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At Asheville Humane Society we strive to provide superior adoption counseling to ensure the best possible adoption matches for our community. We also understand that sometimes your pet may need some additional guidance when it comes to training and behavior. If you adopted your pet through Asheville Humane Society, please feel free to send an email to behavior[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

New AHS Training Classes Now Available!

Does Your Canine Need a Coach? Asheville Humane Society now offers six-week traning courses for your current or newly-adopted pet! We've partnered with Pia Silvani, a canine behavior specialist and trainer, to offer weekly classes for your four-legged friend, including Kindergarten Puppy and Canine Manners.
 
 

Canine Manners Course

Have you ever wondered why your dog pulls on leash, jumps up to greet people and won’t do as you ask? Have you ever said “she has a mind of her own?” The Canine Manners Course may just be the class you need!

This course will teach you how to effectively communicate with your dog. You will learn the skills necessary to teach your dog basic manners using reward-based training methods. We will build reliable behaviors such as sit, down, stay, wait, come, leave it, tug and much more! The class is limited to 8 dogs, age 16 weeks or over when the course begins (if your dog is under 16 weeks of age, please sign up for the Puppy Kindergarten class).

* All dogs must be current on the following vaccines distemper, parvo, bordetella and rabies to participate in this course.

The cost of this course includes six classes, held one hour per week for six weeks.

**Important - If your dog is reactive on leash to other dogs, please contact Pia at www.piasilvani.com before signing up.

**Sign up for classes here**


Puppy Kindergarten

Your goal as a puppy parent is to give your pup the best possible start in life. Puppies learn more between 3 and 16 weeks of age than they will in their entire lifetime! Laying a positive foundation during this time is critical for puppies to grow into behaviorally healthy dogs.

This six week course focuses on proper socialization, bite inhibition, house training, manners and much more! The class is limited to 10 puppies who are 8 to 16 weeks old when the course begins (if your dog is over 16 weeks of age, please sign up for the Canine Manners class).

* All puppies must have started their puppy vaccine series (distemper, parvo and bordetella) at least one week prior to the first class. Owners are expected to commit to continuing this vaccine series during the six week course.

The cost of this course includes six classes, held one hour per week for six weeks.

**Sign up for classes here** 


Beyond Basic Manners

Does your dog have selective hearing? Do you have to repeat yourself when your dog is near distractions? Well then, Beyond Basic Manners is the class for you! We will expand upon basic training to help you get reliability anywhere, anytime and at any distance. This includes teaching your dog to stop forward movement when running towards a distraction, sitting at a distance, and much more!

The Prerequisites for Beyond Basic Manners are:

  1. Graduated from the AHS Canine Manners Course OR Successful completion of equivalent training including sit, down, stay, wait and come
  2. Dogs MUST be able to work effectively in close proximity to other dogs and handlers without interfering with other participants

If you have any questions about your dog's eligibility for the course, please contact Pia Silvani at pia[at]piasilvani[dot]com

* All dogs must be current on the following vaccines: distemper, parvo, bordetella and rabies to participate in this course.

The cost of this course includes six one-hour classes held on dates specified by the instructor (see ticket for exact dates).