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About Online Classes
Online classes provide text and video demonstration in an intentional, step-by-step format to help you get a well-mannered dog. This is a great option for long distance learners and local clients alike, because the content is always available at your fingertips. Work at your own pace (nothing is live) and get an excellent education from the comfort of your home!
Local to the area? For a well-rounded program, join our HDT Membership online and join us in-person for group classes, private lessons, or day training! We believe a combination of both online and in-person training is best when possible. Online training enables you to get a jump start at home where there are less distractions, and the in-person setting is a great way to integrate new distractions to proof for real life scenarios. Can't join us in-person? Don't worry! We offer virtual private lessons via Zoom, FaceTime, or Google Duo.
HDT Membership gives you all the tools you need right at your fingertips to train a well-rounded canine. Whether you need help with a puppy, advanced obedience, sport foundations, targeted problem solving, or your dog needs behavior modification, HDT Membership has it all in one bundle!
ALL INCLUSIVE ONLINE CLASSES: With HDT Membership, you will gain access to all our online courses. These courses are laid out in an easy to follow, step-by-step format with a combination of text and video. The skill is explained via text and then a short video demonstration follows each text explanation. The combination of text and short video clips ensures you can work at a pace convenient for you and prevents you from having to jump through hours of video content to find what you are looking for.
EXCLUSIVE BLOGS: In addition to the online courses, you can enjoy our exclusive blogs where our trainers share their latest case studies and thoughts on specific topics. Laugh along with us and get an insight to our real life at home and at work. Who doesn't love a good story?
DISCUSSION FORUM: Wondering about something specific? HDT Membership gives you the ability to ask questions and get individual feedback from our trainers.
Havana Dog Training Membership is more than an online class, it's a community! This is a subscription service that you can unsubscribe from at any time.
Online Foundations Courses
This course the best way to lay a great foundation for your canine, whether puppy or adult! Foundations 1 is designed to teach practical skills like loose leash walking, greeting people politely, coming when called, sit/down stay, and more. It also covers how to build your dog's confidence, develop your canine's impulse control, and teach your dog to focus around distractions. Click here for more details about the online class.
This online class is a continuation of Foundations 1. This course focuses on finding more consistency in your dog's behavior, incorporating distance and distractions into the foundational skills, and shaping a balanced dog that has good manners whether at home or in public. This class is also a great way to prep for the Canine Good Citizen test. Click here fore more details about the online class.
Ever wonder if there is a correct way to socialize your dog? Want to start off on the right foot, or does your fearful canine need confidence building? This class is for you! Teaching your dog to be well-mannered in a variety of settings is socialization. It is not about dog parks! It is about building confidence and having positive experiences with the world as a whole: sights, sounds, smells, people, surfaces, places, and more!
Online Behavior Modification Courses
Resource guarding, food aggression, & toy aggression all reference when a dog displays threatening behavior to maintain control of food, an object, or a physical space. This course will cover prevention, management, and behavior modification for dogs that resource guard.
Don't Leave Me!
Does your canine struggle with separation anxiety? This is the course for you! Panting, drooling, barking, pacing, destroying household objects, and breaking out of crates can all be signs of separation anxiety. Teach your dog how to relax and cope when you are away!
*Available for pre-order. Coming soon!
From Crazy to Calm
Does your dog bark, lunge, or pull on the leash uncontrollably when seeing triggers out the window, through the fence, or while walking? Whether it's people, dogs, squirrels, bikes, cars, or other triggers, teach your dog to remain neutral so you can enjoy your walks and a peaceful home again! This course will cover management and behavior modification to reduce reactivity and take your dog from crazy to calm.
Online Puppy Courses
Does your dog potty whenever and wherever is convenient? This class is for you! It covers all the basics and gives schedules with multiple options for people who work at home and away from home. This course gives detailed instructions on rewarding and management while potty training. Topics such as using crates, ex pens, potty pads, litter boxes, and more are all addressed!
Teach your dog to love the kennel! This course covers everything you need to know about crate training! Whether you have a dog that screams in the crate or a puppy that you want to start on the right track, this course covers a variety of crate games to build positive association with the kennel. Teach your dog to kennel on command, stay until released, and to relax quietly in the crate.
Kids & Canines
Set your family up for success by teaching your kids how to correctly interact with dogs through a variety of activities appropriate for all ages. This course will ensure your canine loves and listens to all the family members, including the kids. It also provides guidance for dogs that display the following behaviors around children: puppy biting, fearfulness, and resource guarding.
Does your pup like to bite, nip, or latch onto your pant legs? Does he get overstimulated during play or during petting, and as a result starts to get extra mouthy? This class is for you! It covers all the correct ways to help your puppy overcome the nippy puppy biting stage.
Don't Eat That!
Does your pup seem to chew on anything he can get ahold of? Sick of the puncture holes in your shoes and teeth marks on your table legs? This class is for you! It covers all the correct ways to help your puppy get through the chewing stage.
Online Skill Specific Courses
Does your dog like to pull, sniff, bark, or do his own thing while out for a walk? Loose Leash Walking is the class for you! This class covers how to get your dog to stay at your side and avoid fighting with the leash. It also addresses teaching your dog to focus on you and stay at your side when distractions appear while out and about for a walk.
Teach your dog to come consistently when called by training a reliable recall. If your dog is struggling with this potentially life-saving skill, then this is the course for you! It covers everything from the basics of recalls to coming off of difficult distractions. Off-leash work is also introduced in this class.
Intro to Tricks:
Tricks are a great way to have fun with your dog! Teach your dog a variety of tricks including jump, spin, get in a box, and more! This course will teach you everything you need to know to help your dog achieve the AKC Trick Dog Novice title. We guarantee you'll have lots of fun along the way!
Eliminate your dog's selective hearing and train him to focus around distractions. This course is designed to help your dog to become more consistent with engagement, focus, and listening skills at home and in public. It also covers extending duration of attention and maintaining focus while weaning off of treats.
Greeting People Politely: Nice to Meet You!
Does your dog lose all his manners in public settings? Does he whine in excitement, jump up on people, or get nervous when approached by a stranger? This course will help you train your dog to build neutrality, greet people politely, and not jump up. Whether your dog is overly excited to meet everyone or lacking confidence with strangers, this course is for you!
Show off all your dog's skills and teach him a variety of tricks including roll over, leg weaves, crawl, balancing on a ball, hand signals, catch, and more! This course will teach you everything you need to know to help your dog achieve the AKC Trick Dog Intermediate title.
Ever get stumped on how to entertain your dog? Either the weather isn't cooperating, you are limited on space, or your dog just plain old has a lot of energy? No worries! This course will provide you with creative ways to entertain your dog indoors. Boredom blues be gone!
Have a class recommendation? Send us an email with what courses you'd like to see!
Virtual Private Lesson or Phone Consult
We know that sometimes it's tough to get away, but individualized, live feedback can be very valuable. If you have some specific questions or skills you need help with, schedule a virtual video lesson! Grab your dog, and we will do the same on our end. This way we can demonstrate skills and not just "talk you through it." Have a few, quick training questions? A phone call might be all you need! Call us so we can talk through your questions. Click here to see more details and a list of behaviors we can help with.
Virtual video lesson: $75 / hr (minimum of 30 minutes) | Phone consult: $75 / hr (minimum of 15 minutes)
How to register & purchase packagesRegistration is required to attend day training. Just hit the "sign-up" button above! This button will forward you to our Paw Partner software. If you are a new client, you will need to create an account first. Once you are logged in, you can make a reservation by clicking Reservation -> Daycare -> select from the drop down menu if you want Basic Day Training (1 training session) or Elite Day Training (3 training sessions). You can reserve as many days as you would like. Scroll down and hit the "save" button and continue through the prompts. Once you get to the package page, you will do one of two things: If you have enough package credits to cover your reservation, you can scroll to the bottom and hit continue and move forward through the prompts. If you do not have enough package credits to cover your reservation, you can purchase the needed credits by selecting the the button under "purchase" and clicking on the card you stored on file. Hit "continue" and be sure to finish moving forward through all the prompts. Want a discounted rate? If you come an average of 1-2 times per week, you can purchase package credits! You can do this in your Paw Partner account through the "Reservations" or the "Package Credits" box. Once purchased, make sure to book out the number of reservations for that package. The credits do expire and it is your responsibility to book them in the allotted timeframe. If you want a guaranteed spot it is best to book in advance, as we are often fill a few weeks out. With that being said, it is always worth adding your dog to the waitlist! Although we cannot make any guarantees, we typically can get in 1-3 dogs each day off the waitlist. You can waitlist for any day we are open by clicking the same "sign-up" button above and following the prompts.
Drop-off & pick-upDrop-off is from 7:00-9:00 a.m. and pick-up is from 3:00-5:30 p.m. Our facility closes at 5:30 p.m. *Please note: there is a late fee of $20 per 15 minutes for any dogs not picked up within 30 minutes of closing. If we cannot get ahold of you, your dog will go home with a trainer and you will be responsible for our board & train rate for the evening. Many or our trainers have young children, other jobs, or dogs to get home to, so we thank you in advance for respecting our time.
VaccinationsDogs MUST be current on the following: For Puppies 16 weeks and younger 2nd series of Distemper vaccination (DHPP) Bordetella vaccination Flea & tick preventative- even in the winter! For Dogs Over 16 Weeks Distemper vaccination Rabies vaccination (if 16 weeks or older) Bordetella vaccination Flea & tick preventative- even in the winter!
Spay & neuter requirementsWe do take intact males and females. Unless you have arranged otherwise with a trainer, we generally ask for females currently in heat to remain home and not attend daycare.
Training prerequisitesAlthough dogs do not need to have any prior training to attend, we strongly encourage you to participate in a minimum of one private lesson, group class, or online class at some point throughout your dogs training. Day training does not include any training with the owners, so it is best to take a class or private lesson to help maintain your dog's obedience skills at home.
EvaluationWe do not require evaluations to attend day training, but we do require owners to disclose any possible aggression or reactivity. Please contact us prior to registration if your dog has any history of the following: dog aggression, human aggression, severe resource guarding, or severe separation anxiety.
Training methodsAt Havana Dog Training, we realize every canine is an individual. With each individual dog comes unique personalities, goals, and needs. We use a variety of methods on a case by case basis to achieve these goals. We are a balanced training facility. We rely primarily on positive reinforcement and rewarding dogs for good behavior using marker words in combination with treats, toys, praise, play, and whatever else motivates the dog. This is especially true when laying foundations and training new skills. We don't believe it is fair to punish a dog that hasn't been taught the correct behavior clearly and consistently through positive reinforcement first. With this being said, we do not limit ourselves to only positive reinforcement. We believe that dogs can understand right versus wrong. For effective communication, we use a variety tools which can include food, toys, treats, leash pressure, non-marker words, prong collars, and electronic collars. We are committed to training in a way that is fair to the dog and promotes mutual respect between canine and owner.
Why choose online classes?
you can go at your own pace, any day of the week
dog does not do well in group settings (extremely fearful, aggressive, reactive, etc.)
you can train from any location
you can rewatch video demonstrations as many times as you'd like
group class times don't work for you
you learn best by being able to rewatch demonstrations as you practice
you can ask questions whenever you'd like, not just at class