Pets | Classes and Programs

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About Our Pet Programs

The Takoma Park Recreation Department knows you love your dog. Let us help you put your best paws forward with professional dog training classes and/or play days. If you’re looking to work with your dog on obedience, tricks, exercise or how to become a better dog handler, we have a class for you! We offer weekend and evening classes and competitive pricing. Classes are held at Heffner Park Community Center. Our instructors feel strongly that training your dog will strengthen the bond between you, and help make your dog an upstanding animal in the community.

* Effective with Fall registration, you now register through ActiveNet for our pet programs. *

 

Class Spotlights

Basic Dog Manners

It is never too late to start training with your dog. This class focuses on teaching the polite behaviors we want from our dogs in the real world, on a leash, at home, and with other dogs and people. This class covers foundation behaviors (Sit, Down, Stay, Here, Leave It), leash manners (not pulling, passing dogs and people), polite greetings, dog body language, and how reinforcement works. Dogs should be friendly toward dogs and people and current on vaccinations. No pinch, prong, choke, or electronic collars in the classroom, please. Instructor: Joyce Loebig.

Heffner Park Community Center
42 Oswego Avenue
Dogs 1 year and older
6 Week Sessions
Wednesdays
Session 1:  September 9 - October 14
Session 2:  October 28 - December 9
6:45 - 7:45 p.m.
Resident: $145 / Non-resident: $165

 

Doggie Tricks and Games

Want to show off for the relatives or post cute online videos of your dog? Join us for Tricks and Games, a great way to train with your dog and have fun at the same time. We’ll cover tricks such as shake, crawling, spin in a circle, putting toys away, and pushing objects. You can work at you and your dog’s pace, and decide which tricks you want to teach. Dogs should have some basic training on manners. Dogs should be friendly toward dogs and people and current on vaccinations. No pinch, prong, choke, or electronic collars in the classroom, please. Instructor: Joyce Loebig.

Heffner Park Community Center
42 Oswego Avenue
Dogs 6 months and older
6 Week Sessions
Wednesday
Session 1:  September 9 - October 14
Session 2:  October 28 - December 9
8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Resident: $145 / Non-resident: $165

 

Puppy Kindergarten 

If you have a puppy, you need Puppy Kindergarten! Early puppy training and socialization has been shown to help prevent behavior problems later on. Each class will include supervised, off leash play, where you will learn about dog body language and appropriate play. Most of all, we’ll have fun. Dogs should be friendly toward dogs and people and must have current vaccinations. No pinch, prong, choke, or electronic collars in the classroom. Instructor: Joyce Loebig.

Heffner Park Community Center
42 Oswego Avenue
Dogs 6 months and older
6 Week Sessions
Tuesdays
Session 1: September 8 - October 13
Session 2: October 27 - December 1
6:45 - 7:45 p.m.
Resident: $145 /Non-resident: $165

 

Puppy II: For the Adolescent Puppy  *NEW*

Puppies in adolescence (between of 6-18 months of age) tend to get bolder, less focused, and develop selective listening. This class will teach and build upon basic skills with a focus on impulse control, not jumping, and polite behavior around other dogs and people. Whether you’ve been
through puppy class or just adopted your puppy, this class will teach the manners your pup needs.  Dogs should be friendly toward dogs and people and current on vaccinations. No pinch, prong, choke, or electronic collars in the classroom, please.Instructor: Joyce Loebig

Heffner Park Community Center
42 Oswego Avenue
Dogs 6 months and older
6 Week Sessions
Tuesdays
Session 1: September 8 - October 13
Session 2: October 27 - December 1
8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Resident: $145 / Non-resident: $165

 

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