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

Adult Dog Basic Manners NEW!

Can an adult dog learn new tricks? Of course! Adult dogs benefit from training just as much as puppies and it’s never too late to start. Join us and teach your dog skills, learn how dogs learn, and have fun. Using reinforcement-based training, this class covers Sit, Down, Stay, Come,
Leash Walking, Leave It, Drop and Polite Greetings. We will also guide you in transferring skills from the classroom to the real world. Dogs should be friendly toward dogs and people. No pinch, prong, or choke collars in the classroom, please! Instructor: Joyce Loebig.

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

Where:
Heffner Park Community Center

When:
6 Week Sessions
June 3 – July 8
OR
July 15 – August 19
7 p.m. – 8 p.m

Who:
Dogs 6 months or older

 

Puppy Manners & Socialization NEW!

What’s one of the best ways to train and socialize your puppy? A group class designed just for puppies! Each class will include off leash play in a supervised setting where you will learn about dog body language, appropriate play, and when to take breaks. Using reinforcement based training techniques, we will teach basic skills (Sit, Down, Leash Walking, Come, and Polite Greetings), discuss common puppy issues (chewing, nipping, jumping), and focus on appropriate socialization. Most of all, we’ll have fun! Instructor: Joyce Loebig.

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

Where:
Heffner Park Community Center

When:
6 Week Sessions
Wednesdays, June 4 – July 9
OR
Wednesdays, July 16 – August 20
7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Who:
Dogs 8 weeks - 5 months

 

 

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