Classes

October-November 2017 session has begun

We will hold a “short session” between Thanksgiving and Christmas for our Nose Work and basic obedience students. Watch for updates here.

 

Generally, our classes meet for six weeks, one-hour each week. Most classes are $150, puppy class is $180, time and cost of specialty classes vary. We have new sessions starting every seven (7) weeks. Sometimes, depending on demand, we add obedience classes in between sessions. If you don’t see a class when you want it, just ask and we will let you know if we can add another. If we have enough requests, we often do.

Our classes are small with 5-6 dogs in each class. Our instructors are kind and fun and believe in educating you, the owner, so you can continue training your dog AFTER the class is over. Don’t hesitate to contact me, Sue McKinney, owner of Whole Dog Institute with any questions you may have. sue@wholedoginstitute.com

 

Puppy Relationship Building

Puppies from 8 – 20 weeks. Puppies older than 5 months should sign up for Relationship Building Foundations.
One hour each week for six (6) weeks

This is a different kind of puppy class. We will be focusing on building a relationship with your puppy based on trust and respect. Students will learn to recognize the signals that their dog is offering to them and to send signals back that make sense to the dog. While you will learn how to teach your dog basic cues such as sit, down, and come, more importantly, you and your dog will begin a lifelong dialogue which will create a solid foundation for students who want a nice family pet, as well as, students interested in more advanced training with their dog in sports such as K9 Nose Work®, agility, obedience (formal and rally), flyball, and freestyle.

Class size is small. No more than five puppies.

We will not have puppies at the first class so that we can talk about all the issues of utmost concern to the class participants. Past topics have included: biting, jumping, house training, household management (e.g., how do we keep the puppy from chewing everything?), barking, etc. Most students find this first class session to be a most productive time!

Taming Your Teen (Dog)

Ages: Between 5 months and 3 years old
Prerequisite: Puppy Relationship Building, Relationship Building Fundamentals or permission from Whole Dog Institute

Most adolescent dogs exhibit what we consider to be “naughty” behaviors because, let’s face it – they’re teenagers with excess energy exploring everything they possibly can. This class focuses on introducing and strengthening impulse control in adolescent dogs and addresses issues such as such as jumping up on people, pulling on the leash, bolting out the door and strengthening Leave It, recalls, Wait and Settle. This is not a class for leash reactivity or uncontrollable barking.

Relationship Building Fundamentals (RBF)

No pre-requisites, but we do request a 15-minute, no-charge evaluation prior to registration
One-hour class once a week for 6 weeks

A fun, relaxed class focused on building a strong foundation of communication and understanding between dog and handler. Students will learn to recognize the signals that their dogs are offering to them and to send signals back that make sense to the dogs. While you will learn how to teach your dog basic cues such as sit, down, and come, more importantly, you and your dog will begin a lifelong dialogue which will create a solid foundation for students who want a nice family pet, as well as, students interested in more advanced training with their dog in sports such as K9 Nose Work®, agility, obedience (formal and rally), flyball, and freestyle. The following cues will be worked on: prolonged sit and down with attention, emergency recall, leave it, sit to greet politely, and loose leash walking

Work outside of the class will be necessary in order to achieve class goals.

Advanced Relationship Building Fundamentals (ARBF)

Pre-requisite: RBF or equivalent obedience class or permission of instructor
One hour class once a week for 6 weeks

Take your basic obedience skills to the next level. This class will focus on increasing loose leash walking skills, attention on you; prolonged stays (1 minute sit-stay and 3-minute down-stays), solid self control through high level leave its from food, toys and other dogs, impulse control around people and dogs, fast recalls with distraction, and a go to place cue so your dog will stay on a mat with distractions close by. Come and be challenged while having fun with your dog!

Tricks! (not offered currently)

Advanced training through tricks
Trick training is a great way to give your dog mental stimulation, build focus and deepen your relationship with your dog while teaching behaviors that can be a foundation for other sports and activities. We will teach you how use free-shaping, luring, capturing and targeting to get your dog to learn fun and even useful behaviors. There will be special emphasis on encouraging dogs to creatively offer behaviors that can be rewarded and shaped into amazing tricks.

Outdoor Games

Pre-requisite: RBF or equivalent obedience class or permission of instructor
One hour class once a week for 6 weeks

Using agility equipment as our tools, we will play games that present your dog with both physical and mental challenges. This is a fun way to exercise and stimulate your dog. Recall games will be incorporated weekly.

Crate use is encouraged. There will be times when one dog works on the field at a time and other dogs must be crated or kept in the car until their turn. This class is held outdoors, so please dress appropriately for the weather.

Agility Obstacle Skills

Pre-requisite: Outdoor Games (or permission of instructor)

In this class, dogs and handlers will work on all agility obstacles including the teeter and weaves. Handlers will learn how to use positive reinforcement to teach obstacle proficiency and enthusiasm for the sport of agility in their canine partners. Common agility handling moves will also be introduced.

Fun Agility Sequences and Short Courses

Pre-requisite: Agility Obstacle Skills (or equivalent) or permission of the instructor
In this fun agility class, you and your dog will advance your relationship and communication through basic agility skills. Short sequence to beginner courses, independent obstacle performance, turns and crosses, and obstacle/handler focus work.

Crate use is encouraged. One dog works on the field at a time and dogs must be crated or kept in the car until their turn. This class is held outdoors, so please dress appropriately for the weather. See our inclement weather policy at the bottom of this page: http://www.wholedoginstitute.com/classes/

Reactive dog class

This is a 1 hour class that weekly for six weeks.
Students must bring a crate or x-pen to class for their dog.
Prerequisite: Relationship Building Fundamentals or equivalent, assessment questionnaire required BEFORE signing up for the class. Only approved dogs will be allowed into the class.

If your dog becomes overly excited easily, barks, lunges, growls, or just downright loses control, this is the class for you. The exercises in this class are often short, highly focused training sessions that teach dogs an appropriate response. Activities are created with the real world in mind and is perfect for difficult family dogs. This unique approach allows you to be the educational leader and quickly and effectively guide your dog to making the right choices and gaining the skills they need.

Email to request assessment questionnaire for your dog: info@wholedoginstitute.com

K9 Nose Work®

Minimum age: 4 months, no obedience required
One hour class once a week for 6 weeks

Wonderful activity for dogs of all ages! Excellent mental stimulation – will tire out even high energy puppies/dogs. Also appropriate for older dogs looking for something fun to do, dogs who are rehabilitating an injury, or reactive dogs not comfortable working around other dogs.

All dogs have the ability to excel at K9 Nose Work® since dogs “see” the world through their noses. If you are looking for a way to exercise your dog and drain some excess energy, Nose Work may be just the thing. This is a sport that celebrates the dog’s natural abilities and teaches humans to recognize and build on those natural talents. Learn how to have fun with your dog’s sniffing habits (instead of complaining about them)! Classes are taken in sequence to first allow dogs to learn to problem solve finding the source, experience multiple environments and conditions, and then to train on specific odors. Because each dog works one at a time with no other dog present, handlers can relax and enjoy the activity (appropriate for reactive dogs). The sport also builds confidence in low confidence/anxious dogs.

  • Introduction to Nose Work
  • Intermediate Nose Work
  • Advanced Nose Work
  • Intro to Odor
  • Continuing Odor
  • Competition Odor Class
  • Trial prep for NW2 and NW3

Private lessons in your home or at our facility

Price: $80/hour for the first hour, $60/hour pro-rated for time over one hour. Travel fee: $20-25 depending on location. Email us at info@wholedoginstitute.com for more information.

 

CANCELLATION, WITHDRAWAL, & REFUND POLICY

Enrollment in our classes and seminars is limited and your participation is important to us. Once you have registered, we are counting on you to attend. If WDI cancels a class, you will receive a full refund. Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing.

A student wishing to withdraw from a class that has not been cancelled by WDI must provide a written request at least one week before the scheduled start of the class. We will offer a full refund minus a $20 administrative processing fee per student per class. Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing. Within the week prior to the start of a class or after the class has begun, refunds will not be given. In the case of verified medical/hardships a credit may be given.

Any credit you receive from WDI will be valid for one year from the date you notify us and must be used by someone on the same account as the original student. WDI will not extend credit for occasional missed classes due to illness or other circumstances.

PLEASE NOTE: WDI will not refund class fees if the student/dog is asked to withdraw from the class due to behavior of the dog. We are happy to evaluate a dog (at no charge) prior to registration to determine if the dog can handle the classroom environment.

Make-up Lessons

If a student misses a class and wishes to attend a make-up, one will be offered at the instructor’s discretion. The cost will be 50% the cost of a private lesson. Generally, a make-up lesson will be half the time of a normal class session (e.g., 30-minute make-up time for one missed hour long class).

Weather

Outdoor classes will be held in all weather conditions except in unsafe weather conditions as determined by the instructor (e.g., thunder and lightening). Indoor classes will be held unless road conditions are dangerous. Students will be notified via email one to two hours before the start of class, if classes will be cancelled. Please email or call your instructor if you are unsure if class will be held.

If unable to hold a class due to weather (or other unforeseen circumstances), a make-up class will be scheduled. Make-up classes will be offered during the two-week break between regularly scheduled sessions. Every effort will be made to hold the make-up class on the same day and time as the original class, however, if weather or other circumstances preclude the instructor from holding class on that day and time, the class will be scheduled for another day and time.

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Questions?

Info@wholedoginstitute.com for more information.

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