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Beyond Basic Manners Course - July 26, Asheville

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Asheville Humane Society offers training courses for your current or newly-adopted pet! AHS is partnering with Pia Silvani, a canine behavior specialist and trainer, to offer 6-week classes for your four-legged friend. Beyond Basic Manners begins on Sunday, July 26 from 1:30 to 2:30 PM at the Asheville Humane Society Community Center (where the Thrift Store is located) at 1425 Patton Avenue, Asheville. 

Does your dog have selective hearing? Do you have to repeat yourself when your dog is near distractions? Well then, Beyond Basic Manners is the class for you! This 6 week course will expand upon basic training to help you get reliability anywhere, anytime and at any distance. This includes teaching your dog to stop forward movement when running towards a distraction, sitting at a distance, and much more!

The Prerequisites for Beyond Basic Manners are:
Graduated from the AHS Canine Manners Course OR Successful completion of equivalent training including sit, down, stay, wait and come.

Dogs MUST be able to work effectively in close proximity to other dogs and handlers without interfering with other participants
If you have any questions about your dog's eligibility for the course, please contact Pia Silvani at

* All dogs must be current on the following vaccines distemper, parvo, bordetella and rabies to participate in this course.

The course is $150 for six classes, held one hour per week for six weeks beginning on July 26, 2020. The dates for the class are 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30, from 1:30-2:30 pm unless otherwise arranged by the instructor.

**Important - If your dog is reactive on leash to other dogs, please contact Pia at before signing up.

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Pia Silvani is an internationally-recognized dog trainer with over 30 years of experience. Previously, Pia was VP of Training and Behavior at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center where she developed numerous courses focused on positive, reward-based techniques. She also served as the Director of Behavioral Rehabilitation at the ASPCA where she led programs to educate shelter professionals in effective behavior rehabilitation techniques, as well as specialized socialization, enrichment, and shelter protocols.

Image: Asheville Humane Society


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