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2519 Hermitage Road
Richmond, VA 23220
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Sun. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Instructor: Alisha Fritz. This is a 7 week basic manners course that teaches you how to teach your dog the basic skills needed to succeed in everyday life. We will cover skills such as sit, down, come, stay and leave it. This class also covers common behavior challenges such as jumping up and pulling on the leash. It is an excellent foundational course for any other classes or activities you plan on doing with your dog in the future. Canine Manners is suggested as one of the foundation classes for either the Sports or CGC classes. Enrolled dogs must be spayed or neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations and at least 6 months old. Classes are held in Smoky's Training Center which is accessed from our 3rd parking lot. The first class is for HUMANS ONLY. Please Note: There will be no class held on either December 25th or January 1st. Extra classes have been added to the schedule.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 11/27/2018 and ending 1/22/2019 at 6:30PM
Instructor: Alisha Fritz- Managing a Reactive Dog is an entry level, 7 week, course for dogs who growl, bark, or lunge towards dogs or people while out on walks. It teaches handlers how to identify their dog's triggers (source of fear or excitement), and manage the dog in the presence of these triggers. The exercises covered are designed to help the dog learn to be less worried about his or her triggers, have better focus on the handler, and make better decisions instead of reacting. We will not cover how to introduce your dog to new animals or people. As a matter of safety, all handlers must be able to fully control their dogs on leash both in our building and the parking lots. Enrolled dogs must be 6 months or older and up to date on vaccinations. We also strongly recommend them being spayed or neutered. The first class is for HUMANS ONLY. Please Note: There will be no class on December 25th or January 1st. Extra classes have been added to the schedule. If you have any questions regarding whether this class is right for you and your dog, please call Gail at 804-521-1332.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 11/27/2018 and ending 1/22/2019 at 8:00PM
Instructor: Alisha Fritz- Street Manners is a 7-week intermediate* level manners course with a focus on skills needed in the real world, especially during walks.  There will be a strong emphasis on leash pulling and dealing with distractions.  This class is especially beneficial for dogs who have difficulty responding to their handler outside of the home. This class is not appropriate for most reactive dogs. Reactive dogs (those who frantically bark, pull, and lunge towards other dogs, moving objects, or people while on walks) who have had training to address this specific behavior may be allowed to attend with permission from the instructor: afritz@richmondspca.org 
*Prerequisite: Canine Manners or another basic manners class strongly recommended.  Dogs should have been introduced to sit, down, stay, come, and leave it. All dogs must be up-to-date on vaccinations and at least 6 months old. Spaying or neutering is strongly recommended. Classes are held in Smoky’s Training Center which is accessed from our 3rd parking lot. The first class is for HUMANS ONLY.
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 12/6/2018 and ending 1/17/2019 at 6:30PM
Instructor: Alisha Fritz - Tricks for All Types - Tricks are tons of fun and a great way to bond with your dog! In this 7 week Beginner through Advanced class we'll discuss concepts such as catching and shaping while covering fun activities like roll over, riding a skate board, wave, and more! Dogs and trainers of all levels are encouraged to attend. In this class you work at your pace and comfort level. All are welcome whether you've taken tricks before or this is your first try. The curriculum for this class is guided by the students and what tricks you would like to learn. Besides being an enjoyable activity, learning tricks can be a confidence builder for your dog and help them increase focus and body awareness. It also helps teach your dog to think and that it's great to try new things! Prerequisite: Canine Manners or another basic manners class is not required, but strongly recommended. Dogs should be familiar with skills such as sit, down, stay, and leave it. Dogs also need to be under control when in the presence of other dogs and people. Enrolled dogs must be up-to-date on vaccinations and at least 6 months old. Spayed/Neutered strongly recommended. All classes will include dogs. Classes are held in Smoky's Training Center which is accessed from our 3rd parking lot.
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 12/6/2018 and ending 1/17/2019 at 7:45PM
Instructor: Alisha Fritz. This is a 7 week basic manners course that teaches you how to teach your dog the basic skills needed to succeed in everyday life. We will cover skills such as sit, down, come, stay and leave it. This class also covers common behavior challenges such as jumping up and pulling on the leash. It is an excellent foundational course for any other classes or activities you plan on doing with your dog in the future. Canine Manners is suggested as one of the foundation classes for either the Sports or CGC classes. Enrolled dogs must be spayed or neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations and at least 6 months old. Classes are held in Smoky's Training Center which is accessed from our 3rd parking lot. The first class is for HUMANS ONLY. Please note:There will be no class on December 26. An extra class has been added to the schedule.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 12/12/2018 and ending 1/30/2019 at 5:15PM
Instructor: Alisha Fritz- Surviving Adolescence is a 7 week course intended for older puppies and dogs in their "teenage" stage of development who are 4-18 months old. It will include some socialization exercises but will also help you teach your dog manners such as sit, down, come, stay and leave it. We will also concentrate on frustration tolerance, distractions and other issues commonly experienced with adolescent dogs such as jumping up and pulling on leash. You will learn strategies for working through this challenging stage of canine life. This class is a good alternative to Canine Manners if your dog has not been spayed or neutered yet. All dogs must be up-to-date on vaccinations. Prerequisite: we recommend that puppies 4-6 months of age complete a socialization puppy class prior to taking this class but it is not required. Classes are held in Smoky's Training Center which is accessed from our 3rd parking lot. The first class is for HUMANS ONLY. Please Note: There will be no class on December 26 and an extra class has been added to the schedule.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 12/12/2018 and ending 1/30/2019 at 6:30PM
Instructor: Alisha Fritz - Advanced Canine Manners is a 7 week intermediate level manners course that advances the skills that your dog has already learned.  We will build upon behaviors such as stay and come, while covering new exercises, such as distance work and increasing distractions.  We will discuss different types of reinforcement for good behavior and students will learn how to build the basic skills their dogs already have into behaviors even more useful in the real world.  We will discuss the science of modern dog training, and have lots of fun. Prerequisite: Canine Manners or another basic manners class where dog has been introduced to sit, down, come, stay and leave it. Enrolled dogs must be up-to-date on vaccinations and at least 6 months old. Spaying or neutering is strongly recommended. Classes are held in Smoky’s Training Center which is accessed from our 3rd parking lot. The first class is for HUMANS ONLY. Please note there will not be class held on December 26 and an additional class has been added to the schedule.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 12/12/2018 and ending 1/30/2019 at 7:45PM
Instructor: Alisha Fritz- House Manners is an introductory course designed for spayed/neutered, dogs, 6-months and older. This class teaches the manners necessary for dogs to be successful within their family's home. We will cover exercises such as getting on and off furniture on command, greeting people entering the home politely, and crating nicely. We also work on common behavior problems such as jumping up while learning skills like wait and settle. Pre-requisites: a basic manners class such as Canine Manners recommended. The first class is for HUMANS ONLY. Classes will be held in Smoky's Training Center, accessed by the 3rd parking lot at the far end of the building.
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 1/5/2019 and ending 2/16/2019 at 9:30AM
Instructor: Alisha Fritz- Surviving Adolescence is a 7 week course intended for older puppies and dogs in their "teenage" stage of development who are 4-18 months old. It will include some socialization exercises but will also help you teach your dog manners such as sit, down, come, stay and leave it. We will also concentrate on frustration tolerance, distractions and other issues commonly experienced with adolescent dogs such as jumping up and pulling on leash. You will learn strategies for working through this challenging stage of canine life. This class is a good alternative to Canine Manners if your dog has not been spayed or neutered yet. All dogs must be up-to-date on vaccinations. Prerequisite: we recommend that puppies 4-6 months of age complete a socialization puppy class prior to taking this class but it is not required. Classes are held in Smoky's Training Center which is accessed from our 3rd parking lot.
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 1/5/2019 and ending 2/16/2019 at 10:45AM
Instructor: Alisha Fritz. This is a 7 week basic manners course that teaches you how to teach your dog the basic skills needed to succeed in everyday life. We will cover skills such as sit, down, come, stay and leave it. This class also covers common behavior challenges such as jumping up and pulling on the leash. It is an excellent foundational course for any other classes or activities you plan on doing with your dog in the future. Canine Manners is suggested as one of the foundation classes for either the Sports or CGC classes. Enrolled dogs must be spayed or neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations and at least 6 months old. Classes are held in Smoky's Training Center which is accessed from our 3rd parking lot. The first class is for HUMANS ONLY.
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 1/5/2019 and ending 2/16/2019 at 12:00PM
Instructor: Alisha Fritz- Managing a Reactive Dog is an entry level, 7-week, course for dogs who growl, bark, or lunge towards dogs or people while out on walks. It teaches handlers how to identify their dog's triggers (source of fear or excitement), and manage the dog in the presence of these triggers. The exercises covered are designed to help the dog learn to be less worried about his or her triggers, have better focus on the handler, and make better decisions instead of reacting. We will not cover how to introduce your dog to new animals or people. As a matter of safety, all handlers must be able to fully control their dogs on leash both in our building and the parking lots. Enrolled dogs must be 6 months or older and up to date on vaccinations. We also strongly recommend them being spayed or neutered. The first class is for HUMANS ONLY. If you have any questions regarding whether this class is right for you and your dog, please call Gail at 804-521-1332.
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 1/5/2019 and ending 2/16/2019 at 2:00PM
Instructor: Alisha Fritz- Managing a Reactive Dog is an entry level, 7-week, course for dogs who growl, bark, or lunge towards dogs or people while out on walks. It teaches handlers how to identify their dog's triggers (source of fear or excitement), and manage the dog in the presence of these triggers. The exercises covered are designed to help the dog learn to be less worried about his or her triggers, have better focus on the handler, and make better decisions instead of reacting. We will not cover how to introduce your dog to new animals or people. As a matter of safety, all handlers must be able to fully control their dogs on leash both in our building and the parking lots. Enrolled dogs must be 6 months or older and up to date on vaccinations. We also strongly recommend them being spayed or neutered. The first class is for HUMANS ONLY. If you have any questions regarding whether this class is right for you and your dog, please call Gail at 804-521-1332.
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday starting 1/5/2019 and ending 2/16/2019 at 3:30PM
Instructor: Jackie Laubacher. This is a 7 week basic manners course that teaches you how to teach your dog the basic skills needed to succeed in everyday life. We will cover skills such as sit, down, come, stay and leave it. This class also covers common behavior challenges such as jumping up and pulling on the leash. It is an excellent foundational course for any other classes or activities you plan on doing with your dog in the future. Canine Manners is suggested as one of the foundation classes for either the Sports or CGC classes. Enrolled dogs must be spayed or neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations and at least 6 months old. The first class is for HUMANS ONLY. Please Note: There will be no class on January 20. An extra class has been added to the schedule.
Irregular classes scheduled starting 1/6/2019 and ending 2/24/2019 at 11:30AM
Instructor: Marie Tripton. This is a 7 week basic manners course that teaches you how to teach your dog the basic skills needed to succeed in everyday life. We will cover skills such as sit, down, come, stay and leave it. This class also covers common behavior challenges such as jumping up and pulling on the leash. It is an excellent foundational course for any other classes or activities you plan on doing with your dog in the future. Canine Manners is suggested as one of the foundation classes for either the Sports or CGC classes. Enrolled dogs must be spayed or neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations and at least 6 months old. The first class is for HUMANS ONLY.
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 1/10/2019 and ending 2/21/2019 at 9:30AM
Instructor: Marie Tripton . Tricky Manners - "Take a Nap" helps improve staying. "Fetch" helps build a strong recall. And "spin" is a simple trick that can help build a dog's self-confidence. While this class focuses on advancing basic Canine Manners skills like sit, down, stay, come, and leash walking, we will also include tricks training to help you build the best relationship you can with your dog. Your dog can not only sit and lie down, she can also do "push-ups" - sit-down-sit-down-sit-down-sit. (This class is suitable for those who have completed a basic Canine Manners class or equivalent.) For spayed/neutered dogs, six months and older and current on their immunizations.
Classes scheduled every week on Thursday starting 1/10/2019 and ending 2/21/2019 at 10:45AM