Dog Training Classes — Meet Our Trainer!
Andrea Bratt has been training dogs professionally since 2004. She is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT). Andrea specializes in teaching basic obedience classes for puppies, therapy dogs, sporting dogs and newly adopted shelter dogs. In addition, she works one-on-one with private clients, using positive reinforcement training techniques.
Andrea is a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, a board member of Therapeutic Pets of Santa Barbara, and is on the advisory board of All For Animals. Andrea and her therapy dog, Olivia, volunteer with ARF! (Animals + Reading = Fun!), Canine Ambassadors and Paws to Read.
Therapy Dog Training – Registration is open!
Dogs who participate in our therapy dog training class should be at least nine months of age, be up-to-date on all vaccines and possess a calm and friendly personality. All breeds are welcome and no prior training is necessary.
Class meets once a week for six weeks. Each class is one hour in length and is limited to 10 participants. During each class, your dog will learn a variety of basic skills, such as “sit,” “stay,” and “leave it.” In addition, your dog will learn more advanced skills needed as a registered therapy dog such as becoming desensitized to loud noises, meeting new people and other dogs in a variety of settings and accepting hugs from exurberent children.
At the completion of our course, you will have the knowledge necessary to continue teaching your dog the skills needed to pass an evaluation by an independent evaluator. (Please note: Independent evaluators charge between $10-$45 for their services.) After a successful independent evaluation, you and your dog will be ready to become a registered therapy dog team through a national organization such as Love on a Leash or Therapy Dogs International.
Course Fee: $150
Dog Tricks Class – Coming soon!
Please Note: Your dog should already have some basic obedience training before enrolling in this class.
This series of four, 1-hour classes focuses on using positive reinforcement training to teach your dog some fun tricks that are sure to add cheer and bring smiles to the faces of those in need. And, trick training is a delightful way for you to strengthen your own relationship with your four-legged companion!
Course Fee: $100
Loose Leash Walking/Reliable Reliable Recall – Coming soon!
This class focuses on Loose Leash Walking and building a Really Reliable Recall — two skills that are important for all dogs and necessary for therapy dogs. In this three-week class, you will learn activities and strategies to use in teaching your dog to walk politely on a leash and to come to you when called. The strategies will help to improve your dog’s focus around distractions while walking or calling your dog back to you when off-leash.
Course Fee: $75
CLASS REFUND AND TRANSFER POLICY:
* Cancellation received 15+ days prior to the start of the first class: Full refund OR the option to transfer to a different session.
* Cancellation received 8-14 days prior to the start of the first class: 50% refund OR the option to transfer to a different session.
* Due to limited class size, there are no refunds or transfers 1-7 days prior to the start of the first class or once class begins.
NOTE: Currently enrolled students can make up one missed class at no cost. A second class can be made up for $25. The class(es) must be completed within two class sessions.