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Vega-Pulling-on-leash smallestNext round of dog training classes:  August 26, September 2, 9 and 16 - 4 classes - 4 consecutive Saturdays! Only $30.00 for all 4 classes. Call Cindy at 828-774-6127 to reserve your dogs place in the classes.   

The Friends of Madison County Animals is pleased to sponsor low cost dog training classes conveniently located on Blannahessett Island in Marshall.  Instructor Cindy Waselesk, of Good Dog Better Dog based in Weaverville, provides 15 years of experience using rewards based training to help pet owners understand that patience and consistency are the keys to developing a true bond with your dog.

 According to Cindy, dogs are 100% loyal and 100% forgiving, so most problems are nothing more than misunderstandings because the dog does not comprehend what their pet parents are saying. Working closely with Cindy helps dog parents relate to the dog's perspective. As communication grows, dogs quickly learn what's expected of them.

 Class participants in this beginner session will learn basic obedience including potty training, sit, lie down, leave it, and an off-leash recall. She will also teach the basics of encouraging good behavior at home and show how to discourage unwanted behaviors. For Cindy, watching her graduates play on the grass or in the water, and knowing that obedience training has allowed them the freedom to be as happy as they can possibly be, is the best experience a trainer can have. 

Cindy's basic obedience class offers a tremendous value and is only $30 for all four sessions.

If participants of the beginner class are interested in continuing, we also offer an advanced class which covers loose leash walking and greeting people and other dogs politely, as well as more advanced commands such as a down stay. The advanced class is designed as a smaller class so participants receive more individualized instruction.

 Pet and owner teams who complete both levels of training then have the option of taking the Canine Good Citizen exam at an additional cost. CGC certification allows dogs to participate in our Humane Education program, the Library Read to Me program and offer comfort and companionship at local nursing homes. Our classes not only strengthen your relationship with your dog, participants also connect with other pet owners in our community and have been known to continue meeting after the class is over for doggy play dates!

 Obedience Classes are held on consecutive Saturdays.  Contact Cindy to register at 828-774-6127 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Classes are filling up quickly! Dogs need to be spayed or neutered if they are 6 months or older and up to date on their rabies vaccinations to participate.

 Dog Training 2017   -    Basic Obedience Training Class:  August 26, September 2, 9 and 16 - 4 classes - 4 consecutive Saturdays!