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!
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.
Does your dog bark, growl, or lunge at other dogs? Is she/he fearful, defensive or too excitable? If so, this class is for you. Your dog will learn not only to look at you first before reacting, he/she will also be taught a new emotional response to other dogs. No dog deserves to feel stressed, afraid or upset in public. No matter how long your dog has suffered with reactivity, this class is for you!
We work with you and your dog to utilize your dog's wonderful sense of smell and provide a new form of mental stimulation. The sport is a great way to help anxious or fearful dogs work through their issues and become more comfortable away from home. Only one dog is searching at a time, so the sport is perfect for dog-reactive dogs. All dogs are welcome and no prior training is required.
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!
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.|
*All dogs participating in training must be up to date on Rabies, DHPP and Bordatella (every six months) vaccinations.
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) at Wags University
Puppy/Beginner Obedience Class: Begins Sunday (3/11) 1 p.m. Sign up today!
Impulse Control: Sunday (1/14) 2 p.m. (FULL)
Puppy/Beginner Class: Thursday (2/15) 6:30 p.m.
Tricks Class: Thursday (2/15) 7:30 p.m.
Therapy Prep/Canine G.C.: Sunday (3/4) 2 p.m. (FULL)
Impulse Control: Sunday (3/18) 3 p.m.
TRAINING PACKAGE PRICES
Puppy/Beginner - $375
Impulse Control - $375
Hand in Paw Therapy Prep - $375
Canine Good Citizen - $25
Nose Work - $145
Reactive Rover - $450
Tricks - $150