Classes Offered

COVID-19 UPDATE:

Kitsap County is still in Phase 2.  We are doing small classes and one-on-one sessions. Our play yard is still available to rent.  Reservations require a 24 hour advance sign up, so that we may sanitize the play yard between uses.  We will not be renting out the facility at this time.

We will continue to do social distancing and ask that you wear a mask when participating in a class or session.

If you prefer to stay at home, we are providing a few instructional videos on specific behaviors as well as video training.

Everyone’s safety is our first priority, so please continue to be safe.

Please stay tuned to our social media and website. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

We are still here for you!


To sign up for training classes, please use our ProPet system:

NEW Clients Register Here

Existing Clients

TRAINING ORIENTATION

The Training Orientation is your first step in taking dog training classes with KARE. In this workshop you will learn how to better read your dog’s body language, about the fundamentals of positive reinforcement training, and practice training skills. KARE offers this workshop at least monthly. This is a PEOPLE ONLY workshop; please leave your dog at home.

NOTE: ATTENDING THIS FOUNDATION CLASS IS REQUIRED BEFORE COMING TO ANY OTHER KARE DOG TRAINING CLASS OR WORKSHOP.

  • Next sessions are:
    • Sunday, October 4, 1 – 2:30 pm
    • Monday, October 5, 6 – 7:30 pm
  • FREE!
  • Run on over to our ProPet login to register! If you do not have a ProPet account with KARE, you can sign up here.

Dog Training Classes

Beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes are provided in a group or individual setting to work on skills and socialization for dogs of all ages! Our upcoming classes are:

PUPPY MANNERS

For puppies 6 months and younger, 6-week sessions.  The focus of this class is to help your puppy learn how to be calm and relaxed in the everyday world.  This includes being around strangers, unknown dogs novel places, sights, sounds and smells.  We also begin teaching you how to work with basic manners such as sit, down, stay, and come when called.

  •  Saturdays, 9:30 – 10:15 am, October 10 – November 14, 2020
  • $125.00 for a six week class
  • Run on over to our ProPet login to register! If you do not have a ProPet account with KARE, you can sign up here.
  • Our Training Orientation is prerequisite for this and all other specialty KARE classes. These free orientations are generally held the first Saturday of the month and registration is through ProPet as well. 

BASIC MANNERS

Great for all ages (adult to senior), 6-week sessions.  In addition to teaching your dog how to be a pleasant house mate, we focus on teaching you how to understand and resolve basic behavior problems like jumping on people, barking and loose leash walking.  Common behaviors like sit, down, stay, loose leash walking and go to your bed are covered as well.

  • Saturdays, 10:45 – 11:45 am, October 10 – November 14, 2020
  • $125.00 for a six week class
  • Run on over to our ProPet login to register! If you do not have a ProPet account with KARE, you can sign up here.
  • Our Training Orientation is prerequisite for this and all other specialty KARE classes. These free orientations are generally held the first Saturday of the month and registration is through ProPet as well. 

RALLY FUN-damentals

Dogs of all ages.  Rally is a dog sport that’s a combination of obedience and agility.  This class will be an introduction to Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) Rally Obedience which is performed on leash and rewarded with both food and verbal praise.  Behaviors learned in this class are not only beneficial if one wishes to continue to competition level Rally, but also increases the bond with your dog and can help in the day-to-day routine with your dog.  This is not a competition level class.

  • Sundays, August 2 – September 13, 2020, 1:00 – 2:30 pm (NO CLASS LABOR DAY WEEKEND)
  • $125.00 for a six week class
  • Run on over to our ProPet login to register! If you do not have a ProPet account with KARE, you can sign up here.
  • Prerequisite – Dog should be able to do basic behaviors such as sit, down, stay, etc.
  • Our Training Orientation is prerequisite for this and all other specialty KARE classes. These free orientations are generally held the first Saturday of the month and registration is through ProPet as well. 

CANINE GOOD CITIZEN/THERAPY DOG PREPARATION

Twice monthly class that helps dog owners work on the skills necessary for their dog to pass the Canine Good Citizen test and/or become a therapy dog.

  • TBA
  • $55 for 6-session course, payable in advance through the ProPet KARE site. If you do not have a ProPet account with KARE, you can sign up here.
  • Bring a mat for your dog to lay on and lots of high value treats.
  • Prerequisites – Your dog should be fully vaccinated and have basic obedience skills.

STRESS FREE HANDLING

When we decide to bring a dog into our family, we already know that they are going to need care such as grooming and veterinary procedures. This is typically called husbandry work and most people feel like it is just that: work or a chore! It doesn’t have to be a chore. Zoo and marine mammal trainers have blazed the trail for us by training animals to cooperate for medical procedures without being sedated or forcibly restrained. In this four week class, we will work with you and your dog on participating willingly in basic body handling, foot/nail care and basic vet procedures. We do not guarantee that your dog will not be completely tolerant by the end of the four weeks, but you will have the foundation, skills and resources at your disposal to continue your training. We will be providing some supplies used during class. 

  • Saturdays, October 17 – November 21, 2020, 1 -2 pm
  • $125 for six week class (includes class supplies)
  • Run on over to our ProPet login to register! If you do not have a ProPet account with KARE, you can sign up here.
  • Our Training Orientation is prerequisite for this and all other specialty KARE classes. These free orientations are generally held the first Saturday of the month and registration is through ProPet as well.

SNIFFER DOG NOSEWORK

Sniffer dog is designed to let your dogs engage in their natural ability in a fun and rewarding endeavor, creating fun and purpose  for busy, fearful and bored dogs.  Dogs have an inherent desire to use their nose and are thrilled to discover that they can connect with their owners through this trait.  The odor item for this class will be food.  Working with food is an excellent first step because the dog gains experience navigation the environment.  The dogs will be off leash when searching in a safe interior setting, this allows the handler to better observe their dogs.  Detection work can be expanded to many other fun and practical activities like truffle hunting.  Dogs of all ages and energy level are welcome.

  • TBA
  • $125.00 for a six week class

Workshops

REACTIVE ROVER WORKSHOP & COACHING

Dogs of all ages. Does your dog have anxiety to people, other dogs, noises, or separation?  Does she lunge and bark when another dog approaches?  Behavior modification is proven to help your dog (and you) live a much more peaceful life. The first session is dog-free where we focus on what is causing the reactivity and explore appropriate behavior modification techniques. The remaining three sessions are one-on-one with you, your dog and an instructor coaching you through implementing those techniques.

  • Next sessions are:
    • Sunday, October 18, 1 – 2:30 pm
  • $125.00 includes seminar and three private coaching sessions.
  • Run on over to our ProPet login to register! If you do not have a ProPet account with KARE, you can sign up here.
  • Our Training Orientation is prerequisite for this and all other specialty KARE classes. These free orientations are generally held the first Saturday of the month and registration is through ProPet as well. 

GROUP REACTIVE ROVER REHABILITATION (GRRR)

This class is for graduates of the Reactive Rover program or similar knowledge level.  In this class we will focus on increasing your dog’s tolerance to her triggers, moving the skills from the controlled environment of KARE Training Center to the real world.  Coaching will be provided with a maximum of 2 students per 1 coach.

  • TBA
  • $125.00 for six sessions.
  • Prerequisite: Graduates of KARE’s Reactive Rover program (or similar reactive dog coursework). 
  • Please contact our instructor at jen@nwkare.org for details. 

LOOSE LEASH WALKING WORKSHOP

Is taking your dog for a walk causing undue stress?  Does your dog pull you like an Iditarod champion?  This workshop will discuss what motivates the behavior and techniques to turn your puller into a calmer, by your side walker. NOTE: This class is for dogs that are not reactive to people, dogs, etc. but rather pull even when there is nothing to distract them.

  • TBA
  • $55.00 for two sessions
  • Run on over to our ProPet login to register! If you do not have a ProPet account with KARE, you can sign up here.
  • Our Training Orientation is prerequisite for this and all other specialty KARE classes. These free orientations are generally held the first Saturday of the month and registration is through ProPet as well. 

ROVER RECALL (COME WHEN CALLED) WORKSHOP

Does your dog seem to have selective hearing? Run the other way when you call them or ignore you when there are distractions? Coming when called can be a life-saving skill for your dog to know. Being able to effectively recall your dog at any time, is very important for the safety for you and your dog, as well as others around you. Using positive methods and fun games, you’ll learn tools to begin building a solid recall.

  • TBA
  • $55.00 for two sessions
  • Run on over to our ProPet login to register! If you do not have a ProPet account with KARE, you can sign up here.
  • Our Training Orientation is prerequisite for this and all other specialty KARE classes. These free orientations are generally held the first Saturday of the month and registration is through ProPet as well.

CLICKIN’ CHICKENS

Did you know that you can train a chicken? Did you know that the average chicken is faster than the average dog? Training a chicken will extend and advance your mechanical skills giving you a chance to improve your timing and coordination. This one day seminar will cover chicken ethology and handling, timing, criteria, rate of reinforcement and the shaping of a simple behavior. By the end of the day, we hope to have all participants and their chickens performing a discrimination task. 

  • Saturday, October 3, 2020  9 am – 4 pm
  • Fee: $75 (FREE for KARE Volunteers! Ask Us How!)
  • Email registration@nwkare.org to signup!

SPEAKING DOGLISH

FREE workshop that discusses behavioral and communication differences between dogs and humans.

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