New dog training courses starting soon (September / October 2012)

Paws in Motion has several dog training courses starting soon.  We believe in using positive reinforcement methods and that dog training should be fun!  Come on out & see how a little training can make a big difference in your canine companion!
Obedience Classes: Basic thru Level 3 starting this Saturday September 22nd.

Operant Conditioning & Shaping Course starting this Sunday, September 23rd.
Head Start Puppy Class starting next Wednesday, September 26th.
Beginning Agility: Obstacles starting Thursday, September 27th.
Canine Sports Sampler starting Wednesday, October 3rd.   May also be scheduled soon for Friday mornings.
Intro to Rally & Beginner Novice Obedience starting Saturday, October 6th.
Continue reading for a description of each course and more details.  There is a sign-up link at the bottom or you can call or email to sign-up.  All classes will be held at Paws in Motion’s indoor, air-conditioned warehouse at 8935 SW 129 Street, Miami, FL  33176  Directions can be found on our website.


Obedience Classes starting this Saturday, September 22nd with Instructor Trish Swinney

Whether you just want your dog to be a great companion or hope to start him on the road to competitive dog sports, you’ll need the Basics & more.  Six 1-hour weekly sessions, $110  Encourage your friends and neighbors to train their dogs.  It makes for a nice canine community as well as enriching the lives of both human & canine.

BASIC OBEDIENCE (includes Sit, Down, Stand, Stay, Come, Walk on lead, Leave it & Take it Nicely)  Saturdays, 1:00-2:00 pm
BEYOND BASIC (includes practicing above skills in varied settings & other useful skills) Saturdays 3:00 – 4:00 pm
LEVEL 3 (includes proofing of above behaviors & several training games) Saturdays 4:00 – 5:00 pm
LET’S SHAPE IT: Training Challenges for a more Operant Dog! starting this Sunday, September 23rd with instructor Sheyla Gutierrez.

Shaping involves guiding your dog into performing a behavior by selectively marking and rewarding small approximations of said behavior. It allows the animal to explore and experiment with different behaviors and alternatives without any pressure from the trainer.  Because of this, it is a very powerful tool for socializing and for overcoming and preventing fears and phobias.  Free shaping (marking and rewarding behaviors without a final goal other than the offering of behaviors) with an object allows dogs to interact with the object of their fears on their own terms and at their own pace thereby gaining some powerful positive associations.  Since there is little distraction from the trainer during the shaping process, dogs learn to figure things out themselves and to have the initiative to offer behaviors rather than passively wait to be “told” what to do.  It is a very powerful skill, that can be used to teach some complicated behaviors, but requires a certain amount of patience and skill from the trainer as well.  One of the major concerns in agility and obedience training and trialing is noise sensitivity and motion sensitivity, not to mention a dog that lacks the courage or initiative to work away from its handler.  Through shaping, you can help your dog cope with these fears or hopefully avoid them altogether, as well as gain the confidence to try new things.  

In this class you will learn the basics of positive reinforcement, including proper reward placement, when to add cues, how to shape behaviors and use targets, behavior chains and other training shortcuts appropriately.  We will also work on using these skills to help dogs with motion and noise sensitivity, teaching a retrieve and building toy drive.  A major class assignment throughout the course will be working on a complicated trick of your choice.

Week 1: Basics of Clicker Training and Shaping;
Week 2: Targets & Shortcuts
Week 3: Motion Sensitivity
Week 4: Sound Sensitivity
Week 5: Toy and Retrieving
Week 6: Polishing Final Trick

$125 for the six-weeks or $25 per class on a drop-in basis (subject to space in the class and you must attend the first class.)


Head Start Puppy class starting Wednesday, September 26th 7:15-8:15 pm, cost is $115 for six sessions or $20 per night. Help your pup develop into a calm, capable adult through training in self-control, drive-building, basic obedience and exposure to new things, people and dogs.  Best for dogs under 6 months that have had their first two puppy shots.  First class is an orientation for the humans (no dogs)!  Next 5 classes are for humans & dogs.  Household members are welcome as well.  Orientation session is scheduled for September 26th.  Instructor: Sheyla Gutierrez, CPDT-KA & Tracy Hanna


Beginning Agility: Obstacles starting Thursday, September 27th 6:45-7:45 pm Foundation for Agility graduates may enroll in this six week course focused on introducing each obstacle in a manner that safely builds confidence & fluency.  Each obstacle will be worked individually with an emphasis on speed and accuracy.  Six 1-hour weekly sessions, $125.  Instructor: Tracy Hanna


CANINE SPORTS SAMPLER starting Wednesday, October 3rd 8:30-9:30 pm, cost is $115 for six-sessions.  
Do you have an active dog that’s need an outlet for his energy?  

Do you have a dog that lacks confidence?
Do you want to deepen the bond between you & your four-legged best friend?
Not sure if you or your dog will like a particular sport?

If so, we have a fun class planned that might interest you…. a Canine Sports Sampler!
A six week class that introduces your dog to a different sport each week — Agility, Rally, Retrieving (for flyball or frisbee), Scent work, Treiball & Tricks.
Cost would be $115 for the 6 weeks or if the class isn’t full, you can come by-the-week for $22. 

Instructor: Sheyla Gutierrez
Also, if there are a few more people interested in starting a Canine Sports Sampler class at 9:00 or 10:00 am Fridays, please let us know as we have 2 or 3 others interested in doing a Friday morning class.

INTRO TO RALLY & BEGINNER NOVICE OBEDIENCE starting Saturday, October 6th 9:15-10:15 am, cost is $55 for three-session course.  To be held October 6th, 13th & 27th.
The sport of Rally & Competition Obedience is one that can be practiced very easily at home.  If your dog knows how to sit, down, stay and has the rudiments of heeling, you can start practicing and quite likely have your dog ready to try for a title at the December Rally & Obedience trials in Davie & Miami.  Come out and learn the rules and what to practice.  You’ll also be able to try out some sample Rally courses and run-through a Beginner Novice routine. 
Instructor: Jackie Kurzban

Call 305.251.5867 or email Tracy or the instructor (TrishJackie, or Sheyla) to enroll in any of the above classes as space is limited.  You can also sign-up on-line for the 6-week classes by clicking this SIGN-UP link.  Select the class you are interested in by clicking on the tabs along the bottom.  Many of these classes are quite popular, so don’t delay!

Spaces will only be held if payment is received prior to class start dates.  Refunds for cancellations less than 1 week prior to class start date are only available if your space can be filled off a waiting list. 

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