Happy Tails Group Dog Walks: this is a free training service that is available to the public. These walks are held in different locations from Long Beach to Knappa to Cannon Beach to work on social skills, walking skills, and environmental desensitization. These walks are hosted every week on a rotating morning/afternoon/evening weekday/weekend schedule. Some locations have a $5 parking fee.
Therapy Dog Classes: this is a free training service that is available to the public with an important note that dogs MUST be reasonably well behaved on leash around dogs, people, and unusual distractions. These classes are sponsored through the Angels on a Leash via Providence Seaside, and Columbia Memorial Hospital. You must contact Cati prior to attending if you are not already part of a registered Therapy team so she can help
Arnicadia Membership: membership hours are available anytime I have an opening and you schedule time with me to use the building to practice or set up controlled play dates with fellow class mates or dogs from other classes. This is a low cost training option that allows you to come in and have a safe working environment for off leash work or on leash work without the risk of running into aggressive/reactive dogs and uncontrolled off leash dogs. This is a terrific time to practice conformation, rally, scent discrimination, and agility. You may also borrow my Tracking flags if you want to practice tracking and need a tiny bit of guidance on things that might be going wrong. Although Cati and sometimes Kjirsten is present in the building during these times and can offer some tips or advice, this is NOT a time to ask about complicated training issues or to absorb all of their attention as they frequently work with their own dogs when the building is open.
Private Behavioral Consultation: if a vet specifically requires a trainer to determine if your dog might benefit from medication, this is the service you might need (Kjirsten and Cati are advocates for total change and environmental management over medicating, but understand that sometimes it is a necessity.) This service is also provided prior to the private training in order to address any concerns and to build a training plan for you and your dog(s). Aggressive dogs must start with a behavior consultation with Kjirsten to determine if we can safely work on your dog’s aggression or if you need to see a behaviorist or seek a board and train service.
Private training: learn how to work with your dog in the calm of an empty facility. We can address common missing exposure like children as well as practicing in a highly distracting environment when necessary. Aggressive dogs must attend private training and will not be allowed in group classes until such a time as Kjirsten determines the dog is safe for a group environment.
Group classes: are also available at the facility. For a comprehensive list of group classes offered see the class catalog.
A note about service dogs and training: while we do our best to help educate those interested in learning more about service dogs, we only teach public access training. Please note that public access training is a key factor in determining *if* your dog could potentially be a service dog. Most dogs being declared as service dogs could not pass a simple public access test and this is where we put our focus to help eradicate fake service dogs. If your dog can successfully complete public access training, then you can find a trainer that can help you provide the specific tasks your dog will need to mitigate your disability. In some instances, we can help, but make no guarantees. If we determine that a dog will not make a good service dog, neither of us will vouch for said dog in any type of written verification. Please note that there is NO certification for service dogs. For more information, please read the ADA website or contact the ADA about rights and requirements about Service Dogs and Emotional Support Animals. Be aware that Emotional Support Animals have NO public access rights and we will do our best to determine if your need is Service or Emotional Support before training proceeds.