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
Our puppy training class includes a tutorial on why we train, puppy maintenance and a thorough explanation of positive reinforcement training including sit, watch, down, stay, come, walking on a loose leash, meeting other dogs and more.
BEGINNER
Our beginner class is the equivalent to our puppy class but appropriate for dogs older than eight months old.
ADVANCED

 

This six-week course includes items on the Canine Good Citizen exam and an obedience certification through the American Kennel Club. Your dog will learn how to become comfortable with strangers, distractions and distance work with come and stay, walking through a crowd, staying next to the owner when approaching people with dogs and even staying while the owner eats! This challenging class is great practice for those pursuing therapy work and offers the Canine Good Citizen exam with an AKC evaluator, if desired.

AGILITY
Our agility class is a fun-filled class for pets and owners that will teach your furry friends entertaining tricks and movements. This class uses agility equipment such as an a-frame, teeter totter, tunnel and more!
REACTIVE ROVER
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!
NOSE WORK
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 though 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.
TRICKS

If you’re looking for a fun challenge for an active, bored, or destructive dog, this is the outlet for them! This six-week course features 30 fun tricks that will awe and delight! Included are high five, jump through a hoop, play a piano, skateboarding, and the hokey pokey.

YAPPY HOUR
Modeled after work by veterinary behaviorist Dr. Ian Dunbar, Yappy Hour is a puppy socialization class specifically designed for puppies 7 to 12 weeks old. This comprehensive, four-week course is a great way to expose your new furry friend to novel sounds, sights and textures. Under the guidance of skilled instructor Rebecca Mason (CPDT), the coursework includes body handling and socialization with strangers and other dogs. Yappy Hour is designed to maximize the advantages of early intervention during crucial learning periods.

 

*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!

Rebecca Mason (CPDT) at Wags University

Puppy/Beginner Training Class: Tuesdays (5/9 - 6/13) 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Puppy/Beginner Training Class: Tuesdays (6/6 - 7/11) 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Puppy/Beginner Training Class: Sundays (7/9 - 8/13) 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Tricks Training Class: Sundays (6/25 - 7/30) 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

TRAINING PACKAGE PRICES

Puppy / Beginner - $375

Advanced - $375

Nose Work - $145

Reactive Rover - $450

Hand in Paw Prep - $425

Tricks - $150

Yappy Hour - $125

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