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Pet Training Classes

Have you ever wanted to socialize your dog with other dogs? Don’t know where to start? 

We can help.  This 45-minute class will give you and your dog the tools to successfully meet other dogs in a positive way.    In this class we will go over body language, basic greeting techniques, and what to do “just in case.”

Tuition: $20

Location: AWA Parking Lot, 509 Centennial Blvd., Voorhees, NJ

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! Some of the tricks you can teach your cat are: Sit, Place, High Five, Targeting. We will use a clicker and treats to lure, shape and capture different behaviors in our cats.

FREE Class (Suggested Donation of $15)

Do you want to have fun with your dog on a wooded walk?  Come walk with us! 

The pack walk is a 45-minute walk on the AWA scenic trails.  Don’t worry you won’t be alone, and it won’t just be a walk.  You will walk with other people and dogs, practice basic obedience, obstacles and engage in fun enrichment activities along the way.   The number one goal is for both you and the dog to have fun!

*To participate your dog must not display behaviors indicative of aggression to people or other animals.

Tuition: $20

Location: AWA Parking Lot, 509 Centennial Blvd., Voorhees, NJ

In this class we will discuss enrichment and its importance to the animals in our care.

You will learn what enrichment is, why its important, how its used and fun ideas to use with your dogs and cats at home.  We will discuss any ideas you may have at the end of the class.

This forty-five-minuet class will focus on providing enrichment for your companion animal.

FREE Class (Suggested Donation of $15)

Teaching your dog not to run out of the door when you enter or exit is one of the more important things to teach your dog.  It can mean the difference between life and death for your furry friend.

This is a one hour class that will focus on how to teach your dog not to run out the door when you are entering or exiting.

We will work on place, stay, recall.

Tuition: $20

Does your dog pull hard on the leash? Does he look like a kite attached to a string? If so, this is the class for you!

This forty-five minute long class will focus entirely on loose leash walking. It will give you the tools to work on pulling on your daily walks. Loose leash walking is one of the more challenging behaviors to teach your dog because pulling is a self-rewarding behavior.

FREE Class (Suggested Donation of $15)

Do you have a dog that needs basic training? Is the only thing he knows sit?

The well-mannered dog is the class for you.  This is a series of three one-hour classes that focus on basic obedience training.  In this series we will cover, sit, down, stay, focus, recall, walking, targeting, and sit for greeting.

*To participate your dog must not display behaviors indicative of aggression to people or other animals.

Tuition: $99

Location: AWA Parking Lot, 509 Centennial Blvd., Voorhees, NJ

Do you want to have fun with your dog on a wooded walk?  Come walk with us! 

The pack walk is a 45-minute walk on the AWA scenic trails.  Don’t worry you won’t be alone, and it won’t just be a walk.  You will walk with other people and dogs, practice basic obedience, obstacles and engage in fun enrichment activities along the way.   The number one goal is for both you and the dog to have fun!

*To participate your dog must not display behaviors indicative of aggression to people or other animals.

Tuition: $20

Location: AWA Parking Lot, 509 Centennial Blvd., Voorhees, NJ

Join us as we talk about the things you need to know to keep your pet safe all year round. From hot cars, to cold weather concerns, this 1 hour class will help you make the right choices for every season.

FREE Class (Suggested Donation of $15)

There are many benefits to training and socializing your puppy. Socializing your puppy greatly reduces the chances of your puppy developing behavior problems when they reach adulthood.

We will be learning easy and fun ways to teach our puppy basic companion behaviors while experiencing different many stimuli.  In addition to learning how to safely socialize your puppy to new experiences.  We hope that you enjoy the hour-long class. 

Tuition: $20

Location: Clinic Trailer Lobby, 509 Centennial Blvd. Voorhees, NJ

Your pet can be a STAR! In this class we will learn tricks to impress your pet’s adoring fans. We will cover many tricks used in photography and film to get your pooch ready for their close-up.

(Prerequisite: Dog must have consistent basic obedience understanding to attend this class. Must reliably know sit, down, stay, etc.)

Tuition: $20

Location: AWA Parking Lot, 509 Centennial Blvd, Voorhees, NJ

In this 45 minute class you will learn how dogs communicate. Dogs communicate through body language.  It doesn’t lie. What they are doing with their bodies tells you what they are thinking and how they are feeling. 

You will learn what happy, fearful, stressed, aroused, angry/aggressive, and reactive look like. We will discuss why they might feel that way in different situations.  You will also learn what appeasement and displacement gestures are and why they occur.  

FREE Class (Suggested Donation of $15)

It is important for all dogs to engage their sense of smell. A dog’s sense of smell is the strongest of their senses.

Dogs possess 125-300 million scent receptors in their brain. Humans only have around 5 million scent receptors. The area of a dog’s brain that controls scent is 40 times larger than in a human. So, a dog’s sense of smell is between 10,000-100,000 times better than a human’s sense of smell. A dog’s nose is also designed much differently than a human nose. Since dogs have such a well-developed sense of smell, it is important that we engage it and do not ignore its importance. In this forty-five minute long class we will focus on enrichment games and basic scent work.

Tuition: $20

Have you ever wanted to socialize your dog with other dogs? Don’t know where to start? 

We can help.  This 45-minute class will give you and your dog the tools to successfully meet other dogs in a positive way.    In this class we will go over body language, basic greeting techniques, and what to do “just in case.”

Tuition: $20

Location: AWA Parking Lot, 509 Centennial Blvd., Voorhees, NJ

Our pets are our lives. We love them with all of our hearts. So how can we work on improving our bond with our pet? In this class we will cover all the stages our pets go through in the first three months at home, techniques for establishing a new bond, and fun activities for bonding as a family.

Tuition: $20

Location: Clinic Trailer Lobby, 509 Centennial Blvd., Voorhees, NJ

Do you have dreams of joining a scent work competition? Wondering where to start with training for one? Join us as we work together to get you and your pup ready for your very own scent work trial. This class will cover the basics of getting started teaching your dog to identify a scent and alert you to it. We will also cover how to make a scent kit at home and how to properly set up a vessel.

(Prerequisite: Must have taken Scent Work Games for Your Dog prior to enrolling in this class)

Tuition: $20

Location: 509 Centennial Blvd., Voorhees, NJ

Is your dog more advanced and knows the basics?  Well here is the next step. 

This class is an intermediate class that builds on the basics.  Better basics is a three-week series of one-hour classes that focuses on gaining impulse control skills.  We will work on polite greeting, targeting, place, stay, recall, leave it, drop it, heel and walking.

*To participate your dog must not display behaviors indicative of aggression to people or other animals.

Tuition: $99

Location: AWA Parking Lot, 509 Centennial Blvd., Voorhees, NJ

There are many benefits to training and socializing your puppy. Socializing your puppy greatly reduces the chances of your puppy developing behavior problems when they reach adulthood.

We will be learning easy and fun ways to teach our puppy basic companion behaviors while experiencing different many stimuli.  In addition to learning how to safely socialize your puppy to new experiences.  We hope that you enjoy the hour-long class. 

Tuition: $20

Location: Clinic Trailer Lobby, 509 Centennial Blvd. Voorhees, NJ

It is important for all dogs to engage their sense of smell. A dog’s sense of smell is the strongest of their senses.

Dogs possess 125-300 million scent receptors in their brain. Humans only have around 5 million scent receptors. The area of a dog’s brain that controls scent is 40 times larger than in a human. So, a dog’s sense of smell is between 10,000-100,000 times better than a human’s sense of smell. A dog’s nose is also designed much differently than a human nose. Since dogs have such a well-developed sense of smell, it is important that we engage it and do not ignore its importance. In this forty-five minute long class we will focus on enrichment games and basic scent work.

Tuition: $20

Do you have a dog that jumps on you all the time? Does your dog jump on everyone he sees on a walk? 

We are here to help. Training your dog is important.  You can teach your dog to sit and control himself instead of jumping on you.  Your dog should know sit before taking this class. In this forty-five minute long class we will cover: impulse control, polite greeting , place

Tuition: $20

Location: 509 Centennial Blvd. Voorhees, NJ

Does your dog avoid other people? Does he hide from you? Well than, this is the class for you.  We will focus on building confidence with your fearful dog.   In this one-hour class, we will focus on taking treats from your hand, targeting, recall, focus, meeting new people and gaining confidence with scary noises and objects.

Before you take this class, please try to find a high value food item that your dog really loves. In addition, if your dog is so fearful they are displaying behaviors indicative of aggression please contact the behavior department before signing up.

Tuition: $30

Location: 509 Centennial Blvd., Voorhees, NJ

Do you have dreams of joining a scent work competition? Wondering where to start with training for one? Join us as we work together to get you and your pup ready for your very own scent work trial. This class will cover the basics of getting started teaching your dog to identify a scent and alert you to it. We will also cover how to make a scent kit at home and how to properly set up a vessel.

(Prerequisite: Must have taken Scent Work Games for Your Dog prior to enrolling in this class)

Tuition: $20

Location: 509 Centennial Blvd., Voorhees, NJ

Your pet can be a STAR! In this class we will learn tricks to impress your pet’s adoring fans. We will cover many tricks used in photography and film to get your pooch ready for their close-up.

(Prerequisite: Dog must have consistent basic obedience understanding to attend this class. Must reliably know sit, down, stay, etc.)

Tuition: $20

Location: 509 Centennial Blvd, Voorhees, NJ

How much do you know about dogs and cats? This zoom is a fun and interactive way to learn about dogs and cats through trivia questions.  This class is designed for kids 5-13 yrs of age.  We will take you through a 45 minute walking and functional exercise workout with your dog.

FREE CLASS

My furry friend is an hour-long class that teaches children about their four-legged canine companion and how to train them.  There will be an A, and B version based on age.  Parents or legal guardians must accompany all children under the age of 16.  Version A will be for children ages 6-12.

In this class children will learn how to great a dog and how to interact with a dog.  They will learn about body language and why it is important.  They will learn how to teach basic cues with positive reinforcement training techniques.  They will also learn about enrichment and mental exercise.

Tuition: $20

Location: AWA Parking Lot, 509 Centennial Blvd., Voorhees, NJ

Have you ever watched a dog do tricks and wished your dog could do that? 

Well they can.  This forty-five-minute class will focus on teaching your dog different tricks.  We will cover tricks like wave, bow, spin, roll over, bang, sit pretty….or whatever else you like.  Tricks are an excellent way to keep your dog mental active, strengthen the bond between you and your dog and to simply have fun with your dog.

Tuition: $20

Location: AWA Parking Lot, 509 Centennial Blvd., Voorhees, NJ

Want to have fun with your dog? Well than this is for you!  The Fun Zone is a place you can bring your dog to have fun and experience new things.  Our training area is divided into several fun stations for you to take your pet through.  You will be able to teach him a trick, play a game, interact with other dogs, play nose work games, go through the agility course and more.  It is 10 dollars to enter.  Stay for as long as we are open or go through the stations once.  It’s your choice as long as you are having fun with your dog.

*Your dog must not have a history of aggression to other dogs or people.

Tuition: $10

Location: AWA Parking Lot, 509 Centennial Blvd., Voorhees, NJ

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 Scouts 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 Behavior@awanj.org