Classes Offered

COVID-19 UPDATE:

KARE is following state guidelines and going forward masks will be optional. KARE staff will defer to clients whether to mask or not. We will still be sanitizing our facility between sessions and practicing social distancing. 

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.

CANINE RESPIRATORY DISEASE 2024 POLICY:

  • NO DOG PARKS / DOGGIE DAYCARE POLICY: Dog parks can be breeding grounds for disease. Due to the highly contagious Canine Respiratory Disease currently spreading across the country, to ensure a safe, healthy environment, dogs registered for KARE classes cannot visit high-risk areas where they might contact germs. This includes dog parks and doggie daycare. If your dog has been visiting dog parks please stop going. A fecal test from your vet must be performed 7 days after the last dog park visit. Only if your dog tests negative are they permitted to attend classes.
  • DIARRHEA OR VOMITING: Your dog will be asked to leave immediately if they have diarrhea or are vomiting. A negative fecal test result from the vet will be required to return.
  • PROTECTED FROM DISEASE: All dogs must be on a regular vaccination schedule.
  • ILLNESS: Please do not bring your dog to class if they are vomiting or have diarrhea. If you or your dog is feeling ill, or have a cough, running nose, or fever do not enter the Training Center and return home to self-quarantine. Thank you for your cooperation as we strive to support our community while keeping everyone safe.

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 read your dog’s body language, 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 THERAPY / CGC PRACTICE CLASS, CLICKIN’ CHICKEN, & INTRODUCTION TO DOG BEHAVIOR.

  • Friday, Feb 23, 2024, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, Feb 25, 2024, 1:00 – 3:00 pm (FULL)
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  • 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 setting to work on skills and socialization for dogs of all ages! Our upcoming classes are:

PUPPY PLAYDATE

Puppy Playdate is a weekly playdate for pups aged 8 weeks to 4 months old (OR older puppies who will be no more than 25 lbs at their adult dog weight). Each playdate is an opportunity for puppies to interact with each other and practice puppy socialization. Playdates will be limited to a maximum of 4 puppies (with up-to-date shots). If only 1 puppy registers – we will offer socialization and simple training exercises instead. We will cover topics such as Handling, Appropriate Play, Equipment, and Desensitization.

Under the watchful eye of trained KARE staff, puppies can have fun and socialize safely in an enriching environment that encourages good behavior and social skills.

  • Thursdays, Feb 29 – Mar 7, 4:15 – 5:00 pm then 5:00 – 5:45 pm starting Mar 14, 2024
  • $20.00 a playdate
  • Run on over to our ProPet login to register! If you do not have a ProPet account with KARE, you can sign up here.
  • ​ONE ROUND OF VACCINES REQUIRED: All puppies 16 weeks and younger must have received at least one round of DHPP vaccinations at least seven days before they participate in Playdates. Puppy’s current vaccination records will need to be uploaded into their profile in ProPet before their first playdate with us.

PUPPY PRIMARY

For puppies aged 8 weeks to 5 months old, 6-week sessions. Puppies are welcome to join as long as they are 5 months of age or younger at the start of class. This class is limited to no more than 4 puppies per class. 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. There is no play in this class. See Puppy Playdate above. 

  • Tuesdays, Feb 27 – Apr 2, 2024, 3:45 – 4:30 pm
  • Wednesdays, Mar 6 – Apr 10, 2024, 12:30 – 1:15 pm
  • $160.00 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 a prerequisite for this class. These free orientations are generally held on the first Saturday of the month or provided as a self-study course.
  • ​NOTE: ALL PUPPIES ARE REQUIRED TO BE UP-TO-DATE ON VACCINATIONS FOR THEIR AGE
  • ALL KARE CLASSES HAVE A $25 CANCELLATION FEE

ADOLESCENT PRIMARY

For dogs aged 6 to 11 months old, 6-week sessions. Dogs are welcome to join as long as they are 11 months of age or younger at the start of class. This class is limited to no more than 4 dogs per class. In addition to teaching your dog how to be a pleasant housemate, we focus on teaching you how to understand and resolve basic behavior problems during adolescence like jumping on people and loose leash walking. Common behaviors like Sit, Down, Stay, and Go to your bed are covered as well.

  • Tuesdays, Feb 27 – Apr 2, 2024, 5:00 – 5:45 pm
  • Wednesdays, Mar 6 – Apr 10, 2024, 1:45 – 2:30 pm
  • $160.00 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 a prerequisite for this class. These free orientations are generally held on the first Saturday of the month or provided as a self-study course.
  • ​NOTE: ALL DOGS ARE REQUIRED TO BE UP-TO-DATE ON VACCINATIONS
  • ALL KARE CLASSES HAVE A $25 CANCELLATION FEE

ADULT PRIMARY

For dogs aged 12 months and older, 6-week sessions. This class is limited to no more than 4 dogs per class. In addition to teaching your dog how to be a pleasant housemate, we focus on teaching you how to understand and resolve basic behavior problems like jumping on people and loose leash walking. Common behaviors like Sit, Down, Stay, and Go to your bed are covered as well.

  • Tuesdays, Feb 27 – Apr 2, 2024, 6:15 – 7:00 pm
  • Wednesdays, Mar 6 – Apr 10, 2024, 3:00 – 3:45 pm (FULL)
  • $160.00 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 a prerequisite for this class. These free orientations are generally held on the first Saturday of the month or provided as a self-study course.
  • ​NOTE: ALL DOGS ARE REQUIRED TO BE UP-TO-DATE ON VACCINATIONS
  • ALL KARE CLASSES HAVE A $25 CANCELLATION FEE

ADULT SECONDARY

Great for dogs aged 12 months and older who have taken our Primary classes, 6-week sessions. This class is limited to no more than 4 dogs per class. This class will focus on the continued fluency of the behaviors we began in Primary classes; jumping on people, recall, loose leash walking, sit, down, stay, go to your bed and wait at door.

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  • $160.00 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 Primary courses are a prerequisite for this class. 
  • ​NOTE: ALL DOGS ARE REQUIRED TO BE UP-TO-DATE ON VACCINATIONS
  • ALL KARE CLASSES HAVE A $25 CANCELLATION FEE

DOG TRICKS

Learn to teach your dog tricks and other behaviors in a fun and confidence-building four-week group class. Perfect for any dog that needs more brain exercise than physical, and for handlers who just want to bond with their furry friends.

Each dog will have learned up to 10 tricks and have the opportunity to be evaluated for an AKC Novice Tricks Title.

*This is a group class – the dog must be comfortable being around other dogs*

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  • $125.00 for a four-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 a prerequisite for this class. These free orientations are generally held on the first Saturday of the month or provided as a self-study course.
  • ​NOTE: ALL DOGS ARE REQUIRED TO BE UP-TO-DATE ON VACCINATIONS FOR THEIR AGE
  • ALL KARE CLASSES HAVE A $25 CANCELLATION FEE

CANINE GOOD CITIZEN/THERAPY TEAM PRACTICE CLASS

Our Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and Therapy Team Practice classes are designed for humans/dogs to practice skills needed to take the CGC or Pet Partners Therapy Team Evaluation. Both classes are held jointly for the first four weeks. The Therapy Team Practice class continues for an additional two weeks and includes occasional field trips to practice skills in real-world settings. KARE offers both CGC and Pet Partners Therapy Team evaluations regularly. 

  • Canine Good Citizen Class
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    • $100 for a 4-session course
  • Therapy Team Practice Class
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    • $125 for a 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.
  • NOTE: ALL DOGS ARE REQUIRED TO BE UP-TO-DATE ON VACCINATIONS
  • ALL KARE CLASSES HAVE A $25 CANCELLATION FEE

NOSEWORK – LEVEL 1 

Nosework Level 1 is an introductory course designed to allow dogs to utilize their nose in a fun and rewarding endeavor. Dogs love to use their nose and are thrilled to discover they can connect with their owners through this trait. Nosework is excellent for high-energy, anxious, and bored dogs. The odor item for this class will be food. Detection work can be expanded to fun and practical activities like truffle hunting. Dogs of all ages and energy levels are welcome.

*This is a group class – dogs must be comfortable being around other dogs*

  • Sundays, Mar 10 – Apr 7, 2024, 1:00 – 1:45 pm (No class Mar 24) (FULL)
  • Sundays, Mar 10 – Apr 7, 2024, 2:15 – 3:00 pm (No class Mar 24)
  • $125.00 for a four-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 a prerequisite for this class. These free orientations are generally held on the first Saturday of the month or provided as a self-study course.
  • NOTE: ALL DOGS ARE REQUIRED TO BE UP-TO-DATE ON VACCINATIONS
  • ALL KARE CLASSES HAVE A $25 CANCELLATION FEE

NOSEWORK – LEVEL 2

Take your Nosework to the next level with the introduction of scent! Learn how to imprint your Dog to different scents and to teach them to track those scents. Join us in unlocking the hidden power of your dog’s nose! Dogs of all ages and energy levels are welcome.

*This is a group class – dogs must be comfortable being around other dogs*

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  • $125.00 for a four-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.
  • Nosework Level 1 is a prerequisite for this class. 
  • NOTE: ALL DOGS ARE REQUIRED TO BE UP-TO-DATE ON VACCINATIONS
  • ALL KARE CLASSES HAVE A $25 CANCELLATION FEE

HAPPY PET HAPPY VET

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! It doesn’t have to be a chore. Zoo and marine mammal trainers have blazed the trail for us by training animals to cooperate in 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, but you will have the foundation, skills, and resources at your disposal to continue your training. We will be providing some supplies during class. 

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  • $125 for a four-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 a prerequisite for this class. These free orientations are generally held on the first Saturday of the month or provided as a self-study course.

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 the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) Rally Obedience which is performed on a leash and rewarded with both food and verbal praise.  Behaviors learned in this class are beneficial if one wishes to continue to competition level Rally but also increase the bond with your dog and can help in the day-to-day routine with your dog.  This is not a competition-level class.

*This is a group class – dogs must be comfortable being around other dogs*

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  • $160.00 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 – The dog should be able to do basic behaviors such as sit, down, stay, etc.
  • Our Training Orientation is a prerequisite for this class. These free orientations are generally held on the first Saturday of the month or provided as a self-study course.

DOG BEHAVIOR DEEP DIVE

Do you work or volunteer with dogs? Do you really want to understand and have the best relationship with your dog? We have the class for you! Our Introduction to Dog Behavior class is a 6-week-long immersion into the world of dogs. You can expect to learn about canine development, how dogs learn, become excellent dog communicators, and demystify behavior and training. There will be multiple opportunities for hands-on learning. Students must 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 so much about dog behavior and as a result, I have been able to help many dogs get adopted!

Workshops

REVVED UP RECALL 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 of 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.

  • Sundays, Mar 10 – Apr 7, 2024, 11:45 am – 12:30 pm (No class Mar 24)
  • $125.00 for a 4-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 a prerequisite for this class. These free orientations are generally held on the first Saturday of the month or provided as a self-study course.
  • NOTE: ALL DOGS ARE REQUIRED TO BE UP-TO-DATE ON VACCINATIONS
  • ALL KARE CLASSES HAVE A $25 CANCELLATION FEE

REACTIVE ROVER WORKSHOP & SEMI-PRIVATE GROUP CLASS – LEVEL 1

Dogs of all ages. Does your dog have anxiety about strangers or other dogs? 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 a dog-free 2-hour workshop where we will focus on what is causing the reactivity and practice appropriate behavior modification techniques. The remaining five sessions will be a semi-private group class where our instructors will be coaching you and your dog through implementing those techniques. To avoid reactivity during class we will be separating the dogs with barriers.

  • RR WORKSHOP – Level 1 (FULL)
  • Wednesday, Feb 28, 2024, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

 When you register for the workshop you MUST ALSO sign up for one of our class options:

  • RR CLASS GROUP A – Level 1 (FULL)
  • Saturdays, Mar 2 – Apr 6, 2024, 10:00 – 10:45 am (NO CLASS Mar 23)
  • RR CLASS GROUP B – Level 1 (FULL)
  • Saturdays, Mar 2 – Apr 6, 2024, 11:30 am – 12:15 pm (NO CLASS Mar 23)
  • RR CLASS GROUP C – Level 1 (FULL)
  • Wednesdays, Mar 6 – Apr 3, 2024, 4:30 – 5:15 pm

If you can make our weekday class offering please choose that option, so that our clients who are only available on weekends have a chance to sign up.

  • $170.00 includes the workshop and 5 semi-private group class 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.
  • **For safety reasons we are requiring all registrants to bring a secondary handler — only the primary and secondary handlers are allowed in the training facility**
  • **Children under the age of 16 are not permitted**
  • Our Training Orientation is a prerequisite for this class. These free orientations are generally held on the first Saturday of the month or provided as a self-study course.
  • NOTE: ALL DOGS ARE REQUIRED TO BE UP-TO-DATE ON VACCINATIONS
  • **CANCELATION POLICY**

    Our Reactive Rover program is in high demand and has limited space. For this reason, we request that any cancellations must be at least 48 hours before the scheduled Reactive Rover workshop. This will allow us to offer your spot to another client.

    If you cancel more than 48 hours before the workshop then the amount will be refunded minus a $25 cancellation fee. Please note, that if you do not cancel with at least 48-hour notice, you will not receive any refund.

GROUP REACTIVE ROVER REHABILITATION (GRRR) – LEVEL 2

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

In the first session, we will be working without dogs.

  • Saturdays, Mar 2 – Apr 13, 2024, 12:45 – 1:15 pm (NO CLASS Mar 23)
  • $160.00 for six sessions.
  • Prerequisite: Graduates of KARE’s Reactive Rover – Level 1 Class (or similar reactive dog coursework).
  • NOTE: ALL DOGS ARE REQUIRED TO BE UP-TO-DATE ON VACCINATIONS
  • ALL KARE CLASSES HAVE A $25 CANCELLATION FEE

GROUP REACTIVE ROVER WALKABOUT – LEVEL 3

This class is for graduates of the Group Reactive Rover Rehabilitation – Level 2 program. In this class, we will focus on increasing your dog’s tolerance to triggers, by taking 30-minute walks off-campus in real-world settings. The class will include a 1:1 dog-to-trainer ratio. 

Note: as this class will be off KARE facility grounds we cannot guarantee the safety of yourself or your pet nor predict what people, dogs, etc. we may encounter. A signed class Indemnity Agreement will be required.

  • Fridays, Mar 8 – 29, 2024, 5:00 – 5:30 pm
  • $125.00 for four sessions.
  • Prerequisite: Graduates of KARE’s Reactive Rover – Level 2 Class (or similar reactive dog coursework).
  • NOTE: ALL DOGS ARE REQUIRED TO BE UP-TO-DATE ON VACCINATIONS
  • ALL KARE CLASSES HAVE A $25 CANCELLATION FEE

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.

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  • $95.00 for three 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 a prerequisite for this class. These free orientations are generally held on the first Saturday of the month or provided as a self-study course.
  • NOTE: ALL DOGS ARE REQUIRED TO BE UP-TO-DATE ON VACCINATIONS
  • ALL KARE CLASSES HAVE A $25 CANCELLATION FEE

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 simple behavior. By the end of the day, we hope to have all participants and their chickens performing a discrimination task. 

Virtual Chicken Camp

We’re adding more Virtual Chicken Camps! We are honored to support Terry and all the participants of the Virtual Chicken Camp. We hope one of the upcoming time schedules will work for you.

Entry-Level Virtual Chicken Camp

Thursdays, April 18 – June 6, 2024
11:00 am – 12:00 pm PST

Thursdays, July 11 – August 29, 2024
11:00 am – 12:00 pm PST

Beyond Entry-Level 1 Virtual Chicken Camp

Thursdays, July 11 – August 29, 2024
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm PST

Beyond Entry-Level 2 Virtual Chicken Camp

Thursdays, April 18 – June 6, 2024
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm PST

Virtual Chicken Camp For Kids (ages 8-12)

Thursdays, July 11 – August 29, 2024
9:30 am – 10:30 am PST

How to Register: email registration@nwkare.org
 
Classes are 1 hour long for 8 weeks and are conducted utilizing the Zoom virtual meeting platform.
 
Classes are limited to:
 
– Ages 12 & up*
– 8 working participants ($245): You will need continual access to a chicken. There will be homework! As soon as you register, you will receive detailed information on how to select and prepare your chicken partner for the course. During the course, instructions will be given for making simple props from things you have around the house. You will have the opportunity to work with Terry one-on-one during class sessions.
– 12 auditing registrants ($170): You will be involved in class Q&A and people-only exercises that focus on improving your mechanical skills.
 
Other Important Class Details:
 
– Classes are taught in English. If interpretation is needed, please contact us for a private virtual chicken camp. KARE is not responsible for providing an interpreter. This could affect class time and pricing.
– Each week all participants receive class notes plus supplemental educational documents
– Training area for each working participant should be in a quiet area, free of ambient noise and distractions. The area needs a table at least 6 feet in length, a computer with a camera (preferably a laptop), and a chair.
– All chickens used in training need to be hens, no roosters. Each working participant should have a chicken of their own to work with. During class, the chicken should be kept in a holding area within easy reach of the working table and the computer. Wire dog crates work well for keeping the chickens contained during class while not working with them.
– CEU credits will be available for both working and auditor participants.
 
In this virtual course, you’ll get information from Terry’s traditional Chicken Camps, designed to practice animal training. The methods will involve marker-based positive reinforcement techniques. The goal of the course is to help you be a better trainer of any species, including humans. The course will provide practical application for the principles of classical and operant conditioning. Observation and timing skills are practiced. A foundation of target training and discrimination is followed by teaching the chicken to negotiate a simple, chained obstacle course.
 
*Chickin’ Klickin’ Kids – A very less technical, more hands-on course for children of 7-12 with parental assistance. Dates to be announced.
 

SPEAKING DOGLISH

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

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