Wholistic Hound Academy's group class registration is open!
We offer puppy enrichment and socialization, adult dog basic and advanced skills classes, Dog Sports, including Agility, Nose Work, and more, along with seminars and workshops for our students and dog training and pet services professionals.
**See our class list below or click on the Register Now! button to view class descriptions of our upcoming summer school series, including Puppy and Adult manners, life skills, and Agility,
Nose Work, and more.
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Here is a list of only some of our upcoming classes:
Agility and Dog Sports Foundation
An introduction into the basic concepts needed in agility and other sports. Impulse control, body awareness, focus and drive are some of the topics to be covered. Designed to teach dogs and handlers the foundation skills required to start agility training or a refresher for those with some agility skills who need to increase motivation, focus, and being an amazing other half of the human-dog team.
Building on foundation skills, this class will teach basic obstacle performance and handling skills and communication between dog and handler. Dogs will become proficient at producing their strong targeting behavior to the hand and target on the ground with contact equipment. Teams will be introduced to handling using one jump work, cone work, and jump grids along with continuing with exposure to other agility equipment such as tables, tires, and tunnels. Whether you want to compete or not, this is a great class to learn new skills with your dog and have lots of fun doing it!
Agility Novice/Open Handling
Geared for teams that are competing or preparing for the Novice and/or Open Level. Learn from top U.S. World Team competitor Tracy Hirsch on proper handling techniques, how to efficiently navigate a short course and course type sequences, while maintaining your dog’s drive and excitement. The overall goal of this class is to develop and improve your team handling skills, obstacle performance, and speed.
Agility Excellent/Masters Handling
Geared for the Excellent/ Masters and above level teams that are ready to take that next step up. Learn from top U.S. World Agility competitor Tracy Hirsch to become an efficient agility team with your dog. This class will focus on refining your current skills and includes: Masters level course analysis, individualizing handling systems, drill work to sharpen various skills, tight turn work, refined obstacle training, and learning the best way to handle individual situations on short sequences.
Introduction to Nose Work
- For dogs 5 months and older
Nose Work is a fun-filled sport and training activity that was created by drug and explosives detection professionals. It is based on our dogs' amazing sense of smell and their love of searching and hunting. By encouraging dogs to use their natural scenting abilities and to excel in problem solving during the search, this sport builds confidence and focus, provides lots of mental and physical stimulation, while creating a deeper relationship between you and your dog. This class builds foundation skills and drive to hunt for a target odor leading to a successful and fun searching experience.
Find out how truly amazing your dog's nose really is! Nose Work is perfect for dogs of any age, size and personality.
Intermediate K9 Nose Work®
This course is for dogs who have already been exposed to birch, but who may not have yet taken an Odor Recognition Test or competed in K9 Nose Work®. Dog and handler teams will be exposed to searches that will prepare the teams for travel classes and competition. We will also introduce the dogs to anise and clove, or strengthen the dogs’ odor obedience to those odors if they have already been introduced.
Advanced K9 Nose Work®
This course is for dog and handler teams who are already competing in K9 Nose Work®. We will vary the topics covered based on the teams’ level of experience, with an emphasis on foundation skills.
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Refund Policy: Wholistic Hound Academy aims to provide the highest quality training program for our clients and their dogs. By enrolling you are reserving a space in one of our courses. Our class sizes are limited to ensure quality. Therefore, our office must be notified at least 10 business days before the class begins for any transfers or refunds (minus a $25 processing fee). We regret that we are unable to refund enrollment fees once class has commenced. All refund requests must be made in writing & emailed to our office at or by calling us at (703) 962-6335. If your dog is unable to attend due to an injury or illness during your course, you will receive a 50% discount towards a future class. If we cancel a class, you will receive a full refund. Please carefully consider your schedule, commitment to training, and your dog before registering for class.