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Pet Training Classes

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.

FREE Class (Suggested Donation of $15)

Join us for this question and answer session with our pet trainers. We will be offering advice and tips for any behaviors you may want to work on. Tricks, Basic Obedience, Housetraining, and so much more! Come ask our experts anything!

No Registration or Fee Required

Location: AWA’s 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.

FREE Class (Suggested Donation of $15)

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

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)

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

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

Join us for this question and answer session with our pet trainers. We will be offering advice and tips for any behaviors you may want to work on. Tricks, Basic Obedience, Housetraining, and so much more! Come ask our experts anything!

No Registration or Fee Required, click the link below to be directed to the zoom meeting at the designated time below.

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.

Tuition: $20

Location: AWA’s 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.

FREE Class (Suggested Donation of $15)

Are you frustrated with your dog because he does not come when called?  Well than this class is for you.  This is a forty-five minute class focusing on recall.

Tuition: $20

Location: AWA’s 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.

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.

FREE Class (Suggested Donation of $15)

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)

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)

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