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Dog Training Classes


ALL DOG TRAINING CLASSES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19. THE ANIMAL SHELTER WILL BE PRoVIDING WEEKLY ONLINE DOG TRAINING VIDEOS FOR COUNTY RESIDENTS TO UtILIZE WHEN TRAINING THEIR DOGS FROM HOME.

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OUR CLASSES

Each year the Prince William County Animal Control Bureau offers several free, American Kennel Club (AKC) dog training courses for county residents. These classes are run entirely by our Prince William County Animal Shelter volunteers.

Offering these classes helps the Animal Control Bureau protect public health and safety, educate the public about responsible pet ownership, and give adoptable animals a second chance at finding forever homes.

The courses are offered at Prince William County Animal Shelter Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 AM. Sign-ups are done at the Animal Shelter. Spaces are limited - Register Today! 

REQUIRMENTS
You must bring proof of current rabies vaccination
Flat Leashes Only. (No Flex/Retractable Leads)

Please use a flat, slip or Martingale collar (No Gentle Leaders/Head Halters)

One Dog Per Handler

Bring Plenty of Treats

Bring Water For Yourself and Your Companion Animal

Will Walk One-Mile, Please Wear Sneakers or Other Comfortable Shoes. (No Open-Toed Shoes/Heels)

If you have questions contact pwcshelterdogtraining@gmail.com. 

BEGINNERS COURSE

(4 months and older)
No prior training is necessary. These courses are Tuesdays at 10 AM. We will cover the basics:  Sit, Down, Stay, recall and loose-leash walking.

S.T.A.R. PUPPY

(4 months and older)
This course will be conducted on Tuesdays at 10 AM. The course will cover Sit, Down, Come, follow on a leash, reaction to distraction, brief separation, grooming, handling and walking by other people. The focus will be on owner responsibilities.
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Canine Good Citizen

(Knowledge of basic commands is required.) 
This advance course will be conducted on Thursdays at 10 AM. It will cover Sit, Stay, Down, Come, Walking on loose-leash, reaction to distraction, extended stay, supervised separation, long recall, sitting nicely for petting/handling/grooming, walking through a crowd, meeting/greeting people with dogs, and turns.

The class has been canceled due to COVID-19. Check the Prince William County Animal Shelter Facebook for updates.

For questions or concerns contact, pwcshelterdogtraining@gmail.com.


*The AKC Canine Good Citizen program provides an excellent foundation for training and other fun activities and results in a well-mannered dog who is a joy to live with. Some therapy-dog groups require passing the Canine Good Citizen test as a prerequisite; some insurance companies recommend Canine Good Citizen training, and an increasing number of apartment and condo complexes are requiring this training. Learn more about the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen program. 
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