Every dog wants to be a Confident Canine. Our approach to helping shy and reactive dogs includes foundation work to create a predictable environment in which your pet feels less anxious. Small class size gives you and your pet the one-on-one attention you need to learn and problem solve.
It’s true: this class is designed to help you help your dog overcome what he fears. But it’s much more than that. It’s also a support group for you. Many of us have felt a range of emotions at our dog’s expressions of fear: embarrassment, anger, frustration, panic, and more. It’s important for you to know that you’re not alone.
Your dog needs support, too, and that’s why you’re both here. While some people may refuse to do something out of spite or malice, that is, they are stubborn; there’s no science that supports dogs are capable of the same motives. If your dog refuses to do something when asked, he has a good reason: he’s scared, he’s confused, he hurts. Period. So support your pet. Please don’t think ill of him when he fails to comply with your wishes. This class will begin to handle the scared part. Your vet can handle the hurting part, and a good manners class can take care of the confusion.
Maximum class size: 4 dogs.
Class runs for 8 weeks.
Prerequisites: Dog is at least 6 months old.
Front-clip harness required for class.
Cost: $139 for 8 week class, $166 for 8 week class and front-clip harness.