Puppy training classes are for puppies 10 weeks to 16 weeks of age who will finish class by the time they have reached 5 months of age and have had at least 2 rounds of DHPP (distemper/parvo) vaccinations.

Puppy training is one of the most important things you can do for your young dog to help him or her become part of the family. In our puppy classes, we will focus on learning how to properly socialize your dog, as well as learning basic manners. We cover everything you need to know to get your puppy started on the right track including: house-training, crate training, bite inhibition, not jumping on people. In addition, your dog will learn sit, down, stay, leave-it, and walking on a leash without pulling. With our open enrollment classes, you don’t have to miss out on your dog’s crucial socialization time. After registering, you can drop in for the next available class; then, you come at the same time every week for 6 weeks. No more waiting 6 weeks for a new series of classes to start! Every week we cover new topics and commands that repeat every 6 weeks. Puppy classes meet for 50 minutes once a week each week with a total of 6 sessions.

Fee: $140 for 6 weeks

This class is taught by:

Tim Molina

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Tim began working with dogs while in college. He quickly became fascinated with the way dogs learn and what makes them “tick.” As Tim was training, he realized that the dogs in his community were missing something: someone to work with aggressive dogs. He was quick to fill this gap and soon began working with dogs who had various issues. After graduation from college, Tim was asked to join the staff of the Humane Society of Central Texas, where he was able to place hands on 5,000 dogs a year.

Tim then joined the staff at Best Friends Animal Society, the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary. While at Best Friends, he developed a center for training and rehabilitation that focused on dogs who had behavioral issues and were frequently labeled dog-aggressive. Tim has conducted behavioral consultations with clients from all across North America and in the Philippines.

Tim comes to Happy Paws as the former Canine Behavior Specialist for the Virginia Beach SPCA. Tim holds professional memberships with the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and is the only member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants in Hampton Roads.

In his free time, Tim enjoys cycling and taking his dogs to the beach. Tim has two dogs, Daisy, a Labrador retriever, and Falcor, a Jack Russell terrier. He also enjoys training his three cats, Lincoln, McLovin, and Oboe.

Vicki Keener

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Vicki grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania where she cared for many animals including dogs and cats. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Masters in teaching. She worked as a teacher for many years. While teaching she pursued her first love which is working with animals. She first worked as a Veterinarian Assistant but knew her interests where in behaviorism. She enrolled in the Animal Behavior College where she obtained her certification in dog training. In the process of getting certified, she volunteered at the VBSPCA and worked with trainers at the Merrimac Training facility. She then began holding classes at the VBSPCA and started working the Pets & Pals program where she showed troubled teens how to train dogs to make them more adoptable. In a couple of months, over 40 dogs where adopted out of this program. Vicki then moved to New Mexico where she started her own dog training business. While in New Mexico she took some time off to attend a dog handling and behavior class and then worked at Best Friends Animal Society. Some of her responsibilities at Best Friends included assessing dog’s behavior, holding classes for the dogs/caretakers and working with a “project” dog to help her become more adoptable. Also, at that time, she obtained an additional dog training certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and became a Professional Member of APDT. In the past, she was an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and a Pet First Aid Instructor. Vicki enjoys playing beach volleyball and taking her two dogs Batman and Robin on long walks.