Have a dog that's a joy to live with!

Registration is open for our Fall classes and workshops

Sharing your life with a dog should be fun and rewarding. But certain unwanted behaviors – pulling you down the street, barking at people or other dogs as they pass by, jumping on visitors, or not coming when called – can take all the joy out of it.  

 

Wholistic Hound Academy’s group classesprivate training lessons and events make life with your puppy or dog easier and more fun by bringing out the best in your dog! With guidance from our knowledgeable, professional, and certified instructors, you’ll learn how to respond to both good and bad behavior, and teach your dog to make the right behavior choices. Before you know it, you’ll have a calmer, more relaxed, well-mannered canine companion who’s a real pleasure to be around!

Puppy Classes

Along with the big eyes and puppy breath comes housetraining, crate training, socialization, and typical puppy behaviors like chewing, biting, and jumping. And it’s all up to you to make sure they get started on the right paw.

Adult Dog Classes

Good manners and basic life skills make living with our dogs easier, safer, and much more fun. Whether your dog is new to training, needs some refreshing, or you have a new dog, this class teaches you how to train the basics that all dogs need

Private Lessons

Do you want more personalized attention than a group class can provide? Do you need a flexible training program that works around your busy schedule? Is your dog more comfortable training in his own home? If any of these are familiar, private lessons right in the comfort and convenience of your own home or at our Academy may be just what you need. 

Agility Classes

Agility is an ultimate team sport and athletic event that requires conditioning, concentration, training and teamwork. The obstacle course includes of jumps, weaves, poles and other fun objects. It provides fun and exercise for both the dog and handler.

Nose Work Classes

Nose work is perfect for dogs of any size, age and personality.  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.

Specialty Classes

Throughout the year the Academy offers a number of specialty classes and workshops.  These include everything from behavior and life skills to canine fitness and conditioning and educational seminars for expectant parents and families with young children.  
 
Looking for a fun way to build your dog’s confidence? Want your usual walk to be more challenging and creative? Try dog parkour! Dog parkour, sometimes called “urban agility,” teaches dogs to try new things with their bodies and handlers to identify opportunities for canine enrichment. In this 4-session class, we will introduce the fundamentals of dog parkour, including training methods, safety protocols, and behavior guidelines. 

The sport of parkour is played in the everyday world -- at home, schoolyards, parks, shopping centers, training facilities, and anywhere else where there are obstacles for dogs to jump on or over, climb on, balance on, and crawl under.  Dozens of exercises utilizing such obstacles have been devised by the two canine parkour titling bodies, and handlers can use their imagination to create new exercises. 

Parkour is a great way to develop a dog’s confidence, ability to ignore distractions and to generalize  behaviors, and for the trainer to learn how to teach new skills to their dog – and just plain have fun!  The following link shows a sample submission to one of the titling bodies, shot at our local Ft. Ward Park. https://youtu.be/ES5gtpPWhQg
 
Prerequisite:  Good Dog 101 or prior foundation skills class, or permission of the instructor.  Dogs should be reasonably comfortable working in the presence of other dogs, with or without barriers.
 

ACADEMY CLASS CALENDAR

 

CONTACT US

To schedule an appointment, please call 703-962-6335 or email info@wholistichound.com

 

Academy Address:

18 Roth Street

Alexandria, Virginia
 

Phone: (703) 962-6335

Email: info@wholistichound.com

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