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.|
|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 1/ CANINE GOOD CITIZEN
Therapy Prep I is a challenging class, perfect for students wanting to expand their pet’s obedience skills but also great preparation for those hoping to pursue therapy work with Hand In Paw, Alliance of Therapy Dogs, or Pet Partners.
This six-week course includes – but is not limited to – items on the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) exam, an obedience certification through the American Kennel Club, which examines how well owners handle their dogs in public. This exam is very similar to evaluations done by therapy dog organizations.
Therapy Prep I is the first in a series of courses designed to prepare dogs for therapy work. It 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, and staying next to the owner when approaching people with dogs. Since therapy dogs must endure high-level distractions such as rolling wheelchairs and IV poles, “scary” balloons, and strangers wearing masks and medical gloves, we provide weekly opportunities for desensitization with unfamiliar objects and medical equipment. We want every dog to be successful, therefore, exposure is gradual and adjusted for the needs of each dog.
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 CGC exam. Students pursuing therapy certification through an organization will also want to attend Therapy Prep II: Out and About.
Prerequisite: Impulse Control or equivalent skills.
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org.|
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.
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 Classes
Sunday, September 9 @ 3:15 pm (Open For Registration)
Therapy Prep I: Canine Good Citizen
Sunday, January 13 @ 1:00 p.m. (Open For Registration)
Impulse Control Class
Thursday, September 20 @6:30 pm (Only 1 Spot Left) *Will not meet Oct. 18
Monday, October 22 @ 8 pm (Open For Registration)
Sunday, September 30 @ 2:15 pm (FULL)
Thursday, December 6 @ 7:30 pm (Open For Registration)
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
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