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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.

The 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 plus more.
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.

Special Needs Class

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.


The Berks County Dog Training Club was founded in 1946 as a not-for-profit organization with the purpose of training you to train your dog. To this day we continue with that same purpose. Through the years we have grown to a membership of several hundred people. We are a very active group with many dedicated volunteers who would welcome the opportunity to "train you to train your dog."
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