Training

We believe in always using force-free, fear-free scientifically-backed methods in our dog and puppy training classes.

For most people, it doesn’t require scientific journals to tell us what we seem to know instinctively: it is more humane to reward than to punish. Most people would rather avoid doing anything that will make their dog experience pain or fear if they can prevent it. Using positive reinforcement techniques rewards desirable behavior, lessens a dog’s frustration, and when used consistently, increases wanted behavior.

This results in happy dogs and happy people!

So what are science-based methods? Positive reinforcement is rewarding the dog with something very pleasant, like food, toys and petting, to encourage the dog to repeat the behavior. This works for every animal and every person as well. When training/teaching using force-free methods, no corrections, choke, prong, or electronic collars are ever used. Instead, we teach the behaviors we want in all of our dog and puppy training classes and provide rewards when they are exhibited.

A study published in the Journal of Applied Animal Behavior concluded that confrontational training methods such as hitting, intimidation using punitive force, and techniques of restraint like the “alpha roll” actually do very little to correct dogs’ behavior and in fact increase the likelihood that they will become fearful and defensive, sometimes resulting in biting.

For these reasons we employ only positive, force-free, fear-free training methods. We strive to teach these methods in all of our dog and puppy training classes.

Classes Currently Available

The following classes are available for enrollment.


Basic Manners  

This class is designed to teach you how to develop a working relationship with your dog. Behaviors such as sit, down, coming when called, leash manners, polite greetings, and stay will be covered Class Size Limit: 5. DOGS 5 MONTHS AND UP. 6 WEEK CLASS

Cost: 
$175 / 6 weeks
Location: 13454 Clarksville Pike, Highland, MD 20777

Saturdays:
Date:
 Starts Saturday 1/18/2020, every Saturday except February 22
Time: 11:00am to 11:50am
Trainer: Angie Madden
Registration: Link

Mondays:
Date:
 Starts Monday 1/20/2020, every Monday except around holidays

Time: 7:30pm to 8:20pm
Trainer: Beatrix Beri
Registration: Link


Puppy Essentials (Wednesday)

Over the 7 week course, you will learn how to teach your new puppy the most necessary basic behaviors such as sitting, laying down, staying or coming to you when asked.  This class is also designed to prepare your dog to the outside world by imitating real life scenarios as well as some emergency handling. By the end of the class, your puppy will have developed the social skills necessary to be confident in his immediate surroundings while paying attention and responding to your requests.

Curriculum includes but not limited to the following topics:

  • Body Position Changes: Sit, Down, Stand
  • Stay
  • Drop it
  • Leave it
  • Proper Leash Walking
  • Handling and Settling Down
  • Proper Play: Tug of War, Fetch

Qualifying ages: 12 – 18 weeks old
Maximum number of dogs: 6
Cost: $185/7 weeks
Dates: Every Wednesday except around holidays
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Instructor: Beatrix Beri
Start date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Registration: Link


Puppy Manners (Monday)
This 6-week course for puppies 4 – 6 months old will cover basic behaviors such as sit, down, coming when called, leash manners, and stay.  Playtime will be incorporated. Class Size Limit: 5.  Minimum Class Size: 3  DOGS 4 MONTHS TO 6 MONTHS.  6 WEEK CLASS.

Cost: $175 / 6 weeks
Dates: Starts Monday, January 20, 2020, every Monday except around holidays
Time: 6:30pm to 7:20pm
Trainer: Beatrix Beri
Location: 13454 Clarksville Pike, Highland, MD 20777
Registration: Link


Puppy Social (Saturday)
Would you like to improve your puppy’s learning capability, memory, and cognitive flexibility while also decreasing excitability and reactivity?  The Puppy Social is the class for you!  This 4-week class is designed to give families with a brand new puppy the tools and support they need while providing puppies with a solid foundation. Puppies will gain confidence through exploration and play.  Families will learn basic training skills and how to facilitate positive social interactions. Topics such as body handling, potty training, play biting, and dealing with problem behaviors will also be covered. PUPPIES 8 WEEKS TO 15 WEEKS. By the end of the class, your puppy will have developed the social skills necessary to be confident in his immediate surroundings while paying attention and responding to your requests.

Cost: $125 / 4 weeks (discounted to $100 for CHN adopters) (rolling admission, start anytime)
Dates:  Every Saturday except around holidays (rolling admission, start anytime!)
Time: 9:10am to 9:50am
Location: 13454 Clarksville Pike, Highland, MD 20777
Registration: Link


Classes currently unavailable at CHN

We will offer these classes over the course of the year, however they are not currently offered by our trainers.  If you have interest in them, please send an email to info@caninehumane.org.


Control Unleashed (Saturday)

This class is open to dogs and handlers who have completed a basic manners class and would like to take their training to the next level.  Based on Leslie McDevitt’s Control Unleashed: Creating a Focused and Confident Dog, this class will help the distracted dog learn to focus and the over-stimulated dog learn to relax. All dogs must have a mat for relaxation exercises. A crate is recommended but not required.

Cost: $175 / 6 weeks
Dates: 
Time: 
Location: 13454 Clarksville Pike, Highland, MD 20777
Registration:


Reactive to Relaxed (Saturday)

Does your dog lunge, bark or growl at other dogs, fast moving objects or wildlife when on-leash or behind a barrier? This class is designed to help your canine companion develop coping skills to deal with over-stimulating environments. Learn management techniques in a controlled and safe environment. This is a 7-week class, and attendance at the first 3 classes is mandatory. Participants must have a front-clip harness and a muzzle for their dog. Class will take place in the outdoor yard, and the first class will be without dogs. Class size limit: 4.

Cost: $250 / 7 weeks
Dates:
Time: 
Location: 13454 Clarksville Pike, Highland, MD 20777
Registration:  

Dog and puppy training

What Type of Training Do You Need?

Every dog is different – let us help you help Fido!

Consulting

Do you have a few questions you want answered? Are you not sure if you should take classes? Do you just want some advice for that weird thing your dog is doing? An over the phone consulting session might be for you.  For more information click the link below.

Personal Sessions

Do you want some one-on-one training time? Does your dog not do well in a class environment? Would you like a more specialized course? Personal sessions offer focus just on you and your dog!  For more information click the link below.