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Well-Mannered Mutts Training Class

August 12, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am

Join us at AWLA every Sunday for our “Well-Mannered Mutts” training class! Members of our Behavior Team will work with you and your dogs on basic cues, common behavior issues, and more! This class is for dogs (and their owners) ages 6 months and older. The curriculum will be based on each dogs’ needs each week. Participants must bring a completed waiver and proof that their pet has a current rabies, distemper, and bordatella vaccine. This class will typically take place outdoors.
This is a walk-in class – no registration required! Cost:$20 for non AWLA alumni, $15 for AWLA alumni – please pay at the door!
What you will need for class:
  • A semi-tired dog-A short exercise session before class can provide a less excited dog that is more willing to learn! A brisk walk or some play sessions at home will burn off some excess energy and help your focus in class.

  • A hungry dog- By skipping your dog’s morning meal or at least cutting it in half, you will increase the chance that they will work for food rewards and eliminate the chance of weight gain from the extra treats.

  • Rewards – We will primarily use food rewards, but feel free to also bring your dogs favorite toy to use as a reward. Treats should be cut to about the size of your smallest fingernail. Small, soft and stinky works best for learning around distractions!

  • A place to put your treats- pockets, training pouch, even a nail apron from Home Depot works. For most exercises treats will not be out in the open. Remember, we are rewarding our dogs- not bribing them!

  • A mat to practice on-The mat can teach a dog to perform many cues in a relaxed state, because it is a familiar and comfortable place. Ideas for a mat: bath towel, piece of carpet, crate mat, etc…

  • Leash- 4 or 6ft for most class work, optional long leash (10-20ft) for stay and recall exercises. For safety NO chain leashes or retractable leashes.

  • Collar- Properly fitted, can be Martingale style, flat buckle, adjustable, etc.. NO choke chains or prong collars.

  • Brush- We will be working on handling and calming exercises so dogs learn to enjoy grooming and to calm down after getting excited.

Optional Training Tools- These non-aversive tools do not replace training, but can help the process:

  • Front Clip Harness- Traditional harnesses in which the leash clips on the back of a dog encourage pulling. With a front clip harness, the leash clips across the chest redirecting the dog when they pull, discouraging pulling and making walks more enjoyable!

  • Head Halter- Gives the most control and for some dogs offer a calming effect. However, most dogs need desensitized to head halters before taking them to the streets!


No human aggressive animals.
Dog must be wearing a properly fitted collar and/or harness with 4 to 6 ft leash.
No prong or shock collars. No retractable leashes.


August 12, 2018
10:30 am - 11:15 am


Animal Welfare League of Arlington
2650 S. Arlington Mill Dr.
Arlington, VA 22206 United States
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