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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. 


In home consultations are not available at this time. Please check back with us!


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.


4 sessions 

Class size: 5 dogs

Cost: $75

Class time: 6pm

Date: Four week class starting on August 4, September 22 or November 3

Please email Ben Torrey to register for this class.


  • 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


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.

Basic Obedience

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.


6 sessions

Class size: 5 dogs

Cost: $125

Class time: 7pm

Date: Six week sessions starting on August 4 or September 22.

Please email Ben Torrey to register for this class.


  • 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


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.

Seasonal Tips

Keeping Safe - 4th of July

Although the Fourth of July is a fun holiday for people, it can be a nightmare for pets. While most people enjoy the sights and sounds of fireworks, animals don't understand the commotion and can be frightened by the startling, disruptive noises.

When threatened by an unfamiliar experience, such as loud noises, even the calmest most obedient animal is apt to flee or act out of character. Cats may hide when frightened and dogs may try to escape by jumping the fence or digging a hole. Some animals may even experience nausea when confronted with an extremely frightening experience.

Wayside Waifs offers these tips to pet owners:

  • Don't take your pet with you to firework displays.
  • Prepare a quiet, secure place for pets to spend the evening where they feel safe.
  • Make sure the room is secure and remove any objects that might injure your pet should he/she become startled by the loud noise.
  • Don't leave your pets alone in parked vehicles. Even with the windows open, a parked car can quickly become a furnace. While the temperature outside may reach up to 80 degrees, the temperature inside your car could reach 120 degrees. This type of overheating can be fatal.
  • Always make sure your pet has current identification, including collar I.D. tags, licenses and/or microchip I.D. In case your pet gets out of the house, this simple procedure will help avoid the possible heartache of losing your animal.
  • The Fourth of July should be a pleasurable experience for everyone, including your pet, and with the right precautions your Independence Day memories will not be marred by the loss or injury of your pet.