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Beginner/Puppy Class

Is this class for my dog?

  • Puppies or dogs 16 weeks to 24 months old

  • Rabies Vaccinated + first 16 weeks veterinary checkups and vaccines

  • Some to no training foundation

  • Does not exhibit reactivity or aggressive behaviors to humans or dogs

What breed of dog?

  • Any breed that can perform the tasks needed to mitigate your disability

What will we learn?

  • State and federal service dog laws

  • Training philosophies and approaches

  • Service dog ethics and expectations

  • Body language

  • Socialization

  • Basic commands: Sit, Down, Stand, Wait, Stay, Bed, Touch, Heel, Leave it

  • Loose leash walking

  • AKC S.T.A.R Puppy

Who is teaching this class?

  • Trainer Alaina Pekary of Anthem Service Dogs who is one of our expert trainers and has been with Anthem since 2019. She trained our first graduate, Benson. Canine Enrichment Certified (Dognostics), Graduate Certificate of Animal Assisted Therapy (Harcum College).

  • Trainer Kate Friedl, founder of Anthem Service Dogs

What are class expectations?

  • Classes are once/week for 6 weeks

  • Small homework assignments (5-10 min/day)

  • Class sizes are limited to 4 dogs

  • Must be evaluated and selected for this class

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