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Foster dogs from any rescue or shelter may attend our dog training class for free. Register at mishamayfoundation@gmail.com

PRIVATE IN-HOME SESSIONS
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FEB 11 4 week Understanding YOUR Dog: individual behavior session - Lakewood

FEB 25 Bow, Wag, Stare: Translating Dog – Lakewood

MAR 4 6 week Obedience and Good Manners - Lakewood

MAR 18 Puppy Socialization - Lakewood

MAR 24-26 Animal Reiki Certification Part One – Lakewood
Offered only once in 2017!

APR 8 7 week Intermediate Obedience: Canine Good Citizen Preparation - Lakewood

APR 21-23 Animal Reiki Certification Part Two – Lakewood
Offered only once in 2017!

 

Classes

*Animal Communication
*Animal Reiki Certification
*Animal Rights
*Anxiety, Fear, Phobia and Trauma
*Barking & Digging
*Basic Obedience & Good Manners
*Behavior Training
*Canine Anxiety
*Canine CPR and First Aid
*Canine Massage
*Canine Nutrition
*Canine Sensory Management
*CATS: Understanding the Mysterious Creature
*Come Command
*Door Manners
*Families and Dogs
*Fear & How to Lessen It
*Finding Your Calling
*Flower Essences for People & Pets
*Food, Toy and Place Guarding
*I Can't Control Myself
*I'm Scared and Scarey on a Leash
*Introvert in an Extroverted World?
*KIDS: Earn an “I’m a Dog’s Best Friend” Certificate
*Leash Walking and Good Manners
*Obedience and Good Manners
*Off-Leash Protocol
*Proper Greetings:Who Me Jump up?
*Puppy Socialization
*Separation Anxiety
*Spirit Animals
*Understanding Cats
*Understanding Dogs
*Veg Life

*FREE Overview of our Dog Training Programs with Q&A: 6 week Obedience and Good Manners, Canine Good Citizen Certification, Single Theme Behavior, Dog Trainer / Behavior Specialist Certification, 4 week Understanding Dogs, 3 week Leash Walking, 3 week Off Leash / COME

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Sign up for any 1 class: $25 if paid 2 days before the class; $35 after.
Sign up for any 2 classes: $40 if paid 2 days before your first choice.
Sign up for any 4 classes: $75 if paid 2 days before the first class.
Sign up for any 6 classes: $100/ up to 2 days before the first class; when you register, you must choose the 6 classes

 

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Private In-Home Sessions

Private In-Home or Office Sessions
Performed by Lorraine May, M.A.
Executive Director of Misha May Foundation Dog Training and Rescue
Voted Best Dog Training in Denver 3 years in a row!

Lorraine May has been training for over 15 years. The rescue has always accepted the hardest dogs that no one else wanted. Lorraine has fostered and worked with just about every breed and every issue successfully over the years.

In-Your -Home Sessions: Jeffco and Denver – day, evening, weekend
Office Sessions: Lakewood - day, evening, weekend

Philosophy: Misha May employs Learning Theory which is an educational approach. We communicate with the dog clearly establishing consistent rules. We set the dog up for success so that instead of punishing him for doing something wrong, we spend our time teaching and practicing what is right. Just like an athlete practices his skills, we coach the dog until he can perform correctly on his own. Why not be kind and compassionate to your friend rather than harsh and punishing?

Number of Sessions: Typically one session is adequate to help the owner change his or her behavior and learn how to proceed with changing the dog’s behavior. Follow-up training typically happens in one of our specialty classes (Understanding Dogs, Scared and Scary) which cost $150 for 4 weeks.

Prior to the session: complete a registration so that the trainer arrives prepared and ready to work
During the session: assessment of dog and situation, training of dog, coaching of humans, development of goal oriented treatment plan, follow-up suggestions such as classes
Following the session: delivery of educational handouts, clarification of any questions, suggested continuation in our specialty classes, additional appropriate referrals

The session will address:
*Behavior: to teach the dog what he or she needs to know to replace an unwanted behavior with an acceptable behavior that gets him what he wants or needs (play, self-confidence, safety, attention, great life)
*Emotions: to help the dog develop a more positive association with his world which leads to relaxation, manners and a great life

Pricing:
Initial consult / training session / treatment plan / handouts – 1.5 hours @ $350
Follow-up treatment session – 1 hour @ $250
Package of 3 one hour follow-up treatment sessions - $600
Follow- up classes if appropriate for your dog(s) - $150 for all 4 weeks
Understanding Dogs - for almost any issue
Scared & Scary - for dogs who fear, react to, or dislike other dogs, but are okay with humans

Foster dogs from any rescue or shelter may attend our dog training classes for free. However, we do not have the resources to offer private sessions for free.

 

FEBRUARY

Feb 4 I Can’t Control Myself – Lakewood

Feb 11 4 week Understanding YOUR Dog: individual behavior session - Lakewood

FEB 25 Bow, Wag, Stare: Translating Dog – Lakewood

FEB 4 I Can’t Control Myself – Lakewood

(Jumping Up, Barking, Digging, Greetings, Counter Surfing)

Feb 4 from 12:45 – 1:45pm

Location: private home in Lakewood near Wadsworth and Alameda
Address will be sent upon registration / donation.
Dogs do NOT attend
Donation Based Class

Most dogs have survival drives and / or social behaviors which can result in their being annoying, intrusive or destructive. Suppressing or punishing these can result in neurosis, aggression and other undesirable behaviors.

In this class, you will learn to:
Manage undesirable behaviors with a common sense approach.
Teach replacement behaviors by treating your dog as an athlete in training.
Satisfy your dog’s needs and channel his energy productively.
Set your dog up for success.
Design, develop and instruct your dog on his approved job description.
Elicit and maintain your dog’s attention through tried and true behavior science.

Class includes demonstrations as well as follow-up emailed handouts. Each participant will receive some individual attention for their issue.

Registration Required at mishamayfoundation@gmail.com. Reserve your space by making a donation using our donation button with Paypal or credit card at www.mishamayfoundation.org Suggested donation: somewhere between $5 and $50 per person. (Value of class is $25 per person; $40 for 2)

Active fosters, who are currently fostering a dog, from any rescue or shelter may attend for FREE, although Misha May is always appreciative of donations to help our educational programs.

FEB 11 4 week Understanding YOUR Dog: individual behavior session - Lakewood

Feb 11, (skip 18) 25. Mar 4, 11 from 12:45-1:45pm

Location: private home in Lakewood near Wadsworth and Alameda (exact address will be sent after you register, just prior to class) Fee is $150 per dog with family members.

Your dog attends class one scheduled week where he receives the equivalent of an in-home private session. You attend all 4 weeks where you learn about dog behavior to help with your situation, while observing the individual sessions of others.

Behaviors which can be addressed are anxiety, fear, aggression, housetraining, puppy, reactivity, leash walking, recall, door manners, P.T.S.D., trauma, lack of socialization, meeting and greeting, etc. No problem is too big or too small. We will tailor each week to fit the dog’s needs.

We problem solve utilizing a positive, force-free, communicative approach which is respectful of dogs and their humans. We may include obedience, essential oils, flower essences, Tellington Touch, as well as other calming techniques and anxiety reducing approaches.

Often dogs develop undesirable behaviors to compensate for a past event which still troubles them. Sometimes they are afraid or just don’t know what is expected. We’ll help each dog change not only his behavior but his attitude and feelings about the world so that he feels safer and more relaxed.

Registration Required at mishamayfoundation@gmail.com. Reserve your spot by paying the $150 per dog fee using Paypal or credit card with the donation button at www.mishamayfoundation.org or mail a check to Misha May, PO Box 151166, Lakewood, CO 80215-1166.

Foster dogs, still homeless and not adopted, from any rescue or shelter, may attend for FREE. Please do not request a FREE spot for a dog who is adopted or spoken for (by the foster parent or other).

 

FEB 25 Bow, Wag, Stare: Translating Dog – Lakewood

Sat, Feb 25 from 11:30am-12:30pm

Location: private home in Lakewood near Wadsworth and Alameda
Address will be sent upon registration / donation.
Dogs do NOT attend
Donation Based Class – see below

Dogs are excellent communicators and use body language to share information about what they’re thinking and feeling. Their signals tell us what action will follow: playing, biting, growling….

Without words, they have difficulty getting humans to pay attention. When is a wagging tail a sign of a happy dog, and when is it a warning? Is your dog smiling or snarling? How does your dog tell you he’s stressed out and needs your help?

In this class we will observe and learn to recognize the first signs of discomfort, common signals of friendliness, uh-oh here comes the bite, and everything in between. We will learn to recognize mixed signals when the dog is conflicted as well as premature friendliness.

Class includes a power point presentation, some discussion / Q&A, and follow-up emailed handouts.

Registration Required at mishamayfoundation@gmail.com. Reserve your space by making a donation using our donation button with Paypal or credit card at www.mishamayfoundation.org Suggested donation: somewhere between $5 and $50 per person. (Value of class is $25 per person; $40 for 2)

Active fosters, who are currently fostering a dog and attending class to receive information for their foster dog (not their own dog), from any rescue or shelter, may attend for FREE, although Misha May is always appreciative of donations to help our educational programs.

MARCH

MAR 4 6 week Obedience and Good Manners - Lakewood

MAR 18 Puppy Socialization - Lakewood

MAR 24-26 Animal Reiki Certification Part One – Lakewood
Offered only once in 2017!

Mar 4 6 week Obedience and Good Manners - Lakewood

MAR 4 (NO Dogs), 11, 18. APR 1, 8, 29 10:15am-11:15AM
Private Home near Alameda and Wadsworth
Address and details will be sent after registration.

This class covers all of the basics such as sit, down and stay plus lots more. Come and leash walking are also included, as well as calming techniques. We educate you about dog behavior based on science that works. Our approach is force free and positive. We respect you and your dog, and your loving relationship. The class is fun and stress-free, yet effective.

Misha May is Denver's Best Dog Training for the 3rd year in a row! Registration required at mishamayfoundation@gmail.com. Reserve your spot by paying the $125 fee using paypal or credit card with the donation button at www.mishamayfoundation.org or mail a check to Misha May, PO Box 151166, Lakewood, CO 80215-1166.

Mar 18 Puppy Socialization - Lakewood

MAR 18 from 10:15-11:15am
Private Home near Alameda and Wadsworth
Address and details will be sent after registration.>
FREE class; tax deductible donations appreciated
Proof of vaccines required.


Puppy socialization, playtime, relationship building, developmentally appropriate activities, and training foundations. Socialization is when a puppy experiences his world as a safe, positive and fun place, thus enabling him to grow into a confident, happy adult. Puppies with appropriate vaccines may attend between the ages of 8 weeks and 6 months - proof of vaccine required. RSVP preferred. Email mishamayfoundation@gmail.com to receive registration form ahead of time. Puppy handbook and many handouts included.

MAR 24-26 Animal Reiki Certification Part One – Lakewood
OFFERED ONLY ONCE IN 2017!

Fri Mar 24, Sat Mar 25, Sun Mar 26 from 10:30am – 4:30pm each day

This class will teach the students how to experience the world from the animal's perspective. Attendees will learn Reiki practices, as well as communication, handling strategies, physiology, psychology and more. Lorraine May is the creator of the class and the instructor.

Animal lovers, including rescue personnel, holistic practitioners and owners will find this class particularly useful. The course demonstrates a variety of specific techniques, with hands-on application. Each day includes hands-on practice.

Special attention is paid to trauma reduction and calming protocols. The result is often the alleviation of symptoms such as pain, fear and anxiety, as well as positive changes in behavior.

Reiki does not replace other kinds of medicine but collaborates with them, to create a multi-level approach impacting not only the physical body, but the emotions and the mind.

Day 1: Highlights of Traditional Reiki with demonstration and practice. Discussion of energy, crisis, healing, cleansing, preparation. Hands-on practice with an easy animal client. Exercises and attunement.

Day 2: Chakras – description, function, assessment, support. Demonstration of Animal Reiki Session. Hands-on practice with animal with chakra issue.

Day 3: How to use Flower Essences with all living things. Animal Communication. Hands-on practice using anxiety reduction techniques; choosing a flower essence for the animal. Homework to prepare for Part Two

Registration Required at mishamayfoundation@gmail.com. Reserve your spot by paying the fee using Paypal or credit card with the donation button at www.mishamayfoundation.org or mail a check to Misha May, PO Box 151166, Lakewood, CO 80215-1166.

$400 for each: Part One or Part Two paid separately at any time
$700 for both: Part One and Part Two paid together by Jan 14
$750 for both: Part One and Part Two paid together by Feb 14
$775 for both: Part One and Part Two paid together by Mar 14

Previous Graduates of Animal Reiki Certification:
Take Part One (will be somewhat different) for half price $200
If you take Part One, take Part Two for $350

APRIL

APR 8 7 week Intermediate Obedience: Canine Good Citizen Preparation - Lakewood

APR 21-23 Animal Reiki Certification Part Two – Lakewood
Offered only once in 2017!

APR 8 7 week Intermediate Obedience: Canine Good Citizen Preparation - Lakewood
April 8, (skip 15, 22) 29. May 6, 20. June 3, 10, 17 from 10:15-11:15am
Location is private home near Wadsworth and Alameda.
Includes practical application during a social event!

The CGC class builds on skills learned in Basic Obedience (pre-requisite). This 7 week class teaches you what is required to pass the CGC test and become certified. We train for mastery of 10 tasks which help your dog be a good citizen (description below). While the class and certification are great to have for traveling, renting, HOA's or as beginning therapy dog training, it is also a way to strengthen your bond with your dog and improve his or her skills.

Test is optional. You can simply enroll for intermediate obedience experience. Cost of test is approximately $25.

Registration required at mishamayfoundation@gmail.com. Reserve your spot by paying the $150 fee using Paypal or credit card with the donation button at www.mishamayfoundation.org or mail a check to Misha May, PO Box 151166, Lakewood, CO 80215-1166.

Instructor: Lorraine May, M.A. and Team of Assistants

Canine Good Citizen Test

Test 1: Accepting a friendly stranger
This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday situation. The evaluator walks up to the dog and handler and greets the handler in a friendly manner, ignoring the dog. The evaluator and handler shake hands and exchange pleasantries. The dog must show no sign of resentment or shyness, and must not break position or try to go to the evaluator.

Test 2: Sitting politely for petting
This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to touch it while it is out with its handler. With the dog sitting at the handler's side, to begin the exercise, the evaluator pets the dog on the head and body. The handler may talk to his or her dog throughout the exercise. The dog may stand in place as it is petted. The dog must not show shyness or resentment.

Test 3: Appearance and grooming

This practical test demonstrates that the dog will welcome being groomed and examined and will permit someone, such as a veterinarian, groomer or friend of the owner, to do so. It also demonstrates the owner's care, concern and sense of responsibility. The evaluator inspects the dog to determine if it is clean and groomed. The dog must appear to be in healthy condition (i.e., proper weight, clean, healthy and alert). The handler should supply the comb or brush commonly used on the dog. The evaluator then softly combs or brushes the dog, and in a natural manner, lightly examines the ears and gently picks up each front foot. It is not necessary for the dog to hold a specific position during the examination, and the handler may talk to the dog, praise it and give encouragement throughout.

Test 4: Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)
This test demonstrates that the handler is in control of the dog. The dog may be on either side of the handler. The dog's position should leave no doubt that the dog is attentive to the handler and is responding to the handler's movements and changes of direction. The dog need not be perfectly aligned with the handler and need not sit when the handler stops. The evaluator may use a pre-plotted course or may direct the handler/dog team by issuing instructions or commands. In either case, there should be a right turn, left turn, and an about turn with at least one stop in between and another at the end. The handler may talk to the dog along the way, praise the dog, or give commands in a normal tone of voice. The handler may sit the dog at the halts if desired.

Test 5: Walking through a crowd

This test demonstrates that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under control in public places. The dog and handler walk around and pass close to several people (at least three). The dog may show some interest in the strangers but should continue to walk with the handler, without evidence of over-exuberance, shyness or resentment. The handler may talk to the dog and encourage or praise the dog throughout the test. The dog should not jump on people in the crowd or strain on the leash.

Test 6: Sit and down on command and Staying in place
This test demonstrates that the dog has training, will respond to the handler's commands to sit and down and will remain in the place commanded by the handler (sit or down position, whichever the handler prefers). The dog must do sit AND down on command, then the owner chooses the position for leaving the dog in the stay. Prior to this test, the dog's leash is replaced with a line 20 feet long. The handler may take a reasonable amount of time and use more than one command to get the dog to sit and then down. The evaluator must determine if the dog has responded to the handler's commands. The handler may not force the dog into position but may touch the dog to offer gentle guidance. When instructed by the evaluator, the handler tells the dog to stay and walks forward the length of the line, turns and returns to the dog at a natural pace. The dog must remain in the place in which it was left (it may change position) until the evaluator instructs the handler to release the dog. The dog may be released from the front or the side.

Test 7: Coming when called

This test demonstrates that the dog will come when called by the handler. The handler will walk 10 feet from the dog, turn to face the dog, and call the dog. The handler may use encouragement to get the dog to come. Handlers may choose to tell dogs to "stay" or "wait" or they may simply walk away, giving no instructions to the dog.

Test 8: Reaction to another dog
This test demonstrates that the dog can behave politely around other dogs. Two handlers and their dogs approach each other from a distance of about 20 feet, stop, shake hands and exchange pleasantries, and continue on for about 10 feet. The dogs should show no more than casual interest in each other. Neither dog should go to the other dog or its handler.

Test 9: Reaction to distraction
This test demonstrates that the dog is confident at all times when faced with common distracting situations. The evaluator will select and present two distractions. Examples of distractions include dropping a chair, rolling a crate dolly past the dog, having a jogger run in front of the dog, or dropping a crutch or cane. The dog may express natural interest and curiosity and/or may appear slightly startled but should not panic, try to run away, show aggressiveness, or bark. The handler may talk to the dog and encourage or praise it throughout the exercise.

Test 10: Supervised separation
This test demonstrates that a dog can be left with a trusted person, if necessary, and will maintain training and good manners. Evaluators are encouraged to say something like, "Would you like me to watch your dog?" and then take hold of the dog's leash. The owner will go out of sight for three minutes. The dog does not have to stay in position but should not continually bark, whine, or pace unnecessarily, or show anything stronger than mild agitation or nervousness. Evaluators may talk to the dog but should not engage in excessive talking, petting, or management attempts (e.g, "there, there, it's alright").

APR 21-23 Animal Reiki Certification Part Two – Lakewood
OFFERED ONLY ONCE IN 2017!

Fri Apr 21, Sat Apr 22, Sun Apr 23 from 10:30am-4:30pm each day

Day 1: Using Essential Oils and additional non-Reiki techniques. Distance healing.

Day 2: Participants’ pets will have the opportunity to attend and receive treatments.

Day 3: Exercises and final attunement. Final hands-on session. Business, clients, service, prosperity. Graduation – certificates presented.

This class will teach the students how to experience the world from the animal's perspective. Attendees will learn Reiki practices, as well as communication, handling strategies, physiology, psychology and more. Lorraine May is the creator of the class and the instructor.

Animal lovers, including rescue personnel, holistic practitioners and owners will find this class particularly useful. The course demonstrates a variety of specific techniques, with hands-on application. Each day includes hands-on practice.

Special attention is paid to trauma reduction and calming protocols. The result is often the alleviation of symptoms such as pain, fear and anxiety, as well as positive changes in behavior.

Reiki does not replace other kinds of medicine but collaborates with them, to create a multi-level approach impacting not only the physical body, but the emotions and the mind.

Registration Required at mishamayfoundation@gmail.com. Reserve your spot by paying the fee using Paypal or credit card with the donation button at www.mishamayfoundation.org or mail a check to Misha May, PO Box 151166, Lakewood, CO 80215-1166.

$400 for each: Part One or Part Two paid separately at any time
$700 for both: Part One and Part Two paid together by Jan 14
$750 for both: Part One and Part Two paid together by Feb 14
$775 for both: Part One and Part Two paid together by Mar 14

Previous Graduates of Animal Reiki Certification:
Take Part One (will be somewhat different) for half price $200
If you take Part One, take Part Two for $350

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Class Cancellation Policy: Generally, we do not cancel classes. If we do, we will contact you by email. Be certain you have registered with a legible, easy-to-read, correct email address. When weather may be an issue, the class will not be cancelled if the teacher will be attending. Fees are then used to pay class expenses. In the case of extenuating circumstances, we will do our best to work with you. If a class is cancelled, we will re-schedule the class. If you cannot attend a re-scheduled class, your fee may be transferred to another class or become a donation which is tax deductible.


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Lorraine May, Executive Director
PO Box 151166
Lakewood, CO 80215-1166
Phone 303-239-0382
mishamayfoundation@gmail.com
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