SPCA Florida Expands Its Dog Training Program
SPCA Florida recently expanded its Pet University dog training program to include Dog Basics II and Intermediate. Dog Basics II is designed for dogs that have mastered basic manners such as sit, down, and coming when called through completion of Dog Basics and are ready to sharpen their skills such as heel, automatic sit and a reliable recall. The curriculum will prepare dogs for SPCA Florida’s upcoming Canine Good Citizen Prep Class. Intermediate class is available for canines that know general commands by completing Puppy 101 or Dog Basics but aren’t quite ready for Dog Basics II.
In all classes our Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) uses Clicker training, a positive reinforcement method, to help pet parents train their dogs, while creating a strong bond. Flexible times and days are available and classes take place on the Campus of Kindness, 5850 Brannen Road South in Lakeland. The hour-long classes are taught one day a week for four weeks. The cost is just $75 and includes a clicker, training material and certificate of completion. Pet University classes are for dogs that get along well with strangers and other dogs. Private/in-home training is available for canine’s requiring more socialization or that have special needs.
Each month SPCA Florida offers a free canine parenting workshop that reviews nutrition, exercise, training and other common questions. This workshop is perfect for recent adopters as the certified trainer gives tips on transitioning a new four-legged family member into the home. The next free workshop is Wednesday, August 29 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the Education Center at 5850 Brannen Road South in Lakeland. Registration is not required. Pet owners are asked to bring their questions and leave their dogs at home.