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Pet Training Classes

New and old dogs can learn how to behave, do tricks, or become better canine citizens through AWA’s training programs

Have you ever thought about training your cat?  Well, you can in this 45 minute class. 

You can train almost any animal with a clicker.  It is a consistent sound that predicts a reward is coming.  Clicker training your cat is excellent enrichment.  It exercised their mind and body. Not to mention it is fun!

FREE Class (Suggested Donation of $15)

There are many benefits to training your dog. Training your dog reduces the chances of your dog developing behavior problems. Training will keep your dog mentally stimulated and prevent boredom, which can lead to destructive behaviors. It also can reduce stress for both you and your dog because the dog understands what is expected of him in social situations. A well-trained dog will have a better quality of life because they know how to act appropriately in different environments and are more likely to be taken to the park, on road trips or other fun adventures.   Most important of all, training will help strengthen the bond between you and your dog.

Free for Recent Adopters

Elizabeth Stanley-Reicherter CPDT-KA, ABCDT – AWA Behavior Coordinator

Liz is a certified professional dog trainer (CPDT-KA) with a degree in Anthropology from New York University.  She specializes in finding solutions for behavioral challenged dogs and cats.  Liz designs and implements effective behavior modification plans to achieve behaviorally health animals within the shelter environment.  Ensuring the animals at AWA stay mentally and physically healthy is critical to AWA’s work.  To this Liz also teaches community workshops and public dog training classes.

The topics covered in AWA’s community workshops are diverse:  Listening to Your Dog for Girl Scout to Zoom sessions at Medford Leas about Clicker Training Cats to Proper Leash Walking and At Home Enrichment Toys 101 for the public.  The love of teaching others has helped Liz in her designing AWA’s staff and volunteer training program as well as in developing a future dog trainer mentoring program for college students.

Before joining AWA in 2015 Liz was an independent dog trainer focusing on problem behavior solving at the Dog Lady Dog Training.  She also volunteered and assisted with behavior modification at an open-admission high volume animal shelter on Long Island, NY.  With a strong focus on behavior and behavior modification she was able to increase the number of animal lives saved and lower animal relinquishments to that animal shelter.

Liz is currently studying and passing examinations for her behavior consulting certification.  Liz loves learning.  Her goal is to eventually secure the title of “Behaviorist,” a title reserved for only a few hundred trainers in the US.

When away from AWA Liz enjoys time on her farm with her son, husband and a house and barn yard of animals.

If you have any questions about the class please feel free to contact the AWA behavior team at