & 12/7 (NO Class 11/23)
Time: 7:15pm – 8:15pm


Notes: A consultation with one of our Certified Trainers is required prior to signing-up for class. You will attend the first class of Reactive Dog 1 without your pooch.
How to Register: Please call the front desk at 773-961-8880 or email us at info@urbanpoochtraining.com to sign-up! Thank you!


Reactive Dog 2: Grow Their Comfort

In this class, we create curated versions of real-life situations to grow both yours and your dog’s skills and comfort. You will learn how to keep your dog’s focus and attention in increasingly closer proximity to their triggers. Our goal for this class is for you to be able to take your dog out on a walk, or out in the world, without explanations or embarrassment.

Age Requirements: This class is designed for dogs ages 6-months or older.

Vaccination & Health Requirements: Click here to view our vaccination requirements.

Cost: $275

Duration: 6-Classes/60-Minutes Each

Notes: Prerequisite: Reactive Dog 1

How to Register: Please call the front desk at 773-961-8880 or email us at info@urbanpoochtraining.com to sign-up! Thank you!


Confidence Club

Does your dog shut down in new situations? Do they startle at noises, or shy away from people? Are they playful at home, but timid in public? Do you wish you could do more to help your shy dog?

Confidence Club is a 6-week class for frightened pups (and their humans) to grow more comfortable and resilient in everyday life, while building skills to cope with those unavoidable scary situations. Moving at your dog’s individual pace, each week will bring new opportunities to experience successful problem-solving, incorporating sensory puzzles, physical fitness, and fun trick training. We will also discuss tried and true, evidence-based methods for addressing your dog’s specific fears over the long term, and help you plan your path forward. Come join the Club!

Age Requirements: This class is designed for dogs 4-months or older.

Vaccination & Health Requirements: Click here to view our vaccination requirements.

Cost: $225

Duration: 6-Classes/60-Minutes Each

Sundays at 6:30 pm

Starts: Sunday, November 8th

Instructor: Pamela Davis

Meets: 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 12/6, 12/13 & 12/20 (NO CLASS 11/29)

Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

How to Register: Please call the front desk at 773-961-8880 or email us at info@urbanpoochtraining.com to sign-up! Thank you!


Items to Bring to Class

How to prepare for your awesome & FUN classes at Urban Pooch Training and Fitness Center.

Bring a variety of very yummy, small-sized treats (the size of a green pea). You may mix the treats with your dog’s meal if you’re concerned about over-feeding. Consider using a treat pouch – it’s easy to forget you have treats in your pocket. We have treat pouches for sale at Urban Pooch Training & Fitness Center. Bring motivational toys that don’t make noise and that won’t roll away. A flat collar, front-clip harness, or back-clip harness are best. If our trainers think a different piece of equipment will help you and your dog, we’ll let you know. Also, please no choke or electronic collars. And make sure your dog is wearing ID tags for safety! Use a 6-foot leather or cloth leash. Chain leashes are not recommended. Retractable leashes are not allowed. CLICK HERE to read WHY we do not allow retractable leashes in class As always and everywhere, Please bring poop bags. Wear your play attire to class – comfortable clothes, closed-toe, and rubber-soled shoes The Red Bandana ProgramRed bandanas will be worn by dogs who need a little space. Perhaps they are not confident around other dogs, they may be shy of people, or maybe they have a temporary injury or are older and don’t want to be bumped. Please offer space when you see a dog wearing a red bandana.



Policy on Payments, Refunds, and Cancellation

Reserving A Spot & Initial Payment

We do not accept partial payments for class. Classes must be paid in full at sign-up in order to reserve a spot. Only payment in full for class can reserve your spot in a future class or training service.

Urban Pooch Training & Fitness Center cannot offer any refunds for training services at this time. All sales are final. 


Instructors

Policy on Missing Classes During Group Training Classes:

While we understand that things do happen, the price for group classes takes into account the trainer working with everyone during the group class. If you need to miss a class, you can schedule a 30-minute make-up class at Urban Pooch for a cost of $30/make-up session. This entire fee goes directly to the trainer for their time. Thanks for understanding!

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