Dogs with Special Needs Class
The Berks County Dog Training Club is proud to offer a program
designed for dogs who have not gotten off to a good start.
What is the Dog with Special Needs Class?
The class grew out of the club having
dogs drop out of the Basic Skills Class, because they could not learn
or even function properly in a group of dogs. Some of these dogs
barked continuously, some of them lunged sporadically at other dogs,
and some would cower behind their owners and could not move.
This class is designed to desensitize these special
dogs to class situations and other dogs and at the same time teaching
their owners how to handle these dogs with special needs, as well as
provide some skills that will help to train each day.
curriculum for this class addresses:
Owner/dog relationship; dog to dog desensitization;
attention exercises where dogs focus on their owners command; some
basic and useful commands are taught such as "sit stay," "down stay,"
“leave it,” “sit” and how to walk on a leash as well as
Other issues that will be addressed: housebreaking, chewing,
mouthing, jumping up, food bowl aggression, place and toy guarding
This is not a class for dogs who have a history of causing dogs
or people to seek medical help for a bite.
One of the best things you can do for your dog is to train him or her
as soon as possible. It is never too late to start. Learning how to be
the leader your dog needs is the first, important step.
Orientation date for the
next Dogs with Special Needs Class will be announced.
The class is held
outdoors on the grounds of the Liberty
Fire Company in Sinking Spring on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the
spring and summer.
Cost is $35 for members and
$140 for non-members.
For non-members, your $140
includes the option to take the 8-week BCDTC basic skills class
and club membership for the whole year.