WAGS UNIVERSITY

TRAINING

All students are welcome at Wags University! We are one of the only training facilities in Birmingham, Alabama that solely uses positive reinforcement techniques. Compassion drives all of our actions at Wags ‘N Whiskers, leading to our rewarding and nurturing training techniques that focus on each canine’s unique needs. Our trainers work closely with you to determine the best training program for your four-legged friend that will make everyone wag a lot! Training packages are offered for both puppies and adult dogs with classes ranging from basic obedience to Canine Good Citizen Certification. Private, group and family sessions are available. Learn more about our Wags University packages and class schedules below!

PUPPY/BEGINNER

This six-week course is designed for puppies and adult dogs ages 10 weeks and older. Owners and dogs will both be instructed so that the dog responds to its human family members, not just to the trainer! Included in the curriculum are commands such as sit, down, stay, and come, plus leash walking instruction and even a couple of tricks! Students will also learn how to teach their pets to wait at doorways, how to sit for petting, and how to “leave it!” Our courses are very family-friendly, and older children are encouraged to attend.


TRICKS TIME

If you’re looking for a fun challenge, tricks class is where it’s at! This six-week course features 25 fun tricks that will awe and delight! At the end of the course, students perform a routine for the class! Included are high five, jump through a hoop, play a piano, push a buggy, skateboarding, the hokey pokey, and more! This class is excellent for active, bored, or destructive dogs who need an outlet! Any dog can enroll – no prior training required!


IMPULSE CONTROL

This six-week course addresses impulse control issues in dogs, such as pulling towards distractions, not coming when called, counter surfing, and refusing to leave things that aren’t theirs. Strong emphasis is put on offered behaviors, teaching the dog to make good decisions without being asked. Come, leave it, stay, and settle are delved into more deeply, through the use of new, innovative exercises. Prerequisite: beginner obedience or equivalent skills.


THERAPY PREP/ CANINE GOOD CITIZEN

This six-week course includes but is not limited to items on the Canine Good Citizen exam, an obedience certification through the American Kennel Club, which examines how well owners handle their dogs in public. This course includes things like getting comfortable with strangers touching them, not jumping up, distractions and distance work with come and stay, walking nicely through a crowd, staying next to the owner when approaching people with dogs, and even staying while the owner eats! This is a challenging class and is great practice for those pursuing therapy work. One week of class will be a "field trip" where teams will work in a public setting. Immediately following the course will be an opportunity to take the Canine Good Citizen exam with an AKC evaluator, if desired.


GAME NIGHT

This BRAND NEW one hour class is designed for dog owners who want to have fun and bond with their dogs while playing games that reinforce obedience! Games will include commands like sit, down, stay, and come, plus distance work, leash walking, and food distractions. Each Game Night will feature different games, relay races, and connection courses. The games chosen will strengthen obedience while teaching owners to effectively divide their attention while training. The only thing required is the ability to laugh at yourself!

Prerequisite: Beginner Obedience or more.


CONSULTATION
If your pet needs one-on-one training or work on behavioral issues such as reactivity and anxiety, we also offer in-house consultation. This option is popular with parents who's schedule makes it difficult to participate in group training classes or have pets that would benefit from individual training. Rate: $100/hr. For information, call 205.902.WAGS (9247) or email us at info@wagshomewood.com

If you're not sure which class is best for your dog, call us at 205.902.WAGS (9247) and we'll be glad to help you find the class that's right for your furry friend.


*All dogs participating in training must be up to date on Rabies, DHPP and Bordatella (every six months) vaccinations.

UPCOMING CLASSES

We partner with some of the best trainers in Birmingham to offer a wide array of training classes. See some of our additional sessions below! These are 6-week sessions.

  

Rebecca Mason (CPDT/CDTI) at Wags University

Rebecca Mason is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), holds a Masters in Education, and is an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. She draws from her background as an educator and her 11 years of dog training to implement a program that teaches both dogs and their humans the joys of learning together. Rebecca Mason is also a Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI), a certification awarded through the official sanctioning body for the sport of Dog Tricks, Do More With Your Dog!® The organization establishes guidelines for instructor certification to ensure that standards of excellence are met when teaching the sport to handler/dog teams.


Puppy/Beginner Obedience Classes

  • Thursday, November 8 @ 6:30 pm (Open For Registration)

Therapy Prep I: Canine Good Citizen

  • Sunday, January 13, 2019 @ 1:00 p.m.  (Open For Registration)

Impulse Control Class

  • Monday, October 29 @ 8 pm (Open For Registration) 

  • Sunday, November 4 @ 3:15 pm (Open For Registration)

Tricks Time

  • Thursday, December 6 @ 7:30 pm (Open For Registration)

Game Night - NEW! Open for Registration

  • By The Campfire - Sunday, November.11 @1:45 pm

  • Cost: ONLY $25!


TRAINING PACKAGE PRICES

Puppy/Beginner - $375

Impulse Control - $375

Therapy Prep / Canine Good Citizen - $375

AKC Canine Good Citizen Testing - $25

Nose Work - $145

Tricks - $150


To register call 205.902.WAGS (9247) or...

  • Click the "CLICK HERE" link below

  • Complete the form online

  • Save the form to your computer

  • Email to info@wagshomewood.com or bring to Wags 'N Whiskers

 

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