Well-Mannered Mutts Training Class

Join us at AWLA every Sunday from 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM for our “Well-Mannered Mutts” training class! AWLA staff will work with you and your dogs on basic cues, common behavior issues, and more! Dogs must be at least six months old to participate. The curriculum will be based on each dog’s needs each week. Participants must bring a completed waiver and proof that their pet has current rabies, distemper, and kennel cough (bordatella) vaccines. 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 dog’s 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: a bath towel, a piece of carpet, crate mat, etc…

Leash: four- or six-ft 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 to be desensitized to head halters before taking them to the streets!


No human aggressive animals.
The dog must be wearing a properly fitted collar and/or harness with four- to six-ft leash.
No prong or shock collars. No retractable leashes.