Is your dog afraid of new people? Or maybe they’re not very new but your dog is still aggressive or fearful of them. Let’s get you some help!

Six Weeks of Semi-Private Group Classes


Who: Dogs who have a fear of humans. (Those with a bite history or a tendency to lunge will need to be desensitized to a muzzle). This is not a great class for dogs who are really dog-reactive, although we can sometimes work around it. Contact us to chat about this. Please also note that we require two adult humans to attend per dog, with a few exceptions.

When: Schedule varies, please click here to see upcoming offerings.

Where: The majority of sessions will be held about 8 miles south of Tumwater via I-5. We will email directions once you’re registered and as class gets closer. Please note that there are not bathrooms at this facility, so please plan accordingly.

Why: It’s almost impossible to avoid being around people when you have a dog. That’s why it’s so important to be able to invite friends over, or take your pup for a walk, or just visit the vet without worrying about how your dog is going to react. And when your dog is happier being around people, so are you. It’s a win-win!

What: Choosing a semi-private class rather than a private consultation has many benefits. It saves you money, is a whole lot of fun, and provides you with a mini-support group of understanding, non-judgmental people who are facing the same issues you are. The curriculum for this class is as follows:

Week 1: Group consultation held without dogs, 60 minutes
Week 2: Group behavior assessments held with dogs (Threshold assessments), working each dog individually. 60 minutes
Week 3-4: Group class, working each dog in pairs or individually. 60 minutes
Week 5: Group re-assessment held with dogs. 60 minutes
Week 6: Group follow-up held without dogs, typically. 60 minutes.

And at the end of the course, you’ll have all the tools and information you need to continue working and progressing with your dog on your own. The goal of this class is to give you the methodology to practice on your own and – dogs are usually MUCH better by the end of this class. As with all behavior issues, will likely still need to practice after the final class. You will have a lot of opportunity in each class to problem-solve, strategize, practice and observe both your own dog and other dog’s behaviors.

Please note that you are required to bring a human “buddy” to every group class with you (weeks 2-5). Please also note that this class is not well-suited for dogs who are reactive or aggressive towards other dogs, on-leash. If you have any questions about this please contact us.

Before registering for class, PLEASE be sure to read the class FAQs (click here). There are some unique aspects to this class (for example, you need to bring a human “buddy” with you to every class).

“We have some [guests] this weekend. Oliver has already warmed to them. Acting interested. Asking for attention…progress!!”

—Gerry & Oliver