Dog Training Seminars

Let’s Learn About Dogs

Call Beth Joy at 410-404-6492 or use the registration options below.

Dog Training & Behavior Seminars

Reactive Dog Seminar

In our Reactive Dog Seminar, we will discuss what’s going on when your dog goes crazy – barking and lunging at other dogs, people, bikes, etc. Leash Reactivity is one of the most common behavioral issues we see. So many dogs suffer from it. It’s not that your dog is aggressive, he is most likely fearful. There are many reasons for this. The issue can be due to genetics, lack of socialization, or a bad experience, to name a few. You’ll hear other’s stories about their reactive dogs and find out you are not alone! We’ll talk about ways to manage this reaction and discuss the protocol for working to help improve your dog’s behavior when walking on a leash. You do not bring your dog to this seminar.

Next Seminar Date

Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 1:00 PM


Shaping Workshop

Quick review of clicker training, mechanics, timing

Intro to shaping

Free, basic, lure shaping

Laws of shaping (KP)

    • Lumping vs splitting (share some examples of shaping plans with discussion and feedback)
    • Setting them up to be successful, ending on a positive note, taking breaks, latent learning

Hot and cold game/shaping with humans

Exercise: Go to your mat (Lure/prompt shaping)

Discuss behaviors for which shaping might be helpful (If you want to get this behavior, would it be easier to lure/prompt, or use basic shaping?)

Discuss other ways to practice shaping and encourage creativity at home (101 things to do with a box)

Discuss applications for fearful, timid, or crossover dogs

Discuss difficulty some dogs that have been trained previously with aversives.


 DOGGIE 101 WORKSHOP – a FREE Workshop for Dog Owners and Potential Adopters!
Almost Home Dog Rescue is a non-profit, no-kill, foster-based, all volunteer organization dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating dogs at risk and in danger of untimely death.
This educational workshop is a must for folks interesting in adopting, fostering, or who currently own dogs.  We want to find good homes for dogs and we want to keep dogs in good homes!
Some of the topics covered in this workshop include: crate training, house breaking, jumping, barking, nipping and leash walking.  We will also discuss where you can find your perfect pup, questions to ask before adopting, what you need before you bring your new pup home, how to teach children safe dog handling and more.
We will provide a “Question and Answer” period for any questions you may have about dogs.  Almost Home Dog Rescue will have adoption counselors available to answer any questions you may have about fostering or adopting!
Workshop Presenter:  Beth Joy, Lead Trainer and Behavioral Consultant at Unleashed Joy Boarding, Daycare, and Training in Woodstock, Md.  Beth has apprenticed with and taught classes for world-renowned dog trainer and author Pat Miller. Beth is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), a Pat Miller Certified Dog Trainer, and member of many associations.

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This seminar will provide you with tons of laughs and show you how to tire your dog inside your home, using puzzles, food dispensing toys, games and tricks! The perfect way to tire your dog when it is dark, cold and icy outside or if you just don’t have time to walk your dog!

All dogs will benefit from this seminar; small dogs, big dogs, older dogs, high energy dogs and dogs recuperating from surgery. Owners recovering from surgery will benefit as well!

Benefits of enrichments:
-Reduces boredom, which is a common problem when a dog is not exercised both mentally and/or physically, often resulting in unwanted behaviors in the home.
-Makes feeding time more challenging. The dog gets to investigate, manipulate and forage for food.
-Dogs get to use their senses and engage in natural foraging and hunting behaviors.
-It makes your dog TIRED!


NOTE: No dogs allowed at this seminar! Marty (pictured above) will demonstrate.

Can’t make the seminar? No worries! We can bring the seminar to your home! We will come to  your home and train your dog to use the puzzles, food dispensing toys and games!

Cost: $25 per person (children under 16 are free)

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