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updated February 19, 2012


"Clicker training was new to me, and far more effective
than any method I have used in the past"
-- Jackie Waide


Master Schedule

see below for explanation and requirements

Group classes are in yellow. Class descriptions, locations, and prices are below.
Expert Personal Trainer evaluations and transition sessions are in green and are available at the following times:

Mondays at 2:00 PM
Mondays at 4:00 PM
Tuesdays at 9:30 AM
Tuesdays at 11:14 AM
  Tuesdays at 9:30 AM
Tuesdays at 11:15 AM
Fridays at 2 PM
Fridays at 4 PM
(sometimes, depending on location)

If any of those times are marked "Busy", then that day's appointment is no longer available. If the time is not listed, then it may be available. New clients can register for that appointment here; current clients can email me to request this time.


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Expert Personal Training

Our day-training "personal trainer" program is perfect for the busy professional or family who would prefer expert training over instruction, producing a well-trained dog quickly and without interrupting your busy schedule. Expert Personal Training starts with an evaluation meeting in which we discuss your training goals for your dog, which I can then use to determine the number of weeks needed to achieve those goals. I will demonstrate some of the methods I will use and recommend management techniques that you can implement at home for immediate relief and improvement. I will then work with your dog one-on-one for three to four sessions a week. Your dog stays in your home and I visit for an hour three times a week. After each meeting with your dog I leave you a report explaining your dog's progress, and I will meet with you weekly to show you your dog's progress and teach you how to maintain it. I only take a few clients at a time so that I devote my time and considerable experience, knowledge and skills to you.

This is ideal for rowdy adolescent dogs who desperately need more exercise but have no leash manners, for young puppies who need prompt instruction during their formative weeks, for dogs with behavior issues that make it difficult to work with them in public, and for anyone who wants exceptional professional training. It took me years to gain the skills that I can apply to training your dog – and then all you need to learn is how to maintain the training once your dog already knows his part. This is like board-and-train without sending your dog away. You get expert training and a well-behaved dog, and your dog will enjoy it, too!

"Expert Personal Trainer" appointments are $120 per session; discount packages are available. Do you want a well-behaved, dependable, confident, happy dog? Why live with bad manners any longer? To sign up for the "Personal Trainer" initial evaluation, click here. Due to very high demand, Private Lessons and Expert Personal Training are often booked 2-3 weeks in advance.

Archie - click on image to see larger view(41140 bytes)Jump Start package

The Jump Start package is a special deal involving two private, in-home lessons, followed by the regular 6-week group class (Puppy Kindergarten, Companion Dog I, or the six-class-pass for Levels). This deal is perfect for dogs with special behavior issues (such as extreme shyness, fear, hyperactivity, barkiness), or for handlers who would like extra coaching, or for anyone who wants to get the absolute most out of our group classes. The Jump Start allows you to start in your dog's familiar home where there the distractions are few and familiar, allowing you and your dog to learn a few basic training skills before moving on to a more distracting public setting. The Jump Start package is two one-hour in-home private lessons plus the six one-hour group class lessons, for $325 ($50 in savings!). Please see the master schedule for available times and other details. Note that group classes are very limited. Due to very high demand, Private Lessons and Expert Personal Training are often booked 2-3 weeks in advance. Separate pricing for the "Three's Company" group class.

Private Lessons

Private Lessons are great for any person or family who wants one-on-one attention when learning how to train your own dog. This is ideal for people who want to learn how to modify their dog's behavior but for whom a group class is not the most appropriate, and for behavior modification issues which involve the owner. With Private Lessons, I teach you how to train your dog; in contrast in Personal Training I train your dog for you and then show you how to maintain what I've done.  

Private lesson appointments are available on weekdays during the daytime. Private lessons are $95/hr and are started as an initial discount package of four one-hour private lessons (for basic training) or six one-hour private lessons (for aggression, other serious issues, and multiple issues), scheduled approximately two weeks apart, available for 15% off the hourly rate.  For young puppies, or dogs new to your household, we also offer the special "Puppy Package" of two one-hour meetings for $160. There is also our special "Jump Start" package in which you can sign up for two 1-hr private appointments along with our six-session group training class for a total of $325 per dog (not including the Three's Company class).   Due to very high demand, Private Lessons and Expert Personal Training are often booked 2-3 weeks in advance.

Important information about Wag'N'Train dog training

Please note: I do not use or recommend the methods seen on TV shows like The Dog Whisperer. Instead, I use and teach methods based on science as well as over 15 years of experience. I use rewards to reinforce desired or alternative behaviors, rather than suppressing unwanted behaviors temporarily through intimidation or punishment, which can possibly create long-term problems. I do not use or advocate choke chains, prong/pinch collars, electric shock, or any form of physical punishment.

 

 

Inde graduates from Puppy Kindergarten - Sept. 2006Group classes

We offer a limited number of group classes. "Obedience school" teaches your dog to focus in the face of distractions. All group classes are limited to six dogs or fewer. 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.

What do Wag'N'Train classes look like?

What are they saying about our obedience school? Read here to find out!

 

Group Class Descriptions

Please note: I try to update this web page as often as possible, but sometimes classes fill up faster than I can list how many spaces may be left (check the "updated" date above for how recent the count is). I MUST limit the class size to ensure quality teaching. Please understand that a class might be full before I can get into the office to return your questions or to note that it is full, here. If you are interested in a class that may be full, submit your registration and payment anyway - it will be gladly refunded if the class has filled.

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Puppy Kindergarten

Wednesday evenings, 7:15-8:15 PM, starting January 11 2012, at Food Express - Blossom Hill. This class is FULL as of Jan 2!

Wednesday evenings, 7:15-8:15 PM, starting February 29, 2012, at Food Express - Blossom Hill. This class is FULL, as of Feb 7!

Aris - click on the picture for a larger view(19364 bytes)This is the first part of the Basic obedience-training series but designed especially for young pups (8-20 weeks). This is a traditional class running six consecutive weeks (different from the Levels Class described above). This class will teach the commands "Sit", "Down", "Come", "Stay", "Leave it" ("off"), and "Settle" as well as teaching the dogs to walk on a loose leash, greet people and other dogs politely, and allow physical handling. We'll train them using voice commands, hand signals, lures and leashes, and we'll introduce the training clicker. Learn how to gain immediate control of your dog on-leash, even in distracting environments. Puppy Kindergarten will also address housetraining, biting, chewing, digging, barking, jumping up, and problem solving. All your questions about dog behavior will be answered, and dogs will get some chances to socialize — one of the most important factors for a well-behaved, happy dog. This class sets the basis for good manners all the time, everywhere! Puppy Kindergarten is for pups 8-20 weeks of age (at the start of class), with at least one sets of vaccination shots given 7-10 days before the second week of class (the first week that puppies attend). It is a 6-week class, where the first week is an orientation without your dog, with exercises for you to work on with your dog at home.

Price: $195. Register now | Questions? Click here

 

Companion Dog I: Basic Obedience Part One

Wednesday evenings, 6-7 PM, starting starting January 11 2012, at Food Express - Blossom Hill. This class is FULL as of Jan 10!

This is the first part of the Basic series. This is a traditional class running six consecutive weeks. This section is specially designed for puppies over 5 months old, and dogs of any age, with at least one set of vaccination shots given 7-10 days before the second week of class (the first week that puppies attend); for dogs over 1 year a positive blood titer test result is very welcome as proof of vaccination. It is never too late to get a "fresh start". This is a 6-week class, where the first week is an orientation without your dog, with exercises for you to work on with your dog at home. Jake and John - click on picture to see larger view (155237 bytes)

This class will teach the commands "Sit", "Down", "Come", "Stay", "Leave it" ("off"), and "Wait at doors" as well as teaching the dogs to walk on a loose leash, greet people and other dogs politely, and allow physical handling. We'll train them using voice commands, hand signals, lures and leashes, and we'll introduce the training clicker. Learn how to gain immediate control of your dog on-leash, even in distracting environments. Level 1 will also address housetraining, biting, chewing, digging, barking, jumping up, and problem solving. All your questions about dog behavior will be answered, and dogs will get some chances to socialize — one of the most important factors for a well-behaved, happy dog. This classNigel - click on the picture for a larger view (17174 bytes) sets the basis for good manners all the time, everywhere! New: we have the Companion Dog I handbook now in Chinese and in Japanese!

Price: $195. Register now | Questions? Click here

 

 

"Three's Company" Companion Dog I

Monday mornings, 9:45-10:45 AM, start date January 23 2012 (skips Feb 20), location: Pet Food Express Campbell. This class is FULL as of Jan 6!

Monday mornings, 9:45-10:45 AM, start date March 19 2012 (skips April 9), location: Pet Food Express Campbell.

What gives you more personal attention than regular group classes, but more cost-effective than private lessons? Join the Three's Company class with only two other students, and get a lot more personal coaching and one-on-one time with the instructor in the regular Companion Dog I format. The class is identical to the Companion Dog I class but limited to three dogs and their owners, giving YOU more attention!

Price: $229. Register now | Questions? Click here

 

Dog Training in the Real World

Tuesdays 12-1 PM, TBA
Real World class visits Santana Row

In this 4-week "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. The class meets for four sessions (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 or dinner 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. Price: $120. "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. Register now | Questions? Click here

 

Companion Dog II: Basic Obedience Part Two

Wednesday evenings, 6-7 PM, starting starting February 29, 2012, at Food Express - Blossom Hill.

Sedge - click on picture for larger view(13356 bytes)Learn to set and achieve realistic training goals on your path towards an ideal doggy companion. This class will teach the commands "sit", "down", "stand"; "stay"; "heel"; "come", "go to your place," and "target", as well as paying attention, loose-leash walking in the real world; emergency come, come-to-heel position, tricks, games. In Level 2 these will be taught with voice commands and hand signals, minimizing the need for food lures and the leash to control the dog's movements. In Level I students learn to control their dogs; in Level 2 the dogs learn to control themselves and behave without prompts, lures, or leashes. (Note: It is NOT an off-leash class, but the leash is not depended on to control the dog.) Train your dog to be responsible and well-behaved, independent of lures, leashes, and constant cueing from you! This class is open to anyone who has taken a beginning or puppy class from us or from another company, and is already familiar with clicker training. We will continue the use of the clicker in this class that we began in Level 1. Your dog is ready for Level 2 if: The dog can focus on you most of the time in class, can do sits, downs, and come with a lure, and is not dog-aggressive; and if you are 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 a Level 1 class to sharpen your skills!

Price: $195. Register | Questions? Click here

 

Fun Tricks - TBA

This five-week class is for the dog with some basic manners and a desire to impress! You will learn techniques to teach your dog a variety of fun and useful tricks, from “rollover,” “shake,” and “bow” to “put away your toys,” “fetch,” and even “find my keys”. This class is perfect for anyone interested in learning about Clicker Training. Many behavior problems result from bored dogs whose potential awaits a creative release. Harness your dog’s intelligence and drive to work in the class that will have your dogs jumping through hoops! 

Zillah - click on the picture to see a larger view(100812 bytes)This class offers a fun introduction to theories and scientific methods behind clicker training (see here for more information) for people who have already trained their dogs in basic manners. Dogs in Fun Tricks should have some basic manners, and mostly be able to calm down around other dogs. They must be current on their vaccinations. 

Price: $125. Register now | Questions? Click here

Holiday Manners - TBA

This five-week class, starting in November, covers some of the basic manners and commands that are most helpful during the holidays. We'll cover "leave it" and other table manners - with food on the table or on the counter (can you trust your dog with a turkey on the table or appetisers on the coffee table?); doorbells and door greetings (dealing with guests); go to your mat and settle (during the festivities); attention to you; and dealing with Christmas trees, string lights, candles, and gifts. We'll discuss which common aspects of the holidays pose a danger to your dog, and how to keep your dog, your decorations, your treats, and your guests all safe and happy. Dogs in Fun Tricks should mostly be able to calm down around other dogs. They must be current on their vaccinations. 

Price: $125. Register now | Questions? Click here

 

 

Special Topics, one-day workshops on specific issues

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. Class size limited to 10 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

Preparing for a New Baby

Gryffin, Adrian and Dad 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). Sunday Septemer 11, 4-6 PM, Humane Society Silicon Valley, 901 Ames Ave, Milpitas, CA. Register | Questions? Click here.

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 serious training. Class size is limited to 10 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. None scheduled at this time - Contact us if you are intersted 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 schduled at this time - Contact us if you are intersted 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 schduled at this time - Contact us if you are intersted 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 schduled at this time - Contact us if you are intersted in this workshop.

 


"Abby continues to be the perfect dog.
Abby weaves through the agility poles with BevHer 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. See how Stacy's Wag'N'Train classes stack up to the recommendations of the Humane Society Silicon Valley, here

Class Locations

Pet Food Express: Campbell (Campbell PFE) - located at 1902 South Bascom Avenue in Campbell, near Hamilton Ave and Hwy 17/880, across from "The Pruneyard". 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. See here for directions and details. It is in Campbell, close to Willow Glen, Los Gatos, Almaden Valley, Saratoga, and Santa Clara.

Pet Food Express: San Jose North (Lawrence PFE) - located at 5148 Stevens Creek Blvd., at Lawrence Expressway, near Highways 280, 85, and 101. 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! See here for directions and details. It is in San Jose, close to Santa Clara, Cupertino, Campbell, Sunnyvale, Saratoga, and Mountain View.

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.

Expert Personal Training sessions are held at your home or at Pooch Hotel (for PH clients only), for your convenience.

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Prices

FREE Class

I will barter training classes (group or private) in exchange for an equivalent amount of the following services:

  • in-class translation into ASL for one class series (as needed)
  • professional services: Graphic arts (website, signage); videography (producing short promotional videos); landscaping/gardening; handyman (minor construction like gates and mantles)
  • possibly other services - make me an offer!

Sorry, no barters for Expert Personal Training, workshops, or Jump Start package.

Companion Dog Series, each 6-week class, Levels 1-3:
$195

"Dog Training in the Real World" class (4-week class for graduates of Level 1):
$150

Save! Jump Start Package (2 private lessons plus 6-week/6-session group class):
$325 (see here for more details)

Save! Two-class pack (2 6-week classes, for example Companion Dog 1 and Companion Dog 2):
$330 ($40 savings!)

Fun Tricks:
$125

Single Evaluation Session (not part of a package of Private Lessons or Personal Training):
$ 120

Hands-on, one-time Workshops and Seminars (Loose-leash walking, Reliable Recall, etc):
$40

Payments are accepted through personal checks and credit cards through PayPal (see the Registration Form for more information on paying by credit cards).

Discounts:

Save! Second dog/second class discount: Register your household's second dog, or register your dog for a second Companion Dog class, within six months of starting the first class with us, and get an additional $20 off! (Each dog in any one class must have at least one person handling him or her! Does not apply to one-time workshops, the Jump Start package, or the 12-session Levels class.) 

Current and past students - you can earn 15% off your next class or training session when you refer a new client or student who signs up for classes or private sessions.

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

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