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 12 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 the 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. A 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 I/ 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.
THERAPY PREP II: OUT & ABOUT
Therapy dogs must navigate schools, hospitals, and nursing homes, remaining unfazed by shiny floors, bright lights, music playing, and the “big scary”… elevators! Out and About is the second in a series of courses designed to prepare pets for therapy work in the community and all that comes with it. This course is a five-week adventure! Each week, teams will visit a different location to practice their obedience skills and learn to problem-solve their way through everyday situations and challenges. On week five, trainers and teams will share a meal in a public place while dogs practice settling and calmly observing their surroundings.
This course is limited to four students and will be facilitated by a minimum of two trainers to ensure that teams receive the proper amount of coaching needed to succeed. (Prerequisite: Therapy Prep I or Impulse Control). To Register: Email Rebecca@LoveThemTrainThem.com
"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."
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 owners 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.
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/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, December 5 @ 7:30 pm Registration Open
Monday, January 6 @ 6:30 pm Registration Open
Tuesday, January 13 @ 7:30 pm Registration Open
Sunday, January 26 @ 2:15 pm Registration Open
Thursday, February 6 @ 6:30 pm Registration Open
Therapy Prep I: Canine Good Citizen
Sunday, January 19 @ 1:00 pm Registration Open
Therapy Prep II: Out & About
Wednesday, January 8 @ 7:00 pm Registration Open
Wednesday, January 29 @ 7:00 pm Registration Open
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Impulse Control Class
Sunday, January 5 @ 3:15 pm Registration Open
Thursday, February 13 @ 7:30 pm Registration Open
Sunday, February 16 @ 3:15 pm Registration Open
Thursday, November 21 @ 7:30 pm Registration Open
TRAINING PACKAGE PRICES
Puppy/Beginner - $375
Impulse Control - $375
Therapy Prep / Canine Good Citizen - $375
AKC Canine Good Citizen Testing - $25
Game Night - $25
Nose Work - $145
Tricks - $150
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