Sure, your dog can sit and stay (if you’re lucky). But have they passed their Canine Good Citizen Test? Are they totally puppared for the new baby coming home soon? Is their nose in tip-top shape? Yes, there are classes available for all these things and more in this fab city of ours. Here’s the quick sniff:
Family Dog Training Center
- CGC Preparation. I mean, come on. Being able to say your dog passed the Canine Good Citizen test? That pays dividends in bragging rights alone.
- Therapy Dog Preparation. A decade ago these classes didn’t exist, but now we’re all seeing the benefits dogs bring to nursing home residents, hospital patients, and hoomans everywhere. If your pup has the temperament to bring joy to those who need it the most, read our handy-dandy therapy dog guide and look into these classes.
- Breed Ring. OK, you got a “show” dog. Now what? This class teaches you how to handle your pooch like a pawfessional, whether or not you two want a slice of that show life.
- Nose Work. Get Fido’s snuffly snuffer in tip-top shape with a class that teaches him how to find balls, treats, or even truffles. (Yes, truffle dogs are a thing here.)
- Competition Obedience. There’s obedience, and then there’s COMPETITIVE OBEDIENCE! That’s right, your doggo can win awards for being a good boy or girl. You’ll both be so paw-roud!
- Trick Dog Training. It’s tricky to train a dog to train a dog that’s right oh right it’s TRICKY! TRICKY TRICKY TRICKY. We can’t promise Run DMC will be playing at this class but we can tell you that rolling over and shaking hands will be a puppin’ breeze afterward.
Seattle Agility Center
- K9 Dexterity Parkour. Parkour’s an urban sport where people jump and run over and through obstacles they find in the environment. Now, there’s parkour fur your pup, so she can build and show off her jumping, climbing, and balancing skills all over town.
Ahimsa Dog Training
- Focus and Control. Raise your hand if you know a couple humans who could use this class. But for now, helping Fido focus in on you when there’s a lot going on will have to do.
- Walk With Me and Come When Called (Outdoors). So you think your dog’s pretty well-trained, and then you go to the dog park or on a walk and everything goes out the window. Squirrels! Dog friends! Smells! It’s not just you, we promise.
- Backyard Sports and Games. Look no further than the fine print on this class to find out that you could be learning DOG DANCING. E’ruff said, right?
- Wallflowers. There is nothing wrong with being a wallflower, but sometimes in dogs it can mean that they are scared, and you don’t want that! Ahimsa will work on these shy dogs so they can enjoy any and all environments without fear.
- Growly Dog. Is your pup the, um, “chatty” one at the dog park? Don’t worry, he can be trained! This class is specifically for those of us with big talkers. Arooo!
Seattle Dog Training
- Introducing Your Dog to Baby. It’s a huge life adjustment for literally everyone in the house. This class helps your fur baby (who’s also your first baby) get off on the right paw with your new human one.