Dogs

K-9 Academy

K-9 Academy at Shelby Farms Park is a program series created just for your favorite furry family member! Whether you are interested in puppy socialization, advanced obedience training, or anything in-between, K-9 Academy is the perfect fit for your pup. Shelby Farms Park is teaming up with Certified Professional Dog Trainers to provide a variety of classes, activities, and educational workshops to help create a happier, healthier life for you and your dog.  


K-9 CLASS ORIENTATIONS

Orientation allows potential K-9 Academy participants to learn about the Academy and our class structure before deciding to enroll their furry friends. This is a great time to ask questions and learn about some core practices we use to build trust between you and your pet and the behavior you desire from them. This orientation is 1-hour, and is people-friendly only. NO PETS PLEASE. One orientation class is mandatory before attending your first K-9 Academy class.

Dates + Times: 
January 6: Newly Adopted Dogs - 12pm 
January 21: 10am
February 11: 1pm
February 21: 11am
March 4: 9:30am
March 14: 2pm 
March 31: 11am 

Location: 
Shelby Farms Park Operations Center, 7386 Raleigh LaGrange Rd. (Please ring the doorbell to alert us of your arrival!)
Price: 
$10

Register online here.


tricks 101

Are sit and stay too passé? Do you ever watch videos of dogs doing amazing and cute things (I know you do!) and wonder..."could my dog do that?" Did you know that all those tricks start from the same set of foundation skills? This class is designed to teach you and your dog the skills you need to become trick stars. In addition to foundations skills, we will learn tricks like: crawl, wave hello, spin in a circle, jump through a hoop or over a bar, fetch a specific object from a group of objects, sit pretty, weave through poles or in a figure 8 around your feet, and more! Tricks are also an excellent way to hone your own training skills and improve your dog's practical skills; after all, to your dog, everything you've taught them is a trick! 

Dates: Jan. 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17
Time: 
1:30pm
Location: Yurt
Prerequisites:  K-9 Orientation, previous K-9 Academy Manners 101 course or familiarity with clicker training, hand targeting and shaping (person + dog).
Price: 
$125 (members), $150 (nonmembers)


Agility for Small Dogs (under 20lbs)

Have you ever wondered if your dog would enjoy agility training?  Here is your chance to team up with your canine and see! This course offers a variety of fun obstacles while we work at your dog’s individual level. This is a great opportunity to strengthen your dog’s obedience while incorporating fun agility training. This course is for people and dog-friendly dogs only. 

Prerequisite: K-9 Academy Orientation
Dates: 
Jan. 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17
Time: 
2:45pm
Location: Yurt
Price: $125 (members), $150 (nonmembers)


Welcome Home! -- A Manners 101 Course for Newly Adopted Dogs

Do you want to do your best to ensure your newly adopted or rescued fury friend is polite, happy and cooperative, both inside and outside of your home? Want to have a dog that is a pleasure to walk, take on adventures, and to introduce to new people and situations? Manners 101 for newly adopted dogs is the foundation course you need to help you and your new dog reach this goal! We use gentle, effective, training methods based on the science of how dogs learn to help you build a cooperative and lasting bond with your dog and address problem behaviors that are sometimes depicted in newly adopted or rescued pets. This class is designed for dogs adopted or rescued within the last six months.

Prerequisite: K-9 Academy Orientation
Dates: Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24
Time: 
12pm
Location: Yurt
Price: $115 (members), $135 (non-members)


Reliable Recall/Come When Called

Do you want your pet to better respond to certain commands and to come when you call for them? If so, this 3-week course is for you!

Prerequisite: K-9 Academy Orientation
Dates: Feb. 24, March 3, 10
Time: 
1:30pm
Location: Yurt
Price: $70 (members), $75 (nonmembers)


Manners 101

Want a dog that is polite, happy and cooperative, both inside and outside of your home? Want to have a dog that is a pleasure to walk, take on adventures, and to introduce to new people and situations?  Manners 101 is the foundation course you need to help you and your dog reach this goal! We use gentle, effective, training methods based on the science of how dogs learn to help you build a cooperative and lasting bond with your dog. This class is designed as a basic manners course for dogs 4 months and older who have had no previous obedience training, or who need a refresher. 

Prerequisite: K-9 Academy Orientation
Dates: Feb. 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Time: 
2:45pm
Location: Yurt
Price: $125 (members), $150 (nonmembers)

 



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Questions? You can reach us at programs@shelbyfarmspark.org.

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