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Group Classes

Our reward-based training classes are focused on fun. While we offer a basic manners class that prepares students for the Canine Good Citizen test, we also offer a great variety of recreational training classes. In our classes, people and dogs enjoy learning new skills in a relaxed, supportive environment.

Disc Dog!

A goal of Fuzzy Matters is to provide the resources for people to play disc with their dogs. We offer a disc dog foundation class and we are also working with interested disc doggers in South Austin to start a new disc dog club to facilitate meet-ups and other fun, family-friendly disc dog activities.

 

Disc Dog Foundations
This 4-week class focuses on foundational disc dog skills, including bite work, recall games for disc, motivating and rewarding effectively, tosses, and tricks for disc.

Class schedule:

Saturdays at 1pm on 11/20, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18

Cost: $150

Class meets on Saturdays at 1 pm starting 11/20.

There will also be optional, non-dog toss practice sessions scheduled independently.

Location: Wikazri Canine Sports Field

(Toss practice may be held at an alternate location.)

Instructor: Laura Fennell

Questions? Want to enroll?

 

Email FuzzyMatters@gmail.com

Armadillo Disc Dogs
We will be having our first meet-up at Wikazri Canine Sports Field!
Saturday 10/30
3pm to 5:30
 
We are still hammering out the details, so watch this space for more info. 

Questions? Want to receive email updates on Armadillo Disc Dogs and how to participate?

 

Email ArmadilloDiscDogs@gmail.com

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Want to enroll?

Current students:

E-mail FuzzyMatters@gmail.com

 

New students:

To begin the registration process, complete the
New Client Form

 

Questions?

Email FuzzyMatters@gmail.com.

Canine Good Citizen Class

Our Canine Good Citizen class focuses on basic training and manners and covers all the elements included in the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test, including the following:

 

  • sit

  • down

  • stay

  • coming when called

  • loose-leash walking

  • polite stranger greeting

  • accepting handling and grooming

  • and self-control around distractions and other dogs. 

There are no pre-requisite training requirements for this class.

We also train dogs to send to- and stay on a station. Station training is useful in and of itself, but we leverage this training for many of the other behaviors we teach in this class. We use Cato Boards and Planks in this class.

 

Students have the option of buying a class package that includes a Cato Board for an additional $60 so that you can use it for training at home in between classes--our recommendation! We will buy back your Cato board at the end of class if you decide not to keep it. (We love them and know that we will put them to good use for another student!)

Students in the CGC class are provided the opportunity to take the CGC test after the end of this 6-week class. (Cost for one test included in the cost of the class.)

Cost:

Class + Cato Board = $235

Class without Cato Board = $175

At Wikazri Canine Sports Field:

Tuesdays at 11 am

starts December 7th.

At The Watering Bowl ATX:

To be announced!

Fall Flash Classes
 
Flash Dance: Freestyle 1

This class is open to enrollments to current students through 10/30. Open to new student enrollments 10/31--get on the wait-list!

 

This 3-week class focuses on canine freestyle, conditioning the handler and the dog to using platforms and gates, and introducing and training foundational positions and behaviors.

Class training includes

 

  • using props: gates and custom platforms

  • foundational positions: left heel, right heel

  • foundational behaviors: stand, paws up, circle handler, and through to heel.

Class schedule:

Saturdays at 11 am

12/4, 12/11, 12/18

 

Cost: $75

Location: Wikazri Canine Sports Field

Instructor: Laura Fennell

Flash Dance: Freestyle II

This class is open to enrollments to current students through 10/30. Open to new student enrollments 10/31--get on the wait-list!

 

This 3-week class focuses on training foundational freestyle behaviors.

Class training includes

 

  • using props: gates and custom platforms

  • foundational position: front, left heel, and right heel

  • foundational behaviors: stand, front, pivot, reverse circle around handler.

NOTE: This is part 2 of a pilot class series on canine freestyle. Content subject to change. Content plan will be locked by 10/31.

Class schedule:

Saturdays at 11am

1/8, 1/15, 1/22

Cost: $75

Location: Wikazri Canine Sports Field

Instructor: Laura Fennell

Rocking Recalls

This 3-week class focuses on training foundational behaviors for really rocking recalls, AKA coming when called.

 

Students will learn a framework for leveraging those foundations for really responsive recalls. The class will also play games to jazz up your recall training and your dog's enthusiasm.

Class schedule:

Thursdays at 6:45 pm

11/18, 12/2, 12/9

 

Cost: $75

Location: Wikazri Canine Sports Field

Instructor: Laura Fennell

Loose Leash-walking Boot Camp

This class is open to enrollments to current students through 10/30. Open to new student enrollments 10/31--get on the wait-list!

 

This 3-week class focuses on training foundational behaviors for focused leash-walking and synthesizing those foundations into good, focused loose leash-walking at your side. We also provide a framework for good leash walking, regardless of the context. Students will also practice turns and maintaining focused leash-walking around distractions.

Class schedule:

Thursdays at 8 pm

11/18, 12/2, 12/9

 

Cost: $75

Location: Wikazri Canine Sports Field

 

Instructor: Laura Fennell

Platforms, Pedestals, and Positions

This class is open to enrollments to current students through 10/30. Open to new student enrollments 10/31--get on the wait-list!

 

This 3-week class focuses on station training--teaching your dog to love getting on a raised platform or pedestal. Students will learn the framework for training their dogs to send to--and remain on--a platform. Students will also explore how to use platforms for teaching body awareness and for physical conditioning. Students will also learn how to leverage platform to shape your dog's positioning during training.

Class schedule:

Saturdays at 12:30 pm

12/4, 12/11, 12/18

 

Cost: $75

Location: Wikazri Canine Sports Field

 

Instructor: Laura Fennell

COVID-19 Safety

Masks are required for all unvaccinated human participants. Policy subject to change with CDC recommendations.