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Do you have a pet behavior question or problem you'd like to discuss with one of our certified behavior trainers?

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Meet the Trainer Q & A

Have questions about your puppy or dog? Come and meet with one of Wayside’s trainers to learn more about building the best relationship possible with your canine buddy. This is primarily a session for pet owners and trainers. If you’d like to bring your dog to a Q & A session, please RSVP to skip.daiger@gmail.com.

Cost

There is no charge

for your first session

 

Puppy 1

We will help you build a strong relationship with your new puppy based on trust and cooperation. Puppy classes are an indispensable foundation for the rest of your dog's life. All training is gentle and fun, and you will learn how to help your puppy blend in to your family.

Cost

6 sessions

Cost: $100

With dog


$25 Non-refundable deposit due at sign-up. Remainder to be paid at first class. Check our event calendar for the next available class.

Topic

  • Socialization with people and dogs
  • Housetraining
  • Mouthing and biting
  • New sights, sounds and experiences
  • Handling exercises
  • Basic training- be attentive, sit, down, come, stay, leave it, give and walking on a leash

Requirements

Puppies must be 8 to 20 weeks old. Proof of vaccination history (puppies are required to be vaccinated every 3 to 4 weeks until 20 weeks of age).

Puppy 2

Puppy 2 is for recent graduates of our Puppy 1 class or any other beginning puppy class. We work toward improving stays and recall and continue working off-leash. Classes continue to incorporate puppy socialization time. This is a great class for your puppies entering "Puppy Adolescence"!

Cost

6 sessions

Cost: $125

With dog


$25 Non-refundable deposit due at sign-up. Remainder to be paid at first class. Check our event calendar for the next available class.

Topic

  • Reinforce basic cues — sit, down, come, stay, settle, etc
  • Maintain socialization and proof verbal control
  • Distance stays
  • Both on-leash and off-leash walking and heeling
  • How to build a structure in your puppy's life to help him become a happy and well-adjusted adult.

Requirements

Puppies must be under 18 months of age. All puppies must have had prior training. Your instructor will decide if previous training is acceptable for entering Puppy II. Proof of vaccination history (puppies are required to be vaccinated every 3 to 4 weeks until 20 weeks of age).

Basic Dog

This is a basic pet owner course spanning 6 weeks with a maximum of 6 dogs per class. You and your dog will learn basic commands, such as sit, stay, down, come, loose leash walking, and reliable recall. The class will also try to address any individual behavior issues that you may be experiencing with your dog. The goals are to establish benevolent leadership, strong control, and lasting relationships with your canine companion.

Personalized attention in a small group setting.

Requirements: Dogs must be over at least 6 months of age. Proof of vaccinations required. Personalized attention in a small group setting.

Cost

6 sessions

Cost: $125

With dog


$25 Non-refundable deposit due at sign-up. Remainder to be paid at first class. Check our event calendar for the next available class.

Seasonal Tips

Keeping warm in the winter

Despite their “fur” coats, domesticated animals like cats and dogs depend on humans for protection from elements such as freezing temperatures. Here are some quick tips to ensure a warm and toasty winter season.

  1. Limit your pet’s time outside only for bathroom breaks if it is too cold.
  2. Provide outdoor pets with a dry, warm secure shelter out of the wind, such as a garage or insulated pet house.
  3. Even dogs that normally spend most of their time outside need good shelter in cold weather, even if it is only a garage.
  4. Keep your pet away from antifreeze. Poisoning takes only a couple of licks. Antifreeze may lurk in your garage or on your driveway so clean up spills immediately. Pet safe antifreeze is available for purchase at most stores.
  5. De-icing chemicals can be hazardous to pets. The salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of your pet's feet. Pet-safe ice melt is now available in our store Whiskers & Wags.  Also, be sure to wipe your pet’s feet every time after being on sidewalks.
  6. Cats and kittens often nap on warm car engines and hoods. If your car was recently used, knock on the hood or honk the car horn before starting the engine.

Winterizing your dog house

  1. The dog house floor should be raised a few inches off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw.
  2. The dog house should be turned to face away from the wind, and the doorway should be covered with a flap of heavy waterproof fabric or heavy plastic.
  3. Heated water dishes help keep water warm from freezing and are available at your local pet store.

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