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Canine University 71 Clinton St Malden MA


Seminars and Workshops
Seminars and Clinics.

Canine University promotes the fact that the training of a dog is a lifelong pursuit, to paraphrase you are responsible forever for what you have trained. Thus we offer hands-on workshops and seminars in addition to our popular classes. Instruction is offered by our own experienced staff, or by professionals/specialists in the field relative to the topic being covered. Pricing, duration, etc are noted under each header; spaces are filled as registrations and payments are received.

Below are course descriptions of some of the seminars and workshops hosted by Canine University; you can click on the text of each to see if it is being offered this semester. To secure a space in any of these workshops, please fill out our downloadable registration form and mail it in with your payment and a photocopy of proof of vaccinations to the address provided. We will call to confirm your space once everything is received.


Dog Speak

Do you enjoy watching dog's play ?
Ever wonder if your dog's play is appropriate ?
Do you feel that sometimes it is a bit over the top and you are not sure how to change it ?

This workshop will focus on video clips to teach you how to read the play interactions of dogs. You will learn to identify playstyles, determine if what your dog is doing needs redirection , and help you learn to see what you are looking at. You will learn how to select playmates that are appropriate for your dog's temperament and playstyle. You will learn what types of playstyles are not right for your dog. You will learn some tools for redirecting and managing groups of dogs at play to make sure that everyone is having fun and gaining good social skills instead of becoming stressed during play sessions.
This seminar is a must for anyone who uses a dog daycare service, visits a dog park or let's their dog interact with other dogs on a regular basis.

Meets for one two hour session on date and times specified. Dog Speak is $40 per person, owners of rescued dogs pay only $25 per person. Note: to provide a distraction-free environment for everyone, we ask all who attend to bring their questions but not their dogs to this seminar. Class Schedule

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Canine University's iLead Seminars

These are for furthering your own knowledge as a canine guardian. Lively discussions with working animal practitioners will help you decide if something can complement what you are already doing, or is right for the one(s) you cherish.

Dr. Sheri Russell: A Chiropractor who specializes in animal chiropractic care, will be giving a talk on utilizing this to address motion and pain issues in companion animals.
BARF for my Dog? We will look at ALL diets available to you- commercial, homemade, raw, whole food, prey model, vegan, etc.- and help you determine how to make the best choices, as well as acquite the know-how to realize optimum health for your pups and kitties too!

Meets for one two hour session on date and times specified. All iLead Seminars are $25 per person. Note: to provide a distraction-free environment for everyone, we ask all who attend to bring their questions but not their dogs to this seminar. Class Schedule

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Shy Dog Seminar

Do you have a dog that is afraid ?
Does he bark at people he doesn't know ?
Does he spook at new objects he encounters on his walks ?
Does he have a difficult time with new people visiting or changes in his schedule ?

Shy dogs are difficult to train without the right tools because their emotions often interfere with their learning. Learning how to read your shy dog and identify the triggers that worry him will enable you to move toward building his confidence and restoring order to his world.
This seminar will give you the tools you need not only to redirect inappropriate behavior and get better control over unwanted behaviors but work towards changing your dog's fearfulness permanently through exercises that will change his emotion response to triggers kindly and permanently.
Worried dogs if not properly treated live a life of despair and fear. They are never relaxed outside of their comfort zone and go through life in a state of panic and stress that will shorten their life span and bring about health problems. Come learn how to manage and train your scaredy pooch into a dog with confidence and purpose that can cope with life and enjoy it to the fullest.

Meets for one 75 minute session on date specified. Canine University's Shy Dog Seminar is for people only and costs $70 per family, advance registration required. Class Schedule

If you prefer, or if you cannot attend because of your schedule, this seminar is available as a private training session...contact us for more details.


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Adolescent Dog Seminar

The adolescent dog can be a real challenge in any household, but especially one where owning a dog is a new endeavor. If you are struggling with a barking, chewing, digging, jumping pulling, selectively deaf teenage dog who doesn't always come when called or listen when he should, you really can't miss this! Join us and gain the tools you need to effectively manage problem behavior, and the ability to teach alternate appropriate responses to everyday situations. We will ultimately help you lay the groundwork to build a strong foundation in self-control and self-limiting behavior for your impulsive, rambunctious teenager!

Meets for one 75 minute session on date specified. Canine University's Adolescent Dog Seminar is for people only and costs $70 per family, advance registration required. Class Schedule

If you prefer, or if you cannot attend because of your schedule, this seminar is available as a private training session...contact us for more details.

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Canine First Aid Seminar

Presented by Robyn Heater, BS, CVT, VTS (ECC), this interactive session is designed to teach you, the pet owner, the basics behind the most common pet emergencies.  In workshop format, you will learn the following:

  • Find a pulse and count a heartbeat
  • Check the gums and identify signs of emergency
  • Perform hands-on CPR
  • Bandage a wound
  • What to do if your pet is choking
  • Set up a first aid kit

While the class does cover first aid tips and tools for both our canine and feline companions, focus will be on our canine friends.  This information-rich class is about 2 hours in duration and is a lot of fun.  Remember, the best way to handle any emergency is to be prepared!

Meets for one session on date specified. Canine University's First Aid Seminar is $20 (earlybird) or $25 at the door, per person. Class Schedule

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Canine University's Dogs RULE! Alumni Weekend

A fitting reward for all your hard work and the time invested in training your dog! As the name implies, Dogs RULE! is a dog lover's weekend, designed for dogs and their humans to have fun while learning new skills and socializing with other dog enthusiasts. Open only to training clients (current or alumni) of Canine University and their well-behaved dogs, Dogs RULE! is offered right around the peak of fall foliage season each year and includes hotel accomodations, all training activities and much more.
Space is limited; join us for a weekend that your dog (and their family) will never forget!

Pre-requisite:Enrollment in Dogs RULE! is open only to current or past training clients of Canine University. Dogs must not be people or dog aggressive in order to attend. Contact us for pricing and more details. Class Schedule

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New Parent Workshop

This popular seminar will address the common issues most new parents are experiencing trying to manage a new baby or young child and their dog. Whether you are expecting, have a new born, toddler or preschooler this seminar will address the different changes and stages of teaching your dog how to live with the newest member of your family. Let us help you get on the right path to helping your dog and your child become the best of friends, preserving your sanity in the process.

Meets for one 75 minute session on date specified. Canine University's New Parent Seminar is for people only, and costs $70 per family; advance registration strongly recommended. Class Schedule

If you prefer, or if you cannot attend because of your schedule, this workshop is available as a private training session...contact us for more details.

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Therapy Dog Workshop

Want to share your dog with those who could use a lift? At this 75 minute workshop you'll learn how to get your dog involved in visiting therapy work in hospitals, nursing homes, and schools.

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of one of Canine University's advanced obedience classes, or with instructor permission. Dogs must be not be people or dog aggressive.

Meets for one 75 minute session on date specified. Canine University's Therapy Dog Workshop costs $70 per dog/handler team ($55 if auditing); advance registration recommended. Class Schedule

If you prefer, or if you cannot attend because of your schedule, this workshop is available as a private training session...contact us for more details.

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Why does my dog need a tune up?
Since opening in 1992, we have met many dogs and their owners who have been thru obedience classes, who tell us that their dog's obedience is "...good, but he still does..." Often its something that is not bad enough to get the dog into a refresher course, yet it still tarnishes a polished companion. For this reason we designed "tune ups," which are hands-on workshops and clinics focusing on one specific, nagging issue that you could use a little help with. Our topic changes monthly; you can click on the text of each to see if it is being offered this semester.

Advance reservations are essential as space is limited. Prior training, while recommended is many cases, is not a requirement for attendance at any of the workshops. All involved in caring for your dog are cordially invited to attend and participate in the workshop too. If you need more information or have any questions, please contact us at (781) 324-3722 or training@canineuniversity.com

Below are course descriptions of some of the workshops hosted by Canine University; you can click on the text of each to see if it is being offered this semester. To secure a space in any of these workshops, please fill out our downloadable registrtion form and mail it in with your payment and a photocopy of proof of vaccinations to the address provided. We will call to confirm your space once everything is received.


Heeling Skills Hands-On Workshop

A 'tune up' workshop for you and your dog to work on learning to walk without pulling in real life situations. Come and learn how to make every neighborhood walk more pleasant!

Pre-requisite: Dogs must be not be people or dog aggressive in order to attend workshop. Owners of dogs who are not friendly with other dogs or people are invited to attend without their dog ('audit') for a reduced fee.

Meets for one 75 minute session on date specified. Canine University's Heeling Skills Workshop costs $70 per dog/handler team ($55 if auditing); advance registration recommended. Class Schedule

If you prefer, or if you cannot attend because of your schedule, this workshop is available as a private training session...contact us for more details.

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Stop Jumping! Hands-On Workshop

Dogs love to greet us face to face and what better way than to jump all over us ? Though it's cute when they are pups, cuteness quickly wears off when Bubbles is a whopping 65 lb bundle of joy ! This 'tune up' workshop will help you gain control of your dog's exuberance and help you teach him a polite, civilized greeting. If you are tired of being mugged at the door, or people have stopped visiting you because of your rambunctious canine greeting committee you need to attend this workshop. Join us for an informative evening and learn how to teach good dog manners.

Pre-requisite: Dogs must not be people or dog aggressive in order to attend this workshop. Owners of dogs who are not friendly with other dogs or people are invited to attend without their dog ('audit') for a reduced fee.

Meets for one 75 minute session on date specified. Canine University's Stop Jumping! Workshop costs $70 per dog/handler team ($55 if auditing); advance registration recommended. Class Schedule

If you prefer, or if you cannot attend because of your schedule, this workshop is available as a private training session...contact us for more details.

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Teaching Self-Control Workshop

For the over energetic and crazy dog who has wonderful obedience when there are no distractions but looses his mind in public. This 75 minute workshop will help introduce exercises designed to help your dog learn self control. Heavy emphasis will be placed on practicing real-life leave its, loose leash walking and using what distracts the dog as the reward. You will learn lots of techniques on helping your dog learn self control.

Pre-requisite: Dogs must not be people or dog aggressive in order to attend this workshop. Owners of dogs who are not friendly with other dogs or people are invited to attend without their dog ('audit') for a reduced fee.

Meets for one 75 minute session on date specified. Canine University's Teaching Self-Control workshop costs $70 ($55 if auditing); maximum enrollment of 8 dog/handler teams. Class Schedule

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*Required vaccinations:

Shots required to participate in any class or workshop include Distemper, Parvo, Rabies, and Canine Cough.
Puppies must have started their vaccinations according to your veterinarian's recommendation. It is fine to start Puppy Kindergarten etc so long as you bring in their shot record as it's updated. Adult Dogs should be current on all shots.
A photocopy of proof of vaccinations, which we keep on file, must be supplied with your registration to be accepted...by the first night of class at the latest. The receipt from your veterinarian may serve to indicate what shots you dog is current on, other practices provide a letter or form such as is used for kenneling.

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