First Things First with Your New Rescue – Online

Live, online via Zoom

  • We will be using Zoom for this class, so you will need to have internet access and a smartphone or a computer.  Before your first session, your instructor will send you log-in information as well as tips on how to prepare for the class.
  • The instructor will use live demos, discussion and pre-recorded videos. You will also receive coaching from the instructor as you work with your own dog.
  • Join us from anywhere!
  • You’ll be surprised how well your dog can focus on you in your home environment!

About this Class:

Have you recently adopted a dog? They’ve just experienced a HUGE change and need time to learn the routine and settle in. Rather than jumping into an in-person training class right away, which might be overwhelming to them, help them get comfortably integrated into your home first. This online class will give you skills to help your dog transition to life with your family. You will learn:
  • ways to help your dog relax and feel safe
  • how to build trust and enhance your bond
  • what training skills to prioritize
  • beginning skills for leash walking and coming when called
  • how to develop routines and set up your home to make things easier for both you and your dog

Prerequisites: None.

Instructor: Kelly Burgdorf (Horses and Hounds Training)

Fee: $150; Four sessions, 60 minutes each

This class is most appropriate for dogs aged 6 months or older. Adopted a puppy? Check out our puppy classes!

Upcoming Classes

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Class fees help support the free programs and services provided by Your Dog’s Friend, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and supporting dog parents.


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