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Pet Lovers

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dog Training Workshops

These human-only workshops provide in-depth information about specific dog behavior problems and prevention training. All workshop are held indoors at the Louisiana SPCA Resource Education Rooms in Phase II and presented by our Training and Behavior Department.  All workshop proceeds benefit the animals at the Louisiana SPCA.

For more information call 504.762.3329 or email training@la-spca.org.

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Sara Carson - Tricky K9s Workshop

Intro to Dog Training

Dogs and Babies

Reactive Rover

Your New Puppy



Tricky K9s Workshop!

Cost: $85 per dog for working spots; $30 per person for auditing

Location: Harahan Senior Center

Duration: 2 hour workshop

Workshop Dates and Times: Pre-registration is required. Space is limited.

Saturday, July 29 at 10 am or 1 pm
Sunday, July 30 at 10 am or 1 pm

Tricky K9s is a two hour dog trick workshop taught by Certified Trick Dog Instructor Sara Carson. Starting with basic behaviors, you and your dog will enjoy learning several novice and advanced level tricks. Going over many eye catching behaviors that are sure to impress your friends and family! Spend some time bonding with your k9 companion. There are four available workshops, each with limited working (with your dog) and auditing (without your dog) spots.



Dogs and Babies

Cost: $25 per couple

Location:  Metairie Small Animal Hospital

Duration: 1.5 hour workshop

2017 Workshop Dates and Times:  Space is limited, so register early!

Sunday, June 25 at 9 a.m. Use code JUNE25 at registration to waive fee for this date only!
Sunday, September 10 at 9 a.m.
Saturday, December 2 at 9 a.m.

Summary: Dogs and Babies is a training class that is great for those that are expecting! This humans only workshop will give you the tools you need to help ensure a smooth transition for your entire family.

Some topics covered include:

  • Crate training
  • Teaching your dog to settle
  • Helping your dog disengage from the baby
  • Getting your dog used to the new routine
  • Acclimating your dog to all the new sights, sounds, smells and props that come along with the baby
  • Expectations for dog-baby interactions
  • So much more!.



Intro to Dog Training

Cost: $10

Location: Metairie Small Animal Hospital

Duration: 1 hour

2016 Workshop Dates and Times:  **Humans only** These workshops will start and end on time, so please arrive about 15 minutes early.

Sunday, September 10 at 2 p.m.

Summary:  This training workshop is open to new adopters, seasoned pet owners, and anyone looking to learn a little more about how to effectively communicate with their dog.  This workshop covers the basics of how dogs learn and how you can make the most of their training.  As an added benefit, anyone who attends this workshop will receive a discount code for 10% off a Manners training class.  



Reactive Rover

Cost: $25 per person

Location:  Metairie Small Animal Hospital or Louisiana SPCA

Duration: 1.5 hour workshop

2017 Workshop Dates and Times: Space is limited, so register early!

Sunday, September 10 at 12 p.m.

Saturday, December 2 at 12 p.m.

Summary: Does your dog bark and lunge at other dogs while on-leash? Frustrated? Embarrassed? Feel like giving up? This workshop will lay out the genetic and environmental underpinnings of dog-dog reactivity, discuss the underlying causation, and provide protocols for modifying the behavior.

You will also learn:

  • How to assess dog reactivity
  • How to determine which techniques are most effective for the particular dog you are working with
  • What drives dog-dog reactivity
  • How to identify a dog’s triggers
  • How to read dog body language
  • Best practices for addressing and modifying reactivity

The Reactive Rover workshop includes resources, training plans, video tutorials, and a discount on our Reactive Rover classes.



Your New Puppy Workshop

Cost: $10 per person

Location: Louisiana SPCA

Duration: 1 hour workshop

2017 Workshop Dates and Times: Space is limited, so register early!

**Keep checking back for future dates or email training@la-spca.org for more information

Summary: Are you the owner of a new puppy, or maybe thinking about getting a puppy in 2017? Join us for a humans-only informational session about training and eliminating the stress of a puppy in your home. We will address normal puppy behaviors, such as:

  • play-biting
  • chewing
  • jumping
  • house training and crate training
  • basic obedience
  • proper socialization



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