Group Classes

Please note that Stacy's Wag'N'Train no longer offers regular group dog-training classes.
Please contact Stacy at stacy@wagntrain.com for private lessons or Personal Trainer services.

updated January 4, 2014

All of our classes feature clicker training, the state-of-the-art method that maximizes your dog's learning. In training class we usually use food treats as rewards; other types of rewards are encouraged as well. Dogs are encouraged to wear regular collars, body harnesses, "Gentle Leaders" or other head halters, and front-clip no-pull harnesses. Choke chains and pinch collars are not allowed. Group classes are perfect for learning basic obedience in a social setting - but behavior problems, including "leash reactivity" or on-leash aggression, might be best addressed in Expert Personal Training or Private Lessons.

 

Dog Training in the Real World

Tuesdays 12-1 PM, First Tuesday of each month

Real World class visits Santana Row In this "field trip" class we're "stepping out" to meet in various public locations for practice and coaching in real-world settings. Locations to be announced to registrants. Sign up for our sessions and attend at your convenience with your RSVP. We generally meet on the first Tuesday of each month (rain may postpone some classes in winter). Prerequisite: Must be a graduate of Companion Dog or Levels class, or equivalent (with permission of instructor). The class meets in a different public street each week (usually a street mall with the opportunity to pass pedestrians and unknown dogs, and go into dog-friendly stores). This class may be followed by lunch together in an outdoor restaurant on our route. Possible locations include Lincoln Avenue in Willow Glen (San Jose), Santa Cruz Avenue in Los Gatos; Santana Row in San Jose; Castro Street in Mountain View; Campbell Avenue in Campbell, downtown Los Altos, Stanford Mall, etc. "Real World Trails" class meets at walking trails including Los Gatos Creek Trail, Stevens Creek Trail, Almaden Quicksilver Park, and Sunol Ohlone Park (possibly including off-leash walking), followed by picnic lunch. Your dog is ready for the Real World class if: The dog can focus on you most of the time in class, is not aggressive towards dogs or other people; and if you are very confident you can control your dog on-leash and have mastered the ability to handle clicker, treats, and leash in class. If you're not there yet, you're welcome to take another group class to sharpen your skills!

Price: $150. Payments are accepted through personal checks and credit cards through PayPal (see the Registration page for more information on paying by credit cards). Register Now | Questions? See Our FAQ

Special Topics: One-Time Workshops on Specific Issues

Come When Called - Building a Reliable Recall

Do you want your dog to come to you when you call? In this hands-on workshop we will discuss dogs' motivations for responding to — or ignoring — your call. We will work in a safe, enclosed area, and some dogs may progress to working off-leash within the workshop. We'll discuss training options and recall games, and do some effective training. Class size is limited to 8 friendly dogs. Requirements: Dogs must be current on their vaccines, and have no aggression issues. No choke chains or flexi-leashes in the seminar. Please exercise and socialize your dog before class. Cost: $40 per dog and unlimited number of handlers; a limited number of no-dog observer spaces will also be available for $12 per person. Wednesday, June 5, 6:30-8 PM, at Pet Food Express - Blossom Hill, 1152 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose. Payments are accepted through personal checks and credit cards through PayPal (see the Registration page for more information on paying by credit cards). Register Now | Questions? See Our FAQ

Go and Stay

Does your dog jump on guests, dash out the door, pester you while you're eating, chase the kids when they play? In this workshop you'll learn the techniques to train your dog to go to a particular place (such as a mat, bed, or crate) and stay there - even with with distractions. Class size is limited to 8 friendly dogs. Requirements: Dogs must be current on their vaccines, and have no aggression issues. No choke chains or flexi-leashes in the seminar. Please exercise and socialize your dog before class. Cost: $40 per dog and unlimited number of handlers; a limited number of no-dog observer spaces will also be available for $12 per person. Wednesday, February 6, 6:30-8 PM, at Food Express - Blossom Hill, 1152 Blossom Hill Road, San Jose. Payments are accepted through personal checks and credit cards through PayPal (see the Registration page for more information on paying by credit cards). Register Now | Questions? See Our FAQ

Walking on a Loose Leash

Learn techniques to teach your dog to walk politely on a leash, without pulling, lunging, dragging, or tangling. In this hands-on workshop we'll discuss equipment options and training methods, and we'll practice techniques for keeping dogs focused and close. These methods will let you build up your dog's attention and make walks a pleasure. Class size limited to 8 friendly dogs. Requirements: dogs must be current on their vaccines, and have no aggression issues. No choke chains or flexi-leashes in the seminar. Please exercise and socialize your dog before class. Cost: $40 per dog and unlimited number of handlers; a limited number of no-dog observer spaces will also be available for $12 per person. TBA. Payments are accepted through personal checks and credit cards through PayPal (see the Registration page for more information on paying by credit cards). Register Now | Questions? See Our FAQ

Preparing for a New Baby

If you are expecting (or recently added) a new human baby to your family, there will be a lot of changes for your family dog. In this seminar we'll discuss some of the concerns you may have, signs of potential problems, and training methods you can use to prepare your dog for the next steps. This seminar should help ensure that everyone is safe and comfortable. This will be a lecture and demonstration, so please leave your dogs at home (babies are welcome).
None scheduled at this time - Contact us if you are interested in this workshop.

"Hyper Dog" Seminar

Do you have a "hyper" dog - high energy, easily distracted, and out of control? You are not alone, and there is help for you both! Come to this seminar by dog behavior specialist Stacy Braslau-Schneck, of Stacy's Wag'N'Train. Learn about the causes and origins of this sort of behavior, and how you can effect it with management, diet, equipment, and training. We will not be addressing dogs who "merely" get over-exciting on seeing other dogs, or other particular events, but rather dogs who are distracted by everything and never seem to be able to focus on you for more than a few moments. We may have live demonstrations but this is a dog owner/guardian event only (if you could handle your dog in class and not be too distracted to listen to us, you probably don't need this class anyway!). Date and location; TBA. Cost: $25/person or $35 per couple.
None scheduled at this time - Contact us if you are interested in this workshop.

Understanding Your Shy Dog

Is your dog shy or fearful? This seminar is designed to help you and your dog, whether your dog is scared of strangers, children, other dogs or "people with hats". Our discussion will includes possible reasons for shyness; prevention and remedial socialization; when fearfulness may turn into aggression; and resources for helping you and your dog cope with her fears. Participants will be provided with an assessment worksheet to help assess your dog's issues. Handouts with information on managing and addressing your dog's fears will be provided. This will be a lecture and demonstration; please let your shy dog stay comfortably at home! Date and location: TBA. Cost: $25/person or $35 per couple.
None scheduled at this time - Contact us if you are interested in this workshop.

Training Science 101

What Every Pet Owner and Animal Trainer Should Know About Operant Conditioning

If you live with a pet, you're an animal trainer whether you know it or not. In this seminar you'll learn the science of operant conditioning, the theory behind most training practices. Learn how to make your training more effective, learn simple techniques to modify behavior in your home or anywhere, learn how you may be unintentionally reinforcing unwanted behaviors, or unintentionally weakening the actions you like. This seminar is appropriate for anyone who lives or works with animals - pet owners, shelter workers, animal control officers, zoo keepers, horse riders, bird handlers, cat lovers, rabbit guardians, snake charmers, wild animal rescue workers, dolphin trainers, llama raisers.... etc. (parents, too!). Date and location: TBA. Cost: $25/person or $35 per couple.
None scheduled at this time - Contact us if you are interested in this workshop.

 

"Abby continues to be the perfect dog.
Her foster mom says Abby and I are her biggest success story.
None of that would have happened if we hadn't learned such good training techniques
from you right at the beginning. I really knew nothing about dog training until then.
Now people think I am the expert!"

--Bevy Wiedlin


Choosing a Class

When choosing a dog training class, it's important that you find a class that you feel you will benefit most from. The dog training class that you choose should be enjoyable, instructive, and helpful; it should be effective and should improve your bond with your dog. Above all, choose a class that uses methods you are comfortable with. Read the Association of Pet Dog Trainer's guidelines for "How to Choose a Dog Training Professional" here, and "Choosing the Right Dog Trainer for You" by Lisa Millinax.

Group Class, or Private?

A group class is an economical way for you to learn some basic dog training skills, but it is not appropriate for every dog. Your dog might learn to focus even with the distractions of other dogs, but if your dog is already fearful or hesitant, or pushy, hard-to-control, or aggressive around unknown people or dogs, a group class is not a good place to start learning. Group classes are not appropriate to start with remedial socialization - private lessons will help you build a stronger foundation. For more information on private lessons, click here.


Class Locations

Pet Food Express: Blossom Hill (Almaden PFE) - located at 1152 Blossom Hill Road, at Almaden Expressway, near Highway 85 between 101 and 17/880. This space is enclosed, well-lit, indoors, heated in the wintertime and air conditioned in the summer, and offers you the opportunity to pick up on your pet supplies! The classroom space is in a dedicated Events Room with glassed-in walls for more privacy and silence. See here for directions and details. It is in San Jose in the Almaden neighborhood, easily accessed from Morgan Hill, Los Gatos, and Campbell.

 

Vets, Vet Techs and Vet Hospital Staff - please contact me about special pricing!

 

Is dog training worth it? A tongue-in-cheek article by Virginia Broitman