Dog Training Classes

Animal Friends is dedicated to providing people and their companion animals with the tools they need to develop lasting and successful relationships with one another and their community. All training is accomplished through kind, effective positive reinforcement techniques. You will learn how positive reinforcement is a way to build a relationship with your pet.

Vaccination Requirements

Puppies younger than 5 months: minimum 2 rounds (boosters) of DHPP* and age-appropriate vaccinations including Rabies. At this young age, it’s not expected that all pups would have his/her Rabies vaccination and that’s OK!  Bordetella is strongly recommended for your pup’s best protection, but not required.

Puppies ages 5-9 months: 3 rounds (boosters) of DHPP* and Rabies. Bordetella is strongly recommended for your pup’s best protection, but not required.

Dogs older than 9 months: Up-to-date on DHPP* and Rabies. Bordetella is strongly recommended for your dog’s best protection, but not required.

*distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza and parvovirus vaccination

Group dog training classes are best suited for those canines that are both people and dog-friendly. To speak to our trainers about suitability for group training (and other options, if necessary), please call 412.847.7035 or email Barb Grosch, CPDT-KA at BGrosch@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.

 

Dog Training Classes 


NOTE:  Family members are encouraged to attend dog training classes including well-behaved, school-age children!


AF 301 - Kinderpuppy

For puppies who have had their 2nd DHP vaccination and are 20 weeks of age or younger. Small breed and/or shy puppies may attend until 24 weeks of age.

All classes include puppy playtime and teach foundation cues - sit, down, stand, touch. In addition, each class has a specific theme. Exercises, behavior talks and homework relate to the theme of the class.

Tuition:
$15 per dog/per class

Instructors:
Lori Caruso
Barb Grosch, CPDT-KA


KinderPuppy - Puppies Learn Polite Manners

For puppies who have had their 2nd DHP vaccination and are 20 weeks of age or younger. Small breed and/or shy puppies may attend until 24 weeks of age. 

Your puppy will learn to "come," pay attention to their people when asked and we will share ideas to cope with puppy chewing and mouthing.

Dates:
Saturday, June 9 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - registration closed

Dates:
Thursday, July 19 | 7:30-8:30 p.m. - Sold Out!

Tuition:
$15 per dog – humans free!


 

KinderPuppy - Puppies Around the Household

For puppies who have had their 2nd DHP vaccination and are 20 weeks of age or younger. Small breed and/or shy puppies may attend until 24 weeks of age.  

This class includes ideas for puppy management (i.e. crating and tethering) and housetraining tips. Puppies will learn "sit to say please" and we will practice ways to discourage jumping.

Date:
Saturday, June 16 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - registration closed

Thursday, July 26 | 7:30-8:30 p.m. 

Tuition:
$15 per dog – humans free!

 

 

KinderPuppy - Puppies Out in the World 

For puppies who have had their 2nd DHP vaccination and are 20 weeks of age or younger. Small breed and/or shy puppies may attend until 24 weeks of age. 

This class presents socialization ideas and manners when interacting outdoors. This will include introduction to loose leash walking and jumping prevention.

Dates:
Saturday, May 12 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - registration closed


Thursday, June 21 | 7:30-8:30 p.m. - registration closed

Tuition:
$15 per dog – humans free!

 


KinderPuppy - Puppies Learn to Share 

For puppies who have had their 2nd DHP vaccination and are 20 weeks of age or younger. Small breed and/or shy puppies may attend until 24 weeks of age. 

This class focuses on resource guarding prevention. Puppies learn "drop it" and "leave it" and "wait for the food bowl." We will discuss ideas to prevent possessive behavior of food and toys.

Date:

Saturday, May 19 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - registration closed

Thursday, June 28 | 7:30-8:30 p.m. - registration closed

Tuition:
$15 per dog – humans free!


KinderPuppy - Puppies Learn through Fun

For puppies who have had their 2nd DHP vaccination and are 20 weeks of age or younger. Small breed and/or shy puppies may attend until 24 weeks of age.  

Puppies gain confidence by working on the beginner agility obstacles and learn some fun tricks. We will share some game ideas to exercise your pup both mentally and physically.

Date:
Saturday, June 2 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - registration closed

Date:
Thursday, July 12 | 7:30-8:30 p.m. - registration closed

Tuition:
$15 per dog – humans free!

 

 

AF 302 - Puppy Manners

For puppies ages 5 months to 9 months.

Basic training for the older puppy will include household manners, manners for interacting with new people and places and playtime to increase dog-dog social skills. Cues to be taught include: sit, down, come, walk nicely on leash, wait politely, drop it and leave it.

This is a 5-week class. Please plan to bring your pup to all class sessions.

Puppy Manners (pups 5-9 months old)

Upcoming Sessions:
Saturdays, Check back on August 1 for fall schedule!

For toy, small, medium-sized or shy pups
Instructor: Lori Caruso

For medium, large and giant-sized pups
Instructor: Sarah Stephens

Current Session:

Thursdays, June 21, 28, July 12, 19, 26 | 6:15-7:15 p.m. - Sold Out!

Instructor:
Sarah Stephens 

Tuition:
$75 per dog (humans free!)

 


 

AF 304 - Companion Dog Manners

For dogs that are both people and dog-friendly and 9 months or older. Not recommended for dogs under 25 lbs.

Teach your dog the basic cues of sit, down, stay, coming when called and loose-leash walking. Laying a solid foundation with these skills is the key to living happily with your four-legged friend. As well as good manners, class discussions will give you an understanding of why dogs do the things they do to and how to build a strong relationship with your dog.

This is a six-week class. First class is orientation – humans only, no dogs please.

Upcoming Sessions:
Thursdays, Check back on August 1 for fall class schedule!

Thursdays, Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Sept. 6 

Time:
6:15-7:15 p.m.

Instructor:
Sarah Stephens

Tuition:
$105 per dog (humans free!)



 

AF 308 - Companion Dog Manners for Small Dogs

For dogs 35 pounds or less and six months or older

Positive reinforcement techniques are used to teach your dog basic cues like sit, down, stay, come and to walk comfortably on a loose leash. Behavior issues common to smaller breeds will be discussed.

This is a six-week class. Please plan to bring your dog to ALL class sessions.

Dates:

Saturdays, Check back on August 1 for fall class schedule!

Time:
12:45-1:45 p.m.

Instructor:
Lori Caruso 

Tuition:
$105 per dog (humans free!)



 

AF 309 - Fearful Fido

Does your dog suffer from anxiety, fear, and/or phobias to the everyday things in the surrounding world? Is he/she especially sensitive to noise, afraid of people, objects and/or other dogs, leaving you feeling powerless without knowing how to help? This seven week class will teach you the necessary techniques to begin a behavior modification program that will help your “fearful fido” become a “brave buddy” by building their confidence and giving you a better understanding of how to help your dog!

First class is orientation – humans only, no dogs.

Dates:
Wednesdays, Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Sept. 5, 12 - Sold Out!

Time:
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Tuition:
$120 per dog (humans free!)

Instructor:
Rachel Crown, CPDT-KA

Fear-free Certified Professional

 

 

AF 501 Animal Friends’ Therapets Canine Certification Prep Class

This 6-week class will develop skills needed for you and your dog to conduct therapy dog visits to a variety of facilities including hospitals, nursing homes, residential treatment centers, hospices and more. Dogs should be both people- and dog-friendly and have basic obedience training. We will build on those skills to develop a visiting team of dog and handler. A focus will be placed on team compatibility to ensure that dog and handler work well together. The class will include a visit with your dog to a local facility for a therapy visit. This class will prepare you and your dog for the Animal Friends’ Therapets Canine Certification test. An assessment interview is required prior to enrollment in this class.

To schedule an appointment or for more information about our program, please call Amy Martello at 412.847.7026 or email AMartello@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org.


At Animal Friends ...

Dates: Thursdays, check back for future dates!
Time: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Instructors: Barb Grosch, CPDT-KA, Gayle Bair, CPDT-KA

Dates: Wednesdays, check back for future dates!
Time: 7-8 p.m.
Instructors: Marcy Fenell, CPDT-KA, Anita DeBiase

Dates: Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15 - Sold Out!
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Instructors: Anita DeBiase, Lisa Bartel 

Dates: Thursdays, Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Sept. 6 - Sold Out!
Time: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Instructors: Barb Grosch, CPDT-KA, Gayle Bair, CPDT-KA 

Tuition: $95 

 

At Moonwalkers Dog Training facility ...

Dates: Mondays, June 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16 - Sold Out!
Time:  6:45-7:45 p.m.
Instructors:  Anita DeBiase, Lisa Bartel

Tuition: $95

 

At Westminster Presbyterian Church (Upper St. Clair) ... 

Dates: Mondays, Check back for future dates!
Time:  7-8 p.m.
Instructors:  Marcy Fenell, CPDT-KA, Anita DeBiase 

Tuition: $95 



 

AF 502 - Therapets Manners Class

For dogs at least one year old and have already been interviewed for the Therapets program. 

This 3-week class will teach and practice the canine good manners required to attain certification in the Animal Friends Therapets program. Skills will include sit, stay, down, come, leave it, and loose leash walking. There will be an emphasis on teamwork and fading the use of food rewards to achieve reliable obedience skills. An assessment interview is required prior to enrollment in this class.

To schedule an appointment or for more information about our program, please call Amy Martello at 412.847.7026, email amartello@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org or click here.

Dates:
Thursdays, Check back for future dates!

Time:
7:30-8:30 p.m.

Tuition:
$49 per dog (humans free!)

Instructors:
Barb Grosch, CPDT-KA and Anita DeBiase

 

 

Animal Friends’ Therapets Canine Certification Test

Test requirements are available on our website. Dogs and handlers will be assessed in simulated therapy visit situations to determine the dog’s basic obedience skills, visiting skills and social skills.

Please note: we are unable to accommodate walk-ins on the test date.

For details about scheduling your certification test, please call Amy Martello at 412.847.7026 or email amartello@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org

Tuition:
$10

 

 

Dog Sports for Fun!

Choose one of the following mini courses, workshops or classes for you and your pup and click the registration link that accompanies the class description.

 

AF 408 - Hiking Hounds

Grab a leash and hit the trail! Join us with your canine companion for a Sunday morning hike through one of our area’s many beautiful parks. Hiking is a great way to exercise, relieve stress, and strengthen the bond between you and your dog. Come out and explore a different park each month with your best friend. Dogs and people must be in condition to hike up to three miles on unpaved trails. You will receive details the week prior to the scheduled hike.

Dates and Locations:

Check back on August 1 for fall hike schedule! 

Time:
10 a.m.- noon

Tuition:
 $10 per dog – humans free!
Please note: two dog maximum per handler.

Trip Leader:
Gayle Bair, CPDT-KA

 

AF 411 - The Nose Knows (Level One)

For dogs 6 months and older that are both people- and dog-friendly.

Looking for sport that can be done indoors with dogs of all ages? Want to exercise your dog mentally and physically? Come and find a fun way to channel your dog’s natural talent for sniffing! Scent games are a great way to stimulate your dog while working together as a team. Watch and learn as your dog detects an odor and hunts to locate its source. Have a good time while building skills through new search activities each week.

Dates: Wednesdays, June 27, July 11, 18, 25 (no class July 4 due to holiday) - Sold Out!
Time: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Gayle Bair, CPDT-KA


Tuition:
$65 per dog (humans free!)


 

AF 412 - The Nose Knows Continues ... (Level Two)

For dogs 6 months and older that have completed The Nose Knows (Level One) and are both people- and dog-friendly.

Have fun and build on your scent work foundation skills with challenging new sniffing activities each week. You and your dog will work as a team doing container, exterior, interior and vehicle searches to locate target odors.

Dates: Sundays, Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26 - Sold Out!
Time: 6:15-7:15 p.m.
Instructor: Gayle Bair, CPDT-KA

Tuition:
$65 per dog (humans free!)





 

AF 406 - Flyball for Fun!

For ball-crazy, high-energy dogs of any size! 

Try the canine sport of flyball where teams of dogs race over hurdles, retrieving a ball which is released from a box. In this introductory workshop we will learn about the sport, practice the basic skills and each dog will run the course repeatedly. Dogs must be both people and dog-friendly and in good physical condition for running and jumping low hurdles. Class will be held outdoors in the Animal Friends lower grass fenced play yard.

Date:
Sundays, Check back on August 1 for fall class schedule!

Time:
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Tuition:
$20 per dog (humans free!)

Instructor:
Kristen Priestly

  

AF 410 - Beginners Agility for Fun!

For dogs 1-year or older that are both people- and dog-friendly

This course will help the dog and handler build a strong relationship based on positive reinforcement training and fun! A dog with basic obedience skills will be comfortable in this class. Obstacles introduced in this beginning course will include jumps, tire jump, tunnel, dog walk, a-frame and pause table. This class will be held at Animal Friends in the grass, fenced-in lower play yard.

 

Dates: Mondays, July 9, 16, 23, 30, Aug. 6, 13 (rain date Aug. 20) - Sold Out!
Time: 7-8 p.m.
Instructor: Elaine Mayowski

Tuition: $105.00

 

Dog Training Classes

Animal Friends

Caryl Gates Gluck Resource Center
562 Camp Horne Road | Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Phone: 412.847.7000 | Fax: 412.847.7001
speak@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org
M-F 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | S/S 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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