The Cautious Canine | PAWS Chicago

Virtual: The Cautious Canine

Training and Confidence building for your fearful pup

Is your pup nervous in novel situations, around loud noises or meeting new people?  Did your pup start out in a rural area and is now frightened by crowds and city traffic? Does grooming, nail trims or wiping muddy paws cause a struggle?  Then this class can help!

The Cautious Canine class will focus on confidence building in difficult situations, positive husbandry and handling skills. This four-week class provides a safe environment, virtually in your home, to help build fundamentals and confidence for your fearful pup.

The Basics

  • Number of Classes: Orientation video plus 4 virtual, 40-minute weekly classes.  Classes will meet the same say/time each week.  Orientation video will be sent to participants in advance of the first class.
  • Length of Class: 40 minutes
  • Class Structure: Training via Zoom
  • Age: All ages are welcome
  • Pre-Requisites: None
  • Price: $125


What You'll Learn


  • Understanding and reading your dog’s body language
  • Positive husbandry skills:  nail trims, wiping paws, basic grooming
  • Relaxation protocols to help your pup chill out
  • How to decrease your pup’s fear escalation in new situations
  • Tips to help your dog around new people and in city traffic

The following are required for participation: 

  1. Leash:  A five- or six-foot leash (no retractable or chain leashes)
  2. Collar/Harness:  Martingale, buckle collar or a training harness
  3. Clicker:  This training tool can be purchased online or at any pet supply store
  4. Treat carrier:  A bag, pouch, fanny pack, apron with pocket or deep pocket that provides easy access to treats
  5. Treats:  Lots of small, easy to chew, high-value treats.   Cut up pieces of cheese or hot dogs are good choices, as are soft treats made specifically for dog training.  (Experiment in advance to discover what your pup really loves
  6. Bed, mat or rug:  Soft surface your dog can learn to lie on. 
  • Please be sure to watch the Orientation video prior to class in order to be prepared
  • Please be on time
  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Do not feed your dog before class.  A hungry dog is more motivated to learn
  • Give your dog time to relieve himself before class

Start training your dog today!

Our goal is to help you properly care for, socialize and train your dog in a positive, non violent yet highly effective manner.