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Michelle Jackson

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It All Started with a Poorly Behaved Poodle

Michelle Jackson, one of Pender’s pet obedience training professionals, is a lifelong dog lover who fell into her line of work almost by accident. Fifteen years ago, Michelle’s strong-willed standard poodle would take her for walks, as opposed to the other way around: “When I’d walk him, he’d leave me falling flat on my face! He definitely needed some training.” After enrolling her poodle in puppy classes, Michelle found her passion in training her pet and continued on to receive AKC and UKC dog training titles in obedience and agility.

Michelle’s pet dogs continue to play a role in her training: Casper, her 5-year-old Coton De Tulear, is often her model for the rest of the participants in her puppy classes at Pender. Ever the trusty demo dog, Casper was a little over eager during class one day: “I carry Casper in a mesh crate that zips up,” she says. “He’s learned how to unzip the crate, so now I lock it to keep him from escaping. One day in class, I was in the middle of training when Casper heard my voice and started hopping in my direction while still locked in the crate!”

When asked how teaching puppy classes at Pender differed from working independently, Michelle had nothing but praise for her employer: “It’s great to be in a veterinary building, where veterinarians and other specialists are always around to answer questions and help with problems should they pop up.”

For more information on puppy and dog training classes at Pender and information on other veterinary training programs, Contact us today and check out our events page for an up-to-date schedule of classes and seminars at Pender.

October 2019

Advanced Obedience 10:30 am

October 19 @ 10:30 am - 11:25 am
Pender Fairfax Campus, 4001 Legato Road
Fairfax,VA22033United States
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$175.00
Pender Advanced Obedience

Pender Advanced Obedience is for dogs that have graduated from Intermediate. Owners will perfect training techniques and may prepare for AKC or UKC obedience, rally, or agility events.

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Puppy Kindergarten 11:30 am

October 19 @ 11:30 am - 12:25 pm
Pender Fairfax Campus, 4001 Legato Road
Fairfax,VA22033United States
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$175.00
Pender Puppy Kindergarten

Pender Puppy Kindergarten is for puppies from age 9 weeks to 5 months. Off lead play time socialization is offered with this comprehensive class for those new to dog ownership and savvy dog owners.

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Intermediate Obedience 12:45 pm

October 19 @ 12:45 pm - 1:40 pm
Pender Fairfax Campus, 4001 Legato Road
Fairfax,VA22033United States
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$175.00
Pender Advance Obedience Class

Pender Intermediate Obedience is for puppies and dogs that have graduated from puppy or basic. Dogs that have performed well in an introductory class and are ready to learn more, will move up to this next level.

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Canine Good Citizen 1:45 pm

October 19 @ 1:45 pm - 2:40 pm
Pender Fairfax Campus, 4001 Legato Road
Fairfax,VA22033United States
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$175.00

Pender Canine Good Citizen Class (CGC) is for Age 4 months and up. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive an official CGC title from the American Kennel Club. Topics taught and tested for dogs in class include: accepting a friendly stranger, sitting politely for petting, proper canine appearance and grooming, walking on a loose lead, walking through a crowd, sit and down on command, staying in place, coming when called, calm reaction to another dog, calm reaction to a distraction and supervised separation.

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November 2019

Basic Obedience 7:00 pm

November 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Pender Fairfax Campus, 4001 Legato Road
Fairfax,VA22033United States
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$175.00
Dog with a leash

Pender Basic is for puppies and dogs starting at the age of 5 months and up. A dog is never too old to learn new tricks! This comprehensive class is for savvy dog owners and those new to dog ownership.

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Puppy Kindergarten 8:00 pm

November 12 @ 8:00 pm - 8:55 pm
Pender Fairfax Campus, 4001 Legato Road
Fairfax,VA22033United States
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$175.00
Pender Puppy Kindergarten

Pender Puppy Kindergarten is for puppies from age 9 weeks to 5 months. Off lead play time socialization is offered with this comprehensive class for those new to dog ownership and savvy dog owners.

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