Your pets aren’t the only ones who can benefit from training. As their two-legged family member, there is always more to learn about how you can make your pets’ lives happier, healthier and safer! Below, you’ll find classes that will teach you valuable skills and knowledge that will strengthen the bond you share with your pets. Be sure to read our cancellation policy before completing your registration. If you have questions about any of our course offerings or prefer to register by phone or email, contact Animal Friends University.

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Human Training Classes

Baby-Ready Pets!

The excitement of preparing for the arrival of a baby should not be dampened by concerns about your pets’ reactions. With some planning, preparation and training, introducing your newest family member to your pet can be very successful and rewarding. This Baby-Ready Pets class will assist you in making the preparations for these introductions.

This is a people-only class. Please leave your pets at home. Seating is limited and advance RSVP is required.

NOTE:  Please email any specific questions to BRP@ThinkingOutsideTheCage.org

Date: Saturday, August 13   RSVP

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Tuition: No cost to attend!

Instructors: Ron and Mary Papik

Pet CPR and First Aid

This class will teach you the life-saving skills and knowledge that will enable you to be there for your pets when they need you the most! Topics include, but not limited to, rescue breathing, bleeding protocols, choking management, heat/cold injuries, bites, stings, poisoning, seizures, fractures and limb injuries. Class size limited to 15 students to allow for individualized instruction. Certification provided upon completion of the class. This is a people-only class. Please leave your pets at home.

Date:  Sunday, July 17   Register

Time: 11:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Tuition: $80 per person – includes all training materials, training certificate and light refreshments. A portion of the proceeds benefit Animal Friends.

Instructor: Karen Sable

Cat Massage Therapy

No live cats for this class, please. Bring a stuffed animal to use for training purposes. Class size is limited to 6 students.

Who doesn’t love a great massage? Now you can learn to give your prince or princess the extra pampering they deserve, as well as provide all the wonderful benefits that massage can offer. Not only does a massage increase the bond between you and your four-footed friend, but it can also help with relaxation, help your cat to learn to build trust, increase flexibility, make the coat shine and improve his/her overall sense of well-being. Grab a stuffed animal and join us for a fun, relaxing class as you learn the basic techniques that will have your favorite feline eating out of your hand! Please leave your cat companion at home.

Instructor: Katie Tontala, Certified Massage Therapist

Date: Sunday, June 5   Register

Time: 1-3 p.m.

Tuition: $10

DOGA: Yoga for Your Dog and You

Your dog should be 6 months of age or older to participate in DOGA. 

Dogs are natural yogis!  They live in the moment, they breathe from their bellies and they stretch immediately upon waking!  Deepen your connection with your dog in this fun class. Class will include a walking meditation, human and canine yoga poses, doggie-massage and meditation. Please bring a large beach towel, treats, leash and a willingness to learn!  Prior yoga experience not required. Space is limited; advance registration required. Instructor:  Leta Koontz and Laurie Held, Certified Yoga Instructors.

NOTE:  Dog attendees must be both people and dog-friendly to participate as there is brief off-leash play prior to the start of class.

Date:  Sunday, Check back for fall date!

Time: 11 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Tuition: $20 per person (includes/admits one dog)