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.

Class Spotlights

 Dog Manners for Life NEW!

Whether you have a "teen" emerging from puppyhood, or an adult dog who needs some training, this class is for you. Using positive reinforcement, we will teach your dog foundation behaviors (Sit, Down, Stay, Here, Leave It), leash manners (not pulling, passing dogs and people), and polite greetings. Dogs should be friendly toward dogs and people. No pinch, prong, choke, or electronic collars in the classroom, please!  Instructor: Joyce Loebig.

Cost:
Resident: $119
Non-resident: $139

Where:
Heffner Park Community Center

When:
Session 1: Wednesdays, January 7 - February 11
Session 2: Wednesdays, February 25 - April 1
8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Who:
Dogs 6 months or older

 

Puppy Kindergarten  NEW!

If you have 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! No pinch, prong, choke, or electronic collars in the classroom. Instructor: Joyce Loebig

Cost:
Resident: $119
Non-resident: $139

Where:
Heffner Park Community Center

When:
Session 1: Wednesdays,January 7 - February 11
Session 2: Wednesdays, February 25 - April 1
6:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

Who:
Dogs 8 weeks - 5 months

 

 

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