Edwin’s Canine Academy has partnered with My Dog Eats First, right here in Louisville, Kentucky.
Through this partnership, ECA has created a branch called “Pet behavior and training for neighborhoods and communities”. To put it simply, ECA is now offering “pay what you can” classes every Thursday at the Anchor building (2509 Portland Avenue) at 5:30 and 7:00 PM! Classes are scheduled to accommodate up to 8 people per class, and will cover essential obedience skills, tricks, games, and an an opportunity to ask questions about at home behavioral problems. Thursday classes will rotate weekly and will focus on new content. This is so that folks can drop in and out of them as they please, choose to take specific classes only, and still be able to join in if they choose to come back at a later date. Every class will cover important skills such as eye contact and recalls, but no two classes will be the same. This way, the content stays fresh and fun, and ensures that training does not become stale for our participating dogs. How the courses play out is mostly dependent on the individuals involved! All training will be based on clicker/positive reinforcement methods. Come prepared and ready to learn!
What does “pay what you can” mean? Well, it means a multitude of things! You can pay in monetary donations in any amount of your choice per class. It could be one dollar, it could be 20 dollars, it can even be a donation of dog related items that can be used during our training programs such as long leashes, collars, clickers, treats… A list of appropriate items can be found here –> Suggested donations…
All monetary donations will be used to purchase training resources to keep classes moving forward. This includes purchasing training equipment and reading material for participants to share. Although donations are greatly appreciated, they are not mandatory to participate! The concept behind this project is that anyone who wants to learn how to train their dog can join, and receive the help they need to achieve their goals!
Who can participate? ANYONE can participate! Whether you are looking to brush up on obedience skills or wanting to take ECA on a test drive before officially enrolling in our private courses, this is the place to do so! The program was designed to allow low income families to have the opportunity to train their dogs without the financial hassle, so all classes are first come first serve with those who need this the most on the top of the list. However, enrolling for current and future classes ensures your spot and is highly recommended as classes begin to fill up. One class per week, per dog. One dog per handler. Thank you!
How do i sign up? Signing up is easy! Simply go tohttp://www.edwinscanineacademy.com and fill out the ECA ENROLLMENT form. This way, we can asses your needs over a quick phone call and talk about your options. Although classes are open to all, they may not be a good fit for you and your pup as highly reactive, aggressive, fearful, or very unruly dogs will need to enroll in a private one on one program before joining a Thursday group class. You may also call 502-212-2941 to register, or send me an e-mail atDtedwinramirez@gmail.com – If you decide to email, please clearly indicate your name, phone number, dog(s) sex, age, breed, name, behavioral problems, what you like about him/her, and your ultimate goals! Non descriptive e-mails can easily be overlooked!
What do i need to bring to class?
****At your first class, please bring a copy of your dogs inoculation records****
For every class, you will need a 6 foot sturdy leash, a collar or harness your dog cannot break out of, a toy and treats your dog enjoys, and lots of patience! The rest will be provided for each class, including a clicker and training guide to take home if supplies are available!
What is the benefit of providing services practically for free? The mission of “pet behavior and training for neighborhoods and communities” is to raise awareness of the importance of building a relationship with your pets. This is not just for dogs, but with all the animals that live in your home. The relationship building aspect of companion animals can easily be overlooked because of our busy lives, and we often see the lack of our connection with our pets during daily frustrating walks or mishaps at dog parks. The goal is to help educate our community about the important roles dogs play in our society, how we can enrich their lives, and how to humanely and effectively ensure our pets understand the boundaries and basic commands they need to stay safe in our human dominated world.
I am very passionate about this project, and I look forward to meeting many new faces, both dog and human throughout this journey! Enroll today, and please spread the word!