Walking Workshops – Level I and II

Posted in Walking Workshops

Level I $35 (includes workshop training supplies)
Level II $25

Walking Workshop I will take you through how to start your walk before you leave the house and the first stages of structured loose leash walking. This level is appropriate for pups new to our loose leash walking method. New clients, please reach out to us via email or phone prior to enrollment to ensure this workshop is an appropriate place to start your training with us.

Walking Workshop II will review Level I and then focus on reactions to distractions with other dogs and humans while still achieving a controlled loose leash walk. The level II sessions are always different, and a great way for even the most experienced of walkers to practice calm behavior around distraction. We encourage clients and pups who have already completed Level II to keep coming back for more, as each session is tailored to the students' needs!

When Walking Workshop Levels I and II are held at the same time (noted as a combined session below), it is not possible to take both on the same day, as you will need time in-between to practice your new skills. 

NEW CLIENTS, PLEASE NOTE some workshops may not be appropriate as a first-time training session. Prior to enrolling in this workshop, clients new to 2SpeakDog should contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 804.440.2498. New client registrations submitted without approval may be cancelled. Thank you for your cooperation in making sure your pup’s training is the best it can be!

Regarding Dogs and Babies: all Walking Workshops are open to those who have completed the Dogs and Babies "Fostering a Happy Pack" Part I Seminar; training will be specific to Dogs and Babies Part II.

Registrations for weekend workshops should be submitted NO LATER than 3:00 pm on Friday.  Registrations received after 3:00 pm on Friday may not be accepted.

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Level I Only

Saturday, September 23, 2017
10:30 - 11:45 am
2SD Training Facility
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - WEEKNIGHT
6:00 - 7:15 pm
2SD Training Facility
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Sunday, October 8, 2017
11:00 am 12:15 pm
2SD Training Facility
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Sunday, October 15, 2017
9:30-10:45 am
2SD Training Facility
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Sunday, October 29, 2017
9:00 - 10:15 am
2SD Training Facility
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Level II Only

Saturday, September 16, 2017
9:15 - 10:30 am
2SD Training Facility
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Sunday, October 1, 2017
9:00 - 10:15 am
2SD Training Facility
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Sunday, October 21, 2017
9:00 - 10:15 am
2SD Training Facility
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Pack Walking Workshops

Posted in Pack Walking Workshops

Cost $25

This on-the-go workshop will emphasize teaching your pup to stay calm around other dogs, remain focused on you while in distracting environments, and understanding ‘pack walk’ behavior.

We will introduce you and your pup to "Structured Socialization" vs "Recreational Socialization" as we walk through local parks and dog-friendly city areas.  You will be able to enjoy the wonders of a great walk with your pup, and learn to be an advocate for your dog as you introduce him to the world at large.

*Please note that we strongly encourage (but do not require) attendance at our Walking Workshop Levels I & II and/or our Field Trip Workshop Levels I & II prior to participating in a Pack Walk.

Please note that registrations for weekend workshops should be submitted NO LATER than 3:00 pm on Friday.  Registrations received after 3:00 pm on Friday may not be accepted.

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - URBAN LOCATION
9:00 - 11:00 am
Carytown (meet in Starbucks parking lot)
3555 W. Cary Street, Richmond, 23221
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Saturday, October 14, 2017
9:30 - 11:30 am
Byrd Park
600 S. Boulevard, Richmond, 23220
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Field Trips/Etiquette Outings

Posted in Field Trips

Levels I and II $25 each

These workshops will expose your pup to high foot and paw traffic, allowing you to put your previous or newly learned skills to work. It is helpful but NOT necessary to take Level I before Level II.

Levels I and II to cover:
Socialization – Meet and greet humans and dogs
Social Responsibilities – Respect of environment, leash etiquette and cleaning up after pet

Recommendations:

  • It is best to attend a Walking Workshop before going on a Field Trip Workshop but it is not necessary
  • If you know your pup is easily distracted, it’s recommended to start with Level I but again, it is not necessary
  • Please bring extra-yummy treats and a treat bag to help keep your pup focused
  • Make sure to bring bags to dispose of potential accidents

Level I (less foot traffic, less distractions)

Posted in Field Trips

Please note that the registration link will take you to our online enrollment system, the website MindBodyOnline. If you have any problems completing enrollment, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registrations for weekend workshops should be submitted NO LATER than 3:00 pm on Friday.  Registrations received after 3:00 pm on Friday may not be accepted.

Thursday, September 7, 2017
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Bass Pro Shops
11550 Lakeridge Parkway, Ashland, 23005
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Agility Workshop Level I

Posted in Agility Workshops

Level I $15

In this exciting, interactive workshop, you will learn beginner agility techniques for touch, jumps, tunnels, tables, plank, perch, hula-hoop, and more. Agility offers a fun opportunity to build trust and confidence in your pup while strengthening obedience skills, as well as being a fantastic way to stimulate him both mentally and physically.

Please note that the registration link will take you to our online enrollment system, the website MindBodyOnline. If you have any problems completing enrollment, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registrations for weekend workshops should be submitted NO LATER than 3:00 pm on Friday.  Registrations received after 3:00 pm on Friday may not be accepted.

Monday, September 11, 2017
6:15 - 7:00 pm
2SD Training Facility
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Saturday, September 16, 2017
11:00 - 11:45 am
2SD Training Facility
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Monday, October 9, 2017
7:45 - 8:30 pm
2SD Training Facility
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Saturday, October 28, 2017
2:45 - 3:30 pm
2SD Training Facility
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Class Make-Up Sessions

Posted in Class Make-Up Sessions

Cost $25

This workshop is primarily for students who have missed a week of obedience class and need a make up session. It's also great for pups that have already had training but need some extra help in solidifying what was taught in class. All levels are welcome! Our goal is to tailor this workshop to meet the needs of the students enrolled, so it changes each time, and we may cover a wide variety of obedience skills and social behaviors.

Please note that the registration link will take you to our online enrollment system, the website MindBodyOnline. If you have any problems completing enrollment, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registrations should be submitted NO LATER than 3:00 pm the day before the workshop (3:00 pm on Friday for weekend workshops).  Registrations received after the cutoff may not be accepted.

Located at 2SD Training Facility:

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
7:30 - 8:30 pm
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017
7:30 - 8:30 pm
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Thursday, October 5, 2017
7:30 - 8:30 pm
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Thursday, October 19, 2017
7:30 - 8:30 pm
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017
6:15 - 7:15 pm
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Sunday, October 29, 2017
11:45 am - 12:45 pm
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Located at Bryan Park:

TBD

 

Meet and Greet Workshops

Posted in Meet and Greet Workshops

Cost $25

Practice calm dog-people and dog-dog greetings. Learn how to use placement and wait to improve your pup's social behavior. Along with greetings, we cover appropriate leash handling, reading body language, and how to de-escalate and disengage when needed.

This workshop is appropriate for pups 4 months and older and a variety of training ability. Attendance at either Basic Obedience I, Walking Workshop I, or equivalent is a pre-requisite for enrollment in this workshop. Please contact us for any questions about qualifications! 

Please note registrations for workshops should be submitted NO LATER than 3:00 pm the day before the workshop. Registrations received after this time may not be accepted.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - WEEKNIGHT
7:30 - 8:30 pm
2SD Training Facility
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Sunday, September 17, 2017
9:45 - 10:45 am
2SD Training Facility
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Sunday, September 24, 2017
12:30 - 1:30 pm
2SD Training Facility
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - WEEKNIGHT
6:15 - 7:15 pm
2SD Training Facility
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Special Opportunity Workshops

Posted in Special Opportunity Workshops

Cost Varies

These special opportunity workshops are available for pups of various ages and skill levels. Each workshop is unique; please read the description and any pre-requisites prior to enrolling. If you have any questions about a workshop, please contact 2SD at 804.440.2498 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Special Opportunity - Hourly Swim Lessons

Posted in Special Opportunity Workshops

Deac Swimming

Hourly Swim Lessons at Paws To Swim

Cost: $100, due upon registration
(Valued at $160)

Is your pup nervous around water? Do they panic in the pool? Maybe your pup has never been in the water and you want to make sure they're "water safe" before they join you on the river? Swimming can also be a great form of low impact exercise for our senior canine friends.

2SpeakDog is excited to announce a new partnership with Paws To Swim! Through this partnership, we're pleased to offer private hourly swim lessons with Master Trainer, Behavior Specialist and our very own Large Breed Advisor, Kasey Herrera. Kasey will work one-on-one with your pup to associate a calm state of mind with the water so they then can learn how to enjoy simply being in and around it. If this is your first session, it will primarily focus on calming and water safety with your pup. Every session will always reinforce getting in and out of the pool, finding stairs or ramps, and using them properly. Most of all, hourly swim is about staying calm while having fun in the water!

The initial offerings as part of this pilot program are open to existing 2SpeakDog clients only, please. The introductory rate for these hourly lessons is only $100, payable in advance, which includes the Paws To Swim pool fee. Swim lessons will take place at the Paws To Swim facility, 12082 Walnut Hill Drive, Rockville VA, 23146. While we anticipate the six pilot swim slots to fill completely, 2SpeakDog reserves the right to adjust your appointment to consolidate the booked appointments into an uninterrupted block of time (confirmed with the client, of course!).

Saturday, August 26, 2017
8:00 am - 3:00 pm (6 individual one hour slots within this time period, with a break from 11:00 am - noon)
Paws To Swim
12082 Walnut Hill Drive, Rockville, VA, 23146
Swim Lessons are FULL! Given the great response, we anticipate holding more in the future, so stay tuned for new dates!

 

Special Opportunity - Hiking Pack Walk

Posted in Special Opportunity Workshops

Cost $40

This on-the-go workshop will emphasize teaching your pup to stay calm around other dogs, remain focused on you while in distracting environments, and understanding ‘pack walk’ behavior.

We will introduce you and your pup to "Structured Socialization" vs "Recreational Socialization" as we hike through local parks. You will be able to enjoy the wonders of a great walk with your pup, and learn to be an advocate for your dog as you introduce him to the world at large.

*Please note that we strongly encourage (but do not require) attendance at our Walking Workshop Levels I and II prior to participating in a Pack Walk.

Our hiking locations are considered medium difficulty (we will be walking at a relatively easy pace). While this is not intended to be a high-intensity workout, you should be comfortable hiking these distances in a trail setting. If you have questions about your pup's readiness for this workshop, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2SpeakDog will provide any parking permits and lunch at the workshop.

Please note that the registration link will take you to our online enrollment system, the website MindBodyOnline. If you have any problems completing enrollment, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registrations should be submitted NO LATER than 3:00 pm the day before the workshop (3:00 pm on Friday for weekend workshops).  Registrations received after the cutoff may not be accepted.

Sunday, June 25, 2017
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Pocahontas State Park
10301 State Park Road, Chesterfield 23832
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Saturday, September 23, 2017
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Poor Farm Park
13400 Liberty School Road, Ashland 23005
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Special Opportunity - Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Testing

Posted in Special Opportunity Workshops

Cost $15 (ONE free with an Advanced Obedience enrollment)

These Special Opportunity Workshops are for those who feel their dogs are ready to be evaluated for Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certifications. You provide the pup and excellent handling, and we'll provide the evaluators! These exams are open to both new and existing clients who feel their pups are ready to take the test.

If you're currently enrolled in our Advanced Obedience, one CGC test is already included in the price, but you may enroll for additional tests for the standard CGC fee of $15.

 See www.akc.org for overall program details and please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Saturday, October 28, 2017
CGC - Canine Good Citizen
For more information on program guidelines and testing requirements, visit the AKC CGC page.
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
2SpeakDog Training Facility
7320 Capehart Road, Henrico, 23294
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Saturday, November 4, 2017
CGCA - Canine Good Citizen Advanced/Community Canine
For more information on program guidelines and testing requirements, visit the AKC Community Canine page.
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bass Pro Shops
11550 Lakeridge Parkway, Ashland, 23005
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Saturday, November 11, 2017
CGCU - Canine Good Citizen Urban
For more information on program guidelines and testing requirements, visit the AKC Urban CGC page.
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Shiplock Park
2803 Dock Street (Dock and Pear)
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Puppy Playgroups

Posted in Puppy Playgroups

Younger Puppy Playgroups $15*
*$10 for students currently enrolled in New Puppy Socialization class
Older Puppy Playgroups $25

These workshops offers pups 10 weeks to 12 months a chance to play off-leash together in a safe, supervised environment. The playgroup will include training on how to settle your pup from high energy play, recognizing proper puppy interaction, and instruction on interrupting and redirecting play when needed. Scheduled breaks will include discussion on puppy-related training topics.

Please note that the enrollment links will take you to our online enrollment system, the website MindBodyOnline. If you have any problems completing enrollment, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registrations should be submitted NO LATER than 3:00 pm the day before the workshop (3:00 pm on Friday for weekend workshops).  Registrations received after the cutoff may not be accepted.

Younger Puppy Playgroups listed here are ONLY for pups from 10 weeks to 5 months. For Older Puppy Playgroup sessions, keep scrolling down.

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - WEEKNIGHT
6:15 - 7:00 pm
Located at 2SD Training Facility
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Sunday, September 24, 2017
1:45 - 2:30 pm
Located at 2SD Training Facility
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Sunday, October 8, 2017
12:30 - 1:15 pm
Located at 2SD Training Facility
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Monday, October 16, 2017 - WEEKNIGHT
6:15 - 7:00 pm
Located at 2SD Training Facility
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Thursday, October 26, 2017 - WEEKNIGHT
6:15 - 7:00 pm
Located at 2SD Training Facility
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Sunday, October 29, 2017
11:45 am - 12:30 pm
Located at 2SD Training Facility
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Older Puppy Playgroups are for pups from 6 to 12 months. If your pup is small in stature, or somewhere in between 5-6 months, give us a call for help in determining which session is a better fit. PLEASE NOTE: Older puppies MUST be previously socialized and already play nicely with most other dogs (i.e. go to day care or have neighborhood doggie friends) as these sessions do NOT include specific socialization training.

Sunday, September 10, 2017
1:30 - 2:30 pm
Located at 2SD Training Facility
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Thursday, September 28, 2017 - WEEKNIGHT
7:30 - 8:30 pm
Located at 2SD Training Facility
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Monday, October 23, 2017 - WEEKNIGHT
7:30 - 8:30 pm
Located at 2SD Training Facility
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New Baby Preparation

Posted in Dogs & Babies

dogs and babiesJennifer Kyzer, our Master Trainer and Behavior Specialist, will come to your home as part of your family's preparation for the new baby. She will help guide you through the first introduction of your new baby to your pup. Jennifer will consult with you and your family to identify and manage your expectations of your dog’s behavior around the baby as he/she grows and becomes mobile through walking.

New Baby Preparation appointments are on an hourly basis and are scheduled evenings and weekends.

 

Dogs and Babies: Fostering a Happy Pack Part I, Seminar

Posted in Dogs & Babies

Concerned about how your dog will react to your impending arrival? Join 2SpeakDog’s Master Trainer and Behavior Specialist Jennifer Kyzer as she discusses the transition to parenthood as it pertains to your dog(s). She will highlight how to prepare your dog for baby's arrival, how to introduce your baby to your dog, the new relationship your dog will have with you, and how to work with your dog when your child becomes mobile. You'll learn not only good dog-and-baby skills, but good general training basics in the process.

Lecture only: No dogs at this session. An opportunity to practice new skills with your dog will take place in Part II of Fostering a Happy Pack.

Cost: $25 per couple

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
at Johnston Willis Hospital
1401 Johnston Willis Drive
Stalker Auditorium
Richmond, VA 23235
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
at Johnston Willis Hospital
1401 Johnston Willis Drive
4th Floor Atrium Auditorium
Richmond, VA 23235
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Dogs and Babies: Fostering a Happy Pack Part II, Walking Workshop

Posted in Dogs & Babies

Cost $35 per dog

2SpeakDog’s Master Trainer Jennifer Kyzer will demonstrate and have you practice how to safely push a stroller while walking your dog, including exercises to teach you and your dog to walk without pulling.

This training session may be taken with or without Fostering a Happy Pack Part I (seminar)

Dates: Please note that all of 2SpeakDog's Walking Workshops are open to those who would like to take Dogs and Babies: Fostering a Happy Pack Part II. For those attending as Dogs and Babies participants, training will be tailored to the Dogs and Babies curriculum outlined above. See specific workshop dates on our Walking Workshops Page.

 

Trick Dog Training

Posted in Trick Dog Workshops

Cost $25 (each session)

2SpeakDog is now offering the fun and excitement of Trick Dog training in workshop form! Our Certified Trick Dog Instructor, JD, will show you how trick training improves your pup's obedience skills, self-control, and focus. Trick training is a lively, enjoyable method of furthering your pup’s training while strengthening the bond between you and your pup!

These workshops are great for almost every pup! If your furry friend has a ~lot~ of energy, or is too smart for their own good, trick training is the way to go! We will put that canine brain to work, combining physical training with mental stimulation, to burn energy and teach them a whole host of new skills. For pups who are little anxious and need a confidence boost, trick training helps develop a trusting relationship based on communication, respect, and positive reinforcement. Trick training is a great way to expand obedience skills (yes, obedience skills!) beyond basic training, and helps keep your pup in top “training shape” before, during, and after our program of Obedience classes.

PRE-REQUISITE: Knowledge of sit, down, and settle. Completion of a 2SD obedience class helpful but not required.

Please note that the enrollment links will take you to our online enrollment system, the website MindBodyOnline. If you have any problems completing enrollment, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registrations should be submitted NO LATER than 3:00 pm the day before the workshop (3:00 pm on Friday for weekend workshops).  Registrations received after the cutoff may not be accepted.

These workshops utilize different trick training methods (Luring, Molding, and Rewarding) and may be taken independently or in a series. One is not needed for the next, although they're all a blast

Trick Dog Training – Luring: This workshop focuses on tricks taught by luring, a technique that uses food (or sometimes toys) to coax your pup into the correct action. Tricks for this workshop may include Spin, Bow, Shake, Roll Over, Ribbon, and Crawl.

Thursday, August 24, 2017
7:30 - 8:30 pm

Located at 2SD Training Facility
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Trick Dog Training – Props: This workshop focuses on tricks taught by molding, a technique in which we use props to encourage your pup to perform on cue. Tricks for this workshop may include Cover Your Eyes, Dig, Unroll the Rug, Paws Up, and Hoop Jump.

Thursday, August 31, 2017
7:30 - 8:30 pm

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Stony Point Fashion Park