Building Canine Confidence – Virtual
September 24 – November 12, 2020 (No class November 5)
Please note, if class does not fill the start date will be pushed back one week.
Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.
This is a virtual class via Zoom. For more information on virtual classes see: What You Need.
Instructor: Alisha Fritz
Building Canine Confidence is a beginner to intermediate course for guardians who would like to help their dogs build confidence when interacting with the world around them. This class will focus on skills for the dogs, confidence building games and team building exercises for dogs and people. We will concentrate on overcoming fears, such as new environments, objects and noises. This is not a manners class and does not require any previous training. We will use a combination of exploring, games and play to help your dog learn how to feel safer when exposed to unfamiliar stimuli. We will help your dog think and make choices and use his or her body effectively. This is an excellent start for under-socialized, fearful, and “shut down” dogs.
While some of the exercises covered can be used to help introduce a wary dog to strangers, this class is not designed for dogs with known stranger issues. Dogs who are fearful of strangers are welcome to attend, however, they will also benefit from our Stranger Issues workshop. This class does not address reactivity, but is often helpful for reactive dogs along with more targeted reactivity training such as our Managing a Reactive Dog class.
The first class is for people only.
7 week, 1 hour virtual class
We highly recommend that fearful dogs sign up for individual behavior consultations along with class.