TRAINING WORKSHOPS

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2-Week, 1-Hour Workshops

Leash Manners

Future Workshop Date TBD
$85

Join us for a two-week, one-hour training workshop hosted by the professional dog trainer Wendy McKenzie CPDT-KA, with over 20 years of experience in positive, pain-free training methods.

Training Know-How:
Timing and How Dogs Learn
Positive Reinforcement vs Negative Methods
Marker Word
Equipment Options

Obedience Exercises:
Attention Skills and Leash Attention
Obedience – “Watch” and “Let Go”
Leash Skills
Written Handout Included

 

Leash Manners – Training Workshop

Two Weeks, 1 – Hour
Future Workshop Dates TBD
$85

This two-week, one-hour positive, pain-free training workshop helps you and your dog learn the ropes of Leash Training. Leash training is a crucial aspect of pet ownership, and helps to ensure your furry companion stays safe and under control during walks. This greatly reduces the risk of accidents or injuries and strengthens the bond between you and your pet. If you haven’t started leash training your dog yet, now is the perfect time!

Training Know-How:
Positive Reinforcement vs Negative Methods
Marker Word

Obedience Exercises:
“Find It” Redirection Game, and “Off”
Impulse Control and Attention Exercises
Jumping Skills / Knowledge and Practice
Written Handout Included 

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Jumping Dog – Training Workshop

Two Weeks, 1 – Hour
Future Workshop Dates TBD
$85
 
Tired of your furry friend jumping up on you and others? Start enjoying a well-behaved pup after taking our 2-week, 1-hour Jumping Dog Workshop. This workshop is taught by Wendy MacKenzie, a seasoned dog trainer with over 20 years of dog training experience. Wendy only uses positive, pain-free training methods that will teach your dog not to jump up onto others.

Training “Know How”:
Timing and How Dogs Lean
Positive Reinforcement vs. Negative Methods
Marker Word

Obedience Exercises:
“Find It” Redirection Game, and “Off”
Impulse Control and Attention Exercises
Jumping Skills / Knowledge and Practice
Written Handout Included

 

Kids and Dogs – Training Workshop

Two Weeks, 1-Hour
Future Workshop Dates – TBD 
$85Looking for a fun and educational activity for your kids and furry friend? Look no further! Join Bark-A-Bout’s “Kids and Dogs” Training Workshop hosted by our experienced dog trainer, Wendy MacKenzie CPDT-KA who has been teaching for over 20 years. Our positive, pain-free dog training methods are perfect for teaching your kids about dog safety, while also improving your pup’s behavior. This workshop also includes tricks, obedience cues, and agility fun. Great for kids aged 6 to 18. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to strengthen the bond between your child and dog!Training “Know How”:
How Dogs Learn
Reading Dog’s Body Language (Good and Bad)
Positive Reinforcement vs Negative Methods

Training Tricks and Exercises:
Training – “Touch/Target, Sit, Watch”
Tricks – High Five and Spin, etc
Agility: Tunnels, Balance, Weaves, etc.

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Housebreaking 101 – Training Workshop

One Week, 1-Hour
Future 1-Day Workshop Date – TBD
$40
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Do you struggle with housebreaking your furry friend? Join professional dog trainer Wendy McKenzie CPDT-KA for a one-hour training workshop. With over 20 years of experience in positive, pain-free training methods, Wendy will teach you the essential techniques for housebreaking your dog and how to speed up the housebreaking process.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the best! This class is only for the paw’rents to attend, (no dogs).

Training Know-How:
Timing and How Dogs Learn
Positive Reinforcement vs Negative Methods
Marker Word
How To Speed Up The Housebreaking Process
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Training Workshops FAQ’s

Bark-A-Bout takes pride in training YOU, the real trainer.
We arm you with effective skills and knowledge that you can use outside of training sessions to elicit good behavior and mitigate future problems.

Our Certified Training Instructor, Wendy uses positive reinforcement and rewards-based training methods.
You will gain your dog’s full cooperation without physical pain, force, fear or intimidation.

Rewards-based training is proven to be the the fastest and most effective training method:
– Positive and fun
– Increases communication
– Builds mutual trust
– Respects your dog’s emotions
– Decreases negative behaviors

PLEASE CLICK ON AN AVAILABLE CLASS LISTED ABOVE. A pop-up will appear with directions. Please create a Customer Portal if your dog does not already have one, and be sure to sign all waivers in the portal. Once you have created a Portal for your dog and signed the waivers, please call up Bark-A-Bout to give FULL PAYMENT for your Training Workshop. A Bark-A-Bout receptionist will be happy to help you and complete your payment transaction.

NON-NEGOTIABLE REFUND POLICY: Full payment is due at the time of class registration. In following social distancing guidelines, limited student count is required. Due to tight restrictions on class size, full refunds will only be issued for cancellations made more than 24 hours prior to the start of class. For cancellations made within the 24-hour window prior to the start of class, $60 will be deducted from your refund. Once class starts, no refunds will be issued.

Wendy MacKenzie
Proudly uses ONLY positive, rewards-based training methods.
Wendy believes all pets should enjoy the training process. This will lead to a happier, more confident and well-adjusted pet.

Wendy’s Accreditations & Certifications:
– Dog Obedience Trainer (20 years)
– Educated 4,000+ dogs/owners of all breeds/ages, including blind, deaf and special-needs dogs.
– Association of Pet Dog Trainers – CPDT-KA Certified
– Pet Professionals Guild Member (Fear-free, Pain-free, Force-free group)
– American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator (AKC/CGC)
– Owned her own Obedience Training facility (3 years)
– Learned about dogs internally as a Veterinarian Surgical Assistant. (3 years)

To ensure the safety of all dogs participating in class, each dog is required to be vaccinated for the vaccines listed below. To ensure your dog has met all vaccination requirements, we require you to submit all vaccine documentation prior to the start of class by either uploading them to your dog’s Customer Portal, emailing them to medical@barkabout.net, or faxing them to (586)685-7040. Please include your pet’s full name and your contact information.

Required:
In addition to following your veterinarian’s age-appropriate vaccine protocol, Bark-A-Bout requires dog to have received:
— Bordetella Vaccination (Click here for non-negotiable waiting period requirements)
— A fecal screening showing “negative” test results

Workshops are tailored for puppies 8 weeks and older. It is beneficial to start your puppy out on the right paw by enrolling them into training classes before they form negative behavioral habits. Regarding vaccinations, puppies are ready as soon as they’ve had a Bordetella vaccine and a Fecal test with negative results. This could be as early as 8-10 weeks. If you have questions as to whether a Bark-A-Bout Training Workshop is right for you and your pup, please call us at (586)566-8900 and a fur’endly receptionist will answer any questions you may have.

Each workshop is different. Some workshops are designed to bring your dog, and others are just for humans.

1.) PROOF OF PURCHASE OF CLASS:
If you have a receipt or print-out of your proof of purchase of the class, please bring it with you to class.

2.) AGE-APPROPRIATE VACCINATION RECORDS:
PUPPIES UNDER 6 MONTHS: To ensure the safety of all dogs participating in class, each dog is required to be vaccinated for the vaccines listed below. To ensure your dog has met all vaccination requirements, we require you to submit all vaccine documentation prior to the start of class by either uploading them to your dog’s “Customer Portal“, emailing them to medical@barkabout.net, or faxing them to (586)685-7040. Please include your pet’s full name and your contact information.

Required:
— Bordetella (Click here for non-negotiable waiting period requirements)
— DHLPP (Puppies are required to have a minimum of 2 in the series before beginning class)

Highly recommended but not required:
— A negative Fecal Screening
— 2 Influenza bivalent vaccines
 

3.) 5-6 FOOT REGULAR LEASH
Please bring your dog to class on a REGULAR 5-6′ leash. No retractable leashes or choke/prong collars permitted.

4.) TRAINING BAG FULL OF SOFT CHEWABLE TREATS
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We ask that you have a fanny-pack style training bag and tiny soft treats. (1/4 pea size of soft, stinky, high value treats such as chicken, turkey or soft doggy treats.

5.) A FEW “BUSY ITEMS”
A bully stick, lick mat and/or a stuffed Kong or chew toy is also helpful to keep your dog settled and occupied.

**Bark-A-Bout sells leashes, fanny-pack style treat bags, and a wide selection of chewable treats and incentive toys in our Pet Boutique for your convenience.

6.) SMALL TOWEL OR BLANKET

Class duration is kept short to accommodate busy schedules. Please plan accordingly as we build on behaviors and skills each week. Meanwhile, please speak to Bark-A-Bout’s Obedience Trainer to discuss your absence.

 

NON-NEGOTIABLE REFUND POLICY: Full payment is due at the time of class registration. In following social distancing guidelines, limited student count is required. Due to tight restrictions on class size, full refunds will only be issued for cancellations made more than 24 hours prior to the start of class. For cancellations made within the 24-hour window prior to the start of class, $50 will be deducted from your refund. Once class starts, no refunds will be issued.

 

To minimize possible exposure to Covid-19, Bark-A-Bout strictly adheres to all CDC Guidelines regarding social distancing and mask mandates. As of May 15, 2021, masks are not required. Hand sanitizer will be provided. Please visit here for further details.

 

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Suzanne N.
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“Absolutely love this place! The moment I entered the door I knew this is where my puppy needs to be! Everyone was kind and made our 1st day so pleasant! Very clean and so much space for plenty of exercise! The added extras are a plus as well!”

- Suzanne N.