Wayside Waifs

Behavior & Training

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In-Home Consultations

In-home consultations and training is ideal for: owners who have a busy schedule, who cannot attend weekly classes or who want to work on one specific behavioral concern, such as jumping up or excessive barking. It is also ideal for dogs not suited for a class environment, such as dogs dealing with agression or anxiety issues. 

Cost

For more information or to set-up a consultation contact Gabby Muñoz

 

Puppy Training and Socialization

Wayside Waifs' Puppy Training and Socialization classes will teach you how to expose your puppy to new and novel stimuli (such as new people, objects and noises) in a safe and positive manner.

Cost

4 sessions 

Class size: 5 dogs

Cost: $75


Classes must be paid in full at the time of online registration. Check our event calendar for the next available class.

Topic

  • Socialization with people and dogs
  • Housetraining and crate training
  • Mouthing and chewing
  • Exposure to novel sights, sounds and experiences
  • Handling exercises for successful vet visits
  • Basic training- look at me, sit, down, come, stay, drop it, leave it and walking on a leash

Requirements

Puppies must be 2 to 5 months old. Proof of vaccination history: distemper parvo vaccination must currently be given every 2-4 weeks until the puppy is 4 to 5 months old and have bordetella vaccine.

Manners and Foundation Building 101

This class reviews and builds on the lessons learned in Puppy Training and Socialization class. This beginner obedience class helps you lay the foundation from which all future training for more difficult scenarios can be built off of.

Cost

6 sessions

Class size: 5 dogs

Cost: $125


Classes must be paid in full at the time of online registration. Check our event calendar for the next available class.

Topic

  • Trained behaviors — look at me, sit, down, come, stay, leave it, wait and basic introduction of heel
  • On-leash socialization
  • Good leash walking
  • Successful vet visits
  • Tips on dealing with unwanted behaviors such as barking, jumping-up and digging

Requirements

Dogs must be 6 months of age or older. Proof of vaccination history: must have rabies, distemper and bordetella vaccines and must be spayed or neutered.

Real World Training and Field Trips 201

This class reviews and builds on the lessons learned in Manners and Foundations Building class. It is an intermediate obedience class which will allow you to practice your training with distractions, on and off leash, in new locations, and to learn more advanced "heel" behavior on and off leash. This class also holds two of its classes outdoors allowing participants to practice under some of the most distracting conditions.**

Cost

6 sessions

Class size: 5 dogs

Cost: $125


Classes must be paid in full at the time of online registration. Check our event calendar for the next available class.

Topic

  • Practicing trained behaviors with distractions
  • Off-leash training for solid recalls and stay behaviors
  • Two field trip classes to outside locations
  • Learning "heel" both on and off leash
  • Socialization on-leash

Requirements

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

 

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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