Classes Offered

COVID-19 UPDATE:

Kitsap County is now in Phase 3. We have resumed our small group classes, but will continue to practice social distancing and ask that you wear a mask when participating in a session. We also ensure that all surfaces are sanitized in-between sessions. 

Everyone’s safety is our first priority, so please continue to be safe. 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 or as a self-paced course. 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. EXCEPTIONS INCLUDE: CLICKIN’ CHICKEN & INTRODUCTION TO DOG BEHAVIOR.

  • Saturday August 7, 2021, 10:00 – 11:30 am
  • 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:

SEMI-PRIVATE PUPPY MANNERS

For puppies 6 months and younger, 6-week sessions. This class is limited to no more than 4 dogs per class to ensure we have a 2:1 dog to trainer ratio.  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.

  • Thursdays, September 9, 2021, 4:30 – 5:15 pm
  • $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 class. This free orientations are generally held the first Saturday of the month or provided as a self-paced course.

SEMI-PRIVATE BASIC MANNERS

Great for all ages (adult to senior), 6-week sessions. This class is limited to no more than 4 dogs per class to ensure we have a 2:1 dog to trainer ratio. 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.

  • Thursdays, September 9, 2021, 5:45 – 6:30 pm
  • $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 class. This free orientations are generally held the first Saturday of the month or provided as a self-paced course.

DOG BEHAVIOR DEEP DIVE

Do you work or volunteer with dogs? Do you want to really understand and have the best relationship with your dog? We have the class for you! Our Introduction to Dog Behavior class is an 8-week long immersion into the world of dogs. You can expect to learn about canine development, how dogs learn, become an excellent dog communicator and demystify behavior and training. There will be multiple opportunities for hands-on learning. Students will be expected to complete assigned homework assignments and participate in class discussions. Our class is a revamped version of our 10-week shelter “Canine Behavior Internship” and here’s what people had to say about it:

    • …I loved working with the dogs and watching them improve and seeing us understand each other better was amazing.
    • This type of program helps the shelter by having qualified volunteers. Also, with better volunteers, you get better dogs.
    • The dogs get higher quality enrichment.
    • I am so thankful that I stumbled upon this internship and the KARE crew. They taught me soo much about dog behavior and as a result I have been able to help many dogs get adopted!
  • Saturdays, July 24 – September 4, 2021, 1 – 2:30 pm
  • $125 for an 7-week class
  • Email registration@nwkare.org to signup!

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.

  • Next class TBA
  • $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 class. This free orientations are generally held the first Saturday of the month or provided as a self-paced course.

CANINE GOOD CITIZEN/THERAPY DOG PREPARATION

Our Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and Therapy Dog Preparation classes are designed for human/dog to practice skills needed to take the CGC or Pet Partners Therapy Team Evaluation. Both classes are held jointly for the first four weeks and then the CGC class has concluded. The Therapy Dog Preparation class continues for an additional two weeks. The Therapy Dog Preparation class also includes occasional field trips to practice skills in real world-like settings. KARE offers both CGC and Pet Partners Therapy Team evaluations on a regular basis. 

  • Canine Good Citizen Class
    • Mondays,  August 30, – September 20, 2021, 5-6 pm
    • $50 for 4-session course
  • Therapy Dog Preparation Class
    • Mondays,  August 30 – October 4, 2021,  5-6 pm
    • $75 for 6-session course
  • Register 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. 

  • Next class TBA
  • $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 class. This free orientations are generally held the first Saturday of the month or provided as a self-paced course.

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.

  • Next class TBA
  • $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 class. This free orientations are generally held the first Saturday of the month or provided as a self-paced course.

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.

  • Saturday, August 21, 2021, 10:00 – 11:30 am
  • $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 class. This free orientations are generally held the first Saturday of the month or provided as a self-paced course.

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.

  • Next workshop TBA
  • $125.00 for six sessions.
  • Prerequisite: Graduates of KARE’s Reactive Rover program (or similar reactive dog coursework).

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.

  • Next workshop 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 class. This free orientations are generally held the first Saturday of the month or provided as a self-paced course.

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.

  • Next workshop 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 class. This free orientations are generally held the first Saturday of the month or provided as a self-paced course.

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, June 19, 2021, 9 am – 4 pm
  • Saturday, September 11, 2021, 9 am – 4 pm
  • Fee: $95, Lunch is provided
  • Email registration@nwkare.org to signup!

SPEAKING DOGLISH

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

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