Wayside Waifs

Behavior & Training

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In-Home Consultations

In-home consultations and training is ideal for: owners who have a busy schedule, who cannot attend weekly classes or who want to work on one specific behavioral concern, such as jumping up or excessive barking. It is also ideal for dogs not suited for a class environment, such as dogs dealing with aggression or anxiety issues. 

Cost

In home consultations are not available at this time. Please check back with us!

 

Puppy Training and Socialization

Wayside Waifs' Puppy Training and Socialization classes will teach you how to communicate with your new pup via hands-on learning in a fun, safe and positive environment. Each week will focus on a different socialization theme and topics. 

Cost

4 sessions 

Class size: 5 dogs

Cost: $75

Class time: Two sessions are available. 5:30-6:30pm or 7:00-8:00pm. Sign up here. 


Dates: Four week class starting on Thursday, November 29. - December 20

Four week class starting on January 3 - February 7



 

Topic

  • Socialization with people and pets
  • Housebreaking and crate training
  • Mouthing and chewing
  • Exposure to common items in the home
  • Car riding
  • Handling exercises for successful vet visits
  • Basic manners

Requirements

Puppies must be 8 weeks to 4 months. Proof of vaccinations required. 

Basic Obedience

Learn how to teach basic commands, manners and socialization to your dog via hands-on learning in a fun, safe, and positive environment.

Cost

6 sessions

Class size: 5 dogs

Cost: $125

Class time: 6:30-7:30pm  Sign up here. 


Date: Six week class starts Thursday, January 3 - February 7 



 

Topic

  • Basic Skills - sit, down, stay, come, wait
  • Manners - jumping, mouthing, greeting people politely, intro to crate training
  • Managing Distractions - leave it, drop it
  • Socialization- proper play, introduction to novel stimuli

Requirements

Dogs must be 5 months of age or older. Proof of vaccinations required.

Seasonal Tips

Keeping warm in the winter

Despite their “fur” coats, domesticated animals like cats and dogs depend on humans for protection from elements such as freezing temperatures. Here are some quick tips to ensure a warm and toasty winter season.

  1. Limit your pet’s time outside only for bathroom breaks if it is too cold.
  2. Provide outdoor pets with a dry, warm secure shelter out of the wind, such as a garage or insulated pet house.
  3. Even dogs that normally spend most of their time outside need good shelter in cold weather, even if it is only a garage.
  4. Keep your pet away from antifreeze. Poisoning takes only a couple of licks. Antifreeze may lurk in your garage or on your driveway so clean up spills immediately. Pet safe antifreeze is available for purchase at most stores.
  5. De-icing chemicals can be hazardous to pets. The salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of your pet's feet. Pet-safe ice melt is now available in our store Whiskers & Wags.  Also, be sure to wipe your pet’s feet every time after being on sidewalks.
  6. Cats and kittens often nap on warm car engines and hoods. If your car was recently used, knock on the hood or honk the car horn before starting the engine.

Winterizing your dog house

  1. The dog house floor should be raised a few inches off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw.
  2. The dog house should be turned to face away from the wind, and the doorway should be covered with a flap of heavy waterproof fabric or heavy plastic.
  3. Heated water dishes help keep water warm from freezing and are available at your local supply store

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