Classes

ONE-ON-ONE IN-HOME TRAINING

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Does your dog jump on you and your guests, pull you when you go for a walk, or chew everything in sight?  Do you feel like you have tried everything to stop these behaviors but nothing has worked?  Social Tailwaggers’ dog trainer and behavior consultant can help you.

Our philosophy is: First, to educate owners why dogs do what they do; and Second, show you how to teach your dog to have good manners using Operant Conditioning with Positive Reinforcement Training.  We do not recommend jerking on the leash, choke, prong or shock collars when teaching your dog.

Our in home teaching is customized to your dog’s needs.  We start with a no charge telephone consultation to determine what you and your dog’s needs are.  Whether he needs the basics such as sit, down, and leash walking or help with behavioral problems such as resource guarding and jumping we can help.

Not all dog trainers are the same….Contact Social Tailwaggers and see why we are different.  Call 240-882-4765 or email for our rates.

PUPPY SOCIALIZATION CLASSES

puppy socialization

The first 16 weeks of a puppy’s life is considered the critical period for socialization (see Puppy Socialization tab for more information.) This 5-session class is designed to help your puppy become socialized to other puppies, learn bite inhibition, play properly with other puppies, gain confidence in their environment, and begin the basics (sit, down, here.)  This class is for puppies 8 to 16 weeks in age.

Health Policy:  Puppies may attend class 7 days after their first veterinary exam and vaccinations.  Your puppy must continue with the recommended schedule for exam and vaccinations until completed.  After registering for this class, a copy of your dog’s vaccination records must be emailed prior to the first class to show proof of vaccinations.  Vaccination records can be emailed to: email

Any puppy with eye or nasal discharge, coughing, sneezing, wheezing, vomiting, loose stool, fleas, ticks, or skin irritations including missing hair or excessive scratching, should NOT attend class, and should see their veterinarian promptly.

REGISTER HERE FOR THE PUPPY SOCIALIZATION CLASSES. Classes run every Saturday, 10 AM to 11 AM. You must register for the classes in advance.  Cost for 5 sessions is $99.00. Classes are located in Laurel, MD.  The address and directions will be sent to you upon registration. Call 240-882-4765 or email with any questions.




TEACHING FIDO BASIC MANNERS CLASSES

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Teaching your dog the basics, i.e., sit, down, stay, come, and loose leash walking should be a fun and positive experience for both you and your dog.  This 7-week class is designed to teach these basic cues and then apply these cues to “life skills” such as meet and greet while on leash, wait at the door, settle on a mat, loose leash walking, give it/ take it, and leave it.   Our classes are small so you feel as if  you are receiving “one-on-one” training; no more than 4-5 dogs in class at a time.  This class is for dogs 5 months in age and older.

Prerequisites: Dogs must be people- and dog-friendly to attend class. Please contact us with any questions regarding these prerequisites.  See “General Class Information” listed below for health policy, cancellation policy, and discounts .

 

Two Class Dates Are Available:  

Class 1: August 19, 2017 to September 30, 2017 (7 week class)  NOTE:  This class was cancelled.  If you are interested in a class before the October 21st class starts, please contact us directly.  We are trying to put another class together if we can get enough interest.  Possibilities for the class dates would be Tuesday evenings or Saturdays (1:00pm to 2:00pm).  The October class is still open.    

Class 2: October 21, to December 2, 2017, 11:30am to 12:30pm (7 week class)

Cost for a 7 week class is $175.00. Classes are located in Laurel, MD.  The address and directions will be sent to you upon registration. Call 240-882-4765 or email with any questions. Please sign up using the below option and select which class (class 1 or class 2) you want to attend.


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IT’S FUN TO SNIFF – SNIFFER CLASS

Are you looking for a fun class for your dog? Have you heard about sniffer classes? Your dog has over 200 MILLION scent receptors in his nose…no wonder he is constantly sniffing the ground! This fun class uses your dog’s natural ability to sniff and hunt for a hidden target scent. Upon finding the scent, your dog will alert you to its exact location. We start with teaching your dog how to find a dog treat. Your dog is challenged each week by finding new scents hidden under different objects. Sniffing provides physical and mental exercise, builds confidence in shy dogs, and strengthens the relationship between you and your dog. Sniffer classes are fun for you and your dog! This class is for all ages of dogs, 6 mos. and older. It is a group class with no previous training needed. Dogs must be dog/people friendly. Contact Social Tailwaggers Dog Training with questions and why your dog WANTS to take this class! This class will be held at Duniho-Nigh Community Park in Laurel.  For more info contact:  Jody Broughton at  (240) 882-4765 or email

REGISTER HERE FOR IT’S FUN TO SNIFF – SNIFFER CLASS.  August 31st through September 28th, 6pm to 7pm.  Cost for 5 sessions is $75.00 (Non Resident of Laurel); $60.00 (Laurel Resident).  Classes will be held outside at the Duniho-Nigh Community Park (VanDusen Road, Laurel.)  Classes are taught by Social Tailwaggers through the City of Laurel Park & Planning.  Registration is through Laurel Parks & Recreation by going to this link: http://bit.ly/2uDbccn  email  or call (240) 882-4765) with any questions.

GENERAL CLASS INFORMATION:

We offer a $20.00 discount to Puppy Socialization Class graduates. Please email  us for a special payment registration page.

Health policy: To attend any class, your dog(s) must be up to date on all vaccinations, including rabies, or titered.  After registering for a class, please email a copy of your dog’s vaccination records to click here

Any dog with eye or nasal discharge, coughing, sneezing, wheezing, vomiting, loose stool, fleas, ticks, or skin irritations including missing hair or excessive scratching, should NOT attend class, and should see their veterinarian promptly.

Cancellation Policy:  1) Social Tailwaggers reserves the right to cancel a class if we do not have a minimum of 3 dogs signed up for the class.  If a class is cancelled due to insufficient registration, all monies will be refunded.  2)  If you register for a class and need to cancel your registration, you must cancel within 2 weeks of the start date to receive a full refund.

Pit Bull Legislation:  Due to the laws governing Pit Bull breed dogs in Prince Georges County, at this time Social Tailwaggers cannot accept Pit Bull breed dogs in their classes.  Although we don’t condone this law, we must abide by the law.  We are in the process of finding a facility located outside of Prince Georges County where there are no laws against Pit Bull breed dogs.  Please click on the following link for information regarding this issue: Pit Bulls

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