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A Positive Training Experience

A Positive Training Experience

All training used by Tail Waggers Academy is positive reinforcement. All dogs must be dog-friendly/people-friendly to participate in group classes. Dogs must be up to date on all vaccinations, including bordetella, in group settings. All group classes are six weeks long unless otherwise noted. Each class is one hour.

Tail Waggers Academy covers Philadelphia, Bucks County, Montgomery County, South Jersey, and surrounding Greater Philadelphia areas

Private lessons are a great way to focus intensely on specific behavior issues, achieve a higher quality of compliance and behavior, or if your dog does not do well in a group setting or prefer one on one time with a certified dog trainer. All private lessons are customized to your training goals or specific behaviors that need in-depth work. We offer a variety of packages based on your goals.

This class is devoted to puppies under five months old. It is the beginning of all training for your dog. This is a six-week class and will focus on puppy manners, socialization, nuisance behaviors, and ownership responsibilities. This is also the beginning of developing a bond between you and your dog through training.

In Obedience 101 we will be learning

  • Sit
  • Look
  • Down
  • Stay
  • Recall (Come)
  • Touch (Targeting)
  • Leave It
  • Drop It
  • Polite Greeting Manners
  • Loose Leash Walking
  • Go to Spot (Settling)

Obedience 201 building from Obedience 101 with bigger distractions

  • Advanced Distance and Duration Stays
  • Heel
  • Recall Past Food
  • Advanced Place
  • Polite Greetings to People and Other Dogs
  • Advanced Leave Its
  • Distance Commands

Obedience 301 Bringing Obedience 201 to the next level of off-leash training.

If you love taking your dog with you when you go out, but your dog doesn't seem to know their name, let alone their manners, then this class is for you! Everything you and your dog have learned in Obedience 101 is now being put to the test in real-life situations and environments. Each week we will meet at a different location.

Your dog should already have passed their Obedience 101!

We all need a little extra study time to work on things. This is a non-commitment class where we work on one or two cues or behaviors for the entire hour. Each week there will be a new agenda item.

This is a great class to keep things moving if you are in between classes, during the holidays to keep the momentum going or if your dog needs a refresher, or you need extra practice around other dogs and distractions.

We will work on a variety of obedience cues, strengthen foundations and learn some fun new things.

Looking for something different to do with your dog? Let's have some fun with a tricks class. Your dogs will learn a variety of tricks and have an opportunity to earn an AKC certificate.

This is a beginner instructional course. You and your dog will follow AKC Rally signs, which are all obedience-related skills you have already learned and mastered in Obedience 101. There is a combination of basic obedience and heeling patterns for you to follow. You and your dog will learn how to follow the AKC Rally signs and running mini-courses. This is a great opportunity for you to strengthen further the relationship with your favorite dog by your side.

To take this course, your dog must have graduated from Obedience 101.

One of the nicest things about live virtual lessons is that you can do them right from your home. Private lessons are all customized to your training goals.

Dog reactivity can be a frustrating task for sure for our dog parents! This is a class designed specifically for you and your dogs who have reactivity towards other dogs.

You will learn how to use your basic obedience foundation and learn about behavior modification while staying within your dog's threshold of learning.

The class size is kept small and is limited to four dogs. NO HUMAN AGGRESSION IN THE CLASS

AKC CGC is a six-week prep and test class. This is a ten-skill training program that’s open to all dog/people-friendly that focuses on teaching the basics of good manners and obedience, instilling the values of responsible ownership, and strengthening the bond between you and your dog at home and out in the community.

This is an advanced six-week prep and test class. Your dog must have already passed the CGC level and have its foundation of basic obedience. Your dog will have their final exam in Week 6. AKC Community Canine is the third and most advanced level of the Canine Good Citizen Program. In AKC Community Canine, dogs can earn the CGCA (Advanced CGC) title. The goal of AKC Community Canine is to test the dog’s skills in a natural setting. For example, rather than the dog being tested in a ring, in AKC Community Canine, the “walks through a crowd” test item will involve the dog walking through a real crowd at a dog show, on a busy sidewalk, at a training club or in a local park

This class is for dogs that have already passed their AKC CGC level of training. This field trip class will visit different settings to put your dog to the test of real-life situations in an urban setting with cars, streets to be crossed, noises, and distractions. This is an advanced test, and you should already have done basic obedience and have your CGC. Your dog will have their final exam in the last class.

This is a six-week prep class where you will have the opportunity to test for Therapy Dog or American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen on the sixth week. Your dog will learn what it takes to pass the final exams. This is a thirteen-skill program open to all dog/people-friendly dogs of at least one year of age or older.

To participate in this class, your dog must be up to date on vaccinations and maintain the recommended vaccination schedule from your veterinarian. Your dog must have a solid foundation of obedience and have already passed a minimum of Obedience 101 with consistency. Recommended that you have also taken Obedience 201 with consistency but not mandatory. The price of this class includes therapy and CGC testing

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Recess & Small Fry Recess!
If your pup is looking to burn off a ton of energy, the Recess Class is what you are looking for. This is a dog's social class.

In addition to playing with other dogs, you will learn about your dog's play style, dog body language, and learning how to bring your dog's excitement down during play. This social meets every week, but pre-registration is required to attend. Register for class by Friday 6:00pm. This is a fun time for you and your pup!

To participate in this class, your dog must be up to date on vaccinations and maintain the recommended vaccination schedule from your veterinarian. Current bordetella vaccination is also required(every six months), and a copy of current vaccinations is required. Recess is for mid to large-sized dogs, and Small Fry Recess is for small breed dogs or puppies.

We all need a little extra study time to work on things. Study Hall is a non-commitment class where we work on one or two cues or behaviors for the entire hour. Each week there will be a new agenda item.

This is a great class to keep things moving if you are in between classes, during the holidays to keep the momentum going or if your dog needs a refresher, or you just need extra practice around other dogs and distractions.

We will work on a variety of obedience cues, strengthen foundations and learn some fun new things.

Pre-register 48 hours prior to class

To participate in this class, your dog must be up to date on vaccinations and maintain the recommended vaccination schedule from your veterinarian. Your dog must have already taken and graduated Obedience 101.

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BOOTCAMPS: All bootcamps are 4 weeks long

Rocket Recalls! Does your dog run in the opposite direction when you call them to COME? We are teaching recalls with distractions outdoors.

Walk this Way! If you feel like a kite when you walk your dog, then this class is for you. Dogs will be learning loose leash walking in a variety of settings!

Seminar:

Cafeteria: 90-minute enrichment
Does your dog scarf down food without even having a chance to taste it? Does your dog destroy stuffed toys or parts of your house? Are you looking to add a new level of fun to your dog's day?

Join the Tail Waggers Academy crew for a workshop learning all about food puzzles - how they can keep your canines entertained, soothe anxious dogs and provide stimulation for bored pups. There will also be hands-on learning with puzzles provided by Lunch Lady Jenn.

Students will receive Kongs, Outward Hound Puzzle Bowls, a treat-dispensing toy, and materials to stuff their puzzles to bring home. *If you have a dog with special dietary requirements or prescription food, you can bring 3 servings of kibble with you to help create custom puzzles for your dog*

Dogs will stay home for this workshop
We are always adding new classes and seminars based on what our clients are asking for!